Corona current: First details from the traffic light bill – politics

This Monday, the SPD, Greens and FDP want to present a legal basis for further combating the corona pandemic. The Bundestag wants to discuss a new Infection Protection Act on Thursday in the first reading. The first details from the draft are already known.

On November 25th the Special status of the epidemic situation of national importance the end. Green parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt rejected an extension on Sunday evening in the ARD program “Anne Will”. She emphasized that a solution was necessary that was sufficient and also legally secure in view of the majority of vaccinated people in Germany.

From parliamentary groups it was said at the weekend that the three possible coalition partners wanted, among other things, new ones Regulations on the test offer write down. Representatives from the Greens and the FDP have already spoken out in favor of offering corona citizen tests again free of charge in the winter half-year.

Apparently it should no nationwide 2-G rule give. Katrin Göring-Eckardt said on ARD that, from her point of view, it could not be made legally certain nationwide.

As the Picture on sunday also reported citing negotiating circles, the SPD, Greens and FDP are considering, among other things, a Compulsory daily testing for employees and visitors in nursing homes – regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or recovered. Z

The newspaper also reports that the draft more sick days for parents should be given if children have to be cared for at home due to infection, quarantine or daycare closings.

Incidence rises to highest level since the beginning of the pandemic

The nationwide seven-day incidence has reached the highest value since the beginning of the corona pandemic. The Robert Koch Institute stated the number of confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Monday morning as 201.1. The previous maximum value was reached at the height of the second corona wave on December 22nd, 2020 with 197.6. The previous day the incidence was 191.5, a week ago it was 154.8 (previous month: 63.8). The health authorities in Germany reported 15,513 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. Exactly a week ago the value was 9658 infections.

According to the new information, 33 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 23 deaths. The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was last given by the RKI on Friday at 3.91 (Thursday: 3.73). The previous high was around 15.5 around Christmas 2020.

Unlike last winter, many people are now vaccinated, and the vaccination rate is high, especially among the particularly endangered very old people. Experts therefore assume that the health system can now withstand more new infections than before the vaccinations, as these protect very well against the course of serious illnesses. However, critical care physicians are concerned about the rapid rise in incidence in recent days. (08.11.2021)

The number of corona intensive care patients could soon double

Doctors fear a doubling of the corona patients in intensive care units. Christian Karagiannidis, scientific director of the intensive care register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Intensive Care, said already now, with almost 2500 cases, as many corona patients would have to be cared for in the intensive care units as at the same point in time a year ago with the second corona wave Emergency Medicine (Divi), the Augsburger Allgemeine. In the coming weeks, the number is expected to almost double if the new infections continue to rise as before. “With an incidence of 300, we expect around 4500 Covid patients nationwide with large regional differences,” warned Karagiannidis.

Bavaria’s Minister of Health, Klaus Holetschek, warned: “A further doubling would be numerically well above the highs of previous waves and our health system in Germany would no longer be able to cope with it.” The CSU politician sees one of the main causes in the low vaccination rate. “In Bavaria, too, the unvaccinated in particular flood our hospitals. More than 90 percent of these are patients who have turned down the chance of a vaccination to this day,” said Holetschek.

Intensive care physician Karagiannidis believes it is difficult to make long-term predictions about the course of the pandemic. Based on the incidences, one can predict relatively clearly what will happen in the coming weeks. “What we can’t predict is at what level it will stall,” he said. It is unclear what effect 2-G rules and booster vaccinations have or whether the population is changing their behavior. (08.11.2021)

Teachers’ Association warns of loss of control over virus in schools

In view of the rising number of corona infections, the German Teachers Association warns of a loss of control over the pandemic in schools. “There are terrifying incidences in the group of children and adolescents,” said association president Heinz-Peter Meidinger to the editorial network Germany. The risk of losing control over it is immense.

Meidinger pleaded for continuing to adhere to the mask requirement: “I think it is extremely worrying if the federal states, contrary to the recommendation of the Robert Koch Institute, say goodbye to the requirement to wear a mask in schools, although the infections among school children are going through the roof.” Studies have shown that the mask requirement makes schools safer. Those responsible in the countries should not put their own political wishes above scientific expertise, warned the association president. (08.11.2021)

Austria: 2 G should apply until 2022

In Austria, in view of the record high number of new infections, the corona measures that have just been tightened will probably apply beyond Christmas and the turn of the year. Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg does not assume that the situation is such that the measures can be withdrawn. “Well, it will probably be a 2-G Christmas,” he said Kronen newspaper. Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler added: “Most likely we will still have 2 Gs for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.”

Austria currently records almost 10,000 new infections every day and only responded a few days ago by announcing a nationwide 2-G obligation. From Monday onwards, only those who have been vaccinated and recovered are allowed to visit restaurants, hotels, cultural institutions and sports facilities – the ski lifts in the winter sports region are also reserved for them.

After the announcement of the measure on Friday, the waiting time in Vienna’s largest vaccination street increased to one and a half hours. In the Salzburger Land, almost 1,400 people spontaneously picked up a spade on Saturday without an appointment – in the previous weeks it had only been 2,000 per week. The rush was also great in other regions such as Vorarlberg.

Around a third of Austrians are still not immunized, and the low vaccination rate is the main reason that Austria’s hospitals and their intensive care units have had to treat more and more Covid patients in the past week. (07.11.2021)

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