MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Ralph Brinkhaus in an interview with SWR and Passauer Neue Presse
The chairman of the Union parliamentary group, Ralph Brinkhaus, has called for the states to participate more in the costs of Corona aid. In an interview with Südwestrundfunk, Brinkhaus complained that the state budgets are doing relatively well, but that the debt essentially ends up with the federal government.
“I have also said several times that it is difficult for us, too, to accept that prime ministers take decisions together with the federal government, but the bill is then submitted to the German Bundestag as budget legislator,” said Brinkhaus. A new approach to things is needed here. He would have been happy if the countries would pay at least as much in aid. “They don’t do that,” emphasized the leader of the Union parliamentary group.
Uniform strategy for corona hotspots
Brinkhaus also considers it possible that the corona rules will have to be tightened again in December. Because he has doubts that the latest package of measures by the federal and state governments to contain the pandemic will be sufficient to sustainably break the corona wave. In an interview with Südwestrundfunk, Brinkhaus emphasized that he considered the additional measures that had been adopted, such as an expanded mask requirement and further reductions in contact in the private sector, to be sensible. He is particularly saddened by the fact that “there is no nationwide strategy for the hotspots, that is, for the districts where things really burn, where the number of infections is really very high. Delegating this to the local health authorities leads to excessive demands. And accordingly I would have wished that we had now developed a sensible strategy nationwide, that did not happen, ”said the parliamentary group chairman.
Keep schools open as long as possible
In an interview with the Passauer Neue Presse, Brinkhaus emphasized that there was still room for improvement when it came to measures in schools. “Starting with more extensive restrictions in schools only at an incidence value of 200 infections per day in seven days is problematic from a health protection perspective. It’s important to keep schools open. But then you have to provide more security. This includes alternating lessons, staggered lesson times as well as an intelligent approach to digital teaching and learning at a distance. The federal government has made a lot of money available to the federal states in the digital pact. The federal states now have to deliver and get results, ”demanded Brinkhaus.
With regard to the availability of vaccines, the chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group explained in an interview with the Passauer Neue Presse that employees in the health and care sector, but also risk groups such as people with previous illnesses or old age, should be vaccinated first. “If things go well, we’ll have the vaccine by the end of the year. Not yet for everyone, but the first doses ”, Brinkhaus was confident that the first vaccinations could start soon.
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