Kretschmer: “Virus has gained significantly in strength”

Status: 11/22/2021 10:58 p.m.

Saxony’s Prime Minister Kretschmer wants to change the Infection Protection Act again in order to preserve tools to combat pandemics. “We should avoid anything where many people come together in one place,” he warned in the daily topics.

Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer is pushing for another amendment to the Infection Protection Act in order to continue to provide the federal states with the instruments to contain the pandemic, which will expire on December 15. There is no question “that this law has to be changed again quickly and that these instruments have to be given to the countries again,” said the CDU politician in an interview with the daily topics. So much sense of reality had also arrived in the new coalition in Berlin.

“This pandemic is far from over on December 15,” said Kretschmer. “This virus has gained significantly in strength and, all of us in the population, we are annoyed and we have lost our strength”. This combination means that outbreaks are very rapid. The principle of caution must particularly apply to this fourth wave. “We should avoid anything in which many people come together in one place for a long time, both inside and outside,” said the Saxon Prime Minister, citing Christmas markets and full football stadiums as examples.

Michael Kretschmer, Prime Minister Saxony, on the current Corona situation in Saxony

Topics of the day 10:15 p.m., 11/22/2021

“This opposition doesn’t work like that”

Kretschmer called for close cooperation between the federal and state governments. “We have to sit down and coordinate all the time,” he said. “This against each other and this hottie, it doesn’t work that way.” A different way of dealing with one another is required – including with the new federal government that is being formed.

It is crucial that politics act – despite all the difficulties. There are people who have only received lies and misinformation for months. “It is very difficult for these people to see the truth now, to see the realities. And I believe that this group also continues to deny that there is Corona, that there is overload in the hospitals,” said the CDU politician. That’s why it’s so difficult.

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