After announcing a strict lockdown over the Easter break, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has later canceled the measures. She termed the plan as a single-handily mistake, and that’s why she has taken the ultimate responsibility to overturn the proposed lockdown.
Overnight on Monday, leaders from across the region agreed to a proposed lockdown, with restrictions expected between 1-5 April. However, an emergency crisis meeting on Wednesday led to the reversal of the plan.
Businesses and scientists had severely criticized the regulation even before its cancelation on Wednesday. With most shops closed and gatherings limited, the proposed lockdown would have been the strictest ever in German history.
During the five days over Easter beginning on 1 April, Germans were to reduce social contact by been asked to stay home. Additionally, the church would have had to cancel public services, family gatherings would have been prohibited, and most shops would have been shut down.
According to Armin Laschet, the party leader of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the lockdown is not practical in its current shape.
Mrs. Merkel told reporters in Berlin that the mistake of proposing a lockdown during the Easter holiday is hers alone. Furthermore, she is asking all citizens to forgive her for the uncertainty caused by this process. Although she had good reasons for locking down the country, she could not implement it well enough in that short amount of time.
Merkel said she was the sole person responsible for the decision to extend what is usually an Easter break of three days to five days. She is aware that her government’s pandemic response is losing public trust as the case numbers grow exponentially.
When the first outbreak of epidemics occurred, people looked to the Chancellor as a trustworthy ally who had successfully brought the country through. However, with disputes over lockdown measures raging across regional leaders, German policies are becoming increasingly chaotic. It seems as if Merkel is having difficulty keeping the country together.
When she announced the Easter lockdown cancellation, Chancellor Merkel said the country has a new virus. This outbreak was caused by one of the most contagious coronaviruses in the United Kingdom (Kent); it has plunged the nation into a new pandemic.
She claims that this variant is more deadly, more infectious, and more persistent than previous coronaviruses. The German government is racing against time to administer vaccines for COVID-19.
Germany has recorded an infection rate of more than 100 per 100,000 people. In emergency times, the number plays a crucial role in making tough decisions such as enforcing lockdown. Currently, areas to which the infection rate exceeds that threshold within seven days will not be reopened.
Despite the numbers, the cancellation of Easter church services, and the subsequent announcement of the five-day lockdown, caused dismay from religious leaders. According to them, church attendance was safe because of their existing social-distancing measures.
As a result of Wednesday’s U-turn, the German Bishops Conference clarified it would continue carrying out its services as scheduled with hygiene precautions in place and through video streams for those unable to attend in person. Retail leaders were also pleased with this reversal by saying that the U-turn decision demonstrates some sense has returned to coronavirus policy. Meanwhile, the partial government lockdown will be extended until at least 18 April.
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