Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted on Saturday that restrictions on civil rights to curb the coronavirus pandemic were an “excessive demand” while defending the need to enforce these measures to protect the most vulnerable.
In a speech on the German Basic Law, Merkel said she understood citizens’ concerns about pandemic restrictions and that the government was not taking it lightly when it came to restricting rights. Civilians.
“Therefore (the restrictions) must be as short as possible. But they were necessary, I justify it again and again because we feel responsible for human dignity, as stated in Article 1 of our Basic Law,” said the Chancellor.
Merkel found that the initial intent of the restrictions was to avoid overloading the health care system, which has been successfully achieved given the reduction in cases and the expansion of the maneuvering space in hospitals.