Faced with the rise in Covid-19 cases in the country, Germany could be re-confined. Angela Merkel’s government is in any case in favor of a “short and uniform lockdown” to relieve hospitals, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
“The health system is under threatening pressure,” warned Ulrike Demmer at a press conference, while in recent days several political figures have called for a new turn of the screw at the national level. The number of patients in intensive care has thus “increased by 5% in one day,” warned the government spokesperson.
Easter week end
The seven-day incidence rate reached 110.1 in Germany on Wednesday, with 9,677 officially recorded cases and 298 deaths in 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch health watch institute. “We need an incidence of less than 100”, argued Ulrike Demmer, warning that the current data was probably only patchy due to the long Easter weekend. “That is why any call for a short and uniform lockdown is justified,” she explained.
One of the potential candidates for chancellor’s succession, the leader of the conservative CDU party Armin Laschet, has pleaded in recent days for a “two to three week” lockdown to lower the incidence rate while waiting for the vaccination campaign. produce its effects. However, it remained unclear on the content, in particular concerning possible new closures of schools and daycares.
This proposal received the support of the other potential candidate of the conservative camp for the chancellery, the Bavarian Markus Söder, holding since the beginning of the pandemic of a strict and cautious line. But it surprised in the conservative ranks, as Armin Laschet, who heads the most populous region, North Rhine-Westphalia, has so far defended a less restrictive line.
Angela Merkel attacked the regional barons at the end of March who, according to her, do not respect the decisions adopted in consultation, and she had threatened a recovery in hand to curb the contaminations.
The Chancellor and the 16 regions are to meet on Monday to negotiate possible new measures. Armin Laschet pleaded for this meeting to be brought forward this week but this proposal did not meet with a majority among the other Länder.