Sunday, January 16

Bavaria does not want to advance in the fight against Omikron

MNCHEN (dpa-AFX) – Bavaria does not want to rush ahead with possible new precautions in the fight against the Omikron variant of the corona virus. However, the Free State will support all measures that are taken jointly by the federal government and the states, said Prime Minister Markus Sder (CSU) on Monday after a meeting of the CSU party executive in Munich. In Bavaria, 68 Omikron cases are currently confirmed, there are 123 more suspicious cases.

Bavaria has already taken many measures that are still pending in other federal states. Sder cited the closure of clubs and discos as an example. Further steps would have to be taken uniformly on the basis of the statements made by experts.

For example, it would also have to be clarified how schools should be dealt with, should it prove to be the case that the Omikron variant also affects children and adolescents more, said Sder. He announced for Bavaria that he wanted to keep the vaccination centers open over the Christmas holidays. Vaccinations should also be carried out in doctors’ offices as far as possible.

He also expects a clearer assessment of the measures already taken in neighboring countries such as the Netherlands and Denmark at the Prime Minister’s Conference on Tuesday, said Sder. Both neighbors have imposed a strict lockdown to protect against the much more contagious Omikron variant.

Sder accused the federal government of taking a course that was too unclear and called for the re-establishment of the epidemic situation of national importance. This enables easier and faster action in emergency situations./dm/ctt/DP/jha

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