More and more new infections – new corona rules in a few days? Baerbock calls the deadline.


More and more new infections – new corona rules in a few days? Baerbock calls the deadline.

Are the current measures sufficient to slow the rise in the corona numbers in Germany? The pressure on the traffic light parties is great. Nevertheless, they still want to monitor the situation. The criticism is clear.

According to the Greens, the traffic light parties want to advise on stricter corona measures in Germany at the beginning of December. “We gave ourselves ten days to see if we are with the booster vaccinations, have we come far enough with the protective measures,” said Greens boss Annalena Baerbock in the ARD. The new federal-state crisis team should take a close look at the situation on a daily basis. After these ten days, they will jointly analyze whether further measures are necessary.

In the fight against the fourth corona wave, the amended Infection Protection Act, initiated by the traffic light parties, came into force on Wednesday. The federal states still have the option of ordering or maintaining measures such as mask requirements, contact restrictions or bans on events. Nationwide exit restrictions and school closings are no longer permitted tools. According to the previous plans, the law is to be reviewed on December 9th in a federal-state round and, if necessary, sharpened.

Leading Union politicians are pushing for a faster pace. The measures initiated would probably not be enough, said Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) on Wednesday evening on ARD. “We have to act intensively now.” The planned evaluation on December 9th was “much too late”. Previously, the Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) had called for a quick meeting of the state heads of government, preferably this week.

According to information from the German Press Agency, the Executive Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had offered the leaders of the traffic light parties in the Chancellery on Tuesday evening to significantly tighten the measures in view of the threatened overload of the health system. A legal emergency brake or clear lockdown agreements with the countries would be the obvious options, it said. The “Bild” reported that Merkel had already called for a lockdown from Thursday. The SPD, FDP and the Greens had rejected the proposal.

The corona situation in Germany is meanwhile becoming more dramatic every day. The numbers are increasing, the intensive care units are at their limit. On Thursday, the number of people who died from or with Corona in Germany exceeded the threshold of 100,000. This comes from the figures on the dashboard of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Accordingly, the health authorities recently reported 351 deaths to the RKI within 24 hours, the total number since the start of the pandemic is now 100,119.

The number of new corona infections transmitted within one day exceeded the threshold of 70,000 new infections for the first time with 75,961 cases. The seven-day incidence was 419.7 – also a high since the pandemic began.

In order to avert bottlenecks, several dozen intensive care patients from hot spots in the south and east are to be relocated to other federal states by the weekend. The federal and state governments want to discuss how to proceed this Thursday. For this purpose, a special video conference of the health ministers is scheduled.

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