Thuringia's Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) spoke out not only in favor of extended, but also stricter corona restrictions before the meeting of the country leaders with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).

"I will argue today at the Prime Minister's Conference on the side of those who say: We will have to tackle it much more sharply and much harder," said Ramelow on Tuesday on Deutschlandfunk.

"I thought for a long time that we would get through the crisis better." But they were wrong, said Ramelow, who was an advocate of an easing course in the summer.

He also spoke out against opening schools and kindergartens.

Instead of debating openings, everyone should better withdraw.

This would give you a chance to protect the health system, said the Prime Minister.


This Tuesday, Merkel is discussing an extension of the lockdown that was decided in mid-December with the heads of government of the federal states.

Many shops in Germany, but also schools and daycare centers, have been closed since December 16.

There are signs that the lockdown will continue until the end of January.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) also considers an extension of the measures to be sensible.

The restrictions are massive, "but the figures also show that there is no all-clear and that we have to continue the shutdown," she said in the ARD "Morgenmagazin".

Schwesig was also concerned about the virus mutation in Great Britain.

Should the mutation also reach Germany, then “we have to talk about whether contact restrictions need to be tightened further”.