Corona: Merkel wants a harder lockdown faster

According to a “Bild” report, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to talk to the Prime Ministers about stricter corona measures before January 25th. A significant tightening of the lockdown should be discussed, which could also lead to the suspension of local and long-distance public transport. However, such a measure has not been decided.

The reason for the pressure for further restrictions is the fear of the spread of highly contagious corona mutations. Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann had previously said that he wanted to talk to Merkel about bringing forward the next round of the federal and state governments, scheduled for January 25. The lockdown measures so far apply until the end of January. However, according to Reuters information, there is still considerable resistance from country circles.

In government circles it was said on Thursday evening that an extension of the lockdown regulations in February was very likely anyway, given the continued high number of new infections. Real decisions can only be made from next week. RKI President Lothar Wieler said on Thursday that one would really know at the weekend how much the high number of infections would be influenced by the increased meetings over Christmas and New Year’s Eve.


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