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Telephone connection before summit: Experts recommend drastic restrictions

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If the experts believe that the lockdown in Germany should be tightened significantly. This is the result of a confidential telephone switch between the Prime Minister of the federal states and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) with several doctors and other corona experts.

The chief virologist at Charité, Christian Drosten, Robert Koch Institute director Lothar Wieler and physicist Viola Priesemann from the Max Planck Institute were invited to the more than two-hour telephone call.

According to participants, the vast majority of experts advised an even harder lockdown. The government should order Home Office to close all open businesses such as canteens – with the exception of supermarkets. And: The best thing to do is to restrict the Germans’ range of motion entirely, as in France or Spain. The French, for example, were only allowed to move one kilometer around their apartment for weeks until the end of November – for a maximum of one hour a day. At the end of November this regulation was extended to three hours a day within a radius of 20 kilometers. Spain proceeded similarly.

In Germany, this restriction on freedom of movement is currently only available nationwide in Saxony. A 15-kilometer radius applies there. Thuringia also wants to implement this, according to Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left).

It was not clear on Monday evening whether the experts had also convinced the other heads of government. A nationwide regulation in Germany is currently not realistic, according to participants.

The experts also largely agreed that schools should not open for the time being. Reinhard Berner from the Dresden University Hospital, on the other hand, called for schools to be opened, as these are not pandemic drivers but are systemically relevant for society.

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