Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Opening has to wait
Lauterbach: Third wave can no longer be stopped
SPD health politician Karl Lauterbach sees Germany at the beginning of a third corona spread phase. “We are not yet in the middle of the third wave of infections, but it has started and can no longer be stopped,” he told the “Passauer Neue Presse”. Lauterbach therefore assumes that opening steps will have to be postponed.
The value had fallen for weeks, but recently rose again a little. On Tuesday morning it was 60.5.
While Chancellor Angela Merkel outlines a way out of the lockdown by implementing three opening stages, alongside Lauterbach and government spokesman Steffen Seibert, Chancellor Helge Braun is also trying to keep hopes in check. As the “Bild” newspaper reported, Braun said in a switching conference with the heads of state chancellery of the federal states that in view of the infection situation, “no openings” are currently possible.
The group is supposed to develop concrete opening scenarios for the upcoming federal-state group on March 3rd.
The German Society for Internal Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine also issued an urgent warning in March of major loosening. Its chairman Christian Karagiannidis told the “Rheinische Post”, according to calculations, the vaccinations were not yet fast enough to prevent a third corona wave if there was a return to a slight lockdown like in November before April.
The federal and state governments must be careful not to “lose the game in extra time”.
The hospitality industry now has “a right to a realistic opening perspective in the coming weeks,” said Dehoga managing director Ingrid Hartges of the “Rheinische Post”.
Seibert: Time of falling numbers “over at the moment”
Merkel is considering a step-by-step plan for gradually exiting the corona lockdown. According to participants in a CDU presidium meeting on Monday, the Chancellor proposed package solutions for three areas of society in combination with increased corona tests. Merkel named the personal contacts, schools as well as sports, restaurants and culture. However, the Chancellor also urged great caution when opening the door.
The proportion of the more dangerous variants of the corona virus is now 20 to 25 percent – and “we have to assume that this will continue to increase”.
The y should be upgraded from priority group three to group two in the vaccination ordinance, as the conference chairman Klaus Holetschek from the CSU announced.
The German Teaching Association and the Education and Science Union welcomed this decision. At the same time, boss Marlis Tepe demanded in the editorial network in Germany that since most schools and daycare centers have been open again since Monday this week, the speed of the vaccination campaign must be “significantly increased”.