Merkel calls for speed on the federal emergency brake | Free press

How now in the pandemic? Chancellor Angela Merkel promotes the “Corona emergency brake” in the fight against the increasing number of infections. The virus does not forgive any hesitation, it just takes longer.

Berlin (dpa) – Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has called for swift launch of the planned nationwide emergency brake against the third corona wave.

“Every day earlier that the emergency brake is operated nationwide is a day gained,” Merkel said in the Bundestag. The corresponding amendment to the Infection Protection Act with steps such as night exit restrictions was discussed for the first time in the plenary meeting. A decision must be taken there on Wednesday after parliament had decided not to shorten the deliberations.

Merkel said, “The virus doesn’t forgive half-heartedness, it just makes everything more difficult. The virus does not forgive any hesitation, it just takes longer. The virus is non-negotiable, it understands only one language, the language of determination. Determination now ultimately helps everyone so much more, I am convinced, than when we hesitate again and act halfheartedly. “

The planned law should lead the country out of the “terrible phase” of the constantly increasing number of infections and prevent a further increase in the number of critically ill and intensive care patients. Merkel emphasized: “The emergency brake is the tool to prevent the impending overload of our health system. Systematic testing is the means at lower incidents to enable consistent, durable openings. Vaccination is the key to overcoming the pandemic. “

In view of the 2020 spring lockdown, she said, “We’ve already done it once, we can do it again now.” Politicians do not make it easy for citizens. The vast majority of people in Germany are still helping to stop the virus by adhering to protective measures.

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