World German government seeks law change to take back pandemic control from states

12:16  13 april  2021
12:16  13 april  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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The German federal government will impose uniform coronavirus restrictions across the country, taking control from the states , a government spokesperson said on Friday. The country's 16 state premiers have agreed to new legislation to allow the change , and better fight the surge in COVID-19 cases. A planned meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the state premiers on Monday has also been cancelled as ministers prepared the legislation. Deputy government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer said that an amendment to the Infection Protection Act was expected by Tuesday.

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to take control from federal states to impose restrictions on regions recording high numbers of new coronavirus infections, a government source said on Friday. “The federal government plans to introduce draft legislation next week, in At an infection rate of less than 100 per 100,000 people over seven days, the states will retain control over measures to slow the spread of the virus. Germany is struggling to tackle a third wave of the pandemic , and Merkel and several regional leaders have called for a short, sharp lockdown while the

By Holger Hansen

a sunset over a body of water with a city in the background: The European Central Bank is photographed during sunset in Frankfurt © Reuters/KAI PFAFFENBACH The European Central Bank is photographed during sunset in Frankfurt

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's federal government will ask parliament for temporary powers to enforce a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, after several regions failed to impose agreed curbs to bring a third wave of the pandemic under control, a government source said.

With infections rising rapidly in some areas, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is pressing for a change to the Infection Protection Act to enable Berlin to enforce restrictions under certain scenarios.

According to the draft law presented to the cabinet on Tuesday, a mandatory nationwide "emergency brake" will be introduced if the number of new infections per 100,000 residents in a district or city exceeds 100 for three consecutive days within a week, according to the source.

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Back in 2013 a musician wrote a song called PANDEMIC . In his lyrics he described a global pandemic that kills millions, shuts down economies and gives rise to riots. His song literally described in great detail what we are seeing in our world today, seven years later. ‘Even after the pandemic faded, this more authoritarian control and oversight of citizens and their activities stuck and even intensified.’ ‘In developed countries, this heightened oversight took many forms: biometric IDs for all citizens, for example, and tighter regulation of key industries whose stability was deemed vital to national interests.’

Panics from pandemics unleash unchecked governmental power. The very premise of popular films like V for Vendetta reveal this: a group uses a virus to seize power and create a totalitarian society. Our founders were intimately familiar with pandemics , viruses and plagues, yet they did not allow any to suspend our Constitutional liberties. Not one word in the Constitution about plagues or pandemics to exempt the government from any of our Bill of Rights. Why do our current courts allow it?

This includes curfews between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., as well as limiting private gatherings to one household plus one other person.

All but essential shops will be required to close, while the opening of cultural and recreational facilities such as theatres, museums and zoos will be prohibited.

Schools will have to return to distance learning if the virus incidence rises above 200 per 100,000 for three consecutive days.

The bill must now be approved by the lower and upper houses of parliament. The change to the law will only apply until June 30.

Germany is grappling with a more transmissible variant of the coronavirus and Merkel and several regional leaders have called for tougher curbs to prevent the health system from becoming overwhelmed, while the country tries to vaccinate more people.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 10,810 and the death toll increased by 294, data from the Robert Koch Institute showed. The seven-day virus incidence per 100,000 rose to 140.9 from 136.4 on Monday.

(Reporting by Holger Hansen; Writing by Caroline Copley; Editing by Catherine Evans)

COVID-19. Germany makes a national tribute to the dead and exhorts to the unit .
© Michael Sohn / AFP The German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other guests listen to choristers happening on a video screen At a ceremony in the memory of the German victims of the Covid-19 pandemic at the Konzerthaus concert hall in Berlin on April 18, 2021.

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