Braun calls for Corona “emergency brake” before federal-state consultations
“We have reached the situation that we always wanted to avoid,” warns the executive head of the Chancellery, Helge Braun. The health system is “regionally overloaded”. The number of infections can only be reduced by Christmas with an emergency brake. “Every day” counts.
VBefore a federal-state switch on the corona crisis, the executive head of the Chancellery, Helge Braun, insists on an “emergency brake” in order to master the infection situation. “In Germany we have come into the situation that we always wanted to avoid: our health system is regionally overloaded,” said the CDU politician to the newspapers of the Funke media group (Tuesday).
“We now need an emergency brake, and every day now counts.” This is the only way to reduce the number of infections by Christmas.
The aim must be to quickly reduce contacts by 60 to 70 percent in regions with a high infection rate, demanded Braun, who is running for the CDU chairmanship. “We now have to hold all major events with thousands of participants, for example Bundesliga games, without visitors again.”
In schools there must be a mask requirement again in all grades. “Where the infection rate is particularly critical, the closure of facilities that are assigned to the leisure area must be considered.” This also applies to the catering in the evening hours.
On this Tuesday, the Executive Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and her designated successor Olaf Scholz (SPD) want to discuss the crisis with the prime ministers of the federal states. According to the participants, Braun had already called for an “emergency brake” in a conference with his country colleagues last week.
The Chancellery Minister called for the epidemic situation that expired last week to be re-declared with national consequences. This situation is definitely there, and the countries need the further measures that are associated with it.
According to the will of the traffic light parties, the “epidemic situation of national importance” expired one day after the new Infection Protection Act came into force last Thursday. The epidemic situation was the legal basis for far-reaching measures in the fight against the corona pandemic. The Union had criticized that the catalog of measures made possible by law was not sufficient.
Meanwhile, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported falling numbers for the first time in three weeks. A total of 45,753 new infections were reported to the RKI within 24 hours. That is 427 more cases than on Tuesday a week ago when 45,326 were reported. The seven-day incidence drops slightly to 452.2 from 452.4 the previous day.
The value indicates how many people per 100,000 inhabitants have been infected with the corona virus in the past seven days. 388 other people died from the virus. This increases the number of reported deaths within one day to 101,344. In total, more than 5.83 million corona tests have so far been positive in Germany.