Due to the dramatic increase in coronavirus infections, Bavaria is once again declaring a state of disaster across the state. Prime Minister Markus Söder has ordered the declaration of a state of disaster from November 11, 2021 due to the alarming pandemic situation, a representative of the state chancellery announced in Munich on Wednesday. Söder had already announced this at a meeting of the CSU parliamentary group. An announcement by the Interior Ministry on the matter is expected shortly.
This is the second time Bavaria has declared a state of natural disaster in connection with COVID-19
The declaration of a state of natural disaster enables a coordinated and structured way of acting for all authorities, services and organizations involved in civil protection. The declaration of a state of disaster in connection with the coronavirus pandemic had already taken place in Bavaria earlier, namely on December 9, 2020. It was only revoked after almost six months, on June 4, 2021.
The Bavarian State Chancellery reported that the development of the pandemic in the state is currently very dynamic. The seven-day incidence of COVID-19 is reaching higher levels every day. “At the same time, the occupancy of hospital beds, especially intensive care unit beds, continues to increase with COVID-19 patients. Many hospitals already have no or very few vacancies.” This increases the need for coordination on intensive care unit bed occupancy and transfer of patients from overcrowded hospitals. “The coronavirus pandemic threatens the lives and health of many people throughout Bavaria,” the law firm representative added.