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Corona up-to-date: nationwide incidence value continues to rise – politics

Corona up-to-date: nationwide incidence value continues to rise - politics

The Robert Koch Institute reports around 157,000 new infections within 24 hours. That is about 35,000 more cases than on Tuesday a week ago. Overall, the number of infections in Germany is more than 16 million. The nationwide seven-day incidence rises again to 1294 from 1259 the previous day. The low of the current wave was 1172 last week. 324 other people died in connection with the virus. This increases the number of reported deaths to 124,450. However, the figures only have limited significance. Experts assume a high number of cases that are not recorded in the RKI data. Test capacities and health authorities are at the limit in many places, contacts are only traced to a limited extent. That is why we use the SZ Corona Dashboard to show an average value from the reports of the past seven days, which is intended to compensate for fluctuations from day to day. You can find more information on this in the transparency blog, more data and graphics on the pandemic here. Nevertheless, there seems to be a turnaround in the development of corona infections in Germany. After a long decline, the nationwide seven-day incidence has now risen for the sixth day in a row. Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD) was concerned about the increasing numbers. The increasing incidence is likely to have several reasons. The omicron subtype BA.2, thought to be even more contagious than the original omicron variant, appears to be becoming more dominant. The proportion of BA.2 in the infection process has been increasing since the beginning of the year, and the subvariant is now likely to be predominant in this country. According to the latest available figures from the RKI, she had already identified 38 percent of the cases in a sample in the week up to February 20. Modelers like Kai Nagel from the TU Berlin had warned two weeks ago that with a renewed increase in the number of infections from the end of February reckon. Experts also believe that a longer plateau is possible. The previous omicron wave, which was mainly determined by the BA.1 variant, hit younger age groups in particular. The incidence in children and adolescents up to the age of 14 is currently falling again significantly. However, the RKI shows increases in most older groups. According to the RKI, the apex of the wave is still to come for people over 65. (03/08/2022)

Patient protectors against quick loosening

In view of the increasing number of infections in the corona pandemic, the Patient Protection Foundation is opposed to the comprehensive easing of government restrictions. Not all protective measures should now be ended, said board member Eugen Brysch to the editorial network Germany. Rather, the federal government must immediately ensure “that the infection process cannot pick up speed unchecked”. The fact that the traffic light coalition is arguing about whether a nationwide catalog of measures is still necessary is a “risky political game with the suffering and life of the high-risk group”. According to a three-stage plan by the federal and state governments, the vast majority of corona restrictions should be lifted by March 20 fall. The nationwide legal basis for such measures expires on March 19. However, basic protection, for example with compulsory masks indoors, on buses and trains and with tests, should remain possible. A new, nationwide legal basis is being sought for this. How this should look exactly is disputed. He continued to call the death rates “worrying”. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 324 new deaths were recorded in Germany within 24 hours on Tuesday. (03/08/2022)

More than six million corona deaths worldwide

Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, more than six million people worldwide have died after being infected with the virus. This emerges from new data from the US Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The threshold of five million corona deaths worldwide was exceeded at the beginning of November, and the four million mark at the beginning of July last year. According to data from US researchers, the number of confirmed infections is now more than 446 million after more than two years cases. However, experts assume that the number of unreported cases of infections and deaths around the world is high. According to JHU statistics, more than 10.6 billion vaccinations have now been administered worldwide. The university’s website is regularly updated with incoming data and shows a slightly higher level than the official figures from the World Health Organization (WHO). In some cases, the numbers have also been temporarily corrected downwards again. According to the WHO on Monday, there have been 5.98 million confirmed deaths and a good 440 million known infections. (07.03.2022)

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Recommendations for uniform corona rules in culture

According to Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth, a good two years after the start of the corona pandemic, recommendations for a nationwide air hygiene standard for cultural events are available for the first time. The paper was drawn up by scientists from various disciplines with the participation of the Federal Environment Agency and various cultural institutions, as the Green politician announced. She described the recommendations as a good basis for nationwide uniform corona rules in culture. They contribute to “that exemplary hygiene is given more consideration in future protective measures and blanket closures of cultural institutions are avoided”. In this way, one can also show the audience that visiting cinemas, theaters and concert halls is safe, Roth continued to explain. “In this way we are also making a contribution to sustainable recovery and economic stabilization of the cultural sector.” The recommendations are in the form of a checklist in the traffic light system for assessing air hygiene. They include various criteria such as the presence of ventilation systems and hygiene concepts. The area of ​​application is “primarily theatres, cinemas and concert halls with a predominantly seated audience,” it says. (07.03.2022)

Hungary lifts most of the Corona measures

In the EU country of Hungary, almost all corona measures were lifted on Monday. Nobody has to wear mouth and nose protection anymore in publicly accessible indoor spaces and on public transport. The mask requirement only applies in hospitals and retirement homes. Hungary had already abolished many measures to contain the corona pandemic last summer. At that time, the entry restrictions and the 3G rule for gastronomy were abolished. The rules were not reintroduced when further corona waves rolled through the country in autumn and winter. Major events are also freely accessible again. Critics accuse the government of serious omissions in dealing with the pandemic. In the country with ten million inhabitants, more than 44,000 people have died as a result of a corona infection – in neighboring Austria with nine million inhabitants there were 15,000. Only 63 percent of Hungarians have been vaccinated at least twice (Austria: 74 percent ). (07.03.2022)

China has reported the highest increase in local infections since the pandemic officially began

According to official data, the People’s Republic – excluding Hong Kong and Macau – has reported 214 infections, one of the highest numbers of locally transmitted symptomatic corona cases within 24 hours since the WHO declared the pandemic situation in March 2020. According to the national Health Commission in Guangdong, Jilin and Shandong Provinces. China’s recent virus outbreaks are small by global standards. Beijing aims to quickly identify and quarantine any infection and close contacts. (07.03.2022)

Low demand for the new Novavax vaccine

The German Association of Cities reports only low demand for the new Novavax vaccine. “We have not yet observed any run on the new Novavax vaccine in the vaccination centers,” says General Manager Helmut Dedy to the newspapers of the editorial network Germany. But it is good that there is another vaccine that has the potential to reach people who are skeptical about previous vaccines. This is particularly important because of the facility-related vaccination requirement for employees in nursing homes and clinics. (03/06/2022)

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