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In Germany, falling infection numbers give hope in the Corona crisis. At the same time, the incidence in individual hotspots continues to rise unchecked. The news ticker.

  • The new corona infections * in Germany continue to decline, as the RKI reported on Sunday morning (see update from May 2, 7:37 a.m.)
  • In individual hotspots, however, the seven-day incidence continues to rise unchecked (see update from May 2nd, 11.44 a.m.)
  • The situation in the clinics seems to be slowly easing a little. (see update from May 2nd, 2.35 p.m.)
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Update from May 2nd, 2:35 p.m .: Not only the falling number of new infections and the current R value give cause for hope in the corona crisis in Germany. The situation in the hospitals also appears to be stabilizing. Apparently Germany has reached the peak of the third corona wave. In addition to the positive trend in the numbers, doctors are also giving the first all-clear. "Most of the clinics in Germany feel an initial, slight relief," said the head of the German Hospital Association (DKG), Dr. Gerald Gass from quoted. He was confident that an exponential increase in the number of intensive care patients was no longer to be feared, said Gass.

The assessment of Prof. Christoph Josten, the medical director of the Leipzig University Clinic, sounds similar. He also speaks to picture from a height of stress in intensive care medicine. According to the SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach, the "justified warnings from leading doctors and experts" have shown their effect.

Corona: EU vaccination card causes concern due to security gap

Update from May 2nd at 1:02 p.m .: According to a media report, the planned European Corona vaccination certificate * can be falsified without any problems. According to the plans of the Ministry of Health, the vaccination certificates entered in the yellow vaccination card should be able to be transferred to the new EU vaccination card in doctors' practices, vaccination centers or in pharmacies without any problems, such as the World on sunday reported. Since this proof in the yellow vaccination certificate is easy to forge, the new EU certificate based on it is also susceptible to fraud *.

Corona-EU vaccination card: Ministry of Health admits security gap

The Federal Ministry of Health admitted the security gap to the newspaper. "Particular caution is required" when checking the analog vaccination records. This also applies if "the information is transferred to a digital vaccination record," said the ministry.

The hacker association Chaos Computer Club (CCC) sees responsibility for the open security gap at the Ministry of Health. When entering the yellow ID, there is no protection against counterfeiters, said spokesman Matthias Marx. "That could have been solved better - with hologram stickers, for example, with embossed paper, with materials that not everyone can click together on Amazon."

Corona: Incidence in Germany's hotspot is increasing unchecked

Update from May 2, 11.44 a.m .: While the incidence is falling in Germany as a whole, it continues to rise unchecked in individual hotspots. In the Saale-Orla district in Thuringia, the seven-day incidence * on Sunday reached a value of 479.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants within one week. The day before, this was 420.9. The two Saxon districts of Central Saxony (339) and the Erzgebirgskreis (324.8) as well as SK Hamm in North Rhine-Westphalia (302.9) also have an incidence of over 300.

The districts with the lowest incidences are all in northern Germany. The front runners are with a value of only 28.1 LK Wittmund in Lower Saxony, SK Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein (36.5) and - also in Schleswig-Holstein - LK Schleswig-Flensburg (36.8)

Corona hope in Germany - disaster in India: Ambassador describes drama

Update from May 2, 9:37 a.m.: While the positive trend in new corona infections is emerging in Germany and the current R-value of the RKI gives hope, the catastrophe in India is worsening *. The German ambassador to India, Walter Lindner, has described shocking scenes from the country severely hit by the corona pandemic. “The situation is terrible and depressing,” he said on Saturday evening in the ZDF “heute journal”. “People sometimes suffocate in the cars because they drive from one hospital to the next. They suffocate in line to wait for oxygen. That is all the most terrible that we experience outside. "

Calls for help are increasing on social media - with the hope of a hospital bed or oxygen. “And the next day people often say:“ Unfortunately died, nobody helped us ”.” The current situation is a “huge blow” for the country with 1.3 billion inhabitants.

India is currently recording new global highs in the number of new corona infections within 24 hours every day. More than 400,000 new cases were reported on Saturday. Numerous countries have pledged their support, a plane from Germany with 120 ventilators on board landed in New Delhi on Saturday. In addition, German medical soldiers in India are to put a large oxygen recovery plant into operation in the coming days.

Corona in Germany: The positive trend continues - R-value gives hope

Update from May 2, 7:37 a.m.: The health authorities in Germany reported 16,290 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. In addition, 110 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours. This is based on numbers from Sunday morning, which reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 4:58 a.m. Subsequent changes or additions to the RKI are possible. On Sunday a week ago, the RKI had recorded 18,773 new infections and 120 new deaths within one day.

According to the RKI, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants reported within seven days was 146.5 nationwide on Sunday morning - this means that the seven-day incidence is falling for the sixth day in a row. The day before, the RKI had given this seven-day incidence as 148.6, a week ago as 165.6.

The RKI has counted 3,416,822 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected. The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at around 3,024,600. The total number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 83,192.

According to the RKI situation report from Saturday evening, the nationwide seven-day R-value was 0.93 (previous day: 0.94). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 93 other people. The R-value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a longer period of time, the infection process subsides; if it is consistently higher, the number of cases increases.

Corona in Germany: Post refuses to deliver on a street in North Rhine-Westphalia - to protect its employees

Update from May 1st, 8:10 pm: Due to concerns about corona infections, Deutsche Post has not been delivering any shipments to house mailboxes in a dead end in a quarter of the city of Duisburg for weeks. The situation was no longer tolerable for deliverers due to the distant behavior of many residents, who mostly did not wear masks, said the spokeswoman for Deutsche Post, Britta Töllner, to the dpa.

The dead end in the Rheinhausen district of Duisburg is surrounded by apartment blocks. Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, the delivery people's vans have been surrounded by residents again and again. Post employees would not have wanted to get out and felt pressured by too little distance and endangered by missing masks in their security, so Töllner further. Although there were no attacks, there were occasional verbally aggressive situations.

In order to protect its employees, the post has therefore suspended direct delivery to the houses, said Töllner. People have been able to pick up their letters and parcels at a neighboring branch since February. "Many also make use of the possibility and use our storage compartments there," explained the spokeswoman. According to the Post, attempts had already been made last year with the help of interpreters and street workers in the district to promote more security and compliance with protective measures. So far, the effect has not yet been sufficient to send the deliverers back onto the street, explained Töllner. "First of all, it must be permanently ensured that they are not endangered."

Corona in Germany: Laschet for priority vaccination in "precarious, difficult districts"

Update from May 1st, 6:25 p.m .: On Saturday, CDU boss Armin Laschet was open to a priority corona vaccination in "precarious, more difficult parts of the city" with high numbers of infections. "Incidence numbers are higher where people live closer together," said the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf. "Then we as a state have to react to it, be present, and introduce a vaccination priority," said the Union's candidate for chancellor.

Before that, intensive care physicians appealed to politicians to vaccinate more against the coronavirus in socially disadvantaged areas. "There are an above-average number of people from poorer sections of the population, people with a migration background and socially disadvantaged people in the intensive care units," said the scientific director of the DIVI intensive care registry, Christian Karagiannidis Rheinische Post. “In order to better protect these people and to relieve the intensive care units, all mayors and health authorities should send mobile vaccination teams to the socially disadvantaged areas of their cities. That would bring a lot, because the vaccination rate is very promising at the moment ”, so his suggestion.

The German Association of Cities also called for more efforts to vaccinate socially disadvantaged people. "Social differences must not lead to some of the people being left behind because access to vaccinations is too difficult for them," said City Council General Manager Helmut Dedy to the newspapers Funke media group. He called for an increased use of mobile vaccination teams in order to address more people individually.

Corona in Germany: Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania wants to relax the entry ban for vaccinated people

Update from May 1st, 3:48 p.m.: After a judgment of the Higher Administrative Court (OVG) in Greifswald, the state government wants to relax the entry ban to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. "The state government will implement the advice of the court to make relief for completely vaccinated people," said Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) on Saturday of the dpa. The Ministry of Health will prepare a proposal for entry in particular to find second homes.

According to the state corona ordinance, entry into the state is only permitted in exceptional cases. The OVG declared the regulation unlawful on Friday and called it arbitrary because it treated fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated people equally. However, the court did not repeal the regulation with reference to the far-reaching consequences that such a step would have for fighting the pandemic. People who have not been vaccinated are also allowed to enter the country. According to the court, the applicant was already vaccinated and has his secondary residence in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Corona: Relaxation for vaccinated and convalescent people in NRW

Update from May 1st, 10.15 a.m.: In North Rhine-Westphalia, the first reliefs for completely corona vaccinated people should apply from Monday. Anyone who has been vaccinated or has already been infected will then no longer have to show a negative rapid test in the retail trade, for example.

The quarantine for travelers who come to the state from corona risk areas can therefore also be omitted for those who have been vaccinated and those who have already been infected. Vaccinated and convalescents have advantages in retail, when visiting zoos and botanical gardens or when visiting the hairdresser. At the moment, customers only get access there if they can show a maximum 24-hour-old negative corona test.

Corona in NRW: Laschet wants further easing for vaccinated people only "in the company of the federal government"

This test obligation will no longer apply from Monday for those who have had complete vaccination protection for 14 days or who can prove by means of a positive PCR test that is at least 28 days old that they have already survived a corona infection. This group of people also does not have to test in schools - however, so far, pupils have rarely been vaccinated.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, as in numerous other federal states, relief will apply from Monday, even before the nationwide regulation for the rights of vaccinated people has been decided. However, further relief for those who have been vaccinated must now be made “in the company of the federal government and the other states,” emphasized Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU).

RKI reports new corona numbers for Germany: Incidence declined for the fifth day in a row

Update from May 1st, 6.57 a.m .: Within one day, the health authorities reported 18,935 new infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), and there were also 232 new deaths. That comes from RKI numbers on Saturday morning. On Saturday a week ago, the RKI had recorded 23,392 new infections and 286 new deaths within one day.

The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants reported within seven days was 148.6 nationwide on Saturday morning - the seven-day incidence is therefore falling for the fifth day in a row. The day before, the RKI had given the seven-day incidence as 153.4, a week ago as 164.4.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 3,400,532 proven infections in Germany. The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at around 3,012,100. The total number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 83,082.

The nationwide seven-day R-value was 0.94 according to the RKI management report from Friday evening (previous day: 0.92). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 94 more people. The R-value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a longer period of time, the infection process subsides; if it is consistently higher, the number of cases increases.

Corona in Germany: next federal state loosens for vaccinated people - will mask compulsory soon be partly eliminated?

Update from April 30th, 8:30 p.m .: What is still being discussed nationwide is to be implemented in Saarland from next week: Anyone who is already fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or has already had an infection is exempt from the obligation to test. That was decided on Friday at an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers.

Vaccinated and genesis would in future be put on an equal footing with people tested, the State Chancellery announced on Friday evening, according to dpa. As of Monday, they will no longer be required to test, for example, to visit a hairdresser or to go shopping in certain shops. In addition, there is no quarantine obligation after a stay in a risk area if it is not an area with a virus variant.

“In a first step, we are taking back certain restrictions for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered,” said Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU). The relief for vaccinated people begins 14 days after the second vaccination. Anyone who has gone through an infection is considered recovered if the underlying PCR test was at least 28 days and no longer than six months ago. In other federal states, such as Bavaria, there are already similar regulations. Such a regulation could also soon be implemented nationwide. The federal government was confident in Berlin on Friday and wants to make a proposal next week. A corresponding regulation would then be expected at the end of May.

Vaccination skepticism at Astrazeneca: In Bavaria and Hesse, a particularly large number of appointments are canceled

Update from April 30th, 6.48pm: Astrazeneca's vaccine just doesn't seem to get rid of its bad image. As a current study by Norddeutscher Rundfunk shows, many Germans still do without their vaccination appointment with the substance from the British-Swedish manufacturer. The failure rate in some federal states is high.

The average missed appointment rate at Astrazeneca in the Hessian vaccination centers is currently around 25 percent. Bavaria also complains of a “certain restraint”, the study says, with the failure rate being put at up to 20 percent. In contrast, there are fewer problems in Bremen and Hamburg. In the meantime, some vaccination centers are overbooking their appointments because it is expected that some persons entitled to vaccinate will jump out if they are not injected with Moderna or Biontech.

Just like Berlin and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Bavaria has now lifted the age prioritization for vaccinations with Astrazeneca.

Update from April 30th, 5.41pm: Germany is currently in a stagnation phase in the number of corona infections. Are these signs that the pandemic can be overcome in a few weeks? Hardly likely. Experts explain which factors * have favored the current positive development.

Update from April 30th, 4:59 p.m .: Health Minister Jens Spahn has drawn attention to the fact that corona vaccinations are possible in particularly affected areas or social hot spots. There could be more vaccinations and deviations from priorities, said Spahn. This has already taken place in many places and is "absolutely sensible". Cities and intensive care physicians called for more corona vaccinations for the socially disadvantaged *.

Corona in Germany: will the mask requirement for vaccinated people drop in a few months? Spahn makes a hint

Update from April 30th, 2:29 p.m .: Health Minister Jens Spahn visited a vaccination center in Hamburg on Friday morning, April 30th. In a statement afterwards, he thanked all employees in the centers and in the medical practices. Spahn defended the vaccination prioritization again, and spoke of the avoided deaths and severe courses in older citizens. "In May every third German will be vaccinated, in June the prioritization will then be lifted." Biontech's application for approval of the vaccine for twelve to 15 year olds also gave him hope. With the vaccinations for schoolchildren and students, something normal could begin again in schools and universities in the fall.

Vaccinated people should soon get back more freedoms, but masks have to be worn for a transitional phase, according to Spahn. Vaccinated and tested people have to accept these restrictions in solidarity with everyone else: "Wearing masks is annoying, but we are not talking about years, but weeks and months."

Update from April 30, 12:59 p.m .: The vaccinations are progressing, now vaccinated people are to get more basic rights back, but it is still unclear when most of the corona restrictions for fully vaccinated and convalescent people will fall. The government wants to tackle this "with great pressure and great time ambition," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Friday in Berlin.

Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) made a proposal for a regulation on Thursday. In particular, these groups should be exempted from restrictions on private meetings and night outings.
"With this ordinance, the federal government wants to go quickly to the Bundestag and Bundesrat," said Seibert.

One is in an "intermediate phase," said the government spokesman. On the one hand, millions of citizens in Germany already have complete vaccination protection, on the other hand there are significantly more who do not have it. It is about a complex task and about "fundamental rights that must be respected and protected".

Corona in Germany: Vaccination numbers remain high after a record

Update from April 30th, 10:36 am: The corona situation in Germany seems more and more hopeful, while the number of cases has been falling for days (see first report), the vaccination is progressing faster and faster. On Wednesday, a new record was reported with 1.1 million vaccinations in one day and even on Thursday, which was always lower, according to the RKI, significantly more vaccinations were carried out than in the previous week. 916,000 people were vaccinated on Thursday, the second highest daily figure. This means that 26.9 percent of Germans have already received a first vaccination and 7.7 their second vaccination. At the beginning of the month, politicians had hoped that the vaccination rate would be 20 percent at the end of April, and this value has now been exceeded by far.

3 researchers give Corona Germany hope: Are numbers falling much faster than expected?

Update from April 30th, 9.45 a.m .: The current infection situation in Germany is causing some experts to be cautiously optimistic. "I no longer expect an increase, but also not a rapid decrease," said mobility researcher Kai Nagel from the TU Berlin on Thursday at a hearing in the parliamentary advisory committee for the Covid-19 pandemic of the Bundestag.

Viola Priesemann, physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, even said that incidence values ​​of well below 50 could probably be reached in the next few weeks. She justified this primarily with the progress made with corona vaccinations. Eva Grill, President of the German Society for Epidemiology, also suggested using mobile vaccination teams in socially disadvantaged parts of the city or district. You have to bring this service to the people in order to reach them, she said.

The epidemiologist Gérard Krause from the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research even gave hope for smaller outdoor events. That would require clear concepts. With today's knowledge, differentiations are possible. There was also little objection for him to opening up outdoor catering with concepts, explained Krause. In indoor catering, however, the risk of infection remains too high.

Corona in Germany: RKI reports falling incidence - vaccination speed is increasing

First report from April 30th: Berlin - The infection situation in Germany seems to be gradually stabilizing in the third wave. However, it remains at a high level. On Friday morning, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 24,329 new corona infections within one day. In addition, 306 new deaths were recorded. Compared to the Friday of the previous week, this is a significant decrease in the number of new corona cases (value on April 23: 27,543 new infections). In the case of deaths, however, a slight increase can be seen, on Friday a week ago 265 were reported.

Looking at the nationwide 7-day incidence * gives cause for hope. According to the RKI, the nationwide incidence value was 153.4 on Friday morning. That is the lowest value since mid-April. On Thursday (April 29) the 7-day incidence was 154.9, a week ago the RKI * reported a value of 164.0.

The speed in the German vaccination campaign is also slowly picking up speed. According to the figures on the vaccination dashboard, more than every fourth person in Germany has now been vaccinated against the coronavirus * at least once. On Wednesday (April 28), more than one percent of the population was vaccinated in just one day for the first time. In addition, the mark of one million corona vaccinations in one day was broken for the first time. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) reported these two record values ​​at a press conference on Thursday (April 29).

Corona in Germany: Palmer calls for emergency approval for Curevac vaccine

In order to further accelerate the vaccination campaign in Germany, Tübingen's Lord Mayor Boris Palmer (Greens) has now requested emergency approval for the corona vaccine from the company Curevac *. The vaccine is produced in the city in Baden-Württemberg.

“Curevac produced vaccine on stock. Now these cans could save lives, ”Palmer explained Augsburger Allgemeine. He sharply criticized the EU approval process. "The sham security of bureaucratic checks is placed above the real security of a vaccine," said Tübingen's mayor. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) started the quick test procedure in February. Depending on the clinical data, the company expects approval for the EU in the second quarter of this year. Curevac would like to be able to use its corona vaccine * from June. Palmer also asked the question: "When should emergency approval make sense, if not in the third wave of this pandemic?" (ph / dpa) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

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