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RKI and the federal government report on the Corona situation – but a familiar face is missing this time

On Friday, the RKI and the federal government will report on the corona situation in Germany. After a groundbreaking court ruling, the convalescent status should also become an issue.

Munich – The corona situation in Germany seems to be on the way to relaxation. Shortly before the federal-state consultations on Wednesday (February 16), Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach had declared the peak of the omicron wave to be over. Shortly thereafter, the Prime Ministers of the federal states and Chancellor Olaf Scholz agreed at the Corona summit on a relaxation schedule until March 20th.

Recovered status: court declares shortening by the RKI to be illegal

The positive trend is also reflected in the latest figures. The nationwide seven-day incidence * fell for the seventh day in a row – albeit only slightly at first. Even if the RKI always warns that the value is only conditionally meaningful due to “under-recording”, a trend can be guessed at.

Experts want to give a detailed report on the current corona situation in Germany at the federal press conference on Friday. In addition to Health Minister Karl Lauterbach*, Michael Meyer-Hermann will speak. He is head of the Systems Immunology department at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig. However, there will not be a familiar face. RKI boss Lothar Wieler is missing and will be represented by his deputy Lars Schaade.

PK on the corona situation in Germany: convalescent status should become an issue

In addition to the current corona numbers, the recovered status should also be an issue. A regulation that came into force in mid-January gave the Robert Koch Institute the power to decide who is considered recovered from the corona pandemic, under what circumstances and for how long. The RKI promptly decreed that the duration of the recovered status was reduced from 180 to 90 days.

Lawsuits from citizens followed, which were now successful. In addition to other courts, the Berlin administrative court decided in summary proceedings that it was not the RKI, but the federal government* itself that had to decide on the validity of the convalescent status. In the meantime, the Robert Koch Institute had specified that the reduction in the status of those who had recovered only affected those who had not been vaccinated. At the most recent Corona summit, it was also decided that the RKI would no longer be allowed to make decisions independently in the future. (AFP/dpa/mt) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

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