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Germany to repurpose refugee camps to detain people who repeatedly flout Covid rules by going out when they should be quarantining

  • Germans who don’t quarantine to be held in detention centres under Covid rules
  • State of Saxony has confirmed plans to hold rule-breakers in a refugee camp
  • Baden-Württemberg will use two hospital rooms under watch of German police
  • Schleswig-Holstein will use an area within a juvenile detention centre 

By Jack Wright For Mailonline

Published: 00:02 GMT, 18 January 2021 | Updated: 07:29 GMT, 18 January 2021

Germans who refuse to quarantine after being exposed to Covid will be held in detention centres under new rules prepared by regional authorities.

The eastern state of Saxony has confirmed plans to hold quarantine-flouters in a fenced-off section of a refugee camp set to be build next week.

The regional state claimed that the facility will only be used for people who have repeatedly flouted lockdown rules around self-isolation.

Baden-Württemberg in south-west Germany will use two hospital rooms to detain repeat offenders, who will be guarded by police.

In Brandenburg, authorities will detain a section of a refugees centre, while Schleswig-Holstein will use an area within a juvenile detention centre. 

Legal experts told Die Welt that state governments have powers to detain people for breaching quarantine rules under the Disease Protection Act, passed by the German Bundestag last March and renewed in November.

The plan has been widely criticised, with AfD MP Joana Cotar accused the Saxony government of ‚reading too much Orwell‘.

German authorities have come under fire for their management of the pandemic, with proposals to impose national vaccine mandates in a bid to control the virus branded ’social dynamite‘ by opposition figures.  

It comes as Chancellor Angela Merkel considers imposing a ‚mega-lockdown‘  and suspending public transport after sparking a public backlash in the UK by calling ‚mutant‘ Covid the ‚British virus‘.Chancellor Angela Merkel considers imposing a 'mega-lockdown' and suspending public transport after sparking a public backlash in the UK by calling 'mutant' Covid the 'British virus'+13

Chancellor Angela Merkel considers imposing a ‚mega-lockdown‘ and suspending public transport after sparking a public backlash in the UK by calling ‚mutant‘ Covid the ‚British virus‘The eastern state of Saxony has confirmed plans to hold quarantine-flouters in a fenced-off section of a refugee camp set to be build next week+13

The eastern state of Saxony has confirmed plans to hold quarantine-flouters in a fenced-off section of a refugee camp set to be build next weekNurses tend to Covid patients in the Covid intensive care unit at Leipzig university hospital+13

Nurses tend to Covid patients in the Covid intensive care unit at Leipzig university hospitalPictured: A graph comparing the 7-day average deaths per million people in the UK, Germany and France. While the UK in particular is seeing similar numbers to that of the first wave, Germany is seeing far higher numbers than in the Spring during the second wave. Germany's Robert Koch Institute said a record 1,244 deaths were confirmed on Thursday+13

Pictured: A graph comparing the 7-day average deaths per million people in the UK, Germany and France. While the UK in particular is seeing similar numbers to that of the first wave, Germany is seeing far higher numbers than in the Spring during the second wave. Germany’s Robert Koch Institute said a record 1,244 deaths were confirmed on Thursday

Mass-selling newspaper Bild reported Ms Merkel wants to effectively shut down the country almost totally, amid a general fear of the fast=spreading variant of coronavirus first detected in southern England.  

Countries in Europe are bracing themselves for the impact of the new variant of Covid-19, which has caused daily cases to drastically increase in the UK, driving up the number of hospitalisations, and ultimately deaths.  

In neighbouring France, the government is expected to announce new restrictions on Thursday, also amid fears of the UK variant, but unlike some of its neighbours a full lockdown appears off the agenda for now.

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Jean-François Delfraissy, head of the scientific council advising the government on the epidemic, told France Info radio on Wednesday that the UK variant accounted for an estimated 1 percent of new Covid-19 infections. 

This, he said, was not enough to justify closing schools in the country, saying ‚We think English data on the variant are not definitive enough to lead us to recommend the closing of schools in France.‘

While the new variant is yet to become widespread in Germany, experts are concerned that their current coronavirus measures are not strict enough, especially given the new strain is seemingly more contagious than that of the first wave.   

Germans who refuse to quarantine after being exposed to Covid will be held in detention centres under new rules prepared by regional authorities.

The eastern state of Saxony has confirmed plans to hold quarantine-flouters in a fenced-off section of a refugee camp set to be build next week.

The regional state claimed that the facility will only be used for people who have repeatedly flouted lockdown rules around self-isolation.

Baden-Württemberg in south-west Germany will use two hospital rooms to detain repeat offenders, who will be guarded by police.

In Brandenburg, authorities will detain a section of a refugees centre, while Schleswig-Holstein will use an area within a juvenile detention centre. 

Legal experts told Die Welt that state governments have powers to detain people for breaching quarantine rules under the Disease Protection Act, passed by the German Bundestag last March and renewed in November.

The plan has been widely criticised, with AfD MP Joana Cotar accused the Saxony government of ‚reading too much Orwell‘.

German authorities have come under fire for their management of the pandemic, with proposals to impose national vaccine mandates in a bid to control the virus branded ’social dynamite‘ by opposition figures.  

It comes as Chancellor Angela Merkel considers imposing a ‚mega-lockdown‘  and suspending public transport after sparking a public backlash in the UK by calling ‚mutant‘ Covid the ‚British virus‘.Chancellor Angela Merkel considers imposing a 'mega-lockdown' and suspending public transport after sparking a public backlash in the UK by calling 'mutant' Covid the 'British virus'+13

Chancellor Angela Merkel considers imposing a ‚mega-lockdown‘ and suspending public transport after sparking a public backlash in the UK by calling ‚mutant‘ Covid the ‚British virus‘The eastern state of Saxony has confirmed plans to hold quarantine-flouters in a fenced-off section of a refugee camp set to be build next week+13

The eastern state of Saxony has confirmed plans to hold quarantine-flouters in a fenced-off section of a refugee camp set to be build next weekNurses tend to Covid patients in the Covid intensive care unit at Leipzig university hospital+13

Nurses tend to Covid patients in the Covid intensive care unit at Leipzig university hospitalPictured: A graph comparing the 7-day average deaths per million people in the UK, Germany and France. While the UK in particular is seeing similar numbers to that of the first wave, Germany is seeing far higher numbers than in the Spring during the second wave. Germany's Robert Koch Institute said a record 1,244 deaths were confirmed on Thursday+13

Pictured: A graph comparing the 7-day average deaths per million people in the UK, Germany and France. While the UK in particular is seeing similar numbers to that of the first wave, Germany is seeing far higher numbers than in the Spring during the second wave. Germany’s Robert Koch Institute said a record 1,244 deaths were confirmed on Thursday

Mass-selling newspaper Bild reported Ms Merkel wants to effectively shut down the country almost totally, amid a general fear of the fast=spreading variant of coronavirus first detected in southern England.  

Countries in Europe are bracing themselves for the impact of the new variant of Covid-19, which has caused daily cases to drastically increase in the UK, driving up the number of hospitalisations, and ultimately deaths.  

In neighbouring France, the government is expected to announce new restrictions on Thursday, also amid fears of the UK variant, but unlike some of its neighbours a full lockdown appears off the agenda for now.

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Jean-François Delfraissy, head of the scientific council advising the government on the epidemic, told France Info radio on Wednesday that the UK variant accounted for an estimated 1 percent of new Covid-19 infections. 

This, he said, was not enough to justify closing schools in the country, saying ‚We think English data on the variant are not definitive enough to lead us to recommend the closing of schools in France.‘

While the new variant is yet to become widespread in Germany, experts are concerned that their current coronavirus measures are not strict enough, especially given the new strain is seemingly more contagious than that of the first wave.   

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