Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach has asked the federal states not to wait too long to make masks compulsory for indoor use. He spread a message on Twitter in which a graphic shows the sharp increase in corona numbers in Bavaria and especially Munich since the beginning of the Oktoberfest.
He wrote on Saturday evening: “It would not have been necessary if self-tests had been carried out before admission. The price per measure would not have reached 2-3 euros. However, the development shows what will happen if the countries with the obligation to wear masks in the interior wait too long.”
In Bavaria, the seven-day incidence of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants rose within a week by 86 percent to 655 on Friday morning, in Munich by almost 200 percent to 793. Nationwide it was 497 on Saturday morning.
Experts assume that the real numbers are two to three times as high because many infected people no longer do a PCR test and are therefore not recorded. The number of hospital admissions related to Corona within a week rose in Bavaria by 71 percent to 1469.
Nationwide, there is an FFP2 mask requirement only in long-distance trains and long-distance buses, nursing homes, clinics and medical practices. The federal states decide on regional transport – but their health ministers are sticking to the mask requirement there.
With the new regulation that has been in force since Saturday, the federal states can prescribe even stricter measures on their own, such as compulsory masks in shops and restaurants. (dpa)
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