What can Germany expect from the omicron wave of the corona pandemic? Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) and RKI boss Lothar Wieler answer questions. The live ticker for PK on Friday.
- PK to Corona and Omikron*: Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) and RKI boss Lothar Wieler answer questions in Berlin.
- Lauterbach criticized the Robert Koch Institute* before the joint meeting – but also received harsh criticism himself. ( see update of January 28, 8:26 a.m.).
- Follow the federal press conference on Friday morning from 10 a.m. here in the live ticker.
Update from January 28, 8:26 a.m .: This Friday, Minister of Health Lauterbach (SPD) informed at the federal press conference together with RKI boss Wieler about the current situation of the corona pandemic. But in the run-up to the press conference, the mood is extremely tense. Not only was there Zoff between Lauterbach and Wieler (see original message) , at the same time there was more and more criticism of the Minister of Health.
Before the federal press conference: sharp criticism of Lauterbach
The Mayor of Tübingen, Boris Palmer (Greens*), for example, criticizes the SPD* politician’s corona policy extremely sharply: “At the moment, many decisions are quite erratic. There is no scientific evidence to limit the recovered status to just three months. Karl Lauterbach otherwise attaches great importance to them,” he said in the podcast “Die Wochentester” from Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger and RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland. “When I read that, I thought it was a Russian fake bot.” Lauterbach insists, however, that the change makes sense from a scientific point of view.
Corona-PK in the live ticker: Criticism of the test strategy – “Think through the consequences to the end
However, Lauterbach also received criticism for the nationwide test strategy*. The SPD politician would like to set priorities here, especially with PCR tests. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder* (CSU*) had already warned that the prioritization should not lead to a blind flight in which the incidence figures would lose their meaningfulness. Holetschek sees Federal Health Minister Lauterbach as responsible here. “Anyone who makes laws must also think through the consequences and effects to the end,” he says.
You can follow the upcoming federal press conference live here from 10 a.m.
Original message from January 27: Munich / Berlin – Recently there was trouble between the years in the coronavirus pandemic * around the Robert Koch Institute and RKI boss Lothar Wieler. His authority had sent a tweet in which, shortly before one of the countless federal-state rounds, quick and rigorous measures to contain the omicron wave * were required. At that time, Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD) demonstratively supported Wieler.
The Rhinelander did this at the so-called federal press conference, an association in Berlin that enables capital city journalists to question government officials and other important decision-makers on pressing issues. This Friday (January 28), Lauterbach and Wieler will meet again from 10 a.m. at this federal press conference in the government district. And again there is Zoff. The RKI had recently apparently uncoordinatedly reduced the status of those who had recovered from a corona infection from six to three months. But it was primarily the head of the Lauterbach department who received the political rebuke.
Federal press conference: Corona-PK with Karl Lauterbach and Lothar Wieler in the live ticker
Now there was the tit for tat. “I was not aware that the recovered status beyond the quarantine rules was reduced to three months almost overnight,” explained the SPD man to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . However, he agrees with the technical assessment of the RKI.
His ministry also told FOCUS Online : “It was clear that those who had recovered would only be exempted from quarantine for three months. This was the subject of consultations between the federal and state governments. But that the recovered status then on Saturday, 15.1. was changed overall was not known to the minister (when he gave his speech in the Bundesrat).”
In the video: Karl Lauterbach wants a shortened convalescent status across Europe
On top of that. Lauterbach’s Ministry of Health made it clear: “In future, such decisions should no longer be published overnight by the RKI, but should be communicated to the federal states with a certain amount of advance notice.” Clear announcement in the direction of the Robert Koch Institute and Wieler.
Follow the federal press conference this Friday (from 10 a.m.) with Karl Lauterbach* and Lothar Wieler here in the live ticker. (pm) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA