Lash against a rigid step-by-step plan for easing


The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU)


 The  CDU chairman and North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet. Photo: Odd Andersen / AFP Pool / dpa

Source: dpa-infocom GmbH

Berlin (dpa) – 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” (Tuesday).

If the seven-day incidence value – that is, the number of newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants within a week – commutes sustainably just above 35, it is not 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 for seven days in regions. On Monday, however, the seven-day incidence rose from 60.2 to 61.0.

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