Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of Germany’s 16 federal states are due to meet virtually on Wednesday to discuss whether to ease the restrictions from Feb. 15, or extend a lockdown that began in mid-December.
“I think, basically, the lockdown will have to be extended for the time being,” Soeder told broadcaster ARD.
“There is no point in just breaking it off now. Imagine: we open everything in one fell swoop, then within two, three weeks we will be in a situation maybe even worse than before,” he said. “If we make a mistake now, we will have a third wave.”
Wednesday’s meeting would nonetheless have to produce a vision for a way out of lockdown, but how to do so would have to be discussed, Soeder said. Once a role model for fighting the pandemic, Germany is still struggling with a second wave. Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Daniel Wallis