Strict anti-coronavirus measures will not be lifted in Germany anytime soon, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier has said, arguing that repeatedly imposing and lifting restrictions only worsens the epidemic and the economy.
The recently imposed measures, dubbed “lockdown light” by German media, will not end soon, Altmaier told Bild, pointing to the soaring number of new daily cases.
We’re not out of the woods yet… We cannot afford a yo-yo shutdown with the economy constantly opening and closing.
Lifting restrictions prematurely is harmful not only for the country’s economy, but for the epidemic situation as well, Altmaier argued. He cited the experience of other nations, which were quick to lift most of the anti-Covid measures but were badly hit by a second wave of the pandemic afterwards.