Germany: the Bundestag has extended the epidemic state until November. Spahn urges people to get vaccinated

For the first time in about three months, more than 10,000 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Germany in a single day – namely 11,561, which is more than at any time since May 20, the Robert Koch Institute (IRK) announced today. At the same time, eight months after the launch of the vaccination program, more than 100 million doses have already been injected.

As a result, the Bundestag has extended the “epidemic situation of nationwide significance” for another three months to provide a legal basis for protective measures in the fall.

Spahn asks citizens to get vaccinated

Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) said: “Unfortunately, the pandemic is not over yet.” The point was that the states and local authorities need a legal basis for measures such as wearing masks on buses and trains as long as the number of unvaccinated people remains so high. The goal is to continue to avoid overloading the health care system. Higher vaccination rates are needed to get through the fourth wave of coronavirus safely. Spahn again appealed to people who have so far been hesitant to accept the vaccination offer: “Please join us.”

325 deputies voted for motion to extend “epidemic state”

325 MPs voted in favor of the coalition’s motion to extend the “state of epidemic. 253 parliamentarians voted against and five abstained. The epidemic state in Germany will therefore remain in force until the end of November. Without new parliamentary approval, it will expire after that period. Among other things, the federal states’ ordinances on measures such as mandatory masks or contact restrictions are based on the existence of an “epidemic state.” The federal government can also issue certain ordinances, such as the provision of vaccines, without the approval of the Bundesrat.


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