In contrast to other countries, German politics shy away from a much stricter lockdown. So the powerless measures for the people in Germany become an endless strain.
Do you remember March 16? At that time, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced measures to combat the corona pandemic “that have never been done before”. Shutdown, shops closed, schools closed. She spoke of the greatest challenge since World War II.
And really everyone in this country immediately understood the gravity of the situation. It was a historic moment.
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The contrast to the present couldn’t be greater. Never before have so many people with or from a corona infection died in Germany in one day as on Wednesday (410). The resolutions passed by the federal and state governments on the same day are still powerless and indecisive.
Here and there a shade stricter – it won’t work that way.
Most will hardly notice the “tightening”
The figures show: As right as it may have been to wait for the partial lockdown to take effect, it is now time to admit that it is working too little and too slowly. The daily infection numbers are still so high that the intensive care units are already reaching their limits in many places.
Extending the lockdown is therefore logical, but also the minimum. To further restrict the contacts too. That five people are allowed to meet instead of ten, but children and young people up to the age of 14 are not counted – does that really sound like the decisive measure? In any case, the majority of Germans have massively restricted their social life for weeks. Most will hardly notice “tightening” like this.
Piecework and not a long-term strategy
Another example: the new limit of 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. From this point onwards, the countries should impose “additional strict measures”. Which are they? This could … no, the federal and state governments did not want to agree. Berlin and 62 districts have long been above this – and are now possibly getting 63 different variants of “additional strict measures”.
The strategy promised in advance for the entire winter is not that, but rather more patchwork until Christmas. For the holidays, the rules will be relaxed in most federal states – contrary to all warnings from virologists and intensive care physicians, who fear another explosion of the numbers in January.
A look abroad shows alternatives. France, for example, has decided on a drastic lockdown for a few weeks with significantly higher numbers of infections for a short time, thereby significantly reducing the number of infections. Asian countries that are very successful in fighting pandemics have also been and continue to do so. Several studies show that this strategy can also be better for business.
Intensive care medicine and gastronomy suffer
It is very painful every time and this method may have to be used several times over autumn and winter, but it is also effective quickly – like pulling off a plaster with one jerk.
The federal and state governments apparently tend to loosen the corona plaster rather painfully slowly. They strain all of our lives, but above all the capacity of the German intensive care units. If the patch does not come off quickly enough, or if the number of infections is significantly lower than today, disaster threatens. The same applies to gastronomy, for example, which is still completely lacking perspective.
The new Corona resolutions are too few, too non-binding and vague. The corona situation will hardly relax, despite the agonizing strains for people in Germany.
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