Curfew in Flensburg to prevent the mutant from spreading

IIn the city of Flensburg, due to the rapidly increasing number of corona infections and the high spread of the virus variant, stricter protective measures apply from Saturday. There is a curfew between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., and you may only leave your apartment or house during this time for good reason, and you are still allowed to go to work or to the doctor. Violations should be punished with fines. Contact restrictions are also tightened, and meetings with people who do not belong to your own household are prohibited.

Matthias Wyssuwa

Political correspondent for Northern Germany and Scandinavia based in Hamburg.

This was announced by Schleswig-Holstein’s Prime Minister Daniel Günther on Wednesday evening in a hastily convened press conference in Kiel. There are also tightenings for the neighboring district of Schleswig-Flensburg. “It is still important that every single person avoids unnecessary contacts,” said Günther. It has always been made clear that all steps in one direction or the other are always dependent on the assessments of the situation on site.

The situation picture of the health authorities in Flensburg and Schleswig-Flensburg make tightening necessary. The stricter rules should initially apply for one week, but can be extended for a further week. In the rest of the country, the announced easing should remain.

The RKI reported an incidence of 185 for the city of Flensburg on Thursday. The reason for the high number of infections is believed to be the proximity to the Danish border. In the neighboring country, the number of infections has recently fallen, but the British virus variant already makes up a large part of the new infections. In Flensburg there are already more than a third of the infections that can be traced back to the mutation. The Mayor of Flensburg, Simone Lange, said that the situation “in Flensburg is worrying”. The SPD health politician Karl Lauterbach called for a “strict lockdown” in view of the spread of the mutants in Flensburg. The example shows what threatens if the mutant B.1.1.7 spreads, he said on Twitter.

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