Germans who repeatedly refuse quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 will be held in detention centers – and even under police guard, according to reports.
Officials in the state of Saxony – which is experiencing one of the worst outbreaks in the European nation – have already approved plans to detain quarantine switches in a fenced area of a refugee camp, The Telegraph reported.
Another country, Brandenburg, also plans to use part of a refugee camp.
In Schleswig-Holstein, recidivists will be detained in a special area in a juvenile detention center, the report said, citing the German newspaper Welt.
In the state of Baden-Württemberg, there are two hospitals with rooms where the insults are kept, which will be guarded by the police, the report said.
The centers aim to detain only those who continue to break locks even after the fine, the report said.
States have been empowered to do so under the Disease Protection Act, an emergency law passed by the German Bundestag last March and renewed in November, Dr. Christoph Degenhart, an expert in administrative law, told Die Welt.
Joanna Kotar, a member of the populist Alternative for Germany party, wrote on Twitter that the participants in the centers had “read too much Orwell”.
Germany has seen more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 47,000 deaths since Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University.