Germany claims to follow the South Korean model of restrictions
The country has been receiving patients affected by the coronavirus from Italy and France for a week now to be treated in local hospitals
Germany will maintain restrictions on the social contacts of its citizens due to the coronavirus pandemic for at least three more weeks. “We will not talk about any kind of relief from them before April 20. Until then, all the measures will continue in force, “says Helge Braun, federal minister of the Foreign Ministry, in statements today to the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel. Older people should have a more extended period of social isolation than young people. “There is something common to all models, no matter which way we decide, and that is that the elderly and chronically ill in our society must be effectively protected against infections until there is a vaccine,” Braun stresses.
The speed of expansion of the Covid-19 epidemic will be decisive for the relief of restrictions in this country, says Braun. “If we can slow down the increase in the speed of infection until ten or twelve days before cases double, we will know that we are on the right path,” says the minister, who highlights that until now the numbers of cases have been doubling every three days. “After Easter, we will be able to know what the outlook is from April 20,” says Braun, for whom the German population is excellently respecting the rules, so “I am convinced that in a few days we will be rewarded for success ».
The Federal Chancellery Minister reveals that the German government is following the South Korean model that mixes effective measures. “They have implemented the same contact restrictions that we practice in Germany. Also, they have used a digital ‘tracking’ by which it is registered practically automatically if they have had contact with the infected,” explains Braun. Like South Korea, Germany practices a massive test policy to detect infections among the population.
The President of the German College of Physicians, Klaus Reinhardt, is in favour of provisionally admitting as many older people as possible into nursing homes for the Elderly, who have been isolated from the outside world for weeks and have only been isolated in a very isolated way. Registered infections by Covid-19. Unlike Italy and Spain, Germany has a high number of elderly living in residences and not under the same roof with children and grandchildren, which increases the risk of infection. “This can be a decisive advantage in the fight against the pandemic,” Reinhardt told the Neuen Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper.
The president of the conference of interior ministers of the 16 German federal states, Georg Maier, demands to work on an exit scenario for the pandemic. “We must maintain restrictions on social contacts and the closure of educational centres in a consistent manner until in a week or two we know to what extent these measures are effective,” says Maier in the newspaper Die Welt, in which he demands that the Perhaps you are already reflecting on a strategy to abandon restrictions gradually. “If contact limitations are maintained for more than four weeks, we will reach a limit,” says Maier, for whom the psychological burden on the population will then be too high, and acceptance of the measures will dissipate. The Social Democratic politician also demands to follow the example of South Korea and bet on the practice of mass tests and the isolation of the sick.
Transport devices of the “Luftwaffe”, the German air force, have started an airlift with northern Italy to transport seriously ill people with coronavirus infections to this country. The flights are carried out with an Airbus A310 MedEvac hospital with intensive care units, which this Saturday will foreseeably transfer six Italian citizens from Bergamo to the German city of Cologne. “In times of great need, it stands to reason that we help our friends,” said Federal Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. “That is why we collect with our intensive care unit Luftwaffe flyer the seriously ill in Italy for treatment in Germany. This is a vital sign of solidarity. Europe must be united, “said the minister. Germany has been receiving coronavirus patients from Italy and France for a week now to be treated in local hospitals.