The vice-chairman of the Union parliamentary group, Georg Nüßlein, calls for the lockdown to be ended definitively after the end of the previous time limit.
“Because of the massive effects, it is not justifiable to prescribe a nationwide lockdown until the incidence number falls below 50 or below 35,” said the CSU politician of the “Augsburger Allgemeine” (Saturday). “If something does not happen in the next few weeks that we cannot foresee now, for example a massive spread of mutated viruses, then by mid-February at the latest we will have to take a different path than the previous one.”
Controversial point: schools
Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) also wants to implement easing after February 14, if it is responsible, as he told the newspaper “Welt” – initially in schools and hairdressers. “In March we can then talk about retail. And after Easter also about gastronomy.”
The opening of schools has been a hotly contested issue since the first wave. Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus warned against their opening too quickly. “We are all doing ourselves a disservice by allowing face-to-face lessons too early. Health comes first,” he told the “Passauer Neue Presse” (Saturday).
The new virus mutations made him “very worried”.
Medical President Klaus Reinhardt – actually a supporter of the lockdown – also demanded perspectives for the population from politics. “It is understandable that people are tired after ten months of the pandemic and that the Corona protective measures are stressful,” said the President of the German Medical Association of the “Rheinische Post” (Saturday).
The prospects also include clear communication on vaccination capacities.
Approval of another vaccine
In this regard, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn was confident that, despite the delivery difficulties at vaccine manufacturer Astrazeneca, many people could be vaccinated with the vaccine in February. He expects the vaccine to be approved in a week, and “there will then be deliveries from Astrazeneca in February as well, of a magnitude that I am still confident that will make a difference as early as February compared to when we get to Astrazeneca.” not have, “said the CDU politician in the ARD” Tagesthemen “(Friday).
Bavaria, Furth im Wald: signs with the inscription negative corona test? Please have it tested immediately! · Are just behind the German-Czech border in Germany. (Source: dpa)
New findings from Great Britain, according to which the virus mutation could be not only more contagious, but also more deadly, will be “evaluated and see what conclusions we can draw from it,” said Spahn. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously stated that there was “some evidence” that the variant first discovered in southern England may be more deadly than the previously prevalent one. However, experts advised caution. Whether and how much more deadly the new variant is is still very uncertain, warned the government’s scientific advisor, Patrick Vallance.
Home office requirements by mid-March
Due to the mutations in the virus, Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) reserves the right to extend the home office requirements for employers if necessary. “We’ll see in good time whether an extension beyond March 15 is necessary,” he told the “Rheinische Post” (Saturday).
The now required OP or FFP-2 masks are more expensive than the previously allowed masks and that hit the Hartz IV recipients “most heavily” and must be compensated by the federal government, said FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing the “image ” (Saturday).
The left thinks that the idea is going in the right direction anyway – but they demanded that the surcharge should be at least 100 euros. Salvation’s proposal came “almost a year too late”, criticized the social politician Sabine Zimmermann to the Funke media group.
16,417 new corona infections in Germany
The German health authorities reported 16,417 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. In addition, 879 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours, as the RKI announced on Saturday morning. Exactly one week ago, the RKI had recorded 18,678 new infections and 980 new deaths within 24 hours.
The high of 1,244 new deaths was reached on January 14. In the case of new infections registered within 24 hours, the highest value was reported on December 18, at 33,777 – but this contained 3500 late reports.
The number of new infections reported within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) was 112.6 on Saturday morning, according to the RKI. Its previous high was reached on December 22nd at 197.6.
The number fluctuated after that and has been falling again for a few days.