Corona: 2G Plus, free tests – these measures are required by RKI and Spahn


2G Plus for events: What Spahn and RKI are now demanding

A medical employee holds a swab for a corona test.

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The RKI pulls the emergency brake: Large events should be avoided. Jens Spahn also speaks out in favor of stricter measures.


  • The corona situation in Germany is coming to a head, the numbers are increasing dramatically
  • Health Minister Jens Spahn and RKI boss Lothar Wieler are calling for demands to be made to contain the virus
  • Meanwhile, the first politicians do not want to rule out a new lockdown

It is getting serious. Given the force of the fourth Corona-Welle calls for the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) the return to massive restrictions in Germany. One advises “urgently to cancel or avoid larger events as far as possible, but also to reduce all other unnecessary contacts,” says the agency’s new weekly report.

In the joint press conference on Friday, RKI boss Lothar Wieler and Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) again pointed out the extremely tense situation: “The situation is serious and I recommend that we all take it seriously,” warned Spahn – and served thus a similar choice of words as the Chancellor with her haunting Corona appeal in March 2020. Wieler also urged: “Reduce your contacts”.

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The Minister of Health emphasized that 3G alone would no longer be enough – because there were too few controls. He advocated that access to events only after the 2G plus rule to enable, i.e. for vaccinated and convalescent people who are additionally tested. Spahn promised to sign an ordinance for the reintroduction of free citizen tests on Friday. He assumes that these tests could then be offered again from Monday.

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RKI calls for drastic changes in behavior

In the management report, the RKI demands drastic changes in behavior from the citizens. If contacts cannot be avoided, one should definitely do one beforehand Test make, even if you vaccinated or recovered, the experts advise. Vaccinated and convalescents should also wear masks and keep their distance. The RKI continues to rate the risk of those who are not or not fully vaccinated in Germany as very high. For those who are fully vaccinated, it is moderate, but increasing.

Next record: seven-day incidence climbs to 263.7

The corona virus continues to spread rapidly. The nationwide seven-day incidence also reached one on Friday, the fifth day in a row Maximum value. The RKI stated the number of new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week as 263.7. In addition, 48,640 new corona infections were registered. This is the second highest value since the beginning of the pandemic. The number of new infections had reached a record level the previous day at 50,196.

They have been increasing for weeks Incidents in all age groups. According to the RKI weekly report, the highest value is found among 10 to 14 year olds – with 411 reported new infections per 100,000 children in one week, the 5 to 9 year olds with 345 and the 15 to 19 year olds with 302. Tests are particularly frequent in schools.

Cologne opens carnival – access only with 2G

In Cologne had on Thursday Thousands of people the Carnival opened in Cologne. At the official start of the session on the Heumarkt as well as in pubs, restaurants and parts of the city center, a 2G regulation applied – only those who had been vaccinated and those who had recovered had access. The fifth season was also opened in Düsseldorf and Mainz with corona-related restrictions.

In many cities and towns there are already huts and stands for Christmas markets expanded. The municipalities demand a uniform strategy. On next Thursday, the executive chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the prime ministers want to discuss the further course.

Clinics warn: intensive care units at their limit

“A binding agreement between the federal government and the states is necessary as to how we can get through the winter with the current corona situation,” said the chief executive of the association of cities and municipalities, Gerd Landsberg, the editorial network Germany (RND). This includes a strategy for the necessary Booster vaccinations. “If possible, 20 million people should have received this vaccination by Christmas.”

More and more clinics are reporting that treatments that are not absolutely necessary are being postponed and that intensive care units are at their limit. “If this dynamic continues, we will very soon only be able to treat emergency and Covid patients,” said Gernot Marx, President of the Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi).

Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer: New lockdown possible

Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) meanwhile does not rule out a new lockdown. His state has the highest numbers nationwide; according to the RKI, the weekly incidence has now exceeded the 500 mark.

The 2G rule will not be enough in the fight against the current corona wave, said Kretschmer on Thursday evening in the ZDF program “Maybrit Illner”. “We have to add further instruments.” Otherwise the current situation could end in a “humanitarian catastrophe”.

Sharp criticism of the traffic light parties’ corona plans

Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff sharply criticized the Corona plans Traffic light parties in the federal government. “I consider the decision to end the pandemic emergency of national scope to be a serious political mistake,” said the CDU politician. “This is also a wrong decision in the matter.” The pandemic situation of national scope must be extended.

The potential government partners SPD, Green and FDP want to let the special status expire on November 25th. The previous legal basis for corona restrictions is to be replaced by a new infection protection law, which is intended to legally secure a smaller catalog of possible corona measures.

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Corona: 2G Plus, free tests – these measures are required by RKI and Spahn