Coronavirus Updates on January 24, 2021

Coronavirus Updates on January 24, 2021

Corona Briefer Shares Coronavirus Updates on January 24, 2021.

10:57 a.m.: 77 infections with South Africa virus mutation in Great Britain

According to Health Minister Matt Hancock, 77 infections with the virus variant that appeared in South Africa have been registered in Great Britain. All infected are connected to trips from South Africa and are under close observation. A virus variant that appeared in Brazil would have infected nine people.


10:44 a.m.: British government rows back with higher mortality

After surprising statements by the British Prime Minister about a possible higher mortality rate with a coronavirus variant, the government is now rowing back a little. Health Minister Matt Hancock told Sky News that it was "not really sure how deadly" the mutation B.1.1.7 is. Studies have shown different data. However, there is a risk that more people will die because of the variant first discovered in south-east England. It has been proven that this is transmitted faster.


Johnson said Friday there was "some evidence" that the new variant was associated with higher mortality. This affects men in their sixties. Scientists were amazed at Johnson's statements. Sufficient data was not yet available.


10:22 a.m.: Jurist Büdenbender: More compassion for corona victims

In view of the increasing number of corona deaths, the lawyer Elke Büdenbender urges more compassion for the victims of the pandemic and their relatives. After a total of more than 50,000 deaths were counted in Germany on Friday, the wife of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung: "That is an immensely large number. Nevertheless, I have the impression that it often remains abstract. Perhaps as a society we haven't really understood what that means. "


Because of the risk of infection, people sometimes die very lonely, relatives cannot really say goodbye, Corona also overshadows the rituals surrounding burials. That leaves traces, says the First Lady: "That is also why we have to talk about this experience, about death and dying."


10.16 a.m.: Ex-constitutional judge brings "Corona solos" into conversation

The former constitutional judge Hans-Jürgen Papier brought up a solidarity surcharge to repay the corona debts. "A solidarity surcharge has been introduced to finance German unity. Legislators have similar leeway in the corona crisis and overcoming it," said the former President of the Federal Constitutional Court to the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe (online Sunday, print Monday). "The Basic Law does not preclude the introduction of a corona solos or a general tax increase."


According to the Basic Law, it is possible for citizens to participate financially in the burden of the Corona crisis, the paper said. "It is a political decision whether this takes place through a burden equalization law, as it did after the Second World War, or through taxes." He would rather advocate financing the corona debt from general tax revenues.


9.33 a.m.: Israel begins corona vaccination of young people

Israel was one of the first countries in the world to start vaccinating teenagers against the coronavirus. The first adolescents aged 16 to 18 were vaccinated on Saturday, Israeli media reported. Parents' approval is required. The aim is to enable students who are about to graduate from high school to take part in face-to-face classes in schools.


On Friday and Saturday - the weekend in Israel - a total of 195,000 people were vaccinated, Health Minister Juli Edelstein announced on Twitter on Sunday. Of the approximately nine million inhabitants, 2.5 million received the first dose and almost a million received the second dose. Despite a lockdown lasting several weeks, the number of infections has not yet fallen sufficiently, the minister said.


The Israeli government is therefore discussing today a two-week closure of Ben Gurion International Airport for most flights. The aim is to prevent further virus variants from being introduced. According to official information, up to 40 percent of new cases can be traced back to a mutation that comes from Great Britain. Recently there have also been several cases of serious illness in pregnant women and children.


07.35 a.m.: New Zealand with the first case of infection since November

In the island state of New Zealand, which is little affected by the pandemic, there may be the first local infection since November. The authorities said it was a 56-year-old woman who had been quarantined for two weeks after her return from abroad and had two negative Covid tests. How the woman was infected is unknown, but it may have happened in the country. According to the Ministry of Health, a local infection was last reported on November 18. In addition, the authorities reported eight more cases of infection among travelers returning to quarantine on Sunday.


06.37 a.m.: Survey: Home office is often not possible with government offices

In many German offices, apparently less than half of the employees can work from home. This was shown by a survey by "Welt am Sonntag". Accordingly, the Kiel city administration is worst positioned. Only 17 percent of employees there can work from home. It is followed by the cities of Erfurt, Frankfurt am Main and Rostock. It looks better with the federal authorities. At the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, around 45 percent of employees can currently work from home. According to the administrations, the reason for the problems is delivery bottlenecks for recently ordered laptops and servers. In addition, many files are still not digitized.


6:24 a.m.: 12,257 new corona infections and 349 new deaths

The German health authorities reported 12,257 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day . In addition, 349 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours, as the RKI announced on Sunday morning. Last Sunday, the RKI recorded 13,882 new infections and 445 new deaths within 24 hours.


06.07 a.m.: Statutory health insurance physicians ask for patience when booking vaccination appointments

The statutory health insurance physicians ask for patience when booking appointments for corona vaccinations in the federal states. "A race for vaccination appointments is not necessary," said the head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), Andreas Gassen, of the German press agency. "Anyone who wants to be vaccinated will also be vaccinated." The vaccine is currently in short supply, but the situation will ease in the coming weeks and months. His request is therefore: "Book your two appointments in peace. This is usually not only possible by phone, but also online."


6:02 a.m.: South African virus variant could lead to renewed infections

The South African coronavirus variant 501Y.V2 could possibly spread more strongly than the Sars-CoV-2 variant, which has so far mainly been widespread in Germany. In addition, antibody therapies and vaccines could lose their effectiveness against this type of pathogen. Scientists report on these results in two specialist articles that were not yet peer-reviewed by independent colleagues before publication. The researchers also write that the mutations could also lead to Covid-19 convalescents being infected a second time with the new variant.


5:50 a.m.: Parents can hope for a refund of the daycare fee

As in spring 2020, the parents of crèche, kindergarten and after-school care children in Bavaria could soon get their contributions back for the time of the renewed corona lockdown. A final decision in the coalition is still pending, but according to information from the German Press Agency, the issue could soon play a role in the cabinet.


The responsible Ministry of Social Affairs did not want to comment on this. "We are monitoring the further development of the situation and are currently in talks with the carriers and municipalities," said the spokesman for department head Carolina Trautner (CSU).


5.45 a.m.: Spahn warns of blame in the corona pandemic

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) has warned against blame when coming to terms with the corona pandemic. "We should be careful that 2021 is not the year of blame. Talking about mistakes and neglect is important. But without it becoming relentless. Without it being just a matter of dumping blame on others," said Spahn of "Bild am Sonntag" ".


Spahn is currently partially held responsible for missing vaccines. But he announced early on that there would be very little at first and then increasingly more.


5.20 a.m.: Ministry of the Interior warns of disruptions during the vaccination campaign

According to media information, the Federal Ministry of the Interior warns of disruptions by foreign intelligence services during the corona vaccination campaign. This is borne out by the Ministry's response to a request from the Greens, from which the newspapers of the Funke media group quote. The risk of cyber attacks must therefore be classified as high. Several alleged research attempts against German vaccine manufacturers have already become known. Facilities for research, production and approval of vaccines appear to be potential targets. The Greens politician von Notz said the cyber attack on the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had shown that the danger of IT attacks, espionage and sabotage by foreign intelligence services was very real.


05.00 a.m.: Stricter controls for travelers from high-risk areas in force

Germany is tightening the requirements when entering from countries with particularly high numbers of corona infections . The new regulations have been in force since midnight and apply to more than 20 countries, for example the Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain, Egypt and the USA. Anyone who comes from there and wants to enter here needs a negative PCR test. According to information from the Federal Ministry of the Interior, travelers are systematically checked at the airports and seaports. To this end, more security guards are deployed at large terminals such as Frankfurt and Munich.


There will be random checks in the border areas with other EU countries and Switzerland . The additional measures are intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and identify people who need to be quarantined immediately. In general, the recommendation still applies to only travel for valid reasons.


4.45 a.m.: Lockdown powers for English municipalities extended

According to a report by the Telegraph, the British government has quietly extended the lockdown powers for English municipalities until the beginning of the summer holidays in mid-July. The law, which according to the report would actually have expired last week, only applies to England. It allows municipalities to close restaurants, pubs, shops and public spaces to contain the corona pandemic.


4.32 a.m.: Clubs expect a longer start-up phase after the pandemic

The Berlin clubs expect a longer start-up phase when restarting after the Corona crisis. "We are the first to be closed and we are the last to be allowed to reopen," said club operator Pamela Schobeß ("Gretchen"), who also speaks for the scene, of the German press agency. "We don't know at all when it will continue and how it will continue." Without the aid from the federal and state governments, which are guaranteed until June, it would not work at all, said the chairwoman of the umbrella association Club Commission. If there is a start-up phase at some point, more help is needed. "It can't go from zero to a hundred." Concerts need to be played in advance, says Schobeß. The tourists will therefore only come back gradually. "A lot of people will have less money to go out.


4.05 a.m.: The federal government bought antibody drugs

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn has bought a new antibody-based corona drug for Germany, as reported by "Bild am Sonntag". "As of next week, the monoclonal antibodies will be used in Germany as the first country in the EU. Initially in university clinics. The federal government has bought 200,000 cans for 400 million euros," the paper quoted Spahn in the preliminary report. "They work like a passive vaccination. The administration of these antibodies can help high-risk patients in the early phase that a severe course is prevented." According to the report, ex-US President Donald Trump was also treated with this form of antibodies after his corona infection.


1:29 a.m.: British plan to require quarantine for travelers from high-risk countries

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the British government is planning a ten-day quarantine for travelers from countries where there is a high risk of corona infection . Travelers from Brazil or South Africa, for example, should therefore be escorted to hotels after their arrival in order to go into quarantine there. According to the report, the quarantine obligation should be decided on Monday