Dhe North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) expressed alarm about the current pandemic dynamics shortly before the federal-state talks on Wednesday. The situation is “very, very serious,” said Laschet on Tuesday evening in Düsseldorf. “The measures currently in force are not sufficient to stop the trend.” With a view to the discussions between the country leaders and Chancellor Merkel on Wednesday, Laschet said that “a political course is needed to stop developments.”
Wednesday is a “crucial day” in fighting pandemic. There must be a strong response from the Prime Ministers and the Chancellor. Germany is in a phase in which “we need an effective Corona brake, not half-heartedly, but consistently with a clear time limit”. The federal and state governments would have to agree on rules that people understand. “There must be a strong joint response from the 16 countries tomorrow.” It is important to ensure the greatest possible health protection for the population without imposing a second lockdown. “Because the consequences would be damage to the children’s educational opportunities and economic damage that would exceed those from the spring.”
You need “different tools and ideas to meet the whole range of challenges that the pandemic poses.” Laschet spoke out in favor of a strict ban on contact, as in the spring, and it had proven to be effective after a few days the number of new infections has decreased. Each individual must now help to contain the virus and follow the rules in solidarity. Laschet pointed out that the vast majority of infections arise from private contacts, among friends and acquaintances. That is why he calls on citizens to drastically reduce their social contacts and to cancel all celebrations in November.
A lockdown with far-reaching restrictions on all public life should be avoided. Education and the economy should not be restricted. “There is a lot at stake if we want to prevent the lockdown, if we want to prevent the collapse of the economy, if we want to prevent the loss of many jobs, then we must now work together to achieve this great solidarity.” If we succeed, ourselves To concentrate in November, one could go into December in a “still crisis-ridden, but more relaxed Advent and Christmas season,” said Laschet. “Achieving this goal requires every effort”. November is the “month of decision”. Laschet said: “The school lessons, the educational opportunities of the children, the day-care center care deserve that all other areas help so that there is no further damage to children through weeks of absence from school and day-care centers.”
Laschet rejected a one-week corona lockdown for Germany that was brought up by the deputy CDU federal chairman Thomas Stobl. Rather, the goal must be that – as with the drastic measures in March – the daycare children, schoolchildren, families and economic life are not the ones to suffer again, said the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister. “I think a complete lockdown for a few days has all the damage just described in an increased manner. And nobody can guarantee that after seven days the situation will be better, ”said Laschet, who is also deputy CDU head of the federal government. “That’s why I think slowing down in November is more targeted than such a measure.”