Germany is a federal country, which means that each of its 16 states sets its own rules of the game. And in connection with the lockdown in particular. Without waiting for directives from above, ten states, in particular the most densely populated lands (North-Rhine - Westphalia, Bavaria, and Baden-Württemberg), introduced new quarantine rules as early as January 11. And several lands have done it even earlier. The new rules will be valid until January 31. But the Saxon authorities plan to extend them until February 7.
Private gatherings will be limited to members of one family plus one other person. Previously, the limit was no more than 5 people from two households. Anyone arriving in Germany from high-risk areas must submit two negative test results. A minimum five-day quarantine period is required between two tests, even if the first is negative.
Other changes include an additional 10 days of parental leave and 20 days for single parents. Residents of areas with a seven-day incidence of more than 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants are prohibited from traveling more than 15 km from their place of residence without a valid reason. All shops and services deemed non-essential will remain closed. Schools are mostly closed and students are taught through distance learning. Employers are encouraged to allow workers to work from home if possible. People are also prohibited from drinking alcohol in public places.
What about camps?
The government of only one federal state - Saxony - came up with an initiative to create a so-called state center for "forced residence" in Dresden. As the Bild newspaper writes on January 15, this is a "prison" for repeated quarantine violators and dissidents. That is rumors about a special room for those who defiantly violate quarantine regulations are partly true. But with amendments.
Firstly, we are talking only about Saxony. Secondly, the "covid prison" is the last measure of influence on violators. First, those who refuse to comply with the quarantine will be sent a warning, the next step will be penalization. And only after - isolation in "prisons." But only by court order, and this is the third.
This information is also confirmed by the local authorities. It is assumed that for this purpose the building where asylum seekers were temporarily housed will be converted.
Bild reminds: earlier, in the spring of 2020, Minister of Health Petra Keppingen proposed to place the quarantine violators in psychiatric hospitals, but these plans were rejected. The article reads that the motivation for such a measure: they say, it is necessary to protect third parties due to deliberate violations of the rules by others.
Is this measure cruel or not?
The Ukrainian segment of Facebook (as the voice of the people) shows an interesting inconsistency in this regard. But to illustrate it, let's rewind the tape a little back.
On January 2, it became known about the death of opera singer and volunteer Alexandra Tarasova. She fell ill with Covid and died in a matter of days. And before that, in December, I wrote that due to circumstances I left the car in the garage and used the subway for once. Perhaps that only trip was fatal for Tarasova: she wrote how she was amazed at how many people in the subway did not follow the rules and did not even wear masks.
The online community's verdict was unanimous: quarantine violators and dissidents killed a beautiful person. At the same time, in the case of the measures that the state of Saxony wants to implement, public outrage already concerns those who want to make such "killings" impossible in the future. Like, it's so close to the concentration camps.
Moreover, Covid prisons are not the only thing introduced in Germany.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas spoke in favor of certain privileges for citizens who were vaccinated against the coronavirus and developed an immunity. They should no longer stay at home and should be able to return to their usual social life, Maas said in an interview with the newspaper Bild am Sonntag. Local media noted that the head of the German Foreign Ministry rarely speaks out on domestic political issues, and even more so on such teasing topics. Yet Maas became the first member of the government to offer privileges to the vaccinated.
Without waiting for compassionate Ukrainians to stand up for those who had not been vaccinated in Germany, the population of the Federal Republic of Germany independently expressed certain displeasure to Maas. And by the way, there were many critics of the minister.
In response to the words of Maas, the head of the Patient Protection Fund, Eugen Brysch, said that the minister was "stirring up pseudo-debate about the privileges of vaccinated people." According to him, there is no fully confirmed data in the world on guarantees of full protection against Covid-19 infection after vaccination. The country's Ministry of Health also agreed with this point of view.
On German social media, users also criticized the Maas proposal. They stressed that such a decision would make it possible to divide German society into two camps: people with "privileges" and "second class," deprived of advantages.
If we extrapolated this situation to Ukraine, then the topic of "privileged" and "unprivileged" segments of the population would have sounded even more acute, because, firstly, we plan to make vaccination paid (the approximate price for one dose of Chinese vaccine from Sinovac Biotech is 18 USD), and, secondly, those who want to get vaccinated are divided into those who are guaranteed to "receive" the American vaccine, and those who will be forced to be content with the Chinese one. That is, the issue of inequality of opportunities in Ukraine falls on extremely fertile soil.
But back to Germany. In this country, they are actively discussing mandatory vaccination as such. For example, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder proposes to make vaccination mandatory at least for professional groups of the population.
By the way, in Ukraine, meanwhile, no one is conducting any campaigns in support of vaccination or simple explanations about what vaccines exist and why vaccination as such is important for society. Therefore, before criticizing the German government, one should ask several topical questions of their own, Ukrainian.