The climax is yet to come in the Corona crisis. Markus Söder therefore strongly warns against an early debate about a change of strategy - best regards to Armin Laschet.
- Bavaria's government is in crisis mode because of the corona virus .
- Prime Minister Markus Söder warns that the anti-corona measures will end prematurely.
- The exit restriction in Bavaria was extended until April 19.
- Here you will find our guide to reporting. You can also find current numbers of cases in Bavaria as a map.
Munich– In tough times Markus Söder tries the soft side - even if something comes suddenly. The prime minister has just announced that the tough exit restrictions in Bavaria will be extended until April 19 . And he has admitted that he too is actively considering a protective mask requirement for supermarkets and workplaces. Then he suddenly quotes from a letter that a ten-year-old wrote to him. Little Giulia, who is currently writing letters at school, has asked him to continue with the exit restrictions. Her mom works in a nursing home, writes the girl and ends with: "I look forward to your answer." Her country father is now giving it live on television.
The state government in crisis mode. In the meantime, Söder regularly steps in front of the cameras with his most important Corona ministers to keep up to date with the latest developments. After the cabinet meeting, at which Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz is expected in Munich on Tuesday, the next appearance is imminent. Of course, journalists are not in the room in Corona times, which is why press conferences are increasingly becoming small television speeches to the population. For example, if Söder and his interior minister Joachim Herrmann thank all those who adhere to the exit restrictions or appeal to the black sheep: on Saturday, more than 7,000 violations were found during controls, on Sunday, thanks to bad weather, fewer were round 1800.
A touching letter from ten-year-old Giulia: It is precisely this solidarity that makes us strong in the # Corona crisis. Let us take care of each other. Our little ones are sometimes the smartest. #bayerngemeinsam pic.twitter.com/8xmL9yemjD- Markus Söder (@Markus_Soeder) March 30, 2020
Corona crisis in Bavaria. "The situation remains very, very serious"
"The situation continues to be very, very serious," Söder said to Bavaria. More than 500 corona patients are now in the intensive care unit, and more than 130 have already lost the fight against the disease. Söder therefore considers the emerging debate about when to reopen shops and schools wrong. " An exit debate, as understandable as it may be, comes at the wrong time, " warns the Prime Minister. "It's like other diseases: if you get up too early, you risk a massive relapse."
These sentences are not only aimed at, but also at the counterpart from North Rhine-Westphalia: Armin Laschet. Crisis management of the two is currently being watched very closely in the Union, after all the sister parties have to decide in the medium term on a candidate for chancellor. "The sentence that it is too early to think about an exit strategy is wrong," the CDU politician wrote in a guest post last weekend. "We already have to look at the time when the rigid measures are starting to take effect." Söder sees it completely differently. Tenor: Those who discuss the end too early should not complain about a lack of discipline among the population. Without the measures that Bavaria had taken, there would be 5,000 more cases in the Free State. The curve flattens slightly. Currently, the number of infected people doubles every five days, before the measures were taken every 2.8 days. Söder: "I know it is a difficult time. We can't duck away. We have to pass this test. Let us be patient. "
Opposition remains behind the prime minister
The opposition in Bavaria is still behind the prime minister - even if the FDP is calling for a medium-term plan. "Demanding an exit, even with a specific date, is irresponsible in the current situation," said parliamentary group leader Martin Hagen. But: "We need an exit strategy: The state government must develop a roadmap that creates the conditions for us to be able to relax the measures again."
Yet it is not so far. And with supreme judge's blessing: after the Bavarian Constitutional Court , the Bavarian Administrative Court also confirmed the applicable restrictions on Monday. The judges rejected an interim order, the main decision is still pending.