The German government has warned of vaccine-resistant mutations in the current corona wave. “We are in the most dangerous phase of the pandemic,” said Chancellery Minister Helge Braun of “Bild am Sonntag”. If the number of infections increases rapidly parallel to the vaccination, “the risk increases that the next virus mutation will become immune to the vaccine”. Then “we would be back with empty hands,” warned Braun.
“Do not endanger summer by easing too early”
“Then we would need new vaccines, then we would have to start all over again with the vaccination,” said the Christian Democratic politician. That must be prevented under all circumstances. “We mustn’t jeopardize the chance of a largely normal summer by loosening up a few weeks too early.”
It remains “imperative that we bring the corona infections back down,” said Braun. For this, instead of the “Easter rest period”, which has since been withdrawn, there must be regional curfews. “So that the infection does not get out of control, in regions with incidences over 100 not only easing measures have to be withdrawn, but additional measures have to be taken.” Braun cited “regional curfews in the evening and at night” as examples, because private meetings have the highest infection rates.
Ideally, trips are possible from August
If everything goes well, the infection situation would relax in May and travel would be possible again from August, Braun predicted in the interview. “At Whitsun we will see the first positive effects – provided that the situation does not get out of hand by then.” It is true that traveling at Easter is “simply not responsible” – but: “I think it is realistic that travel will be possible again in August.”
Braun named testing in companies as an important step in containing the virus. If at least two thirds of the companies do not test their employees twice a week by the beginning of April, then there should be compulsory testing instead of the current voluntary commitment by industry. (apa / afp)