Will each federal state soon loosen corona measures for itself or will there be a uniform plan? The opening debates are in full swing. Lauterbach intervenes.
Berlin – In just over a week, on February 16th, the federal and state governments want to discuss the Corona * measures – and the easing debate seems to be the dominant topic in advance. Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach * (SPD) once again took the floor: he promised the relaxation of corona restrictions.
“I think we will relax well before Easter. I’m firmly convinced of that,” he said image. Easter is celebrated in mid-April this year. At the same time, however, he also issued warning words: “We are before the peak of the wave. Now to loosen up to the maximum number of cases, that means: I’m pouring oil on the fire,” said the SPD* politician.
Corona loosening in Germany? Lauterbach considers a scenario “crazy”
He thinks it is “crazy” if the measures were relaxed when the maximum number of infected people was reached. The minister asked: “What would happen in Germany if we proceeded as in England?” But we have significantly fewer, namely 60 to 80.” With the measures “we save lives every day,” emphasized Lauterbach.
The Minister of Health can therefore imagine that easing will be discussed at the next prime ministerial conference. Whether such new measures are actually taken “depends on how we are doing.” On January 24, the federal and state governments agreed to develop so-called opening perspectives as soon as the health system could be overburdened. The nationwide incidence is currently reaching a maximum value.
CDU boss Merz calls for a timetable before the Corona summit – easing before Easter?
The CDU* chairman Friedrich Merz is in favor of a regionally graded approach with regard to possible easing. “We have very different infection processes. Schleswig-Holstein could almost follow the Danish path. For Bavaria and Saxony, this is currently out of the question. So we have to proceed regionally,” he said Rheinische Post. From the next prime ministers’ conference, he expects “a timetable that remains cautious but finally offers people perspectives”.
Relaxation of the measures: “Have responsibility to protect the health and life of all people”
Lauterbach receives support from the Greens* chairwoman in the health committee, Saskia Weishaupt. “We have a responsibility to protect the health and life of all people, which also includes not simply announcing hasty openings and easing,” said the Green politician Augsburg General.
Weishaupt underlined that she sees little opportunity for easing before March. “The number of unvaccinated people over the age of 60 is too high,” Weishaupt said. “In this group we count three million unvaccinated people in Germany,” she added. “We should not endanger children and the over 60s in particular with a premature opening policy – the same applies to people who cannot be vaccinated due to previous illnesses,” she told the newspaper.
“We are currently working flat out on the question of how the protective measures against infection should continue after March 19,” explained the coalition politician. “Personally, I see the need to extend individual measures in particular.” On March 19, the Infection Protection Act, which forms the basis of corona measures such as the obligation to wear masks and the obligation to provide proof of vaccination status, expires. (dpa/AFP/cibo) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.