The head of government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Manuela Schwesig (l) next to the Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (both SPD)
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A new Prime Minister's Conference should take place next week - in view of the precarious situation in the state, the federal and state governments have brought the discussion of additional corona measures forward to this Thursday.
Several prime ministers are now pushing for uniform measures.
"The situation is serious," said the head of government of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Manuela Schwesig (SPD), the newspapers of the editorial network Germany.
“We need clear and uniform rules in Germany.” According to Schwesig, these include, for example, “uniform contact restrictions”.
The Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) told the RND that the pandemic is hitting all of Germany hard.
"That is why it is important, in an act of national solidarity, to work together to ensure that the number of infections falls and that our entire health system is relieved."
She expects uniform federal regulations for "the regulation of major events and the rules for the retail trade," she said.
"There shouldn't be any more pictures full of Bundesliga stadiums like on the weekend in the remaining Bundesliga match days."
Reassurance, "but at a high level"
Thuringia's Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) warned the RND to take energetic steps despite the slowdown in the spread of the virus: "Defense against the emergency is the basis for what we are doing now."
The number of infections "has calmed down, but at a high level," he said.
After a week-long increase, the nationwide seven-day incidence of new corona infections fell for the third day in a row.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the value fell to 439.2.
On Tuesday it was still 452.2.
The heads of government of the federal states, together with the incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and her designated successor Olaf Scholz (SPD), agreed on the tightening of corona measures on Tuesday.
The details of these regulations should be worked out by this Thursday in order to come to joint decisions.
According to SPIEGEL, the proposals discussed by the Bund-Länder-Round include the introduction of extensive contact restrictions, especially for unvaccinated people, including at private get-togethers, the expansion of the 2G rules to the retail trade and restrictions at major events.
In addition to facility-related vaccination requirements, a timely decision on general vaccination requirements should also be prepared.
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Lower Saxony's Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) told the “Handelsblatt” that the alternative to mandatory vaccination was “a condition that we all see as quite unbearable”.
Violations against it would "surely be sanctioned with fines."
However, it needs a preliminary phase so that unvaccinated people can adjust to it.
Weil was also open to a vaccination register to get an overview of the vaccination status of citizens.
If a general vaccination requirement "is not feasible without such a register, then we should set it up," he told the newspaper.
The head of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB), Reiner Hoffmann, was also open to a general vaccination requirement in the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung", but emphasized that opinions on it "in the population, but also in the trade unions" differed widely.
Therefore, a broad social consensus is needed before it is introduced.
In addition, compulsory vaccination does not help much in the short term.
According to almost all experts, however, it could be an effective instrument "to prevent a fifth wave of infections in the coming year."
Retail fears a collapse in sales
Hoffmann pleaded in the NOZ for a nationwide 2G-Plus regulation.
He emphasized: "Unfortunately, the tests will also be necessary for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered because they are not completely protected against infections either." In addition, the 3G regulation must be observed in the world of work.
However, the retail sector fears significant sales losses due to a possible introduction of the 2G rule.
"What is now breaking away in a stationary location really hurts," said the managing director of the North Rhine-Westphalia Trade Association, Peter eighth, of the Düsseldorf "Rheinische Post".
In Baden-Württemberg, dealers "lost half of their sales" with the introduction of 2G, said eight.
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