It was “the weakest moment in fighting the pandemic,” said Merkel in an interview with the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. A phase about which she is “still sad”. “Last Christmas at Christmas”, when tests were already available, despite all the efforts of the federal government, it took too long for the care facilities to implement the protective test regime.
“I personally tried to force this around Christmas in telephone conversations with those responsible in the area. We provided the tests for free and also covered the personnel costs. Nevertheless, it took too long for this to be implemented in the nursing homes. That was the weakest moment in fighting the pandemic, ”recalls the Chancellor.