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Survey: Although it does not work, Germans want to tighten the restrictions against Covid

An evaluation of the corona restrictions has just shown that most of the measures were ineffective. And yet a majority of Germans are now calling for the corona measures to be tightened with immediate effect. They follow Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD), who constantly warns of the danger of the currently circulating omicron variant BA.5.

Numerous state health ministers also want a “sharp set of tools” to suspend fundamental rights again as soon as possible. Now it comes out: 49 percent of Germans see it the same way. You are already in favor of stricter corona measures. 43 percent reject this. This was the result of a representative survey by the opinion research institute Civey on behalf of the Augsburger Allgemeine.

The remaining eight percent gave an undecided answer to the question: "In your opinion, should the current corona measures be tightened immediately due to the increasing number of infections?"

The older people are, the more determined they are in favor of tightening the measures immediately. Among the over-65s, 62 percent of those surveyed are calling for stricter corona measures as soon as possible. However, more than half of Germans under the age of 50 are against it.

Lauterbach promises autumn restrictions
Meanwhile, Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach promised to speed up the revision of the Infection Protection Act. The current nationwide legal basis expires on September 23. "It will be a difficult autumn, we have to be prepared," the SPD politician renewed his warnings at the weekend. He believes that "we will have great difficulties with the BA.5 variant that is now spreading here," he told ARD.

The health minister emphasized to the “daily topics” that he was expecting a very high number of cases, which could also lead to an overload of the critical infrastructure. Therefore, “one or the other measure will make sense again”. What he is planning exactly, he does not want to reveal yet. The SPD politician referred to confidential negotiations with Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP). "I think we'll be quick," said Lauterbach.

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