US Corona shutdown: Markus Söder against tightening
digital party meeting: Söder makes a guest appearance at the New Year's reception of the NRW CDU
Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) will be a guest speaker at the first digital New Year's reception of the North Rhine-Westphalian CDU on Saturday (from 10.30 a.m.). At the beginning, NRW Prime Minister and CDU state party leader Armin Laschet speaks from a television studio in Cologne. CSU boss Söder will then be switched live. The CDU members can watch the New Year's reception on their computer at home.
The Bavarian Prime Minister praises the Bavarian strategy in the corona crisis - and calls on the other countries to follow an example.
So far, Markus Söder has mostly been one of the country bosses who called for tightening of the corona measures at an early stage. At the moment, however, he sees his state well prepared - and takes the other heads of government to account.
"We have to extend the lockdown until mid-February," Söder told the "Münchner Merkur" before the Prime Minister's consultations with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday. »The numbers in Bavaria are developing cautiously positive. The incidences are going down and the measures are working, ”said Söder. “But that's no reason to stop early. Anyone who loosens up overnight now risks skyrocketing the numbers - Ireland has experienced that tragically. «
Spahn: Short-term bottlenecks in FFP2 masks possible
The Federal Minister of Health is clearly trying not to make the risk of delivery problems for medical masks appear too great. © Fabrizio Bensch / AP / picture alliance Provided by Deutsche Welle According to the of the federal and state-agreed obligation to wear medical masks in retail and public transport, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (article picture) expects isolated delivery problems with the FFP2 masks at short notice.
By mid-February, there was also a better level of knowledge about the new virus mutations that have occurred in Great Britain, South Africa and Brazil. “The previous lockdown slows down the more dangerous virus variant in any case.”
So Söder is not planning to tighten the measures for Bavaria at first - but he calls on the other countries to orientate themselves towards his federal state and to implement the agreed rules more strictly.
Söder said that Bavaria "already has one of the highest protection levels in Germany". It is the country with a nationwide curfew, with a strict radius for day-trippers, daycare centers have also been closed and all schools are in remote operation. "As of today, the nationwide strictest FFP2 mask requirement applies," said Söder. A tightening is therefore not necessary in the Free State. "We always have to keep an eye on the acceptance of the population, and at the moment this basic acceptance is relatively high."
Instead of tightening the measures, the CSU boss, as on earlier occasions, advocated nationwide standardization - it would be better to do so the level of the Bavarian measures. "It would be better if all of the measures decided in Berlin were implemented uniformly." The more differentiated the solution, "the less it is often accepted," said Söder. "What applies to everyone is fair." But
Söder expects adjustments to the home office: "The important thing is: We need a higher proportion of employees in the home office in order to reduce the number of contacts." »But we are committed to tax incentives«. Home office must be the goal "wherever possible".
Corona year 2020: economic slump and budget deficit .
The corona crisis plunged the German economy into one of the worst recessions of the post-war period and tore deep holes in the national budget. © Jens Kalaene / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa The state budget is slipping deep into the red in the Corona crisis. The gross domestic product (GDP) collapsed last year by 5.0 percent compared to the previous year, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Thursday based on an initial estimate.