The reform of the Infection Protection Act has cleared parliamentary hurdles. in the Bundestag A majority of 415 MPs voted for the reform on Wednesday in order to put the corona measures on a new legal basis in the future. 236 voted against, 8 abstained, as Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) announced.
Then that too was true Federal Council zu, who had met for a special session. In the state chamber, the law received 49 votes and thus a clear majority of the total of 69 votes. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will possibly draft the law on the same day so that it can come into force.
The changes in the law are intended to protect against the Corona-Pandemie put on a more secure legal basis. The text of the law contains a catalog of possible measures to protect against infection, including contact restrictions, business closures and the obligation to wear mouth and nose protection.
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn defended the corona restrictions in the debate and campaigned for further confidence in the crisis management. Rising numbers of infections sooner or later led to increasing suffering in the intensive care units and a loss of control, said the CDU politician. The SPD health politician Bärbel Bas rejected fears that the reform of the Infection Protection Act would expand powers for federal and state governments. “Just the opposite is the case,” she said.
There are still protests against the corona policy in Berlin. The police are still using water cannons against demonstrators. According to the police, more than 100 people have been arrested so far. One is in the three-digit range, including cases of shorter freedom restrictions, said a spokeswoman for the authority. A balance sheet was not expected before Thursday.
The police are currently trying to move slowly with water cannons to clear the space in front of the Brandenburg Gate, the spokeswoman said. The demonstrators are “absolutely persistent.” The resolution of the protest takes time, as children are also there, for example. “It’s only going slowly, not martially.”
At the beginning of the debate, the AfD had initially tried to take the topic off the agenda, but failed because of the unified resistance of the other groups. The parliamentary managing director of the AfD parliamentary group, Bernd Baumann, said: “Today’s bill is an authorization for the government that has not existed since historical times.” MEPs from the other political groups rejected the allegations. The parliamentary manager of the SPD parliamentary group, Carsten Schneider, said the AfD was playing with the comparison with the Enabling Act of 1933. “They not only discredit our democracy, they make it contemptible,” he emphasized.