NewsCorona in Germany: Federal state imposes tougher new rules

Corona in Germany: Federal state imposes tougher new rules

The corona numbers in Germany are dropping again slightly, the number of deaths reported by the RKI is increasing in comparison. Karl Lauterbach sees the situation stabilizing. The news ticker.

  • Brandenburg tightened the corona rules (update from December 14th, 4.15 p.m.) .
  • In NRW, carnival organizers are canceling meetings and parties (update from December 14th, 1:20 p.m.) .
  • The Corona * incidence in Germany is dropping again (update from December 14, 6:30 a.m.) .
  • NRW: Booster vaccination already possible after four weeks after a second vaccination (update from December 13th, 7:57 p.m.) .
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Update from December 14, 6.44 p.m .: According to Karl Lauterbach, Germany ordered too little vaccine for the first quarter of 2022. “The quantities are not enough to run the booster campaign,” said the new health minister according to a Spiegel report in a conference with the health ministers of the federal states on Tuesday. Lauterbach came to this conclusion after taking his inventory when he took office. He now wants to try to get more vaccine from the vaccine manufacturers and other countries.

Update from December 14th, 4.15 p.m.: Due to the increasing burden on hospitals, Brandenburg is introducing partly stricter corona rules than agreed by the federal and state governments. Clubs and discos will be closed from Wednesday regardless of the development in the number of infections. The cabinet decided on Tuesday in Potsdam. Bars don’t have to close when they’re not dancing. For private meetings, there is an upper limit of 50 people inside and 200 people outside – each vaccinated or recovered, regardless of the seven-day incidence. Large events such as Bundesliga games or concerts with more than 1000 visitors will be prohibited in the future.

The 2G rule with access for vaccinated and convalescent people in retail, in restaurants, theaters and cinemas continues to apply, but has been expanded to include a mask requirement. A mask must also be worn in train stations and airports. Children under the age of 14 will be exempt from 2G in the future; previously it was children under the age of 12.

Corona in Germany: the federal state rushes forward with a booster decision – but it irritates

Update from December 14th, 1.30 p.m.: In North Rhine-Westphalia, a third vaccination against the coronavirus will be possible after a month after a decree by the state government. Some politicians are already calling for this path to be expanded. However, the German Society for Immunology is critical of this.

“From an immunological point of view, four weeks after the third vaccination are too early,” said the President of the German Society for Immunology, Prof. Christine Falk, of the dpa. The immune system is then still busy with “maturation”. “If you deal with this process too early with a third vaccination with the administration of the antigen, that disturbs the maturation process rather than supporting it.”

From an immunological point of view, four months between the second and third vaccination are the minimum, said Prof. Carsten Watzl, Secretary General of the German Society for Immunology. The decision in North Rhine-Westphalia was probably made out of fear of Omikron, said Watzl. But he does not think that this is “expedient. What would be more effective would now be to increase the rate of first and second vaccinations. “

Corona in NRW: Carnival organizers cancel meetings and parties

Update from December 14th, 1:20 p.m.: In view of the critical Corona situation, the North Rhine-Westphalian state government and the carnival organizers have canceled meetings and parties indoors for the current session. “The state government and the organized carnival agree that safety and health have top priority,” said Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) on Tuesday (December 14).

Before that, there was a digital exchange with the carnival associations. Mass events in the coming spring are not responsible even under 2G conditions.

Karnevalsauftakt in Düsseldorf


11/11 the beginning of the carnival season was celebrated in Düsseldorf. Now she falls victim to Corona. (Archive image)

Corona in Germany: More than 600,000 booster vaccinations

Update from December 14th, 11.30 a.m.: The fourth corona wave initially seems to be spreading more slowly than a few weeks ago, the RKI also reported lower numbers on Tuesday, December 14th than in the previous week. The number of vaccinations is currently at a high level again, but the majority of the vaccinations given are booster vaccinations.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, almost 700,000 people in Germany were vaccinated against the corona virus on Monday. As can be seen from Tuesday’s figures, however, the vast majority of the vaccinations administered led to a booster. The RKI stated the number of so-called booster vaccinations within one day at around 603,000. In contrast, there were only around 47,000 first vaccinations and around 45,000 second vaccinations.

According to the RKI, at least 57.9 million people or 69.7 percent of the population have complete vaccination protection with the second injection, which is usually necessary. 60.5 million people (72.7 percent) have received at least one dose of vaccine so far. According to the information, 20.5 million (24.7 percent) are “boosted”.

Corona outbreak after the dance festival – also with a new variant

Update from December 14th, 9.30 a.m.: The current corona measures are intended to contain the pandemic in Germany, especially the relief of the intensive care units is the focus for many experts. The so-called 2G-Plus regulation provides access only to vaccinated and convalescent people who can also show a valid negative test. At a dance festival in Münster in North Rhine-Westphalia, however, there was a corona outbreak despite this regulation.

As the city’s communications office confirmed on Monday, three already confirmed cases of the new Omikron variant can be assumed. However, it initially remained unclear whether these three cases were actually confirmed by genome sequencing. The dpa reports. Accordingly, despite the 2G-Plus regulation, the corona virus was subsequently found in at least 14 participants. The three-day dance event took place at the beginning of December.

Why it came to the series of contagions and how many people are also affected, is now being determined. Only a few of the up to 134 international participants come from Münster. Everyone was asked to do a PCR test. Two of the 14 infected people known to date live in Münster.

Corona in Germany: Incidence is falling again – RKI reports high death rates

Update from December 14th, 6.30 a.m.: Is that the corona turnaround? The RKI reports falling corona values again, the nationwide seven-day incidence dropped to 375 on Tuesday. The day before, the institute had given the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week at 389.2. A week ago the incidence had been 432.2.

The number of new infections has also decreased compared to the previous week. The health authorities in Germany reported 30,823 new infections to the RKI within the past 24 hours. Exactly one week ago there were 36,059 infections. The RKI pointed out on Monday that due to technical problems on Saturday and Sunday, no data was transmitted from Lower Saxony.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths is rising. While 399 deaths were reported last week on Tuesday, there are now 473 within the past 24 hours. The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was given by the RKI on Monday at 5.17 (Sunday 5.47).

Update from December 13, 9:24 p.m.: In several German cities, people again protested against the Corona measures in the evening. According to the police, around 3,000 people took to the streets in Rostock, 3,500 in Magdeburg and around 500 in Gummersbach. According to the police, only a few adhered to distance rules and the mask requirement. A spokesman for the Thuringian police also reported on several smaller demonstrations in which pyrotechnics and scuffles were used.

Coronavirus: Booster vaccination in NRW possible after four weeks

Update from December 13th, 7:57 p.m.: The state of North Rhine-Westphalia decides to significantly relax the booster vaccinations. As the state’s Ministry of Health announced, citizens can now get the booster vaccination if the second vaccination is at least four weeks ago. So far this has only been possible after several months. The shortened interval is only a lower limit, not a recommendation, as a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health emphasized.

Coronavirus: Expert against easing for boosters

Update from December 13th, 7.11 p.m.: Virologist Martin Stürmer is worried about the spread of the Omikron variant, for example in Great Britain. He expects a similar development in Germany and therefore calls for preventive measures, such as contact reductions by spring. At the same time, the striker is clearly against easing or exempting tests for boosters. Immediately after the third vaccination, the protection against the virus is good – but the overall data situation is still too uncertain.

Coronavirus: Booster vaccinations to protect against Omikron

Update from December 13th, 5:15 p.m .: Infections with the virus variant Omikron can also cause serious illnesses, virologist Ralf Bartenschlager is sure of that, as he says in an interview with t-online. He considers further development of the vaccine for Omikron to be important. In addition, multiple vaccinations would activate and improve the immune response to the virus. As a result, one is better armed against Omikron – and a serious illness.

Bartenschlager also thinks it is likely that the virus mutant developed in an unvaccinated person with a weaker immune system. “In these people, the virus can multiply for a very long time because the immune system is unable to fight the pathogen. This gives the virus more time to change, ”says the virologist.

Coronavirus: Stiko advises parents not to wait for Omicron vaccine

Update from December 13, 4:36 p.m.: The first vaccination doses for children between the ages of five and eleven were delivered today. In some federal states, the first children should be vaccinated at the end of the week. The Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) recommends vaccinating previously ill children. The commission is now advising parents not to wait for the corona vaccine to be adapted to the new Viurs variant Omikron. Stiko member Martin Terhardt justified this in the ARD-Mittagsmagazin with the possibly long waiting time, since the new vaccine was only announced for March. And “we don’t know whether it will be approved for children immediately. In this respect, I believe that waiting for this reason is not a good idea, ”says Terhardt.

Corona: Researcher dares to look at future waves and makes demands

Update from December 13th, 3:44 p.m.: The genome researcher Alexander Dilthey looks at future developments of the pandemic and calls for better organization and planning for a fifth or sixth wave. The FAZ says Dilthey: “The pandemic policy must be based on longer periods of time. Now it is decided how the next autumn and winter will go. ”Above all, he calls for a concrete strategy that describes the future of vaccination. Part of this should include fixed indicators for booster vaccinations and optimized collaboration with vaccine manufacturers.

Lauterbach on Corona in Germany: “The decline in the number of cases is real”

Update from December 13th, 12.30 p.m.: Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach sees a gradual stabilization of the situation in the corona pandemic. “The decline in the number of cases is real,” wrote Lauterbach on Monday on Twitter. “The situation is slowly stabilizing.” This trend should not be jeopardized by Christmas. “Since the number of cases is still far too high, the booster campaign must be stepped up.”

The Robert Koch Institute had previously reported another slight decrease in the seven-day incidence. Accordingly, the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was 389.2. The day before it was 390.9, a week ago it was 441.9. However, experts assume that the Omikron variant, which is considered particularly contagious, could cause major problems in the coming year. Lauterbach believes that a very high vaccination rate is necessary because of Omikron.

Update from December 13th, 11.45 a.m.: The corona incidence also drops slightly on Monday (see original message below), but the corona numbers could actually be slightly higher than indicated. The Robert Koch Institute pointed out on Monday that due to technical problems on Saturday and Sunday no data was transmitted from Lower Saxony.

Numbers are dropping slightly: But Germany’s former Corona hotspot is back after exactly one year

Update from December 13th, 10.30 a.m.: The corona numbers in Germany are falling compared to last week (see original message below), but the virus continues to rage in many cities, counties and also federal states.

According to the RKI, Thuringia is the state with the highest corona incidence. The value on Monday was 1032.7 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and seven days. According to the RKI dashboard, six of the ten districts with the highest corona incidence nationwide were in Thuringia on Monday. A value of 1793.9 was reported for the district of Hildburghausen. Hildburghausen had already topped the list of nationwide hotspots last winter. For the district of Saalfeld-Rudolstadt 1720.2 – nowhere in Germany were there higher values.

In Saxony, too, the corona values remain at a very high level. Saxony, which recently had the highest incidence nationwide, it was 1024.5. Nationwide, the incidence on Monday was given as 389.2.

Corona in Germany: Federal Health Minister Lauterbach calls for booster vaccinations

Update from December 13th, 8:10 a.m.: Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has called for booster vaccinations, even if the vaccines currently available are not yet geared towards the Omikron variant. With the current vaccines, boosters would already have 75 percent protection. “That is very noteworthy,” said the SPD politician on Sunday in the ARD program “Anne Will”. Those who were vaccinated and who became infected usually did not become seriously ill. “The booster vaccination is therefore incredibly valuable,” emphasized Lauterbach. You can break the delta wave and avert an omicron wave.

Lauterbach expects anti-omicron vaccines to be available from April or May. If the delta wave is broken by then and an omicron wave can be averted with the booster, “we can get through quite well”. When asked whether a fourth vaccination might be necessary later, the minister said that there has not yet been a study with evidence of this.

Lauterbach also campaigned for an end to the compulsory corona test for boosters. He wanted to submit the proposal to the conference of health ministers. The protection for this group is many times higher. Sending such vaccinated people for testing does not make sense from a medical point of view. In addition, an end to the obligation to test could be an incentive to have the booster vaccination administered. The conference of health ministers will discuss this on Tuesday.

Update from December 13th, 6.50 a.m.: Various vaccines are available for the booster vaccination – in Germany especially those from Biontech and Moderna. But which are the most effective? Scientists wanted to answer this question.

Corona in Germany: Numbers drop again slightly – 1,500 opponents of measures demonstrate in Gotha

Original message from December 13, 2021: Berlin – Is that the long-awaited relaxation in the fourth wave of the Corona * pandemic? The nationwide seven-day incidence has again decreased slightly compared to the previous day. The Robert Koch Institute stated the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Monday as 389.2. Meanwhile, the number of deaths is rising again. Experts still assume that the current corona cases are clearly under-recorded.

Corona numbers drop again slightly – but the number of deaths is increasing in comparison

While the incidence on Monday was 389.2, the value on Sunday was 390.9. A week ago the nationwide incidence was 441.9 (previous month: 277.4). The health authorities in Germany reported 21,743 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. Exactly one week ago there were 27,836 infections. However, although the number of reported infections seems to be falling again, experts are assuming when assessing the incidence of infections that there could still be a noticeable underreporting at the moment. Health authorities and clinics can no longer keep up with reporting cases, at least in individual regions.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths has risen sharply again in a weekly comparison. Whereas exactly one week ago there were 81 deaths, the RKI now reports 116 deaths within 24 hours. The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was given by the RKI on Friday as 5.71 (Thursday 5.75).

1,500 corona demonstrators in Gotha – several crimes reported

Almost 1,500 people on Sunday in Gotha, Thuringia, did not agree with the corona measures to contain the pandemic. They met for an undisclosed demonstration. Several crimes had been committed, including throwing a bottle at a police officer, the police said on Monday night. But nobody was injured.

In addition, the Narcotics and Weapons Act had been violated. Signs of unconstitutional organizations were also displayed. The demonstration participants also violated the hygiene protection measures, sometimes did not wear masks and did not keep minimum distances. Administrative offense proceedings were initiated against the alleged chairman of the meeting.

In the Gotha district, the seven-day value on Sunday was 1,379.3 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. Stricter pandemic regulations came into force there on Saturday. Only those who have been tested and who have recovered with an additional current negative test are allowed to come to restaurants and for tourist overnight stays. This regulation also applies to public events in closed rooms, for cultural events, in cinemas and for body-friendly services such as cosmetics. The test does not apply to people who have already received a booster vaccination. * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

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