Several virologists and medical professionals are calling for the partial lockdown to be extended
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Has the Lockdown light already shown sufficient effect? No, say virologists and medical professionals. They are demanding that the restrictions, which are limited to the end of November, be extended or even tightened.
M.Honorable virologists and doctors consider an extension or even tightening of the previous restrictions to be necessary in view of the continued high number of corona infections.
“The aim was to achieve a significant decrease in new infections. Almost three weeks after the start of the measures, however, we do not see a clear drop, but rather a sideways movement, “said the chief virologist at Heidelberg University, Hans-Georg Kräusslich, of”Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung” (Saturday). “So it is clear that the real goal has not been achieved.”
The virologist Alexander Kekulé therefore calls for tightening. “At the next federal-state meeting on Wednesday, new anti-corona resolutions are absolutely necessary. This should include that at all secondary schools the classes are divided immediately and switched to alternating lessons, ”said the expert from the University of Halle-Wittenberg of the“ Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung ”(Saturday). At the same time, he advocated leaving daycare centers and elementary schools open.
“Second, the Christmas holidays nationwide should start a week before December 24th.” That would be December 17th – in most countries the holidays start on December 19th, in others not until December 23rd. “This would also significantly reduce contacts outside of school,” explained Kekulé. That could create a valuable buffer to get back into the green by the turn of the year.
View of the intensive care units: Extension of the partial lockdown is required
The President of the German Medical Association, Klaus Reinhardt, expects the restrictions, which are initially limited to the end of November, to be extended. “You have to assume that the lockdown light will continue in December. This is also necessary in view of the situation in the intensive care units, ”he told the“ Passauer Neue Presse ”(Saturday). He warned against excessive tightening: “We should pay close attention to the specific design of the measures.”
The chairman of the board of the Central Institute for Statutory Health Insurance (ZI), Dominik von Stillfried, does not consider the seven-day incidence value of 50 corona infected people per 100,000 inhabitants set out in the Infection Protection Act to be very meaningful. “It is not differentiated according to age; the use of intensive care units and mortality are strongly age-dependent, “explained the head of the research facility of the statutory health insurance doctors inMannheim morning” (Saturday).
“If we want to prevent hospitals from reaching their limits and possibly having to decide which patients to treat and which not, the early warning system must show how high the proportion of risk groups among the infected is.”