Federal-state meeting on Corona: Guesswork on tightening

Control contact restrictions via dts
Control contact restrictions via dts
Before the meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Minister of the federal states on Monday, it is unclear whether tightening will be decided.

A corresponding draft resolution from the Chancellery made the rounds late on Sunday evening, according to which citizens should be urged to further reduce their contacts noticeably. "A strong and permanent reduction in the number of infections should continue to be the top priority for Germany, both from the perspective of health and to protect the economy," said Marcel Fratzscher, President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), the "Handelsblatt" ( Monday edition).

Politicians should "act consistently and early, if necessary with further tightening of restrictions before the end of November". Gabriel Felbermayr, President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), considers an extension of the measures to be manageable. "According to the short-term economic indicators, the rate of expansion of the German economy has been declining again since mid-September," he told the Handelsblatt. “In the first week of November, however, the German economy remained on a growth path. That is not yet a reliable indication of how expensive the new shutdown is? but an indication that the economic damage is limited this time. "

However, he indicated that the costs would rise when the holidays approached, "because the Christmas business is very important in many directly and indirectly affected industries". Stricter restrictions to combat the corona pandemic have been in effect again since November 2. Premature easing is not to be expected, on the contrary.

"Unfortunately it is far too early to give the all-clear," said Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) to the "Handelsblatt" (Monday edition). Daniel Günther (CDU), Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, said the past two weeks were definitely not enough to determine whether easing measures could be taken from the end of November. "That is why it can only be a first sighting on Monday." The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) said on Sunday evening that there would be no decision on Monday to relax or extend the lockdown.

The date is intended as an interim balance sheet date, "you can't make any decisions about how things will go after November 30th," Laschet told the "Bild-Zeitung" (Monday edition). Decisions could then be made at another prime ministerial conference a week later. The Chancellery apparently already has more specific plans. As can be seen from the draft resolution, the wearing of a mask should be mandatory for all students and teachers during lessons and breaks.

The meeting starts at 14 p.m. via video link.