NRW against the rapid end of the coronavirus measures

Chairman of the SPD parliamentary group and leader of the opposition, Thomas Kutchaty (SPD), opposes the early termination of measures against the coronavirus. © photo alliance/dpa

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The Ministry of Health of North Rhine-Westphalia has warned about the rapid termination of measures to combat the coronavirus. Many areas of the healthcare system are currently reporting significant stress or overcrowding, the ministry said on Tuesday. The coronavirus also plays a role in this, as the number of patients infected with the virus in hospitals currently amounts to about 5300 patients. Otherwise, the number would be “significantly lower,” it said.

“The current burden is caused not only by corona infections, but the conscious acceptance of further coronavirus infections will cause an additional burden here.” “Rheinische Post” and “Westfälische Nachrichten” are also reporting.

Drosten declares the end of the epidemic

The debate was sparked by renowned virologist Christian Drosten of the Charité in Berlin. In an interview with “Tagesspiegel” he said, among other things, that in his opinion the epidemic is over. Immunity against Sars-CoV-2 will be so broad and durable after the winter that the virus is unlikely to pass through in the summer.

Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) then called for an end to “the latest coronavirus protection measures”. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) denied this. “An immediate cessation of all measures would be unwise and not required by Christian Drosten either,” an SPD politician told the German Press Agency on Tuesday.

“The question of the necessity and legality of the current protective measures does not depend on the classification of the medical term, “epidemic” or “endemic”, but on the consequences of the current process of infection. The state government “has always made it clear that it is constantly monitoring the infection process and will adjust measures if necessary.”

Kuchat, at the end of measures to fight against the Corona virus

The president of NRW-SPD, Thomas Kutchati, also spoke against the quick end of the latest measures of the coronavirus. Given the strained situation in the health care system, masks and tests are still important companions, especially to protect vulnerable groups, Kuchati told the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ/Wednesday). “Therefore, we must continue to be careful and attentive this winter, especially since there are very few funds left,” emphasized the SPD federal vice president. “And we’ll say good-bye to them in the spring when everything’s nice and smooth.” The Infection Protection Act is in effect until April. “If nothing to the contrary develops before then and the virus doesn’t change any more, then there’s no need to extend it.”

On the other hand, the former Minister of Economy of NRW, Andreas Pinkwart (FDP) supported Bushman’s claim. “I would like the German politicians to have the courage to tell the citizens, very cautiously. Mask requirements should be removed and replaced with recommendations. “Now we have to focus more on personal responsibility.”

Current events in NRW

Unlike several other federal states, the state government of NRW has so far remained cautious in the fight against the coronavirus. In most federal states, masks are still mandatory on local public transport. A medical mask (surgical mask) is sufficient. Wearing an FFP2 mask is still required to enter hospitals and care facilities. From 23 December, however, separate test certificates from the test centers are no longer required to visit hospitals, nursing homes or prisons in NRW. A negative self-test is sufficient.

Marco Schmitz, spokesperson for health policy of the CDU parliamentary group, said. “We have done well over the past few months to follow the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute and then quickly ease and lift restrictions as soon as it is responsible.” It’s important. be it monitoring the situation and being able to react to a changed infection process or new virus variants at any time.

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