Friday 19th November 2021
Saxony is serious
Kretschmer announces massive restrictions
The Saxon state government still wants to decide on restrictions due to the dramatic corona situation. Prime Minister Kretschmer announced that these would also affect those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered. He had previously spoken of a “breakwater”.
After the top federal-state round on the corona situation, Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer prepared the citizens of his state for massive restrictions. The state cabinet will decide this on Friday, announced the CDU politician in the MDR. The restrictions would also affect vaccinated and convalescent people.
“That means no major events, no gatherings of people and little mobility,” added the Prime Minister. Kretschmer had already announced a two to three week “hard and clear breakwater” in the Saxon state parliament on Thursday in view of the escalating infection situation. The state government will take all necessary measures to stop the increase in the number of infections in the short term. “We have to calm this country to a large extent,” he said. Kretschmer avoided the term lockdown.
The heads of government of the federal and state levels decided on Thursday, among other things, on a uniform concept for the gradual tightening of protective measures as the rate of infection increases. The central benchmark is the hospitalization rate in a federal state, which indicates the number of corona patients admitted to hospital within one week per 100,000 inhabitants. From a quota of 3 in the leisure sector, 2G applies across the board and from 6 a 2G-plus rule applies.
Other countries are also sharpening
Saxony is currently the federal state most severely affected by the fourth wave of the pandemic. There the seven-day incidence of new infections is higher than anywhere else, and the vaccination rate is also the lowest. This can also be seen in the stress on the clinics, which are increasingly reaching their limits.
In view of the increasing number of infections and growing pressure on the health system, other federal states also announced tightening after the federal-state meeting on Thursday. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder of the CSU announced that his government would also decide on a “breakwater” as soon as possible for his state, which is also badly affected. This includes a “de facto lockdown for unvaccinated people,” he said on Thursday.
Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann from the Greens announced that additional measures would be taken quickly. In his country, a so-called 2G-plus rule will be introduced in areas with a high risk of infection such as discos and bars. The measures also included “possible curfews for unvaccinated people in hotspot regions,” he said.