In view of the increasing number of infections in Germany, Angela Merkel urges caution. Nevertheless, the Chancellor would like to present an opening plan at the beginning of March.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has again pleaded for a cautious strategy for possible openings in view of the concerns about a third corona wave. Opening steps would have to be introduced together with increased tests, said Merkel on Monday, according to participants in online deliberations of the CDU presidium. The citizens are longing for an opening strategy, she understands.
“Put together packages of an opening strategy”
Merkel made it clear that she nevertheless saw three areas for which “packages of an opening strategy had to be put together”. On the one hand it is about the area of personal contacts, on the other hand it is about schools and vocational schools as well as a third package with sports groups, restaurants and culture.
The aim is to tie packages to allow openings and then adjust, she was quoted as saying.
The aim is then to present plans for possible opening steps. Braun said, according to information from participants in the CDU presidium, the mutations of the corona virus unfortunately destroyed the good development in Germany.
Seven-day incidence is rising again
The presidium also discussed the possibility of how family and company doctors could be involved in vaccinations, it said. Health Minister Jens Spahn has made it clear that this only makes sense if, as with the flu vaccination, 3 to 5 million vaccine doses are available per week. Overall, the assumption of costs by the federal government, which is planned from March 1, could help with the corona tests. He made it clear that there will be the first self-test approvals from next week.
The curve of new infections showed up for the fourth day in a row on Sunday – despite the lockdown that has been in place since mid-December. On Monday, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported hardly any change: within one day, the health authorities reported 4,369 new infections, a week ago it was 4,426. At the same time, however, the number of new infections reported within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) continued to rise: to 61.0 nationwide.
The day before it was still at 60.2.
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