Federal President Steinmeier calls on citizens to restrict contact
“It is important that we all act together now”: Federal President Steinmeier appeals to Germans to voluntarily limit their contacts. He himself sets a good example.
AIn view of the rapidly increasing number of corona infections, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on citizens to voluntarily restrict their contacts in order to prevent a new lockdown.
“It is important that we all act together now,” wrote Steinmeier in a guest post for “Bild am Sonntag”. “Let’s stick to the rules, let’s reduce our contacts again,” appealed the head of state.
“Let’s do it so that schools and daycare centers don’t close again, so that we don’t have to shut down public life completely.” Steinmeier also urged people to get vaccinated: “We could be so much further! That is a bitter but necessary realization. “
“We have the means to protect ourselves from a serious, even fatal course of the disease. But still too few have made use of it. Therefore I ask you again today: Get vaccinated and renew your vaccination protection in good time! “
Despite the dramatic situation, the Federal President is also trying to spread hope. “As bitter as it is that our wish for a normal Advent has not come true: Let’s keep our confidence that together we will be able to break the fourth wave and get the corona pandemic under control.”
Incidentally, the Federal President set a good example with regard to contact restrictions: He canceled his three-day trip to the Gulf region at short notice. Steinmeier actually wanted to fly to the United Arab Emirates with his wife Elke Büdenbender that Sunday. A visit to Qatar was planned on Wednesday.
Steinmeier is reacting to the development of the past 24 hours, it said on Saturday from the Federal President’s Office, referring to the appearance of the new virus variant Omikron.
The appeal of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina to immediately issue comprehensive contact restrictions in view of the dynamic corona infection process, therefore, played a role in the decision to cancel the trip.
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Corona pandemic: Federal President Steinmeier calls on citizens to restrict contact – WELT