Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach has warned against being too careless about the development of the corona virus and is urging that important protective instruments continue to be used. “I share the concern of many scientists: we have to reckon with a summer wave,” the SPD politician told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Saturday). The omicron and delta variants are said to be so infectious that even when the weather is good, many contacts and reduced vaccination protection could lead to an increase in the number of infections if there were no longer any restrictions.
Corona virus: Lauterbach makes a bitter comparison with the HI virus
The Minister of Health believes it is possible that the corona virus will keep us busy for several decades: “I’m pretty sure that we’ll get an autumn wave. And Corona will keep us busy for a long time after that – a decade or more.” He pointed out that the HIV virus appeared 40 years ago – “and it’s still there”. He emphasized: “We always have to reckon with corona variants, and there can also be dangerous variants.” Lauterbach also stated that countries must be able to react early to coming waves. This includes mask requirements and contact restrictions. “It should be possible to set upper limits for private meetings and public events as well as access rules for restaurants, for example” – i.e. access only for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered (2G) or additionally with a test (2G plus). “All of these instruments should only be used when they are actually necessary,” said the minister. “The state parliaments would then have to determine that.” However, Lauterbach received objection from the FDP, which insists on an extensive end to everyday restrictions. “If the dangerous situation eases, measures must also be reduced,” said Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP) to the newspapers of the Funke media group (Sunday). “You can’t just restrict millions of basic rights preventively in the long run.” Every solution must take this into account.
Green party leader Ricarda Lang: “Relaxing with caution is the order of the day”
Lauterbach receives support from the Greens. Party leader Ricarda Lang warned against relaxing the corona protection measures too quickly. “Relaxing carefully is the order of the day,” she told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Sunday). “In the coalition we agree that easing can and must take place when the situation permits.” Basic protection measures that restrict little but are very useful, such as the obligation to wear a mask, will also be needed in the future, emphasized Lang. Bestseller: View corona self-tests on Amazon It was not until Friday that further restrictions were relaxed – for example for restaurants, hotels, clubs and discos. According to a relaxation plan decided by the federal and state governments, “all more profound” restrictions are to be lifted on March 20th, if the situation in the clinics allows it. Article contains affiliate links *Note: In the editorial office, we are always looking for useful products for our readers. The links provided in this article and marked with a shopping cart symbol or an asterisk are so-called affiliate links/advertising links. If you click on or make a purchase through one of these links, we receive a commission from the retailer. This does not change the price for you. Our editorial reporting is fundamentally independent of the existence or amount of a commission.
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