Vacation trips abroad will in principle still be possible despite the corona pandemic. At the request of the German Press Agency, a government spokesman referred to the applicable regulations for travelers. “A further legal regulation is not planned at the moment,” he added. An inspection order issued by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) to possibly prevent tourist travel is currently formally concluded.
In view of the heated discussion about holidays in Mallorca, the federal government had considered temporarily prohibiting trips to popular holiday areas abroad. It could not be that you are not in a position to prevent people from flying to Mallorca, but a 15-kilometer radius of movement can be enforced in Flensburg, Merkel said on Wednesday during her deliberations with the Prime Minister. In Belgium and Great Britain there are exit bans for tourist trips.
Brinkhaus warns of a rift between the federal government and the states
After the criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on the actions of some federal states in the fight against corona, Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus has urgently called for cohesion between the federal government and the states. Merkel rightly said that the measures were not enough to break the exponential growth and also that the federal government could be given more powers. He would also like that, said Brinkhaus in the ARD “Tagesthemen”. But it is also correct: “That can only be done together with the federal states.” “We have to stick together now in the crisis and not work against each other,” warned the CDU politician.
More must be done to contain the pandemic, stressed the group leader. “That doesn’t work in a dispute between the federal government and the states, because everyone is of good will. Rather, it can only work together. Everyone has to put their ego back on their feet. It’s not about election campaigns. It’s not about party interests. It’s not about either personal interests. It’s about our country. “
Brinkhaus also appealed to people to do something themselves to reduce the number of infections. He urged people to stay at home at Easter and to avoid private contacts as much as possible.
Laschet contradicts Merkel: the emergency brake will be implemented
North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet has rejected Chancellor Angela Merkel’s criticism of the inconsistent implementation of the emergency brake in his state. The state government had ordered nationwide implementation by ordinance, said the CDU leader after a presidium meeting of his party. “No county can deviate from it,” he added, referring to other countries. Laschet said this on Monday after a meeting of the CDU presidium, responding to criticism of the countries that his party colleague had voiced in a talk show on Sunday evening.
Laschet defended that it should still be possible to make appointments in shops with a negative test. This is intended to provide an incentive for increasing testing of the population. The NRW Prime Minister and CDU federal chairman also demanded that vaccinations should continue without restriction over the Easter holidays. It must be vaccinated “around the clock”.
According to the CDU boss, the next Prime Minister’s conference is to take place again in attendance. The CDU presidium was unanimous in this opinion, because a federal-state round like on Monday should not be repeated. Laschet pointed out that the Bundestag and Bundesrat do not meet virtually either.
In the presidium meeting, according to the German Press Agency, Merkel again spoke of a turning point with a view to the most recent Prime Minister’s Conference, after which she had withdrawn the jointly agreed Easter rest. The procedure has to change. After this information, the Schleswig-Holstein Prime Minister Daniel Günther and his colleague Tobias Hans from Saarland spoke out in favor of meeting the Chancellor next time in the group of Prime Ministers. According to the participants, Hans is said to have defended his strategy in the presidium. This would not replace restrictions with relaxation. Instead, test requirements would be put in place of restrictions.
On Sunday evening at Anne Will’s ARD, Merkel again urged the federal states to adhere to the federal-state resolutions and, above all, to observe the emergency brake. This stipulates that opening steps must be taken back if the so-called seven-day incidence rises above the value of 100. However, a number of countries have not yet implemented them as agreed. In the case of Anne Will, Merkel also addressed the possibility of “tackling the Infection Protection Act again and specifically saying what must happen in which case,” as she said in the program.
Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) protested against Merkel’s criticism, but did not express any objections to a tightening of the federal infection protection law. “You can set it in the Infection Protection Act – that’s fine with me – the main thing is that it is a uniform framework,” said Ramelow of the German Press Agency.
He emphasized that the Thuringian state government had been expecting the federal government since February that a Germany-wide uniform step-by-step plan would be adopted. He urged the federal government to act. “In February I asked for it to be done. In March and April I still say: Then finally do it! It’s about doing and not talking,” said Ramelow.
The left-wing politician criticized Merkel’s appearance at Anne Will in parts. “If you go to court with the prime minister, then you should at least have the courage and name horses and riders,” said Ramelow. Bavaria, for example, has opened the hardware stores without any consultation with its neighboring countries. “That was an affront to Baden-Württemberg and an affront to Thuringia,” said Ramelow.
Kreis in NRW stops vaccination of women under 55 with Astra Zeneca
The district of Euskirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia has temporarily stopped vaccinations of women under 55 with the active ingredient from Astra Zeneca. After a vaccinated woman (47) died last week, the district was now reported to be suspected of having “a serious illness” in a 28-year-old after being vaccinated with Astra Zeneca. Both had suffered a sinus vein thrombosis, according to the district.
“The district of Euskirchen informed the district government and the NRW health ministry about the new situation at noon today and reported the moratorium. This is a precautionary measure until the competent departments have come to a final assessment,” said a statement . Previously, queries to the higher-level authorities had been answered by saying that the Paul Ehrlich Institute “was carefully examining the processes, but could not give a final statement,” according to the district.
Greens parliamentary group leader: “It cannot and must not go on like this”
Stricter corona measures are inevitable from the point of view of the Greens parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt and were foreseeable. “The fact that no action was taken for weeks despite all the warnings set us back miles in the fight against the virus and caused a massive loss of confidence,” said Göring-Eckardt to the newspapers of the Funke media group. “It was foreseeable that stricter measures are now inevitable and is the inevitable consequence of the inconsistent back and forth. It cannot and must not continue like this.”
The Green politician called on the federal government to present a “breakwater plan”, “with which contacts and infections are reduced and which is then best decided by the Bundestag and Bundesrat”. These measures should finally be based on scientific reality again, said Göring-Eckardt.
The parliamentary group leader also sees an abuse of corona model projects. “Right now to abuse the idea of model projects and to open them up on a large scale without being able to offer real security is absolutely irresponsible and a dangerous game with the health of many people,” said Goering-Eckardt to the newspapers of the Funke media group. Model projects must serve to gain experience within a controllable framework, not to gloss over broad relaxation.
Green health politician Maria Klein-Schmeink even fears a loss of control in view of the sharply rising corona incidence numbers. “The leaps in incidence are huge. They clearly show that the measures taken so far are not enough and that the situation is getting out of hand,” said Klein-Schmeink Rheinische Post. “That is the result of inconsistent action. The federal and state governments must now explain to people that more effective measures to restrict contact are necessary as soon as possible.” One cannot wait until there are no more intensive care beds available.
RKI reports 9872 new infections
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) registered 9872 new infections within 24 hours. That is 2163 more than last Monday. The seven-day incidence rises to 134.4 from 129.7 on Sunday. A week ago it was 107.3. The value indicates how many people per 100,000 inhabitants have contracted the coronavirus in the past seven days.
43 other people have died in the past 24 hours after being infected with the virus. This increases the number of reported deaths to 75,913. In total, more than 2.78 million people in Germany have tested positive for the coronavirus so far. The numbers are less reliable on Monday than on other days of the week because not all health authorities report to the RKI and fewer tests are carried out on the weekend.