(ETH) – New proposals being drawn up by a number of state Governments in Germany will require the worst Covid rule-breakers to be confined in detention centres.
According to the report from The Sun, the extreme measures is the latest in the country’s efforts to stop the spread of the more contagious mutant strain of the coronavirus detected in the UK last month. The report details that in the eastern state of Saxony, those individuals who choose to ignore lockdown measures will reportedly be held in a cordoned-off part of a refugee camp being built next week.
Authroites ensure that the centre will only be used for those who repeatedly breach self-isolation requirements. These measures will also be implemented in neighbouring Brandenburg, while in northerly Schleswig-Holstein rule breakers will be held in a part of a juvenile detention centre.
According to the report, the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg will use rooms in hospitals. Regional governments reportedly have powers to contain people who flout lockdown requirements under the Disease Protection Act, that was first passed by the federal parliament in March, Die Welt repots.
Germany is currently experiencing around 18,000 people tested positive a day, and has so far recorded 47,440 deaths. Markus Söder, head of state of Bavaria, has said the country must start taking the “worrying” mutant strain “extremely seriously”. “The… rules that we have may be clearly too few,” he said, adding that the variant could “quickly jeopardise all efforts of the past few weeks”.