There is still a long way to go, warns Angela Merkel. The German Chancellor urged her fellow citizens on Monday to reduce contact to the “minimum”, while welcoming the first successes of the measures to combat Covid-19.
“We still have a long way to go, but the good news is that we have succeeded in stopping the exponential growth” of the virus, declared the head of the federal government, during a press conference at the end of a meeting with regional heads of government.
Contrary to the wishes of the Chancellery, the meeting did not lead to new restrictive measures but, at this stage only, to “warnings” which apply to all of Germany and which must be taken “very seriously. serious, ”warned the Chancellor.
Limited social contact
Angela Merkel and the 16 regional heads of government will meet on November 25 to take measures that will remain in force until the beginning of next year, she added, without going into their content.
Until then, the Germans are urged to reduce contact to an “absolutely necessary minimum”, to renounce all private parties altogether, to limit contact to one other household.
“Any contact that does not take place is good for the fight against the pandemic,” insisted the Chancellor, also calling on people with symptoms of a cold to stay at home.
To better protect vulnerable people or people over 65, the German authorities have also decided to allow them to acquire FFP2 filtering protective masks at a lower price.
Warning in Bavaria
“Today, we warn. In a week, we make decisions, “said strongman of Bavaria Markus Söder at the same conference, judging that the announcements of the day did not go” far enough “.
Many other regional heads of government have urged to wait, with the latest measures only two weeks old.
“You cannot review or make new decisions every day,” Berlin leader Michael Müller argued at the conference, arguing for a longer-term strategy that offers “prospects” to the population, but also to restaurants. or other cultural institutions.
Masks for schoolchildren?
The new restrictions wanted by the chancellery in schools will also be assessed next week, under pressure from most of the Länder, which are responsible for both health policy and education.
The chancellery had recommended to decide on Monday the generalization of the wearing of the mask as much “for the teachers as the pupils”, including during the lessons, the division of the classes in groups to reduce the density of pupils, or the obligation to a child or a teenager to always be with the same friend outside of class.
Relatively spared during the first wave of Covid-19, Germany has been facing a sharp rise in infections for several weeks.
Bars, restaurants, cultural and leisure venues were closed there for a month until the end of November, and hotels are closed to tourists.
“First signs” of improvement in the infection curve had already been noted last week by the Robert Koch health watch institute. Germany had 801,327 cases of Covid-19 on Monday, up 10,824 in 24 hours, and 12,547 deaths.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr