Bavaria declares state of Covid emergency

Bavaria declares state of Covid emergency


norman lebrecht

December 07, 2020

The Bavarian prime Markus Söder has imposed a renewed lockdown from Wednesday.

He said the state faced ‘a disaster situation’ with one person dying of Covid in Germany every four minutes.

There will be some relaxation of the rules over Christmas. A strict night curfew will be observed. At other times people will only be able to leave their homes with good reason.



  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Is this anything like the ‘climate emergency’?

    • V. Lind says:

      Very. Something else you appear to be in denial about.

    • Gustavo says:

      No, there wouldn’t be such a robust political response if it were about a transgenerational global environmental problem.

      COVID-19 is about present-day survival, group/kin selection, and competition over medical resources within social entities.

      • Tamino says:

        Not quite. Covid threatens the old, among them without distinction (for now) also the rich elites, which is why the response is robust.
        Climate change to the contrary threatens the young and the yet unborn, the old and rich elites thus don’t give a shit. Simple as that.

    • David says:

      Sue, you still haven’t sought out help have you…

    • A.L. says:

      If you have been living under a rock, I hate to break the news to you: The climate emergency is upon us.

    • Tiredofitall says:

      That’s funny??? Formerly perfectly healthy cousin in Spain just put into an induced coma and ventilator in Spain.

      No, it’s not a climate emergency. Only to boobs.

    • Le Křenek du jour says:

      Climate emergency? No. It is the kind of emergency that befalls a country when the equivalent of a Jumbo Jet crash occurs every day. Every single day. If the disaster series went on for a week, all air traffic would be shut down for good.
      That sharp and exact comparison was drawn by Bavarian PM Söder. Söder verbatim:
      “Every four minutes, a human dies in Germany of the Coronavirus. It would be ethically and morally unconscionable to allow that to go on.”

      I’m not generally a fan of Söder, but on the count of Bavarian Covid-19 measures, anything less would be a crass dereliction of duty. Constitutional duty, at that. Anybody endowed with the ability to read ought to look up the Bavarian and federal constitutions. This regional government is doing the bare minimum that its constitution requires it to. Most others don’t do even that.

      • Tamino says:

        The comparison with a Jumbo jet crash is nonsense.
        First of all only a fraction of those dying from Covid are excess mortality, as a look into official mortality statistics quickly shows. Most are dying because Covid is the disease du jour for them, the straw that brakes the camel’s back, the normality when most people of age die.
        Second, the people dying are in average of average life expectancy age or even older. Unlike in a Jumbo jet crash. (Except if it was heading to Miami maybe)
        This time of the year a bit less than 3,000 people die per day every year in Germany. Let’s wait and see the official mortality statistics in a few weeks, and then we talk again, how many more died each day, due to Covid.

    • Alter Frager says:

      Sonata form? More like a Musical Joke. In any case tone deaf, as this jarring and disrespectful comment shows.

      • Hayne says:

        All the hate at Sue reminds me of Voltaire’s quote, “To learn who rules over you, find out who you’re not allowed to criticize.”

  • Dennis Pastrami says:

    This is going to work!

  • Petros Linardos says:

    I never understood what is wrong with going out biking or walking, along or with the people one lives with. Congregating is another matter.

    • John Borstlap says:

      Outdoors the virus is dispersed by the wind, no danger. Congregating in closed spaces with bad or no ventilation is dangerous in case an infected person is present – and if she/he has no symptoms, nodoby knows.

  • Karl says:

    Interesting article here:
    ‘But there is no public outrage. It almost seems as if the high rate of fatalities has had no alarming impact. This is what psychologists call habituation. People are yearning to return to their “normal” lives’.

    Statistics from the Robert Koch Institute show that 95.5% of the deaths are people over age 60. That explains why young healthy people are not afraid of covid and do not want to obey lockdown orders.;jsessionid=8499931B34220EED4F36B43F24E8A156.internet072?__blob=publicationFile