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Corona in Germany: There is no wave of layoffs in clinics – falling numbers in intensive care units

The corona numbers continue to rise, and the RKI reports a new maximum incidence value. The incidence is now jumping nationwide over a mark of 550. The news ticker.

  • The RKI once again reports a new absolute corona high value. (see first report)
  • Initial data show that there was initially no wave of terminations in response to the facility-related compulsory vaccination (see update from January 18, 1:50 p.m.).
  • Meanwhile, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warns against underestimating Omicron. (see update from January 18, 7:55 p.m.).
  • This news ticker is continuously updated.

Update from January 18, 7:55 p.m .: The head of the World Health Organization WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned against taking the omicron variant of the corona virus lightly in view of the current developments. “Make no mistake, omicron leads to hospitalizations and deaths, and even the less severe cases are swamping healthcare facilities,” Tedros said Tuesday.

Above all, the WHO chief warns against wrong conclusions from the findings that the omicron variant leads to easier courses on average than the delta variant. “Omicron may be less severe on average, but the narrative that it is a harmless disease is misleading (…) and costs more lives,” said the 56-year-old.

At an appointment on Monday, Federal Minister of Health Lauterbach also warned against underestimating the omicron variant due to the easier courses. In the course of the coming weeks, the SPD politician therefore expects “an additional burden on the intensive care beds, but also on the general ward.”

Corona in Germany: Omicron variant ensures record values for PCR tests

Update from January 18, 4:40 p.m .: In Germany, the highly contagious omicron variant also places an additional burden on the laboratories that are responsible for evaluating PCR tests. The laboratory association ALM has now reported a maximum number of PCR tests within a week. In the past week, 1.95 million PCR tests were carried out in Germany. Record since the beginning of the pandemic in spring 2020. About every fourth test delivered a positive result (24.9 percent).

The utilization of the laboratories rose again significantly from 64 percent in the previous week to 86 percent. ALM Chairman Michael Müller was quite concerned about the current developments. “The situation is actually serious, the laboratories are at the capacity limits and beyond.” The laboratories were therefore able to increase their capacities significantly, this week the reported capacity for PCR tests in German laboratories is around 2.52 million.

Nevertheless, one cannot test oneself out of the pandemic, warned Müller. In order to avoid overloading the laboratories and the specialists, he again called for the national test strategy to be applied quickly and consistently, which also provides for prioritization of PCR tests with limited capacity. Such a prioritization of PCR tests for people with symptoms or employees in care facilities was also discussed at yesterday’s conference of health ministers.

Concern about a wave of layoffs due to facility-related vaccination requirements – first data available

Update from January 18, 1:50 p.m .: According to the German Hospital Society (DKG), the facility-related vaccination requirement that will apply from mid-March has so far not led to any increase in the number of terminations in clinics. “Currently, we have not received any reports from the hospitals about possible layoffs due to the mandatory vaccination that will apply from March 15,” said CEO Gerald Gass of the Rheinische Post .

The vaccination rate in hospitals nationwide is very high at more than 90 percent. “But there are regional differences, and we cannot rule out the possibility of problems occurring at individual locations,” says Gass. The hospital operators are therefore doing everything they can to do educational and informational work in order to get as many employees as possible to be vaccinated.

Despite the increasing number of infections, the situation in the corona intensive care units has been stable so far. “We still have declining numbers in the intensive care units. I’m also cautiously confident about the next few days and weeks,” said Gaß on Bild Live . The difficult courses would obviously have decreased with Omikron.

Ein Pfleger zieht sich beim Verlassen der Intensivstation für Corona-Patienten am Sana Klinikum Offenbach seinen Schutzkittel aus.


The number of corona intensive care patients continues to fall. (icon picture)

Corona in Germany: crazy vaccination pass incident in pharmacy

Update from January 18, 11:50 a.m .: More and more babies have to be treated in a clinic in the omicron wave in Great Britain with a corona infection. An evaluation now shows an increase in past corona waves.

Update from January 18, 9.50 a.m .: A curious incident has now occurred in a pharmacy in Schwerte. A 30-year-old went to a pharmacy on Monday to have her vaccination card digitized. However, as the police in Unna announced on Tuesday, it turned out that the passport was a fake. When the pharmacist then wanted to confront the woman, she fled. However, the 30-year-old was clumsy in her failed attempt at fraud. She had forgotten her identity card at the pharmacy. The police paid the young woman a visit shortly thereafter, and investigations were initiated against her.

RKI reports record incidence again – police discover “weapon ready to fire” at corona demonstration

Original notification from January 18, 2022: Berlin – The corona numbers are rising sharply again, the Robert Koch Institute is again reporting a new high in the corona pandemic. The institute had already reported record incidences in the past few days. Now the value even jumps over the mark of 550 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week.

Corona numbers are climbing higher and higher: RKI reports record incidence again – more than 70,000 new cases

With an incidence of 553.2, the RKI recorded another record value. The day before, the incidence had set a record at 528.2. A week ago the value was 387.9 (previous month: 306.4). And the number of new infections is also rising sharply compared to the previous week. The health authorities in Germany reported 74,405 new infections to the RKI in the past 24 hours. A week ago the value was 45,690 infections.

According to the new information, 193 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 322 deaths.

Thousands of participants in demonstrations against corona measures

Numerous measures are intended to curb the spread of the corona pandemic in Germany. Thousands of people are not enthusiastic about the policy, however, they took to the streets on Monday evening. According to police reports, the protests, which were often described as “walks”, were mostly peaceful. In isolated cases, the police intervened to prevent clashes with counter-demonstrators. The police also broke up gatherings that violated demonstration and corona requirements. There were arrests and injuries.

In Rostock, around 3,000 opponents of the measures faced around 1,000 police officers. When officers tried to stop a demonstrator elevator, some threw bottles and firecrackers at the officers. The officers used pepper spray and arrested eleven people. During searches, they found home-made pyrotechnics and a “shooting pen” along with ammunition. “The presence of a ready-to-fire weapon and ammunition is an extremely dangerous and worrying development,” said Rostock Police Inspectorate Achim Segebarth.

More than 21,000 demonstrators in Thuringia – infection protection rules often disregarded

In Thuringia alone, according to police, more than 21,000 demonstrators took part in protests that were often unregistered. The “predominant” part of the demonstrators apparently disregarded the infection protection rules. The police therefore filed dozens of reports of administrative offenses and criminal offenses. In Gera, demonstrators resisted arrest by the police. According to the authorities, three officers and three “protesters” were slightly injured.

In Braunschweig and Cottbus, demonstrators tried to break through police chains. At a demonstration called by the Verdi union in Braunschweig, a demonstrator sprayed pepper spray. As a result, several people were injured – including a police officer and the “Sprayer” himself. In Saxony, where particularly violent clashes had repeatedly occurred in recent weeks, the numerous registered and unregistered demonstrations this Monday were apparently comparatively peaceful.

Coronavirus - Protest gegen Corona-Politik in Greiz


Participants in a demonstration against the Corona measures known as a “walk” walk through the city center at the weekend. (archive image)

In Bavaria, too, the demonstrations were mostly peaceful this time. According to the police, an estimated 5,500 participants gathered in Nuremberg alone at a registered demonstration under the motto “Restoration of fundamental rights”. Numerous demonstrators also took to the streets in Berlin, Cologne and Munich. According to the police, opponents of the Corona measures clashed with a counter-demonstrator in Kassel. The officials determined a “presumed mutual bodily harm”. In Landau, the police finally filed a criminal complaint “on suspicion of disparaging the state and its symbols”. One demonstrator had a “German flag with a banana picture” with him.

The omicron variant of the corona virus is considered to be significantly more contagious. But according to a study, FFP2 masks protect better against the new mutation than against Delta, for example. * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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