Jens Spahn: "You don't have to wait for this federal law"

After a decrease in reports about the Easter holidays, the seven-day incidence of corona cases nationwide has now risen to 160,1. Intensive care physicians demand quick action. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn at his weekly press conference with the head of the Robert Koch Institute Lothar Wieler called for the warnings of intensive care physicians and nurses to be taken seriously.

The situation in many intensive care units is becoming more critical every day. "Every day counts," said Spahn. "Vaccination and testing alone are not enough to break the third wave," said Spahn.

Spahn appeals to countries

It is good that there will soon be a uniform regulation with the federal emergency brake. But the federal states shouldn't wait until then: "You don't have to wait for this federal law," said Spahn. More restrictions are needed. "Time is of the essence and everyone already has the opportunity to act."

It would take revenge now, which was not decided weeks ago. That was already shown last autumn.

According to Spahn, it depends on the reason. Exit restrictions are necessary so that contacts through evening visits are reduced.

"Covid-19 could hit many of us for a long time"

"We have to act now," emphasized RKI boss Wieler afterwards. "The situation in hospitals and intensive care units is dramatic," said Wieler. But the health consequences for those who have recovered should also be taken into account. "Covid-19 could hit many of us for a long time," said Wieler.

"I appeal to all decision-makers: We now need another reduction in contact," said Wieler. Only after the third wave has broken can controlled openings occur. "It is naive to believe that you can test the virus away with high numbers," said Wieler.

Spahn and Wieler name 200 incidence for school closings too high

The higher the incidence, the higher the risk of becoming infected, said Wieler. This also applies to children. "If infections continue to rise, they will also rise in school." People were mainly infected indoors.

The Federal Cabinet had agreed in the Emergency Brakes Act not to close schools until there was a seven-day incidence of 200. From Wieler's point of view, this value is too high. Spahn agreed with him. From an epidemiological point of view and from the point of view of the Minister of Health, this measure could come much earlier. But it is currently difficult to find a consensus.

Spahn does not want an emergency approval for Curevac

According to Spahn, the vaccination campaign is now starting faster. Next week, 50.000 medical practices have registered a need for vaccines, said Spahn. Last week there were 35.000, this week 45.000 general practitioners. With the current status, he is assuming that he will be able to keep the vaccination promise until the end of the summer.