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US News Corona: Germany experiences a new "everyday normality"

05:05  12 october  2020
05:05  12 october  2020 Source:   dw.com

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Under new rules, waiting staff are required to wear face coverings. Cooks and other kitchen staff are not. Diners are also recommended to wear masks, but these are not compulsory – unless you use the toilet. Buffets are banned and food has to be cooked on the premises.

More and more German cities are becoming corona hotspots, the security measures to contain the pandemic are being ramped up. Particularly controversial: accommodation bans for travelers from German risk areas.

U-Bahn in der Hauptstadt Berlin: ein Hotspot im Hotspot? © Christoph Soeder / dpa / picture alliance subway in the capital Berlin: a hotspot within a hotspot?

Most recently, Cologne, Stuttgart, Essen and Mainz reported exceeding the "hotspot" level of 50 registered new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. Other large cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and Bremen had already broken this mark. In the most populous German state of North Rhine-Westphalia alone, nine districts and urban districts were above the critical value on Sunday.

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Last Friday, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) discussed the situation with the mayors and mayors of the eleven largest German cities. The development in the metropolitan areas shows "whether we can keep the pandemic in Germany under control or whether control is slipping away from us," stressed Merkel afterwards.

"The decisive key"

Several Prime Ministers once again called on citizens to strictly adhere to distance and hygiene rules. In addition, curfew hours, alcohol bans in public places as well as contact and assembly restrictions apply regionally.

"The situation is serious. More serious than those who do not believe the protective measures believe," said the head of government of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer (SPD). Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) said that Germany is currently experiencing a surge in new infections. "That's why we need even clearer regulations for the coming weeks, for example with more masks." These are the key to maintaining everyday normality for as long and as well as possible.

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"It all makes no sense"

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Meanwhile, criticism of the prohibition of accommodation when traveling within Germany is getting louder. Citizens whose place of residence is in a hotspot region are currently no longer allowed to stay in hotels, guest houses or holiday apartments in a number of federal states.

"I consider this measure to be unlawful because it is neither proportionate nor appropriate," said Bundestag Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki (FDP) of the "Bild" newspaper. Berlin's Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) announced that the topic would be discussed again at the Prime Minister's Conference on Wednesday. "We have hundreds of thousands of commuters every day. They meet in retail, in local transport, at work. And then a Berliner is not allowed to spend two days in the Spreewald (cultural landscape in the neighboring state of Brandenburg, editor's note) . It all makes no sense, "said Müller on the second German television.

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In Germany , the number of new Corona infections per day is still at a relatively high level, compared to the numbers in June and July. A new local Corona outbreak was detected in a residential home for handicapped individuals in the eastern German town of Görlitz.

In Germany , the individual Länder are responsible for quarantine regulations. After coordination with the Länder and the Federal Government, the BMI has issued a specimen agreement, the regulations of which the Länder have largely incorporated into their own agreements.

Beliebtes Ausflugsziel (nicht nur) für Berliner: das Spreewalddorf Lehde in Brandenburg © picture-alliance / dpa Popular excursion destination (not only) for Berliners: the Spreewalddorf Lehde in Brandenburg

Chancellery Minister Helge Braun (CDU), however, defended the controversial regulation. Many federal states are concerned that visitors from the affected cities "are bringing more infections to their holiday regions". "This is why this ban on accommodation, with the possibility of free testing, is a real emergency measure."

The most important goal is that the productive economy continues, that schools and kindergartens remain open so that Germany can get through the crisis well, Braun continues. "That is why we have to be a little stricter where the chains of infection mainly spread, namely at celebrations and unfortunately also when traveling."

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A new simulator is supposed to predict how many corona cases there will be in all federal states - and how difficult they will be .
The number of infections with the coronavirus in Germany has been increasing for a few weeks. Several areas already exceed the risk value. How will it go on? How many cases do we have to expect by the end of the year? A research team from Saarbrücken has now developed an online simulator , which is supposed to predict exactly that. On the basis of various data, the researchers developed a mathematical model that can be used to create detailed forecasts for each federal state.

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