It is not about Corona anymore
Restrictions continue in Germany independent of all metrics, despite falling hospitalisations.
As Bild points out, the federal and state governments of Germany decided in a summit on 18 November that Corona restrictions would be based no longer on infections, but on the “hospitalisation incidence.” This is the number of new Corona-related hospital admissions per 100,000 people in seven days. Germany had decided to ignore infections and make the healthcare burden the primary focus of restrictions targeting the unvaccinated. A month after the introduction of this new rule, though, a further summit on 21 December imposed contact restrictions and forbade large gatherings independently of the hospitalisation incidence, and some German states – like Bavaria – imposed even harsher local rules. Now, nobody talks about the hospitalisation incidence anymore, although it is very low. If Germany were still governed by the rules established on 18 November, the harsh 2G+ restrictions would apply only in three of Germany’s sixteen states.
Why set the hospitalisation incidence aside? Isn’t this all about relieving the burden on our healthcare systems?