BERLIN – The fourth wave of coronavirus has put Germany’s next government into office.
on Monday record weekly number of new infections with the coronavirus led the three parties to draft a coalition agreement to come up with a number of proposals to contain a surge fueled by the relatively low vaccination rate in Germany.
“Every day I am more concerned about how the fourth wave will affect our country – that is very dramatic,” said Katrin Göring-Eckardt, leader of the Greens, who are trying to form an alliance with the center. Left Social Democrats (SPD) and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP).
Speak in Berlin, Goering-Eckardt said it was crucial to reintroduce free coronavirus tests that expired last month; ensure that hospitals can cope with an increase in severe cases; and improve safety in the workplace. She also expressed her sympathy for the rules enacted in Austria and some German regions according to which people are vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 in order to gain access to restaurants or shopping centers.
“I am very much in favor of sending letters now to people who can get a third vaccination,” said Goering-Eckardt, emphasizing the importance of eligible people who receive a booster vaccination as intensive care beds refuel at dangerous rates in some parts of the country.
Also on Monday, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel saw plans to reintroduce free tests.positive“, While FDP whip Marco Buschmann called for “strict compulsory testing, not just for the unvaccinated … in nursing homes” to prevent the virus from entering facilities with vulnerable residents.
This time it’s different
Although the number of infections is as high as it was a year ago when Germany was fully vaccinated on the 1st.
This is another reason why the outgoing Health Minister Jens Spahn – from the conservative CDU – and the three prospective government parties have spoken out against the expansion of special powers, which serve as the legal basis for most of the coronavirus restrictions that will expire in November 25.
When asked why she too was against such an extension, Göring-Eckardt said she was “very concerned that we … widespread vaccines.
Similarly, Marco Buschmann took the view that, due to the availability of vaccines, it was constitutionally necessary to restrict the executive’s room for maneuver again. “Our liberal constitution is very simple: if it is not necessary to intervene in the separation of powers, then it is necessary not to intervene in the separation of powers,” he said.
Göring-Eckardt said that the future coalition parties, which have a majority in the newly constituted parliament, would present their legislative proposals on Monday. Parliament would meet on Thursday for a first reading of the bill and next week for second and third readings.