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Global medical director demands lockdowns not be ruled out categorically

According to the President of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, the Infection Protection Act should again allow far-reaching measures to protect against Corona. “Anyone who flatly rules out measures like contact restrictions or lockdowns out of hand has neither understood the meaning of the law nor grasped the gravity of the situation,” Montgomery told the Funke media group newspapers (Wednesday). . “An infection control law is supposed to open up opportunities and save lives.”

That is why, he said, it must include the “toolbox” that policy makers can draw from when the situation calls for it. “The further use of the instruments depends on the respective assessment of the situation. Whether they are necessary, however, should be indisputable.”

Epidemiologist Hajo Zeeb of the Leibnitz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology told the German Editorial Network: “Only if new dangerous variants emerge do we also have to talk about a lockdown.” Otherwise, however, “such drastic measures” are not necessary for autumn and winter.

At the beginning of the year, mainly at the insistence of the FDP, the Corona provisions of the Infection Protection Act were significantly reduced. They form the legal basis for measures in the states and define the possible instruments that policy makers can use during the pandemic. The Traffic Light Coalition is currently discussing a replacement provision in the Infection Protection Act, as the current provisions expire on September 23.

Club and discotheque operators are following the ongoing debate “with the greatest concern”, the managing director of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga), Ingrid Hartges, told the Funke newspapers. She warned that measures such as mandatory masking or rapid testing for vaccinated and unvaccinated (1G) at major events should only be introduced if necessary to contain the pandemic. “The deciding factor must be how dangerous a variant of the virus is and the high hospitalization rate,” Hartges said.

Jörn Holtmeier, managing director of the German trade fair industry association Auma, told Funke newspapers: “The federal and state governments have already determined in May 2020 that trade fairs are not major events. The “trade fair industry in Germany expects federal authorities and state governments to adhere to this agreement in the third Corona year.” In the coming autumn/winter alone, he said , there will be many “important, world-renowned international trade fairs” in Germany. “Political communication in its undifferentiated form about possible restrictions increasingly endangers Germany as the world’s leading trade fair location “, he warned.

Meanwhile, Munich-based corona expert Clemens Wendtner has called for the possibility of prescribing the Covid 19 drug Paxlovid for risk groups as a precautionary measure in light of the current relatively high infection rates. Paxlovid has proven itself in practice, but it is crucial to take it early, the chief physician for infectious diseases at the Munich Schwabing Clinic told the Augsburger Allgemeine (Wednesday). “So I’m of the opinion that people in a vulnerable group should have the drug in their cupboard at home.”

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