CDU chair: ‘We can’t measure our whole lives by incidence rates’

New CDU chair at odds with other major Conservative figures like Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian leader Markus Söder (CSU). [EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH]

CDU chair and North Rhine-Westphalian leader Armin Laschet criticised the current caution shown in the German government’s coronavirus strategy at a digital event on Monday, putting him at odds with other major Conservative figures like Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian leader Markus Söder (CSU), who have long called for a stricter approach to fighting the pandemic.

“I think the popular attitude is still to ban everything, to be strict, to treat citizens like immature children,” said Laschet.

Although the virus and the mutations must be taken seriously, said Laschet, the declining number of infections should cause the government to consider the damage the lockdown measures are having on society and the economy. “We can’t measure our whole lives by incidence rates,” he added.

Laschet also attacked the heavily criticised border controls put in place on Sunday, warning about the damage to the economy: “We have to be careful as hell that we don’t destroy the whole supply chain processes in the single market with ‘replacement measures.'”

(Sarah Lawton | EURACTIV.de)

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