IIn the fight against the extremely increased number of corona infections in the Upper Bavarian district of Berchtesgadener Land, Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) wants to impose a “lockdown”. There will be a “comprehensive package of measures” “that corresponds to a lockdown,” said Söder on Monday after a virtual board meeting of the CSU. Bavaria’s Minister of Health Melanie Huml (CSU) should work out the details together with the district and the government of Upper Bavaria.
With a 7-day incidence of 252.1, the district is the hardest hit in Germany, with a surge in recent days. Obviously the situation has arisen there that one always wanted to avoid: According to Söder, the contacts “can no longer be traced”, so they must be “fundamentally restricted – as far as events are concerned, as far as external contacts are concerned”. You have to “apply the toughest protocol at this point in order to get control of the infection process again as quickly as possible”. Söder named the proximity to the Austrian hotspot Kuchl in the Salzburger Land and a party as the reasons for the outbreak.
Meanwhile, the CSU supports an expansion of the special corona rights for Health Minister Jens Spahn. This has the “backing” from Bavaria, said Söder. He rejected criticism from parliamentarians that parliaments should decide more in the fight against corona. The parliaments would be involved in all laws. Respect for the constitutional order also means that there are laws that regulate “statutory powers for the respective executive”.
In this context, Söder sharply criticized the FDP. He called on her to “think again whether the course she is imposing on herself together with the AfD is really the right one for the country.” Even before the meeting he had said: “There is not only the AfD, there are others too political forces who try every day to put all measures into perspective and almost call on the population not to participate. ”However, looking for excuses for circumventing pandemic measures does not do justice to the situation. Liberal heads of government like Mark Rutte in the Netherlands also showed this. He decided on the “toughest concepts”.
Söder for a uniform mask rule
Previously, for example, the FDP chairman Christian Lindner demanded that the corona situation should not be “overdramatized”. The deputy FDP chairman and Bundestag vice-president Wolfgang Kubicki warned against damage to democracy if the main decisions in combating the corona pandemic were to continue to be made by the federal government or the state governments instead of the Bundestag. Kubicki said on Sunday evening in the “Bild” talk “The right questions”: “If we as a parliament do not perform our task now, then democracy will have permanent damage.”
Before the board meeting, Söder had already demanded nationwide mask requirements for regions with high corona numbers. If there are more than 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, a mask requirement should apply in schools, in highly frequented public places and also at work, if minimum distances could not be observed, said the Bavarian Prime Minister.
When asked what he thinks of the fact that the sister party CDU intends to hold a presence party congress in December, Söder said: The party must decide for itself. He added: “We have made a very clear decision that we do not consider a meeting of 1,000 people to be justifiable at the moment.” It is very important in the next few weeks, “to keep the motivation and participation of the population, that there are no special rights and privileges for parties or politicians.” Everyone must adhere to the same rules – “and I can’t imagine that we approve another event with 1000 people ”. Maybe there is the possibility of postal voting, “that even seems to be possible in the USA”. So he is amazed that “people still hold on to it – but we don’t decide that, it’s up to the CDU”.