Berlin (dpa) – The increasingly dramatic corona situation in the clinics calls for a faster lockdown than planned.
“We must act now, now at all levels, and of course especially at the level of decision-makers,” said Robert Koch Institute (RKI) president Lothar Wieler in Berlin on Thursday. The number of infections continues to rise. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) warned that “if this development is not stopped, our health system will reach the limit of its capacity”. States should not wait for the planned federal emergency brake. The intensive care physicians of the association DIVI asked the Bundestag to abandon the usual consultation procedures for this emergency brake.
Next Friday, the Bundestag wants to discuss the relevant Infection Protection Act for the first time in plenary. The political groups are already fiercely debating requests for changes. Discussions in committees should continue in the coming days. The arrangement including evening exit restrictions is scheduled for next Wednesday. Then it is still the turn of the Federal Council. The tightening must take effect if there are more than 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a neighborhood or city in 7 days. On Wednesday, 344 of the 412 neighborhoods had already crossed the threshold.
Spahn asked the states to reduce the number of contacts even before the law came into effect. “Please don’t everyone wait for this law now,” he said. “That alone, and that which does not come into effect until the end of next week, will not solve our acute problem (…) in the intensive care units. Every day earlier is a day better. “
Baden-Württemberg will implement the federal government’s announced “emergency brake” from next Monday. Minister of Health Manne Lucha (Greens) announced this in Stuttgart on Thursday. Since the state’s Corona regulations were supposed to be renewed over the weekend anyway, the federal government’s proposed tightening would be taken over directly. “We are not waiting for the covenant, we must act now. Every day counts in the fight against pandemics and we don’t want to put people through a new regulation within a week, ”said Lucha.
Wieler warned against the misconception to be able to test the virus away. “It doesn’t work,” he said. “We have to write down the numbers.” This requires regulation, effective strategies and their immediate implementation.
DIVI president Gernot Marx spoke at NDR Info about an already unprecedented situation in intensive care units. Wieler said: “The situation in the hospitals is deteriorating dramatically in some cases and will hit us even harder than in the second wave. We must act now. He advised all clinics to limit regular surgeries. In some cities there are already no free beds in intensive care units. Sick people who are stable should be relocated to less affected regions. long ago, said the president of the hospital association, Gerald Gaß, of the “Rheinische Post”.
29,426 new corona infections and 294 new deaths within 24 hours – those are the indicators of the third wave reported in one day. The number of cases is not increasing because more tests are being carried out, Wieler emphasizes. The reported new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week are 160.1. Four weeks ago, this value was 90.4. The total number of Covid-19-related deaths rose to 79,381. According to DIVI, 4,679 intensive care beds were occupied by 19 Covid patients on Thursday, the same number as the day before. The association expects to return to the previous record of approximately 6,000 Covid-19 intensive care patients in April.
“What we may be missing now will have its revenge in two or three weeks,” said Spahn. “Just like it’s retaliating now, which wasn’t decided two or three weeks ago.” Spahn rejected criticism of the scheduled exit restrictions from 9 p.m. It’s not about whether someone is out alone at 10 a.m. There are contacts and the risk of contamination at private meetings in closed rooms. Studies have shown that exit restrictions are effective for the now-necessary clear-cut: “Two or three weeks this country – Easter would have been a good opportunity in my opinion – to close so we break the wave.” Only then are openings with test concepts possible.
Design change requests for the federal emergency brake also target the exit restriction. For example, the SPD wants to ensure in the Bundestag that outdoor sports are allowed after 9 p.m. According to the newspaper “Bild”, experts from the Chancellery pointed out in an internal note that the Lower Saxony Lower Administrative Court had already lifted a curfew. Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) defended the exit restrictions as “proportionate”. “That helped everywhere. This has been done in many countries around the world. And it brought the incidence down, ”he said of ARD.
The planned restrictions for schools were criticized as inadequate. Wieler and Spahn were bothered by the planned stop of face-to-face lessons from a corona incidence of 200. “In my opinion the limit of 200 is too high,” said Wieler. According to the RKI, the British virus variant, which is now predominant at 90 percent, is also spreading in schools. Spahn said he could envision measures much earlier than 200. Teaching unions had already criticized the 200 threshold as too high. The countries do it differently.
The Saarland may need to pull the emergency brake at its controversial openings. A group of experts from the state health department referred to the increased R-value for passing Corona to others (1.5) and the doubling of the mutation cases in one day. The experts advise the red light for the “Saarland model” if the situation does not improve on Thursday.
Green party chairman Anton Hofreiter said on RTL / ntv that the changes to the Infection Protection Act were far from sufficient. “It takes a lot more.” He argued for national action, even at an incidence of less than 100.
NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) also called for decisive action. “The situation, especially in intensive care units, is deteriorating from day to day,” said the federal chairman of the CDU in the state parliament in Düsseldorf. “We have to act now.”