SPD accuses Laschet of weak leadership

Dhe opposition leader in the NRW state parliament, Thomas Kutschaty (SPD), has accused Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) of weak leadership in crisis management after the massive corona outbreak in the Tönnies meat factory. Laschet shies away from the political risk because he lacks the courage to take responsibility, said the SPD parliamentary group leader on Wednesday in the state parliament in Düsseldorf. “The weak leadership of this government is a risk for fighting the pandemic.” Laschet had previously defended his crisis management.

Rheda-Wiedenbrück, the headquarters of the meat factory concerned, is “today the largest virus hotspot in all of Europe,” said Kutschaty. The corona outbreak is worse than in Heinsberg and Ischgl. The state government hesitated for too long to take decisive measures to “prevent a second wave of infections from overturning Germany and Europe”.

NRW is nationwide “the first state” to “completely return” a region out of caution, said Laschet at the state parliament debate with a view to the lockdown in the districts of Gütersloh and Warendorf. In view of the criticism that the state government had shut down life in the affected circles too late, he replied: “We have to weigh things up.” He is always amazed at how quickly some are ready to restrict fundamental rights.

The lockdown will be expected of the people in the two affected districts. Due to the wide distribution of the places of residence and the Tönnies workforce, the outbreak harbors an “enormous pandemic risk”. How far the virus has spread in the population, nobody can say yet. The tests would be massively expanded again on Wednesday.

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