BERLIN – Push for unified, tougher coronavirus measures

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is set to meet with Germany’s 16 state leaders on Tuesday (29 September) to discuss the country’s coronavirus response. As cases continue to rise in some regions, some want to see stricter measures across the country.

One such leader is Bavarian state premier Markus Söder (CSU), who called for a standardised nationwide traffic light system on Sunday (27 September) as states currently have no uniform response to high levels of infections.

Under Söder’s proposal, the colour yellow would signify that a district had recorded more than 35 COVID-19 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days. Spectators would be banned from sporting events and children older than 5th grade would have to wear masks in school.

Once a district registers more than 50 infections per 100,000 in seven days, the light would turn red, and the number of people allowed at gatherings would be halved. This level could also see bans on the sale of alcohol and curfews.

But not everyone is on board with Söder’s idea or on standardising the country’s restrictions.

“I am counting on the personal responsibility of the people, who will and must now be more disciplined in the fall,” said Saxony’s state premier, Michael Kretschmer (CDU).

According to Saxony-Anhalt’s leader Reiner Haseloff (CDU), the focus should be on a unified testing strategy. (Sarah Lawton |

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