MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Even if there have already been initial successes in the fight against the corona pandemic under the EU Council Presidency – according to Leikert, increasing numbers of new corona infections in all EU countries show that bilateral regulations are not enough.
Dramatic increases in new infections from Germany and the EU are reported every day. “We are at the beginning of winter and a second wave. This time we have to be smarter, plan better. The first wave was a very difficult time for people and the economy, which must not be repeated, “says Katja Leikert, deputy parliamentary group leader of the CDU / CSU in the German Bundestag. In Germany, on October 24th a new record reached: According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of recorded cases of infection rose by 14,714 within one day compared to the previous day – more than ever since the beginning of the pandemic in Germany.
Belgium and the Czech Republic particularly affected
In the neighboring countries of Belgium and the Czech Republic, the pandemic is particularly severe in relation to the number of inhabitants: Belgium has only 11.5 million inhabitants and, with 1020 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, registered higher numbers of new infections than Germany with its around 83 million people. In Belgium, pubs and restaurants are closed, there is a night curfew and strict contact restrictions. In the Czech Republic with just under 10.7 million inhabitants, the situation is hardly better. The national emergency has been in effect since October 5th. From October 1st to October 22nd, the daily number of new infections increased more than tenfold to up to 15,400.
Poland’s President Duda infected – comprehensive rapid tests in Slovakia
In Poland, even President Andrzej Duda has now tested positive for the corona virus. The country recorded a new high on Friday with 13,600 new corona infections within 24 hours and took consequences, and in Slovakia almost the entire population will be subjected to a rapid antigen test on this and the two following weekends. Anyone who cannot show a negative corona test after the campaign has to go into a ten-day forced quarantine.
Partial lockdown in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands there has been a lockdown in parts since October 14th, since the country currently ranks third in the EU-wide corona ranking (behind Belgium and the Czech Republic) with a rate of around 600 people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days .
“This shows that the coordination of containment measures to combat corona within Europe can still be expanded – despite the successes already achieved during the German Council Presidency,” said Leikert lives with his neighbors. The German border regions are chambers of the heart of the EU. You suffer from changing regulations. However, bilateral regulations are not enough. “
Entry into Denmark only with valid reason
Germany’s other neighboring countries also fit into the negative trend. Denmark currently has the comparatively lowest infection rate. The entry from Germany is since October 24 only allowed with good reason. In the EU, France and Spain have negative records with more than one million infected people and over 34,000 deaths each. In France there is now a night curfew in large parts. In Slovenia, Latvia and Italy, where massive protests recently broke out in the Naples area, measures in the fight against the spread of the virus have been significantly tightened. Leikert: “We need a functioning Europe-wide rapid and early warning system. We need a consistent application and strengthening of the EU information platform Re-open EU, which provides ongoing information about Corona travel rules in all EU countries, and a framework for travelers returning from risk areas. Without coordination, Europe will remain a patchwork quilt when it comes to Corona – with all the negative consequences for people and the internal market. “
First successes of the German Council Presidency
Therefore, according to Katja Leikert, the national warning apps within the EU must be networked even more closely. The first good results for concrete European cooperation are already available.
The Union Vice-President sees a further success “also in the recently agreed stronger role of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)”. For Leikert, this represents an “important step against border closings and non-transparent special agreements between EU states”. Now it is a matter of “actually implementing the agreement so that common standards apply. The Council Presidency and the Commission must not let up now. We don’t need national border closings, but more European cooperation. “
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