Kretschmann for tough lockdown and new summit – SWR Aktuell


Will the next federal-state round come earlier than expected? Only a few days after the last switch, not only calls for a sharp lockdown are getting louder – but also for a new corona peak.

Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) has announced further talks between the federal and state governments about a hard lockdown at the beginning of the coming week. “First of all we think about such things,” said Kretschmann on Saturday evening in Stuttgart. “We also have to discuss this with other countries in advance, with the Federal Chancellery. We just see that the numbers are skyrocketing.”

Next Prime Minister’s Conference earlier?

During the talks on Monday and Tuesday you have to “come to terms”. The Green politician did not say whether the next conference of the prime ministers with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), which is actually only planned for April 12, should be brought forward.

The Green politician indirectly welcomed the proposal by Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) to shut down social life properly for 10 to 14 days because of the rapidly increasing number of infections: “From a pandemic point of view, that would be best,” said Kretschmann literally.

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However, one must carefully weigh up whether it makes sense and is feasible to close everything. Most recently, Kretschmann had stated that the British mutant is “spreading so quickly that the number of infections in our country doubles every ten days”. Politicians have to react to this, otherwise the intensive care units will overflow in April. At the same time, Kretschmann had rejected a tougher lockdown in the SWR on Friday and favored the model of regional emergency brakes with high incidence values.

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Seven-day incidence increases slightly

In Baden-Württemberg, the nationwide seven-day incidence on Saturday increased very slightly. However, fewer results are usually submitted on weekends. According to the data from the State Health Office, 121.5 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants were registered over the past 7 days. On Friday the value was 121.1. 31 of the 44 urban and rural districts have now exceeded the threshold of 100. The value is highest in the Schwäbisch Hall district at 475.2, and the lowest in Pforzheim at 69.1.

The nationwide seven-day R-value is currently listed as 1.19. This means that 100 people are currently infecting 119 more people. The value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If the value is above 1, the number of new infections increases, so the disease continues to spread. If it is less than 1, there are fewer and fewer new infections, so the epidemic is coming to an end.

The number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began rose by 2,149 to 357,171 cases. 8,632 people have so far died in connection with the corona virus in Baden-Württemberg. According to the State Health Office, 12.7 percent of the 2,409 operable intensive care beds are currently free. This value is important to be able to assess the utilization of the health system. Intensive care beds are not only needed for Covid 19 patients with severe courses, but also for other serious illnesses.

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