In view of the continued high number of corona infections, stricter rules apply nationwide from today. In politics, however, there are different opinions on how to proceed. An overview.
Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein are the last federal states to implement the rules decided on last Tuesday in a federal-state switch. For example, there are stricter contact restrictions: Your own household may only meet with one other person.
The rule for extreme corona hotspots is also new, according to which people in districts with an incidence of more than 200 infections per 100,000 inhabitants are not allowed to move more than 15 kilometers from their place of residence within seven days without a valid reason. The federal states are going different ways and sometimes leave it to the municipalities or only recommend the measure. Baden-Württemberg, for example, is currently not planning a corresponding rule.
Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow spoke out in drastic words against calls for easing of the corona pandemic. “We just have to face the fact that the virus is only now beginning to really pick up speed,” said the left-wing politician on Sunday evening in the ZDF “heute journal”. “I notice that my hut is on fire in Thuringia. Today is a bad day for me. Because today we have exceeded the 300 incidence in all of Thuringia, and all districts and urban districts have gone over 200. It is none More space for easing and the easing to easing debate. “
The SPD politician Karl Lauterbach considers a tightening of the lockdown to be possible. If necessary, economic life would have to be shut down drastically. “In what we did, we concentrated very much on the private and the schools. If that is not enough, then we actually have to approach the companies,” he told the Tagesspiegel. “It simply won’t work any other way.”
Merz wants the lockdown to end quickly
The CDU chairman Friedrich Merz, on the other hand, spoke in favor of a quick end to the lockdown, especially for small and medium-sized companies. “For many small companies, the point has already been reached where things can not go on. I am particularly concerned about the small and medium-sized companies. They have to get out of lockdown as quickly as possible, back to normal management with a hygiene concept as quickly as possible,” he said “Bild” newspaper (Monday). For many people, isolation in lockdown is difficult to cope with.
Tübingen’s Mayor Boris Palmer even called for an end to the lockdown. “It’s enough now. We have to reopen in a controlled manner at the beginning of February,” said the Green politician to “Bild”. “In my opinion, however, the damage to the economy, to society, is now increasing exponentially. Downtown retail is already in intensive care and will soon fall into a coma. The bankruptcies will roll in. I mean, we won’t hold out.”
The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) told the partner newspapers of the Neue Berliner Redaktionsgesellschaft: “If you relax too early, you run the risk of things going up steeply afterwards. We need patience and caution.” His hope is that the lockdown and the progressive vaccinations will ease the situation. “But if the mutant virus discovered in the UK continues to spread, times will get even more serious.”
On Sunday evening, FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing said on “Bild Live” about the incomplete figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI): “I find it difficult when you say on the one hand that we have no data to discuss openings, but tightening up always go. “
“Together against Corona”: A sign on a promenade indicates that the distance must be maintained. Photo: Frank Molter / dpa.
Many politicians worry about virus mutations. FDP boss Christian Lindner criticized the fact that there were too few laboratory tests for new coronavirus variants. “The low database on the spread of corona mutations in Germany is a great danger,” he told the “Tagesspiegel”. The federal government let the systematic sequencing of corona test samples, i.e. the examination for mutations, drag on for too long. “Comprehensive sequencing must quickly become part of the anti-corona strategy.” The B.1.1.7 mutation, which was first detected in the UK, may be significantly more contagious than previous variants. It has now also been proven in some federal states in Germany.
Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey has called on the federal states to agree on the most uniform rules possible for schools and daycare centers in the corona pandemic. “Parents want a nationwide uniform and reliable procedure for all measures that we are taking now,” said the SPD politician of the “Rheinische Post”. “I also think it makes sense and I am committed to a common framework for how things can continue in the countries after the tough restrictions.”
The German Child Protection Association meanwhile sharply criticized the measures taken by the federal states in matters of schools. “It is a mystery to me why the federal states did not use the summer to develop clear and binding regulations for face-to-face operations, alternating and distance learning and to equip schools accordingly,” said President Heinz Hilgers of the “Rheinische Post”. “This is a failure that threatens to reduce the acceptance of the necessary measures to combat the pandemic.”
Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has made it clear that, in his view, vaccination is the only way out of the corona pandemic. “There is the vaccine as the way out of the crisis. And otherwise there is no way to ensure that we get the infection rate under control. What we can do now is to make sure that the virus does not spread too quickly,” said the SPD politician on Sunday evening in the ZDF program “Berlin direkt”.
Range of motion
FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing considers the decision of the Prime Minister’s Conference to limit the movement radius of citizens to a radius of 15 kilometers in hotspots as unacceptable: “The 15-kilometer rule is an impertinence,” he said on Sunday evening at “Bild Live” . “That may not be a problem for people in Berlin and big cities, in the country it interferes massively with civil liberties.”
Resistance to corona policy
The Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) is following with concern the willingness to use violence among some radical “lateral thinkers” and corona deniers. “We have to see that for the first time from parts of the so-called lateral thinker movement, massive attacks on road and rail traffic have taken place and that in a concerted action across different federal states,” he said on “Bild Live”. “This is a massive escalation compared to what we have talked about so far, namely that lateral thinkers held demos where no masks were worn and no distance was kept.” In his opinion, “a highly dangerous potential is developing” – and there is also “that part of the lateral thinkers who openly cooperate with right-wing extremists”.
The SPD health expert Lauterbach also agreed with this warning: “We are seeing that right-wing groups and lateral thinkers are getting together, and that the scene is becoming radicalized. You have to watch and intervene closely at an early stage. You shouldn’t let it drift under any circumstances.”