Coronavirus Updates on January 25, 2021

Coronavirus Updates on January 25, 2021

Corona Briefer shares Coronavirus Updates on January 25, 2021, as the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths exceed 100 million and 2.15 million, respectively.

10:41 p.m.: AstraZeneca rejects reports of lower efficacy in the elderly

AstraZeneca rejects reports of up to eight percent reduced effectiveness of its vaccine in seniors. The information is completely wrong.

10:23 p.m.: EU Commission demands insight into data from AstraZeneca

In the dispute over vaccine deliveries, the EU Commission demands insight into the data of the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. "The EU requires information from the company by January 29th at the latest, why it wants to deliver fewer vaccine doses to the EU," said EU Commission circles in the evening after another meeting of company representatives with members of the EU countries. The contract provides for pre-production of cans in the high millions not only for the current quarter, but as early as the fourth quarter of 2020. In addition, the contract with the British-Swedish company of the EU guarantees access to the company's production data. "Therefore, the commission now wants to use data to look at what was produced in which plant and when," it said in commission circles.

The EU now also wants to introduce an export transparency mechanism to see where vaccine produced in the EU is being delivered. The EU is calling on AstraZeneca to significantly improve the delivery offer for the first quarter. The delivery problems differed significantly from those of BioNTech-Pfizer. The one-week delivery interruption there could be explained "conclusively" with the preparation for expanded production. This is not the case with the AstraZeneca group.

9.44 p.m.: Another coronavirus riots in the Netherlands

For the second day in a row, riots broke out in several Dutch cities because of the new nightly curfew to contain the coronavirus pandemic. In the city of Rotterdam and the southern city of Geleen near Maastricht, there were clashes between security forces, as reported by the police and the media. The police used water cannons against the demonstrators. In Geleen there are "clashes between the riot police and young people who throw fireworks at them," said the local police on Twitter. A person was arrested. There were also arrests in Rotterdam, as the city administration tweeted.

Violent riots broke out in several cities in the Netherlands on Sunday. The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte condemned the behavior of the rioters, who, among other things, looted shops, set cars and a coronavirus test station on fire.

A curfew between 9:00 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. came into effect on Saturday. Violations are punished with a fine of 95 euros. It is the first curfew in the EU country since World War II. It should initially remain in force until February 9th.

9:17 p.m.: AstraZeneca vaccine will probably not be approved for seniors

According to the newspaper "Bild", the vaccine from AstraZeneca will only be approved for under-65s in Europe. The background is an effectiveness in over-65-year-olds of less than ten percent, reports the newspaper, citing government circles. For its part, the "Handelsblatt" reports, with reference to coalition circles, of an efficiency of eight percent in older people.

9:03 p.m.: Chancellery minister - suspend debt brake longer

Chancellery chief Helge Braun (CDU) has called for the debt brake to be suspended for a longer period in view of the financial burdens resulting from the coronavirus crisis. "The debt brake cannot be adhered to in the coming years, even with otherwise strict spending discipline," writes Braun in a guest article for the "Handelsblatt".

8:57 p.m.: Israeli service provider - First Pfizer vaccination results very encouraging

An Israeli health care provider describes the initial results of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccinations as "very encouraging". Of about 128,600 people who received both vaccinations, 20 later contracted Covid-19, Maccabi said, citing its own experts. That's less than 0.02 percent. Nine million people live in Israel. More than 2.6 million of them have received one vaccine dose so far and around 1.2 million also the second.

8:53 p.m.: CSU General Secretary suggests Ramelow resign

CSU General Secretary Markus Blume has suggested that Thuringia's Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow resign. On "Bild live" in the evening, Blume referred to statements about Ramelow's mobile phone gimmick at the coronavirus deliberations of the federal and state governments: "If he wants to tell us that he is tired of office, then he should simply resign, then he has plenty of time to play. There is one way that you can spend more time playing mobile games, that is to step down. "

Ramelow is said to have declared in a panel discussion on the audio app Clubhouse on Saturday night that he was relaxing with a smartphone game at the Prime Minister's conferences, which often last for hours, at which the coronavirus rules are coordinated between the federal and state governments. CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak said on "Bild live": "I have no words. That is completely unacceptable."

8:05 p.m.: Biden renews entry ban for foreigners from Europe

US President Joe Biden will renew the entry ban for foreigners from Europe today. In addition, to protect against a new variant of the coronavirus virus, entries from South Africa are also to be limited, as the White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a press conference.

The outgoing US President Donald Trump ordered an end to the entry ban about a week ago. Biden's team immediately stated that the restrictions on travelers from the Schengen area, Great Britain, Ireland and Brazil would be reintroduced after the new government took office. When announcing the relaxation of the regulations, Trump's team pointed out that from January 26th, entry into the USA would only be possible after a current and negative coronavirus test had been submitted. Psaki immediately rejected the announcement by the Trump administration on behalf of the new president.

Since March, with a few exceptions, foreign travelers from Europe have not been allowed to enter the USA.

7.15 p.m.: Mexico’s President, who is suffering from Covid, talks to Putin about vaccine

After his Covid 19 diagnosis, Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador phoned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and invited him to Mexico. The phone call on Monday was mainly about an order from Mexico for the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V. López Obrador wrote on Twitter that he thanked Putin for agreeing to send 24 million cans over the next two months.

On Sunday evening, Mexico's head of state and government announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus virus, had mild Covid 19 symptoms and was receiving medical treatment. The 67-year-old left-wing populist had repeatedly downplayed the danger posed by the pandemic and the benefits of wearing masks. In the past few days he had traveled within the country in scheduled airliners and came into contact with numerous people without wearing a mask.

According to official figures, Mexico is the country with the fourth most deaths as a result of the coronavirus pandemic - almost 150,000 fatalities have been registered so far. However, very little is tested for the virus in the North American country with almost 130 million inhabitants. In addition, the so-called excess mortality is very high there.

6.47 p.m.: Highest increase in new infections in Spain

In Spain, 93,822 new coronavirus infections were registered over the weekend - more than ever before on a weekend. In total, almost 2.6 million infections have now been reported in the country that has been particularly badly affected by the pandemic, according to the Ministry of Health. A total of 56,208 people died in connection with the virus.

6:16 p.m.: Study - Avarice in vaccine distribution brings trillions of economic losses

If richer countries secure the majority of coronavirus vaccines and developing countries go largely empty-handed for the time being, the global economy could cost trillions in losses. This was reported by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). She had commissioned a study on this. If vaccines are not distributed fairly around the world, this could reduce global economic output by up to 9.2 trillion dollars (7.6 trillion euros) this year alone, it says. Half of the failure affects industrialized countries.

"The study shows the possible consequences of vaccine nationalism, which are significantly greater than the best estimates so far," said the ICC. It shows that investments in the ACT accelerator are paying off. The ACT Accelerator is the World Health Organization (WHO) program for the development, production and fair distribution of Covid-19 tests, drugs and vaccines. If richer countries paid the $ 27.2 billion missing from the program, the benefits would be 166 times the investment.

Even if richer countries managed to get their own populations optimally vaccinated by the end of June, they could lose up to $ 4.5 trillion in economic output if vaccinations in poorer countries remained at their current low levels, the study said.

6:01 p.m.: EU - delivery delays for Astrazeneca vaccine "not acceptable"

The EU Commission has described the delays in the delivery of coronavirus vaccine announced by the British-Swedish company Astrazeneca as "unacceptable". The EU had "pre-financed the development and production of the vaccine" and is now demanding something in return, said EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. She also called on all manufacturers to inform Brussels about exports of vaccines from the EU to third countries.

5:52 p.m.: Almost ten percent of the British have been vaccinated once

Almost ten percent of the UK population - just under 6.6 million people - have received the first of two required vaccinations, according to government figures. The number of new infections increased by 22,195 and thus less strongly than the previous day with 30,004. There were 592 other deaths recorded.

 

5.45 p.m.: Bad Kissingen supplies all households with FFP2 masks

The Lower Franconian district town of Bad Kissingen had FFP2 masks distributed to all 14,000 households. As the municipality reported today, two masks were thrown in each apartment last weekend. The city council provided the money for the 28,000 masks. City officials then packed the masks in envelopes.

 

"If you order to be worn across the board when shopping, in my opinion you have to offer help across the board at the start so that everyone has the chance to adhere to the requirement," said Mayor Dirk Vogel (SPD). Two masks per household are not a permanent supply, but compliance with the requirements is made easier for citizens.

 

5.33 p.m.: Astrazeneca boss criticizes egotistical approach to vaccine procurement

At the World Economic Forum (WEF), the head of the British pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca, Pascal Soriot, denounced the selfish behavior of some countries in the procurement of coronavirus vaccines. The development of the vaccine could have been cause for celebration, Soriot said at the virtual event on Monday. Instead, some countries have pushed their way and adopted a "me-first" mentality, he added. Pascal also criticized the global reaction to the occurrence of the coronavirus crisis. "From a global perspective, one can justifiably claim that we could and should have been better prepared for this pandemic," said the CEO. Astrazeneca is currently under massive criticism in Brussels because it announced on Friday that

 

5.28 p.m.: Airport BER depends on further billions in aid due to the coronavirus crisis

The capital airport BER will be dependent on further financial aid in the billions due to the collapse of air traffic in the coming years. This is based on estimates of when the number of passengers will return to the pre-crisis level of 2019, as the operating company FBB announced on Monday after a supervisory board meeting. In the best case scenario, this will happen as early as 2023, in the worst case not until 2027. As a basis for the business plan, management assumes in the middle scenario that almost 36 million passengers will take off and land in Berlin in 2025. However, compared to the previous planning for 2021 to 2025, a total of around 83 million passengers would then be missing. "This goes hand in hand with considerable economic losses," explained the FBB, without giving any details.

 

4:53 p.m.: Warnings against early easing in Germany

Despite the falling number of coronavirus infections, the federal government and some prime ministers are warning of a premature easing debate. "We are on the right track," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday in Berlin with a view to the latest infection and death figures. This path should not be abandoned prematurely, he added in view of the more contagious virus mutations. North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Armin Laschet joined the warning. While Greens boss Annalena Baerbock called for a long-term strategy, Laschet rejected this and said that one had to drive on sight because of the virus mutants.

 

4.39 p.m.: Covid long-term consequences: Infected people need follow-up care

Three out of four patients still suffer from long-term effects six months after a coronavirus infection. This is now shown by a study from Wuhan, China, where the virus first broke out. International long-term surveys of Covid-19 sufferers also show: coronavirus patients need comprehensive follow-up checks, because even with a mild course, serious long-term effects can occur months later on the lungs, muscles, brain, heart and kidneys - so-called post Covid symptoms. According to WHO information, 80 percent of coronavirus sufferers only have mild symptoms, such as headaches and sore throats, but Professor Rembert Kozculla from the Schön Klinik Berchtesgadener Land in Schönau in Upper Bavaria warns: "But we also see that patients now have very slight courses then open here after six months. (...

 

4:19 p.m.: Compulsory testing burdens Bavarian-Czech relations

The stricter entry rules lead to differences between Bavaria and the Czech Republic. Despite a lack of understanding on the part of the Czech Republic, Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) is not moving away from the compulsory coronavirus test, as a government spokesman announced on Monday. Those arriving from a high-risk area such as the Czech Republic must present a negative coronavirus test that is no more than 48 hours old. The Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis wanted to telephone Söder to insist on relief. It was a constructive exchange, said the Bavarian government spokesman afterwards. But Söder has expressed that the Free State insists on the obligation to test.

 

 

4.10 p.m.: Landtag SPD demands: withdraw the cancellation of the carnival holidays

The state parliament SPD has asked the state government to withdraw the short-term cancellation of this year's carnival holidays. Particularly in times of distance learning, families urgently needed breaks. "Right now, the students, teachers and parents are particularly challenged and stressed by the strenuous distance learning. Everyone urgently needs relaxation," said educational policy spokeswoman Margit Wild on Monday.

 

4:09 p.m.: Several ministers in Zimbabwe and Eswatini die of Covid-19 consequences

In southern Africa, top politicians are now increasingly falling victim to the coronavirus virus. In the mountain kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), three cabinet members died within a few weeks - most recently Labor Minister Makhosi Vilakati, whose death was announced late on Sunday evening. A few days earlier, the Minister of Public Service, Cristian Ntshangase, had died of Covid-19 complications. Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini was one of the world's first state leaders to succumb to the consequences of a coronavirus infection in mid-December.

 

4:08 p.m.: Brazilian police break up the party with 1,200 guests

In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, a rave party with around 1200 guests was broken up in southern Brazil. This was reported by the news portal "G1" on Monday, citing the police. According to the report, the person responsible for the party fled after the police arrived. Even before Sunday evening, the police in São José dos Pinhais in the Greater Curitiba area had broken up several smaller parties. At a party with 400 guests, the city police arrested six people according to the local portal "Banda B". Brazil is one of the hot spots of the coronavirus pandemic. A possibly particularly contagious virus mutation exacerbates the situation. The Foreign Office in Berlin classifies Brazil as an area with a particularly high risk of infection.

 

4:02 p.m.: Poland: Duda criticizes growing resistance to lockdown

Despite growing resistance to coronavirus measures in Poland, President Andrzej Duda does not want to deviate from the course. Although he understands the "desperation" of those citizens who opened their shops in protest against the lockdown, Duda said in an interview published on Monday by the pro-government magazine "Sieci". But there must still be penalties for those who override the restrictions imposed by the state.

 

3:56 p.m.: SPD warns of attacks on coronavirus vaccination centers

SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil has warned of the radicalization of coronavirus deniers and called for further safety precautions for vaccination centers. "If the mood continues to boil, it can also turn into attacks on vaccination centers," said Klingbeil on Monday to the portal t-online. "Vaccination is now the ultimate enemy among coronavirus deniers," he said. "Groups from esotericists to the radical right unite in their rejection of the vaccine." Klingbeil demanded: "We have to make sure that the vaccination centers, the staff and those who want to be vaccinated there are safe."

 

3:49 p.m.: The effects of coronavirus on the world job market are much worse than the financial crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has had a far worse impact on labor markets all over the world than the financial and economic crisis of 2009. The International Labor Organization (ILO) calculated on Monday that 8.8 percent of global working hours were lost last year - that is as much as a quarter of a billion full-time positions. The decline is therefore about four times greater than the loss during the financial and economic crisis in 2009. This is the biggest crisis for work worldwide since the Great Depression in the 30s, said ILO boss Guy Ryder in a virtual press conference. The virus killed more than 2.1 million people, infected tens of millions of people and seriously affected the global economy in 2020.

 

3:48 p.m.: Moderna vaccine will probably also work with new variants

According to the company, the coronavirus vaccine from the US manufacturer Moderna is also effective against the new virus variants that first appeared in Great Britain and South Africa. Laboratory tests have shown that the two vaccinations lead to neutralizing antibodies against the virus variants discovered so far, Moderna said on Monday. This applies to variant B.1.1.7, which first appeared in Great Britain, and variant B.1.351, which appeared in South Africa. In the British variant, there was "no significant effect" on the antibody level compared to previous virus variants, explained Moderna. In the South African variant, the amount of antibodies is six times less; but this is still sufficient to offer protection against the virus.

 

2:23 p.m.: Half of Germans find traveling by bus and train unsafe

For fear of being infected with the coronavirus virus, many Germans are currently driving with a bad feeling on buses and trains. 48 percent of those surveyed currently feel rather or very unsafe when using public transport. This is what they stated in a survey by the Forsa opinion research institute on behalf of the German Consumer Association (VZBV). A good 40 percent of the survey participants feel more or more secure.

 

2:20 p.m.: Greens demand "proactive action" from the federal government

Greens co-leader Annalena Baerbock calls on the federal government to "act with foresight" in the coronavirus crisis. She waited too often and only drove on sight, for example when ordering high-quality masks and rapid tests or discussing air filters in schools. "This principle can no longer simply be passed on."

 

1:48 p.m.: Traffic jams at test stations for commuters - incomprehension in the Czech Republic

Mile-long queues of cars formed at times in front of the coronavirus test stations on the Bavarian-Czech border on Monday. According to the authorities, commuters had to wait a long time, especially in the Upper Palatinate and Lower Bavaria. Because the Czech Republic is a high-risk area, cross-border commuters are only allowed to enter with a maximum 48-hour old negative test. On the first working day since the entry rules were tightened, cars and trucks were already jammed in the Cham district in the early morning. In Waldmünchen there were about 300 vehicles, in Furth im Wald around 400, as a police spokesman said. On the Czech side, a three-kilometer backwater formed there, a spokeswoman for the Domazlice office told the German press agency.

 

1:37 p.m.: Xi calls for better cooperation - "recovery shaky"

China's President Xi Jinping is calling for barriers to trade, investment and technological exchange to be dismantled in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Improved economic cooperation is needed, says the head of state at the virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum, which is normally held in Davos, Switzerland. The global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is still "quite shaky" and the outlook is uncertain.

 

1.33 p.m.: Merck stops development of Covid-19 vaccines

The pharmaceutical company Merck and the French Pasteur Institute are stopping their project for a joint coronavirus vaccine. First tests had shown insufficient effectiveness, said the Pasteur Institute on Monday in Paris. The remedy should be developed on the basis of a vaccine against rubella.

 

1:29 p.m.: Federal government sees coronavirus variant "very serious danger"

The federal government is extremely alarmed by the spread of the coronavirus mutation, which is widespread in Great Britain, in Germany. "We have a dark cloud of very serious danger in the background," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday in Berlin. Virus type B.1.1.7, which is probably much more easily transmitted, has already occurred several times in Germany. For this reason, around 1,500 clinic employees were quarantined in Berlin. Chancellor Helge Braun (CDU) said on Sunday in the ARD program "Anne Will" that the mutant would "take the lead" in Germany too.

 

1:27 p.m.: Cologne carnivalists help with benefit streaming

Cologne carnivalists want to collect donations for stage workers, artists and dance corps in need with a benefit program via live stream. On Weiberfastnacht (February 11), the donation marathon will be moderated by Guido Cantz and Mirja Boes from the Cologne Lanxess Arena in compliance with coronavirus requirements and broadcast live on the Internet, the Cologne Carnival Festival Committee announced on Monday. The festival committee is part of the alliance "Nur zesamme sin mer Fastelovend - Mer looße üch nit alone" (Only together we are carnival - we don't leave you alone), to which more than 40 bands, speakers and other partners from the carnival scene have come together. The reason for the charity campaign is the almost complete loss of income for stage artists, stagehands, roadies, drivers,

 

1:14 p.m.: The Germans' approval of contact restrictions drops noticeably

The approval of the Germans for some central government measures to contain the coronavirus has recently decreased noticeably. As a survey published on Monday by the Berlin Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) showed, the acceptance of the contact restrictions fell, among other things. While 84 percent judged this to be appropriate shortly before Christmas, it was currently only 74 percent. The approval of business closings also fell by ten percentage points to 56 percent in the same period.

 

1:11 p.m.: Brussels recommends coronavirus test and quarantine after staying in high-risk zones

According to the European Commission, travelers from coronavirus high-risk areas within the EU should always do a test before departure and be quarantined on arrival. "This is necessary to protect our citizens and to ensure the functioning of the internal market," said EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders on Monday in Brussels. According to this, the Member States should not make any distinction between international and domestic travel.

 

In order to classify high-risk areas as such, the commission has now introduced a new color category: regions in which the number of confirmed infections in the past 14 days was over 500 per 100,000 inhabitants are now marked in dark red.

 

1:05 p.m.: Virologist Addo: Antibody drug is not the savior

The Hamburg virologist Marylyn Addo has warned against too high hopes for coronavirus treatment with regard to new antibody therapies. Although the data from the USA are promising, she said on Sunday evening in the ARD "Tagesthemen". But: "In the expert community, nobody assumes that this is the drug that is now flipping the switch in the pandemic, that is, that it is the savior or the medicine that brings salvation." Addo is Head of Infectious Diseases at the University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), which, according to NDR, will be one of the first clinics in Germany to use the two antibody drugs purchased by the federal government to treat Covid 19 patients. In the USA, ex-President Donald Trump was also treated with such a drug.

 

12.51 p.m.: Caritas calls for early vaccination of daycare staff

According to Caritas, employees in day-care centers must be vaccinated against coronavirus earlier. The Caritas Association of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising demanded on Monday that educators and nannies should be brought up to priority group 2. Because statistics from the health insurance companies show that daycare staff are particularly affected by sick leave in connection with the coronavirus virus, argued Caritas chairman Gabriele Stark-Angermeier. Therefore, the employees should get a vaccination chance as quickly as possible, especially since keeping your distance is not an option in this profession, emphasized Birgit Weiß from the management of the Caritas Centers Upper Bavaria.

 

12:37 p.m.: Over a million people in Israel receive both coronavirus vaccinations

More than a million people in Israel have received the two necessary vaccinations against the coronavirus. Health Minister Juli Edelstein announced this on Twitter on Monday. The first dose has been given to around 2.6 million people so far. Just over nine million people live in Israel. Germany has around nine times as many inhabitants. So far, almost 230,000 people have been vaccinated twice against the coronavirus virus. According to Pfizer, the vaccination protection is 95 percent one week after the second vaccination.

 

12.26 p.m.: Johnson is considering stricter border controls because of virus mutants

The British government is considering tightening border controls because of the new coronavirus variants. The reason is the fear of virus mutations against which the vaccines no longer work, says Prime Minister Boris Johnson. There is at least the theoretical risk that such a variant will enter Great Britain. "We want to make sure that we protect our people and this country from reinfection from abroad," says Johnson. However, the UK is on track to meet its vaccination targets for vulnerable groups by February 15.

 

12.10 p.m.: Spahn brings vaccine export license requirements up for discussion

Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) has discussed an obligation to export vaccines from the European Union (EU). From his point of view, the EU should examine a corresponding authorization requirement, said Spahn, according to information from the German Press Agency from participant circles on Monday in the first virtual meeting of the newly elected CDU federal executive. Then one could get information about whether and, if so, which vaccines left the EU and possibly prevent such an export, so Spahn justified his initiative. There is such an export restriction in the USA.

 

12.10 p.m.: Archbishop's cry for help: the situation in Brazil is dramatic

The Latin America aid organization Adveniat complains about a dramatic coronavirus situation in the Brazilian Amazon metropolis of Manaus. The health system collapsed, oxygen deliveries and personal and material support were missing. "We are in an almost hopeless situation," said the Archbishop of Manaus, Dom Leonardo Steiner, according to a statement on Monday in Essen. "Help us with oxygen. People shouldn't have to die because of a lack of beds and oxygen.

 

12:04 p.m.: Riots during protests in the Netherlands

Burning cars and looted shops: In the Netherlands, protests against the night curfew to contain the coronavirus pandemic have rioted. Violent clashes between demonstrators and police broke out on Sunday in Amsterdam, Eindhoven and several other cities. According to the authorities and reports from the Dutch media, more than 130 people were arrested. According to the public broadcaster NOS, the police used dogs and a water cannon in a square in the city center of Amsterdam to break up a demonstration of around 1,500 people.

 

12.03 p.m.: Ministry of Health: Expect Astrazeneca approval on Friday

Astrazeneca's vaccine is expected to receive European approval this week, according to the Ministry of Health. It is expected for Friday, says a spokesman for the Ministry of Health. Then several million additional doses would be available. However, due to production problems, there are initially less available than expected. How much is missing is currently unclear, says the spokesman.

 

12:02 p.m.: Federal government: Municipalities should report the need for coronavirus administrative assistance

The federal government has called on the states and municipalities to report a need for assistance in old people's and nursing homes. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Monday in Berlin that this is a prerequisite for volunteers to be deployed in a targeted manner. He announced a hotline that volunteers can contact and then receive training from the Red Cross. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said a total of 14,500 soldiers are currently deployed in coronavirus aid. Of these, 747 women and men nationwide are active in old people's homes on the basis of 52 administrative assistance applications. The plans include 1,400 soldiers. It is noticeable that offers of help are increasingly accepted. The number of soldiers deployed could be further increased.

 

11:57 a.m.: Federal Government: Are on the right path, are not allowed to leave him

In view of the falling number of new positive tests, government spokesman Steffen Seibert speaks of a positive development. "We are on the right track. We absolutely have to continue on it," he says. In view of mutations in the virus, it would be wrong to leave the path now. The numbers should therefore now be pressed further.

 

11.49 a.m.: Macron sees Europe on the way to better control of the pandemic

French President Emmanuel Macron sees progress in the fight against the coronavirus in Europe. All over Europe there will be movement in the adjustment of the strategy in the coming weeks in order to better control the pandemic, Macron said at the investment summit "Choose France". The French government is currently considering a third lockdown to contain the virus. This could also be the subject of a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

 

11.42 a.m.: Experts warn of more online gambling addiction in the coronavirus crisis

The Hamburg specialist department for addiction issues warns of increasing gambling addiction in the coronavirus pandemic by online betting providers. For some time now, providers on the Internet have been trying to attract new players with considerable advertising expenditure, said the managing director of Sucht.Hamburg, Christiane Lieb, on Monday. This calculation could work out in the pandemic. Above all, people who felt heavily burdened by corona-related restrictions or who had previously regularly played for money are susceptible to the lure offers. Nobody is given anything for free in online gambling. On the contrary, it is "a particularly risky variant of gambling".

 

11.41 a.m.: Around 1,400 Bundeswehr soldiers for tests in old people's homes in action

According to government spokesman Steffen Seibert, around 1,400 Bundeswehr soldiers are now available for rapid tests in old people's and nursing homes. At last there were 600, says Seibert. It is to be hoped that more counties will request the soldiers' help. In addition, one is in the process of training volunteers.

 

Volunteers who want to help with coronavirus rapid tests in care facilities can contact the Federal Employment Agency on the hotline 0800 4 555532. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday in Berlin. The hotline is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The volunteers would be trained by the German Red Cross.

 

11.31 a.m.: ADAC: Pay attention to short-term cancellations when planning your trip

Vacationers who book a trip for spring or summer should ensure that they can be canceled as quickly as possible and free of charge. The ADAC draws attention to this. Scientists expect the coronavirus crisis to ease in the course of the year, but the coming months will continue to be characterized by uncertainties in travel planning due to the discussions about extended lockdowns, mandatory vaccinations for travelers or shorter vacation periods. Many travel providers are reacting to the coronavirus crisis with more generous cancellation and rebooking rules, but the club still recommends that you always carefully check the conditions of the offer.

 

11.28 a.m.: CDU politician warns of North Korean cyber attacks on vaccine companies

According to "Handelsblatt", the CDU security politician Patrick Sensburg warns of possible cyber attacks by North Korea on German vaccine companies. The background is a current assessment by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). "Since North Korea is poorly positioned in the field of research into vaccines, it is now trying to get the relevant information through cyberattacks and classic espionage," Sensburg is quoted as saying.

 

11:17 a.m.: Aid association: World community fails in vaccination strategy

The development organization One accuses industrialized countries of failing to distribute vaccines against the coronavirus pandemic fairly around the world. "Instead of campaigning for all people worldwide to have access to coronavirus vaccines, many rich countries are securing more vaccines than they need and creating a monopoly," warned Stephan Exo-Kreischer, Director of One Germany, on Monday. Contrary to popular belief, the industrialized countries in particular pursued a "my country first" strategy. This is unwise because it adds years to the duration of the pandemic and could be fatal for people who do not have access to a vaccine. One urged politics and industry to

 

11.11 a.m.: BER supervisory board advises on financing in the coronavirus crisis

Less than three months after BER opened, only a few thousand passengers use the new capital city airport every day. The Supervisory Board has been discussing how to compensate for the loss of income since Monday morning in a video conference. The finances of the state enterprise are the focus of the annual strategy meeting of the control body, as a spokesman said.

 

For this year, the company had registered a requirement of around 660 million euros with its owners. These are the states of Berlin, Brandenburg and the federal government. In return, the airport company should save. According to information from the "Tagesspiegel" (Monday), this could also affect the management's salaries. However, no resolutions are expected.

 

Even before the coronavirus crisis, there was a gap of 375 million euros in the company's financial planning, mainly because bills for the new airport still have to be paid. The slump in passenger numbers has increased the financial hardship. Airport boss Engelbert Lütke Daldrup wants BER 2025 to be able to cover its operating costs on its own.

 

10:54 a.m.: Linke calls for price caps for FFP2 masks

"So that everyone has access to FFP2 masks, the federal government has to ensure that these are available in sufficient numbers and are available at affordable prices," said a motion of the parliamentary group from which the newspapers of the editorial network Germany ( RND). The government should make use of the options provided in the Infection Protection Act, the application continues. Accordingly, products such as FFP2 masks can be procured centrally from the state and prices can be regulated.

 

In addition, the government must "oblige employers to equip their employees with FFP2 masks free of charge at work and for commuting," the left-wing parliamentary group continues. For Hartz IV recipients there must be a corresponding surcharge.

 

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10:32 am: Ifo index deteriorates

The mood among companies in Germany worsened at the start of the year. The Ifo business climate index fell in January to 90.1 points from 92.2 points in the previous month, as the Munich economic research institute announced on Monday for its survey of 9,000 managers. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a slight decrease to 91.8 points. "The second coronavirus wave temporarily ended the recovery of the German economy," said Ifo President Clemens Fuest. The managers judged the outlook for their businesses and their situation to be less favorable than recently.

 

More pessimism is growing - Ifo business climate index has fallen

10:04 a.m. Jung thinks coronavirus tax increases are wrong

The CDU / CSU parliamentary group vice-president in the Bundestag, Andreas Jung, considers tax increases after the crisis to be wrong. It is important that the economy grows again. The total tax burden must therefore decrease and should be capped at 25 percent. In addition, better depreciation options are important for companies, after the recently decided expansion to computers and other digital goods now also to climate investments. The latter must come before the federal election, said Jung with a view to the coalition partner SPD.

 

9:39 a.m.: Riots by strictly religious Jews due to coronavirus requirements

Ultra-Orthodox Jews rioted in several Israeli cities in protest against the state's coronavirus requirements. In the ultra-Orthodox stronghold of Bnei Brak, just outside Tel Aviv, hundreds of supporters of a particularly radical ultra-Orthodox group blocked streets, threw stones at police officers and set a bus on fire.

 

In the city of Beit Shemesh, the police broke up a strictly religious mega-wedding and in Ashdod, southern Israel, 13 officers were injured while trying to close a religious educational institution. Numerous religious schools in the country are open during the current lockdown, although it is prohibited. Many strictly religious people in Israel do not adhere to the rules of distance and contact. The number of infections in this group is well above the population average.

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu announced last week that the authorities would act against violations with an iron fist. He is accused of having treated the strictly religious so far mildly because he needs them as a coalition partner. Israel will vote on March 23. Without the ultra-Orthodox parties, Netanyahu has no chance of a parliamentary majority of its own.

 

9.22 a.m.: Infection numbers in Russia are falling

In Russia, the authorities have registered fewer than 20,000 new infections within a day for the first time since November 11. 19,290 people had tested positive for the coronavirus virus, including almost 2,400 in Moscow. In total, more than 3.73 million cases of infection were recorded, making Russia fourth in the world behind the USA, India and Brazil. In addition, the number of deaths related to the virus rose within 24 hours by 456 to 69,918.

 

09.09 a.m.: Turkey receives 6.5 million more doses of the Chinese vaccine

Turkey has received the second batch of coronavirus vaccine from the Chinese company Sinovac. The state news agency Anadolu reported that a delivery of 6.5 million cans had arrived in Istanbul early Monday morning. By the end of December, Turkey had already received three million doses of the Chinese vaccine.

 

The country with its around 83 million inhabitants started its vaccination campaign with CoronaVac on January 14th. According to official figures, around 1.3 million people have been vaccinated since then.

 

7:59 a.m.: Biden imposes new entry bans due to mutations

According to insiders, US President Joe Biden will impose new entry bans on European and other countries on Monday in the fight against the more contagious variants of the coronavirus virus. Affected are non-US citizens who have stayed in Great Britain, Brazil, South Africa, Ireland and the EU, the Reuters news agency learned on Sunday from health authorities who did not want to be named. The mutation, which was first detected in South Africa, has not yet been recorded in the USA, whereas a variant found by British scientists has already been found in 20 states.

 

In March, under the then President Donald Trump, the United States imposed entry bans on most visitors from Europe and then in May on those from Brazil. Trump ordered at the beginning of last week that these measures should expire on Tuesday. However, the instructions of his successor Biden - in office since Wednesday - reverse this step.

 

07:56 a.m. Vaccination expert does not want to rethink vaccination strategy yet

The chairman of the Standing Vaccination Commission, Thomas Mertens, believes it is premature to rethink the vaccination strategy because of the new coronavirus variants. For this purpose, biological tests are first necessary, which took a little longer and are more difficult to carry out in the laboratory, says Mertens on ZDF. However, a reduction in antibody effectiveness against these variants found in the laboratory does not necessarily mean that the vaccination is ineffective in humans.

 

To contain the virus mutants, the protective measures would have to be taken even more seriously. Above all, keeping your distance is particularly important. "Basically, we can only do what we have been doing up to now. We just have to do it more consistently." In individual cases you have to keep even more distance.

 

07.35 a.m.: Japan achieves herd immunity only after the Olympics

According to researchers, Japan will probably only achieve so-called herd immunity through mass vaccination in October and thus about months after the end of the planned Summer Olympics. "Japan seems to have come into the game fairly late," says Rasmus Bech Hansen, founder of British research company Airfinity. Japan is dependent on importing large quantities of vaccines from the USA. At the moment, however, it is not very likely that the country will receive very large amounts of the product from Pfizer and BioNTech, for example. "There just aren't enough vaccines for all of the countries that Pfizer has agreements with." A vaccination rate of 75 percent is used as the benchmark for so-called herd immunity.

 

7:20 a.m.: Seven districts and cities in Bavaria over 200 incidence

The authorities in Bavaria reported 1,106 new coronavirus infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. According to the figures published on Monday, seven districts and independent cities in the Free State were above the incidence value of 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one week. In addition, 29 new deaths related to coronavirus infection were recorded within 24 hours. The number of cases recorded is usually lower on Mondays, partly because fewer tests are carried out on the weekend.

 

The Bavarian front runner was the district of Wunsiedel in the Fichtelgebirge with an incidence of 294.5. Six counties and cities passed the 200 mark on Sunday. In Bavaria, 391,103 infections and 9,671 coronavirus deaths have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic.

 

According to the RKI, the seven-day incidence for all of Bavaria was 107; a week earlier, a value of 130.4 had been reported. Nationwide, the authority registered an incidence of 111.2.

 

7-day incidence and more: coronavirus numbers in Bavaria's districts

06.18 a.m.: More and more intensive care units in the USA are at their limit

According to an analysis by the AP news agency, more than 40 percent of US citizens live in an area with at most 15 percent free intensive care beds. In view of the drastic number of coronavirus cases in the USA, hundreds of intensive care units nationwide are in dire straits. There is a lack of space and accessories, and at the same time hospitals are competing for temporary employees.

 

5.41 a.m.: RKI reports 6,729 new infections and 217 more deaths

The Robert Koch Institute reports 6,729 new infections and 217 further deaths within one day. That is a decrease compared to the past few days. However, not all health authorities usually transmit their data to the RKI at the weekend. According to the institute, the total number of confirmed infections rose to 2,141,665 and the number of deaths to 52,087. The seven-day incidence remained almost at Sunday's level at 111.2.

 

This is how the coronavirus numbers are developing in Germany

04.32 a.m.: The number of infections in the USA exceeds the 25 million mark

In the USA, the number of confirmed coronavirus infections has exceeded the 25 million mark, according to a data analysis by the Reuters news agency. More than 417,000 people have now died in the USA in connection with a coronavirus infection.

 

03.46 a.m.: New Zealand confirms the first coronavirus case in months

In New Zealand, the authorities have recorded a coronavirus infection for the first time in months. A 56-year-old, who returned from a trip abroad on December 30, is affected, the government said. During the two-week forced quarantine, the woman was initially tested negative twice. But after the quarantine, the South African variant of the virus was detected in another test. 15 closer contact persons were identified and contacted. Her husband had tested negative.

 

02.50 a.m.: 124 new infections in China

China reports 124 new infections for Sunday after only 80 infections were reported the day before. Of the new cases, 67 were recorded in northeastern Jilin Province, according to official data.

 

02:01 a.m.: Mexico's president tested positive

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador claims to have tested positive for the coronavirus virus. He received medical care, but the symptoms were only mild.

 

1:11 a.m.: Australian authorities give the green light for BioNTech vaccine

The Australian regulatory authority for therapeutic agents (TGA) has approved the coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech. The agent should be used in at least 16-year-olds, says Prime Minister Scott Morrison. According to Health Secretary Greg Hunt, vaccination of prioritized groups will begin in late February.