Laschet about lockdown extension – distance lessons until February 14th also in NRW

The corona situation remains tense. In North Rhine-Westphalia, too, no relief for schoolchildren, parents and daycare children in lockdown is in sight for the time being.

Düsseldorf – The extension of distance learning until mid-February, agreed by the federal and state governments, will initially also apply to schools in North Rhine-Westphalia. Prime Minister Armin Laschet (59, CDU) made this clear on Tuesday evening in Düsseldorf after several hours of federal-state consultations on the corona crisis.

At the same time, the state government will constantly monitor the development of the corona infection situation and coordinate further action with the associations and neighboring countries. In principle, the federal-state resolution means not to offer face-to-face classes until February 14th.

If something else were suddenly possible, a new decision would be made, said Laschet. “It is not possible today.”

He could not yet give a signal of the opening. The previous strategy of keeping them open in “limited pandemic operations” also applies to daycare centers in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The state cabinet will discuss the concrete implementation of the federal-state resolutions this Wednesday. In a switching conference with the Chancellor, the country leaders agreed to extend numerous restrictions until February 14th and decided on some additional rules to protect against infection.

This includes the obligation to wear more protective masks on public transport and in shops. That doesn’t have to be expensive FFP2 masks, said Laschet. According to the federal-state resolution, surgical masks or KN95 masks that have a comparable standard are also possible. 50 of these are available in the supermarket for less than five euros, said Laschet.

Everyday masks made of fabric are no longer enough.

Laschet justified the extension of the lockdown until mid-February with the threat of the mutated corona virus. “We must not gamble away our successes in the fight against the second wave,” he warned. “We must not be lulled into a false sense of security.”

Now there is still the chance to “nip the mutated virus in the bud”. Everything must be done to ensure that it does not spread explosively like in Great Britain. The B1.1.7 mutation found there causes six to eight times more infections per month than other variants.

After the experience there, Germany must now use the time advantage to fight the virus, said Laschet, who is also the new CDU federal chairman.

He warned citizens to systematically limit their contacts in the corona pandemic. Furthermore, meetings outside of your own household are only allowed with one other person. But he appealed to everyone “not to look for a different person every day”.

In a nationwide comparison, NRW is doing well, Laschet said. In NRW, just under 118 new infections calculated per 100,000 inhabitants were reported within seven days – nationwide 132. This number was only lower in NRW on October 25th.


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