Lauterbach in the ARD: “Further measures will be necessary”

Status: January 9th, 2022 7:41 pm

Are the new measures enough to stop Omikron? Health Minister Lauterbach expects tightening. In terms of compulsory vaccination, pressure on the Bundestag declined. He announced a positive list for rapid tests.

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach considers further restrictions in the fight against the Omikron variant of the corona virus to be necessary.

The decisions made on Friday by the federal and state governments – keyword 2G-Plus – are “an important step forward,” says the SPD politician in Report from Berlin. But that will not be enough to defeat Omikron, added Lauterbach. “Therefore further measures will be necessary in due course.”

Above all, there is reason to believe that unvaccinated people with Omikron could get more seriously ill. “A contamination would be far too risky.”

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach: “2G-Plus is an important step forward”

Report from Berlin 6:00 p.m., 9/1/2022

Minister does not want to put pressure on the Bundestag

In the debate about the beginning of a general compulsory vaccination, Lauterbach refused to give a specific date. He doesn’t want to speculate on that. “I have never set a time target. A minister should not give the German Bundestag any time limits on a Bundestag matter – that is inappropriate,” said the SPD politician in the report from Berlin.

The Bundestag must decide for itself when and in what form to debate, “that is not a government task,” Lauterbach continued. However, his ministry supported the MPs with his expertise in the preparation of group applications.

It had previously become known that the promise of compulsory vaccination mentioned by Chancellor Olaf Scholz apparently could not be kept until the beginning of March. The reasons for this are the schedule of the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, as well as complicated legal issues, reported the “Tagesspiegel”, citing coalition circles.

“We can no longer aggressively end the omicron wave with compulsory vaccination,” said Health Minister Karl Lauterbach

Report from Berlin 6:00 p.m., 9/1/2022

With the compulsory vaccination “largely end the ghost”

Lauterbach pointed out that the omicron wave could not be broken with a mandatory vaccination anyway. But it is crucial for the second half of the year: “We can achieve that we do not face the same problem in autumn.” He goes on the assumption that with the compulsory vaccination “one can largely end the ghost”.

As far as the new corona quarantine rules are concerned, the Minister of Health expects them to come into effect quickly. The rules would be implemented by the federal states. “It will vary a little from country to country, but it will apply very quickly.”

Positive list for rapid tests announced

Against the background of the discussion about the quality and informative value of rapid tests, Lauterbach announced a positive list for rapid tests. In conversation with the ARD capital studio he said that he had the Paul Ehrlich Institute prepare such a list “with tests that are particularly suitable for Omikron or detect Omikron early. This will, however, take some time.”

This should enable better orientation when selecting the test. The results of tests that have been evaluated in the past few months cannot be transferred directly to Omikron. It is currently useful to carry out rapid tests several times if necessary, he said.

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