Reports say Germans refusing to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 would be held in detention centers and under police guard.
The Telegraph said that officials in Saxony state-approved plans to hold violators in a refugee camp’s fenced-off section. Saxony currently has one of the worst outbreaks in the European nation.
Meanwhile, the state of Brandenburg is also planning to utilize a section of a refugee camp.
According to Germany’s Welt newspaper, repeat offenders in Schleswig-Holstein would be held in a juvenile detention center special area.
The report said the Baden-Württemberg state allocated two hospitals with rooms to hold the repeat offenders guarded by the police. It clarified that the centers would only detain those who continue to break lockdown restrictions even after being fined.
Expert in administrative law, Dr. Christoph Degenhart, told Die Welt that states were granted the powers under the disease protection act – an emergency law passed by the German Bundestag in March and later renewed in November.
According to John Hopkins University, Germany has recorded over 2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and roughly 47,000 deaths as of Monday.
A member of the populist Alternative for Germany party, Joana Cotar, wrote on Twitter that people involved in the centers have been “reading too much Orwell.”