Recently taken measures such as the 3G rule in public transport, regional lockdowns or 2G for gastronomy would not be enough, according to Merkel. She has the impression that many people are not aware of the seriousness of the situation.

The “epidemic situation of national scope” resolved by the Bundestag at the beginning of the 2020 pandemic has so far allowed the government to issue ordinances beyond the powers of the federal states. Since this regulation expires on Thursday, the federal states would have to adopt their own measures by Wednesday at the latest, Merkel urged them to hurry.

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