Germans who repeatedly refuse to be quarantined after exposure to COVID-19 are reportedly being held in detention centers – and even under police protection.
Officials in the Saxon country, which is experiencing one of the worst outbreaks in the European nation, have already approved plans to keep quarantine breakers in a fenced portion of a refugee camp, The Telegraph said.
Another federal state, Brandenburg, is also planning to use part of a refugee camp.
In Schleswig-Holstein, repeat offenders are being held in a special area in a juvenile detention center, the report says, citing the German newspaper.
The state of Baden-Württemberg has two hospitals with rooms for the mockers who are guarded by the police, according to the report.
The centers aim to arrest only those who continue to lift the lock even after being fined, the report said.
The states were given the powers to do so under the Emergency Act passed by the German Bundestag last March and renewed in November, said Dr. Christoph Degenhart, expert in administrative law, opposite Die Welt.
Joana Cotar, member of the populist Alternative für Deutschland party, tweeted that those involved in the centers had “read too much Orwell”.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and nearly 47,000 deaths in Germany on Monday.