German Court Rules Strict Corona Measures Were Legal

The strict corona measures in Germany earlier this year were legal, the constitutional court in Karlsruhe has ruled.


In the spring, social contacts were restricted, a curfew was imposed, and schools were closed. The verdict could pave the way for new, stricter measures in the country.

The measures were introduced in April during the third wave of contamination. According to the court, measures infringed several fundamental rights but were allowed because of “the extreme danger of the pandemic”.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her intended successor Olaf Scholz will talk with the state prime ministers on Tuesday about tightening the corona measures.

The consultation, which has been brought forward due to the verdict, comes at a time when the number of infections is rising rapidly, and more and more hospitals have to transfer corona patients due to crowds.

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