The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 146,607 new infections in 24 hours. That’s 29,718 more cases than Sunday a week ago. Overall, the number of confirmed infections in Germany exceeds 17.1 million. The national seven-day incidence rises to 1,526.8 from 1,496.0 the previous day. Another 50 people died in connection with the virus. This brings the number of reported deaths to 125,571.
However, the figures are only of limited importance. Experts assume a large number of cases are not recorded in the RKI data. Testing capacities and health authorities are stretched thin in many places, contacts are only traced to a limited extent. This is why we use the SZ Corona Dashboard to display an average value of the reports from the last seven days, which is intended to compensate for fluctuations from day to day.
You can find more information about it on the transparency blog, more data and graphs about the pandemic here. (11/03/2022)
The government wants to relax corona protection regulations in companies
Despite the growing number of infections, in a week from the beginning of spring, looser corona rules should apply at companies in Germany. The draft regulation of the Federal Ministry of Labor establishes that the employers themselves must assess the risk of the virus and define the appropriate measures in a concept of business hygiene. The draft is available to the German Press Agency.
Employers should also take regional infection rates into account. According to the draft, they must then check whether they offer employees one corona test per week, whether they provide protective masks, and whether employees must work in the office from home. In future, companies will also have to decide for themselves on protective measures such as distancing and hygiene rules or the obligation to wear a mask.
Until March 19 inclusive, employers are still required to offer tests at their companies at least twice a week. Where other measures do not provide sufficient protection, there is currently also a mask requirement. In addition to these regulations, the company’s 3G regulation applies, according to which employees must carry proof of vaccinations, convalescence or test certificates. The home office is mandatory if the type of work allows it. The new regulation is expected to be approved in the cabinet on Wednesday. (03/12/2022)
Thousands of people demonstrate in the Southwest against coronavirus measures
In several cities in the southwest, thousands of people gathered again on Saturday for demonstrations against the corona measures. In Crailsheim (Schwäbisch Hall district), according to a police spokesman, about 1,700 people took to the streets in the early afternoon; about 5,000 people were registered. In Kehl, the participants set out from the train station under the slogan “Freedom or Slavery” and walked through the city. A police spokesman was initially unable to say how many people were demonstrating. According to the information, there were no incidents.
As on Saturdays in the previous weeks, many opponents of the Corona measures also gathered in Freiburg; exactly how many should not be known until tonight. The number of around 2,000 registered people will probably not be reached, a police spokesman said. Around 4 pm, a lift with around 7,000 registered participants should start in Reutlingen. (03/12/2022)
Lauterbach wants to cancel special corona payments for panel doctors
Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) apparently wants the special corona regulations for panel doctors to be abolished. This arises from a letter from the minister to the National Association of Doctors of Compulsory Medical Insurance dated March 3, reports the image. The letter says: “Considering the stable situation in intensive care units, an overload of the health system is currently no longer expected.” Special payments for, for example, additional protective equipment or the operation of the Corona hotline should therefore be phased out. Lauterbach also points to a significantly softer course at Omicron. (03/12/2022)
China reports highest number of infections in more than two years
The daily figures for corona infections in China have reached the highest level since the end of the first wave of the pandemic in Wuhan two years ago. On Saturday, the National Health Commission reported 1,524 local infections nationwide, including 1,048 asymptomatic cases.
China’s northeastern metropolis Changchun only went into lockdown on Friday after several hundred coronavirus infections. As the authorities there announced, only one person per household is allowed to leave the apartment every two days to go shopping. All of the city’s roughly nine million residents should be tested for the virus.
After the first big corona wave in Wuhan, China was able to quickly control the virus with strict measures. Since then, the People’s Republic has adhered to an epidemiological zero tolerance strategy with strict measures. In the last two years, there have only been locally limited lines of infection with a few cases, which were quickly contained through lockdowns and mass testing. But ever since omicron was first discovered in the eastern Chinese port city of Tianjin in early January, health experts have feared that the more contagious corona variant could push Chinese protective measures to the limit. (03/12/2022)
Mask requirement at school should drop everywhere
The Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK) has agreed on a uniform exit from the school Corona measures. At the beginning of April, the mask requirement in schools should end, Hamburg Education Senator Ties Rabe (SPD) said at the end of a KMK conference in Lübeck. Random testing would end in May. After two years of the pandemic, children and young people should experience normal school operations again in the summer, Hessian Minister of Education Alexander Lorz (CDU) added. “But not all of us can say what it will look like in the fall.”
The German Teachers’ Association had previously warned against abolishing the mask requirement. Instead of opening plans by the federal government, consideration should be given to postponing or even withdrawing relaxation steps, association president Heinz-Peter Meidinger said. Rhine Mail. “As an association of teachers, we expect an even more colorful and rationally difficult to understand mosaic of corona protection in schools in view of the future sole responsibility of the federal states for protective measures in schools.”
The Federal Association of Physicians in the Public Health Service (BVÖGD) is now calling for the occupational vaccination requirement to be extended to include teachers. “If we relax the mask requirement at school, it becomes even more important for adults to be vaccinated,” said Association Vice President Elke Bruns-Philipps. Rhine Mail. “One way would be to extend institutional vaccination requirements to teachers and educators, even though many of them are already vaccinated. Adults can protect themselves and their children by getting vaccinated.” (11/03/2022)
Lauterbach: “The situation is objectively much worse than the mood”
Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) considers the current coronavirus situation to be critical. “The situation is objectively much worse than the mood,” he told a news conference in Berlin. There is a general feeling among the population and in politics that Corona is no longer a problem because the omicron variant of the pathogen is not so bad. Lauterbach warns that this is wrong. It is not only dangerous for the unvaccinated. Those who have been vaccinated could also become seriously ill and suffer long-term damage to their health. In the medium term, the current sharp increase in the number of infections is also likely to put pressure on hospitals, and the number of deaths from coronavirus could also rise again. The health minister says that between 200 and 250 people die every day. This is an “unsustainable situation”.
Lauterbach defended the new infection protection law planned by the federal government. The possibilities provided for countries to continue to impose corona measures are sufficient if they are used, he said. The new law is “as good as it is applied by the state parliaments.” In future, in addition to the mask and test requirement in some areas, other protective measures will only be possible in so-called hotspots, that is, in areas where the number of infections is high and hospitals risk being overwhelmed. This could also be entire federal states, Lauterbach said, and he expects many such hotspots. “We will have to implement this law very quickly.”
The previous legal basis for corona measures by the federal states expires at the weekend, so the Bundestag is supposed to approve the new law on Friday. Contrary to popular belief, schools could still be required to wear masks at hotspots, Lauterbach said. He announced that free rapid corona tests for everyone (“citizen tests”) would continue to exist. The federal government bears the costs of this. (11/03/2022)
Possibly three times more deaths from Covid worldwide than recorded
The pandemic may have cost significantly more lives around the world than previously thought. According to a recent study, between January 2020 and December 2021, 18.2 million more people died than would have been expected in years without a pandemic. Only 5.9 million corona deaths were officially recorded during this period. “Our results indicate that the full impact of the pandemic was far greater than official statistics suggest,” the international research team led by Haidong Wang of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle writes in the journal. the lancet
According to the models, 120 out of 100,000 people worldwide died as a result of Corona, and the mortality rate in 21 countries was more than 300. The scientists found the highest rates in the Andean countries of Latin America (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, 512 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants), in Eastern Europe (former European Soviet republics and all of Russia, 345) and Central Europe (from Poland to Albania, 316), and in sub-Saharan Africa (309). However, in some countries such as Iceland or Australia, according to estimates, even fewer people died in the years of the pandemic than would have been statistically expected.
The sometimes large differences between the recorded and actual number of deaths are likely due to underdiagnoses due to lack of testing and problems reporting the numbers. (11/03/2022)