The federal government and many federal states want to contain the corona virus by banning contact. Shortly after the announcement by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Bavarias Prime Minister and CSU chief Markus SOder made it clear that they did not want to deviate from the Bavarian regulation.
While the federal government and many federal states have agreed to allow two people who do not live in the same household to meet in public, Bavaria remains with its previous exit restriction.
In Bavaria, leaving your home or apartment “for no good reason” is prohibited. Citizens are only allowed out for short walks and sports alone, urgent errands, visits to the doctor and the like. Saarland has announced that it will also implement this.
With Anne Will, the CSU chief defended his decision. SOder and his Saarland colleague Tobias Hans (CDU) put Chancellor Minister Helge Braun (CDU) in the shade when it came to determination. Virologist Melanie Brinkmann campaigned for a European solution, while emergency doctor Bernadett Erdmann reported on hospitals that were completely abandoned.
The federal chairman of the Federation of German Criminal Investigation Officers, Sebastian Fiedler, made a proposal on how best to deal with the further consequences of the crisis.
The most determined guests
The fact that they consider the ban on contact announced by Chancellor Merkel on Sunday to be delayed makes SOder more and Hans less clear. “There is no reason to hesitate or wait,” explains the Bavarian Prime Minister, who is from Munich.
As early as Friday afternoon, SOder had single-handedly made regulations to contain the virus for the Free State. The Saarland also followed suit. Hans needs “early, courageous decisions”.
Against SOders and Hans ’thirst for action, attempts by Chancellor Helge Braun to defend the milder ban on contacts announced by Merkel were futile. Unfortunately, Braun did not explain why social contacts with other people outside of one’s own household – as they are still permitted individually – are not necessary.
The most counterproductive presenter
“We now have a clear set of rules for the unreasonable,” said SOder of his measures. And for whom there are rules, lawyers are also needed. The moderator had apparently dedicated herself to this task that evening. First Will suggested to the Bavarian Prime Minister that his waiting for other federal states and the resulting “uniformity could have been a value”.
The fact that uniformity is not one of the means by which the virus backs off should also be clear to the last of the amateur virologists who have emerged in recent weeks.
And when Will asked Braun why the German government “still punishes us with the ban on contact”, the viewer had to make great efforts to forego the face-to-face beating that had been weaned in the past few weeks.
The most shocking accounts
“I am afraid that we will collapse in a few weeks because we can no longer guarantee care,” says Bernadett Erdmann, head of the emergency department at Wolfsburg Clinic. She suspects that the ban on contact was already too late.
There is already a lack of staff in all areas of the hospital. The doctor only addresses the consequences of a health policy of the past 20 years.
As early as 2018, a document from the Bundestag’s scientific service stated that “the number of hospitals has steadily decreased”. Between 1991 and 2017 the number of hospitals in Germany fell from 2411 to 1942 – almost every fifth house was closed.
The number of available beds was even reduced by a quarter in the same period. Not only is there a lack of personnel, but also protective clothing. In Wolfsburg the material was enough for a week.
Ordered deliveries did not arrive. Erdmann believes that politicians have a duty to protect employees: “A firefighter doesn’t go into a burning house without his protective equipment.”
The most police proposal
Sebastian Fiedler, Federal Chairman of the Federation of German Criminal Investigators, reports similar circumstances. Protective equipment is “insufficiently available” at the police. Despite the current emergency, the detective is also looking at ways to overcome the consequences of the corona crisis.
“Networked thinking” can make a big contribution to this. Fiedler proposes an advisory committee with experts from all fields for the federal government. For example, computer scientists would also need to calculate models for the further course of the numbers of infected people.
“I have the expectation that the federal government will get the best people that Germany has at its disposal,” says Fiedler. At the moment the message was: “We don’t know a lot.” Such a body could also serve to reassure society.
It is quite possible that Fiedler was thinking of those virologists who are currently supplying Germans with new information almost every day. In addition, it makes sense to refrain from discussions that further contribute to a polarization of society, says the detective: “These topics are not gone all at once just because we have Corona.”
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