23.01.2022 – 01:00
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The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Wüst (CDU), is speaking out against easing the federal-state consultations this Monday because of the current corona situation. “A signal for large-scale, blanket easing would be too early at the moment,” said Wüst in an interview with the “Tagesspiegel” (Sunday). Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) assumes that there could soon be 400,000 new infections per day. “Around 1,500 people are still dying of Corona every week, the staff in the hospitals are completely exhausted – we can’t be cold.” Wüst is currently chairman of the Prime Ministers’ Conference and is working with the Chancellery to draft the resolutions.
Most recently, the administrative court in Bavaria overturned the 2-G rule in retail. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) spoke out in favor of major events with more spectators again because the omicron variant was milder than feared. With a view to retail and restaurateurs, Wüst emphasized that he has not yet considered relaxing the 2G and 2G Plus rules. “The worst thing for people is a lack of predictability and constant back and forth. That’s why foresight is important. But that also means that you don’t change regulations every 14 days in one direction and then back in the other direction,” said the NRW prime minister. “We need a good basis from the Federal Government’s expert council on which we can build a forward-looking policy for the coming weeks and months. This applies above all to findings on the danger of the Omicron variant.” The high number of infected people alone could ultimately lead to parts of the critical infrastructure and in particular the health system reaching their limits.
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