Status: 02/22/2021 9:00 a.m.
Berlin medical officers are calling for loosening of the incidence value to be decoupled – Berlin’s Governing Mayor Müller also wants to take further criteria into account in a step-by-step plan. World Medical President Montgomery generally warns against easing.
According to a media report, Berlin’s medical officers unanimously demand that easing no longer be linked to general incidence values. It is “not expedient to couple containment measures to incidences of 20/35/50”, according to the “Tagesspiegel” in a statement by all twelve medical officers, which was sent to the Senate Chancellery over the weekend.
Doctors call for an “early warning system”
Instead, the doctors propose “intensive measures of infection prevention” for the elderly and the sick and, at the same time, a moderation of the measures for other groups such as school children. The y also asked for an age group-based incidence analysis as an “early warning system”.
The re is a “big difference” whether with a seven-day incidence of 50 people over 80 vaccinated and all infected children are symptom-free children – or whether risk groups are particularly affected. The n you have to align the political measures.
Müller announces his own step-by-step plan
The step-by-step plan should not only be based on the new infections, said Müller of the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” and the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten”.
“An R-value well below 1 and a falling utilization of intensive care medicine will also be important criteria for the next easing step,” said Berlin’s mayor. Müller said that if federal states remained “stable over several weeks” below the incidences of 35 or 50, “others can Follow steps in culture and gastronomy “.
In view of the increase in the number of cases over the weekend and the risk of virus mutations, he made it clear that the step-by-step plan was “not a one-way street in the direction of relaxation”. The SPD politician said: “If necessary, we will have to adopt restrictions again if the numbers rise sharply again, as in other European countries.”
Montgomery warns of easing
The chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, urgently warned against further easing. “Anyone who talks about relaxation in times of rising R-values is acting absolutely irresponsibly,” said the doctor to the newspapers of the Funke media group. “ The incidence value shows where we are currently.
The R value shows where we are going. A value clearly above 1.0 threatens exponential growth again – and that is exactly the case now.”
Doctors comment on the discussion about lockdown relaxation
Alfred Schmit, ARD Berlin, 22.2.2021 · 09:15