Before the Corona summit, the political scramble for possible easing is great. Chancellor Merkel warns of a “third wave” – and is still planning a step-by-step plan to open it up.
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Berlin – Around a week before the next federal-state summit, the debate about possible easing of the corona restrictions is picking up speed. Intensive care physicians were among the voices warning of a further weakening of the requirements on Tuesday. The hospitality industry, however, demanded that the federal and state governments must develop a “realistic” scenario for the reopening of this industry.
The lockdown, which has been in effect since mid-December, is currently limited to the Sunday after next. In view of the recent increase in the number of infections, the federal government is currently skeptical about possible further easing. On Tuesday, the incidence of new infections per 100,000 population fell slightly in seven days, but remained just over 60.
Corona easing after federal-state summit? Merkel urges caution
Merkel urged caution in a meeting of the Union parliamentary group in view of the increasing numbers. It will not do anyone a favor “if we close what we once opened,” said Merkel, according to participants on Tuesday at the meeting of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. “We cannot define away the fact that we now have a third wave.” Nevertheless, she presented possible steps for the gradual exit from lockdown.
The Chancellor also specified her ideas for cautious opening steps in combination with increased testing options. There are three strands that want to open step by step, said Merkel after information from German press agency . The Chancellor named the personal contact restrictions as well as the education and economic sectors.
Corona lockdown: emergency physicians demand faster vaccinations – Lauterbach sees third wave underway
The German Society for Internal Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine issued an urgent warning in March of major loosening. Its chairman Christian Karagiannidis said the Rheinische PostAccording to calculations, the vaccinations were not yet fast enough to prevent a third corona wave. The federal and state governments have to be careful not to “lose the game in extra time”.
According to the SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach, the third wave of the coronavirus is already unstoppable. He therefore requested in the Passauer Neue Presseto postpone further opening steps. Green parliamentary leader Anton Hofreiter also urged caution. In Berlin, he referred to the further spread of more dangerous variants of the corona virus. Therefore, there is a risk that “we will enter a third wave despite the measures,” he said.
Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus expressed himself similarly. The CDU politician said that he was very much in favor of going “step by step”. It must be avoided to loosen up now and to take another step back in four weeks.
Corona easing? Restaurant association calls for the development of opening scenarios
The German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga) nevertheless demanded that the federal and state governments develop opening scenarios quickly. The hospitality industry now has “a right to a realistic opening perspective in the coming weeks,” said Dehoga chief executive Ingrid Hartges Rheinische Post.
Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller also called for concrete opening perspectives. It must at least be agreed: “What happens when,” said Müller in the ZDF. A great many people would accept it if they “know what will be possible in three or four weeks”.
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SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich supported demands not to make the incidence value the sole yardstick for restrictions or openings. These are “important as a guide,” said Mützenich in Berlin. But “further criteria are required” such as the utilization of the intensive care beds or the number of tests carried out.
Germany in corona lockdown: Merkel relies on a step-by-step plan
Merkel herself is obviously relying on a step-by-step plan for a gradual exit from lockdown. In the internal CDU deliberations, the Chancellor is said to have mentioned personal contacts, schools, sports, restaurants and culture with a view to easing the situation.
FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing urged that the top federal-state talks be brought forward. “The whole of society longs to return to something normal,” he told the Heilbronn voice. Above all entrepreneurs feared for their existence. Left parliamentary group deputy Jan Korte insisted on an approach coordinated with parliament. (fmü / AFP / dpa)