US News Corona pandemic: Angela Merkel prefers consultation with Prime Minister

18:10  26 october  2020
18:10  26 october  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

Federal President in Corona quarantine

 Federal President in Corona quarantine Frank-Walter Steinmeier is in domestic isolation as a precaution. A bodyguard for the German head of state had previously tested positive for the corona virus.

The corona numbers in Germany are increasing rapidly. Chancellor Angela Merkel has now brought the talks planned for Friday with the heads of government of the federal states forward to Wednesday.

  Corona-Pandemie: Angela Merkel zieht Beratung mit Ministerpräsidenten vor © AXEL SCHMIDT / REUTERS

The corona pandemic is intensifying in Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel now wants to bring forward the Corona summit with the heads of government of the countries planned for Friday in view of the situation. In view of the drastically increasing numbers of infections, the federal and state governments want to talk about further measures to contain the pandemic on Wednesday.

"It will have to be discussed what can be done to curb the spread of the virus again as soon as possible," announced government spokesman Steffen Seibert . He also pointed out that there was a serious development.

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 APK: Looking for alternatives to China German companies in Asia should look for more alternatives to doing business in China. This is what high-ranking representatives of German politics and business called for at the start of the Asia-Pacific Conference in Berlin. © Reuters / D. Whiteside Provided by Deutsche Welle "Of course we want to diversify our supply chains," said Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier at the Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business.

The number of new infections registered daily has roughly doubled within a week. Follow-up of contacts by the health authorities are hardly possible anymore. The intensive care of corona patients is increasing again, the capacities are decreasing accordingly, Seibert made clear.

In her renewed consultation with the Prime Minister on Wednesday , Merkel wants to reach new resolutions to combat the corona pandemic. Everyone is aware that every day counts, said government spokesman Seibert. "So I expect resolutions too." With a view to the upcoming deliberations, Seibert did not want to say which further steps currently seem sensible for the Chancellor.

According to Seibert, the so-called Corona Cabinet also discussed the vaccination strategy in the event that a vaccine against the corona virus is available on Monday. According to a spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of Health, risk groups should receive a possible vaccine first. A concept is currently being drawn up for this.

The Chancellor should, according to reports, already at the weekend in a switch with the CDU parliamentary group leaders in the countries of the very difficult Corona months in Germany and the EU. Merkel said that other European countries, but now also Germany, apparently no longer succeed in containing the spread of the virus.

“Federal government slept through the summer”: Politicians warn against the isolation of residents .
Politicians from the Union and the Left are calling for better concepts for old people's and nursing homes. A limited number of visits must be possible. © Photo: dpa / Holger Hollemann A nurse pushes an elderly lady in a wheelchair across a corridor in a nursing home. Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) has urgently warned against the isolation of home residents in the phase of the second corona shutdown and has spoken out in favor of controls of the facilities.

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