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Status: 07/26/2022 12:30 p.m.

Abolition of the corona isolation obligation? Teachers’ associations strictly oppose this: it would again lead to nationwide school closures in the fall – and the “school house of cards” could collapse.

The proposal to lift the obligation to isolate people infected with the corona virus has drawn a lot of criticism. In addition to the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony Stephan Weil, the teachers’ associations also spoke out against the proposal of the chief medical expert, Andreas Gassen.

The president of the Association of German Teachers, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, rejected the proposal to the newspapers of the editorial network Germany. The combination of declining vaccine protection, lifting the mask requirement, reducing testing and dismantling quarantine and isolation measures currently under discussion has fostered a large wave of infections. autumn, which could seriously endanger the functioning of schools.

Meidinger went on to say that if more than 20% of a college is sick, normal school operation is usually hardly possible. If there’s agreement that “keeping schools open has to be the primary and most important focus in the fall, then you can’t just drop everything.”

The shortage of teachers could worsen

The Federal President of the Association for Education and Training, Udo Beckmann, expressed a similar concern about the proposal. He told RND: “If all quarantine and protective measures are abandoned and infections can spread unhindered, there is a risk that the current shortage of teachers will worsen to such an extent that the castle of school cards will eventually collapse.”

Problems caused by teacher shortages existed before the pandemic began, Beckmann said. But ‘even before the holidays, rising infections among teachers contributed to the already strained staff situation worsening unbearably’.

It is currently mandatory for five days

All people infected with the corona virus are currently required to self-isolate for at least five days. Gassen had requested the lifting of this obligation. This way, staff shortages in clinics and elsewhere could be avoided. The FDP also calls for this obligation to be waived in the future.

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach wants to keep the current regulations. If infected people were not isolated, there would be many more infections, he said on Monday. It would also lead to more deaths. The isolation requirement makes the workplace safe.

The debate over the isolation of corona positives continues

Eva Ellermann, ARD Berlin, July 26, 2022, 2:54 p.m.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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