Angela Merkel warns of dramatic developments in the infection process

DAccording to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany is facing a difficult phase in fighting the corona pandemic. “We are facing very, very difficult months,” said the CDU politician, according to the “Bild” newspaper on Sunday evening in a switching conference with the CDU parliamentary group leaders in the federal states. The Chancellor is assuming that the number of infections will continue to rise sharply and that no major events will be possible outside at least until February.

According to “Bild”, Merkel was concerned about the upcoming Prime Minister’s Conference, which is planned from Wednesday to Friday under the presidency of Berlin. You have “not that good feeling,” said the Chancellor. “It can’t go on like this.” The situation is “highly dynamic” and “dramatic”.

Germany could soon find itself in a “difficult situation” when it comes to intensive care beds.

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On Monday, Merkel will again consult with the responsible federal ministers in the Corona cabinet. The heads of government of the federal states will meet for their annual conference on Friday; Berlin has held the chair since the beginning of October. In the past few days, there have been repeated calls for more uniformity in the corona requirements nationwide, for example from Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU).

The Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) told the “Rheinische Post” (Monday): “We need a uniform catalog of measures. Citizens want transparency, they want to know what happens when their district is classified as red, yellow or green. “

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Eight federal states are starting school again after the autumn break. The number of infections rose sharply during the non-teaching period. Corona requirements continue to apply in many places or have been tightened. In Berlin, for example, high school students as well as all vocational schools and high school centers have to wear masks in class.

The President of the Conference of Ministers of Education, the Rhineland-Palatinate Education Minister Stefanie Hubig (SPD), recently emphasized that schools and daycare centers are not drivers of the pandemic. The President of the German Teachers’ Association, Hans-Peter Meidinger, warned, however, that the influence of schools on the infection rate could be greater than many believed.

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Studies suggested that this was the case with children under ten years of age, Meidinger told the editorial network Germany (RND / Monday). However, it is negligent to pretend that this also applies automatically to 13- or 14-year-old students who will soon be adults and also have countless contacts. “The school is the largest daily mass event in Germany with over ten million participants. I advise you to be very careful, ”said Meidinger.

Can a partial lockdown slow the spread of the virus?

Merkel had emphasized again at the weekend that the order of the day was for everyone to reduce the number of contacts. The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach spoke in the “Passauer Neue Presse” (Monday) for a “very short, time-limited partial lockdown” to contain the virus. “Meeting fewer friends, fewer visits to restaurants, fewer going to the cinema and sporting events.

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Maintaining distance, hygiene and wearing masks alone without limiting the number of contacts is no longer enough. The citizens should refrain from larger meetings and celebrations in their homes, ”said Lauterbach. “At this point in time, we could still contain the significant increase in the number of infections. The window closes clearly, ”said Lauterbach.

More home offices for employees

Have fewer contacts – that’s what the SPD leadership preaches too. “We urgently appeal to the population to reduce contacts as much as possible and to adhere to the known hygiene measures,” declared party leaders Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans and Lauterbach in a joint statement to the RND.

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Schools, daycare centers and companies should remain open. “In order for this to be successful, contacts here too have to be limited as much as possible, in schools through reduced and rectified, digitally supported teaching models and at work through increased home office.”

Call for personal responsibility

The police union (GdP) formulated two appeals. GdP Vice Jörg Radek called on citizens in the “Rheinische Post” (Monday) to take more personal responsibility, they should take back, adhere to the requirements and not call the police at the “slightest irritation”. And the administration should formulate “non-contradicting conditions”, “otherwise the work of the police will be made unnecessarily difficult”, warned Radek.

Contact tracking warning of new course

In view of the rapidly increasing number of infections, many health authorities are reaching their limits and can hardly keep up with tracing contacts. Considerations to concentrate only on risk groups are met with sharp opposition from the chairman of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, Eugen Brysch.

A task of the contact tracing by health authorities would be a “public oath of disclosure”, said Brysch of the “Rheinische Post” (Monday). He demanded that the Bundestag deal with the issue. “It must also be clarified here why it is not possible to make the public health service crisis-proof,” said Brysch.