Angela Merkel has her hands full in the corona pandemic. The Chancellor gets expertise from a physicist – but his demands were apparently partly “not taken seriously”.
- Corona infections are increasing rapidly in Germany.
- Angela Merkel called the prime ministers to an emergency meeting.
- The Chancellor relies on a physicist for the negotiations.
Berlin – The Corona infection numbers are increasing sharply in Germany. The federal and state governments have now adopted stricter measures and cuts in regions with many new infections. “It is and will hopefully remain a challenge of the century,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel after the corona negotiation marathon, her view of the dimension and scope of the ones taken in Berlin Corona resolutions out. The Chancellor and Prime Minister met from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Chancellor and the Prime Ministers met again in person for the first time since June and discussed not only via video conference.
But Merkel does not go far enough. Probably also because she fears that not even these could be implemented by different countries. “I am not satisfied: the results are not hard enough, that we ward off disaster “, she should go to around 9 p.m. image-Information said in the meeting. And: “Then we’ll be back here in two weeks. It’s just not enough what we’re doing here. The basic mood is that everyone looks for a little loophole. That’s what worries me. And the list of health authorities that don’t make it is getting longer. “
Merkel relies on Corona consultants
Not only the Chancellor and the 16 country leaders were represented at the negotiation marathon in the Chancellery. A scientist, whom Angela Merkel is very fond of, received a lot of attention. Of the Physicist Michael Meyer-Hermann is professor at the Technical University of Braunschweig and head of the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research. There he explores the possibilities of understanding the immune system with the help of mathematics. Merkel is a physicist herself.
Michael Meyer-Hermann advises politics in matters #Corona. The Braunschweig researcher works interdisciplinary between physics, biology and mathematics.
– Helmholtz (@helmholtz_de) October 15, 2020
Meyer-Hermann, in cooperation with the Ifo Institute, already had one on the corona pandemic in May study released. “If politics allows more economic activity in the short term, the phase of the restrictions is extended so much according to our simulation analyzes that the total costs rise,” the study says. “It’s not five to twelve, but twelve to turn the ship,” said Michael Meyer-Hermann on Wednesday.
Meyer-Hermann warns of easing and calls for a travel ban
The physicist is not a fan of loosening and warns of a strong growth in new infections. For Meyer-Hermann are Mask requirement and fine very important. You don’t even have to discuss major events. “Immediate uniform action in Germany is necessary, ”he said. The 53-year-old has very clear ideas: “The strategy of prudent easing is not only preferable in terms of health policy, but also economically.”
He also complies Travel ban from risk areas makes sense. However, this proposal was not heard by the majority of the ministers. “Nobody took the demand for travel bans seriously”, should after image-Information even a minister said. (ck)