The goal of the Corona summit between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the state prime minister on Tuesday from 2 p.m. is clear: the primary goal must be to keep schools and childcare facilities open and not jeopardize the reboot of the economy, said Chancellor Merkel. in advance in an internal round.
All of you in the group agree. But then it stops with the similarities. Given the increasing number of new infections in Germany, old rifts are tearing open again, just like at the height of the pandemic.
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Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder argues for a nationwide uniform course based on the number of infections, as is happening now. In a number of cases, similar measures would need to be taken across the country. He has a traffic light system in mind. Berlin already has one.
NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet is in favor of including more values than the contamination figures. This also includes the number of intensive care beds occupied and the positive percentage in the tests. But he also advocates a kind of traffic light.
The Prime Ministers of Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony, Reiner Haseloff and Michael Kretschmer (both CDU), had contradicted the demands for general tightening over the weekend.
Meanwhile, just before the start of the summit, an initial draft from the federal government for talks with the prime minister was leaked. In general, the federal government proposes a regionally tiered procedure – not blanket measures. Given the number of infections, no further opening steps should be allowed at the moment, the paper continues.
The details of the design:
Rules for restaurants and serving alcohol
In order to enable correct contact tracking, regulatory authorities must be able to prove violations of false personal information in restaurants with a minimum fine of 50 euros. According to the draft, federal and state governments are calling on citizens to take responsibility. When visiting bars, restaurants and events, they should support rapid detection and control of corona outbreaks by providing accurate and complete personal and contact details. The federal government also wants to limit the number of alcohol served under certain conditions. In order to minimize contamination in the catering industry, as the number of infections increases, “time-limited alcohol bans should be issued”. Specifications for private parties will be tightened up again. Photo: Christoph Soeder / dpa
Private parties and limit values for new infections
The federal government is calling for stricter rules for private parties. Meetings in private rooms should be limited to a maximum of 25 participants, he said. The upper limit in public areas can be a maximum of 50 people. “A determination of lower values by a state or a municipality remains unaffected.” In the design, it is stated in so-called square brackets that the federal states would set rules for the number of participants in festivals if the number of 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a neighborhood is exceeded within seven days. This means that the critical number of new infections for this regulation has yet to be negotiated in the conference, a determination of lower values by a state or a municipality remains possible according to the design. Exceptions could be made to announced celebrations with hygiene plans approved by the health authority. If more than 50 people per 100,000 residents in a district are infected within 7 days, further action should be taken, the paper continues. In particular, the number of participants should then be further limited – according to the ideas of the federal government, to a maximum of 10 participants in private rooms and a maximum of 25 participants in public spaces.
Early warning system planned – Corona warning light not explicitly stated
A corona warning light proposed by NRW Prime Minister Laschet and Bavaria Prime Minister Söder is not explicitly mentioned. However, it is said that before the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants reaches 50, the Länder would “establish an appropriate early warning system to avoid exceeding this incidence as much as possible”.
Measures for autumn and winter time
Given the increasing number of corona infections and the expected flu wave in the fall and winter, the federal government is proposing the use of fever ambulances. The federal and state governments must immediately present a concept of how to avoid overload, especially in hospitals and general practice. At the same time, especially high-risk groups should be vaccinated against seasonal flu as a precaution. Especially in the cold season, two more letters need to be added to the valid “AHA” formula for hygiene and everyday masks: “C” for Corona warning app and “L” for ventilation. “Regular ventilation in all private and public areas can significantly reduce the risk of infection,” it says.
“Given the falling temperatures, increased time spent in enclosed spaces in the fall and winter, and the approaching flu season, we now need to be particularly careful,” the design admonishes. This is especially true in the field of leisure activities and private parties, which have recently been shown to be the main causers of regional infection.
Chancellor warns of an exponential rise in corona numbers
According to information from participants, Merkel warned at a video conference of the CDU presidium on Monday about a significant increase in new corona infections in Germany. If these develop weekly, there will be 19,200 new infections per day at Christmas. The Chancellor had extrapolated that, he said.
Merkel and the prime ministers last discussed pandemic measures at the end of August. Even then, celebrations in private and family circles, which are one of the main reasons for the increasing number of infections, caused concern. At the time, the federal and state governments could not agree on national caps for the number of participants. (dpa)