Bang sounded the question under which Anne Will gathered her round on Sunday evening: “Germany in a state of emergency – will we win the fight against the corona virus?” Whether it is constructive to formulate questions in this way remains an open question Question.
A simple “how” would put the better accent: “How do we win the fight against the virus?” That is what matters, and that was also discussed – in the context of the current, new exit restrictions, blocked contacts, no going out, and the parallel fear of loss of freedom.
A few hours before the broadcast, the guest, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder, who was on for 30 of the 60 minutes, was apparently still heated with his counterpart and chancellor Measures debated at federal level.
Söder also defended his advance at Anne Will with drastic exit restrictions , which surveys strongly support. Söder once again had the opportunity to explain and legitimize the Bavarian measures live on monitor: the situation in the border region of Bavaria justifies the rules there, in two or three weeks there will be more information on weighing up the goods Security versus freedom .
It must not be like in Italy “, and that’s what it’s about “Saving lives” – and: “We are constantly adjusting”. Also the switched Prime Minister of the Saarland, Tobias Hans, prefers “courageous and early” measures rather than too late and rash.
But the conflict of the heads of state seems to be solved for the time being, the federal-state meeting by Video ad in the Chancellery had followed suit, if not with the same strict regulations as those initially applicable in Bavaria and Saarland. What exactly happened at the meeting – it was clear that Anne Will wanted to elicit this from Bavaria.
It was also clear that Söder would reply diplomatically and point to the agreement. Because now it’s not about inciting conflicts, but about finding solutions. The dynamic processes of the present have long been ongoing, and the Chancellor is in quarantine.
The head of the Federal Chancellery and Coordinator of the Corona crisis team, Helge Braun (CDU), did not want to explain anything more than the known: Since Angela Merkel had contact with a doctor who had meanwhile been tested positive for Covid-19 during a pneumococcal vaccination, she will be there for a fortnight as a precaution Work from the home office.
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It is serious, and Merkel takes it seriously, as she recently recommended to the population. “It is leading by example,” says Braun. Since the government works a lot on video anyway, the difference will hardly be noticeable.
The central questions of the public revolve around prevention, the virus itself, its containment, prognoses and the elasticity of the health system, and work and jobs. Melanie Brinkmann, professor of virology at the TU Braunschweig, hopes positive effects from the prescribed contact reductions: “We will see success there”, she explained, the examples from Asia prove this.
Just how great success will be here in the country, time has to show that. Brinkmann’s colleague Bernadett Erdmann, chief physician of the central emergency department of the Wolfsburg Clinic, where the VW plants are currently at a standstill, complained about the lack: lack of protective clothing, breathing masks, intensive care beds, respirators, and warned of the “collapse” of the clinics if the government did not support them Deliveries, replenishments.
Helge Braun struggled to promise whatever could happen. Jens Spahn was constantly busy getting this protective equipment, it would be there soon, and obstacles to trade had been removed. Erdmann did not seem convinced.
Anne Will also recorded the statement by the President of the Robert Koch Institute that the crisis had reached an extent that he had considered “unimaginable”. Even such formulations are not very constructive – and, boldly, one thinks of the warnings and predictions of virologists and other experts who have been dealing with pandemic scenarios for a long time and who could imagine that.
This is described, for example, in the study “The Psychology of Pandemics” by the Canadian professor of psychology, Steven Taylor. His book on social psychological preparation for pandemics was published in December 2019 and describes point by point conditions, how the present experiences them, medically, psychologically, economically.
State of emergency over 18 months?
One player cited studies according to which the state of emergency lasted for 18 months to two years until the acute crisis has been overcome. This was followed by Helge Braun’s urgent warning that such figures relate to long-term effects and that there should be no false panic, no misleading fear of so many months of financial loss and isolation.
The answer was not clear Taxi driver in the recorded film, who wanted to know specifically who to contact for a financial injection. It was a national matter, it said. As soon as possible, it became clear that the relevant websites should be communicated and accessible nationwide with information.
It is about the existence of people
The administrative law term “general interest” that did Will-Runde, too, sounds so different in these times, more direct: it is now a matter of state, public provision for the existence of people, for their physical, emotional and financial existence. Societies look to the state: What is expected is the transparent collection and evaluation of data, the clear communication of assessments.
Immanuel Kant’s famous questions pervade every current debate: What can we know? What should we do? What can we hope for? The last question is the most important in the long term, because prospects for the post-corona period are also expected. There will be a look at them provides the incentive for the population to act now.
Sebastian Fiedler’s initiative for more “connected thinking” was refreshing. Fiedler, chairman of the Federation of German Criminal Investigation Officers, proposes to the government to set up an interdisciplinary body made up of the best minds in the republic from all relevant areas “to think ahead”, to consolidate and secure social and European cohesion. It was perhaps the most important sentence of the evening.