German Constitutional Court Declares Lockdown Legal, German Federal States Announce New COVID-19 measures

(Credit: dpa) The German Constitutional Court has rejected motions that challenged the German Federal Emergency Brake in April 2021, and subsequently declared a state of lockdown as a legal instrument to fight COVID-19. Following the decision by the Court, Prime Ministers of German federal states have agreed to bring further restrictive measures in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. {…}

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute Urges Immediate Massive Contact Reduction as Hospitals Face Overload

(Credit: RKI official website) Dr. Lothar Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute, stated that Germany needed an immediate massive contact reduction without further delay. On the press conference with the Health Minister Jens Spahn, Wieler sounded clearly frustrated with the current epidemiological situation in Germany. “How many more people have to die?” asked  the President of the Robert Koch {…}

German Parliament Approves Changes to Infection Protection Act

(Credit: Federal Government/Steffen Kugler) Both chambers of the German Parliament – Bundestag and Bundesrat – have approved changes to the Infection Protection Act, giving Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet the power to impose tougher nationwide measures against COVID-19 pandemic in Germany. The federal states will have to comply with the federal government’s orders and the law will initially apply until the {…}