In the afternoon, the Chancellor consults with the country chiefs. It’s about uniform rules – and the question of how much can be celebrated.
BERLIN Reuters/afp | Due to the increased number of corona infections, the federal government advocates stricter rules for celebrations in private surroundings. Meetings in private rooms should be limited to a maximum of 25 participants, according to a federal resolution proposal for the summit with the countries on Tuesday, which the Reuters news agency received. The upper limit in public spaces should be a maximum of 50 people. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) will consult with the heads of government from 2 p.m. In the round it should be about, among other things, which corona measures apply nationwide and which should be used regionally differently.
The past few weeks have shown that celebrations in family or friends could spread infections, according to the federal paper for the summit. All citizens should therefore critically weigh up whether, how and to what extent private celebrations are “necessary and justifiable with regard to the infection process”. Preferably these gatherings should be held outdoors.
The demands of the federal government are supported by the current situation report of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). On Saturday, the highest value since April was reached with 2,507 new corona infections. Corona cases occur particularly in connection with celebrations in family and friends, it said in the current status report of the RKI.
On Tuesday, the RKI announced that the health authorities in Germany had reported 2,089 new corona infections within the last 24 hours. Since the beginning of the corona crisis, at least 287,421 people in Germany have been proven to have been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus (data as of September 29, 00:00 a.m.). According to the RKI, the number of deaths in connection with a corona infection is 9,460. That is 11 more than the day before. Around 254,200 people survived the infection according to RKI estimates.
Söder insists on the “traffic light”
In order to fight the pandemic, the federal government is in favor of a regionally graduated approach. “In the event of a distributed regional outbreak and unclear chains of infection, general restrictions must be reintroduced consistently regionally.” Most recently, federal states with comparatively low corona infection numbers such as Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt viewed stricter measures – such as those in North Rhine-Westphalia or Bavaria – were critical .
Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) warned on Tuesday of increasing numbers of infections. He believes that these fears are correct, said Söder on Tuesday on Bavarian radio. “It will definitely not be an easy autumn and winter.”
Söder expressed himself in a similar way to Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday. Merkel had warned in the CDU presidium, according to party circles, of 19,200 new infections every day at Christmas if the development continued as it was before.
Söder demanded to act wisely. “If you act a little more cautiously now, you will have less damage and problems afterwards.” Before the deliberations of the Prime Minister’s Conference with Merkel on Tuesday afternoon, he again promoted a “Corona traffic light” that would result in restrictions when switching to yellow or red the affected counties. The nationwide uniform “Corona traffic light” is intended to trigger a mechanism for protective measures that is dependent on the number of infections.
Karliczek warns of problems in schools
City Council President Burkhard Jung (SPD) supported the Passauer Neue Presse on Tuesday the advance of Söder. “A traffic light creates initial orientation for people. That’s good, ”said the Mayor of Leipzig.
Like Söder, Jung also advocated linking the traffic lights with nationwide uniform corona rules. The federal and state governments would have to agree “what happens when the limit of 20, 30, 40 and 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants is exceeded”. At the moment there is “still too much confusion”. A nationwide plan with certain measures for the respective infection numbers creates “acceptance without stirring up fear”.
Jung also called for the federal states to be given “freedom to make decisions”. The regulations on wearing masks in public places or on upper limits for private celebrations should be proportionate. Where there are hardly any infections, such restrictions would not be accepted, warned the president of the German Association of Cities.
Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek (CDU) warned before the federal-state conference that everything must be done to ensure that the regular school operation can continue. Karliczek told the editorial network Germany that the numbers of students in quarantine are still manageable. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. Karliczek argued, among other things, that students and teachers can be tested as quickly as possible in suspected corona cases. She hoped that the rapid tests “will soon be widely available,” said the minister.