This is a translation and summary of the following news from Germany:
In Germany, the social distance rules for protection against the coronavirus must also be observed in reception centres for asylum seekers. This was announced by the administrative court in Leipzig on Wednesday in a decision. Specifically, it concerned the case of an asylum seeker who had to share a four-square-metre small room with another person in a refugee camp in the district of North Saxony. In addition, the toilets, showers, and kitchen are to accommodate about 50 people.
The court has now released the man from the obligation to live in this accommodation and, in its reasoning, referred to the fact that "it is absolutely necessary to prevent the spread of the disease Covid-19, especially in accommodation for asylum seekers". The man was also at risk of hospitalisation or serious illness due to his age.
"It is a ground-breaking decision, which the Administrative Court of Leipzig issued today and which nevertheless confirms the obvious", writes the association "Sächsischer Flüchtlingsrat" in a first reaction. "This decision means nothing other than that the country must now immediately close the mass housing facilities!"