The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 136,798 new infections within 24 hours on Tuesday. That’s 114,315 more cases than on Tuesday a week ago, when 22,483 positive test results were reported. According to RKI, there were fewer testing, reporting and dispatch activities last week due to the Easter holiday. Overall, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany has now reached more than 24.33 million. The seven-day nationwide infection rate rose to 909.1 from 790.8 the day before. Another 304 people have died in connection with the virus. This increases the number of reported deaths to 134,489.
In general, infection numbers are of limited importance at the moment. Experts have been hypothesizing for some time that there will be a large number of cases not recorded by the RKI – due to the stress of health authorities and because not all infected people have a PCR test. Only these count in the stats. For this we use the SZ Corona dashboard to show the average value from the past seven days’ reports, which are meant to compensate for day-to-day fluctuations. You can find more information on this topic in the Transparency Blog, and more data and graphics on the pandemic here. (04/26/2022)
Corona entry rules will be extended until the end of May
Corona rules must continue to apply to holidaymakers returning to Germany for the time being. The Federal Health Ministry wants to extend the entry regulation, which expires at the end of this week, until the end of May, according to a spokesman in Berlin. Protection from additional virus entry by travelers remains important. At first he did not provide any additional information, referring to the ongoing votes in the government.
In the current state of Corona, it is now possible to see what adapts to the situation at shorter intervals. For now, it must remain the case that everyone aged twelve and over must have third-generation proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test upon entering Germany. The decree also stipulates quarantine obligations for returnees from high-risk or virus-affected areas. According to the corresponding list of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), no country is currently classified as a territory by the federal government. (04/25/2022)
Shanghai bans access to buildings where people infected with the Corona virus live
In Shanghai, China’s largest city, mesh fences are being erected around some apartment buildings due to infection with the coronavirus. Images of workers in white protective suits blocking apartment building entrances and cordoning off entire blocks of streets with towering green fences spread on social media on Saturday, prompting questions and complaints from residents. According to Reuters, it was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of all the photos and videos. And Shanghai recorded 19,657 new infections on Saturday. The city has been closed for more than three weeks. (04/24/2022
Corona exams in schools are gradually being canceled
With the mask requirement scrapped, the time for mandatory corona exams in schools is now over. As a dpa poll showed in the sixteen federal states, the test obligation has already been canceled in six states or will expire at the start of the new week. In six countries, it expires at the latest at the end of the week at the end of the month. Only in Berlin and Thuringia there are other exams: in Thuringia until May 6 and in Berlin “until further notice,” according to the Education Department. Hamburg and Saarland have yet to make any decisions on how to handle the tests from May.
Teachers’ unions and the German Teachers’ Union criticized the broad end to compulsory testing. “We have a well-founded concern for families who have vulnerable people and previously sick children in their homes,” says Heinz Peter Medinger, president of the Teachers’ Association. Also, lifting all health protection measures at the expense of graduating students who fear being absent from exams or having to make up for exams due to injury. According to Meidinger, many high school graduates are currently staying home as a precaution and canceling classes “because health protections in schools have now been reduced to zero in many cases.” The vice president of the Education and Science Consortium, Andreas Keeler, called it “negligent” to refrain from testing after the mask requirement was repealed. This is the “last effective precautionary measure”.
At the beginning of April, the mask requirement was abolished in most schools, in accordance with the requirements of the Infection Protection Act. However, Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpomerania declared themselves hot spots and were therefore allowed to hold them. However, in both countries, the hotspot phase will end in the next few days and with it mask requirements. On the other hand, exams were mandatory in schools and are still legally possible throughout Germany. However, most countries do not do this. Instead, voluntary and event-related testing will be offered in the future, for example if symptoms develop or if a school trip is imminent. (04/24/2022)
Medical associations call for an end to free Corona tests for citizens
Many medical associations are calling for an end to free coronavirus tests for citizens. Testing only on occasions, said Elke Bruns-Philipps of the Federal Association of Physicians in the Public Health Service (BVÖGD) said that only occasional tests would “significantly reduce the number of test results that will be transmitted”. Doctors newspaper. A spokesman for the Association of Accredited Laboratories in Medicine (ALM) told the newspaper: “The continuation of random examinations, which also include citizen examinations, is no longer necessary from the point of view of specialized medical laboratories.”
According to the Corona Test Act, citizens who do not have symptoms are entitled to free express checks. At the beginning of the week, the Epidemiological Council of the German Medical Association had already ruled: “Testing people and mass testing without reason have no place in the current concept of testing.”
On the other hand, the head of the German Hospital Association, Gerald Gass, has called for citizens’ testing to be adhered to. He told the newspaper that the incidents would give a picture of the infection process. “That’s why we continue to advocate for low-threshold testing offerings, on the one hand to give citizens clarity about their own Corona status, on the other hand to be able to identify early on whether the infection process is changing significantly.” (04/22/2022)
According to RKI, new Omicron variants are still rare in Germany
According to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), many relatively new sublines and mixed variants of Omicron have so far been found relatively rarely or not at all in Germany. As of April 18, a total of 25 samples of line BA.5 have been detected, according to RKI’s weekly report Thursday evening. Thus, the proportion in the sample was 0.2 percent in the week before last. Latest values are not yet available. BA.4 Not yet proven. However, in Germany, the genome is decoded in only a small percentage of positive samples.
The predominant subtype in Germany is BA.2 Currently, in the random sample, the RKI shows the proportion for the week before the last over 95 percent. It was – even better for conversion – followed by BA.1. BA.4 and BA.5 have only recently become known and have been classified as a Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of Omicron. According to WHO information, the evidence came from South Africa and some European countries.
In general, RKI speaks in the report on declining trends in several indicators of Corona in Germany. Among other things, key figures related to hospitalizations and outbreaks in facilities are declining. In more than 200 laboratories nationwide, PCR tests have been carried out less and less, on which official statistics are based. RKI wrote that the big drop last week was also due to the Good Friday holiday. According to the report, more than every second have tested positive. In general, health experts continue to assess the infection pressure in the population as high. (04/22/2022)
The World Health Organization recommends Covid pills from Pfizer for some Corona patients
The World Health Organization (WHO) has acquired the Covid 19 drug baxlovid, which is already used in Germany. Baxlovid is recommended for patients who are not yet seriously ill but who are at high risk of hospitalization, the responsible WHO expert panel reported in the journal. British Medical Journal (BMJ). This includes people with pre-existing diseases, the elderly, or those who have not been vaccinated. The board referred to studies conducted on nearly 3,100 patients. The World Health Organization wrote in a statement that the risk of hospitalization was 85 percent lower in those treated with baxolvid compared to the group receiving a placebo.
Tablets from the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer are intended to prevent the reproduction of the virus in the body. They contain the active ingredients nirmatrelvir and ritonavir. The drug has been conditionally approved in the European Union since the end of January. Germany ordered 1 million packages.
By recommendation, the drug is on the World Health Organization’s list of tested drugs. For many countries that, unlike the European Union or the United States, do not have their own regulatory authority for medicinal products, this is the basis for approval without further key explanations. The World Health Organization is concerned that, as with Corona vaccines, rich countries will provide most of the production and that poor countries will not initially have enough vaccines. Pfizer aims to make tablets for 120 million patients this year. The World Health Organization has called on Pfizer to be more transparent about production, bilateral contracts and prices. (04/22/2022)
The mask requirement has been abolished in the Bundestag
Due to the decrease in the number of corona infections, the precautionary measures against the virus are also declining in the Bundestag. Mask requirements and 3-G proof as a prerequisite for participation in public and committee meetings in the next week of the meeting will be eliminated. This was announced by the President of the Bundestag, Barbel Bass. “In light of the current development of the epidemiological situation, I have now decided to cancel the general decree at the end of April 24, 2022,” the letter stated.
“Of course, everyone is free to continue to wear the mask. This still seems advisable, especially when it is not possible to get away from you,” the SPD politician continued. MEPs can continue to order masks, self-test themselves and settle them via their cashless accounts. Until 20 May 2022, there is also the possibility of testing on the test methods provided by the Bundestag administration.
In the Bundestag, the 2-G-plus rule was provisionally applied to the 736 members of Parliament, their staff and the Parliament administration. Those who had only been vaccinated twice or cured needed an additional negative test to enter the room or committees. Only those who were augmented or recovered through the double vaccination did not need it. In addition, FFP2 masks were mandatory. MEPs who have not been vaccinated or cured can only follow sessions from a specific forum. Only MPs from the AfD sat there. (04/21/2022)