Because the Corona incidence value has exceeded the 35 mark nationwide since Thursday, Baden-Württemberg is close to pandemic level 3. According to SWR information, the state government will hold an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Saturday.
On average, 42.2 people per 100,000 inhabitants have been infected with the corona virus in Baden-Württemberg in the past seven days. According to the State Health Office, the limit to pandemic level 3 has been exceeded. That is the highest level in that three-level alarm system, which the country introduced in September. Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) said on Friday that the state government was about to to declare pandemic level 3. Citizens should expect the third level of the pandemic to be declared on Monday at the latest.
The Green politician appealed again to the population on Friday. “We can only break the wave if we act now.” More than ever, it comes down to people’s personal responsibility. If the infection dynamics are not broken, there will of course be no Christmas markets, so the Green politician.
The 50 mark could be exceeded at the weekend
If it continued like this, Baden-Württemberg would exceed the critical mark of 50 detected new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in one week at the weekend. As the SWR has learned from government circles, the state government will meet on Saturday for an extraordinary cabinet meeting and deal with the further procedure. Accordingly, the critical alarm level 3 should then be declared.
However, the SPD misses consistency in the state government’s crisis management. “Most of the content of the state concept for the second stage is so far only on paper,” said the SPD parliamentary group leader Andreas Stoch. “That’s why I’m afraid that it won’t be any different with the third stage. But the second wave cannot just be appealed away.”
The number of infections is increasing – the state government has now initiated the second stage of the corona pandemic. The country follows a three-step concept. But what does that mean?
What does pandemic level 3 mean?
At critical level 3, the affected municipalities and districts can initiate further restrictions, such as restricting catering to the outdoor area or limiting the number of customers in retail. A dossier on the three-step concept gives the municipalities recommendations and serves as a guide.
In the local area, a shutdown is also possible in the case of level 3 if previous measures are not sufficient. Depending on the pandemic level, this should be decided on site. The Ministry of Social Affairs is then in close contact with the individual municipalities in order to reliably pass on information and take the necessary steps. In contrast to the shutdown in spring, the green-black government in Baden-Württemberg definitely wants to avoid state-wide closings.
Reservation requirements in restaurants and hospitals restrict regular operations
If level 3 is declared, this means further restrictions – for example from public and private events. If you want to eat in a restaurant or go to the pub, you have to reserve a seat. In addition, the hospitals should only treat patients who urgently need it. However, it is still unclear which of these possible measures will actually come into force. According to a spokesman for the Ministry of Social Affairs, the state government could then decide on individual measures depending on the infection rate.
What measures will schools have to take?
In the case of level 3 in a district, the Ministry of Culture has issued a new ordinance for schools. From the fifth grade onwards, pupils must also wear a mask in class – those who refuse to use a mask must expect sanctions. If teachers refuse to wear mouth and nose protection, they are not allowed to enter the school premises.
“If the numbers rise as they do now in the whole of Baden-Württemberg, we have to take stricter measures,” said Minister of Culture Susanne Eisenmann (CDU). “I’m confident that the schools can do that.” A good 600 of 67,500 classes are currently in quarantine. “It’s spread out well.”
The coronavirus is coming back with all its might, the country threatens to lose control. The state government in Baden-Württemberg is therefore tightening the mask requirement in schools.
Several regions in Baden-Württemberg with a high incidence value
In the Esslingen district, the so-called incidence value was highest on Friday at 89.3. In Stuttgart it fell slightly to 79.6. The Alb-Danube district (51.2), the districts of Ludwigsburg (67.7), Schwäbisch Hall (54.4), Tübingen (66) and the Schwarzwald-Baar district (61, 2). The cities of Mannheim (58.3), Baden-Baden (54.4), Heilbronn (74.3) and Ulm (50.5) also exceeded the value.
Concept supplements Corona rules
The three-step concept presented by Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens), Culture Minister Susanne Eisenmann (CDU) and Social Affairs Minister Manfred Lucha (Greens) in mid-September complements the corona rules in Baden-Württemberg. Depending on the infection rate, the individual municipalities can take stricter measures. This is to prevent nationwide and nationwide restrictions such as those in March and April as far as possible.