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Corona in Germany: Bundestag overturns FFP2 obligation for children – Harsh penalties for vaccination passport forgers

The corona numbers in Germany are falling. In many places, children no longer have to wear FFP2 masks. The news ticker.

  • The Corona * figures in Germany continue to show a positive trend. (see update from May 20, 7:05 a.m.)
  • Meanwhile, the Saarland plans to open indoor catering for guests soon ( see update from May 20th, 4:30 p.m.). Lower Saxony also gives up the test obligation for retailers (see update from May 20, 5:08 p.m.).
  • The Bundestag has lifted the FFP2 mask requirement for children in many areas ( see update from May 20, 9:25 p.m. ).
  • This news ticker on the Corona situation * in Germany is updated regularly.

Update from May 29, 9:25 p.m.: Thanks to a change in the Infection Protection Act, children between the ages of six and 16 in Germany will in many cases no longer have to wear an FFP2 mask in the future. The Bundestag deleted a corresponding passage from the Infection Protection Act on Thursday. If the Federal Council also agrees, you can use buses and trains to visit the hairdresser
or medical appointments for children, a simple surgical mask will be sufficient in the future. In any case, children under the age of six are generally exempt from the mask requirement.

In addition, the Bundestag resolved tougher penalties for falsifying vaccination certificates. Who falsified vaccination documents or
Use test results, face up to a year in prison. Entering false information even threatens two years imprisonment.

Update from May 20, 6:28 p.m.: The Federal Constitutional Court has rejected further urgent applications against the federal corona emergency brake. The court announced on Thursday in Karlsruhe that it was about contact restrictions and the closure of schools, cultural institutions and parts of the retail trade. Whether the regulations are compatible with the Basic Law must be clarified in the main proceedings.

Lower Saxony lifts compulsory testing for retailers

Update from May 20, 5:08 p.m.: And the next big relaxation of the corona measures in a federal state. Lower Saxony lifts the test obligation for the retail trade from Tuesday after Pentecost. The prerequisite is an incidence below 50 in the respective region. This emerges from the draft of a short-term relaxation of the country’s corona restrictions. For the outdoor gastronomy, the test obligation remains for the time being.

Saarland wants to open indoor gastro in May

Update from May 20, 4.30 p.m .: Bang! After more and more federal states are currently loosening the Corona measures, CDU Prime Minister Tobias Hans is now announcing the really big Corona blast, according to media reports: the Saarland wants to reopen indoor restaurants from May 31st. Hotels and campsites should then also reopen to guests in compliance with a hygiene concept.

Bus and boat trips should then also start again. As early as Whit Monday (May 24th), according to the perspective plan, beach baths and outdoor pools should open again, according to Hans. Climbing parks and other outdoor leisure activities are then again allowed – always in a group size of up to ten people. Singing and music are also possible outside. Here, too, there is a compulsory test if you are not fully vaccinated.

The prerequisite for all steps is that the nationwide incidence is stable below 100. This value is currently 78.2 in Saarland.

Corona in Germany: the number of infections continues to fall – fewer patients in intensive care units

Update from May 20, 2:50 p.m.: The corona numbers are falling daily, the situation in Germany seems to be visibly easing. And the number of Covid 19 patients undergoing treatment is also continuing to decline in intensive care units in Germany. 3594 of these
Sick people are currently still being cared for in clinics, as stated in the report from the Robert Koch Institute with data from the Divi intensive care register from Thursday. That is a decrease of 114 compared to the previous day.

At the height of the third wave in hospitals at the end of April, more than 5100 Covid-19 patients were up at the same time
Intensive care units have been supplied. The trend has been in decline since the beginning of May. The proportion of patients who ventilated invasively
is currently given at 63 percent. A trend reversal is now also becoming apparent in the number of intensive care units that report a restricted operational situation.

Folk festivals in late summer? Laschet’s ministers are again giving hope to (almost) everything

Update from May 20, 12.50 p.m.: The corona numbers in Germany are falling, more and more federal states are loosening the strict measures and rules. While some experts are already warning of a possible fourth wave in autumn, the two NRW ministers Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs of NRW, and Karl-Josef Laumann, Minister of Health of NRW, are hoping for public festivals in late summer. As the two ministers explained on Thursday, the first regional public festivals could possibly take place in the open air with a hygiene concept.

“Falling infection and increasing vaccination numbers create opening perspectives in many areas,” the media cited the two ministers unanimously. Pinkwart even stated: “If the number of infections continues to decline, there are good prospects for traditional, regional open-air public festivals in late summer”. A hygiene concept is an important prerequisite. Health Minister Laumann believes that such events could also work within the corona pandemic. That would have been shown by the amusement parks that were temporarily open last year.

Corona in Germany: Vaccination prioritization lifted from June 7th – Michael Müller is enthusiastic

Update from May 20, 10.15 a.m.: For a long time, vaccination prioritization in Germany has been discussed and discussed, from June 7 it will now be lifted. From the point of view of the ruling mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, this is a “logical step”. With the prioritization, many elderly, pre-ill and professional groups have been helped, said the current chairman of the Prime Minister’s Conference on Thursday in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”.

In view of the significantly increasing vaccine deliveries in June, it is now right to give everyone a chance beyond prioritization. “We know: The dates depend on the vaccine deliveries and that doesn’t happen immediately.” With a view to students, for example, one can no longer say: “Younger people don’t even get a chance to get an appointment.”

Corona in Germany: RKI publishes current infection numbers

Update from May 20, 7:05 a.m.: The RKI’s Covid-19 dashboard is now available. The numbers reported on Thursday morning confirm the positive trend of the past few days and weeks. The RKI reports 12,298 new corona infections within one day in Germany. This is again a significant decrease compared to the previous week. Last Thursday 17,419 new corona cases were registered.

The nationwide seven-day incidence has also decreased. According to the RKI, the value on Thursday was 68.0 (previous day: 72.8). In addition, a total of 237 new Covid 19 deaths were reported to the institute.

Update from May 20, 6.44 a.m.: The current corona numbers from the RKI are late today. The data on the RKI dashboard is currently being updated on Thursday morning. As soon as the new case numbers are available, we will inform you in our news ticker.

Corona in Germany: India mutant requires “special attention” from the RKI

On Wednesday evening, the RKI announced that the proportion of the corona variant from India classified as worrying in the samples examined in Germany is still relatively low (see update from May 19, 8:57 p.m.) . It is feared that it could be more contagious than previous variants. It could also make the vaccination less effective. What one observes is “a slight restriction, but not a complete failure of the vaccinations,” said virologist Sandra Ciesek recently in the NDR . In the past few weeks, experts have emphasized that there are still a number of uncertainties based on the data available so far.

The mutant from India has several sub-variants: In Great Britain, where the proportion of Indian mutations is higher than in Germany, B.1.617.2 is the focus of attention as worrying. Since mid-April, the RKI has seen a sharply increasing share of this sub-variant in this country. It required “special attention”, it said in the report of the RKI. Virologist Hendrik Streeck also classified the risk of the spread of the Indian Corona variant *.

Corona in Germany: Share of Indian mutants according to the RKI remains at a low level

Update from May 19, 8:57 p.m.: According to the RKI, the proportion of the Indian mutation in the corona infections examined in Germany is currently two percent. This emerges from a report by the institute, which refers to the week between May 3rd and 9th. In contrast, the share of the British variant fell slightly and was now 87 percent. Previously, this value had always been over 90.

According to the RKI assessment, the India mutant is increasingly detected, but its proportion remains at a low level. “The variant B.1.617.3 has so far not played a role, globally its share of all B.1.617 variants is estimated at only 1.5%,” writes the RKI in the report of May 19.

Corona in Germany: vaccinations even in the church

Update from May 19, 3:31 p.m .: Since this Wednesday, a team of family doctors in the Ruhr area has been vaccinating once a week – in a church. On the first, up to 250 patients should be immunized in the St. Antonius Church in Castrop-Rauxel. “So far everything has started smoothly and well,” said the local pastor Bernhard Dlugos of the dpa at the start of the campaign.

In coordination with the community bodies, he was happy to make the church available for this purpose because there was not enough space in the nearby group practice. The response to the offer is very positive. “Finally the church stands for something that most perceive as positive,” said Dlugos. After all, mercy and sick care have always been the task of the church.

In the past few months, the church had already been set up for church services in such a way that compliance with corona hygiene and distance rules could be easily implemented. In the main nave, for example, every second pew is blocked. Up to four doctors were on duty at the start. The second vaccinations will also take place in the church again.

Ein Hausarzt impft in der katholischen Kirche St. Antonius in Castrop-Rauxel einen Patienten mit dem Corona-Impfstoff von Astrazeneca.


Should now become the vaccination center once a week: the Catholic Church of St. Antonius in Castrop-Rauxel.

Corona in Germany: Number of daily vaccinations lower than weekly

Update from May 19, 2:51 p.m .: The number of daily corona vaccinations has decreased significantly compared to the previous week. According to the RKI on Wednesday morning, 828,213 people were immunized the day before – in the previous week it was more than a million.

On the other hand, the proportion of second vaccinations has increased: 40 percent of the vaccinations were the second injection on Tuesday. This means that 38.1 percent (31.7 million) of Germans have been vaccinated at least once and 11.9 percent (9.9 million) have been completely vaccinated.

The vaccination rate varies depending on the federal state. The Saarland has the highest rate of at least first vaccination with 42.4 percent. With 33 percent, Saxony is slightly behind the other federal states.

Update from May 19, 12:45 p.m.: In North Rhine-Westphalia, from Monday, May 31, all students nationwide are to receive face-to-face classes again. This was announced by Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) on Wednesday in the state parliament in Düsseldorf. The decision applies to all school types and with a stable seven-day incidence below 100.

Corona in Germany: Streeck calls for decisive 2020 mistakes to be avoided

Update from May 19, 12:03 p.m.: A few days ago, the virologist Hendrik Streeck warned of a possible fourth wave of the corona pandemic in Germany *. In a conversation with the television broadcaster ntv , he spoke again about a possible impending lockdown in the coming autumn and how this can be prevented.

“One of the strongest effects that we know about coronaviruses is seasonality – that the numbers go down in summer due to warmer weather, higher UV radiation and many other factors,” explained Streeck in an interview. Therefore, he thinks it is likely that this year will be similar to 2020. “But in the autumn it may be that the numbers rise again,” he warned. In order to prevent an impending corona lockdown, it is necessary “to use the summer months to prepare,” the virologist called. That is exactly what was overslept in the summer months of 2020.

Virologe Hendrik Streeck in einem Labor des Instituts für Virologie an der Uniklinik in Bonn.


Virologist Hendrik Streeck warns of a possible lockdown in autumn 2021 (archive image)

Corona in Germany: Only one federal state above the emergency braking limit

First report from May 19: Berlin – Before the upcoming Whitsun weekend, the corona situation in Germany seems to continue to relax. The number of new corona infections * has decreased significantly compared to the previous weeks. The nationwide seven-day incidence, one of the key values for possible easing and policy action, is also falling. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) *, the nationwide value on Wednesday morning was 72.8.

The measures of the federal emergency brake, including controversial exit restrictions, seem to have worked. The seven-day incidence is now only in one German state above the emergency braking limit of 100. According to the RKI, the incidence value in Thuringia on Wednesday was 115.3. With Schleswig-Holstein (32.4), Hamburg (35.3) and Lower Saxony (49.9), three federal states even fell below the 50 mark.

Corona in Germany: Nationwide suspension of vaccination prioritization

In many places, this has made things easier. Numerous corona relaxations have also been decided in Bavaria. If the incidence is constant below 100, beer gardens, among other things, may be opened and cultural institutions with a negative corona test * may be visited.

The corona vaccination campaign * in Germany is also gaining momentum. According to the data from the vaccination dashboard, 37.5 percent of the population have now received at least one primary vaccination. More than 9.5 million people in Germany have already been fully vaccinated. From June 7th, the pace is to be increased further. Then the prioritization of vaccinations will be lifted nationwide, as Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) announced on Monday (May 17). In the run-up, some federal states had already pushed ahead in this regard.

Corona in Germany: world physician chief criticizes medical professionals – “not entirely logical”

However, the lifting of the vaccination priority not only caused joy, but also fierce criticism – both from citizens * and doctors. They fear major challenges for the practice staff due to the rush. The arguments of many medical professionals are, however, “not entirely logical”, criticized Frank Ulrich Montgomery, chairman of the World Medical Association, on Wednesday on Deutschlandfunk . “The general practitioners are overwhelmed with the sudden abolition of vaccination prioritization. They asked for it themselves, ”said Montgomery.

Weltärzte-Chef Frank Ulrich Montgomery.


World doctors boss Frank Ulrich Montgomery has little understanding for the criticism of the general practitioners at the lifting of the vaccination prioritization. (Archive image)

He defended the timing of the lifting of the prioritization. The vulnerable groups of the top two priority levels have so far been offered a vaccination “with certainty”. Some are not available or simply do not want to. “Now the whole rest of society does not have to wait for the last vaccine-hesitant and vaccine-hesitant to be vaccinated before the other groups can be vaccinated,” said Montgomery, defending the lifting of the vaccination prioritization. The central problem is still the lack of corona vaccine *. (ph / dpa) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

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