Germany builds detention centres for those who flout quarantine

Dresden is the site of a new detention camp that will house those who are found guilty in court of breaking quarantine rules.

The State of Saxony has confirmed their plan to repurpose a former refugee camp into a Covid-19 detention camp, where those who have repeatedly flouted self-isolation rules will be detained.

Other states will use hospital rooms and regular detention centres under laws passed by the Bundestag in November which aim to clamp down on those who refuse to quarantine after a positive test or contact with a Covid-19 carrier.

AfD MP Joana Cotar criticised the plan, accusing lawmakers of ‘reading too much Orwell’.

Some Saxon lawmakers have defended the initiative however, claiming citizens would only be held in a small number of cases.

“We don’t assume that there will be very many, but in the event that a court decides that way, there will be a facility to accommodate them,” a spokesperson told RT.

Rule-breakers will have to get a warning and a fine before any judge sentences them to a detention camp.

Over 2 million Germans are confirmed to have carried the virus since the outbreak early last year, with the death toll now at 47,440.

Although the country was widely viewed as a success story in its initial handling of the virus, Germany is now seeing almost 18,000 confirmed cases every day.

Angela Merkel has said the country could need 10 more weeks of hard lockdown measures in order to overcome the situation.

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