Intensive care physicians do not yet see any effect of the omicron wave on the intensive care units. Google is apparently temporarily requiring weekly corona tests from its US employees. All developments in the live blog.
EU Commission calls for solidarity
The EU Commission is calling on Germany and the other EU countries to donate new corona vaccines to poorer countries. The European Union wants to have delivered a total of 700 million doses of corona vaccines to developing countries by the end of June, said the EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, to the newspapers of the Funke media group. “What we need now is that member states share more vaccine doses to reach this 700 million target,” said the Finn. “I count on Germany’s support.” According to Urpilainen, by the end of last year the Union had already made 380 million doses of corona vaccine available for developing countries. ‘We are doing a lot, but not enough: this is especially true in Africa, where we need to do more,’ said the Commissioner. Globally, the proportion of those who are fully vaccinated is 50 percent of the population, in the EU it is 64 percent – in Africa, on the other hand, it is only nine percent. 1:05 a.m
Central Council of Jews criticizes excesses in the Corona debate
The President of the Central Council of Jews, Josef Schuster, criticizes comparisons between German Corona policy and the Third Reich. “I have absolutely no understanding for that,” said Schuster in an interview with the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. “I disapprove of these comparisons, partly because Jews in the Third Reich had no way of escaping.” Schuster added, “People making these comparisons today are calling government action persecution. That’s just plain wrong.” For reasons of health protection, unvaccinated people are excluded from certain areas in which 2G is dominant. The doctor said: “Without vaccination, for example, I can’t go to a restaurant today. But it’s up to the people to change that – they just have to be vaccinated.” 1:03 a.m
Mexico reports new high for new infections
According to the Mexican Ministry of Health, the number of new infections in the North American country reached a new high of 44,293 within 24 hours. The last record value was 44,187 on Wednesday. 195 more people died, bringing the total death toll to 301,107. 1:03 a.m
According to a media report, Google prescribes corona tests for US employees
The American technology giant Google is temporarily mandating weekly corona tests for its employees in the USA. This is reported by the news channel CNBC, citing a note that the broadcaster has. Every employee must therefore show a negative test, state their vaccination status and wear a mask while in the office, according to the report. The measure is said to have been introduced because of the rapidly spreading omicron variant. Google has not yet responded to a request for comment. 1:03 a.m
Omicron in intensive care units not yet noticeable
The intensive care physicians do not yet see any effect of the omicron wave on the intensive care units. “We are currently unable to identify the omicron wave in the intensive care units,” said the President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI), Gernot Marx, the editorial network Germany. “Fortunately, when it comes to Covid-19 patients, we can continue to report declining numbers.” On Thursday, the stations fell back below the 3,000 Covid patient mark. Marx emphasized that it is currently mainly younger people under the age of 35 who are infected with omicron. “These develop a severe course much less frequently than older people, so they are not yet or only occasionally patients in our intensive care units.” According to Marx, it is expected that compared to the Delta variant, in which around 0.8 percent of all infected people had to be treated in intensive care, significantly fewer people who tested positive would take such a severe course. “Should the incidences increase sharply due to the very rapid spread, that is of course still a problem,” warned Marx. 1:33 a.m
Friday’s live blog to read
Dutch Prime Minister Rutte has announced that restrictions will be relaxed despite the high number of infections. Around 2,400 people protested against conspiracy myths in Hanover with a vigil. The live blog to read.
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