Sunday March 28, 2021
“Numbers are literally racing up”
The federal and state governments are considering a hard lockdown
Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann promised further talks between the federal and state governments about a hard lockdown at the beginning of the week. “First of all we think about such things,” said Kretschmann. “We also have to discuss this with other countries in advance, with the Federal Chancellery. We just see that the numbers are skyrocketing.” During the talks on Monday and Tuesday you have to “come to terms”. The Green 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.
Regarding the proposal by Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) to shut down social life properly for 10 to 14 days because of the rapidly increasing number of infections, Kretschmann said: “From a pandemic perspective, that would be best.” 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.
Kretschmann does not want to allow any more delays with the Corona emergency brake in hotspot regions. “That is strictly enforced. There is no more wasting time,” said the Green head of government. According to reports, there is growing anger in the state government of Baden-Württemberg about urban and rural districts that initially do not apply the emergency brake systematically, although they have exceeded the limit of 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in one week for more than 3 days.
“Instrument with exit restrictions”
The chief executive of the district assembly, Alexis von Komorowski, said: “The state government has it in hand to eliminate the uncertainties in the implementation of the emergency brake through better regulations in the Corona Ordinance.” Kretschmann emphasized that the emergency brake was “a sharp instrument, especially with us because we do it with exit restrictions”. However, the state government had already announced on Friday that there would be an exception to the contact restrictions over Easter.
Kretschmann was critical of the large-scale easing in the whole of Saarland after Easter: “I don’t quite see what my colleague Tobias Hans is up to,” he said. The decision of the federal and state governments provides that some regions could be declared model areas with openings and a test concept. “But I mean, the whole Saarland was not meant by that. Even if it is small.”
The Saarland wants to loosen the corona measures to a large extent in a model project after Easter: From April 6th – the Tuesday after Easter – cinemas, theaters, fitness studios and outdoor restaurants are to reopen. Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) said that the prerequisite was a negative rapid test, which must not be older than 24 hours. After Schleswig-Holstein, Saarland recently had the lowest seven-day incidence of all federal states.