Berlin (dpa) – The criticism of Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) is also growing in the ranks of the grand coalition. CSU General Secretary Markus Blume accused Spahn’s department of failures in the subject of rapid tests.
«Tests are the bridge to vaccinations for everyone. But unfortunately we see here again: too late, too slowly, too little was ordered. It has to be said clearly that mistakes have probably been made in the Federal Ministry of Health. Now it must finally be delivered, “said Blume to the” world “(Saturday).
Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) called for more efforts in the corona vaccination and test campaign. The available vaccine must also be used everywhere, said the Vice Chancellor and SPD candidate for chancellor on Saturday at the digital party conference of the NRW-SPD. Vaccination must be organized so well everywhere that the vaccine doses, which are now coming in large quantities, are actually used.
Spahn defended the federal government’s test strategy. “It was never agreed that the federal government would procure these tests,” he said during a digital discussion with the Rhineland-Palatinate CDU top candidate Christian Baldauf. “What was agreed is that we should help, that they are accessible, that they are available.” Rapid tests are “more than enough available,” he affirmed. “That’s why we as a federal government can also say from Monday that we will cover the costs of a citizen test for anyone who wants to be tested at least once a week.” The structures for this would arise.
Chancellery chief Helge Braun, meanwhile, gave little hope for trips over Easter and remained cautious about the summer vacation. “I am very skeptical about traveling at Easter,” said the CDU politician to the newspapers of the Funke media group (Saturday). For the summer vacation it is “a little bold to speculate about it”. However, Braun emphasized: “I’m pretty sure that in the summer – like last year – we can move around pretty normally outside.”
The sale of self-tests in retail began on Saturday, with Aldi kicking off. In many places, however, the self-tests were sold out within a very short time. The discounter was surprised by the rush. “As expected, the items that we had in store in the stores were sold out in most of our stores in the morning,” said Aldi Süd and Aldi Nord. The interest in the tests “surprised in this intensity”. Several other supermarket and drugstore chains are planning to start sales in the coming week.
Criticism of the government’s test strategy also comes from the Greens. “She would have been able to present a test strategy long ago and buy many millions of tests, but after months she is now first setting up a task force,” said party leader Annalena Baerbock to the editorial network in Germany (RND / Saturday). This is a “ducking away from responsibility”.
“I really almost fell from my chair today when the federal government canceled its summit with the federal business associations. They are now also very stunned that Aldi and a few others – Lidl, DM, Rossmann – can provide the rapid tests, but the federal government cannot, ”said FDP Vice-President Wolfgang Kubicki RTL and ntv. “That is really a stair joke of history.”
The health authorities in Germany reported 9557 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. In addition, 300 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours. That comes from the numbers of the RKI from Saturday. Exactly one week ago, the RKI recorded 9762 new infections and 369 new deaths within one day. The data reflect the status of the RKI dashboard from 03.11 a.m., subsequent changes or additions to the RKI are possible. According to the RKI, the number of new infections reported within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) was 65.6 nationwide on Saturday morning – compared to the previous day (65.4) and last Saturday (63.8) a little bit higher.
According to a survey by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Saturday) among the health and social affairs ministries of the federal states, at least 29,000 home residents suffering from corona have died so far, around 40 percent of those who died from or with the virus disease. Accordingly, not all federal states show how high the proportion of all corona deceased is. But in those who do, the numbers are sometimes high, according to the newspaper. They ranged from 25 percent in Saxony and 29 percent in Saxony-Anhalt to 35 percent in Lower Saxony, 39 percent in Baden-Württemberg and 40 percent in North Rhine-Westphalia to 47 percent in Saarland, 54 percent in Bavaria and 60 percent in Hamburg .