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“With the persistence of high disease rates, restrictions must be extended,” said Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), noting that the maximum number of patients in intensive care units is. Now, in his opinion, everything needs to be done to reduce the number of infections and keep it at a low level for as long as possible. “This is better than easing restrictions early – only to face tough questions again in a few weeks,” the politician told RTL.

Germany wants to extend the lockdown. Two weeks, or until the end of January?

Bavarian Prime Minister Marcus Soder (CSU), citing “Bild Dam Sonntag”, calls for an extension of the restrictions “Full closure It should be extended until the end of January. Premature easing of restrictions is a step backward. ”The prime ministers of the federal states hit by the pandemic agree in particular with the head of the Bavarian government. Those least affected, such as Bremen, Hamburg, and Hesse prefer to extend the lockdown by only two weeks.

The prime minister of Saxon-Anhalt, Rainer Hasilov, told the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland newspaper (Monday edition) that at the moment “it is not possible to think of a major easing”. Lower Saxony Prime Minister Stefan Weil (the Social Democratic Party) stressed the epidemiological situation “any reason to reduce vigilance”, who assumed that the lockdown “would continue.” “In the near future, our first priority should be to reduce the burden on health services,” said Thuringia’s prime minister, Budo Ramilho (left), citing Welt am Sonntag.

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Approaching the decision

Chancellor Angela Merkel wants on Tuesday (5.01) to decide, together with the prime ministers of the federal states, to extend the lockdown. One of the most controversial points is the rehabilitation of schools and kindergartens. Districts with high pollution rates want to remain closed, while others are for early opening – as long as learning takes place partly in class and partly remotely.

Hamburg Mayor Peter Chencher (SPD) asked about the “legal basis” for closing schools and kindergartens and how to reconcile this with the need to preserve “the essential functions of medical facilities”. Bavarian Prime Minister Marcus Soeder argued that in light of the high infection rates, “it would be irresponsible to send teachers and students to school.”

Current incidence rate (3.01) for seven days per 100,000 population Germany Is 139.6. The highest level was recorded on December 22 – it was 197.6. The differences between federal states are very large: the lowest rate is in Schleswig-Holstein (77.4) and the highest in Saxony (329.7).

The article comes from the site German wave.