Companies fear production problems
Many companies feared that they would not be able to produce as usual on Monday. According to the latest figures from the Federal Employment Agency (BA), 22,000 Czechs and 9,600 Austrians work in Bavaria alone, many of them in the manufacturing sector.
Despite the relief, the auto industry sees problems – mainly because truck drivers also have to submit a current corona test. This test obligation could not be implemented at such short notice, explained the industry association VDA. Because the measures would have come at such short notice, the plants could not have stockpiled any supplier components. Automobile production will therefore largely come to a standstill from Monday noon. “The plants in Ingolstadt, Regensburg, Dingolfing, Zwickau and Leipzig are the first to be affected.”
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the mutated viruses will gradually spread in Germany as well, but this should be slowed down.
The Czech Republic imposes another state of emergency
For its part, the Czech Republic imposed another emergency in the evening due to the dramatically high number of corona infections. The minority government under Prime Minister Andrej Babis announced that it was valid for 14 days from Monday. It is responding to a request made by representatives of all 14 administrative regions including the capital Prague.