Berlin (dpa) – The German district association has spoken out in favor of a nationwide return to normal school lessons in classrooms in June.
Given the development of the corona pandemic, such openings are now responsible, chairman Reinhard Sager told the editorial network Germany (RND). They should be decided in May and implemented by June at the latest – completely and not just in alternate classes. “By then, even more, if not all states, should fall below the 100 incidence.”
The summer holiday starts this year on June 21 in the first federal states. The current rule is that with a seven-day incidence of 100 – so 100 new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days – in one neighborhood, classes must take place alternately in the schools. Values are now declining significantly in most regions. Corona restrictions are now gradually being relaxed in many states.
CDU / CSU group chairman Ralph Brinkhaus urged countries to act responsibly. If the incidence is below 100, responsibility rests with the prime minister, the “Rheinische Post” CDU politician said. “I trust they will handle the situation conscientiously.” For a carefree summer you have to “orient yourself on the 10 or 20 values”. Parallel to the vaccination, the numbers should be further reduced.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) told Funke media group newspapers: “We can hope that life will return to normal soon as the number of infections continues to decline and the vaccination campaign progresses.” He would then expect a life “in more normal circumstances,” said Maas. ‘And that also applies to summer holidays.’ This may also apply to unvaccinated individuals.
FDP Secretary General Volker Wissing demanded in the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (Friday) a “nationwide signal” for hotels, holiday apartments and restaurants about when they can start over.
The German Association of General Practitioners has expressed doubts about the planned introduction of a digital vaccination card at the end of June. There is little evidence that the identity card will be available across the board at the start of the travel season, said national boss Ulrich Weigeldt of the “Augsburger Allgemeine” (Friday). GPs should not be burdened with more bureaucracy. They would need time for patients – but “certainly not to hire us as the republic’s passport office”.
The Bonn virologist Hendrik Streeck warned against declaring the corona crisis past. “We may experience a fourth wave in the fall,” Streeck told Focus magazine. “We have to use the time until then to optimize the structures and processes.”