"#ZeroCovid" calls for a shutdown based on solidarity

Restricting contacts across Europe - not only privately, but also at work: This is what the #ZeroCovid initiative calls for. But their idea of ​​a "solidarity shutdown" has been criticized

In view of the Corona crisis, an initiative by scientists, activists and health workers is calling for a Europe-wide shutdown, including for the economy. "Shutdown means: We limit our direct contacts to a minimum - including at work!", Says the call for the #ZeroCovid initiative.

Like many other people, we no longer want to carry this eternal lockdown light or this constant back and forth between tightening and easing, "said spokesman Oliver Kube German press agency. Therefore, a solidarity "shutdown of all non-vital areas, especially the economy" is necessary.

It is particularly important to them that the weaker and weakest do not fall by the wayside, said Kube. To ensure this, the initiative calls for Europe-wide Covid solidarity levies on high assets or corporate profits. Any loss of wages should be absorbed by a broad-based social rescue package.

Is a drastic shutdwon even possible?

According to the initiative, the first signers include the climate activist Luisa Neubauer, the authors Margarete Stokowski and Teresa Bücker and the Sea-Watch activist Ruben Neugebauer. Many scientists and employees from the health sector have also signed it. Margarete Stokowski wrote on Instagram that she would like the appeal "to be implemented immediately". Luisa Neubauer also called on Twitter using the hashtag #ZeroCovid to discuss.

Experts such as virologist Hendrik Streeck and the former Vice President of the Federal Constitutional Court Ferdinand Kirchhof are critical of the claims. In a lecture, Streek made it clear: "Despite the vaccine, we will live with this virus have to. "A report of the German Pharmacist Newspaper (DAZ) According to Streek, the idea of ​​preventing corona infections through even more drastic contact restrictions is wrong. From a medical point of view, it is impossible to completely shut down interpersonal contacts.

Other countries would have made it too

Germany's top economists are also warning of a shutdown. "A compulsory closure of companies would not only hit the directly affected companies hard, but could also interrupt the supply chains and thus cause considerable costs for the entire economy," said the head of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Marcel Fratzscher, dem mirror. In addition, the risk of bankruptcies and waves of layoffs would be higher than in the spring, emphasizes the Scientific Director of the union-related Institute for Macroeconomics and Business Cycle Research (IMK), Sebastian Dullien.

The spokesman for the initiative considers the criticism that a comprehensive and solidarity-based shutdown is not possible in Germany to be unjustified. "If there are several other states that have already done this successfully, then that is not a question of feasibility in principle, but of enforcement through power politics."