Because of the sharp increase in the number of infections, the state government of Baden-Württemberg is calling out the highest corona alert.
Further measures to contain the pandemic such as stricter mask requirements in public and further contact restrictions are to apply from Monday. This was announced by Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann of the Greens after an extraordinary cabinet meeting. FURTHER DETAILS FOLLOW
Pandemic level 3 means entry into the "critical phase". This begins in particular when the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants exceeds the limit of 35 within a week. This has been the case in the southwest since last Thursday.
On Friday, the so-called seven-day incidence was 42.2. It is also already clear that from Monday the mask requirement in secondary schools will also apply in lessons. So far, it has only applied to so-called meeting areas such as school corridors, auditoriums and toilets.
Masks still do not have to be worn in primary schools. In the Corona hotspot Stuttgart, a mask is already required in class. The state government introduced the three-stage alarm system in September. The seven-day incidence is decisive for the classification.
But other factors also play a role in the assessment, such as the absolute number of infections, the number of tests or the reproductive value (R value), which indicates how many people a sick person infects with the virus on average.
According to the concept of the state government, the number of people per point of sale should then be restricted in retail. In the catering trade, the serving of alcohol could be restricted, a reservation requirement introduced and operation restricted to outdoor areas.
Events and contact options are to be restricted, and hygiene measures and sanctions for violations are to be expanded. Standard care in hospitals should be limited to the bare minimum.
These measures are intended to avoid a general lockdown - the closure of schools and companies - as far as possible.
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