Erfurt (dpa/th) – Most corona rules in Thuringia have been lifted, as in most other federal states. On Sunday, the mask obligation ended in almost all public spaces and access restrictions, including in restaurants (3G), were no longer applicable. According to the Ministry of Health, only the basic protection provided by the Federal Infection Protection Act applies. Incidence was also above average on Sunday with 1,901.8 new infections per 100,000 population in seven days – but again with a slight downward trend.
Health Minister Heike Werner (left) recommended that citizens voluntarily wear masks in closed rooms in future. She gave events, hairdresser visits and shopping as examples. Masks should only be worn on buses and trains, in doctors’ surgeries, hospitals and nursing homes. They are also mandatory in community facilities for the homeless and refugees. According to the ministry, a test is only compulsory for visitors and employees of hospitals and nursing homes.
On Sunday, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the Ministry of Health, the incidence fell compared to Saturday with a value of 1937.8. On Friday it was as high as on Sunday. In 24 hours, 3696 new Sars-CoV-2 infections were added in Thuringia, compared to 4674 on Sunday a week ago. Five more people died with or because of Corona. The Free State is therefore always above national incidence. With the weekend values, it should be kept in mind that not all health authorities may have provided data.
The red-red-green coalition had failed in the state parliament with plans to extend previous corona measures via a hotspot settlement until May 8. “With mutual consideration, responsible action and special protection for the elderly and the sick, we can leave the climate of fear behind us,” said CDU faction leader Mario Voigt. “No one should be looked down upon if they continue to wear a mask.”
On Sunday, Voigt called for a quick relaxation of quarantine rules. This could, among other things, reduce staffing shortages in the health system. Thuringia should quickly consider the proposal of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Robert Koch Institute – it provides for the duration to be generally reduced to five days.
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