“Millions of employees threatened by infections”: Greens for tightening lockdown due to mutated corona virus – politics

After an increasing occurrence of the new, highly contagious corona virus mutation in Germany, the Greens are calling for the lockdown to be tightened with severe restrictions also for business and companies.

“Millions of employees are threatened by infections every day, because protective measures in companies are not sufficient, if there is no need to be present, or risks from traveling by public transport are not taken into account,” said the leader of the Greens in the Bundestag, Katrin Göring-Eckardt, the “Tagesspiegel” “.

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“In the fight against the virus, the economy and the world of work belong at the center,” she said. The federal and state governments have taken tough measures in retail, culture and schools. “The fact that there are still hardly any clear, binding rules for large areas of the economy and the world of work is no longer comprehensible and absolutely irresponsible. This can not go on like this anymore.”

In Ireland and Great Britain, the number of infections has exploded due to the virus mutation. The new coronavirus variant known from Great Britain has also been detected for the first time in Berlin, and cases have now also been found in Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia.

One problem is that so far so-called gene sequencing has hardly been carried out in Germany in order to see how widespread the highly contagious mutant B.1.1.7 is already.

“Many of those responsible have not yet realized how threatening the situation has become due to the mutated virus and insufficiently effective measures,” said Göring-Eckardt.

“If we don’t do more quickly to massively reduce contacts and the number of infections, the outlook is not only bleak, but catastrophic.” Then the number of infections could explode like in Ireland or Great Britain. “The loss of human life would be dramatic. More and more people would lose relatives and loved ones and more and more sick people would die lonely in overburdened clinics. “

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