Tourism industry is resisting possible new quarantine requirements
8:07 am: The German tourism and aviation industry is resisting a new possible quarantine obligation for travelers returning even from non-risk areas. Such a decision would be disproportionate, not expedient and would also overwhelm the health authorities, as they would have to monitor compliance with the quarantine, criticized the German Travel Association (DRV) and the Federal Association of the German Air Transport Industry (BDL) in an open letter.
In a draft resolution from the Chancellery for the Bund-Laender Round this Monday, there is a quarantine and test obligation for all travelers from abroad – regardless of incidences there. The point is, however, formulated in square brackets and is subject to a “checking reservation”. The proposed resolution is apparently aimed at preventing, among other things, Easter trips to Mallorca, say the DRV and BDL. The incidence on the Balearic Island is currently under 20, and strict regulations apply there.
Trade association: leave the incidence figure behind
7.42 a.m .: The German trade association voiced massive criticism of the Corona policy ahead of the Prime Minister’s Conference this Monday. “The nationwide confusion of different Corona measures must come to an end,” said managing director Stefan Genth of the “Bild-Zeitung” (Monday). “We have to leave the incidence figure behind and include aspects such as the higher test rate and the utilization of intensive care beds.”
Many traders fought for their existence every day. “Making your future dependent on a chaos of rules and incidence figures is not acceptable,” says Genth. The risk of infection in retail is low. “There are working concepts, now we need a new opening strategy.”
Virologist: Corona mutations could “eat up” spring effects
07.23 a.m .: According to the virologist Ulf Dittmer, the spread of the more contagious coronavirus mutations could weaken the mitigating seasonal effects expected in spring for the pandemic. In principle, environmental factors such as UV rays and higher temperatures as well as being outdoors more often in the warmer seasons would help to slow down the incidence of infection. This advantage could now “be eaten up by the mutants,” said the director of the Institute for Virology at the Essen University Hospital of the German Press Agency.
Coastal lands: Enable ›low-contact‹ Easter holidays in Germany
07:09 am: The three coastal states Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony propose to enable citizens in this country to have a low-contact holiday over Easter despite the high Corona numbers. However, this should only be permitted within the own federal state and in self-catering facilities with their own sanitary facilities – for example in holiday apartments, holiday homes or mobile homes, as the spokeswoman for the Lower Saxony state government, Anke Pörksen, announced on Sunday. The three countries want to promote the proposal at the Prime Minister’s Conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) this Monday.
Lauterbach – No quarantine for Mallorca returnees, but appeal against travel
7:05 a.m .: “Those who have been tested and are negative do not have to be quarantined because Mallorca is not a risk area,” says SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach in the political talk of the newspaper “Bild”. However, he strongly advises against a vacation on the Balearic Island. “We have had the Brazilian mutation on Mallorca for a week. I appeal to everyone not to travel. «All returning travelers would have to be tested. “That is the least one can ask for when someone goes on such a risky journey.”
TUI Germany boss Andryszak – Mallorca travel are safe
06:58 a.m .: The managing director of TUI Germany, Marek Andryszak, believes political fears about increasing corona infections as a result of Mallorca air travel are exaggerated. »We never tire of making it clear that travelers on package holidays are not at risk when they return to Germany. Several studies have shown that guests behave responsibly on vacation and do not produce higher incidences, “Andryszak told the newspaper,” Bild “according to the preliminary report. There are no parties on the island, no free beer and the restaurants are only available for delivery services from 5 p.m. “Of the 1000 hotels that are open in midsummer, less than 10 percent will be available at Easter.”
Because about the third wave: “The situation is serious”
06.17 a.m .: Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) has described the third corona wave as extremely dangerous and called for understanding for the withdrawal of lockdown easing. “The situation is serious,” said the SPD politician to the editorial network Germany (RND).
He warned that pushing the number of new infections down again would be far more difficult this time than in spring or autumn. “The third wave is driven by more contagious virus mutations and hits a corona-weary population – that makes them so extremely dangerous.”
Weil sees no scope for relaxation: “In this explosive situation, stubbornly working through the opening plan would be irresponsible,” he emphasized. Instead, opening steps would have to be withdrawn if the incidence rose to over 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. “Lower Saxony will pull the decided emergency brake, and I advise everyone to do the same,” said Weil.
Lauterbach speaks about curfew as an »ultima ratio«
6:11 am: The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach does not consider a night curfew to contain the pandemic to be absolutely necessary. If the number of cases continues to rise rapidly, however, it is unlikely to be avoided, warned the trained epidemiologist on “Bild live”. The reason for this is that the spreading corona mutation B.1.1.7, viewed over a month, is “four to eight times as contagious” as the previous virus.
“So far, no country has managed to get the much faster pandemic with this mutation under control without there being exit restrictions in lockdown,” said Lauterbach. Nevertheless, it must be clear: “Exit restrictions are the last resort, you have to try to prevent that.”
The only chance to do this is offered by a “very strict test concept” with two tests per week in all schools and companies. The capacities for this are being “built up feverishly.”
More than 3000 people are in intensive care units with Covid
6:05 am: After the first cautious easing of the pandemic, the number of corona patients in Germany’s intensive care units has risen again. With more than 3000 occupied beds, the load is currently again as high as at the peak times in the first wave in spring 2020. This can be found in the register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi).
“We are now starting the third wave in the intensive care units and at a very high level. We had already warned of this at the end of February and we are very concerned about that, “said Divi President Gernot Marx. According to Divi data, 3056 Covid 19 patients were treated in German intensive care units on Sunday.
“We expect a rapid increase in the number of patients in the next few weeks, as the wave of intensive care patients always follows the wave of infections for two to three weeks,” he added. The numbers can therefore only be changed from mid-April.
With incidences of around 200 infections in seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, emergency doctors are forecasting around 5,000 Covid patients in intensive care units at the beginning of May. That would be almost as many as at the height of the second wave at the beginning of January and could again put a heavy burden on many clinics.