A court in the German city of Weimar acquitted the man for violating coronavirus restrictions, and in the verdict called the quarantine measures “a catastrophic mistake.” This was announced on Friday, January 22nd, by Focus Online.
The case that was pending was an administrative offense with the threat of a fine of over € 200: the young man celebrated his birthday on April 24, 2020 with seven friends in the backyard of the house. However, he violated the decree of the federal state of Thuringia on protection against coronavirus. It said that it was allowed to meet only “one person outside the home.”
The court concluded that the man would be acquitted and the state treasury would have to bear the legal costs and necessary expenses of the person concerned. The court ruled that there was no “health emergency” in Thuringia or anywhere else in Germany in the spring of 2020. Consequently, there was no risk that the health care system would collapse, nor that the number of deaths would rise “at very different rates” than “with regular waves of influenza.”
Consequently, the state did not have the right to order the blockade and thus apply “the most comprehensive and far-reaching restrictions on fundamental human rights”.
Thus, the decision of the court called into question, as the journalists of the German edition note, all the measures of the government of the country and the authorities of various states of Germany. In addition, the court went against the opinion of scientists and politicians on methods of preventing the spread of coronavirus.
A few days ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the country’s authorities had decided to extend the regime of restrictive measures until at least February 14, additional restrictions were being introduced. She noted that the lockdown in the country has been extended “as a precaution and for the sake of the health of citizens, as well as in the interests of the economy and the labor market.”
On January 18, the publication Münchner Merkur reported that a previously unknown mutation of the coronavirus was detected in the federal state of Bavaria in Germany.