Far-reaching measures have been imposed in Germany in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Now these are loosened more and more. The news in the ticker.
- In Germany numerous countries have the corona*-Activities relaxed – but the crisis continues.
- Chancellor Angela Merkel answers the questions of members of the Bundestag on Wednesday (May 13)
- Interior Minister Horst Seehofer already informed about possible border openings.
- Here are the basic ones Corona virus facts*. You can also see current ones here Case numbers in Germany as a map*. The most important thing about the topic is also on our brand new Facebook page Corona News.
Update 11.10 p.m .:
Shortly after the federal government decided to open the borders, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) issued a warning: If the
Corona new infections
the loosenings just decided would have to be withdrawn. “If the infection remains so cheap or gets even cheaper, then we end on
the border controls, ”said Seehofer on Wednesday evening on the ARD program“ maischberger. the week”. However, if the infections increased significantly, the loosening would have to be withdrawn again.
“When the infection event slips away, when it more than 50 infections per 100,000 in seven days, if something like this should occur in the border area, we have to talk to our neighbors, ”said Seehofer. Germany is not an island and in this case the easing of border controls would have to be withdrawn. This would be “in complete agreement with our neighbors,” said Seehofer.
Update 7.30 p.m .: Border controls are loosened again. However, numerous restrictions remain due to the ongoing Corona crisis – also in the Bundestag. However, the AfD does not want to adhere to some corona restrictions.
Corona: Merkel lets Germany’s borders open again – and sets the time
Update 12.47 p.m .: The press conference from Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) is over. Towards the end, Seehofer praised the good teamwork in the federal cabinet. The central coordination factor is, of course, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). Merkel previously had the border question Matter for the boss explained and called the French President Emmanuel Macron and the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. The Interior Minister does not seem to feel degraded by this. Rather, he had enjoyed the teamwork very much in the past weeks. He has been in politics for a long time, emphasizes Seehofer. The good cooperation in the Coronavirus pandemic he really appreciated it.
Update 11.33 a.m .: Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) begins its press conference on opening German borders with the Internal border controls – but also wants to go out to the travelers Third countries to Europe.
With Switzerland, France and Austria, Germany had border controls that should have expired on May 16 15th June extended. At these borders, however, checks are only to be carried out on a random basis from Saturday 16 May. The relief is loud Ministry of the Interior a consequence of the positive development of the infection process.
He doesn’t expect it, but she does Border opening on June 15 required “that we continue to be determined in relation to the infection process,” said Seehofer. A second wave would have to react again at the borders. Should the number of New infections in neighboring regions, however, it will increase sharply, control will be intensified again. The guideline applicable in Germany of more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants offers orientation in seven days.
Angela Merkel made another statement in the Bundestag. A hacker attack on the Bundestag is still not fully cleared up – but Russia appears to have been involved. The Chancellor is shocked.
German borders: First easing from Saturday – No more quarantine for incoming travelers from neighboring countries
Previously, a 14-day quarantine ordered by the federal states also applied to anyone who comes to Germany. In future, this should only apply to people who have previously been in Third countries have stopped. For example, no longer for Germans arriving from France or the Netherlands. However, the decision about the quarantine rests with the heads of government of the countries.
For Luxembourg border controls will expire on May 15th. Similar things can also be imagined for Denmark, says Seehofer. This is delayed, however, because Denmark pleads for a kind of legislative package involving other countries. Furthermore, from now on you only want to check on a random basis.
So far only allowed Commuters or people with good reason across the border. However, as soon as social life becomes more compact, “and I hope so, and that’s what I’m assuming,” said Seehofer, the random checks should also be specified. So that a coach with schoolchildren would not be checked and could cross the border without any problems.
Coronavirus: These European borders could reopen from June 15th
“It is in the highest sense European spiritwhen neighboring countries coordinate their measures in the face of the pandemic, ”Seehofer quotes the French neighbors. He is therefore glad that a common strategy could already be agreed with four countries.
Austria and Switzerland obviously want to close the borders Italy still control. The countries justify this with the country’s high infection rate. “It was therefore important to us that we coordinate closely with both countries,” said Seehofer. For the time being, this easing of controls only affects the countries mentioned.
On Wednesday she also wanted to EU commission present a plan for a cautious opening of internal borders in Europe. According to a draft from dpa, the controls are to be gradually phased out across Europe. Seehofer followed the Commission’s recommendation to extend the restrictions on entry from third countries into the EU until June 15.
At the press conference, Seehofer was also asked about the scandal involving an employee of the Ministry of the Interior. He had described the virus under the official letterhead as a “global false alarm”.
Coronavirus: border loosening from Saturday
Update 11:18 a.m .: The controls should be sent to the German borders be loosened again. The Federal Government decided on Wednesday morning. Crossing the border from Luxembourg in particular will be made easier, the German press agency learned on Wednesday after a cabinet meeting in Berlin.
According to the information that strives Federal Ministry of the Interior under Horst Seehofer (CSU) a complete end to the controls introduced due to the corona pandemic at all border sections but only for June 15th.
Seehofer has had the details of one with his counterparts in the neighboring countries and with the prime ministers of the border states in the past few days gradual return advice from stationary controls for normal border monitoring in the 30-kilometer range.
The Border controls Denmark, Luxembourg, France, Austria and Switzerland were announced on March 15 and introduced the following day to curb infection in Germany. Since then, only those who can give a “valid reason” for this can enter the country.
Corona measures: German borders should be carefully opened from Saturday
Update 11.10 a.m .: The controls at the German border should be loosened carefully from this Saturday. As the German Press Agency learned on Wednesday after the cabinet meeting in Berlin, the Federal Ministry of the Interior is striving for the first 15th June a complete end to the controls introduced because of the corona pandemic at all border sections.
Update 10:56 a.m .: The Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) emphatically has the speed Opening the German borders and the waiver of permanent border controls. “We must now return to a normal Schengen normality of the open internal borders as soon as possible,” said Hans in a government statement on Wednesday before the Saarland state parliament. This means not only “restoring freedom of travel without quarantine”, but also a more coordinated approach in the Tracking infection chains for future waves of the corona pandemic. “I am sure that we will be able to avoid permanent border controls in the future.”
Coronavirus: Cabinet advises on border opening – press conference announced by Interior Minister Seehofer
Update 9.55 a.m .:Two months after the German federal government, in consultation with the federal states and with European neighbors German borders close has advised the Federal Cabinet on the gradual opening.With the exception of exceptions, such as those that could not be postponed for professional reasons or an operation that was essential for survival, nobody could leave Germany for weeks. Only a few weeks ago, controls for family members and partners were relaxed.
On March 15th the Controls announced at the German borders as part of the measures against the coronavirus pandemic. Today, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) could explain when they should be fully opened again.
There had previously been conflicts. The Interior Minister wanted to hold on to the controls for the time being. After a phone call with the Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) a complete opening of the Austrian border was already announced on June 15. This allows speculation for a corresponding cabinet decision on Wednesday.
Coronavirus: Austrian border is due to reopen on June 15th
Update from May 13, 7:02 a.m .: Apparently the line between Germany and Austria will be fully reopened on June 15th. According to information from the Austrian news agency APA, checks will only be carried out at the borders as of this Friday, the Chancellor’s Office in Vienna confirmed on Wednesday of the APA.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) had with Chancellor on Tuesday Angela Merkel (CDU) on the phone. The Federal Government wants to discuss further steps at its meeting this Wednesday.
Austria Chancellor Kurz had already said on Tuesday evening in the program “10vor10” on Swiss television that he had a Border opening expect in June. As the Federal Chancellery in Vienna also announced, Austria is also striving to liberalize the border regime with its other neighboring countries.
Corona measures: leaked date when the border was opened? Merkel is on the phone with Macron and Kurz
Update from May 12, 9:44 p.m.: The signs of an early Border opening flesh out. Loud picture has Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) both with French President
Emmanuel Macron and Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on the phoneto discuss the border issue.
According to the report, a complete border opening will take place on15th June targeted. A step-by-step plan should apply beforehand, for example with a view of France, that Merkel’s view is not yet far enough for a complete border opening. It got through from a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
The step plan coincides with a proposal fromEU commissionto be presented on Wednesday. Loud picture There is a draft in which states with similar infection numbers are to open the borders first.
Coronavirus: Laschet wants the border to be closed quickly
Update from May 12, 8:36 p.m.: North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime MinisterArmin Laschet (CDU) wants a quick end to the Border closure. “It hurts my soul when I see that the barriers in Europe are down again,” he told the Süddeutsche Zeitung (Wednesday). “That’s why we should be this week Border closure break up and restore Europe, ”said Laschet.
“We are in close contact with our neighbors in Belgium and the Netherlands in North Rhine-Westphalia in order to fight the pandemic together and to enable cross-border tourism again in the future,” said Laschet, who is also CDU federal vice-president.In the light of the number of infections, it must be decided in a European manner whether tourist trips can take place again. “We quickly need a solution for the border with France and Luxembourg too, to restore the open borders in the Schengen area.” The quarantine rules should be limited to trips outside Europe as soon as possible. It is important to her that the controls should not continue “until the end of the day”, Merkel was quoted as saying.
Merkel gives hope for border opening
Update from May 12, 6:05 p.m.: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has hope for one in the corona crisis gradual opening of borders to neighboring countries made. Changes in border controls must always be made in cooperation with the neighbors, said Merkel on Tuesday, according to information from the German press agency from participants, in a virtual meeting of the Union faction in the Bundestag. There will often be a two-step process.
Lindner demands that the borders be opened as quickly as possible
Update from May 12, 5:27 p.m.: According to the FDP party and parliamentary group leader Christian Lindner, Germany must Open borders with its neighboring countries as quickly as possible. “The infection is no longer a reason for these border closures,” said Lindner in Berlin on Tuesday. He accused Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) of “stubborn“To be – this is not a contribution to international understanding. “If there is a willingness to open up on the other side of the border, then there can no longer be a blockade on the German side.” This also applies to the unnecessary one Quarantine requirement for travelers from other European countries.
Lindner announced that his groupthe second law to protect the population in an epidemic situation this week in the Bundestag. The FDP still supported the urgent procedure for the first law. The second law gives new ordinance authorizations, which the FDP wants to discuss longer. In addition, there are data protection concerns on some points that may justify unconstitutionality of the law. “Therefore, from our point of view, such a hasty procedure is not advisable, we should take more time,” said Lindner.
NRW and Saarland want to suspend quarantine obligations for returnees
Update from May 12, 4:50 p.m.: North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime MinisterArmin Laschet (CDU) has promised to suspend the quarantine obligation for returnees from abroad for his state. Laschet referred on Tuesday to a court ruling that overridden the 14-day quarantine obligation in neighboring Lower Saxony. North Rhine-Westphalia too “the intention to immediately suspend this quarantine arrangement”said Laschet.
The regulation does not contribute to health protection and is “anti-European“Laschet said further.” We will discuss this nationwide. “
Because of the corona pandemic, almost all travelers who came to Germany from abroad have had to quarantined for 14 days. Exceptions apply to commuters in border regions.
The Lower Saxon Higher Administrative Court (OVG) in Lüneburg overruled the regulation for Lower Saxony on Monday evening: His reason: The worldwide corona case numbers no longer allowed to oblige immigrants to quarantine.
Also Saarland’s Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) plans to suspend the quarantine measures for the time being.
In Bremen, restaurants and pubs will be open from Monday
Update from May 12, 4:28 p.m.: In Bremen may next to Restaurants from next Monday also open bars under strict conditions. The Senate decided to relax the corona restrictions on Tuesday. In particular, a minimum distance of one and a half meters between the guests must be observed. Every visit including contact details must also be documented.
The regulation therefore applies to restaurants and pubs, however not for discotheques, bars, clubs or arcades. The relevant license is decisive, according to the economic authority. In the case of pubs, however, operation at counters is also prohibited.
At the same time, the sales area in Bremen is limited to 800 square meters in retail stores. Alternatively, a rule applies from Monday, according to which a customer is allowed on ten square meters.
The number of infected people in Coesfeld is increasing
Update from May 12, 4:12 p.m.: After the Corona outbreak in one Meat factory in Westphalian Coesfeld is the number of workers who tested positive for the virusrose to 260. As of Tuesday afternoon, 1012 of the approximately 1200 employees of the Westfleisch company had been tested, 571 with a negative result, as the district of Coesfeld announced at noon at the request of the German Press Agency. The district had reported 254 infected on Monday. Corona infections have recently increased in German slaughterhouses.
Demonstrations in Thuringia without limit of participants possible
Update from May 12, 2:12 p.m.: In Thuringia are supposed to start on Wednesday Demonstrations again without restrictions on the number of participants. This provides for a regulation that the cabinet has agreed on, as the Ministry of Health in Erfurt announced.
Coronavirus: Merkel calls for continued caution towards citizens
Update from May 11, 3:08 p.m .: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) occurs after their video conference with the county health department resin in front of the microphone and thanks everyone Health offices in Germany. The Public health service played a central role in combating the pandemic. “Committed people work there – they will do this job,” said Merkel. Where reinforcements were necessary, they would be given together with the countries. The Bundeswehr is also ready to provide support.
The health service will “decide whether we can really understand all contacts in newly infected people”. It is “crucial” that the health authorities work well – “they do,” says Merkel.
The Chancellor then emphasized that one was entering a “new phase of the pandemic”, with loosening of the conditions – but that Corona protection measures, the distance and hygiene rules have to be kept. It is very important to be considerate of each other. With this appeal, Merkel ends her statement from the Chancellery, which lasts only a few minutes.
Update from 3:05 p.m.: The press conference with Chancellor Merkel was announced for 3 p.m. – but there is still waiting.
Update from 2:44 p.m.: Chancellor Angela Merkel after her video conference with the health department of the Harz district make a statement at the Chancellery.
Corona crisis: Merkel once again warns of caution
Update, 1.30 p.m .: Chancellor Angela Merkel has also given the Demonstrations against conditions in the Corona crisis again caution in dealing with the pandemic. You had been reportedthat many people went shopping without protective masks at the weekend, said Merkel according to information from German press agency from groups of participants in one Video switching of the CDU Presidium. In part, this behavior was even seen as a test of courage, the criticized Chancellor. But the command is still to adhere to the applicable distance rules.
Merkel said further, that only in two to three weeks will you know how the past week ended Easing the Corona restrictions on the Infection numbers impact. She had also announced that next Wednesday (May 13) in the Bundestag in the government survey again to comment on the measures relevant for the federal government to classify the pandemic. Merkel and the Federal government was last accused of causing confusion with different key figures.
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) used this information to emphasize that Germany has so far been so successful in dealing with the pandemic because the citizens have complied with the restrictions. He asked the people who Hygiene standards continue to adhere.
Corona virus in Germany: infections in slaughterhouses and corona demos are an issue
01.01 p.m .: The federal press conference is now over.
12.57 p.m.: Now it comes to the question of Demos * against the Corona measures from the weekend. “Of course they are allowed within the framework of our laws,” says Seibert – but if the distance rules were not observed, it would be “worrying”, he explains. “If you attack police officers or journalists, I cannot invoke freedom of assembly, but attack our democracy,” said Seibert.
12.51 p.m.: The R factor* is just a point of reference for the Corona loosening. The “Emergency brake” * has been exceeded as a further brand in several counties. Does another lockdown have to be considered? Is asked. Seibert replies that the indicator of 50 infections per 100,000 people in a district within seven days “should not serve to assign blame to the counties”, but that the focus could be on how the municipalities react with measures.
PK of Merkel’s Corona cabinet: Seibert rejects allegations of slaughterhouses
Update from 12.45 p.m.: What can be learned from the rapid spread of the corona virus among refugees in the mass accommodations for slaughterhouses? What does the federal government say about the allegation that they will accept the death of these employees? A journalist wants to know. “I strongly reject the accusation,” answers Seibert.
Update, 12:23 p.m .: Government spokesman Steffen Seibert is now speaking at the federal press conference for advice in the Corona cabinet.
Berlin – Almost everywhere Germany will theCorona restrictions relaxed. Meeting with members of another household, shopping in large stores, more outdoor sports and in some places even visiting Restaurants are now allowed again. However, normality does not return yet: Strict distance and hygiene rules remain – as does the constant view of them Infection numbers*. The recent increase in the infection rate (R factor) from 0.65 to 1.13 within a few days may play a role in the way forward.
Corona virus in Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel advises with Corona cabinet – video statement expected
In Berlin The committees of several come on Monday (May 11th) Federal parties together to talk about the way forward and the current Corona situation in Germany. The CDU leadership advises from 9 a.m. In the video conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the other closest Leadership circles the CDU it is probably also about the current infection numbers.
Numerous Discussions there was also the corona emergency brake recently decided by Angela Merkel: from 50 new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants, action must be taken. That could also be the case with Video summit be spoken again. Some counties had this Upper limit already exceeded again.
Statement by Angela Merkel on the corona situation – numerous demos against measures
Demonstrations against the current Corona measures also caused a stir nationwide at the weekend. In numerous Federal states people took to the streets to protest the regulations – some without Mouth and nose protection* and without sufficient Safety distance. Various Politician have already commented on the Anti-measures demos.
Video: easing and emergency brake: Angela Merkel recently announced these measures
Many people in Germany are currently interested in these questions: Will Pentecost leave during the pandemic * or the Summer vacation in Corona times* be possible at all? And if so – which countries open their borders to tourists?
*Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.
It is the first government survey in 2020 for Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) – the topic, of course, is the corona crisis.
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