The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach calls for a significant extension of the lockdown that has been in place since Wednesday.

"Now it is already foreseeable that the lockdown by January 10th will not be sufficient to reach the incidence value of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week," he told the "Rheinische Post" (Friday edition).

The value of 50 is also "not sustainable enough", criticized Lauterbach.

“I call for this tough lockdown to be maintained until a nationwide incidence value of less than 25 new infections is reached.

No matter how long it takes. "

Only below this value is there "a sufficient cushion so that the health authorities can keep up with the contact tracing and there is no threat of the next lockdown," argued the doctor and member of the Bundestag.

The current lockdown is "the most important in the entire corona pandemic".

This phase decides "how many more deaths the virus will claim".


Lauterbach also told Wirtschaftswoche that if the seven-day incidence cannot be reduced to well below 50, “we will probably remain in lockdown until April.

There can be no normalcy as long as we are out of control. "

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