Easter lockdown – “It won’t stay at 6 days” policy

The corona pandemic is filling the intensive care units. That’s why there is now a short lockdown in the east. This is what Pamela Rendi-Wagner says about the “Easter rest”.

There has never been an Easter like this before. From Maundy Thursday there will be a new hard lockdown for six days in Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland. In the so-called “Easter Rest”, shops have to close, and many other restrictions are imposed. The corresponding ordinance from the Ministry of Health is still pending.

SPÖ federal party leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner spoke about the stricter rules on Thursday night in the ZiB2. She is certain that the “Easter rest” that has now been announced cannot continue: “I’ll tell you very clearly: From my point of view, it will not stay with these six days. That is not enough”. For the necessary trend reversal, the measures would have to remain in force for at least two weeks.

And: It is “only a matter of time” until the British mutant, who is currently responsible for the dramatic increase in intensive care patients in the east, will also spread to the western federal states.

Government in charge

“The good news is: the seriousness of the situation was recognized. But it was recognized too late,” warns Rendi-Wagner. For weeks, experts and they themselves had warned the government of the danger from the openings and the virus variants. If the government had carried out a tough lockdown for a few more weeks in February, “then we would now have a cushion and could now talk about real permanent openings,” said the SPÖ leader.

SPÖ leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner with Lou Lorenz-Dittlbacher in ZiB2 on March 25, 2021Screenshot ORF

The fact that two SPÖ-led federal states, Vienna and Burgenland, are going into a lockdown is not due to the earlier willingness of the two provincial governors to open up. The political responsibility in crisis management ultimately lies with the turquoise-green federal government, which has repeatedly lured with prospects of openings.

“It’s 5 to 12!”

The opposition politician does not save with criticism. The fact that the Corona summit ended on Monday without a result is a “sign of a loss of authority – and that in the last decisive meters”. Chancellor Kurz’s absence from the East Summit was also inappropriate: “In this situation, he should not be absent.”

For a “chance of an almost normal summer”, one must first bring the exploding numbers of infections under control. Rendi-Wagner recommends continuing to aim for the 7-day incidence limit of 50. It is the responsibility of the federal government to bring about the necessary turnaround. Postscript: “It’s really five to twelve!”

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