Call for real lockdown is getting louder

KShortly before another top meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Minister of the federal states on how to deal with the corona pandemic, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) once again emphasized the seriousness of the situation. It was about the spread of mutants. “It is normal for viruses to change. It is not necessarily that they become so much more infectious so quickly, ”said Spahn in Berlin.

Heike Schmoll

Heike Schmoll

Political correspondent in Berlin, responsible for “Bildungswelten”.

This particularly affects the mutants that have appeared in the UK and South Africa. In addition, there are “further worrying reports from Brazil,” said Spahn. On Monday, he signed an ordinance aimed at causing laboratories to genetically examine more viruses than before. The systematic analysis of possible mutants of the coronavirus in Germany will be “an integral part of the pandemic monitoring,” said Spahn.

In the case of a corona outbreak at the Garmisch-Patenkirchen Clinic, a new variant of the virus may have been found there. According to the first interim results, it is neither the British, South African nor the Brazilian mutant. The Deputy Medical Director Clemens Stockklausner said on Monday that it was “absolutely not clear whether this would have clinical relevance”. Overall, the variant was found in 35 patients and employees.

The appearance of the mutants unsettles even experts. It is to be expected that the federal and state governments will tighten the corona restrictions this Tuesday. This is particularly important for the Robert Koch Institute and other scientists. The physicist Viola Priesemann spoke out on Sunday with the support of the Greens in the European Parliament for a strict lockdown in order to have achieved real improvements in three to four weeks and to get out of the “lockdown yo-yo”. “We should do everything now,” in a quick, tough, European-coordinated lockdown, she said. Priesemann pointed out that the effectiveness of individual measures cannot be precisely quantified. “The most important thing is whether people want to participate.” It will also be important that the countries do not weaken the decisions again.

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