Armin Laschet: According to Merkel’s successor, a return to normal life is not possible before the summer

Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Laschet was elected head of the CDU a week ago. Before the September parliamentary elections, he can run for the German Chancellor.

According to Laschet, it is unrealistic to assume that a long-term concept for life after coronavirus lockdown will be available by the summer. “We will not be able to have a strategy until the summer, because new facts are constantly being added to which we must respond.” said a conservative politician today.

According to Laschet, new, more contagious mutations in the virus from Britain and South Africa may continue to mutate. “We don’t know what species we’ll experience in the coming weeks and months,” warned a possible future federal chancellor.

According to him, the discussion about the opening is not appropriate at the moment, because the threat is too great and it is absolutely necessary to prevent the spread of the mutation in Germany. “We must do everything we can to improve vaccination.” Laschet also stressed.

In an interview with FAZ, he described the mutated virus as unpredictable. “Today, no one can definitively predict how it works, how quickly it works and in which groups it works,” Laschet said, pointing to warning developments in Britain and Ireland.

Concerns about the “British” mutation in the virus are also evidenced by the fact that Humboldt Hospital in Berlin was quarantined today after there, this variant was detected in 20 patients and workers.

A plan other than lockdown

Georg Nüßlein, Vice-Chairman of the CDU / CSU Group in the Bundestag, meanwhile in an interview with the Augsburger Allgemeine called for an end to the lockdown in mid-February. “If something that we can’t predict now happens in the coming weeks, such as the massive spread of mutated viruses, then we have to take a different path from the current one in mid-February at the latest,” said Nüßlein. “We need to take a huge step forward and take measures other than extending the lockdown.” said Nüßlein.

The Czechs will be

Also, Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer told the daily Die Welt that wants to push for a release after 14 February, if responsible. On Tuesday, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed with the prime ministers of the federal states to extend the national closure just until 14 February.

Germany, which has a population of 83 million, today reported 16,417 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in the last day. 879 people died in connection with covid-19 in the same period. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the country has recorded 2,122,679 cases of infection, with 51,521 people dying in connection with covid-19.

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