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Lockdown will probably be extended – but how long?

The federal states are probably agreed on the expected extension of the corona restrictions beyond January 10 – but not on the duration. The heads of the state chancelleries could not have agreed in a conference call on Saturday afternoon whether the extension should initially be decided for two or three weeks. The news agencies dpa and Reuters report this with reference to the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”, which in turn refers to participants in the conference.

Among other things, Bayern for a longer lockdown

Above all, the states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia, which are particularly badly affected by the corona pandemic, have come in for a further lockdown until January 31. Bremen, Hamburg and Hesse would have tended to make new decisions earlier. It was similar with the subject of schools and kindergartens: the badly affected countries wanted to keep them closed, those less badly affected wanted to reopen kindergartens and schools up to the seventh grade from January 11th. In higher classes, alternating or distance lessons should then be held.

Also Spahn for extension

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn is also in favor of maintaining the nationwide lockdown beyond January 10th. “In view of the still too high numbers, it is necessary to extend the measures and the restrictions,” “RTL Aktuell” quotes the CDU politician. There is currently a maximum number of corona patients in the intensive care units. It is now essential to reduce the incidence of infections and keep them low for a long time. “It’s better than loosening up too early and then possibly facing difficult questions again in a few weeks.” According to the report, Spahn also believes that schools and daycare centers should be closed again. The goal of vaccinating all nursing home residents in January could be achieved. “And that is what we want and we will achieve with the federal states,” said the broadcaster Spahn.

A tough lockdown has been in place across Germany since December 16. The Prime Ministers of the federal states will discuss how to proceed with Chancellor Merkel on Tuesday. The goal of the federal government is to reduce the number of new infections to below 50 per 100,000 inhabitants in one week. According to the Robert Koch Institute on Saturday, the so-called seven-day incidence is currently a nationwide average of 141.2.

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