Following the Chancellor’s warning, other politicians called for greater involvement in the fight against the corona pandemic. CSU chief Söder insisted on “prudence, caution and solidarity”. Otherwise, a new lock may occur.
Chancellor Angela Merkel supports her urgent call on the population to reduce contacts.
“The situation is serious. If we do not take countermeasures quickly, Corona will spiral out of control, “said Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder of the” Bild am Sonntag “. If you are hesitant, you risk a second blockage, said the head of the CSU. “Caution, caution and solidarity have never been more important than they are now.”
Lauterbach believes local shutdowns are possible
According to SPD health expert Karel Lauterbach, only the new population could prevent a new lock-in. “It will depend on how the population behaves. This is more important than individual measures,” Lauterbach told the newspaper the Funke media group. Many of the requirements for the state crown were just as difficult to check. The question is whether it will be possible to persuade a sufficiently large part of the population to reduce their contacts.
Unless exponential growth slows, “the daily number of cases will grow so fast in a very short time that clinics and health authorities will be exceeded,” Lauterbach said. The result is “local outages”. With exponential growth, nothing else is possible in the affected areas after a few weeks.
Merkel demands contact restrictions
In her weekly podcast on Saturday, Merkel called for a reduction in the number of contacts outside the family and a significant reduction in travel behavior. “I ask you: Abstain from any journey that is not really necessary, any celebration that is not really necessary. Please stay at home, if possible, at your place of residence. “
Germany is in a “very serious phase of the corona pandemic,” Merkel added. The corona virus is spreading “faster than it was more than six months ago.” Now it counts every day. In this situation, it is no longer enough to keep your distance and wear a mask. “We have to go even further. Science tells us clearly: The spread of the virus depends directly on the number of contacts and meetings each of us has. “
Reasoning and reason as the “most effective means”
Germany has so far gone through a pandemic relatively well, as people have held together and followed the rules of consideration and common sense. “This is the most effective anti-pandemic we have today. Now it’s more necessary than ever. ”The relatively relaxed summer is over. We had difficult months ahead of us. How it will be cold will be decided in the coming days and weeks. “We all decide our actions,” Merkel warned.
To prevent the spread of the virus, all infected people would have to be contacted to break the chain of infection. The health authorities did “great”, but where the number of infected increased too high, they could no longer keep up.
Kretschmer calls for help from the medical authorities
Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer therefore called for greater support for the Bundeswehr in health authorities. “We are in an exponential phase,” said a CDU politician, “Bild am Sonntag”. “We have to expect the number of new infections to double every three or four days. This will put health authorities at the limit of their ability to monitor the contacts of positive cases, and we can no longer interrupt the chains of infection. “
According to Kretschmer, there is an urgent need to improve health authorities. “The Bundeswehr must be more involved and employees from state ministries must be posted. The police must assist the regulatory agencies in monitoring the measures. “