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Corona-News: Merkel wants a crisis team and calls for additional measures

The number of infections has reached a new high. The future Chancellor Scholz announces a Corona crisis team – the current Corona news at a glance.

  • Germany is deep in the fourth wave of the Corona * pandemic.
  • The corona vaccinations * are intended to help contain the pandemic again. Meanwhile, the RKI counts more than 100,000 deaths.
  • The debate about compulsory corona vaccination is picking up speed. Both Volker Bouffier (CDU *) and Markus Söder * (CSU *) are in favor.
  • All the news about the corona crisis in our news ticker.

+++ 16.25 p.m.: Germany’s executive Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out in a press conference on Thursday in Berlin in favor of introducing stricter corona restrictions as soon as possible. The Chancellor did not say exactly what measures she was aiming for – but she was certain: “We need more.” She had already made the demand clear in a conversation with her designated successor, Olaf Scholz.

Merkel also referred to the possibility of stricter contact restrictions, as they have also been introduced in other countries. Merkel was open to Scholz’s plan and his forthcoming traffic light cabinet to set up a federal-state crisis team. She made it clear to him that she, too, was of the opinion that both of the necessary measures could already “work together”. She is happy that she is “in close contact with Olaf Scholz” for this purpose.

Bei einer Pressekonferenz in Berlin forderte Angela Merkel am Donnerstag zusätzliche Coronamaßnahmen.

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At a press conference in Berlin on Thursday, Angela Merkel called for additional corona measures and commented positively on Olaf Scholz’s proposal to set up a crisis team.

Germany laments the fourth highest number of corona deaths in Western Europe

Update from Thursday, 11/25/2021, 6:40 a.m.: Germany, which once received international recognition for its effective pandemic fight, has exceeded the threshold of 100,000 corona deaths. In Western Europe, only Great Britain, Italy and France have more deaths related to the virus – albeit with a significantly smaller population.

Since the pandemic began more than 20 months ago, around 5.6 million corona infections have been detected in Germany, according to the RKI report from early Thursday morning *. The health authorities reported 75,961 new cases in the past 24 hours. The seven-day incidence, which indicates the number of new infections within one day based on 100,000 inhabitants, is 419.7 on a nationwide average.

Corona situation: Baerbock does not rule out general vaccination requirements

+++ 9.20 p.m.: The federal-state crisis team for the corona situation planned by the traffic light parties is to analyze the situation on a daily basis, according to the Greens boss Annalena Baerbock. “We gave ourselves ten days to see if we are with the booster vaccinations, have we come far enough with the protective measures,” said Baerbock on Wednesday evening in the ARD Tagesthemen. After these ten days, they will jointly analyze “whether further measures are needed or not”.

Baerbock did not want to rule out a general compulsory vaccination. In addition to compulsory vaccination for certain areas and professions, “it will also check what is needed for a general vaccination requirement,” she told ARD. Legal requirements would have to be created for this.

Corona vaccination for nurses is coming soon

+++ 7.10 p.m.: In view of the unchecked increase in the number of corona infections, compulsory vaccination for employees in nursing homes and clinics is apparently getting closer. The Federal Ministry of Health developed the wording aid for such a law on behalf of the traffic light parties, as the Spiegel reported. On Wednesday (November 24th, 2021), the new Infection Protection Act came into force, so 3G rules now apply at work and in public transport. The nationwide seven-day incidence rose for the first time above the value of 400.

The compulsory vaccination in nursing homes and clinics could start with a transition period at the turn of the year. Those who cannot present a vaccination certificate at the beginning of the year should be able to do so by March 31, as the report said. Employers should be able to use it to check the vaccination or convalescence status of their employees. Disregard should therefore be treated as an administrative offense that is punishable by fines.

Olaf Scholz announces permanent Corona crisis team in the Chancellery

+++ 4.30 p.m.: The unchecked corona wave in Germany is to be brought under control with further crisis measures. Olaf Scholz announced the establishment of a permanent federal-state crisis team in the Chancellery to fight the dramatic development. It is a matter of closely monitoring the situation, checking the effectiveness of measures and developing further steps, said Scholz. Nursing staff should get another bonus. The future Ampel coalition partners have agreed to provide one billion euros for this.

The crisis team should therefore be set up before the new government is in office. It is about a good transition, said Scholz: “We would also like the scientific support differently.” The planned government wants to have precisely discussed proposals and to know how the situation is developing in individual areas. “Clear, orderly action is required here.”

Corona situation: Thuringia’s CDU parliamentary group leader sees disaster met

+++ 3.45 p.m.: According to the Thuringian CDU parliamentary group leader, Thuringia would have to declare a disaster in view of the devastating corona situation. If you look at the facts and figures, it becomes clear that the situation in Thuringia is more serious than in other federal states, said Mario Voigt in a state parliament debate on the corona pandemic in Erfurt. Thuringia is not only in an epidemic emergency. “What is actually needed is the disaster in Thuringia,” said Voigt.

The 44-year-old justified this, among other things, with the incidence values and, above all, with the overload of the healthcare system. “We have by far the highest hospitalization rate,” said Voigt. There is no digital contact tracking, too few vaccination appointments, the test infrastructure is “barely developed”.

In Thuringia, the seven-day incidence on Wednesday was 721.6 new infections per 100,000 people within a week. Only in Saxony (935.8) was an even higher value reported by the Robert Koch Institute. For a long time, Thuringia has also had the highest hospitalization rate nationwide. As of Wednesday, it was 18.58 – more than twice as high as the highest limit set in the Federal Infection Protection Act.

Merkel sees an emergency due to the spread of the corona

+++ 2.45 p.m.: Angela Merkel urges to contain the threatening corona spread in Germany. In a conversation with top representatives of the future traffic light coalition, Merkel made “the extraordinary seriousness of the situation” clear, said government spokesman Steffen Seibert in Berlin.

“We are on the way to an emergency like we have never had in this country.” He referred, among other things, to increasingly scarce intensive care capacities and the need to transfer patients to other clinics across regions. It must now be a matter of braking and breaking the fourth corona wave, Seibert made it clear to the Chancellor.

Actual mandatory vaccination for the Bundeswehr decided

+++ 2.00 p.m.: The corona vaccination is mandatory for all Bundeswehr soldiers. As a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said in Berlin on Wednesday, a so-called tolerance obligation was decided for members of the armed forces. So far, he says, around 80 percent of soldiers have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Bundeswehr soldiers who refuse to be vaccinated will have to accept legal consequences in the future.

Corona vaccination passports forged – raids in several federal states

+++ 1:15 p.m.: With a major raid, investigators in Lower Saxony and Hesse * proceeded against a gang of alleged vaccination passport forgers. As the police and public prosecutor’s office in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, announced, the men are said to have offered their fakes on the basis of blank vaccination certificates, primarily via social media. Accordingly, 24 residential and commercial properties in Lower Saxony and in neighboring Hesse were searched.

The raids were used to search for evidence, there were no arrests. According to their own statements, the officials confiscated numerous vaccination passes, stickers with batch numbers for vaccinations, stamps, printers and electronic devices. They also came across tens of thousands of euros in cash as well as weapons, drugs and luxury watches.

Around 300 officers were involved in the searches, which ran in the regions around the cities of Hildesheim, Göttingen and Hanover, among other places. According to the investigators, the seized evidence should now be evaluated first. The police and the public prosecutor’s office would “consistently” pursue such crimes.

Lauterbach defends lockdowns and calls for mandatory vaccinations for Germany

+++ 11.07 a.m.: Karl Lauterbach continues to rule out a comprehensive lockdown in the Corona crisis. “You have to work with what is legally possible,” said the SPD health expert in the ARD morning magazine.

Local lockdowns in the fight against the corona pandemic, as recently in Saxony and Thuringia, are quite possible, according to Lauterbach. After about ten days, such measures would then also have an effect on the number of infections.

In addition, Karl Lauterbach spoke again in the ARD for a nationwide compulsory vaccination in Germany. “From my point of view, we cannot do without compulsory vaccination in the long term,” said the health expert.

Corona situation: Stiko announces recommendation for children to be vaccinated

+++ 9.12 a.m.: The Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) wants to make its recommendation for corona vaccination for children from five to eleven years before the end of the year. “Our goal is to have this recommendation ready by the end of December, if possible by the start of delivery of the children’s vaccine to the federal states,” said Stiko chairman Thomas Mertens to the newspapers of the Funke media group. The recommendation is currently in progress.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is expected to approve the Biontech / Pfizer vaccine * for children aged five and over this week. According to the acting Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn * (CDU), 2.4 million doses of the vaccine for five to eleven year olds are to be made available to the federal states in a first delivery from December 20. With around 4.5 million children in this age group, you will be able to answer the initial demand well, said Spahn last week. So far, corona vaccines have only been approved in the EU from the age of twelve.

Friedrich Merz (CDU) embarrasses himself at Lanz on ZDF

Update from Wednesday, November 24th, 2021, 5.30 am: On Tuesday evening, Friedrich Merz (CDU) was a guest at “Markus Lanz *” (ZDF). There, the candidate for the CDU chairmanship made a serious embarrassment. In his opinion, in order to break the fourth corona wave, one has to “actually enforce” compulsory vaccinations in Germany. When moderator Markus Lanz asked, Merz emphasized that 2G had to be implemented consistently, that it was like compulsory vaccination.

The subject of Austria comes up, where a few days ago a mandatory vaccination was announced from February. Merz obviously didn’t notice that. Because: He asks: “Is there already a compulsory vaccination in Austria?” To the answer “from February” he replies: “Oh.”

Corona-News: More and more leading politicians: inside for general vaccination

+++ 7:49 p.m.: Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller has for the first time spoken out in favor of a general compulsory vaccination against the corona virus. “I think we will not get around a compulsory vaccination,” said the SPD politician on Tuesday in the RBB evening show. “Because only the vaccination ensures that we can experience everything as we want it to be. The high number of unvaccinated people repeatedly prevents this step towards normality. “

Müller, who had previously refused compulsory vaccination, spoke of a difficult trade-off. “I firmly believe there will still be a few in the end who will try everything to avoid being vaccinated,” he said. “But I think it is no longer acceptable to repeatedly punish the vaccinated for the unreasonableness of the unvaccinated. And now at some point we really have to enforce this vaccination quota so that we can all live together safely. “

FDP signals readiness for limited vaccination requirements

+++ 7:49 p.m.: The FDP in the Bundestag is open to a corona vaccination obligation that is limited in time and to certain facilities. After weighing up the state encroachment on fundamental rights on the one hand and the special need for protection of vulnerable groups on the other, the parliamentary group is in favor of entering into talks with the SPD and the Greens about a facility-related vaccination requirement, said a parliamentary group spokesman after a meeting of the liberal MPs on the subject. At the same time, however, the FDP sets conditions: the parliamentary group attaches particular importance to a time limit and embedding it in a broad vaccination campaign, added the spokesman.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania introduces 2G + – dance events are prohibited

+++ 6:35 p.m.: After several other federal states, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has also tightened its corona rules. From Thursday (November 25th, 2021) on, events indoors, restaurants, baths and hotels, among other things, may only be attended by vaccinated and convalescent people who can also submit a daily corona test. This 2G-plus rule provides for the corona warning level “orange”, as Social Minister Stefanie Drese (SPD) announced after the cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

The “orange” warning level is reached when a region of the country or the whole country has a hospitalization incidence of more than 6. This is currently the case in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Dance events are also prohibited and Christmas markets are only allowed to be visited by vaccinated and convalescent people.

Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier considers vaccination compulsory to be constitutional

+++ 5:30 p.m.: Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) considers a general vaccination requirement to be constitutionally feasible. He said that on Tuesday in Wiesbaden. It is important to make the regulation carefully – that cannot be done in two weeks.

Bouffier reiterated his assessment that there is no avoiding compulsory vaccination in order to permanently get the corona pandemic under control. Either you go from wave to wave with the corresponding restrictions, or you succeed in increasing the vaccination status, argued the Prime Minister.

Corona situation: Thuringia issues curfew for unvaccinated people

+++ 4:58 p.m .: Stricter corona measures will apply in Hamburg from Monday. The 2G rule then also applies to theaters, cinemas, hotels and other leisure facilities in the Hanseatic city. Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD *) called the 3G rule in effect up to now a “wrong signal”. The NDR reports.

According to Tschentscher, the stricter corona restrictions now in force in Hamburg are intended to increase the vaccination incentive for the population. Children and young people are initially excluded from the 2G rule.

Partial corona lockdown in Thuringia

First report from Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021, 4.30 p.m .: Erfurt – Nightly exit restrictions for unvaccinated people between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., far-reaching 2G rules and canceled Christmas markets – with these measures, Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow * (Left *) and his ministers want to: inside the Get a grip on Corona * events in the country. After Saxony, Thuringia currently has the highest incidence; the vaccination rate (63.5 percent first vaccinations) is also only lower in Saxony than here.

The new regulation, which the cabinet passed on Tuesday afternoon (November 23rd, 2021), still has to be passed by the state parliament on Wednesday and – if approved – should come into force directly and apply until December 21st.

New corona measures in Thuringia: 2G in retail, clubs and bars have to close

According to the new regulation, the 2G rule is to apply nationwide in future to retail businesses that go beyond the basic requirements, and the same applies to all events, including in the open air. The same applies to visiting restaurants and museums – discos, clubs, bars and amusement parks have to close completely. The Christmas markets are also canceled in all of Thuringia. In addition, new contact restrictions come into force.

On Tuesday, the RKI reported an incidence of 685.3 for Thuringia and a total of 7400 people actively infected with corona nationwide. The situation in hospitals in Thuringia is also particularly tense. As of Tuesday, more than a third of the intensive care beds available in the country were occupied by Covid-19 patients.

Corona situation in Thuringia: the country wants to move patients to other federal states

The hospitalization rate was by far the highest nationwide at 18.3 corona patients per 100,000 inhabitants in a seven-day period. According to Health Minister Heike Werner (Linke), the state is currently preparing the transfer of hospital patients to other federal states *.

Meanwhile, the debate about compulsory vaccination against the coronavirus in Germany is picking up speed again. Volker Bouffier, Prime Minister of the CDU in Hesse *, recently spoke out in favor of a general compulsory vaccination. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder also supports one. The same applies to the head of the Greens * in Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann. (ska / AFP / dpa) * fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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