News"The dams are broken": First federal state announces "breakwater"...

"The dams are broken": First federal state announces "breakwater" restrictions

The RKI reports a new infection record before the Corona summit, while one federal state is considering a lockdown for everyone. The news ticker.

  • Again, the RKI reports a new infection record (update from November 18, 6:30 a.m.) .
  • Will a complete lockdown soon follow? (Update from November 18, 9 a.m.).
  • In Saxony there is at least talk of a “breakwater” (update from November 18, 3:22 p.m.) .
  • This news ticker on Corona * in Germany is updated regularly.

Update from November 18, 4:21 p.m .: The latest draft resolution for the Prime Minister’s Conference (MPK) with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is at * . In 18 points, it provides measures for the further course in the Corona crisis. You can read the details in our news ticker for the MPK.

Kretschmer announces several weeks of “breakwater” restrictions for Saxony

Update from November 18, 3:22 p.m .: The word “breakwater” is back: Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) has announced two to three-week “breakwater” restrictions in his state. The state government will first wait for the decisions on the Infection Protection Act, said Kretschmer. But then she would decide on such a measure immediately.

“The dams are broken,” said Kretschmer. The virus will reach all areas, including nursing homes and clinics. The partial lockdown in Germany in autumn 2020 was also called the “breakwater”.

Corona crisis: Kretschmer (CDU) wants “breakwater” for Saxony

At the same time, he indicated that the measures could not apply equally to vaccinated and unvaccinated people. “Who has a difficult course? Those who are not vaccinated are particularly affected, ”said Kretschmer. “Any consideration of proportionality would come to the conclusion that you have to treat these groups differently – those who are vaccinated differently from those who are not.” He did not give details.

State with the highest incidence – sharp criticism of corona deniers

At the same time, Kretschmer vehemently called for an end to the spread of conspiracy myths about Corona. “It has to be over now,” he said. “This pandemic has arrived with such force, you can no longer deny it – you are guilty of many, many people who can no longer be saved in the future if you continue to play this game.”

Saxony is currently the federal state most severely affected by the escalating corona situation (see first report) .

Sachsens Ministerpräsident Michael Kretschmer gestikuliert während der Landtagssitzung vom 18. November 2021 zur Corona-Lage.


Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) wants a “breakwater” for Corona in Saxony.

Current Divi numbers: Many districts in Germany without a free intensive care bed

Update from November 18, 2:55 p.m .: There is a maximum of one free intensive care bed in around every fourth rural and urban district. That comes from the current figures of the intensive care medicine association Divi. In around 50 of around 400 districts, all beds are occupied, especially in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. However, the circles can to a certain extent help each other out if there are bottlenecks.

Update from November 18, 1:27 p.m .: “We are ready”: The German company doctors want to help with the booster vaccinations, which the Stiko now recommends from the age of 18, as quickly as possible. That said Wolfgang Panter, President of the Association of German Company and Company Doctors, the Stuttgarter Zeitung and the Stuttgarter Nachrichten on Friday. You could start in December.

Vaccinating the employees again at the earliest six months after the basic immunization is already relatively late – “you should start a little earlier,” added Panter. The involvement of the occupational physicians would have a great effect again now. At the height of the vaccination campaign in summer, almost 7,000 company doctors ordered vaccine, said the association president.

Update from November 18, 12.25 p.m.: The Bundestag has decided on the new corona regulations planned by the SPD, Greens and FDP with 3G requirements, for example at work and in transport. In a roll call vote on Thursday, 398 MPs voted in favor, 254 against and 36 abstained, as Bundestag Vice President Aydan Özoguz (SPD) announced. The Federal Council still has to give its approval, but the Union threatens to reject it.

Bundestag votes for traffic light corona measures

Update from November 18, 12.20 p.m.: The number of corona infections in Brandenburg is increasing so much that it is no longer possible to follow up all contact persons of infected people, according to the state government. The Ministry of Health recommended the counties and urban districts on Thursday to set higher priorities for contact tracing and the monitoring of quarantine.

The ministry advised that only the closest contact persons be followed up. Outbreaks in hospitals, medical practices and nursing homes should have priority, then outbreaks in daycare centers, schools and after-school care centers. “The current diffuse infection situation is very serious and worrying,” said State Secretary for Health Michael Ranft. 165 soldiers are on duty to help.

Update from November 18, 9:50 a.m.: Saxony’s hospital coordinator Michael Albrecht has called for a 14-day lockdown in order to get a grip on the drastically increasing number of corona infections in the Free State. “My personal recommendation would be: Do a total lockdown for 14 days now. Let’s take a breath, let’s see how
the development of the number of cases will then weaken, “said the medical director of the Dresden University Hospital on Wednesday evening during an online discussion with the Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU).

Weakened measures lead to the fact that one chases after the infection process. So now is a lockdown
better to find your way back to normal life before Christmas “with graduated regulations”.

Corona situation escalates: restaurants and shops close – first federal state probably with a lockdown plan for everyone

Update from November 18, 9 a.m.: The corona numbers continue to rise rapidly, on Thursday the federal and state governments will discuss how to proceed with the corona pandemic as part of the corona summit. Meanwhile, one federal state seems to be thinking specifically about the lockdown for everyone. As Bild reports, such a plan should be in place in Saxony. Accordingly, restaurants, hotels and shops, among other things, should close again by December 15. Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer announced on Wednesday evening that further tightening of the corona would be necessary. RKI boss Lothar Wieler vented his displeasure.

Corona situation escalates: RKI reports more than 65,000 infections – will the lockdown follow for unvaccinated people?

Update from November 18, 6:30 a.m.: The corona situation seems to be escalating further in Germany, and the RKI reports a new infection record on the day of the corona summit. For the first time in the corona pandemic in Germany, the value exceeded the limit of over 60,000 infections. The health authorities in Germany reported the Robert Koch Institute the maximum value of 65,371 new corona infections within one day. Exactly one week ago, more than 50,000 new infections per day were counted for the first time.

The RKI gave the 7-day incidence at 336.9 – also a new high. For comparison: the previous day the value was 319.5, a week ago it was 249.1 (previous month: 74.4). According to the new information, 264 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 235 deaths.

The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days – the most important parameter for a possible tightening of the corona restrictions – was given by the RKI on Wednesday at 5.15 (Tuesday: 4.86).

Corona: Markus Söder does not shy away from contact restrictions

Update from November 17, 10:50 p.m.: Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder does not shy away from using harder means against unvaccinated people in the fight against the fourth corona wave. In view of the situation, contact restrictions for these people are absolutely sensible, Söder made clear in the program “Maischberger. The week”. The Free State will make full use of the legal options provided by the new federal law.

The CSU boss continues to advocate a cancellation of Christmas markets, as has already happened in Munich, for example. “I would recommend canceling it,” emphasized Söder. Should they take place, this can only be done with a mask requirement and without alcohol. The Prime Minister rejected criticism of his government’s corona management, the main cause, however, being the continued low vaccination rate. Even without a legal obligation, there is a moral obligation to vaccinate everyone to protect themselves and their fellow human beings, Söder insisted.

Kretschmer: Lockdown for unvaccinated people is not enough

Update from November 17, 8:35 p.m.: Saxony has reached the corona overload level. This means that there will be more or less a lockdown for unvaccinated people in the country from Friday (see first report below). But in the opinion of Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer, given the dramatic situation in the state, that will probably not be enough.

The freedom of the vaccinated has always been important to him, he said on Thursday evening at an online discussion event with a view to the corona situation in Saxony. “I just feel more and more, if we really want to break this wave successfully, we will not be able to do that by only addressing the group of the unvaccinated, but we will probably have to make a bigger throw.” That was a bitter experience, ” but probably the only way ”.

Vaccinations would only have an effect in a few weeks, but action must be taken now, emphasized Kretschmer. Saxony currently has the highest seven-day incidence of new corona infections nationwide.The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported a value of 742.2 on Wednesday.

2G is rolling in: First information about Corona summit known

Update, November 17, 8:35 p.m.: One day before the important meeting of the federal and state governments, the first possible measures in the fight against the fourth corona wave were published. Among other things, the news magazine Focus has a corresponding draft resolution, which provides for a 3G regulation in local public transport and at the workplace with the associated control of the employer. At the same time, vaccination and booster offers are to be expanded, reports the magazine.

A corresponding 2G rule is to be introduced for sports, cultural and leisure events as well as catering and body-friendly services. Nursing home visitors should present a negative test every time they visit, while care facility workers have to present a test up to three times a week. The conditions in the care sector are to be increased significantly, and the “bridging aid” is to be extended until March 31.

Federal Ministry of Health: Children’s vaccine probably before Christmas

Update, November 17, 7:50 p.m.: As the Federal Ministry of Health announced, a vaccine is expected to be available for children between the ages of five and eleven before the Christmas holidays. At best, the product from Biontech could receive approval this month, according to a corresponding report by the department. “Subject to approval, this children’s vaccine is expected to be available for the first time in Germany from December 20, 2021.” 9.2 million children would then be entitled to the new corona vaccine.

Schwesig is promoting the 2G plus rule

Update, November 17th, 7:00 p.m.: Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig is campaigning for the introduction of a 2G plus rule before the Prime Minister’s Conference on Thursday. Especially for events in indoor areas where the distance and hygiene rules are difficult to adhere to, the rule is recommended: “At these events, only those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered with a test are allowed,” says Schwesig.

First federal state shortens waiting time for vaccination booster

Update, November 17, 6:37 p.m.: In Berlin, people will be able to have their corona vaccine protection refreshed five instead of six months after their last vaccination. A state regulation for the so-called booster vaccination had been made, the health administration said on Wednesday after the Tagesspiegel reported. The regulation applies from Thursday.

Booster: Bavarian Ministry of Health for early vaccination offers

The acting Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) recently spoke out in favor of giving everyone over the age of 18 a booster vaccination against the coronavirus – even if the last vaccination was not six months ago. The Bavarian Ministry of Health has already asked the vaccination centers in writing to give all interested parties a booster vaccination against Corona after five months. There are currently no nationwide uniform regulations on booster vaccinations.

There are reports from many parts of Germany that vaccination centers or resident doctors refuse to be vaccinated because their last vaccination was not six months ago. They refer to the requirements of the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko): So far, this has recommended a booster vaccination at the earliest after six months for people over 70 and those with immunodeficiency, residents of care facilities as well as staff in medical facilities and nursing staff. Shorter periods are recommended after vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson substance or for people with severe immune problems.

Saxony reaches corona overload level

First report on November 17: Saxony currently has the highest incidence of the federal states at 742.2. Now the Free State has officially reached the corona overload level. From Friday onwards, members of a household may only meet with one other person. Vaccinated, convalescent or children up to the age of 16 do not count. In addition, the 2G model (vaccinated or recovered) then also applies in retail. Supermarkets, drug stores, pharmacies and other basic services are to be excluded.

As an overload level, 1300 beds occupied by corona patients are set in the normal wards of the hospitals in Saxony. If the value is reached on three days in a row, stricter regulations come into force on the day after next. It was 1391 on Monday, 1524 on Tuesday, and 1520 on Wednesday (November 17).

From the congestion level, “2G” also applies in all facilities that are obliged to use 3G access regulations from an incidence of 35 or more. On Friday, the Saxon cabinet wants to pass the new Corona Protection Ordinance, which should apply from Monday to December 20. The quota of residents vaccinated against Corona is in Saxony at just under 58 percent, the lowest nationwide.

Federal and state consultations with Chancellor Merkel on November 18

A Prime Minister’s conference with the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel * (CDU *) is scheduled for this Thursday (November 18). During the consultations on the pandemic, it should also be clarified how things will proceed with the hospitals and the subject of flat-rate fees. Booster vaccination will probably also be an important topic. * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

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