5:52 p.m.: Laschet against “rigid” step-by-step plan for easing
CDU boss Armin Laschet has spoken out against a rigid step-by-step plan as a way out of the corona lockdown. “A step-by-step plan that regulates which incidence values have to be achieved in order to reopen certain areas could bind us too much,” said the NRW Prime Minister of the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” and the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten”.
If the seven-day incidence value fluctuated just above 35, it would not be possible to keep the retail trade closed for months: “Rigid automatisms do not help in this unclear situation,” added Laschet.
One will continue to have to decide “on the basis of current knowledge, not just based on the incidence values”. If the health authorities are all digitized soon, they will be able to track more contacts, and the widespread use of rapid tests will also offer more security. So at least selective openings are possible even with slightly higher values.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the heads of government of the federal states want to discuss on March 3 how to proceed in the fight against Corona and what an opening plan can look like. According to previous plans, stores should be able to reopen from March 7th if there are no more than 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and seven days in regions for three days.