An initiative by scientists, activists and health workers calls on the face of the Corona-Krise a Europe-wide shutdown also for the economy. “Shutdown means: We limit our direct contacts to a minimum – including at work!”, It says in the appeal Initiative „#ZeroCovid“.
“Like many other people, we no longer want to carry this eternal lockdown light or this constant back and forth between tightening and easing,” said spokesman Oliver Kube on Thursday for the dpa news agency. Therefore, a solidarity “shutdown of all non-vital areas, especially the economy” is necessary.
It is particularly important to them that the weaker and weakest do not fall by the wayside, said Kube. To ensure this, the initiative calls for Europe-wide Covid solidarity levies on high assets or corporate profits. Any loss of wages is to be compensated by a broad social rescue package.
“The initiative considers previous attempts to control the pandemic to have failed,” the call said. The measures permanently restricted life and would still have resulted in millions of infections and tens of thousands of deaths. The virus is now spreading even faster through mutations. Pushing the number of infections to zero is a prerequisite for overcoming the crisis. “Crush the Curve instead of Flatten the Curve” (German: break the curve instead of flattening it), called for the initiative.
According to the initiative, the first signers include the climate activist Luisa Neubauer, the authors Margarete Stokowski and Teresa Bücker and the Sea-Watch activist Ruben Neugebauer. Many scientists and employees from the health sector have also signed it.
Margarete Stokowski wrote on Instagram that she would like the appeal “to be implemented immediately”. Luisa Neubauer also called on Twitter to discuss using the hashtag #ZeroCovid.
The spokesman considers the criticism that a comprehensive and solidarity-based shutdown is not possible in Germany to be unjustified. “If there are several other states that have already done this successfully, then that is not a question of feasibility in principle, but of power-political implementation.”
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports a new high for deaths in connection with the coronavirus. As the RKI announced on Thursday morning in Berlin, according to the daily reports from the health authorities, another 1244 people died in connection with a corona infection. The previous maximum reporting value was 1188 on January 8th.
The “Zero Covid” project has met with success in Australia and New Zealand, scientists blame a tough shutdown strategy for this.