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Trump promises vaccine and relies on “herd mentality”
09:56 a.m .: Covid-19 will disappear again even without a vaccination, said the US President in a TV public consultation hour on the broadcaster ABC. The reason is the “herd mentality”. What was meant by the term, which the President repeated several times, was apparently herd immunity.
Researchers are unsure whether herd immunity can actually arise naturally in the case of Covid-19. That is why a vaccination is being worked on under high pressure. The US president announced that a vaccine would be available “in three or four weeks”. Experts doubt this.
35 corona cases in new camp on Lesbos
9.46 a.m .: The admission of migrants to a makeshift tent camp on the Greek island of Lesbos is making slow progress. By Wednesday morning, a good one thousand people had gone to the Kara Tepe camp a few kilometers north of the main town on the island of Mytilini, as the state broadcaster (ERT) reported, citing the Ministry of Migration.
35 migrants had tested positive for the corona virus. They were isolated, it said. Around 11,000 people are still living outdoors after Camp Moria was destroyed in a major fire on Wednesday last week.
Every tenth test in Israel positive
9:24 am: Two days before the start of a new lockdown in Israel, the number of new corona infections has reached a record high. The Ministry of Health announced that 5523 new cases had been registered the day before. The number of corona tests was 55,734 on Tuesday, higher than ever before. Every tenth test was positive.
In view of the high number of cases, the Israeli government decided to close the schools and kindergartens on Thursday. The general lockdown will not take effect until Friday, before the start of the Jewish holidays. It should last at least three weeks.
The Sars-CoV-2 pathogen has been detected in 166,794 people in Israel since the pandemic began. 1147 people died after a corona infection. The country has around nine million inhabitants.
India numbers more than five million Corona-Infected
8:22 am: In India, the number of corona cases has passed the five million threshold. The Ministry of Health reported an increase in new infections within 24 hours by more than 90,000 to 5.02 million. The number of corona deaths, a new daily high of 1290, was reached.
The pandemic is spreading faster and faster on the subcontinent. It initially took 167 days to reach the number of one million infections, but the number increased to two million within 21 days. According to the Times of India newspaper, this jump occurred faster than in the USA and Brazil. Another 29 days later, India counted four million infections with the coronavirus.
Around a million people in India are now tested for the novel corona virus every day. From the point of view of many experts, this is not enough. They assume that the number of unreported cases is much higher. This is indicated by several studies from the past few weeks for which antibody tests were carried out in the densely populated metropolises of New Delhi and Mumbai.
Heil: Short-time work allowance “the most stable bridge over a deep, economic valley”
8:01 a.m .: Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) has defended the extension of the economic short-time work allowance against criticism. The means of short-time work is the “most stable bridge over a deep, economic valley” that was triggered by the Corona crisis, Heil said on Wednesday in the ARD “Morgenmagazin”. “The crisis will not be over from January 1st. That is why we need an extension of this stable bridge. That helps companies and employees,” said Heil. If the pandemic is kept under control, there is also confidence that the economy will recover next year.
The federal government wants to clear the way for an extension of the short-time work allowance this Wednesday. The reference period for short-time work allowance is to be extended to up to 24 months, at the latest until December 31, 2021. To this end, the Employment Protection Act and other ordinances are to be passed in the Federal Cabinet. The governing parties CDU / CSU and SPD agreed in the coalition committee at the end of August to extend the short-time allowance.
Germ-free escalators should make the Elbphilharmonie safer
6.30 a.m .: UV technology from Cologne is to make the escalators of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie sterile in the future. “All organic germs are rendered harmless with this technology, which reduces any smear infections to an absolute minimum,” said Philharmonic spokesman Tom R. Schulz. In mid-August, UVC modules were installed on all four escalators of the “Elphi”. “This technology is intended to encourage our visitors to use the handrails because it increases their safety,” said Schulz.
The modules come from a Cologne startup: “The UVC rays from our modules break down the DNA of the bacteria and the RNA of the viruses, rendering them harmless,” said Uvis GmbH co-founder Tanja Zirnstein. While at school, Zirnstein and a friend developed the technology, which has now been patented, for a competition – at that time swine flu was rampant.
In the Hanseatic city, according to Uvis information, UV technology was installed on the escalators of the Phoenix Center and the Europa Passage. This is how the Elbphilharmonie became aware of the UVC modules, said press spokesman Schulz.
Australian state Victoria announces easing
05.09 a.m .: The health department of the Australian state of Victoria expects the corona restrictions to be relaxed at the end of the month. The average cases in the past two weeks in Melbourne, the largest city in the state, fell below 50, according to health officials, and were thus in a range where easing would be possible.
If the average infection rate stays below 50 by September 28, factories, warehouses and construction sites can resume work, and childcare facilities could also reopen, it said. However, the residents are still only allowed to move within a five-kilometer radius of their place of residence and do sports outside for two hours a day. The curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. remains, it said.
1901 new infections in Germany
04.38 a.m .: Germany recorded 1901 new corona cases within 24 hours. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), this increases the number of cases to 263,663. There were also six other deaths. According to the RKI, the total number of deaths is 9,368.
Trump expects vaccine in the next three or four weeks
3:50 am: US President Donald Trump expects an effective coronavirus vaccine in the next three to four weeks. “We are about to have a vaccine,” he told ABC News. “If you want to know the truth, with the FDA and all of its approvals, it might have taken the previous government years to get a vaccine. And we could have it in weeks, three weeks, four weeks.”
The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BionTech confirmed last week that if the results of their phase three study of a joint vaccine candidate were successful, they would apply for approval in October.
Critics accuse Trump of using the vaccine for his election campaign. The US presidential elections will take place on November 3, and in polls Trump is behind his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Experts warned that any political interference in the approval of a vaccine could jeopardize its legitimacy and safety.
Commission expects several vaccines
1:49 a.m .: The Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) assumes that there will be several different vaccines against the coronavirus in Germany. “In view of the large number of potential Sars-CoV-2 vaccine candidates, it is likely that in the end several vaccines will be approved in Germany,” said the vice-chairman of the commission, Sabine Wicker, of the Funke media group. It could be that individual vaccines are particularly suitable for certain population groups – for example for the elderly.
The federal government expects a vaccine against the coronavirus in Germany to be available for parts of the population in the first few months of next year, but for the broad masses probably not until the middle of the year. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) and Research Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) expressed themselves accordingly on Tuesday in Berlin. Spahn had stated that people with previous illnesses, the elderly and employees in the health care and care sector should be given a chance first. The Vaccination Commission deals with this question.
According to the World Health Organization, around 170 projects around the world are currently looking for an effective substance. According to this, test vaccinations are already being carried out in 26 projects to investigate health compatibility and effectiveness.
China prohibits import of poultry products from US factories
00.55 a.m .: China bans the import of poultry products from another US meat processing plant. OK Foods products in the US state of Arkansas are no longer allowed to be imported into workers due to corona cases, said the US Export Council for Eggs and Poultry. OK Foods’ plant is the second poultry factory in the US to be affected after the Beijing government halted imports from a Tyson Foods plant in June. “We don’t think the ban on either of these two is justified, especially given the fact that the virus cannot be transmitted in poultry meat,” says Council President Jim Sumner.
Fedex benefits from corona crisis
00:05 am: The flourishing online trade and parcel shipping during the corona crisis have brought the US logistics giant Fedex strong business growth. In the three months to the end of August, revenues climbed 13.5 percent year-on-year to 19.3 billion dollars (16.3 billion euros), as the Deutsche Post competitor announced after the US market closed. Net income increased from $ 745 million to $ 1.25 billion.
The forecasts of the analysts were thus clearly exceeded. The quarterly figures were well received by investors, with the share initially increasing strongly after the trading hours. Fedex still did not issue a business outlook with reference to the persistently high level of uncertainty due to the pandemic. “However, we are assuming that we will continue to benefit from our strong position in the US and international parcel and freight markets,” said CFO Alan B. Graf.
In July, Deutsche Post had already announced that profits had increased by 16 percent in the corona crisis. Swiss Post also benefited from online trading. In the pandemic, many people prefer shopping on the Internet to going to the nearest city center.
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