Instead, the “Austrian model” should be introduced, the health ministers of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Schleswig-Holstein want. A ten-day “traffic restriction” takes effect instead of isolation.
Demand in the face of a possible corona autumn wave Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Schleswig-Holstein to reassess the obligation to isolate by October 10 at the latest – and at best to abolish it. The current rule is that infected people must isolate themselves at home for at least five days, even if they have no symptoms of the disease. In a letter to Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD), which Süddeutsche Zeitung is available, the Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU), his two counterparts from Hesse and Baden-Württemberg, Kai Klose and Manfred Lucha (both Greens), and the Schleswig-Holstein Health Minister Kerstin von der Decken (CDU) are now promoting a model like this in Austria, which already abolished the obligation to isolate last August and replaced it with a ten-day “traffic restriction”.
The Austrian rules stipulate that people with a positive corona test result are allowed to move around in public spaces if they wear an FFP2 mask – also at work. There is also a ban on entering infected people, for example in hospitals, care facilities, kindergartens or schools. After five days, it is possible to test yourself free from the “traffic restriction” with a negative PCR test. “The end of the obligation to isolate has not led to any relevant increase in reported cases in Austria,” says the letter from the state ministers to Lauterbach. One therefore sees “the urgent need to reassess the necessity and duration of the isolation” of corona infected people.
The ministers refer to the “high basic immunity in the population”
The Austrian Ministry of Health justified the end of the obligation to isolate with the psychological and social consequences of the corona pandemic. Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Schleswig-Holstein argue in their letter that there is now “a high level of basic immunity in the population”. People’s behavior can now “be given more responsibility to the citizens”. Nevertheless, the four state ministries are also in favor of continuing to recommend infected people with symptoms to stay at home.
“I expect the RKI to position itself clearly again,” said Bavaria’s Health Minister Holetschek on Tuesday when asked by the SZ. He is surprised that RKI boss Lothar Wieler “is no longer visible”. The impression is created that Federal Minister Lauterbach “no longer attaches importance to the assessment of the RKI,” said Holetschek.
In addition to Austria, other countries, including Denmark, Great Britain, Spain and Switzerland, have also abolished the obligation to isolate. Corresponding demands were also recently made in Germany, especially during the debate about the new Infection Protection Act that was recently passed by the Bundestag. The FDP in particular had advocated abolishing the obligation to isolate. But the five-day isolation order is still in place. In addition, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recommends only leaving the house after the five days if a rapid antigen test is negative. For contact persons of infected people, on the other hand, there are no longer any quarantine regulations, only one recommendation: reduce contacts, especially with risk groups.