World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 23 Mar, 2021 23:30 am

Despite rising COVID infection rates, German state education ministers refuse to implement lockdown

Despite rising COVID infection rates, German state education ministers refuse to implement lockdown
The decisions of the recent summit of federal and state government heads make clear that the ruling class is willing to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of lives to secure the profits of the banks and corporations.

A passage on school closures, to be triggered “from an incidence [rate] of 200,” which was still included in a draft that became known yesterday, was also deleted without replacement.In the last 10 days alone, the weekly incidence rate across Germany rose from 72 to 107 per 100,000—more than twice as much as in the previous 20 days.In Thuringia, led by the Left Party, the incidence rate of 210 is still twice as high as the national average.The institute predicts a nationwide incidence rate of 300 at the beginning of the week after next and 350 after Easter.

The “emergency brake” option set up by the last ministerial summit, consisting of ineffective measures, is not even applied in many places, although the incidence rate exceeds 100 in almost every second district.” According to the RKI report, the consequence of this policy is that the seven-day incidence rate among children between 0 and 14 years of age had recently doubled within four weeks.

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