At the same time, the curve of new infections is pointing up again for the first time in weeks – despite the strict lockdown that has been in place since mid-December. Education unions warn of health hazards. On the other hand, reference is made to negative consequences for children and parents if the restrictions at daycare centers and schools last longer.
At the weekend, there were increasing signs that primary school teachers and daycare workers could slide forward in the vaccination sequence. Several state representatives, health minister Jens Spahn and education minister Anja Karliczek (both CDU) are in favor of this. This Monday, at a switching conference of the health ministers of the states (4:00 p.m.), a corresponding fundamental decision could be made, announced Baden-Württemberg’s head of department Manne Lucha (Greens).
The step of changing the Corona Vaccination Ordinance by the Federal Ministry of Health would have to be implemented in practice.
The so-called seven-day incidence, which indicates the number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week, increased to 60.2 nationwide compared to 57.8 on the previous day. 145 deaths were reported within 24 hours. Last Sunday there were 218. Experts attribute the increase primarily to the spread of significantly more contagious virus variants.
The only question is how fast and how strong. ” RKI President Lothar Wieler called on people to persevere: “False promises do not help anyone, and it is quite simply that we take these measures that we know, that we have to persevere for a certain time,” he said on Saturday a panel discussion of the Federal Ministry of Health broadcast on the Internet. Spahn spoke of a “really difficult phase” of the pandemic. All are tired after twelve months.
The re is an expectation that with the number of new infections falling, the restrictions will go a little further.
The corona situation is regionally very different, even within the federal states. In Bavaria, for example, in the Donau-Ries district in the west, the seven-day incidence on Sunday was 16.4 according to the RKI, while it was 358.1 in the northeast in the Tirschenreuth district on the Czech border. In northern Germany, Flensburg is struggling with a sharp rise in numbers. That is why there have been tightened corona measures since the weekend – including night exit restrictions.
The old virus variants would have reduced the incidence. Where new virus variants already dominated, the numbers went up. “If you don’t really step on the brakes everywhere in these areas where it is really rising, as in Flensburg, then the situation will fly into your ears. It’s just like that. You can no longer deny that. ”
The openings are not a competition in which the federal state wins, which implements the most extensive easing and risks the health of all those involved to the maximum,” said VBE boss Udo Beckmann the editorial network Germany. “
The countries that are now opening their schools are taking a high risk – for the health of teachers, pupils and their parents,” said the chairman of the Education and Science Union (GEW), Marlis Tepe, the newspapers of the Funke media group .
The President of the German Teachers’ Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, called in the “Rheinische Post” to extend this to teachers who teach final classes. For some of them there were lessons at school in the past lockdown weeks.
Spahn had announced on Saturday that they wanted to take the employees at daycare centers and elementary schools quickly to the next higher vaccination group and offer them a vaccination earlier because distance was not possible in the facilities. Karliczek also spoke out for this: “Both professional groups perform tasks that are of great importance for our entire society, which should also be reflected in the prioritization of vaccinations,” said the CDU politician of the German press agency.
Family Minister Franziska Giffey (SPD) defended the daycare and school openings, but emphasized that they had to be done “responsibly” and with an eye on the infection rate. “You can not leave the children at home much longer, because otherwise child protection and child welfare are at risk,” she told the German Press Agency, referring to problems such as loneliness, lack of exercise and resulting “educational and attachment gaps”. In addition, many parents are at the end.