Omikron: Söder against tightening

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Markus Söder, CSU party leader and Prime Minister of Bavaria © Peter Kneffel / dpa

Bavaria’s head of government Markus Söder (CSU) spoke out against tougher corona measures before the prime ministers’ conference on Monday, despite the skyrocketing number of infections.

Munich – “It doesn’t make sense to tighten up now,” said the party leader after a meeting of the CSU board on Friday in Munich. Rather, it must be observed with a sense of proportion to what extent the omicron wave affects the burden on the health system.

On the other hand, there is no reason to completely do without corona management, as is the case in Great Britain, for example. However, depending on the situation, there could be some relief. For Bavaria, he announced possible relaxations for the admission of spectators to professional sports and for children and young people to work in the afternoon.

The measures taken in the fight against the Delta variant could not simply be transferred to the now dominant Omicron variant. The course of the disease is milder, the number of booster vaccinations is increasing, and new vaccines and drugs are coming onto the market, said Söder.

He again criticized the fact that the federal government does not want to submit its own draft law for general vaccination. Söder warned that voting on group applications from MPs could lead to “random majorities” in the Bundestag. He advocated merging the dates for the introduction of compulsory vaccination for nursing facility staff and general compulsory vaccination. Otherwise there is a risk of further personnel problems in nursing. (dpa)

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