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Canada If the numbers continue to rise, as is currently the case: SPD health expert Lauterbach warns of local shutdowns

19:30  18 october  2020
19:30  18 october  2020 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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In view of the increasing number of corona cases in Germany, the warning voices from politics are increasing. It depends on the behavior of each individual.

Lokale Lockdowns träfen die Wirtschaft hart, sagt SPD-Gesundheitsexperte Karl Lauterbach. © Photo: imago Local lockdowns would hit the economy hard, says SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach.

SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach counts on people's behavior in the fight against the corona virus - less on containment measures. "It will depend on how the population behaves. That is more important than individual measures. Many conditions are difficult to check anyway," said the doctor to the newspapers of the Funke media group.

If the coronavirus continues to spread so quickly, Lauterbach expects local shutdowns in Germany. "It's very simple. The R-value is around 1.3. If we don't get that down, the daily number of cases will rise so quickly within a very short time that the clinics and health authorities will be overrun. Then there will be local shutdowns." The reproductive number, also known as the R value, indicates how many other people an infected person infects. According to the situation report from the Robert Koch Institute on Saturday evening, the R value was 1.4.

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Early on Sunday morning, the Robert Koch Institute reported 5587 new corona infections in Germany, a week earlier there were 3483 new cases. On Saturday a high of 7830 was reached for the third time in a row. The number of cases recorded is usually lower on Sundays and Mondays, also because not all health authorities transmit data to the RKI at the weekend.

Chancellor Angela Merkel asked people on Saturday to limit social contacts in view of the skyrocketing number of corona infections. and to travel less. "We now have to do everything we can to ensure that the virus does not spread uncontrollably. Every day now counts," said the CDU politician in her weekly video message.

The CDU politician received support for her appeal from Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder. The CSU boss told the "Bild" newspaper: "The situation is serious. If we don't take countermeasures quickly, Corona will get out of control. Anyone who hesitates risks a second lockdown. Carefulness, caution and solidarity have never been as important as now."

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SPD boss Norbert Walter-Borjans called on the younger generation more circumspection and solidarity. "We have to say very unequivocally to this generation, which is an important warning in our society on many ethical issues such as climate protection or international conflicts: This is not just about you, but your behavior also endangers others, especially the weaker ones "said Walter-Borjans to the" Spiegel ". At the same time, he emphasized that "one should not assume a whole generation of bad character."

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