Düsseldorf (dpa) - In view of the danger posed by the mutated corona virus, SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich has spoken out in favor of extending the current protective measures.

It is right to "extend the measures for a certain time," said Mützenich on Tuesday after a meeting of the SPD parliamentary group in Düsseldorf.

However, it is clear to everyone what burdens would be put on by these decisions.

"Some of the people are at the limit of their capacity," said Mützenich.

However, he is confident that the protective measures would provide "greater stability" in the infection situation and that the pandemic will develop differently in the coming weeks.

"We will see light at the end of the tunnel in the next few weeks."

The Prime Minister of the federal states and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) want to decide on how to proceed in the corona pandemic in the afternoon. It became apparent that the lockdown would continue into February.