Following the example of the Netherlands, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) has ruled out ending life in Germany before Christmas: “No, a lock like it was in the Netherlands before Christmas – we can not have it here,” Lauterbach said on ARD-broadcast Report from Berlin.
The SPD politician warned again: “We will get the fifth wave.” The critical number of Omikron victims has increased, which is why the wave “can no longer be completely stopped, we must face it”. When asked by reviewer Tina Hassel if previous tools were adequate, Lauterbach responded with a very central message that “a booster campaign can actually protect those at particular risk”. That’s where we want to start. “It’s actively preparing.”
The Federal Corona Expert Council, on the other hand, insisted that vaccination alone was not enough. So scientists have spoken out in favor of communication restrictions “in the coming days.” According to the calculations, “the overburden of the health system and the control of vital infrastructure can only exist with strong contact reductions,” it said in its report. In addition, the measures currently in place should “continue more vigorously. At the same time, the vaccination campaign should be significantly intensified”.
The panel of experts advises the central and state governments not to make any decisions politically. The group includes Melanie Brinkman, head of the Helmholtz Center for Infectious Diseases Research, head virologist at the Berlin Charity, Christian Troston, Hendrik Streak, head of the University Clinic Pan Virological Institute, and head of the Robert Koch Institute. (RKI), Lothar Wheeler, on. (19.12.2021)
Wüst calls a common schedule before Christmas
North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) hopes that federal and state governments will adopt a joint timetable before Christmas because of the Omikron virus, which is spreading rapidly in Europe. “We need a common strategy against Omikron,” German news agency Wüst said Sunday. “We are focusing on corona advances in our European neighbors. Current information from science is very serious,” the CDU politician said. He is also the chairman of the Prime Minister’s Conference (MPK), which continues to consult with the federal government on Corona’s actions.
In the Netherlands, a neighbor of North Rhine-Westphalia, there has been a severe lockout since Sunday.. Almost all shops, restaurants, cultural and sports facilities, schools and hairdressers have been closed since 5 p.m. Supermarkets and pharmacies are excluded. The NRW head of government said politicians should honestly tell citizens that restrictions will be mandatory in everyday life in the new year. “I’m sure many people expect this. They expect clear announcements from us and as much planning protection as possible in the event of an outbreak,” Wüst said.
The seven-day event drops again
Numbers from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) since Sunday morning show that the number of seven-day events nationwide is slightly lower than the previous day: 315.4 new infections per 100,000 population per week. Saturday’s value was 321.8. Health officials in Germany reported 29,348 new corona infections to RKI in a single day. This number has been declining for almost three weeks. However, due to the highly contagious Omicron variant, experts fear that the immediate trend could be reversed. 180 deaths have been reported in 24 hours. A week ago, 132 people died. The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 people within seven days was given by RKI as of 5.10 on Friday (Thursday: 5.17).
General Carsten Brewer, chairman of the Corona Crisis Group, estimates that the target of 30 million vaccines could be reached by the end of this year. “We have now vaccinated 24,418,540 people, less than two weeks now,” he said. Sunday film. He mentions the number of vaccinations from November 18 – the date of the Prime Minister’s Conference – to Friday. To achieve the goal, you need to maintain momentum throughout the Christmas season. The week before Christmas and the week after it are very important. Many will have free time to pick up their syringes, and so on. Brewer appealed to citizens to be encouraged to stop the current wave.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the federal government, as of Saturday, 58.4 million people in Germany had been fully vaccinated, or 70.2 percent of the total population. At least 25 million people (30.3 percent) have also received the booster vaccine. (19.12.2021)
The federal government classifies Great Britain as part of a viral variant
Entry from the UK will be strictly restricted to protect against the rapid spread of the Omigran variant of the corona virus. The UK will be classified as part of a viral variant from Monday. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) made the announcement on Saturday evening. Part of a virus variant is the high corona risk type.
The corona situation in Great Britain has worsened over the past few days as the Omigron variant spreads at lightning speed. The UK classification will take effect from midnight on Monday. According to the RKI, this is expected to apply until January 3, 2022. Extension is possible, it said.
Airlines are only allowed to carry German citizens or people living in Germany from Great Britain to Germany. But this is not an air ban. This rule also applies to rail and shipping. A two-week isolation duty applies to those entering the country – including those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered. It cannot be reduced by negative tests.
Great Britain recorded a new rise with more than 93,000 new corona infections on Friday, up from 90,000 new cases on Saturday. The number of hospital admissions is also on the rise again. The rise in Omicron cases continues at a alarming pace: 10,059 new Omicron cases were reported in Great Britain on Saturday – three times more than the previous day. According to Health Minister Sajid Javed, 60 per cent of new infections in Great Britain can be detected from the viral variant Omigran. Javid tells Sky News that this comes from an analysis of available data. In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a catastrophe as Omigran had already relocated the delta variant.
Federal Health Minister Carl Lauterbach (SPD) told the German Press Agency in Berlin: “The Omigron variant is safe to enter so we can prevent it from spreading. We can not prevent it from spreading, it can take longer. Until now, no European country has been considered a virus-infected area, according to the Robert Koch Institute’s list of countries currently in South Africa, such as Namibia and Zimbabwe. (18./19.12.2021)
Struggles against compulsory vaccination
In several places in Germany, people protested on Saturday against the corona policy of the federal government and the states. The protests were specifically directed against the introduction of compulsory vaccines, which the Bundestag is set to vote on in the future. Protest rallies took place in many places.
In Hamburg, about 11,500 people marched through the city center in several constituencies, according to police. “Do not vaccinate!” This is stated in many self-made posters. Hundreds of people in 185 vehicles took part in the march in Dresden, according to police. In Freiburg, about 3,500 participants marched through downtown in the afternoon, according to police. A demonstration took place in Downtown Dusseldorf, and then police spoke about 4,000 participants.
Protests took place in several cities, including Lower Saxony, Brandenburg and McLenberg-Western Pomerania. A total of about 15,000 people took to the streets in various cities in Bavaria. According to police, it was mostly quiet, although there were incidents in some places and the police recorded several violations that exceeded the need for masks. According to their own statements, the police in the princes were dissolved in two demonstrations. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing 15 protesters by truck. They are part of a violent right-wing extremist scene. (18.12.2021)
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