The German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach expects the number of corona infections to increase in winter: “I think we will get another winter wave,” said the SPD politician on Thursday on Bayerischer Rundfunk. He therefore does not understand the rush of the federal states to relax. “Now there’s a bidding war here: which country can relax first? That’s a bit populist.” Lauterbach said it also endangered those who couldn’t protect themselves well.
Criticism of “reckless” decision
He referred to around 1,000 people who die from the corona virus in Germany every week and an unexpectedly high excess mortality in October. The SPD politician criticized the idea of Bavaria and Schleswig-Holstein to abolish the obligation to wear masks in local public transport in a few weeks. Such a “reckless” decision would not be followed. Several federal states have also lifted isolation requirements for people infected with corona.
In the past few weeks, the number of corona infections in Germany has fallen significantly. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the nationwide seven-day incidence on Thursday morning at 186.9.