German coronaminister: Society no longer tolerates strict lockdowns

The German Health Minister Jens Spahn is pushing for rapid easing. He said Thursday that the country cant stay in strict lockdown all winter. โ€œOur society would not bear that,โ€ says Spahn. He stressed that the current โ€œcorona statisticsโ€ are promising, โ€œbecause we are seeing a significant decline in the number of new infections.โ€

The weekly figures, which serve as the basis for determining how serious the situation would be, now indicate that 87 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants are recorded, partly thanks to the numerous tests. The government has previously stated that it is aiming for up to 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week.

According to the German coronaminister, the restrictions imposed on the public in the name of public health could then be relaxed. According to Spahn, all measures for the time being remain in force until 14 February and then it is necessary to consider how the corona measures are to be taken. According to him, โ€œit is not yet possible to predict with certainty how we will be.โ€ The Netherlands also has a blow to the arm because of the advancing British variant. Two thirds of the infestations in our country would already come from this more contagious mutation, according to samples.

In Germany too, criticism of the measures is growing, because according to critics, they appear to be worse than the disease. There is also criticism of political decision-making. Parliament would have failed by giving power to the government to take corona measures contrary to fundamental rights.

Ethics Council against Privileges Vaccineated

The authoritative German Council for Ethics (Deutsche Ethikrat) has opted in an opinion against privileges for people who have been vaccinated. According to the Council, there is no reason to grant privileges until it is established that vaccinated people cannot transfer the virus.

The Council states that the current restrictions on individual freedoms are justified only by fears that very seriously ill patients would not be able to receive adequate care if the health system could no longer cope with it. But once that danger has passed, the restrictions should be lifted for everyone, not just for vaccinees.