According to Health Minister Jens Spahn, another lockdown of 10 to 14 days is necessary to break the third wave of the corona pandemic. If that succeeds, openings are then also possible.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) considers a further lockdown of 10 to 14 days to be necessary. “If we take the numbers, including the developments today, we actually need another 10 or 14 days at least to properly shut down our contacts, our mobility,” said Spahn on Saturday at an online discussion event organized by the federal government, where citizens ask questions could.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported a seven-day incidence of 124.9 on Saturday morning. This means that the value is higher than it has been since January 19 (131.5). On Friday the RKI had given the incidence as 119.1, two weeks ago it was 76.1. The seven-day incidence indicates the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week and is an important indicator for the course of the pandemic.
Case numbers continue to rise
In addition, the health authorities in Germany reported 20,472 new corona infections to the RKI over the course of Friday. In addition, 157 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours. Exactly one week ago, the RKI had recorded 16,033 new infections and 207 new deaths within one day.
A lockdown is necessary, similar to that at Easter last year, said Spahn. He himself would also rather celebrate Easter with a larger family, he said. “But it just won’t work this year.” If it is possible to break this wave before it gets too big in April, then opening steps are also possible afterwards, as in cities and regions with low infection rates such as in Tübingen.