Heiner Garg (FDP) sees Germany in a better position than last summer. There are now nationwide rules for returnees from risk areas. In his opinion, however, these should not only be checked more closely at airports, but also at national and sea borders. “From my point of view, it is much more important than thinking about something new every day that this entry management is really implemented very closely and, above all, controlled,” said Garg NDR Schleswig-Holstein. This concerns the necessary tests and the evidence of recovered and vaccinated people. “Here there must be very close checks on entry,” said the Minister of Health.
Merkel: No border controls for the time being
The heads of government of the other northern states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Hamburg and Lower Saxony, on the other hand, are calling for stricter corona controls when returning holidaymakers to the country in order to prevent the delta variant from being brought in. At this point in time, however, the federal government strictly rejects border controls. Border controls, as they were temporarily introduced last year, are “something very tough,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on Monday. She is of the opinion “that something like this should not happen again”. The Federal Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer (CSU), who is responsible for border protection, sees “currently no reason for stationary border controls,” as a spokesman said. The Federal Ministry of Health also stated that “currently no change to the entry regulations” is planned.
Do not do without a second vaccination
Garg expects that the delta variant of the corona virus, which was initially covered in India, will also be dominant in Germany in a few weeks’ time. It is important to use the time until then and to vaccinate as many people as possible twice. The Schleswig-Holstein Minister of Health was convinced that this variant would then also lose its horror. He therefore called on citizens to avail themselves of vaccination options and, under no circumstances, to skip a required second vaccination because of vacation or the low incidence.