Stuttgart (AP) - The federal emergency brake with tightening in the fight against the corona pandemic is welcomed by Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens).

"I think that's good, it's right," said the head of government in Stuttgart on Tuesday.

"We're in the pandemic and that's how it's done."

The Federal Cabinet had previously decided to change the Infection Protection Act accordingly in Berlin.

The increasing number of new infections is causing him increasing concern, said Kretschmann.

"My smock is on fire because of the numbers we have there, but the pot is really full."

He assumes that the amended Infection Protection Act will come into force next Monday.

For Baden-Württemberg, however, the new federal requirements would not require any major changes.

"It is tightened in a few places," said Kretschmann.

The number of contacts allowed must be restricted.

A test is now generally required for visits to the hairdresser.

Hardware stores should close again.

According to the will of the Federal Cabinet, the restrictions should apply if the 7-day incidence is above 100 on three consecutive days in a rural district or an independent city.

This means that within a week there are more than 100 newly infected people for every 100,000 inhabitants.

The stricter lockdown and test rules are intended to reduce the number of infected people, Covid-19 patients and deaths until the infection process can be kept under control through progressive vaccinations.


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