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Even Tighter Restrictions Possible: Health Senator Proposes Lockdown-Like Measures – Politics

Germany and the capital are preparing for a further increase in new corona infections. Even stricter restrictions, including a new lockdown, are no longer ruled out.

In Berlin, one of the pandemic’s current hotspots, Health Senator Dilek Kalayci (SPD) has proposed lockdown-style measures in a roadmap in case the situation worsens.

In the paper available to the Tagesspiegel, in addition to “Status Quo” under “Level 1”, a slight tightening of the applicable rules is provided. Under “Level 2”, among other things, a “ban on tourist overnight stays” is noted, for this purpose baths, museums, day-care centers and schools are closed, whereby, just as in the spring, there must be “urgent care for systemically important professional groups”.

It has not yet been determined from which contamination rate “level 2” could have an effect – internally it is said that the measures proposed by the senator as a last resort will at least be “close” to the lockdown in the spring.

In the Senate, the Greens and leftists allegedly asked Kalayci for a “different statement” that the Social Democrat should avoid the word “lockdown”. The members of the red-red-green Senate want to discuss it on Tuesday.

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Lederer: “Discuss thoroughly”

Berlin senator for culture Klaus Lederer (left) warned of hasty restrictions and urged caution. “We will take the time to thoroughly discuss the dynamics of the pandemic and how to deal with it in the Senate,” said Lederer.

Unlike March, more is known about how Covid-19 works. Therefore, Berlin should “be able to go more differentiated” than it did at the lockdown in March, Lederer said. The protection of endangered groups, information, meaningful and easily understood rules are elementary.

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About 1,000 police officers, half of them federal police officers, were in Berlin Saturday to monitor the extension of the mask requirement in weekly markets and busy streets – there were dozens of warnings of violations, especially in the Neukölln district.

85 daycare centers are partially or completely closed due to quarantine measures. That is three percent of Berlin daycare centers.

The prime minister’s conference is scheduled for next week, chaired by Mayor Michael Müller (SPD), and due to the contagion situation, it should take place as a video conference. Here, too, it concerns the need for national tightening.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) Photo: Stefanie Loos / Pool via Reuters

There will “certainly” be a talk with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), the Tagesspiegel learned from national circles. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert announced upon request that an exact date for a new federal / state meeting had not yet been set. Merkel relies on a drastic reduction in the number of contacts, avoiding travel and large private meetings.

Profession of the Chancellor

The stated goal of the federal government is to keep economic life and commerce open, as well as schools and daycare centers. With an unusual step, Chancellor Merkel again appealed to citizens on Saturday that it is now mainly up to them to contain the pandemic.

In her video podcast on Saturday, after a few introductory words, she replayed her much-discussed podcast from the previous week. The pandemic situation has deteriorated further. ‘What I told you last week still applies word for word to me. And so follows last Saturday’s podcast, ”said the chancellor.

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She would be happy “if one or the other listens to it again or plays it for friends who are new to it.” Merkel’s message was also translated into Turkish. It says, “Remember any journey that is not really essential, any celebration that is not really necessary. Please stay at home wherever you are, whenever possible. ”

The order of the day is “reducing contacts,” said the chancellor. “If we all stick to it, we will all face the enormous challenge of this virus.”

The number of Covid-19 patients to be treated in intensive care has been increasing significantly for days, as predicted by experts – there are currently 1,208 intensive care patients, of whom 532 need to be ventilated. In Berlin, only 173 intensive care beds are currently free.

The Robert Koch Institute reported 14,714 new corona infections within one day on Saturday, more than ever since the start of the corona pandemic in Germany. However, because there were occasional gaps in the data Thursday, the last issue may have corresponding late reports.

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