German Chancellor Angela Merkel has put all her weight behind calls for a’ short and uniform lockdown ‘ as the country grapples with high level of coronavirus cases fueled by the spread of a more contagious variant first detected in Britain
BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel threw her weight behind a ‘short and uniform lockdown’ on Wednesday as the country grapples with high level of coronavirus cases fueled by the spread of a more contagious variant first detected in Britain
German state governors, who are responsible for imposing and lifting virus restrictions, have taken different approaches in recent times Some have continued to support limited reopening measures while others advocate a tougher shutdown
Armin Laschet, a governor who also heads Merkel’s conservative party, called this week for a loosely defined 2-3 week ‘bridge blockade’ to control infections as Germany intensifies so far slow vaccination campaign
Laschet also called for a meeting between Merkel and the governors to coordinate the restrictions to be moved from next Monday, but met resistance from his colleagues Merkel spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said on Wednesday there was “no majority” for that
But Demmer said, “Every call for a short, uniform lockdown is just one ???? She said the numbers on new cases are not particularly good at the moment, due to the drop in tests and reports over Easter, but a rapid increase in the number of occupied intensive care beds – speaks very clear language. ????
Joint action would be desirable, â ???? she underlined â ???? The variety of rules that have been agreed upon does not contribute to security and acceptance at this time.
Merkel and the 16 state governors meet every few weeks on measures against the coronaviruses These sometimes sprawling and moody meetings have attracted more and more criticism, especially as governors have often adopted different approaches to implementing what they agree on
Last month, Merkel and the governors clashed for hours before announcing unexpected plans for a five-day Easter shutdown Merkel then abandoned the plans less than 36 hours later after concluding that they were not achievable and apologized to the Germans
Meanwhile, Germany’s 26th general election casts a shadow Many have seen the foreclosure proposal by Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, following speculation whether he or the governor Bavarian Markus Soeder will become the center-right candidate to succeed Merkel
Laschet has often advocated allowing more businesses to open, and Merkel recently criticized her state for not following agreed rules Soeder has always advocated tighter restrictions At present polls suggest voters are much more impressed with Soeder A decision on the candidate is expected in late May
Soeder told ZDF TV on Tuesday that he and Merkel have always supported Laschet’s last position, – and anyone who joins them, I think that’s greatâ ????
The infection rate in Germany is currently lower than in several neighboring countries, but it remains more than double the maximum of 50 new cases per 100,000 population that the government would like to see
The country has recorded 29 million cases and 77,401 deaths from or with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic It has given a first dose of vaccine to 13% of its total population of 83 million, while 56% received two doses Officials hope vaccinations ramp up this month
In addition to the vaccines already ordered, Soeder said the Bavarian government plans to sign a preliminary contract on Wednesday with a company in the city of Illertissen that will allow it to obtain 25 million doses of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, probably in July â ???? if the vaccine is approved by the European Medicines Agency
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