Corona up-to-date: RKI reports almost 127,000 new infections – politics

In Germany, the number of infections detected increases by 126,955, according to data on the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) website. The seven-day incidence rises to 894.3. The previous day the reading was 840.3. Experts expect more and more cases that cannot be recorded, partly because test capacities and health authorities are increasingly at their limit.

According to the RKI, the number of deaths increases by 214 to a total of 116,960. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 8,871,795 infections with Sars-CoV-2 have been detected. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections go undetected. (25.01.2022)

Expert council in Israel recommends fourth vaccination

An Israeli expert council has recommended a fourth vaccination against the corona virus for over 18-year-olds. The Ministry of Health announced that the recommendation applies to adults who received the booster vaccination more than five months ago or who had recovered before this period.

“The decision was made in light of positive results showing three to five times greater protection against serious disease after the fourth dose of vaccine,” the statement said. The protection against infection with the corona virus is twice as high in those who have been vaccinated four times than in those who have been vaccinated three times. The recommendation still has to be approved by the Ministry of Health.

In Israel, more than 600,000 people have already received a fourth dose of the vaccine. So far, the recommendation only applied to people over the age of 60, immunocompromised people and medical staff. According to experts, the country is at the peak of the omicron wave. More than 580,000 of the more than nine million citizens are currently infected with the virus. (25.01.2022)

Nationwide protests against the Corona policy

In many cities across Germany, tens of thousands of people protested against the restrictions in the corona pandemic and a possible vaccination requirement on Monday evening. In many places, those who are behind the measures and wanted to express their grief for the corona dead took to the streets again. The number of participants at each event ranged from fewer than a dozen to several thousand. There were sometimes clashes between opponents of the Corona policy and the police and journalists.

In Brandenburg Wandlitz a protester died after a medical emergency. The 53-year-old tried to break through a police chain. Shortly after determining his identity, emergency services had to provide first aid, the man later died in a hospital, the police said. In the Saxon Coswig near Dresden According to their own statements, media representatives had to stop reporting because reporters were pelted with bottles and physically attacked. The Saxony police confirmed the incident, a video had been secured and investigations had been initiated. A 40-year-old is being investigated for dangerous bodily harm.

In Rostock According to the police, around 300 people protested against the Corona policy, significantly fewer than in the previous weeks. People from the violent football scene and right-wing groups would have sought confrontation with the emergency services. Firecrackers were thrown at police officers and six officers were injured. From the Rhineland-Palatinate Saarburg the police reported three injured officers.

alone in Thuringia According to the police, around 26,500 critics of the measures and counter-demonstrators took part in 66 unregistered rallies and elevators and eleven registered meetings. Cities were the focus Gera with about 3100 participants as well Saalfeld and Altenburg with around 1700 participants each. Nine emergency services were injured, one officer was provisionally unfit for work.

As in the past week, the protest was held in Brandenburg Cottbus Disbanded with up to 1200 people because no leader was found. In Nürnberg According to the police, around 4,400 people protested against the Corona policy in Lübeck about 2700 in Chemnitz around 2500, in Bautzen about 2200 and in Schwerin around 2000. In Braunschweig around 1200 corona skeptics moved through the city center. (25.01.2022)

The federal and state governments do not want to loosen or tighten them

No further easing of the corona measures and prioritization of PCR tests and contact tracing: the federal and state governments have agreed on this. The existing contact restrictions and access rules have contributed to the very high number of infections of the omicron wave in Germany, which was predicted at the end of last year, said Chancellor Scholz (SPD) after the consultations. It was agreed to continue down this path. Regarding possible easing, he said: “We will then make decisions at the right time, but now the following applies: stay the course.”

“If there is a risk of the health system being overloaded”, “further measures” will have to be decided, said Hendrik Wüst (CDU), the head of government in North Rhine-Westphalia, who is currently leading the Prime Ministers’ Conference. At the same time, one wants to develop “opening perspectives” for the time when such an overload can be ruled out.

Like the health ministers of the federal states, the heads of government decided that PCR-Tests to be prioritized in the laboratories in the future: They should be evaluated with priority by employees in clinics, homes for the disabled or nursing homes, as well as by people who are particularly at risk. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) and his colleagues in the federal states are now to pour this into a new regulation. At the same time, the test capacities would have to be expanded.

In view of the sharp rise in the number of cases, the health authorities could also use the previous one Contact tracking no longer create, said Berlin’s governing mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD). Here, too, there must be a prioritization, the federal government should develop a corresponding concept. At the same time, all citizens should inform their contact persons themselves if they have contracted the corona virus and use tools such as the Corona warning app.

At the same time, the exclusion of spectators from major sporting events should remain the case, even if the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) calls for an end to the ghost games demanded in the football stadiums. Shortly before Christmas, the federal-state group had agreed on the exclusion, but it is not fully implemented everywhere: spectators are still allowed in some states, albeit fewer than usual. They now want to standardize this, it says in the Decision of the federal-states-round. The federal states want to develop a joint model by February 9, and the heads of government want to meet again a week later. By then, the federal government should also submit a proposal as to whether and how economic aid for affected companies and the Corona special rules at short-time allowance be extended; they are supposed to expire on March 31st.

Before the virtual federal-state meeting, politicians from the FDP and CSU in particular had called for a plan for future relaxation of the protective measures. CSU regional group chief Alexander Dobrindt said world, he expects a clever strategy from the round of prime ministers with Chancellor Olaf Scholz to “move out of the pandemic bit by bit”. It is clear that the Omicron variant changes the situation and requires a new assessment. “Fatigue effects in society” must also be taken into account, according to the CSU politician.

Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP) said in Anne Will’s ARD program that when the peak of the omicron wave expected for mid-February has passed and the numbers in hospitals have also fallen, the measures would have to be relaxed. This is self-evident. (24.01.2022)

Demands for a central vaccination register are getting louder

Baden-Württemberg and Hesse have asked the federal government to examine the rapid establishment of a central vaccination register. A joint protocol statement by the two countries on the Corona decision by the prime ministers states that the register is necessary to support the current vaccination campaign in Germany. “This lays the foundations so that future waves of infection can be countered more effectively.”

The states governed by the Greens and the CDU are of the opinion that a vaccination register would be “an important element of administrative modernization and, thanks to the possibility of linking it to digital patient files, a central building block for the digitization of the healthcare system”. But there are protests from privacy advocates.

The Union in the Bundestag is also demanding a vaccination register – regardless of a possible expansion of the corona vaccination obligation. In order to make the vaccination campaigns better, to get a better overview and to control the pandemic more specifically, there is no getting around a vaccination register, said the deputy parliamentary group leader Andrea Lindholz (CSU). It is also about the enforcement and control of compulsory vaccination. In the case of facility-related vaccination requirements, legal problems have been shifted to employers. That is not expedient with a general obligation to vaccinate, said Lindholz.

Health politician Sepp Müller (CDU) announced that the Union faction wanted to specify its demand for compulsory vaccination later in the week. On Wednesday, the Bundestag will discuss general corona vaccination for the first time in an orientation debate. From March 15th, the facility-related vaccination requirement that has already been decided will apply to staff in the health and care sector. The deputies should now decide whether this vaccination requirement will be extended to other population groups.

There is talk of compulsory vaccination for all adults over the age of 18 and compulsory vaccination for groups particularly at risk from Covid-19, such as for all citizens over the age of 50. However, parts of the Bundestag are also against any extension of the vaccination requirement, including members of the FDP, who have drawn up a motion against the vaccination requirement. For the vote in the Bundestag, the so-called faction constraint is to be lifted.

For the Union faction, Müller announced that she would position herself uniformly or at least with a large majority for a proposal. The CDU and CSU have repeatedly criticized the fact that the coalition of SPD, Greens and FDP does not want to submit its own draft, but leaves the decision-making solely to the Bundestag. According to Lindholz, it is still unclear how the Union will position itself. The parliamentary group is in the “orientation phase”, also because many questions about implementation and enforcement have not yet been answered by the traffic light coalition. (24.01.2022)

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