Four states in the country will now create new detention centres for those who repeatedly violate the lockdown measures. The eastern state of Saxony is set to use part of a refugee camp to hold coronavirus rule breakers. A further three states, Baden-Württemberg, Brandenburg and Schleswig-Holstein, will also create facilities in order to hold rule-breakers.
In Baden-Wurttemberg, the repeat offenders will be guarded by police, while Schleswig-Holstein will use an area within a juvenile detention centre.
Dr Christoph Degenhart, an expert in administrative law, told German publication Die Welt that federal states had been given the power to detain people who break quarantine rules.
This is due to the disease protection act, an emergency law passed by the German government in March and renewed in November.
The new detentions centres have drawn comparison to prisons in East Germany during the Cold War.
German politician for the Alternative for Germany party, Jona Cotar, claimed some states had “read too much Orwell”.
Angela Merkel’s government has extended its lockdown measures until mid-February to try and stop the spread of infection.
Germany has seen a rise in anti-coronavirus protests as well as anti-vaxxers.
Last month, several cities in the country held rallies against the latest measures brought in by the government.
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He also criticised those who had constructed conspiracy theories concerning the virus.
Mr Henn said: “I urgently recommend that these alarmists go to the nearest hospital and present their conspiracy theories to the doctors and nurses who have just come from the overcrowded intensive care unit completely exhausted.”
Like many other EU states, Germany has struggled to implement its vaccination programme.
Although purchased by the EU Commission, individual states are responsible for putting in place their own programmes to rollout the drugs.
Breaking away from the EU, the German government has also agreed a deal for an additional 30 million doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer drug.
Germany is also moving to buy doses from other EU states who do not use their full quota.
This means it will purchase 50 million of the 160 million Moderna doses.
While Germany is free to take up unused doses, the separate bilateral deal is a violation of the Commission’s vaccination strategy.