Berlin (dpa) - 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 in 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 that was wrong, said Ramelow, who was an advocate of a relaxation 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.

On Tuesday


Merkel with the Government of the countries over an extension of the lockdown mid-December adopted.

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 at least 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.

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