Coronavirus Updates on January 26, 2021

Coronavirus Updates on January 26, 2021

Coronavirus Updates on January 26, 2021

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11.10 p.m.: Iceland issues first vaccination certificates for travel

Iceland wants to make it easier for its citizens to travel abroad with a digital certificate after a coronavirus vaccination. The Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday that the first evidence had been issued. 4,800 Icelanders have already received two doses of vaccine and can therefore apply for the certificate. The aim is to facilitate cross-border freedom of movement. Travelers could show the proof at the border to be exempted from the respective entry restrictions, the ministry said. However, such a vaccination certificate is not internationally recognized. Iceland, which belongs to the Schengen area, wants to allow Europeans with comparable evidence to enter the country.


10.55 p.m.: coronavirus crisis is affecting Starbucks

The world's largest café chain Starbucks is still struggling in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. In the fiscal quarter to the end of December, profits fell by 30 percent year-on-year to $ 622 million (511 million euros), as Starbucks announced on Tuesday after the US market closed. Revenues fell by almost five percent to $ 6.7 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, this is a significant improvement, but analysts had expected higher income on average.


10:20 p.m.: Pfizer is already working on an improved vaccine against mutants

The US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and the Mainz biotech group BioNTech are working on an improved version of their vaccine against coronavirus variants. The preparatory work is already being carried out in order to be able to react quickly to coronavirus mutants if there are indications that the vaccine is losing effectiveness, according to a Pfizer email to Reuters.


9:50 p.m.: More than 100 million confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide

Since the pandemic began a good year ago, the number of coronavirus infections detected worldwide has risen to more than 100 million. That came out on Tuesday from data from the US University of Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. It was only about a month ago, on Boxing Day, that the threshold of 80 million infections was exceeded. The number of known deaths related to the virus is now more than 2.1 million. Experts assume that there are high unreported numbers of both infections and deaths worldwide. The US university website is regularly updated with incoming data and shows a higher level than the official figures from the World Health Organization (WHO). In some cases, however, the numbers have also been revised downwards.


8:30 p.m .: Boston Marathon rescheduled for October 11th

The 125th edition of the Boston Marathon has been rescheduled for October 11 - if the coronavirus pandemic allows. The organizers announced this on Tuesday. The traditional race originally scheduled for April 19, 2020, which first took place in 1897, was postponed to September last year and then canceled for the first time in its history. If the Covid-19 restrictions valid for the US state of Massachusetts allow it, the marathon is to be held on October 11th.


8:00 p.m .: Audi production ends short-time work "for the time being"

Audi ends short-time working in its German plants. "For the time being," as the automaker emphasizes in its press release. On the evening of January 26th, 2021, the company informed its employees that on Monday, February 1st, 2021, production lines I and II in Ingolstadt will be fully operational again. This also applies to the A4 and A5 assembly in Neckarsulm. Due to the coronavirus, around 500 Audi employees are still on short-time work at the two German locations until February 28, 2021. These employees usually work in Audi catering, the Audi forums or in vehicle delivery.


7:50 p.m.: More than 22,000 new infections in France

In France, infections with the coronavirus increase by 22,086 cases. That is around 1,500 fewer cases than on Tuesday a week ago. 612 people died with or from the virus within 24 hours. In view of the still high number of infections, the French cabinet is advising on Wednesday whether to tighten the coronavirus measures again. A third lockdown with strict curfews and the closure of all shops seems off the table, at least this week. According to information from his environment, President Emmanuel Macron wants to wait for the development.


7:20 p.m.: Chancellor Merkel wants to reduce travel through more stringent measures

In the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) recommends stricter rules for vacation trips in order to slow down the entry of the virus into Germany. "Everyone sees that it is not the hour in which we are traveling now," said Merkel, according to participants, on Tuesday in a meeting of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. According to AFP information, she also brought "certain precautions at the border" into play. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) suggested bringing air traffic "to almost zero". In the parliamentary group meeting, Merkel expressed a lack of understanding for the ongoing cross-border tourist travel, as participants reported to AFP. The main problem at the moment is


6:50 p.m.: Sanofi wants to support Biontech / Pfizer with vaccine production

The French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi will help the US competitor Pfizer and its German partner Biontech with the production of their coronavirus vaccine . More than 100 million doses of the Biontech / Pfizer vaccine are to be produced by Sanofi for the EU by the end of 2021, the head of Sanofi, Paul Hudson, announced on Tuesday in an interview with the newspaper "Le Figaro". Sanofi is working on two vaccines to combat corona; however, these are unlikely to be on the market before the end of the year.


6.47 p.m.: coronavirus crisis hits Barca hard - total debt grows to 1.17 billion euros

FC Barcelona's mountain of debt broke through the billion mark in the coronavirus crisis. As the 26-time Spanish soccer champion announced, the total debt of the club around superstar Lionel Messi is 1.17 billion euros. In addition, Barca said in its economic report that its short-term debt is € 730.6 million. The balance sheet shows that these liabilities include 196 million euros in long-term debts to other clubs for player transfers. For example, Barcelona owes Girondins de Bordeaux 10 million euros in the long term for the transfer of Malcom and Ajax Amsterdam 48 million euros for the transfer of Frenkie de Jong. The economic record also confirms that Barca lost € 97m in revenue as a result of the pandemic.


6:39 p.m.: coronavirus infected gorillas in San Diego are recovering

Coronavirus infected gorillas at a San Diego safari park are expected to recover fully from the infection. The animals were likely exposed to the virus through a member of the zoo staff, said the executive director of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Lisa Peterson, according to the newspaper "The San Diego Union-Tribune". The person tested positive in early January.


It is believed to be the first coronavirus cases among gorillas in the United States. Peterson said one of the gorillas, a 49-year-old animal, had pneumonia that was likely caused by the coronavirus. He also has heart disease. The gorilla was given antibiotics and heart medication and treated with antibodies.


6:26 p.m. Merkel apparently wants to cut travel traffic

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) recommends stricter rules for vacation travel in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. "Everyone sees that it is not the hour in which we are traveling now," said Merkel, according to participants, on Tuesday in a meeting of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group. According to AFP information, she also brought "certain precautions at the border" into play, but without giving details. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) suggested bringing air traffic "to almost zero".


6:21 p.m.: Ireland extends coronavirus lockdown until March 5

Ireland has extended its lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic until March 5th. Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin announced this in Dublin on Tuesday. For the next six weeks, people should stay at home and not move outside of a five-kilometer radius of their place of residence. Shops, schools and restaurants are currently largely closed due to the lockdown. From now on, travelers from high-risk areas such as Brazil or South Africa have to go into a 14-day quarantine, the same applies to people who travel to the country without a negative coronavirus test.


6:11 p.m.: South African coronavirus variant detected in the Rosenheim area

The South African variant of the coronavirus virus has been detected in the Rosenheim area. She was discovered in a returnee who has since left the quarantine at home, said the Rosenheim district office. There was no spread of the South African mutation in the region through this infection.


The traveler returned from South Africa at the beginning of January and had himself tested for the virus before his return trip. The test result was initially negative. As specified in the entry quarantine ordinance, he reports the test result to the Rosenheim health department and immediately went into quarantine at home after his return, according to the district office. A few days after his return, however, the man had unclear complaints, presented himself to a hospital and was routinely tested for the coronavirus virus there. The test result was positive. Inpatient treatment of the man in the clinic was not necessary.


6:04 p.m.: Difficult market for champagne due to coronavirus - sales are falling

Closed bars and hardly any evening events: Champagne sales fell significantly in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis. Last year 245 million bottles were sold worldwide, as the French manufacturers' association Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne announced on Tuesday. That is a decrease of 18 percent. "The closure of the most important consumer and sales outlets as well as the cancellation of numerous events have put a strain on the industry," said the association, in which producers and retailers are united.


5:59 p.m.: EMA considers limited approval of Astrazeneca vaccine possible

The EU Medicines Agency EMA does not rule out that Astrazeneca's coronavirus vaccine is only approved for a certain age group in Europe. "I will not pre-empt the decision," said EMA boss Emer Cooke on Tuesday in a hearing in the European Parliament. A limited admission is basically possible. This will be checked carefully.


Cooke confirmed that there was little test data for the Astrazeneca vaccine in the elderly. In the approval process, the EMA is now checking all the existing data to see what they say for the population groups tested and what can be conclusively concluded for other groups. The authority is still receiving new data from the manufacturer for the ongoing approval process. These will help better assess the vaccine's performance, Cooke said.


5.44 p.m.: EU Commission again invites Astrazeneca to a crisis discussion

In the dispute over scarce coronavirus vaccines, the European Union tried again on Wednesday to get the manufacturer Astrazeneca to deliver contractually guaranteed quantities quickly. The EU Commission has invited representatives of the group (for 6.30 p.m.) to a crisis meeting with experts from the EU countries.


The background to this is the announcement by the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company that, following the approval expected for this week, it will initially deliver less vaccine than agreed. Instead of 80 million vaccine doses, according to EU information, only 31 million should arrive by the end of March. The EU does not want to accept the reason given - problems in the supply chain. She demands compliance with the contract.


5.24 p.m.: Russia announces mass production of second vaccine for February

Russia plans to start mass production of its second vaccine from February. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on Tuesday that his government had made the equivalent of almost 22 million euros available for the production of the Epivaccorona vaccine. He was approved back in October, two months after the first vaccine, Sputnik V.


Epivaccorona was developed in a laboratory in the Novosibirsk region that had secretly researched biological warfare agents during the Cold War. According to the health supervisory authority Rospotrebnadsor, the vaccine has an effectiveness of one hundred percent.


5.13 p.m.: Three-digit million loss at Munich Airport expected

The Free State expects a three-digit million loss at Munich Airport due to the coronavirus crisis. Bavaria's Finance Minister Albert Füracker (CSU) said on Tuesday in the state parliament's finance committee that the airport had still achieved a surplus of 178 million euros in 2019. "In 2020 it will certainly be in the three-digit range, but not positively," he emphasized. The detailed figures are not yet known, the balance is currently still being drawn up.


Füracker described the situation at the airports as "very dramatic". In Munich, 2019 was a record year with 48 million passengers, the following year it was not even a quarter of that. The question of whether things will be much better this year cannot yet be answered. Füracker also expects a loss at Nuremberg Airport in the past financial year.


The Free State has around half of the shares in both airport companies.


4:59 p.m.: Chancellor Angela Merkel's critical assessment

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), looking back on a year of the coronavirus pandemic, also drew a critical balance. Weaknesses and strengths have become visible in Germany, she said on Tuesday at the online meeting of the World Economic Forum. This year the conference replaces the traditional annual conference in Davos.


In Germany one could build on the public spirit and the commitment of the citizens. The solid finances were a good foundation. Merkel added that this was how companies and citizens could be helped. She was critical of the speed of processes in Germany: "The speed of our actions leaves a lot to be desired." Processes have often become very bureaucratic and take a long time. You have to rework. "Where we didn't look good, that is evident to this day, that is the lack of digitalization in our society." Merkel named as examples the lack of networking between the health authorities, the administration and the education system.


4.37 p.m.: coronavirus mutations are spreading in Bavaria

The probably highly contagious coronavirus mutations continue to spread in Bavaria. According to the Ministry of Health, eight cases of the variant from Great Britain and one case of the mutant from South Africa have been confirmed. In the Bayreuth Clinic there are also eleven suspected cases of the virus type from Great Britain .


The mutations are "actually a challenge," said Bavaria's Minister of Health Klaus Holetschek (CSU) on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting in Munich. The virus is much more contagious, depending on the study between 33 and 70 percent. Therefore, there is "no alternative at all to keep the regulations clear and unambiguous so that this mutant does not spread. Otherwise we would gamble away what we have now achieved together."


4.31 p.m.: coronavirus infection numbers in Israel continue to be high - vaccination dates encourage

Despite tough lockdowns and massive vaccination campaigns, the number of coronavirus infections in Israel remains high. "We are not seeing the decline that we wanted - 8571 new infections were registered yesterday, and we still have more than 1,100 seriously ill people," said Vice Minister of Health Yoav Kisch on Tuesday the army broadcaster.


According to a health insurance company in the country, there were encouraging data on the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine. As Maccabi announced, only 20 of 128,600 recipients of the second dose were found to be infected with the coronavirus after more than a week. This corresponds to 0.015 percent. Accordingly, none of the infected became seriously ill, and no one had to go to hospital. Maccabi emphasized that the results were preliminary, but they gave encouragement.


4.14 p.m.: IMF predicts the global economy will grow by 5.5 percent

The International Monetary Fund has forecast a strong recovery for the global economy in the current year. Vaccinations against the coronavirus would enable 5.5 percent growth, after shrinking 3.5 percent last year, the IMF forecast on Tuesday. The forecast was slightly more optimistic than the 5.2 percent increase that the IMF had put in October for 2021, and than the 4.7 percent growth forecast by the United Nations.


"Much depends on the outcome of this race between a mutating virus and vaccines and the ability of politicians to provide effective support until the pandemic ends," said IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath, referring to economic aid. There is great uncertainty. According to the forecast, the worst economic downturn since World War II would be followed by the strongest growth since the recovery from the financial crisis in 2010.


4 p.m.: Almost 100 cases of mutated coronavirus variants registered in Sweden

The mutated variant of the coronavirus, which first appeared in England, has now been detected almost 100 times in Sweden. So far 95 cases of the British variant have been registered, said state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell at an online press conference on Tuesday. So far, there have been three cases of the virus variant from South Africa in Sweden. The likelihood that these mutants, which are supposedly more rapidly transferable, will occur more frequently, is high. Overall, the number of new coronavirus infections in the country is significantly lower than at the worst of times, said Tegnell.


Out of concern about the British virus variant, Sweden has temporarily closed the borders to travelers from Great Britain and also from its neighboring countries Denmark and Norway until February 14.


3:51 p.m.: coronavirus tests in the Czech Republic are not completely free of charge

Contrary to initial information on the subject, coronavirus tests are not free for Czech cross-border commuters if they are done in their own home country. This was announced today by the Freyung-Grafenau district, which had made inquiries on this point. According to this, a rapid antigen test is free within 5 days for Czechs. If you need more tests in 5 days, you have to pay for them yourself. According to the Upper Palatinate district in the Czech Republic, the costs are around 15 euros per test. PCR tests are generally not available for free in the Czech Republic. In the Czech Republic, the costs for a PCR test are only paid by the health insurance companies with a referral from a doctor. In Germany, the rapid and PCR tests are free for Czech cross-border commuters. The state pays the costs.


Czech cross-border commuters have had a negative test result every 48 hours since Sunday when they go to work in Germany. This is why the test capacities have been expanded in some Bavarian border districts, in some cases with test stations directly at the border. In order to equalize the rush there, the districts hope that commuters can also be tested in their own home country. At least one test in 5 days would be possible there free of charge.


3:44 p.m.: According to the RKI, two percent of the population in Germany are vaccinated against Corona

Around a month after the start of the coronavirus vaccination campaign, two percent of the population in Germany received the first dose. This comes from data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Tuesday. Accordingly, more than 1.6 million people have now been given the drug once (as of 10:00 a.m.). The vaccination rate varies significantly depending on the federal state: In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, 3.2 percent received the first dose, in Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia 1.6 percent each. According to RKI statistics, most of the vaccinated are nursing home residents, old people and staff in hospitals and old people's homes. More than 283,000 people have received the second dose, which is supposed to be injected about three weeks after the first.


Corona: Current figures on vaccination in Bavaria

3:32 p.m.: Calls about alleged vaccination appointments - LKA warns of fraudsters

The State Criminal Police Office (LKA) Rhineland-Palatinate warns against fraudulent calls in connection with calls about alleged vaccination appointments - LKA warns against fraudsters who assign vaccination appointments. Vaccination appointments are only given if people call the designated number or log on to the homepage, the LKA announced on Tuesday.


The exact background of the calls is still unclear. "We are assuming that you want to make people feel insecure or want to get sensitive data," said an LKA spokesman. The LKA warns against passing on information about vaccination appointments to strangers. Anyone who receives a suspicious call should end the call immediately and inform the police.


Recently there were already fake, but deceptively real-looking letters in which an alleged date for the vaccination against the coronavirus was announced. "The letters were apparently sent by opponents of the vaccination," said the LKA. In the past few weeks, cases have also become known in which fraudsters pretended to be employees of a vaccine company on the phone.


3:12 p.m.: Administrative judges confirm FFP2 mask requirement

People in Bavaria must continue to wear FFP2 masks on buses, trains and in shops. The Bavarian Administrative Court on Tuesday rejected a corresponding urgent application from a private person from the Swabian administrative district and thus provisionally confirmed the Bavaria-wide FFP2 mask requirement.


The judges argued that FFP2 masks are likely to offer increased protection for themselves and others compared to medical or so-called community masks. Therefore, there are no concerns about their suitability and necessity for combating the coronavirus pandemic. Health hazards are not to be expected, in particular because of the regularly limited wearing time. In principle, the expenses for purchasing the masks are reasonable.


3:01 p.m.: Administrative Court overturns the 15-kilometer rule in Bavaria

The Bavarian Administrative Court has temporarily overturned the ban on tourist day trips over a radius of 15 kilometers in Bavaria . The textual definition of such a radius is not clear enough and violates the principle of norm clarity, the court decided on Tuesday. There are no legal remedies against the decision on an urgent application by an applicant from Passau.


2:59 p.m.: Greece bans protests over coronavirus virus

The Greek government has imposed a week-long ban on demonstrations with more than 100 participants because of the coronavirus. Individuals who violate this policy may face a fine of up to 3,000 euros. Protest groups could have to pay 5,000 euros.


Tuesday's ban came after student demonstrations against plans to have university campuses monitored by police. At some rallies there were clashes between demonstrators and the police.


The left-wing opposition party Syriza described the ban as "arbitrary and undemocratic". The Communist Party of Greece said it will continue to support demonstrations this week. The ban imposed by the center-right government runs until February 1.


2:56 p.m.: Deggendorf district cancels the 15 km rule - tourists are allowed to come again

The Deggendorf District Office lifts the 15-kilometer rule from January 27, 21. on. District Administrator Christian Bernreiter (CSU) announced this in a press conference. The 7-day incidence was below 200 for the eleventh time in a row, so the 15-kilometer rule will be suspended, according to Bernreiter.


That means: Locals from the Deggendorf district are allowed to move freely again for tourist excursions, and tourists from other districts are also allowed to come back to the Deggendorf district. The Deggendorf district thus follows the Freyung-Grafenau district. The district administrator sees the future positively and hopes that the 15 kilometer rule does not have to be reintroduced. The measure was valid for almost two weeks in the Deggendorf district.


2:50 p.m.: Merkel for the global provision of coronavirus vaccine

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has spoken out in favor of distributing the scarce coronavirus vaccines as quickly as possible in poorer countries around the world. At the digital annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Merkel explicitly spoke out against nationalism in mass vaccinations as a way out of the coronavirus pandemic.


"This is about a fair distribution and not just about the distribution of money," said Merkel on Tuesday in her contribution. She welcomed the fact that the international coronavirus vaccination initiative Covax had signed the first contracts. "We will of course do everything we can to ensure that distribution can begin quickly," said Merkel. "The question of who gets which vaccine when in the world will of course also create connections and new memories."


2.34 p.m.: Day care fees in Bavaria are reimbursed

During the coronavirus restrictions, parents in Bavaria are financially relieved of child day care. If parents cannot currently ring their children in emergency care facilities at all or only for a few days, they do not have to pay parental contributions, as the state government decided on Tuesday. According to a notification, the child care providers concerned will be reimbursed for these parental contributions retrospectively from January 1, 2021. 30 percent of this contribution relief will be taken over by the municipalities and 70 percent by the Free State of Bavaria.


2.31 p.m.: South Korea will only shrink by 1.0 percent in the coronavirus year 2020

Economically, South Korea got away with the coronavirus crisis with a black eye. The gross domestic product in 2020 fell by only 1.0 percent compared to the previous year, as the central bank announced in Seoul on Tuesday. No other of the 37 member countries of the industrialized nations organization OECD is likely to have gotten away with such a small minus in the pandemic. According to an initial estimate, the German economy has slumped by five percent. The export strength of the country, which is home to large industrial groups such as Hyundai and Samsung, contributed to the comparatively good performance of South Korea. South Korea has also contained the spread of coronavirus more successfully than most western countries.


2:15 p.m.: Around half of the coronavirus deaths from old people's homes

Around half of all people who died with or from a coronavirus infection in Bavaria lived in an old people's or nursing home, according to the Ministry of Health. Around 48.7 percent of the Covid 19 deaths came from inpatient care facilities, said a ministry spokesman in Munich on Tuesday. As of January 12, this corresponds to 3933 deaths. The numbers came from the district governments and are "not necessarily" complete, the spokesman said.


Corona outbreaks in old people's homes are particularly bad because most people there have previous illnesses and the virus can also spread quickly. Critics accuse the state government of having done too little to protect the elderly.


1:34 p.m.: University clinic: 15 percent of Covid patients cared for in clinic died

Around 1000 coronavirus patients were treated at the Ludwig Maximilians University Hospital in Munich within a year, almost a quarter of them in intensive care units. Almost 15 percent of all Covid 19 patients at the LMU clinic died of or with the virus disease, the clinic announced on Tuesday. Especially after the Christmas holidays there was a significant increase in the number of patients in the intensive care units, reported Bernhard Zwißler, director of the clinic for anesthesiology. "Meanwhile the numbers are slowly falling again."


1:26 p.m.: Söder wants to talk about schools in early February

Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) wants to advise on the return of children to schools in early February. Then it will also be about a comprehensive test concept for teachers and possibly pupils as well as educators in kindergartens, says Söder after a meeting of the Council of Ministers. He ruled out any rapid relaxation. "We will continue our concept until mid-February." coronavirus does not stick to a date.


1:10 p.m.: The Czech Republic hopes that Bavaria will relent on the commuter issue

In the Czech border regions, there is still hope that Bavaria will give in to the coronavirus test obligation for commuters who work in Germany. Since the Czech Republic was classified as a high-risk area, daily cross-border commuters have to be tested every 48 hours. "From my point of view, this will not be sustainable in the long term," said the President of the Karlovy Vary administrative region, Petr Kulhanek, to the German Press Agency on Tuesday. He considers a frequency of twice a week as in Saxony to be more practical.


12.48 p.m.: Inflow of alleged workers to St. Anton

The internationally known winter sports resort of St. Anton am Arlberg has criticized the arrival of mostly young people as alleged workers. "They come under the guise of looking for work," said Mayor Helmut Mall on Tuesday, also looking at landlords who made their quarters available. In total, Mall assumes more than 100 people who are not really looking for a job. Many of those who arrived from Germany, Denmark, Sweden and other European countries despite the mandatory coronavirus quarantine, can be found later on the ski slopes. There they sometimes formed larger groups. "We don't want that," said the mayor. The 2,500 residents of the tourism-dependent place would have great concern if the coronavirus virus spreads in the community. "


12.48 p.m.: Ski vacation in lockdown: Poland's ex-vice head of government shows remorse

After her three sons took part in a ski training session during the lockdown, Poland’s former Deputy Prime Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz apologized. "What happened shouldn't have happened," the politician told the portal on Tuesday. The angry reactions from citizens who are locked up at home are justified. In mid-January, the television broadcaster TVN24 published recordings that showed Emilewicz's three children during ski training in the southern Polish ski resort of Suche in the Tatra Mountains. The former vice head of government was also seen wearing a helmet and ski clothing. The case had caused great resentment in Poland. Similar to Germany, the ski areas are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Exceptions only apply to competitive athletes who are preparing for competitions.


12.45 p.m.: Dealers received an average of 11,000 euros in coronavirus aid in 2020

The trade association HDE is demanding more extensive coronavirus aid from the federal government. Although more than 70 percent of the dealers affected by the lockdown receive state support, they are far too low. In 2020, an average of only 11,000 euros was received in aid payments per company. "The state coronavirus aid for retailers was mostly just a drop in the ocean last year. That is usually not even enough for rent payments in the lockdown months," says HDE lobbyist Stefan Genth.


12.42 p.m.: Do not give Moderna vaccine to pregnant women

The World Health Organization (WHO) publishes its recommendations for the use of the Covid-19 vaccine from the US company Moderna. Accordingly, two doses should be administered 28 days apart. In special circumstances, the interval could be 42 days. The vaccine should not be used in pregnant women - unless they work in health care or are exposed to risk conditions.


12.29 p.m.: Insider: Astrazeneca offers faster vaccine delivery to the EU

According to information from EU circles, the British pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca offers to supply the international community with its vaccine a week earlier than previously planned. Deliveries should start on February 7th, not February 15th, EU officials told Reuters. There is no clarity on the question of whether vaccine can be diverted from Great Britain to the EU in order to have more vaccine available here.


12.11 p.m.: For the first time since 2003, fewer employed people in Bavaria

The coronavirus pandemic stopped the upward trend on the Bavarian labor market after almost two decades. Last year, the number of people in employment in the Free State fell for the first time since 2003, as the State Statistical Office announced on Tuesday. According to this, 7.65 million people in Bavaria had a job at the end of 2020, 78,800 fewer than a year earlier. The only further upward trend was in the construction industry, which reported an increase in employees of 1.0 percent. The statistical offices summarize under the term "gainfully employed" regular employees, self-employed as well as mini-jobbers and other marginally employed persons.


12.09 p.m.: Ministry rejects reports on Astrazeneca effectiveness

The Federal Ministry of Health has rejected reports of allegedly poorer effectiveness of the Astrazeneca vaccine in people over 65 . Current reports cannot be confirmed, a spokesman said on Tuesday. The "Handelsblatt" reported that, according to information from coalition circles, the federal government is only expecting an effectiveness of eight percent for people over 65 years of age. The "Bild" newspaper also reported on it. The ministry explained that at first glance it would appear that things were being mixed up: Around eight percent of the subjects in the Astrazeneca effectiveness study were between 56 and 69 years old, only 3 to 4 percent over 70 years old. From this, however, an effectiveness of only eight percent in older people cannot be derived.


12:04 p.m.: Baerbock: student teachers as crisis helpers for children

In the opinion of the Greens boss Annalena Baerbock, the federal government is neglecting the interests of children in its coronavirus policy. "Children are always neglected in this pandemic, and it must not go on like this," she told the "Augsburger Allgemeine". "One in five children in Germany has had no access to education at all in the past few weeks. Education Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) steals from responsibility. As an immediate measure, student teachers would have to be deployed as crisis helpers. The federal government must make money available for this.


11.58 a.m.: Riots in the Netherlands: ten police officers injured

In the serious riots in the Netherlands , the police arrested 184 people, around 50 of them in the hard-hit cities of Rotterdam and 's Hertogenbosch, the police announced on Tuesday. At least ten police officers were injured in Rotterdam, said the Rotterdam police chief Fred Westerbeeke on the Dutch radio. Emergency ambulances were hindered. The port city was particularly hard hit by the riots on Monday evening. Hundreds of violent youths rioted for hours, attacked the police with fireworks and stones, looted shops and started fires.


11.50 a.m.: Great Britain has more than 100,000 coronavirus deaths

In the UK, more than 100,000 people have died from the coronavirus since the pandemic began. By mid-January, almost 99,000 people in England and Wales had Covid-19 on their death certificates, the British statistics agency announced on Tuesday. Since then, official government figures have added several thousand more deaths across the UK. After a massive increase in the number of cases related to the new variant B.1.1.7 in December, the country recorded the world's highest daily Covid death rate.


11.46 a.m.: FDP urges "clear step-by-step plan" for easing

The FDP calls for a clearly defined perspective for easing the coronavirus restrictions. What is needed is a "clear step-by-step plan" with clear "if-then rules", said party and parliamentary group leader Christian Lindner on Tuesday in Berlin. Discussions between the federal and state governments on this topic have already started. A decision must be made by mid-February at the latest. The current containment measures remain in place until February 14th.


11.41 a.m.: Older gorilla recovers from coronavirus infection thanks to therapy

An elderly gorilla named Winston at the San Diego Zoo has recovered from a severe course of his coronavirus infection after extensive drug treatment. The 48-year-old silverback was diagnosed with pneumonia and heart problems, the zoo in the California city announced on Monday (local time). Winston was then treated with antibody therapy, heart medication and antibiotics. The treating veterinarians are of the opinion that the antibody preparations used could have contributed to the gorilla's recovery, it said. However, the preparations are currently not approved for the treatment of humans.


11.40 a.m.: Hospitals require daily tests for mutations if necessary

In the face of new and more contagious virus mutations, hospitals are demanding more extensive testing. The strategy has to be adapted here, the complete closing of houses such as in Berlin should only be the last resort, says the managing director of the German Hospital Society (DKG), Georg Baum. Instead, patients and staff have to be tested consistently: "Day after day if need be." There should be a specification from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the additional costs including PCR tests would then have to be paid for.


11.29 a.m.: Dobrindt: Only in two weeks will we be clear about the coronavirus development

CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt sees Germany at a "fork in the road" in the coronavirus crisis. In view of the new numbers of new infections, one could perhaps experience a further decline in the numbers with "very good luck". But this is by no means certain, he adds, with a view to the spreading virus mutants. Which way to go will not be known for two weeks. The uncertainty about the further development has increased.


11.24 a.m.: Söder: Suspending the debt brake, wrong signal

CSU boss Markus Söder is very skeptical of an attempt by Chancellor Helge Braun (CDU) to suspend the debt brake anchored in the Basic Law in the coming years. "That would be the wrong signal," said the Bavarian Prime Minister on Tuesday. "We cannot solve the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in the long run with higher debts or high taxes." Söder therefore emphasized: "We are very skeptical about a permanent suspension of the debt brake." Rather, what is needed is a coherent economic policy concept. "Germany stands for financial integrity, and we should stick to that," warned the CSU boss.


11:23 a.m.: Von der Leyen calls for the delivery of vaccines

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has asked manufacturers of coronavirus vaccines to meet their delivery obligations. Europe has "invested billions to support the development of the world's first Covid-19 vaccines," said von der Leyen on Tuesday in her video-broadcast speech for the World Economic Forum. "And now the companies have to deliver, they have to keep their commitments."


11:05 a.m.: Hospitals report almost ten billion euros in loss of income for 2020

The German hospitals are making revenue losses of almost ten billion euros in the pandemic. Due to postponed operations and canceled treatments beyond the Covid cases, there was 9.5 billion less income, says the future managing director of the German Hospital Society (DKG), Gerald Gaß. However, the clinics would have received compensation of 9.7 billion euros from the state treasury. However, since there has been considerable additional expenditure for infection protection, the bottom line is that the bottom line for all houses is at best a balance of plus-minus-zero.


10:49 a.m.: Hospital society has not yet given the all-clear

The hospitals in Germany do not want to give the all-clear in the second wave of the pandemic, despite the falling patient numbers. "The lockdown is working. It is noticeable. However, the hospitals are still under great strain," says the general manager of the hospital society (DKG), Georg Baum. In the week before Christmas, over 10,000 new admissions to the clinics were seen, the highest level in the pandemic. Last week there were around 5,800.


10:05 a.m.: Greens parliamentary deputy for legal action against Astrazeneca

The European political spokeswoman for the Greens parliamentary group, Franziska Brantner, calls for legal action against the pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca because of shortened deliveries of vaccines. "Astrazeneca can't get away with flimsy excuses," Brantner told Reuters. "But that must not lead to export restrictions", she criticizes the decision of the EU Commission to require export permits for the export of vaccines in the future. "A breach of contract by the manufacturer must not lead to a breach of contract with third countries, which therefore misses out. That is also a question of global vaccination fairness."


9:06 a.m.: Lebanon: More than 30 people injured in protests against coronavirus measures

Protests against the ongoing nationwide curfew led to clashes between protesters and security forces in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. The Lebanese Red Cross reported more than 30 injuries from the riot on Monday. According to ANI news agency, the situation escalated after demonstrators threw stones at the local government headquarters. Many young people took part in the demonstration, which, according to ANI, was also directed against the economic hardship in Lebanon, as a photographer from the AFP news agency observed. They threw stones at security officers, who responded by using tear gas and rubber bullets.


09:01 am: CDU politician Liese: Astrazeneca's approach "completely unacceptable"

The health policy spokesman for the European People's Party in the EU Parliament, Peter Liese (CDU), has sharply criticized the company in the dispute over the announced delays in the delivery of Astrazeneca's coronavirus vaccine. It is "completely unacceptable" that Astrazeneca continues to deliver its vaccine to Great Britain as planned, but, contrary to its contractual obligations, not to the EU, Liese said on Tuesday in the ZDF "Morgenmagazin". There are delivery bottlenecks, Liese admitted. But the reason given by the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company that these only affect the European continent "is an advance". Astrazeneca will "have to correct itself in the next few days". He is "sure, the last word has not yet been spoken".


9 a.m.: USA: More than 147,000 new infections

In the USA, 147,254 new infections with the coronavirus were reported in one day. This comes from data from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore from Tuesday morning (CET). The highest value to date was recorded on January 2 with 300,372 new infections within 24 hours. The number of infected deaths recorded within 24 hours was 1758 on Monday. The highest value was registered on January 12 with 4462 deaths. In total, more than 25 million people have been infected with the coronavirus virus in the country with around 330 million inhabitants. Since the pandemic began, more than 420,900 people have died from the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen. In absolute terms, that's more than in any other country in the world.


8:43 a.m.: Production of ventilators increased by a third

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the production of ventilators in Germany has risen sharply. In the first three quarters of last year, the number of devices manufactured for oxygen and ventilation therapy increased by 33.4 percent to 426 million, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Tuesday in Wiesbaden. The production value rose by around 60 percent to 900.6 million euros. According to the information, devices for invasive and non-invasive ventilation such as ventilators, breathing masks or resuscitators were recorded.


8:36 a.m.: Chancellery minister calls for a longer suspension of the debt brake

In view of the burdens caused by the coronavirus crisis, Chancellery chief Helge Braun (CDU) has called for the debt brake to be suspended for a longer period and for the Basic Law to be changed. "The debt brake will not be adhered to in the coming years, even with otherwise strict spending discipline," wrote Braun in the "Handelsblatt" (Tuesday edition). At the same time, he spoke out in favor of "stabilizing social security contributions by the end of 2023 and also forgoing tax increases".


8:17 a.m.: Hospitals are demanding a free hand in tests for coronavirus mutation

Patients and staff in German hospitals should be tested more frequently for coronavirus mutations from the point of view of the carriers. "We must, perhaps with the help of the Robert Koch Institute, design the test strategy in the hospitals more aggressively," said the chief executive of the German Hospital Society, Georg Baum, on Tuesday on the RBB's information radio. Closing hospitals, as in the case of the Berlin Humboldt Clinic, must remain the exception. Otherwise medical care would collapse, warned Baum. That is why prevention must be strengthened through tests.


8:06 a.m.: Astrazeneca defends itself against reports of poor vaccination protection among seniors

UK pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca has rejected reports of very low efficacy for its vaccine in seniors. Reports that the drug was only 8 percent effective in people over 65 were "completely wrong," said a spokesman on Tuesday morning. Astrazeneca pointed out, among other things, that the emergency approval from the British Medicines Regulatory Authority (MHRA) includes the elderly. A study has shown that the vaccine also triggers a strong immune response in seniors. However, this study also states that there is still too little data on effectiveness in older people due to the low number of cases.


8.00 a.m.: New registrations of commercial vehicles in the EU will drop by almost a fifth in 2020

The coronavirus crisis caused new registrations of commercial vehicles in Europe to collapse in 2020. With 1.7 million units, 18.9 percent fewer trucks or buses took to the streets than before the outbreak of the pandemic, according to data from the industry association ACEA, which was published on Tuesday. All European countries recorded significant declines; of the major markets, Spain was hardest hit with a minus of a quarter. The reluctance of companies was particularly strong when it came to large trucks.


7.50 a.m.: Spahn: Easing the restrictions depends on many factors

According to Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn, the question of easing the restrictions depends on numerous factors. There are several aspects that have to be taken into account when deciding "whether and how to proceed with the measures," says Spahn in the "ZDF morgenmagazin" when asked whether a relaxation can be expected from February 14th. The number of patients must continue to decrease. In addition, the number of cases would have to be brought to a level at which the health authorities could easily track contacts. It must also be possible to actually bring all people who have to be in quarantine into quarantine and also to control this "so that new outbreaks do not arise".


7.46 a.m.: Taiwan: Two coronavirus cases in the hospital - 5,000 in quarantine

Taiwanese authorities have ordered around 5,000 people to be quarantined after two coronavirus cases in a hospital. The measure was taken after it was not clear how a patient and his visiting wife became infected with the virus, health officials said. Patients discharged from Taoyuan City Hospital between January 6 and 19 and their caregivers should now be quarantined.


06.34 a.m.: 132 countries worldwide are critically indebted

The coronavirus pandemic is driving countries into debt crisis. Of the 148 countries examined, 132 are critically indebted, eight more than in the previous year, as the debt report 2021 presented on Tuesday by the debt relief alliance and Misereor shows. Small island states like Fiji and Trinidad and Tobago are new here. But Chile, Thailand and the Philippines are now also critically indebted. "What we are seeing is that the coronavirus pandemic is further weakening countries that were already economically unstable, such as Angola, Ecuador or Suriname," explained Misereor's development finance expert, Klaus Schilder. The recession caused by the pandemic has led to an economic collapse in many countries.


6.30 a.m.: Art museums want to get out of lockdown

The art museums in Germany want to get out of lockdown faster. With a letter to those responsible for culture at the federal and state levels, the management of leading houses have campaigned for museums to be opened up. "Our concern is to contain the pandemic, but at the same time to reopen the museums adapted to the course of Corona," says the letter to Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters (CDU) and her country colleagues at the German Press Agency in Berlin . "Even after the first lockdown, the museums adapted their houses to the new situation with great care," write those responsible. Museums are safe places in which hygiene measures are strictly followed and monitored "like no other public place".


06.22 a.m.: Association of cities and municipalities calls for relaxation

The German Association of Towns and Municipalities calls for clear perspectives for easing the coronavirus restrictions. A "graduated exit strategy from the lockdown" is necessary, said chief executive Gerd Landsberg of the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung". The infection numbers are still too high, but they are falling. That is why politicians are called upon to make it clear from which values ​​which easing should apply. That will vary from region to region. However, the prospects for daycare centers and primary schools should always be in the foreground.


6:08 a.m.: Justice Minister warns of hidden triage

Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) has warned against hidden triage in nursing homes. "Of course I don't know what is being said in every single nursing home," Lambrecht told the editorial network in Germany. "But it would be terrible if old people were no longer referred from nursing homes to hospitals because of a lack of 'prospects of success'." Previously, the Greens' health expert in the Bundestag, Corinna Rüffer, spoke of a hidden triage in old people's homes in view of the distribution of the coronavirus death toll. "We have to fear that sick elderly people in nursing homes in particular will not get the medical care they actually need." According to the statistics of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), around two thirds of coronavirus deaths did not die in intensive care units. "This could indicate that a kind of triage decision is made on site not to bring seriously ill patients to the hospital. That must be examined," said Rüffer.


06.06 a.m.: Federal Minister of Education: catch up on missed school lessons

Due to the cancellation of lessons in the coronavirus pandemic, Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek appealed to the federal states to create additional educational offers for schoolchildren. "It must be expected that in the weeks when schools are closed, backlogs in learning material will build up," said the CDU politician in the newspapers of the Funke media group. "It is all the more important that work is now being carried out in all countries to create offers so that children and young people can catch up on missed lessons." This applies above all to those who grow up under difficult social and financial conditions, said Karliczek.


05:57: Daily new infections in Great Britain at December level

The authorities in Great Britain recorded as few new infections with the coronavirus virus at the start of the week as they did last in mid-December. The decrease is assessed as proof of the effectiveness of lockdowns for lowering transmission rates. According to the government, 22,195 new infections were recorded within one day on Monday. The day before it was 30,004. Even if there are basically certain fluctuations in the daily number of cases, there has recently also been a decrease in the number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days.


5.41 a.m.: Sri Lanka wants to start coronavirus vaccinations

Sri Lanka starts a vaccination program against the coronavirus. According to the authorities, a delivery of 500,000 doses of the vaccine from Astrazeneca and Oxford University is due to arrive in the country on Wednesday - a donation from India. The first vaccinations should be given on the following day. The first thing to do is to get their vaccinations for health workers, the military and the police.


05.35 a.m.: RKI: 903 more deaths and 6,408 new infections

The Robert Koch Institute reports 903 further coronavirus deaths within one day of 217 on Monday. A total of 52,990 people in Germany have died in connection with an infection so far. According to the institute, the number of confirmed infections increased by 6,408 to 2,148,077. The seven-day incidence was 107.6 after 111.2 the previous day.


5:15 a.m.: California is daring to relax the coronavirus pandemic

The US state of California lifted regional exit restrictions on Monday (local time). The restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic are to be decided district by district in the future, as those responsible for health care in California announced. The Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, announced restricted openings in the catering industry on Twitter. California had recently seen improvements in infection rates, hospital stays, the situation in the intensive care units and vaccination progress.


4:20 a.m.: US Democrats: coronavirus aid, if necessary, by special procedure

The US Democrats want to try to get President Joe Biden's targeted 1.9 trillion dollar coronavirus aid package through, at least in large parts, through an accelerated process in the face of opposition from the Republicans. The majority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, tells the broadcaster MSNBC that if the Republicans block the plan in Congress, he will use the so-called reconciliation process. This would limit speaking time in the Senate and thus the possibility of blocking. In addition, large parts of the legislative package could be passed by a simple majority.


03.46 a.m.: Mexico: The number of coronavirus deaths has risen to more than 150,000

Mexico became the fourth country in the world to have exceeded 150,000 confirmed deaths as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. According to statistics reported by the country's health ministry on Monday (local time), the total rose to 150,273. The country reached its highest level of Covid 19 deaths reported within 24 hours last Thursday: it was 1803. Many hospitals in Mexico are currently full.


1:51 a.m.: Economic lockdown in Ireland by early March

Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is calling for the lockdown of large parts of the economy to be extended until March 5th. He will advise the cabinet on Tuesday, he says in an interview with the RTE broadcaster. Schools are also to remain closed for the time being, although under certain conditions they could gradually reopen in February and March. Any other relaxation of restrictions would have to be done "very, very, very slowly".


12:20 a.m.: Air traffic to Israel suspended in the anti-corona fight

In the fight against the further spread of the coronavirus virus, Israel is isolating itself. Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv has been largely closed since midnight (local time). With the drastic restriction of air traffic, the government wants to prevent further coronavirus mutations from being brought in. The measure should initially apply until the end of the month, with the exception of freight flights and flights for medical reasons. A high-ranking representative of the Ministry of Health has already spoken out in favor of an extension of several weeks. The airport must be closed for at least a month. International air traffic in Israel runs almost exclusively through Ben Gurion Airport.


But despite tough lockdowns and massive vaccination campaigns, the number of coronavirus infections in Israel remains high. "We are not seeing the decline that we wanted - 8571 new infections were registered yesterday, and we still have more than 1,100 seriously ill people," said Vice Minister of Health Yoav Kisch on Tuesday the army broadcaster.


Monday, January 25, 2021

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 requires 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 is demanding 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.: Again coronavirus riots in the Netherlands

For the second day in a row, riots broke out in several Dutch cities over 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 during the coronavirus deliberations of the federal and state governments: "If he wants to tell us that he is tired of his office, then he should simply resign, then he has plenty of time 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 the promise to send 24 million cans in 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 flights and had come 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 previous estimates," 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 the 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 reports. 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.


Corona: Current figures on vaccination in Bavaria

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). Although two masks per household are not a permanent supply, the fulfillment of the requirements is made easier for the 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. Then, compared to the previous planning for 2021 to 2025, a total of around 83 million passengers would 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. But this path should not be abandoned prematurely, he added in view of 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. Entrants 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 phone 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 education 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 first leaders in the world to succumb to the consequences of a coronavirus infection in mid-December.


4:08 p.m.: Brazilian police dissolve 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 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 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 are united 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. Too often, she waited and only drove on sight, for example when ordering high-quality masks and quick 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, reported a spokeswoman for the Domazlice office of 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 the 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. So 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 to some central state 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, 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 in quarantine 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 will now flip 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, 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 up vaccine export license requirements

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 laments a dramatic coronavirus situation in the Brazilian Amazon metropolis of Manaus. The health system collapsed, there was a lack of oxygen deliveries and human and material support. "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. In a square in the city center of Amsterdam, according to the public broadcaster NOS, the police used dogs and a water cannon to break up a demonstration of around 1,500 people.


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

European approval of Astrazeneca's vaccine is expected 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 being 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 virus 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, they are 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 obtain relevant information through cyber attacks 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 public confessions, 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 remuneration. 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 to demand. For Hartz IV recipients there must be a corresponding surcharge.


More about FFP2 mask requirement: It pays to compare prices

10:32 a.m.: 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 wave of coronavirus 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 believes coronavirus tax increases are wrong

The CDU / CSU parliamentary group vice-president in the Bundestag, Andreas Jung, believes that tax increases after the crisis are 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 far 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 gently 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 USA 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 the effectiveness of antibodies 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 of particular importance. "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 vaccinations in October, 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, for example, the product from Pfizer and Biontech. "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. On Sunday, six counties and cities had passed the 200 mark . 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 United States, hundreds of intensive care units across the country 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.


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.