Canada Federal government is preparing for the intensified fight against Corona

15:45  27 october  2020
15:45  27 october  2020 Source:   dw.com

Steinmeier in quarantine after corona infection of a bodyguard

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Economics Minister Altmaier, Finance Minister Scholz and once again Chancellor Merkel warn, admonish and demand that the pandemic is concerned. But at the same time they position themselves against the sovereign princes.

Bundeswirtschaftsminister Peter Altmaier © Michael Kappeler / dpa / picture alliance Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier

The federal government warned of an unchecked increase in coronavirus infections prior to consultations with the prime ministers of the federal states. The growth in new infections is exponential, said Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) in Berlin. In Germany, the number of new infections increases every day by around 70, 75 percent compared to the week before. "And that means: we will probably have 20,000 new infections a day by the end of this week," said Altmaier. This is a number that one could not even have imagined three weeks ago.

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Altmaier: Situation makes economic recovery difficult.

At the end of September, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that there could be 19,200 new infections a day by Christmas. At the time, this forecast was considered a pessimistic scenario. During the consultations with the federal states on Wednesday, Merkel hopes for specific resolutions to curb the spread of the pandemic. The federal states are responsible for implementing most of the measures.

Altmaier said the tense corona situation was making the economic recovery difficult. Many companies would therefore need government aid for longer. The Minister of Economic Affairs also called for concrete measures to stop the rapid spread of the corona virus. However, he did not give any examples.

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Scholz: We have it in our own hands

Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz also demands quick additional measures against the rapidly increasing number of corona infections. The dramatic increase in the past few days was "very worrying," said the SPD politician in the federal capital. "Now quick and decisive steps are needed to break this new wave of infections."

Vizekanzler und Bundesfinanzminister Olaf Scholz © Fabrizio Bensch / dpa / picture alliance Vice Chancellor and Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz

The additional measures should be limited in time, taken as uniformly as possible across Germany and be generally understandable. In these weeks it will be decided whether Germany will get through the pandemic comparatively well, the Federal Finance Minister added: "We have it in our own hands."

Merkel: Restrictions are difficult to bear

Chancellor Merkel meanwhile insisted on observing the state of knowledge as a yardstick for restrictions. "Today we know a little more about the virus, we know how we can protect ourselves, we can proceed in a more targeted manner," said Merkel in Berlin. At the same time, she turned against the exclusion of sick people, those in need of care and people with disabilities from social life in the course of infection protection. Contact restrictions for people in hospitals, care facilities and hospices are very stressful. Such restrictions are difficult to bear for them and the entire federal cabinet, and they should only be temporary.

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Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel © Stefanie Loos / AFP / dpa / picture-alliance Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel

"One of the great challenges is of course that we protect the nursing staff from excessive workloads," the CDU politician continued. As far as possible, working conditions should be improved. Merkel explicitly mentioned the improvements brought about by the latest collective bargaining agreement for the public service: "Nice words are one thing, deeds are another."

According to the Robert Koch Institute, the health authorities reported 11,409 new corona infections within one day by early Tuesday morning. On Tuesday a week ago, the number was 6868. With 14,714 new infections, a new high since the beginning of the corona pandemic in Germany was reached on Saturday.

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