To tighten the screws in a bid to salvage some semblance of normalcy at Christmas. That seems the essence of a new COVID strategy for December and January being hammered out by Germany’s regional leaders.
New, flexible focus on caseload
However, states with lower caseloads will probably be allowed to choose to lift their restrictions even if the country as a whole could not.
“States that are not risk areas, if they are visibly able to get below 50 cases [per 100,000 residents per week] in a stable and sustained way, must then have the opportunity to ease restrictions,” Manuela Schwesig, the Social Democrat state premier of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania told Deutschlandfunk radio on Monday.
Schwesig said that her own state’s rate, currently hovering around 46 cases per 100,000 for the previous week, would not yet qualify in her mind to ease restrictions as it was so close to the threshold. She said a number nearer 35 might be appropriate.
Even the state premier of Saxony-Anhalt, Rainer Haseloff, who has been particularly critical of lockdown restrictions, said on Monday everybody recognized “the fundamental requirement” of extending the restrictions.
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