Violations of corona rules: Altmaier wants tougher punishments

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Are rising numbers of new corona infections jeopardizing the economic recovery? The Federal Minister of Economics criticizes an “irresponsible wrongdoing” of some people – and wants consequences.


“Anyone who deliberately endangers others must expect that this will have serious consequences for them,” says Peter Altmaier.

Berlin (dpa) – In view of rising corona infection numbers, Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier has spoken out for harsher penalties for violations of corona rules.

“Anyone who deliberately endangers others must expect that this will have serious consequences for them,” said Altmaier of the German Press Agency in Berlin. “We must not jeopardize the recovery that is just beginning by accepting a further increase in infections.”

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The vast majority of the population remains extremely responsible. “What we are currently experiencing in terms of risk increases is largely due to the careless and sometimes irresponsible misconduct of a very small number of people,” said Altmaier.

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“We have to prevent this more effectively than before and take effective action in cases where there are infections and outbreaks: This includes fines and penalties if it is a matter of intent or gross negligence,” he said.

There are different catalogs of fines for violations of corona rules in the federal states, for example if the minimum distance is not observed, no mouth-nose protection is worn in local public transport or corona “parties” are celebrated. As a result of the Corona crisis, Germany’s gross domestic product collapsed in the double digits in the second quarter. Altmaier expects the economy to grow again across the board in autumn.

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