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Corona lockdown: Interior Minister Seehofer explains plans for entry bans - and classifies Merkel's sentence


Entry restrictions are the next corona measures that Germany is currently discussing. Interior Minister Seehofer explains what is being planned to contain the virus variants.

Entry restrictions are the next corona measures that Germany is currently discussing.

Interior Minister Seehofer explains what is being planned to contain the virus variants.

  • Corona * still

    has a firm grip on Germany and the world.

  • There is now a threat of

    entry bans

    from "mutation areas" to Germany, which the federal government is currently discussing, as Interior Minister Seehofer said on Thursday.

  • The ministers of health and labor also announced another


    for the needy.

Berlin - It's kind of confusing: The

corona numbers are

moving down, easing strategies are being considered.

At the same time, a mutated corona virus is circulating, although it is unclear where it is already and how quickly it can affect other parts of Germany.

The fact is: It is known from other countries around the world that there are increasing numbers of new, more contagious virus variants in circulation.

So that they are not brought into


even faster

, the federal government is considering what

travel restrictions

could look like.

Federal Minister of the Interior *

Horst Seehofer

is primarily responsible for this


He made a statement on Thursday at

Bild Live


"It's not about banning travel, it's about taking measures to prevent a highly infectious virus," he said.

“To do this, we do indeed have to restrict certain movements, flight movements, travel movements.

We're just thinking about that. "

Corona: Entry bans possible to protect against virus variants

Seehofer justified the considerations with the efforts that have been made in Germany for months.

Therefore, one cannot “stand by and watch” as the virus is brought further to Germany.

So far, the minister can only present his own ideas about the



All other ministers, such as Minister for Economic Affairs Altmaier or Foreign Minister Maas, are of course still allowed to have a say.

Seehofer's basic rule: No entry from

"mutation areas"


It currently included Great Britain, Portugal, South Africa and Brazil.

“But more can be added every day,” added the minister.

This means that entry bans from neighboring German countries cannot be ruled out, depending on further developments.

In addition, exceptions are currently being discussed.

The CSU politician is in favor of a very narrow framework, for example for goods traffic and the transport of vital products.

Seehofer announced an inspection at


, on the


and on the



It is not yet certain when such measures will apply.

Corona lockdown: Germany is not waiting for EU-wide regulations

Seehofer said on Thursday morning, according to the


, that Germany was

not waiting for an EU-wide approach


entry restrictions


At the moment, it is not expected that a European solution will be found in the foreseeable future that corresponds to German ideas.

"That is why we are now preparing it nationally."

The project - and this is important to note - is about measures for entry into Germany.



is another point.

"Our constitutional lawyers are of the opinion that significantly higher requirements apply," explained Seehofer.

“Germany will not be a prison,” Seehofer assures when asked.

But anyone who drives into a "mutation area" and then comes back will fall under the new rules that will soon be introduced.

The interior minister considers a negative corona test before boarding the plane to be the minimum.

In the conversation, Seehofer also re-classified the sentence by

Chancellor Angela Merkel


, which she is said to have said: "We got this thing slipped." from the autumn, when Merkel wanted tougher measures, which the countries ultimately did not support.

Then the situation slipped away.

Corona: Health Minister Spahn wants vaccination summit - but not all problems will be solved after that



Against the

corona virus remains

the central hope in the fight against the pandemic.

But at the moment there is always a lot of criticism, delivery bottlenecks determine the discussion.

According to Seehofer, Europe could have ordered “more aggressively and on a larger scale”.

But the development of vaccines in such a short time alone is a success story.

Health Minister *

Jens Spahn

also emphasized this

on Thursday in a press statement in the Bundestag.

Most recently, his announcement that a

vaccination summit

with various representatives would take place was



He would also like the EU Commission to be at the table there.

But Spahn does not want to set expectations too high: such a summit will not manage to ensure that a complex process such as vaccine production works smoothly after two weeks.

"That's the truth and I think we should honestly say that."

In addition, Spahn announced

a further initiative

together with

Labor Minister *

Hubertus Heil

. Five million recipients of basic benefits will soon receive ten

FFP2 masks

free of charge

. Those affected will receive a letter from the health insurance company with which they can collect the masks from the pharmacy within two weeks if they also present their identity card. In addition, thousands of aid packages, including protective masks, are being sent to nursing homes and institutions for the disabled and the homeless. “It is important that we keep an eye on society as a whole in this situation,” adds Heil.

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Source: merkur

All news articles on 2021-01-28

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