Incidence still below 100: Relaxations in sight

Incidence still below 100: Relaxations in sight

After the seven-day incidence in the Corona pandemic in Berlin fell below the value of 100 for the first time in a long time, the governing mayor Michael Müller (SPD) announced possible relaxations.

Swabs for Corona Test

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A swab is held in an outpatient corona testing facility.

These include private contacts, gastronomy, culture and the education sector, Müller said on Friday evening (07 May 2021) on the radio station RBB with a view to the Senate meeting on Tuesday. According to the federal emergency brake, the earliest possible relaxation would be at the end of next week.

Focus on cultural and gastronomic segments

"We will certainly have relief again in terms of contact possibilities, but we will also remain cautious," Müller said. "It doesn't make sense to allow all sorts of things at once and to make large events possible and then to slip back over 100 after a few days." The senate will also take on the cultural sector and gastronomy so that "things will definitely be made possible again for the outdoor areas".

Opening of the outdoor gastronomy is being considered

The Senate Economic Administration proposes to open outdoor gastronomy at appropriate incidence levels, subject to compliance with rules. For example, guests should book appointments. They should have to present a negative corona test or proof of vaccination, as a spokesperson for the Senate Administration announced on Saturday. Those who have recovered from a corona infection should not need a test. In addition, a curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. is to apply.
"With the opening of outdoor gastronomy with a clear testing and hygiene concept, we are taking a first step, because the risk of infection is significantly lower in the fresh air," announced Senator for Economic Affairs Ramona Pop (Greens). "We want to give people and the hospitality industry, which has been particularly affected by the Corona crisis, a perspective for the warm season." Several media had previously reported on the proposals.

Incidence rate must remain stable below 100 for opening steps

Government leader Müller stressed that it all depends on how things develop over the next few days. "We have managed a lot together in the last few weeks, that's why we got below the 100, now we have to hold out for a while." In addition to the incidence value, there is also the still very depressing situation in the hospitals.
According to Müller, more could also be gradually allowed in schools until the summer holidays in seven weeks' time. "So overall for the education sector, if the numbers continue to develop well, we will certainly be able to offer more and more presence in the coming weeks, but of course that will not be normal operation yet."

Over one million first-time vaccinated in Berlin

Müller added that unfortunately there is still too little vaccine. "We could vaccinate a lot more if we had more vaccine." According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), more than one million people in Berlin have now received their first vaccination (1 075 691). This corresponds to 29.3 per cent of the population. Accordingly, 394,785 people (10.8 per cent) have been fully vaccinated.

Seven-day incidence is 97

The seven-day incidence had fallen below the 100 mark again for the first time on Friday, at 98.6. On Saturday, the figure was reported at 97.0, according to the Senate Health Administration's situation report and RKI data. The figure indicates how many new Corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants were recorded in the past seven days.
In Berlin, for example, museums had to close again after the federal emergency brake came into force, and there is also a night-time curfew. Contact restrictions are also still in force. The emergency brake stipulates that the incidence value must remain stably below 100 for relaxations to be possible - the seven-day incidence must be below this value for five consecutive working days so that measures can be withdrawn the day after next.

Ease for vaccinated and recovering people as of Sunday

For people who have already been fully vaccinated or recovered from a Corona infection, however, life is already to become a little easier. They will no longer be counted in the permissible number of people for private meetings, as the Senate announced. This follows a Bundesrat decision on Friday and will apply from Sunday. Until now, private meetings of no more than five people from two households have been permitted outdoors in Berlin. Indoors, one person is allowed to visit. Even now, children under 14 are not counted.

No curfew for vaccinated and recovered people

Following the decision at federal level, vaccinated and recovered persons are also exempt from night-time exit restrictions. After travelling, they only have to go into quarantine in exceptional cases. Health Senator Dilek Kalayci (SPD) called on convalescents to report for vaccination. This is recommended six months after infection.

Source: dpa/deepl.com

| Last edited: Saturday, 8. May 2021 20:52 Uhr

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