At first glance, it is a success: The Corona app could especially help the overburdened health authorities. But it does not even reflect eight percent of the proven infection rate.
That was sorely needed. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder made his third government statement on the corona crisis on Wednesday. It was the talk of a strategist, but also of an encouragement: a father of the country. A role in which he surprised and convinced many citizens at the beginning of the pandemic, but of which there was not much to be felt in the past few weeks. He usually gave up the tough dog. He looked like someone who is losing patience with the population.
AOn Tuesday, the Upper Bavarian district of Berchtesgadener Land imposed a lockdown. You may only leave your own apartment with a “valid reason”. Schools and restaurants are closed, vacationers had to leave the region by Tuesday afternoon. The drastic measures were imposed because the seven-day incidence of new corona infections is now 262 according to the figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Better too early than too late to impose a lockdown is also the maxim of Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), who announced a new “dark red” limit value in a government statement in the Bavarian state parliament on Wednesday. If there are more than 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days, restaurants will have to close at 9 p.m., events will be limited to 50 participants.
After the alpine Berchtesgadener Land in the extreme south-east of the republic, the Lower Saxony middle center Delmenhorst ranks second in the nationwide infection ranking of cities and districts with a seven-day incidence of 205. A spokesman for the FAZ described whether there will be a lockdown in the neighboring city of Bremen as “pure speculation”. He pointed out that new stricter measures have been in place in Delmenhorst since Tuesday. This includes a curfew for restaurants from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., the restriction of private meetings to ten people from a maximum of two households and a mask requirement not only in the pedestrian zone, but also in front of and behind the train station and in customer parking lots. Until further notice, Delmenhorst is sticking to waiting for the effects of the measures decided on Monday and reassessing the situation by the middle of next week.
In its comparatively liberal corona policy, Delmenhorst has the backing of Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD). This rejects calls for a lockdown based on the Berchtesgaden model. Weil said to the NDR on Tuesday that he saw “reasons” for the reaction in Berchtesgadener Land, but also “reasons” for the concept in Delmenhorst. Weil said schools and daycare centers have not yet turned out to be sources of infection and should remain open for the time being. In addition, isolation in a city is not as possible as in rural areas. Lower Saxony’s government spokeswoman Anke Pörksen told the FAZ on Wednesday that the Prime Minister saw crisis management in the city of Delmenhorst “in good hands”. Lower Saxony is not planning any new limit values for the time being, as in Bavaria, which would result in binding new restrictions if exceeded throughout the state.
Bavaria rushes forward, Lower Saxony is waiting. This is how the different approaches of the two countries can be described. But even Hesse sees no need to introduce a new limit value, for example a seven-day incidence of 100. “You can’t invent something new every day,” said Hesse’s government spokesman Michael Bußer of the FAZ. Hesse’s “escalation concept” was only updated on Monday. This provides limit values of 20, 35, 50 and 75. The cities of Frankfurt, Offenbach and Kassel, however, are above the 100 mark.
Frankfurt, which now has a seven-day incidence of 124, does not want to hear about any new measures. “The new, tightened package of measures has only been in force for a few days and is initially valid until October 31. It usually takes ten days to two weeks for the effects of the measures to show up in the number of infected people, “said René Gottschalk, head of the Frankfurt health department. There are currently no considerations about a lockdown for Frankfurt. A spokesman for the city of Offenbach, for which the RKI determined a seven-day incidence of 129 on Wednesday, made a similar statement.
The German Association of Cities and Municipalities (DStGB) has also spoken out against a new limit of 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous seven days. “The population should not be confronted with ever new and additional limit values,” said DStGB spokesman Alexander Handschuh on request. The limit values of 35 and 50 should remain the basis for decision-making. In addition, one must respond to the respective local situation. It should play a role “whether what is happening can be narrowed down or whether it is diffuse, how contact tracking still works and whether there is a risk of overloading the health facilities”. It was correct, said Handschuh, that rules for exceeding the incidence values of 35 and 50 are set nationwide. Further measures should be taken on site in coordination with the health authorities and state authorities.
In Bavaria, state politics is the driving force behind the restrictions, especially in the person of Prime Minister Söder. “The Free State determines the basis,” says a spokeswoman for the city of Schweinfurt to the FAZ. So far, a new, generally applicable order from Munich with the new limit value of 100 announced by Söder has not yet been issued. If that probably happens on Thursday, the Lower Franconian city will have to react. Schweinfurt currently has a seven-day incidence of 112. In Weiden in the Upper Palatinate and in Augsburg, too, pub-goers will soon have to leave the restaurant at 9 p.m. Weiden, which ranks second in Bavaria with a seven-day incidence of 131, wants to avoid more drastic restrictions for the time being. Mayor Jens Meyer (SPD) said in a message: “My goal is to curb the infection rate in Weiden now. At the moment I don’t see any reason for a lockdown. “
It is Wednesday at 12:50 p.m. when Markus Söder (CSU) marches past the cameras into the plenary hall. The prime minister nods to the reporters, steady step, a blue folder in hand, the text of his government declaration. Shortly afterwards Söder stands at the lectern, he opens his portfolio. He will warn, admonish, appeal, and yes, he will also spread hope for almost an hour. And in the end, one impression will be solidified: the climate in parliament has changed. It’s gotten cooler. Or to use Söder’s own words: Winter is coming.
After Söder’s government statement in March, at the beginning of the pandemic, the whole house clapped. Warm applause, as they say. This time only the members of the governing parties applaud. At the CSU, however, it looks much more committed than at the coalition partner, the Free Voters, whose parliamentary group leader let his anger with Söder run free on Wednesday. Streibl speaks of a “confusion of rules” even before Söder announces new corona rules in the plenary hall. “People don’t go along with it anymore,” says Streibl, everything very cool. And Söder? “The world won’t end with Corona, we just have to face it,” he says at the end of his government statement. And asks everyone: “Are you all ready for the next stage? I personally am.”
I personally. That is what the opposition is so fond of accusing Söder, and even the coalition partners: that he is bypassing parliament in the Corona crisis, even the cabinet. A government statement is by name to explain the position of the government. In the ranks of the MPs, some see it this way: The position that Söder explains here is primarily Söder’s line. That he had given the Bavarian “Corona traffic light” another color, another warning level, had already leaked before his speech, at least to the journalists. The Free Voters were apparently caught off guard. “You would have liked to have been asked beforehand,” says Streibl.
The corona traffic light will be supplemented, says Söder in his government statement, “from green, yellow, red to dark red”. His new theory of colors stipulates that in urban and rural districts with an incidence of 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days for events, “a maximum limit” of 50 participants applies. Services, universities and demonstrations are excluded. According to Söder, there is also a curfew in the catering trade at 9 p.m. from the dark red 100 mark. The infection numbers in Bavaria are “far too early, far too high,” says Söder. Soon it could get worse, it was still a rather “mild autumn”, but: “Winter is coming.”
It was only a few days ago that the state government installed the traffic light in the Free State, initially with a threshold value (35) for the seven-day incidence at which the traffic light turns yellow and a limit value (50) for which it turns off Yellow becomes red – each associated with certain local restrictions that automatically apply if the values are exceeded in individual cities and districts. “In my opinion, it is unclear whether that will be enough,” Söder said six days ago. The new color, dark red, then probably means: No, the measures are not enough for Söder.
There is still “no absolutely exponential growth,” he says, referring to the number of infections in Bavaria. The growth rates are “below the national average,” says Söder, “but we are closer to a lockdown than many believe,” he has been warning of for days, including this Wednesday. In order to prevent a “lockdown” as is currently the case in Berchtesgadener Land and to slow down the contagion, Söder has announced that commuters from Corona hotspots abroad will be obliged to test. Anyone who has been in a risk area within 14 days prior to entry and commutes to Germany to work should have to show a negative corona test once a week. Closing the borders completely is currently not an option for Söder. “Our goal is to keep the borders open,” he says.
What Söder announced on Wednesday: further financial aid for cultural workers. Art gives “hope and joy, which may be particularly important in the next few months”. He admits that the previous aid program “is not having an effect”. What doesn’t work, “we have to improve,” says Söder. The theater program will also be expanded and a scholarship program for young artists will be introduced. He does not want the cultural scene “destroyed” at the end of the pandemic. Söder also announced a bonus for employees of the health authorities, 500 euros. In addition “performance bonuses” for school principals and teachers “who are particularly committed to digital teaching”.
All in all, Söder’s speech is less apocalyptic than he last sounded. He also wants to “give some hope,” he says, “there will be a morning after Corona”. But now is “the time for everyone to do their best” to prevent worse things from happening. He is also trying to calm the opposition, which has been complaining for months that parliament no longer has any influence in the Corona crisis. Söder offers a weekly ministerial question time and counters the complaints with numbers: 300 applications, 500 inquiries, “You have been extremely hardworking,” he says of the opposition work since the beginning of the pandemic. The state government has “definitely not gone” past parliament. Then Söder announced a Federal Council initiative to strengthen parliament during the crisis. The Infection Protection Act and other laws must be discussed.
As recently at the CSU party congress, Söder reads from hate letters and e-mails that he last received on Wednesday. Bad swear words, partly racist and anti-Semitic threats. These letters are directed against “all of us,” says Söder, looking into the ranks of the MPs. Then he says defiantly: “That doesn’t deter me, that doesn’t keep me, we act according to our convictions.” He understands that some are annoyed about the restrictions, says Söder. But there is “no right of freedom to have Corona and thus restrict someone else”. The Corona crisis is not about loyalty to the state or belonging to the authorities, “but about respect and solidarity between the generations”.
In the following debate, the opposition attacked Söder, in some cases violently. “Are you really interested in fighting a pandemic or raising your profile?” Asks Katharina Schulze, leader of the Greens. “We all have to be team players at Corona,” she says and again calls for more parliamentary participation. Roland Magerl (AfD) accuses Söder of handling “corrected facts” and letting “any adequacy” be lacking in his crisis policy. SPD parliamentary group leader Horst Arnold accuses Söder of “proliferation of announcements and measures”. And Wolfgang Heubisch (FDP) calls Söder’s crisis policy “bad”. And the free voters? When parliamentary group leader Streibl steps up to the lectern, he sounds much more moderate than before the debate. With the new Corona traffic light, he says, “maybe something needs to be improved”.
A political debate has broken out about the Corona warning app. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder considers the app, which is supposed to help health authorities control the Sars-CoV-2 virus, to be practically useless. “Unfortunately, the app is so far a toothless tiger. It hardly has a warning effect,” said the CSU chairman in the newspapers of the Funke media group on Tuesday. “Therefore, a digital update is needed to exhaust all possibilities for the Corona app to take effect.” How exactly this update should look like, Söder left open.
Experts and other politicians defended the application’s value on Tuesday. “The app works well in principle,” said the SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach Süddeutsche Zeitungthat he was very surprised at Söder’s remark. The teething problems of the program have now been overcome and “the further development is in full swing,” said Lauterbach, who himself belongs to a working group on the further development of the app. The Federal Ministry of Health, Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the companies Telekom and SAP, which were commissioned to develop and operate the app, are involved.
The Corona warning app has been downloaded around 19.8 million times since June. It is actively used by around 16 million people and warns users if they have had contact with an infected person. However, due to data protection regulations, infected people must actively inform the app if they have tested positive for Sars-CoV-2. Currently, 60 percent of the users who tested positive pass on their findings for warnings through the app.
It is estimated that almost 15,000 people shared their positive test results via the app, thereby triggering warnings for other users. Currently, more than 500 new positive test results are added every day, which are entered in the app. This corresponds to around ten percent of all new infections and shows how much the number of cases is increasing – but also that the app is being actively used by more and more people and is becoming an important component in the fight against the pandemic. “The app has been well received. Every chain of infection that is additionally interrupted by this is important,” said Gottfried Ludewig, head of the digital department in the Federal Ministry of Health.
Chancellery chief Helge Braun (CDU) also called again on Tuesday to use the Corona warning app. This is especially important in view of the increasing number of infections. “Wherever the health authorities in the hotspots can no longer keep up with the contact tracking, the corona warning app is the only instrument that still indicates corona contacts,” said Braun.
An update that contains additional functions was only released on Monday. Users can now enter their symptoms if they have become infected with Sars-CoV-2. It is also possible to follow up contacts across borders. Originally, the Corona app was supposed to be compatible with the applications in neighboring countries during the summer vacation season, but development was delayed. At the start, data is being exchanged with Ireland and Italy, with other countries to follow soon. With these innovations, Lauterbach is convinced that the app will show its true value in the second wave of the pandemic. You will then be “a very important support”.
Et would be a great disillusionment for the federal states if it came out like Markus Söder has now proposed: more competencies for the federal government in fighting infection. The song of praise to federalism, which the Bavarian Prime Minister has always intoned, sounds different. So far, the sixteen governments have been seen as guarantors that the corona pandemic can be combated with pinpoint accuracy.
There is not much of that to be felt at the moment. The development is going in the completely wrong direction without any clear consequences being drawn. Söder’s suggestion alone, a nationwide mask requirement on busy streets and squares, is well meant, but certainly not a direct hit against the fatal overload of the health authorities.
In the Corona crisis, federalism is the first level of proportionality. What is needed in Berchtesgaden (a “lockdown” as Bavaria has now imposed it) can be absurd in Greifswald. The uniformity, which is touted as a means of increasing acceptance of the corona policy, therefore has the opposite effect. This also applies to a general mask requirement, curfew or travel bans.
The “rule of incidence” seemed to be the right instrument to come up with a small-scale and dosed fight against the pandemic. This strategy now threatens to fail. Resistance, whether open or unconscious, to many local countermeasures seems to be far more inventive than to the shock of the national “hammer” in spring. The administrative courts do the rest.
Söder’s push is therefore aimed in the right direction. If the measures of the state governments are attacked as disproportionate, ineffective, unconstitutional, unrealistic, shocking or as uncontrollable, the matter is perhaps better off with the federal government.
But then not only the countries are the losers. Citizens too should be told that irrationality and know-it-all can only be tamed by the force of the headquarters. As you can now hear, would the parliaments have done everything better than the executive? Unfortunately, there is not enough time to clarify this.
The complaint about the lack of participation by the Bundestag comes at an inopportune time anyway. There would have been many opportunities for Parliament to report back on the Corona legislation, among other things when the FDP and AfD submitted corresponding applications. There have also been numerous debates about the federal government’s corona policy, one of which, the budget debate, was only a few days ago. Any political group can also request it to be put on the agenda.
The fact that there are still complaints about a lack of participation, even about an undemocratic, even illegal flood of ordinances, is a phantom debate. The Bundestag is faring in a similar way to the federal government: it is not as powerful as it looks. In Corona times, government power by ordinance is clearly in the federal states, including in the municipalities. And would it really be more democratic, closer to the citizen and in the sense of the separation of powers, if the Bundestag wanted to contribute to the disempowerment of the state governments, the state parliaments and local self-government by asserting more powers for itself?
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”.
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”.
The Berlin administrative court has granted an urgent application for curfew. NRW adheres to its strict contact regulations. Overview of corona reports.
BERLIN dpa / afp / taz | The Berlin administrative court has overturned the curfew in the capital that was decided by the Senate because of the corona pandemic. A court spokesman told the German press agency on Friday. Several restaurateurs had submitted urgent requests against the regulation.
According to lawyer Niko Härting, a total of around a dozen Berlin bars and clubs had turned against the curfew. They criticized the curfew as disproportionate.
From their point of view, there is no convincing reason for the restaurants to close at 11 p.m. With a curfew for the catering industry, young people can then meet in other places for which no hygiene concepts apply, so the argument goes.
Against the background of the significantly increased number of infections, the Senate decided on Tuesday that restaurants, bars, pubs and most shops must be closed between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. in the future. The new regulation came into force last weekend.
The Senate in Hamburg, on the other hand, tightened the applicable Corona requirements. The operation of restaurants is prohibited from Saturday to the public from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day, as the Senate announced on Friday. During this period there is also a ban on selling alcohol.
Private celebrations outside of your own home are only permitted with up to 25 people. A maximum of 15 celebrants are allowed in your own apartment. In addition, it is recommended to reduce physical contact to an absolutely necessary minimum and to observe suitable hygiene measures, it said.
In addition, after the autumn break, the obligation to wear a mouth and nose cover in the vocational schools and in the upper levels of general education schools will also be extended to lessons.
North Rhine-Westphalia wants to adhere to its strict contact restrictions. In contrast to the more moderate recommendations of the most recent federal-state conference, only a maximum of ten people should still be allowed to meet in public space in NRW – regardless of the infection situation. The NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) reported on Friday in a video link with mayors and district administrators.
The federal-state agreement last Wednesday provides for a limit to ten people only if the number of new infections in a municipality per 100,000 inhabitants increases to 50 or more within seven days. In NRW, when this warning level is reached, only five people have been allowed to meet in public spaces since last Monday.
A mandatory curfew between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. is to be introduced for restaurants in all municipalities with high numbers of new corona infections. The state cabinet also decided on Friday. The curfew applies in municipalities with 50 or more new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, as Laschet announced.
In Baden-Württemberg, the mask requirement will also be extended to teaching at secondary schools from Monday. “The expansion of the mask requirement from grade 5 to teaching applies from a nationwide 7-day incidence of over 35,” said a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Culture on Friday.
“Today we will inform the schools that this will have to be observed from next Monday.” So far, the mask requirement applies from grade five and at secondary schools in Baden-Württemberg only in so-called meeting areas such as school corridors, auditoriums and toilets.
In Bavaria, the controversial ban on accommodation for travelers from Corona hotspots expired on Friday. The state government waived an extension of the rule, “we leave it at that,” said State Chancellor Florian Herrmann (CSU) on Friday in Munich.
The ban on accommodation ends at the end of the day. As a justification, Herrmann said that it was counting on the states to implement the resolutions of the federal-state agreement from this week.
Herrmann emphasized that the ban on accommodation would remain in the “toolbox” for the fight against the pandemic. Should it become necessary, it can thus be used again. However, this is currently less relevant because the holidays are already over in many regions particularly affected by the pandemic.
Hessen is also planning to abolish the ban on accommodation. The State Chancellery announced this in a statement on Friday. The planned abolition is on the agenda for a meeting of the Corona cabinet next Monday.
The Schleswig-Holstein Higher Administrative Court has rejected an urgent application against the ban on accommodation in the state. A family from the Recklinghausen district (North Rhine-Westphalia), who wanted to take a vacation on Sylt from Friday, had applied, as the court announced on Thursday evening.
If the implementation of the accommodation ban were now suspended, people from domestic risk areas could come to Schleswig-Holstein for tourism purposes without being controlled, the judges said in the reasoning. In Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony, administrative judges declared the ban to be illegal on Thursday.
The judges emphasized that in view of the nationwide rapid increase in infections, the state government was not obliged to wait until the situation in Schleswig-Holstein developed in a similar way as in the domestic risk areas.
When viewed as a whole, the interest of the general population in protection against the spread of the coronavirus outweighs the interests of the applying family in a tourist trip. Because it is up to them to “realize” the vacation on Sylt “promptly” through a negative corona test. The testing is financially reasonable, so the judges of the 3rd Senate.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the health authorities in Germany reported 7,334 new corona infections within one day on Friday morning. The day before, with 6,638 new cases, the highest value since the start of the pandemic in Germany was registered. Last week, the RKI reported 4,516 new infections on Friday.
However, the current values are only partially comparable with those from spring, because significantly more tests are now carried out – and thus more infections are discovered. What is certain, however, is that the number of infections will again increase exponentially.
There is also a clear increase in Covid 19 patients treated in intensive care. According to the RKI situation report, 655 people infected with corona were treated in intensive care on Thursday, 329 of whom were ventilated. A week earlier, the value was 487 (239 ventilated), the week before it was 362 (193 ventilated). Around 8,700 intensive care beds are currently still available in Germany.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, the number of deaths in connection with a corona infection is now 9,734. That was 24 more than the day before. The RKI estimates that there are around 287,600 recovered.
In view of the rising corona numbers, the union has asked the police to cancel the planned transport of Castor from the reprocessing plant in Sellafield, UK, to the Biblis interim storage facility in southern Hesse.
“If the police are now expected to enforce the corona requirements and health protection more strongly, then from our point of view it is not compatible that a nuclear transport should be accompanied by the police across Germany at the beginning of November,” said GdP- Vice Jörg Radek of the German Press Agency. “There is no compelling reason for that.” Police forces who would then be deployed to secure the Castor transport could not be parked at the same time to protect against infection, said the GdP deputy.
The transport of the six containers with highly radioactive waste from Sellafield, UK, was initially planned for spring. Due to the corona pandemic, it was postponed indefinitely in March. The Federal Ministry of the Interior did not consider the necessary police operation to be responsible. Opponents of nuclear power expect the transport to arrive at the port in Nordenham in Lower Saxony around the beginning of November.
Thousands of police officers from all over Germany were on duty during past Castor transports. Radek expects this to be the case again for the next transport. He demanded a rejection and stressed that health protection must have priority – after all, police officers are also threatened with infection.
On Thursday evening, the federal government declared many other regions abroad to be risk areas, including the entire French mainland and the entire Netherlands. Malta, northern Portugal, parts of Poland and Sweden and the Italian regions of Campania and Liguria are also affected, as the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced in Berlin on Thursday. The classification therefore comes into effect on Saturday night.
For the first time since spring, the French border region Grand Est with Alsace, Lorraine and the administrative district of Champagne-Ardenne is considered a risk area. In the Netherlands, the province of Zeeland was added, making the entire country a risk area. Other regions of Croatia, Switzerland, Great Britain and Ireland were also put on the list. In Sweden, the province around the capital Stockholm is now a risk area.
With Poland, Germany’s last neighboring country is now partly on the RKI’s list. The regions around the cities of Krakow and Gdansk are affected. Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced new restrictions on the country on Thursday. He called on citizens to “stay at home” and work in the home office. In Poland, 8,099 new infections had been registered within the past 24 hours – more than ever before.
Dhe citizens should stay at home whenever possible, a lockdown is getting closer from day to day: Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) have recently put out heavy guns verbally to encourage Germans to be more careful when dealing with the Coronavirus move. Now it is clear that the increasingly drastic warnings are not failing to have an effect. People are actually changing their behavior – albeit sometimes in ways that are politically less desirable.
Under the keyword # toilet paper, photos from supermarkets were making the rounds on social networks such as the short message service Twitter at the weekend, in which the shelves were already noticeably empty. As in the spring, consumers are apparently again buying in larger quantities than usual, especially when it comes to toilet paper, pasta and canned food. At least in some branches there is again a slightly increased demand, report the discounters Lidl and Aldi Süd. According to Lidl, hygiene products have mainly been affected so far. An Edeka branch from the Lake Constance region published a video on Twitter with their last toilet paper packs and wrote: “Not again, please normal household quantities”.