Angela Merkel has attacked Germany’s regional leaders, saying they will not move to boost their economy and increase the likelihood of a nationwide curfew to curb coronavirus spread.
In an extensive interview with the German television channel ARD, March blamed some of the states for failing to implement the “emergency break” agreed on March 3, and said steps would be taken to ease the lockdown as the number of infections increased. Over 100,000 people over seven days.
“Unfortunately, it’s not being complied with everywhere,” he said. “There are several states that explain this in great detail and it doesn’t fill me with joy.”
“I’m disappointed and concerned that the good parts of the resolution are being implemented,” he said. . . But not the hard part, as I want it to be, ”he told the interviewer, Ann Will.
Merkel commented a week ago that the number of infections in Germany had risen to 130 per 1,000. The total number of confirmed cases on Sunday rose by 1,17,166 to 2,722,401, with the death toll rising from 90 to 75,870.
This interview marks the end of one of the toughest weeks Merkel has faced as Chancellor. He was forced earlier in the week Abandon The proposal to extend the Easter holidays, in the hope that everyone has a drastic shutdown Economic life Virus progress will be slow. He apologized to the country for the mistake he had made.
On Sunday evening, Merkel said that Germany may need to take “additional measures” to contain the third wave, all of which is already allowed under German law. “We have curfews, more communication restrictions, more masks.”
He said schools should conduct tests on students at least twice a week. Employers must allow their employees to work from home, and those who work in the office or factory must be tested twice a week, he added – a rule that could soon be enforced by law.
Merkel was highly critical of the states that have moved forward to reduce pressure on economic activity since November. “Where the idea is being created that we can open things up – that’s not the order of the day.”
A state that promised to reopen after Easter in the small region of Surland in West Germany. Merkel acknowledged that the number of infections was relatively low, “but they are not stable. They are not sinking.”
“It simply came to our notice then [such a relaxation]”He said he was” not satisfied “with the state’s initiative.
He also criticized its actions Armin Lashet, The populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia is prime minister, who was elected leader of his CDU party in January. He said the emergency brake would be applied to only a few states, not the entire state.
When Will was asked if Lachett was violating the emergency brake policy through this national electoral system, he said: “Yes, but he is not alone.”
Merkel said she was keen to avoid mistakes made last fall, when signs were already clear that a second wave was about to hit but authorities were slow to respond.
Then the decision-making steps “were somewhat delayed, and it cost us a lot of time and a lot of energy, and now with the third wave it looks like the same thing is happening again”.