Status: 13.12.2020 09:30 a.m.
In the live ticker, NDR.de will inform you today about the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Hamburg. You can see yesterday’s events in Saturday’s blog read up.
The essentials in brief:
- Today federal-state meeting: hard lockdown should begin Wednesday
- RKI reports 20,200 new infections and 321 further deaths nationwide
- Schäuble expects a change in vaccination priorities
- Marburger Bund appeals to employers: enable home office
Overview: Tables, maps and graphics on Corona in the north
Background: Come on different case numbers conditions
Draft for consultations with the federal states: Federal government wants to increase corona aid
In view of the expected tough lockdown, the federal government is planning a significant expansion of corona aid for companies and relief, especially for retailers. In the so-called bridging aid III, the maximum amount is to be increased from 200,000 euros to 500,000 euros, as emerges from a draft resolution for the Bund-Länder-Round with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) sent by the Federal Chancellery to the federal states. The draft proposes that the retail trade, with the exception of shops for daily needs, be closed from December 16 to January 10. According to information from the German Press Agency, there was an agreement between Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) on the planned higher financial aid from the federal government. According to the paper, the maximum grant of 500,000 euros for bridging aid III is planned for companies that are directly and indirectly affected by closings. For these companies there should also be advance payments similar to those for November and December aid.
Template for Corona summit: hard lockdown should begin Wednesday
In view of the persistently high number of corona infections, Germany faces a tough lockdown well before Christmas. In a draft resolution sent by the Federal Chancellery to the federal states in the morning for the Bund-Länder-Round with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) from 10 a.m. it is proposed that the retail trade, with the exception of shops for daily needs, from December 16 to January 10 close. For the same period of time, the draft available to several media recommends contact restrictions at schools and daycare centers: “During this time, children should be cared for at home whenever possible. Therefore, the schools will be closed or the presence requirement will be suspended during this period.” The same procedure should be used in day-care centers. According to these ideas, additional opportunities should be created for parents to be able to take paid leave to look after their children during the period mentioned.
Schäuble expects a change in vaccination priorities
Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble still expects changes in the order in which the population in Germany is to be vaccinated against the corona virus. “The recommendation of the experts will certainly be refined,” said the CDU politician of “Welt am Sonntag”. “Personally, I would prioritize the people who have to work with infected people or who have to do with the elderly and the sick. They have an extremely high risk of contracting Corona. And if too many doctors and nurses are absent, they stand we face a huge problem. ” Last Monday, the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) sent a draft to countries and medical societies. It is therefore recommended that vaccinations should initially be offered to groups of people with a particularly high risk of serious or fatal disease progression – as well as groups who are particularly exposed at work or who have close contact with risk groups.
Warning app NINA is supposed to deliver local corona data
Instead of just general information about the corona pandemic, the state warning app NINA is also supposed to provide local information from this week on. This includes infection numbers and the current corona rules at the location. People’s need for information is enormous, said the President of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, Armin Schuster. At the same time, there is often great uncertainty about which rules apply in the place where one is currently staying. The new version of the warning app NINA will in future also offer important content in seven foreign languages as well as in light German. In addition to information on the corona pandemic, it provides warning messages from more than 250 rescue control centers across Germany. Often it is about storms, fires or bombs.
Comment: “German politics failed in the Corona autumn”
A tough lockdown to contain the corona pandemic is becoming more and more likely. Strict anti-corona measures are right, but valuable weeks have been wasted – that’s what Markus Feldenkirchen, political author in the capital office of “Spiegel” says in the NDR Info weekly commentary.