German leaders mull lockdown in weekend virus talks

German leaders mull lockdown in weekend virus talks
German leaders mull lockdown in weekend virus talks

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - A nearly deserted shopping street is after the town’s mayor declared a state of emergency to stop the outspread of the new coronavirus March 18, 2020 in Halle/Saale, eastern Germany. — AFP pic

BERLIN, March 20 — Germans may face a national lockdown to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus if they fail to obey instructions to stay indoors this weekend, officials said today.

“We will look at the behaviour of the population this weekend. Saturday will be a decisive day,” Helge Braun, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, told Spiegel magazine.

Germany has introduced sweeping measures to restrict public life in the face of the coronavirus pandemic but has stopped short of imposing a full-scale lockdown such as the ones in France, Italy and Spain.

Merkel is expected to meet regional state premiers to discuss a potential lockdown on Sunday, as concern grows that the public are not heeding government calls to stay home in the crisis.

“We hope that the population understands the current measures and is ready to scale down social life. If we look at neighbouring countries, it’s clear that (lockdown) would be an enormous extra burden,” said Braun.

Yet he warned that more stringent measures could be introduced if citizens continued to meet in public.

All bars, clubs, leisure centres and non-essential shops have already been shut.

Many states have banned large gatherings and Merkel and other leaders have called on the public to stay at home.

Yet many people are continuing to meet in parks and on the streets, with some even organising so-called corona parties, prompting state premiers to warn that lockdown would be the next logical step.

“Unless everybody fundamentally changes their behaviour, then we won’t be able to avoid harsher measures and sanctions,” said Winfried Kretschmann, state premier of the south-western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

“If people don’t do it themselves, then we could make such decisions,” said Armin Laschet, leader of Germany’s most populous state North-Rhine Westphalia, which has been worst hit by the virus so far.

Germany’s federal system means that the decision to go into lockdown has so far been taken at the state or even the local level.

Freiburg in Baden-Wurttemberg became the first city to impose a general ban on leaving the house yesterday, and North-Rhine Westphalia’s Leverkusen banned meetings of “two or more people in the open” today.

Yet the issue remains divisive, with Berlin mayor Michael Mueller warning today that lockdown was “not a panacea”.

Saarland’s state premier Tobias Hans, meanwhile, reiterated that this weekend would be “decisive” ahead of Sunday’s talks, and called for a nationwide solution.

If people continued to ignore the current regulations “then we will need further-reaching measures nationwide,” he told public broadcaster ARD. — AFP

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