While in October, according to Die Welt, the coronavirus in Saxony was not so strong, in the Czech Republic the pandemic was already raging with 600 or 700 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. “This is a value that Germany reports from only a few places. It is a loss of control unparalleled in Europe to date. “ writes a letter about events in the Czech Republic. “Even so, 9,000 Czechs regularly come across the border to work on the Saxon side. In Bad Schandau, they are everywhere – in hotels, restaurants, shops, ”he recalls of the situation at the time.
“Three months later, Saxony is struggling with an incidence of 304 (new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days), while in the whole of Germany it is 155, and the state government in Dresden is still committing it to its inhabitants in all seriousness,” says Die. World. He points out that the Bavarian and Saxon districts bordering the Czech Republic are particularly affected in Germany. In addition, the disease is spreading rapidly in Thuringia, which lies close to the Czech border, as well as in Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt.
Getting the situation under control is challenging
„However, getting this development under control with the help of lockdowns and similar measures is difficult, because it is constantly fed across the open border with the Czech Republic. In the meantime, a third wave broke out there with an incidence of 829, which is the second highest in the world, “writes Die Welt. The daily also states that although hotels and restaurants have stopped operating, there is a growing demand for foreign workers in places where the disease poses a particularly high risk. “To nursing homes and hospitals,” the paper said.
The fact that in Saxony, one test per week will be required of foreign commuters from Monday, Die Welt, together with the existing quarantine measures, does not consider it to be an expected blow that will interrupt the chain of infection transmission from the Czech Republic. There are two options to choose from. According to the daily state government, they will either rely on the Czechs to bring the pandemic under control, or they will decide on measures that will provide real protection and at the same time prevent a shortage of carers. But the first option means giving thousands of lives a chance, says Die Welt, according to which creative solutions can be found.
“Why, for example, does the flat rate for accommodating foreign commuters not increase fivefold and is it not paid directly to employees instead of to employers?” asks Die Welt a question. The flat rate in Saxony for commuters from mid-December is 40 euros per night, but the amount does not motivate many people to live temporarily in Saxony instead of commuting.
Die Welt considers existing state measures, such as the ban on tourist accommodation, restrictions on movement around the home or mandatory respirators of the FFP2 class, to be a placebo. “It may not be the case with almost two million people infected and more than 40 000 dead, when the infection is still getting worse, still quite serious. “ adds.
*The article has been translated based on the content of Blesk.cz by www.blesk.cz. If there is any problem regarding the content, copyright, please leave a report below the article. We will try to process as quickly as possible to protect the rights of the author. Thank you very much!
*We just want readers to access information more quickly and easily with other multilingual content, instead of information only available in a certain language.
*We always respect the copyright of the content of the author and always include the original link of the source article.If the author disagrees, just leave the report below the article, the article will be edited or deleted at the request of the author. Thanks very much! Best regards!