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Corona crisis meeting at Merkel: country chief fears second lockdown

Winfried Rothermel

In the dispute over the accommodation bans in many countries to protect against corona infections, the positions before the meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) with the Prime Minister have stalled.

Heads of government such as Manuela Schwesig (SPD) in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Markus Söder (CSU) in Bavaria defended this measure in view of the increasing numbers of infections. These were again above the 4000 mark on Tuesday. The President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Thomas Haldenwang, tested positive, as it became known on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, according to the Robert Koch Institute, the number of people newly infected with the corona virus within one day was 4122. According to the RKI, at least 329,453 people in Germany have been shown to have been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus since the beginning of the corona crisis . With Leverkusen and Gelsenkirchen, two other large cities exceed the important warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days.

The Chancellor and the Prime Ministers will meet again in Berlin this Wednesday for the first time since mid-June and will not be meeting in a video conference.

Bavaria’s Prime Minister Söder called for stricter and uniform measures to be taken. The next four weeks are crucial for Germany, said the CSU boss after a cabinet meeting in Munich. “We now have to slow down Corona before we have to do a real emergency stop.” For example, the mask requirements must be expanded. “We don’t want a second lockdown. But a second lockdown is approaching if there is no jolt, ”he warned. Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) also urged the states to take a uniform line in the fight against the corona pandemic.

Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus also called for a unified line among the countries. “Tomorrow I expect a clear signal against small states. We need clarity for the people in Germany. This applies in particular to trips within Germany, ”said the CDU politician in Hamburg.

The Federal Government’s Tourism Commissioner, Thomas Bareiß, called for the ban on accommodation to be re-examined. “Another lockdown of the entire hotel industry must be prevented.” The head of the district assembly, Reinhard Sager, spoke in the news portal “t-online” of a “patchwork rug that can hardly be overlooked in everyday life and great uncertainty in society”.

The general manager of the hotel and restaurant association (Dehoga), Ingrid Hartges, told the “Saarbrücker Zeitung”: “I have the well-founded hope that the federal and state governments will have to say goodbye to this form of the accommodation ban.” Hartges was apparently playing on the lawsuits announced against the ban. The constitutional lawyer Christoph Degenhart does not consider the measures to be justified. “They intervene in the basic rights of businesses and travelers,” he told the “Handelsblatt”.

On the other hand, Schwesig spoke out in the ARD “Morgenmagazin” against loosening up: “We need a clear, stringent line. At a time when the numbers are increasing in Germany, it cannot be a relaxation. ”What is needed are stricter rules,“ especially in risk areas ”. North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU), on the other hand, warned in the “Bild” newspaper of a decline in acceptance of the corona measures among citizens, “if individual rules such as the ban on accommodation cannot be understood”.

Most federal states decided last Wednesday that citizens from places with very high numbers of corona infections may only be accommodated when traveling within Germany if they can present a negative corona test that is no more than 48 hours old. This should take effect for travelers from areas with more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days.

No longer winter vacation

The attempt to extend the winter holidays by two to three weeks and to shorten those in the summer accordingly met with widespread rejection. The Bundestag members Christoph Ploß (CDU) and Stephan Pilsinger (CSU) had made it in the “Bild” newspaper. Söder said that now is not the time to talk about vacation extensions and to create uncertainty with “additional things”.

In a strategy paper, the Robert Koch Institute pointed out that everyday life would initially remain restricted even after the introduction of a corona vaccine – including wearing masks and distance requirements. Accordingly, one or more vaccines will probably be available in the coming year – and improve the fight against the virus significantly. However, such a remedy should only be available in limited quantities at the beginning and particularly benefit risk groups.

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