First of all the new lockdown law itself: It's incredibly dishonest. They wanted to ban gatherings inside of private homes
, but can't because that's legally very well protected. So what instead they wrote into the new ruling that such gatherings are "inacceptable" (page 2, bottom). Inacceptable is apparently newspeak for "completely legal". By now most newspapers are mudding the waters with their reporting and a good part of Germans thinks it's actually illegal, which it is not. That's a genius but obscene strategy. Also all these things are done without consulting the parlament. No one cares about the constituion anymore.
Then there's the tests. We're doing a shitton of tests (one million per week) with about 200 different labs, every one of which does things differently and as they please - there is no standardization. There is no public data about the positive rate of the tests per lab or on the CT thresholds. Curiously whenever positive tests are repeated they turn out to be wrong. So it happened on the cruse ship "Mein Schiff 6" where all 12 of the 12 positive tests turned out to be wrong
. Or in the Bundesliga, where a lot of money is involved and the teams retested all positive cases on their own to make sure. Turns out every single positive test from all three affected teams was wrong
. Tests for the common citizen are (usually) not repeated. Although time and time again the lab results were proven to be laughably wrong: 96% wrong in Augsburg
and there were a couple of other (oops 100% of tests were positive). None of these cases made any big headlines. No newspaper went out to randomly test labs or even doing some basic math on the public numbers. People who question the results or protest again government strategy are labelled right-wing nazis (as it is good tradition in Germany) and lose their jobs.
The reports about people dying are increasingly less detailed. There was a big ruckus about a huge outbreak in a city in the west of Germany making headlines. Lots were infected, and one person died. But that person got a MRSA infection in the hospital - still big headline about another young corona death. In smaller cities there's sometimes still more details to be found. 91 year olds, people with multiple cancers, literally people who have been in a car accident. Germany actually has less than average total death numbers this year. And that is despite the fact that people die from untreated heart and other issue, like my uncle who died recently because of that.
Like in every country, the flu also suddenly disappeared. The hospitals are as full as they usually are this time of year - obviously hospitals have to fill their ICUs because they bring in (and cost!) so much more money.
It's a completely normal year in every single measurable metric. The only thing different is the test and the panic it causes. We've now already condemned millions of babies to not be born and fathers throwing themselves in front of trains. The economy is not gonna recover from this for a long time and people are having trouble paying their rent. And Germany is still pumping out money to other Countries like there's no tomorrow.