Corona up-to-date: nationwide incidence rises to 375.7

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has again reported an increase in the nationwide seven-day incidence. The RKI gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Monday morning as 375.7. For comparison: the day before the value was 362.7. A week ago, the nationwide incidence was 232.4 (previous month: 389.2).

The health authorities in Germany reported 25,255 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. A week ago there were 18,518 infections, with gaps in testing and reporting over the holidays. According to the new information, 52 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 68 deaths.

The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was 3.15 (Thursday: 3.26) according to the RKI. The value is not reported on weekends. (10.01.2021)

Corona virus in Germany – Lauterbach considers further restrictions to be unavoidable

Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach considers further restrictions in the fight against the omicron variant to be unavoidable. The decisions made by the federal and state governments on Friday are “a very important step forward,” said the SPD politician on the ARD program “Report from Berlin”. But: “That won’t be enough to defeat Omikron,” says Lauterbach. “Therefore, further measures will still be necessary in due course.” Above all, there is reason to believe that those who have not been vaccinated with omicron could become more seriously ill. The minister adds: “An epidemic would be far too risky.”

He assumes that the new corona quarantine rules will quickly come into force. The rules would be implemented by the federal states. “That will vary a bit from country to country, but it will come into force very quickly.” It is expected that the omicron variant of the coronavirus will lead to high infection rates and that many people will have to be quarantined as contact persons. To ensure that public life does not collapse, the federal and state governments agreed on Friday to shorten the quarantine and isolation of infected people and contact persons.

Lauterbach explained that it was still unclear how reliable the current tests are for the omicron variant. “We don’t know exactly how well these tests work for Omikron,” says the SPD politician on ARD. This is now being examined in detail, and a result will be available in the coming weeks. But it is clear that the “alternative of not testing at all … would be far too dangerous”. Studies have so far shown that the tests at the beginning of an omicron infection are not so reliable, but at the end they are. It is therefore relatively safe to test yourself out of quarantine after the specified period. (09.01.2022)

SPD and Greens dampen expectations of quick vaccination

Politicians from the SPD and the Greens have dampened expectations of a quick decision by the Bundestag on general vaccination. SPD parliamentary group leader Dirk Wiese told the Berliner daily mirror: “We should bring the deliberations in the Bundestag to a conclusion in the first quarter.” That is a demanding schedule. With a view to possible delays, Wiese emphasized that the compulsory vaccination would not have a short-term effect anyway, but was “prospectively a precaution for the coming autumn and winter”.

The parliamentary group leader of the Greens in the Bundestag, Britta Haßelmann, emphasized: “This is not an easy decision, it means a deep intervention.” The parliamentary groups must first discuss what ideas there are. “And then we can have the public debate in the Bundestag at the end of January,” said Hasselmann to the newspapers of the Funke media group. The question is “so relevant and extensive” that “well-founded and very careful advice” is needed. Haßelmann himself spoke out in favor of compulsory vaccination.

Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann from the FDP called for a quick decision on the subject. “The Bundestag should quickly decide whether vaccination will be introduced. And if so, for whom,” he said picture on sunday. But MEPs should also take the time to carefully consider this difficult issue.

A vote without faction specifications is planned. The first thing under discussion is an “orientation debate” in January. The SPD aims to complete a legislative process “in the first quarter”, i.e. by the end of March. The following next regular meeting of the Federal Council would be on April 8th.

A majority of Germans are in favor of a general obligation to vaccinate. According to a representative Insa survey for the picture on sunday 61 percent are in favor, 32 percent against, seven percent do not give any information. Green voters have the most support at 79 percent, closely followed by SPD supporters with 78 percent approval. 74 percent of AfD supporters, on the other hand, reject compulsory vaccination. (09.01.2022)

Medical Association: Normal wards are also threatened with overload

The Marburger Bund medical association warns of overloading the normal wards in hospitals. “It would be a mistake to only look at the utilization of the intensive care units during the omicron wave,” said the association’s chairwoman, Susanne Johna, to the editorial network Germany. The majority of the milder cases have to be treated in the emergency rooms and on the normal wards. The Marburger Bund expects a total of significantly more hospital admissions than with the Delta variant.

“There is a risk that many people will not even perceive their corona infection as such and only assume a cold,” Johna continued. Disorders of smell and taste no longer occur in the case of an omicron infection. Johna therefore advised doing an antigen quick test even with very mild symptoms. “Anyone who has a cold, coughs or feels unwell should be tested and isolated as a precaution and, if in doubt, take another antigen test on the second day.” (09.01.2022)

In the opinion of their teachers, pupils cannot make up for Corona omissions in the school year

64 percent of teachers at grammar schools and schools leading to the Abitur assume that their students will not be able to make up for the omissions caused by the corona pandemic by the end of the school year. This is the result of a survey by the German Association of Philologists among around 7,000 teachers at these schools in Germany in November 2021, which of the picture on sunday according to their own statements.

“The ministers of education must strengthen the education system in the long term in terms of personnel and material quality,” said Susanne Lin-Klitzing, federal chairwoman of the association, the newspaper. 49 percent of the teachers surveyed stated that their school had not hired enough specialist teachers for regular classes. (09.01.2022)

Demos and counter-demos

Several thousand opponents of vaccination and doubters of corona protection measures have again taken to the streets in Germany. One of the biggest events took place in Hamburg on Saturday afternoon. The police there spoke of around 13,700 participants, correcting the initial figures of around 16,000. In Hamburg, the organizer asked the participants via loudspeakers to comply with the mask and distance requirements. Nevertheless, many people were out and about without masks and distance. The police have launched an investigation into at least one demo participant who wore a Star of David with the inscription “unvaccinated” on his clothing on suspicion of hate speech.

There were also larger demonstrations in Magdeburg (Saxony-Anhalt), Freiburg (Baden-Württemberg) and Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania). According to the police, up to 8,000 people demonstrated against corona measures at a registered event in Frankfurt am Main. According to the police, there were several thousand in Düsseldorf, and the organizers spoke of around 4,000. According to the police, up to 6,000 people gathered in Freiburg for a registered protest. There were almost 2000 in Wetzlar in Hesse and around 1250 in Trier. In Berlin, dozens of people demonstrated at a car and bicycle parade. The police counted more than 70 cars, 100 bicycles and about 200 participants in total. In Bavaria, too, demonstrations against the corona measures took place in several places on Saturday.

In Minden in East Westphalia, however, around 2,500 people took to the streets to position themselves against “lateral thinkers”. They expressed their displeasure with corona deniers, vaccination skeptics and right-wing extremists. “Yes to freedom of expression and togetherness – resolutely no to hate, threats and violence,” said one poster.

In Dresden, too, hundreds have taken a stand against violent corona protests and for solidarity. Candles were placed in front of the Dresden Frauenkirche to commemorate the victims of the corona pandemic. Around 1,400 people have died from and with Covid-19 in Dresden so far. The “Show Attitude” initiative had called for the candle campaign on the Neumarkt. It was under the motto “With distance and decency optimistic in the new year”. Around 300 people, including many families with children, followed the call by late afternoon. By Saturday evening, more than 10,000 people had signed a call for solidarity with the initiative on the platform.

Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann calls for violence against police officers or journalists during corona demonstrations to be tolerated under no circumstances. “If rules are systematically violated or there are even violent attacks, meetings must also be dissolved as a last resort,” said the FDP politician to the newspapers of the Funke media group. (09.01.2022)