Mayor Müller: «We are on the finishing line»

Mayor Müller: «We are on the finishing line»

Berlin's mayor Michael Müller believes Germany is on the right track in the fight against the Corona pandemic.

Michael Müller (SPD)

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Michael Müller (SPD), Berlin's Governing Mayor, wears a mouth-nose protection with the inscription "Berlin".

"We are now on the home stretch to really achieve our goals, in combination with the vaccination strategy," the SPD politician said on Wednesday (6 January 2021) on ARD's "Morgenmagazin", after the federal and state governments had agreed on an extension and tightening of the measures the previous evening. He said it was "very clear" that the infection figures were going down, but there was still not enough relief in the hospitals. "And that is a very crucial point," he said, adding that more must be done to achieve this. Müller is currently also head of the Conference of Minister Presidents.

21 237 new infections within one day in Germany

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), it is currently difficult to interpret the reported data on the incidence of infection because there was a delay in the discovery, recording and transmission of Corona cases around Christmas and the turn of the year. The Institute assumes that the data will not be reliable again until the end of next week/beginning of the week after next at the earliest. According to the RKI, the health authorities last reported 21 237 new infections within one day and 1019 new deaths.

Contacts would have to continue to be restricted in schools as well

Müller said he was critical of federal states already setting dates for reopening schools for face-to-face teaching as targets. Contacts in schools must also be limited as far as possible at the moment. "You have to decide, based on the matter at hand, what the situation will be in ten days' time," he said. Then we have to check whether we can offer face-to-face lessons for primary schools or certain grades. In Berlin, the date of 18 December has already been brought into play, he said. This would play a role in the Senate, but the Berlin figures did not yet allow for a return to face-to-face teaching.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Wednesday, 6. January 2021 09:30 Uhr

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