Majority according to survey against Corona-rule-off - Greens admits: In some cases "overshot the target"
Created: 12/30/2022 5:13 am
By: Felix Durach
The debate about the end of the Corona measures is picking up speed.
However, the majority of Germans are against an immediate repeal.
Berlin – The traffic light government continues to argue about a possible end to the corona virus measures.
Above all, representatives of the FDP want an immediate end to all restrictions in the federal government.
The SPD and the Greens are still keeping a low profile and want to prevent hasty decisions.
Corona rules: majority of Germans against the immediate end of the measures
But what do the people actually want?
The opinion research institute YouGov investigated this question on behalf of the dpa in a survey before Christmas.
The result: a majority is against an immediate end to the corona measures.
52 percent spoke out against a nationwide end to the mask requirement on public transport at this point in time.
60 percent rejected an immediate stop to the minimum five-day isolation requirement for infected people.
Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of those surveyed said the pandemic was not over for them.
Bavaria had already lifted the mask requirement in public transport on December 10th.
In long-distance traffic, however, the regulation continues to apply nationwide.
Corona survey: Only a third already sees the pandemic as history
According to its own statements, YouGov surveyed a total of 2,041 people living in Germany between December 21 and 23 – and thus before the debate about the end of the measures started.
This was triggered by the statements of the virologist Christian Drosten.
He had spoken in the
that the first endemic wave would be experienced this winter.
So the pandemic is over.
The debate about an immediate end to all corona measures is gaining momentum.
© Hauke Christian Dittrich
However, the respondents did not share this assessment.
Only 31 percent say the pandemic is already history for them.
On the other hand, 23 percent believe that it will only end in the course of 2023.
41 percent even expect that it will not stop in 2023 either.
Debate on corona rules: Union increases pressure on traffic light coalition
In response to Drosten, the CDU had also increased the pressure on the federal government.
"All remaining restrictions on fundamental rights must be lifted, and the obligation to wear masks on buses and trains can no longer be justified," said CDU General Secretary Mario Czaja on Thursday to the
editorial network Germany
CSU General Secretary Martin Huber also spoke in the newspapers of the Bayern media group for an immediate end to the measures.
The 45-year-old accused the traffic light of putting on a "sad spectacle" with public quarrels.
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Green politician Piechotta: Debate must be conducted on a scientific basis
Meanwhile, there is little understanding for the demands of the Union parties for an immediate end to all measures from the ranks of the Greens.
"The current measures will also expire on April 7th one way or another and whether you really have to have such a debate about compulsory masks in doctor's offices, for example, I would definitely put a question mark behind it," said Paula Piechotta, member of the Bundestag, to MDR.
"Of course you can talk about whether the mask requirement on buses and trains should be suspended before April 7th, but that doesn't have to be clarified between the years and, above all, it has to be clarified on the basis of scientific data," she said 36-year-old further.
However, the current measures would not do any harm – also with a view to the current wave of colds – the doctor explained.
The doctor and Green politician Paula Piechotta speaks in the Bundestag.
Green health politician is self-critical — "overshot the mark in many places"
With a view to pandemic management, Piechotta also admits mistakes in her own party.
"One of the most important points that must certainly be mentioned is that we overshot the mark in many areas," explained the member of the Bundestag from Leipzig.
As an example, the 36-year-old cites measures such as closing off children's playgrounds during the Corona peak phase.
This meant "that children from socially disadvantaged families in particular no longer had many opportunities for exercise."
Piechotta also sees the decision to impose curfews in addition to contact restrictions as a further mistake.
These would have led to “certain people suffering even more from loneliness than they already did”.
In retrospect, these points should have been designed differently, the Greens politician stated.
The Federal Administrative Court also classified the curfews – for example in Bavaria – as disproportionate in November.
The members of the traffic light coalition now have almost three months to find a compromise for the early end of the measures.
The corona measures will expire on April 7th anyway.
This is what the Infection Protection Act provides for.