Practically no decline in sight: The corona infection numbers are stagnating at a high level. Warnings about the planned easing over the holidays are getting louder. Prime Minister Söder now wants to act.
Berlin (dpa) – In view of the hardly falling number of corona infections, in Bavaria, as in individual other countries, tightening of the applicable rules is looming. Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has called his cabinet together for a special meeting at noon.
According to the State Chancellery, the Council of Ministers wants to advise on “further measures” via video link. “It now needs a consistent approach,” said Söder of “Bild am Sonntag”. «We cannot accept the high death rates in Germany. The infection rates are still too high. It is better to act until Christmas than a permanent stop-and-go for the population. ”
Contrary to many hopes, the number of new infections is still at a high level around five weeks after the partial lockdown came into effect. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the health authorities reported 17,767 new infections within a single day on Sunday – over 3,100 more than a week ago. However, the number of cases recorded is usually lower on Sundays, partly because fewer tests are carried out on the weekend. Within one day, 255 people died related to the coronavirus. 23,318 new infections were reported on Saturday; with 483 new deaths, the high was only just missed.
That is why there is growing concern that the easing agreed by the federal and state governments over Christmas and the turn of the year will cause the numbers to skyrocket. There are increasing warnings from the ranks of the Union and the SPD not to take unnecessary risks.
The Association of Towns and Municipalities is also skeptical of the easing. “Depending on how the development is in the next ten days, the easing that has been planned for Christmas and New Year’s Eve will certainly have to be questioned again,” said General Manager Gerd Landsberg to the “Handelsblatt”. “Because this relaxation will not only lead to more contacts, but also to increased travel activities, which in turn can pose a risk.”
Contact restrictions have been in effect again since the beginning of November; on December 1, they were tightened in almost all federal states. Private gatherings are now limited to five participants from a maximum of two households; Children up to 14 years are excluded. With a view to the festive season, however, the federal and state governments have agreed to allow ten people plus children from December 23 to January 1. However, not all federal states are taking part in this relaxation. Berlin, for example, remains with the lower number of permitted contacts, Baden-Württemberg only allows the larger number of people until December 27th.
In Bavaria, tougher steps are now conceivable, for example in the area of schools and in retail, but also greater exit restrictions. Exit restrictions already apply in hotspots such as Nuremberg or Passau. The Lower Bavarian district of Regen has one of the highest values in Germany with more than 520 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days.