Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann recommended that the federal states ignore the isolation recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) during the corona pandemic. “Countries can decide that at their own discretion. There is only one recommendation from the RKI," said the FDP politician of the "Bild am Sonntag". “If a state believes it is reasonable to lift isolation requirements, it can do so. So I can only call out to these state governments: Go ahead, you have every opportunity!"
The RKI recommends that the federal states order five days of isolation for infected people. An urgent recommendation is made to only end self-isolation afterwards if a (self-)test is negative. Health and care workers should also have been symptom-free 48 hours before the test was taken.
Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse and Schleswig-Holstein have asked Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) in a joint letter to ensure that the federal authority RKI changes its recommendation. People should stay at home on their own responsibility in the event of corona disease. Lauterbach immediately rejected this. In view of the increasing number of cases, one does not want to “pour oil on the fire” and increase the risk of infections occurring in companies or at gatherings.
Buschmann also held out the prospect of an end to all corona measures for next spring: "If the situation in the hospitals remains stable this winter, Corona is very likely to be a general risk to life from spring and the last measures could expire," he said.
The RKI gave the seven-day incidence of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants on Saturday morning as 497 (previous week: 309; previous month: 237). However, experts assume that the number will be double or triple, because many infected people no longer have a PCR test done and are therefore not recorded. According to the RKI, 116 people died of or with Corona within one day.