The federal government officially decided on Tuesday that the so-called hospitalization rate will in future be the decisive criterion for the introduction of possible restrictions in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced an amendment to the regulations in this regard last week.
In the future, the federal states should decide whether to restrict civil liberties due to an epidemic situation based on how many people have to be hospitalized due to COVID-19. Spahn said that in the case of high vaccination rates, a criterion based on incidence does not become redundant, but loses its significance.
The draft amendment will now go to the German parliament. It is likely that the new legislation will be passed by the Bundestag at a meeting to be held on Tuesday. The hospitalization rate reports the number of people admitted to hospital due to a coronavirus per 100,000 population in a seven-day period.