Chancellor sees domestic measures confirmed by German expert council

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The German government plans a hard lockdown until January 10th – this includes the abolition of compulsory education.

The members of the National Academy of Sciences “Leopoldina” in Germany plead for a hard lockdown – and the German government wants to follow. In the statement of the “Leopoldina” it says: “Use the holidays and the turn of the year for a hard lockdown”. This is to be done via a “two-stage procedure. The general conditions – Christmas vacations in educational institutions and restricted operations in many companies and public authorities – offer the chance to make great strides in containing the pandemic”.

Since the infection figures in Germany are at a high level despite restrictions, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 heads of state are planning stricter measures nationwide from Christmas and until 10 January.

In concrete terms, the retail trade is to be closed except for daily needs, no vacation trips and larger gatherings are to be allowed and social gatherings are to be reduced to a minimum. The “Leopoldina” also recommends in Germany the abolition of compulsory schooling from December 14 to January 10, 2021.

In Austria we had enormous resistance from many sides, some experts and above all political camps against a hard lockdown.

The scientific findings of this renowned panel of experts are clear. “In Austria we had enormous resistance from many sides, some experts and above all political camps against a hard lockdown and especially against school closures with a much higher incidence than Germany now has,” the Chancellor said in a broadcast.

Now exactly these “hard and unpopular measures” are “recommended by more than 30 leading virologists, scientists and researchers in Germany” .

“Everyone who criticized us for taking hard measures back then should finally take note of the recommendations of German science and learn the right lessons from them,” said Kurz.

— hp, Source: kurier.at. picture: pixabay.com

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