On Tuesday, federal and state governments will once again join forces to discuss tightening corona measures. The conversation is apparently a stricter mask requirement – like a nightmare.
Many people have been limiting their lives for months – however, a resounding success in the fight against the coronavirus has not yet been achieved. Against this background, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prime ministers of the federal states will meet again on Tuesday to discuss how to proceed. Now what strikes through is what the participants consider.
According to the business magazine “Business Insider” and the “Tagesspiegel” report, citing government circles, the Chancellery wants to introduce a nationally uniform night clock, as it already exists in France and other neighboring countries. The federal states have signaled their agreement in principle – it is still unclear when and when it will take effect and whether it will take effect after a certain invasion.
Stricter mask requirements when shopping
Also under discussion is the introduction of an FFP2 mask requirement for shopping and local public transport. Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier considers a federal resolution to introduce FFP2 protective masks in local public transport to be conceivable. The federal government and prime minister will first meet with experts on Monday about the risk of virus mutations, says the CDU vice president ARDBroadcast “Anne Will”. Then the states and the federal government would discuss with each other. Ultimately, the federal states are responsible for implementing remedial measures.
According to the “Business Insider”, there should also be a kind of “duty light for home office” for companies and boards. As a result, employees may need to be able to work from home.
In the meantime, a reduction in bus and train traffic, which has been discussed in the meantime, is off the table. According to the report, schools and daycare centers will remain largely closed.
Söder oversees border controls
Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder does not rule out renewed border controls. “The best thing would be a uniform European strategy in the fight against corona,” said the CSU chairman of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. “If this does not continue, border controls would make sense.” That helped effectively in the spring already. “It does not last forever. If there is more vaccine, the situation can improve quickly.”
Seven days raid goes down
Despite months of restrictions, corona numbers in Germany are still high – but at least well below those in the run – up to Christmas. However, experts warn of new dangers due to the highly infected virus variants that first appeared in Great Britain and South Africa and now have also arrived in Germany.
After the holiday with fewer tests, the values are now considered significant again. It is currently positive that the so-called seven-day raid is falling: from 166.6 on January 10 today to today, as data from the Robert Koch Institute show. How long this decline will last is unclear. The high of 197.6 was reached on December 22, after which the number fluctuated. In addition, the differences between the federal states remain large.