The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 189,105 positive tests within 24 hours. This is 20,684 fewer cases than Saturday, a week before 209,789 new infections were reported. The nationwide seven-day event dropped to 1,350 from 1,372 the previous day. 210 people have died due to the virus. The death toll has risen to 121,202. So far, more than 13.4 million corona tests have been positive in Germany.
However, the statistics are only of limited importance. Experts consider a large number of cases not recorded in the RKI data. Testing skills and health officers are in range in many places, and contacts are only detected to a limited extent. That’s why we use the SZ Corona Dashboard to display the average value of reports over the past seven days, which aims to compensate for day-to-day fluctuations. You can find more information about this at Transparency Blog, More data and graphics about the epidemic here. (02/19/2022)
Biden Corona extended the emergency
Gov. 19 US President Joe Biden has extended the national emergency beyond March 1 due to the epidemic. By that date, the state of emergency declared by former President Donald Trump in 2020 will automatically expire. Biden said 900,000 Americans have already died from Govt-19 disease. Therefore, the federal government still needs to act at its full potential for the epidemic. (02/19/2022)
The federal government removed nearly 20 countries from the risk list
The federal government this Sunday removed nearly 20 countries from the list of high-risk areas of the corona, including Great Britain, Ireland, Spain and the United States. This was announced by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Tunisia, Morocco and India will be removed from the list. Travelers from countries not classified as high-risk areas are more likely to return to Germany. This time, no country has been newly classified as a high-risk area. Anyone entering the country from a high-risk area who has not been fully vaccinated – usually twice – or who has recovered, should be isolated for ten days and exempt themselves from it five days after entering with a negative test. For children under the age of six, isolation ends automatically five days after admission. The classification of high risk area is linked to the Federal Foreign Office’s travel alert for non-essential tourism. This makes it easier for tourists to cancel already booked trips for free, but that does not mean a travel ban.
Countries and regions that are particularly at high risk of infection are classified as high-risk areas. However, the number of infections alone is not critical to this. Other criteria include virus transmission speed, load on the health system, and lack of data on corona status. (02/18/2022)
Lauterbach: “Maximum we can relax”
Federal Health Minister Carl Lotterbach (SPD) is appealing to prime ministers, not about what was decided in the last federal-state round. Relaxation in corona activity To go out it was “everything sewn to the edge” and “the maximum we can relax,” he said before the federal press conference. Thanks to various measures, it has “so far succeeded by the Omigron wave”. However, the updated increase in the number of cases cannot be ruled out. He stands for a conservative approach, said Loterbach, who has repeatedly argued for tougher restrictions. “We are not in safe water yet.”
The SPD politician said the Omicron variant BA.2 was more contagious than the previously dominated BA.1 variant. Although this has so far only been proven in animal studies, one should consider that the courses are somewhat intensive. However, Lauterbach said he did not see the risk of hospitals overloading them at this time. RKI, in its weekly report, records that the rate of corona cases tested on a sample of BA.2 has recently risen to 14.9 percent.
RKI vice-president Lars Shot said he did not expect the virus to disappear in the medium term. “We have to be prepared for the fact that there will be more Govt waves.” The fact that the peak of the Omigron wave has now passed does not mean that there is no relaxation, especially for hospitals. “The peak for intensive care units has not yet been reached.” The risk of infection is high and the elderly need to be further protected. Lotterbach has been preparing people for an epidemic for years. One can think of this in a ten year period.
Lauterbach also made some announcements for the coming week: “On Monday we expect 1.4 million novax,” he announced the distribution of the so-called inactivated vaccine. These should be used primarily to implement compulsory vaccination in nursing homes or nursing homes. Lauterbach also said it would like to provide details of the maintenance premium early next week. The SPD, the Green Party and the FDP agreed to a one billion euro bonus agreement. The bonus is to be given to nurses who are particularly severely affected by the infection. Concrete details were repeatedly postponed, first to the beginning and then to the end of January.
In an interview taz The health minister is also critical of the report Picture-The newspaper is sharp about his politics. “The Picture-Zeitung and Springer-Verlag are campaigning against me and spreading lies, “he said.” Their goal is to reduce the epidemic and discredit security measures.
The Picture Titled last Thursday: “Intensive care units have never been overburdened.” In an interview taz Lauterbach said it was a “cunning misrepresentation.” Picture May be. At the peak of the epidemic, 70 percent of intensive care units were “partially or completely burdened.” “There is not much burden on the health system across the country, so not everywhere at the same time,” the minister said. Nevertheless, due to the lack of intensive care bed capacity, corona patients may have to be transferred from one federal state to another federal state or even abroad. The fact is that the situation was dramatic Picture-The editors are well aware, Lauterbach added. “The Picture-Jaidung knows it and creates it: the threat never existed. This is a hoax. ” (02/18/2022)
More than 200 MPs have supported the mandatory vaccination since the age of 18
According to media reports, more than 200 members of the Bundestock have signed an application to introduce the common corona vaccine since the age of 18. “To date, 218 lawmakers have joined our proposal to introduce the general compulsory vaccine, and more and more are being added every hour,” said Deputy SPD Parliamentary Committee Chairman Dockmar Schmidt. Rhineish Post. This application has wide support and forms the basis for the first reading on the Bundestag scheduled for March.
According to the newspaper report, the signatories were 153 Social Democrats, 60 Greens, three FDP politicians and two leftists. Bundestock has a total of 736 MPs, so the number of signatories is still far from a majority.
The draft proposal for the introduction of compulsory vaccination from the age of 50 and the anti-compulsory immunization movement without party pressure and this draft is to be discussed in the Bundestock. The Union Division has also submitted its own application, which initially provides only a vaccine register, and then offers a graduation program with potential vaccination obligation for certain groups depending on the epidemic situation. Traffic Lighting Partners agreed to the first reading on March 14th. (02/18/2022)
RKI Weekly Report: Omicron variant BA.2 is increasing significantly
The BA.2 variant from the Omikron, which may change even more rapidly according to initial findings, has increased significantly in Germany, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). RKI records in its weekly report that the rate of corona cases tested in a sample has recently risen to 14.9 percent. This information represents the week leading up to February 6 – the week before that, RKI gave a 10.4 percent stake.
There is not enough data yet to accurately assess the characteristics of the subtype depending on the severity of the disease. However, due to the progressive spread and readiness of BA.2, it states that “a slow decrease or an updated increase in the number of cases cannot be ruled out”.
The planned relaxation of corona activities and the increase in contacts may contribute to such growth. Experts have recently pointed out that BA.2 is increasingly a factor of uncertainty. In countries like Denmark, the subtype is already spreading fast. So this is also possible in Germany, and according to many, it is possible to ensure that the Omigron wave is extended.
The load is still high in the intensive care units. As of Wednesday, 2466 patients who tested positive for corona were being treated in the intensive care unit – up from 2398 a week ago.
The RKI also warns that special consideration should be given when dealing with vulnerable groups, considering the planned easing of corona operations. The weekly report shows that the number of corona infections in nursing homes and nursing homes has increased again in the week leading up to February 13th. The number of active outbreaks in nursing homes and nursing homes has risen to 414 (previous week: 373). 5,226 cases have been reported as a result of these eruptions. In medical treatment facilities, the number of active outbreaks was “stable, but at a high level”. (02/18/2022)
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