Scientists urge the German authorities not to impose a curfew

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Scientists urge the German authorities not to impose a curfew

Outdoors, the risk of contracting coronavirus drops sharply

A ban on leaving the house is not an effective measure to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, according to physicist Gerhard Scheuch, who previously led the International Society for Aerosol Research (GAeF). In an interview with German radio station WDR 5 on Wednesday, April 14, Scheuch criticized the plans of the German government to impose a curfew from 9:00 pm to 05:00 am in the event of a strong increase in the incidence of coronavirus.

“If we introduce a ban on leaving the house, it will be a signal for residents: Attention! It's dangerous on the street. But this is not at all the case,” said the aerosol researcher. He called such a measure “absurd”, noting that the coronavirus spreads indoors much faster than outdoors. Enclosed meetings should only be held when necessary, and should not last too long, as “every extra hour is very dangerous,” Scheuch cautioned.

Previously, leading aerosol researchers have issued an open letter to federal and state governments, urging them not to resort to measures such as curfews and to motivate residents to spend more time outdoors.

Berlin unifies quarantine restrictions

On the eve of the German government approved amendments to the Law on Epidemiological Protection, providing, in particular, the introduction of a ban on leaving the house from 21.00 to 05.00, if the increase in the incidence rate in a certain settlement or region exceeds 100 cases per 100 thousand population in 7 days. The purpose of the bill is to unify the different rules regarding the tightening of restrictions, which are currently in force in the 16 federal states of Germany. The document should now receive the support of the Bundestag and the Bundesrat (representation of the federal states).

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