Merkel wanted tougher measures – traffic light refused

The executive chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) urges to contain the threatening spread of corona in Germany. In a conversation with top representatives of the likely future government partners SPD, Greens and FDP, Merkel made “the extraordinary seriousness of the situation” clear, said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Wednesday in Berlin.

“We are on the way to an emergency like we have never had in this country.” He referred, among other things, to increasingly scarce intensive care capacities and the need to transfer patients to other clinics across regions.

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It must now be a matter of braking and breaking the fourth wave of corona, Seibert made it clear to the Chancellor. He did not provide any information on possible further containment measures and calls for a more rapid renewed federal-state vote. He also referred to the confidentiality of the conversation with the SPD, Greens and FDP.

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According to information from the German Press Agency, Merkel had offered the traffic light parties to significantly tighten the measures in view of the impending overload of the health care system. A legal emergency brake or a clear lockdown agreement with the countries would be the obvious options, it said.

According to Tagesspiegel information, it was denied in traffic light circles that the Chancellor had called for a nationwide lockdown. Above all, the FDP has made it clear that there should be nothing beyond the most recent decision. Accordingly, the conversation ended after an hour. The “Bild” reported that Merkel had called for a lockdown from Thursday.

The Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) has called for rapid consultations by the Prime Minister on uniformly stricter rules. “We have to prevent the threatened overload of the health system with all our might and must not wait until December 9th to analyze the situation,” said Hans on Wednesday of the German Press Agency in Berlin. (Tsp/dpa)

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