Parliament report accuses Johnson of errors in corona pandemic

Der britischer Premier Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Image: AFP / Christopher Furlong

Parliamentary report accuses Johnson of serious errors

A parliamentary report gave British Prime Minister Boris Johnson a bad one Certificate for his handling of the coronavirus issued. Delaying a lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic last year was “one of the greatest public health failures” in the History of the country, it said in the investigation report published on Tuesday. The government’s “wrong” approach cost lives.

The MPs not only criticized the fact that the government had issued curfews too late for its own people – they also pointed out that Great Britain had tightened its border controls very late. Accordingly, the government had initially underestimated the coronavirus and worked with the wrong models. The government course “would have been more strongly questioned by everyone must “, says the report.

The MPs had heard numerous witnesses for their report, including the controversial ex-advisor to Johnson, Dominic Cummings , who for the disregard of quarantine rules after his Covid illness himself was criticized. An independent public investigation of the government’s corona policy should not follow until next year.

Great Britain is almost 138. 000 Corona deaths in one of the countries worst affected by the pandemic in Europe. While numerous European governments began 2020 had already sealed off their borders and issued lockdowns, Johnson had only brought himself to do so at the end of March can. Shortly thereafter, Johnson himself landed in intensive care with a corona infection, numerous of his cabinet colleagues and advisors became infected. Among his advisors had long circulated plans for a controlled “contamination” of the population. (AFP)

Australiens Premier Scott Morrison (Archivbild)
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison (archive image) Picture: dpa / AAP / Lukas Coch

Canberra wants to unlock lockdown after two months

After two months, the Lockdown in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) region with the Australian capital Canberra lifted on Friday. This is possible because meanwhile 72 percent of citizens are fully vaccinated , announced the regional government on Tuesday. On Monday the lockdown in the state of New South Wales with the metropolis of Sydney had already ended – after 106 days. The region around Canberra is located on the east coast and is surrounded by New South Wales.

In the ACT, groups of up to 25 Meet people outdoors and up to five people in their homes, it said. Restaurants, hairdressers and swimming pools as well as many other facilities can also reopen if strict distance rules are observed.

In mid-August, the ACT with around 430. 000 residents confirmed a corona case for the first time in a year. A lockdown, initially imposed for seven days, was extended several times due to the increasing number of infections. On Tuesday the authorities booked 27 new cases.

Australia with his 25 Millions of inhabitants had long pursued a zero-covid strategy and were successful in combat for a long time due to extremely strict rules against the pandemic. However, due to the spread of the delta variant, lockdowns have increased in several regions in recent months. (dpa)

Coronatest für 15 Euro in München
Corona test for 15 Euro in Munich Picture: dpa / Peter Kneffel

Federal government already paid more than five billion for tests

The corona tests have already cost the federal government more than five billion euros. As figures from the Federal Social Security Office show, the health fund had billed over 5.2 billion euros by mid-September . The federal government paid 1.4 billion euros for antigen tests alone. On Monday, out of “fairness” to taxpayers, the government abolished the free citizen tests. First the “Rheinische Post” had over the figures reported.

The federal government spent 1.1 billion euros on laboratory diagnostic services. Other services such as taking smears cost 2.4 billion euros. In addition, the federal government paid around 41 million euros for tests in facilities for integration assistance and in shelters for the homeless.

Since Monday the citizen tests are no longer free. Politicians want to increase the pressure on unvaccinated people to get vaccinated. Exceptions apply to all groups who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and who can prove this, or for whom a vaccine is not yet available. (AFP)

Urlauber am Strand von Phuket in Thailand
Vacationers on the beach of Phuket in Thailand Picture: AFP / Jack Taylor

Thailand opens for vaccinated people from safe countries

Good news for long-distance travelers: Thailand opens from November 1st its limits to quarantine-free vacation for fully vaccinated people from at least ten countries – including Germany . This was announced by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in a televised address on Tuesday. Other countries that are on the list for their low corona incidence are Singapore, China, and the United States. Vacationers would only need to do one PCR test before leaving home and another when arriving in Thailand, Prayut said. After that you could travel freely to all parts of the country Then the serving of alcohol in restaurants, which has been banned for months due to a severe corona wave, will probably be allowed again.

“It was also one of the most painful experiences in my life for me to make decisions through which salvation of life had to be reconciled with the salvation of livelihoods, ”stressed Prayut. The tourism sector, which is extremely important for the country, has been almost completely on the ground for more than a year and a half. Since then, many people have lost their income .

Last year Thailand was still considered a model country in the fight against the pandemic – but since April the state has experienced its worst wave to date. The number of infections in the country with 70 Millions of inhabitants are slowly sinking. On Tuesday the authorities reported around 8871 New infections and 84 Deaths in connection with Covid – 19. (dpa)

Little dynamism in the infection process

At the seven days -Incidence in Germany there is little dynamic. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of the new infections per 100. 000 Residents and week on Tuesday morning with 65, 8 . For comparison: on the previous day the value at 66, 5 located a week ago at 63, 6 (previous month: 80, 2). The health authorities in Germany reported to the RKI within one day 4971 New corona infections . This can be seen from the numbers that show the status of the RKI dashboard from 04. 19 Play the clock. A week ago the value at 4971 Contagions located.

According to the new information, throughout Germany within 24 Hours 88 Deaths recorded. A week ago it was 90 there have been deaths. The RKI has counted 4 since the beginning of the pandemic . 318. 355 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected. (dpa)

Current corona numbers live in maps and graphics

Ein Lufthansa-Flugzeug fliegt über dem Flughafen Frankfurt.
A Lufthansa – Airplane flies over Frankfurt Airport. Picture: Boris Roessler / dpa

Lufthansa pays part of the Corona aid back to the state

Lufthansa has repaid part of the Corona state aid. A silent deposit over 1.5 billion euros had been completely replaced, the airline announced on Monday. The money comes from a capital increase, the 2, 162 billion euros and that has now been concluded.

We are very grateful that Deutsche Lufthansa AG has been stabilized with tax revenues in the most difficult times, “said Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr. “ We are increasingly optimistic about the future .” More and more countries are opening their borders and the demand for air travel is growing daily.

Lufthansa had two silences from the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) Deposits get a total of 2.5 billion euros . The remaining billion should be repaid by the end of the year. A loan from the state development bank KfW in the amount of one billion euros was already in February 2021 has been repaid early. (Reuters)

Latvia declares a health emergency due to corona infections

Because of a With a sharp increase in corona infections, Latvia declared a three-month health emergency on Monday. According to the new rules public buildings may only be entered with protective masks , all Public service employees must by . November be vaccinated . Most recently, more than a thousand new infections were registered daily among the 1.9 million inhabitants of the Baltic Republic.

Anyone who is not vaccinated will no longer be allowed to enter a supermarket in Latvia . Only shops for daily needs are allowed to open on weekends. All Latvians are called upon to work in the home office . Prime Minister Krisjans Karins wrote on Twitter that he was calling on his compatriots “not to meet, not to visit and to limit their contacts”.

Just 48 Percent of Latvians are completely against the coronavirus vaccinated. This is one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe, only in Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia is the vaccination rate even lower. (AFP)

No uniform test requirement for employees with customer contact

The federal government and the states could did not agree on a uniform procedure for the exemption of a corona test obligation for employees in companies with public traffic . The Conference of Health Ministers decided on Monday in its switching conference that Paragraph 28 in the Infection Protection Act as the legal basis for this . “On this legal basis, a test submission obligation for employees with direct customer contact can be issued by state law ,” it says unanimously Decision that has been submitted to the German Press Agency.

In the original draft it was said: “The countries agree that the 3G verification requirement now regulated in many federal states as a prerequisite for access to companies, facilities or other offers with direct customer contact should not only apply to customers, visitors or other external persons, but also to employees. “(dpa)

WHO recommends booster vaccination for immunocompromised patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended a Corona booster vaccination for immunocompromised patients. People with “moderately to severely damaged” immune systems should be offered a booster vaccination , the WHO said on Monday in Geneva. This applies to all vaccines recommended by the WHO.

People with a weakened immune system could only partially rely on the standard Vaccination respond. Therefore they are subject to a “ high risk of severe Covid – 19 – Disease “explained the WHO Expert Group on Immunizations (Sage). However, the WHO did not speak out in favor of a so-called booster vaccination for all population groups. (AFP)

Bayerns Ressortchef Klaus Holetschek (CSU)
Bavaria’s head of department Klaus Holetschek (CSU) Image: Imago Images / Sven Simon

Holetschek requests RKI report on corrected vaccination numbers

In view of corrected vaccination numbers, Bavaria’s head of department Klaus Holetschek (CSU) calls for a report from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in the next line of health ministers. “ We need clarity and truth in the question of the data ,” said Holetschek on Monday after discussions with his colleagues in the department.

According to a new RKI evaluation, the corona vaccinations are in Germany probably further recorded than previously in the registration statistics. It is to be assumed that among the adults up to 84 Percent at least once and up to to 80 percent are fully vaccinated , according to a current RKI report with a deadline of October 5th. This would correspond to five percentage points higher vaccination rates than according to official reports from the vaccination centers.

Holetschek now wants to know from the RKI how the data got into the system , where there were any deficits, whether it was due to a lack of data from company doctors, for example, or something else That is why they invited RKI President Lothar Wieler for the next switch to clarify this. “That will certainly be a lesson from the pandemic overall that we have not had a lot of data so far in my opinion were successful and there is an urgent need for improvement, ”added Holetschek. (dpa)

EU Commission approves aid for trade fair failures in Germany

Organizers of trade fairs and exhibitions are allowed, after a decision by the EU Commission due to the Corona crisis , with up to 150 Millions of euros are supported . The Brussels authority approved a corresponding aid measure from Germany on Monday. The money should be used to offset costs incurred in organizing events if these are canceled due to corona measures became.

Specifically, it is about Events that occurred between October 1st 2021 and the 30. September 2022 were planned . “The measure is open to organizers of all sizes who are active in Germany ,” it said. Since no more than the actual loss is compensated and only damage that is related to hygiene restrictions is compensated, the Commission sees no risk of competition being distorted.

The EU competition authorities already had a 641 – million dollar rescue package approved for the German trade fair and congress industry . She has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. (dpa)

Thailand opens borders for vaccinated air travelers from November 1st Abroad

Thailand opens its borders to fully vaccinated from November 1st Air travelers from abroad. Tourists from ten countries that are considered to be low-risk countries will initially be admitted, as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha explained on Monday. In addition to Germany, this includes the USA, China, Great Britain and Singapore . In December, di e regulation can then be extended to other countries.

Condition is that the Show those affected a negative PCR test on arrival and have themselves tested again after entry , said Prayut. “After that, they can travel as freely as Thai people”. Vaccinated tourists are currently quarantined in a hotel for at least seven days. An exception is the island of Phuket, where vacationers are allowed to move freely and can travel to other regions after a week.

Prayut admitted that the decision could lead to an increase in corona infections . But it is important to give the people in Thailand an economic perspective again . The corona pandemic severely affected the tourism sector, which is important for the Thai economy. (AFP)

EU drug authority is examining approval of corona drug

The European Medicines Agency Ema is reviewing the approval of another corona drug. The Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche has submitted an application for approval of its antibody therapy Ronapreve announced the Ema on Monday in Amsterdam.

With the two active ingredients (casirivimab and imdevimab) Agent, which was co-produced by the US manufacturer Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, is intended to people from 12 Years who are infected with the coronavirus and have a high risk of a severe course are treated. In addition, according to the manufacturer, the agent can also be used in people who have an acute risk of infection , for example because they are with a Infected people live in one household.

Only recently the World Health Organization (WHO) had the Cocktail from casirivimab and imdevimab for the prevention of severe Covid – 19 – Disease recommended in infected risk patients . In Germany, this antibody combination is already used in special cases for corona patients.

The Ema experts now evaluate and weigh all the data presented Advantages and disadvantages of the preparation against each other. A result is expected in two months. The experts had already checked the manufacturer’s research results before the manufacturer submitted an official application. This shortens the approval process.

So far, only the drug Remdesivir has been approved as a special corona drug in the EU. A total of five products are currently being approved. (dpa)

65, 3 percent fully vaccinated – around 1 million booster vaccinations

In Germany are 65, 3 percent of the population fully vaccinated against the coronavirus . The rate among adults on Sunday was 73, 8 percent, as from data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI ) on Monday. Have been vaccinated against the virus at least once 68, 5 percent of all citizens, and 79, 3 percent of adults. Among the children and adolescents of 12 until 17 years have now 43, 2 percent get at least one first injection , 37, 0 percent are fully vaccinated.

The RKI assumes, however, that among adults probably more people are vaccinated than the data suggests Vaccinated from 17 years should be up to 5 percentage points higher. A booster vaccination has already been given to over a million people in Germany . The RKI gave the value on Monday with 1. 20. 344 at. (dpa)

World Bank: poorer countries miss recovery from corona crisis

According to the World Bank, poorer countries hardly benefit from the economic recovery from the Corona -Crisis. The upswing is “dramatically unequal” , and developing countries are still facing major challenges, warned World Bank President David Malpass on Monday Start of the joint annual meeting of the organization with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Because the poorer countries lack vaccines and the financial leeway to support the economy, inequality between groups of countries is growing .

“The per capita income in industrialized countries should 2021 grow by almost 5 percent, but only 0.5 percent in poor countries, ”said Malpass. For many developing countries, it will take years before income levels return to pre-pandemic levels. The pandemic led to a “tragic reversal” of the trend for developing countries and poverty reduction .

According to the World Bank the debt of poor countries increased 999 around 12 percent on 860 Billion dollars. The debt slows down the development of many poorer countries and must be brought to a sustainable level, said Malpass. “ We need a comprehensive approach to the debt problem , including debt reductions, faster restructuring and improved transparency.”

For the annual meeting of The IMF and World Bank bring together finance ministers, central bankers and representatives from the financial sector and development cooperation. The conference, which lasts until Sunday, takes place in a hybrid format, i.e. partly in Washington and partly online . The German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz , Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann and the head of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, also want to take part in some deliberations . (dpa)

Bei den Corona-Protesten in der italienischen Hauptstadt kam es zu Zusammenstößen zwischen Demonstranten und der Polizei.
During the Corona protests in the Italian capital, there were clashes between demonstrators and the Police. Picture: Mauro Scrobogna / LaPresse / AP / dpa

Italy’s judiciary determined after corona riot

After the riots at Corona demonstrations in Rome last weekend the public prosecutor determined. The judiciary has opened two proceedings against several persons , which, among other things, with the Attack on the headquarters of the trade union federation CGIL are said to have been there on Saturday, the Ansa news agency reported on Monday.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi visited CGIL General Secretary Maurizio there on Monday afternoon Landini. Supporters of the right-wing and neo-fascist party Forza Nuova (Neue Kraft) had their seat on Saturday on the sidelines of demonstrations against the Corona Government actions under attack. The flying visit of the head of government is an “important message” for democracy and against “a return to the past that is being prevented must, ”said Landini. At the roughly thirty-minute meeting, the two also spoke about the demand for a dissolution of fascist parties like the Forza Nuova , said Landini after meeting journalists. Such a step has been discussed by politicians since Saturday.

The social democratic party PD brought a motion to the Senate on Monday calling on the government to end the break-up of Forza Nuova and other fascist parties to be addressed. Other senators made similar proposals. Overall, according to media reports around 40 People hurt . The rioters had also targeted a hospital on Saturday evening .

The background to the demonstrations is that from the 15. October, a corona vaccination certificate, a negative test for the virus or the certified recovery from the disease should also be mandatory in the world of work. In Italy these certificates are called “Green Passports”. (dpa)

US-Pharmakonzern Merck & Co.
US pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. Picture: REUTERS / Brendan McDermid

Merck & Co. applies for emergency approval for corona drug in the USA

The US pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. has applied for emergency approval for its corona drug molnupiravir in the USA. In view of the “urgency” in the fight against the pandemic , his company had already ten days after receiving the data from the clinical phase 3 study has submitted a corresponding application to the FDA, Merck CEO Robert Davis said on Monday. He announced further applications in other countries .

The application is an important step towards one simple pill to treat Covid – 19 . At the beginning of October, Merck and its partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics announced that molnupiravir halved the risk of hospitalization or fatal disease in infected patients .

According to this, 7 , 3 percent of 385 Patients with light or medium Covid – 19 – Symptoms receiving the antiviral drug hospitalized. There was no death. In the test group with 377 Patients who received a placebo were included in 14, 1 percent of cases result in hospital admission or fatal outcome. Specifically, eight patients died.

A number of pharmaceutical companies are currently working on antiviral drugs against Covid – 19. Such drugs are designed to prevent viruses from entering body cells or multiplying there. Molnupiravir is the first pill-form antiviral drug to be approved . The antiviral drug Remdesivir is given intravenously. (AFP)

Malaysia reached Adult – Vaccination rate of 90 percent

Malaysia has reached an important milestone with its vaccination campaign : 90 Percent of the adult population in the Southeast Asian country have now been vaccinated twice against the corona virus. Because the number of infections continues to fall, the easing of a strict lockdown imposed in May came into effect on Monday.

“We are on the descent from the summit of catastrophe and despair”, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced on Twitter.

When tourists are back are allowed to visit the popular holiday destination is still unclear. The borders of Malaysia are since March 2020 closed. In the state with 33 million inhabitants have so far confirmed more than 2.3 million infections. Around 27. 000 People are in connection with Covid – 19 died. (dpa)

Russia continues to post record deaths

In Russia, the number of coronavirus-related infections moves daily deceased people still at record level. On Monday the government task force reported 891 additional deaths. That was only eleven fewer than two days ago when with 968 Dead the highest value within 24 hours since the pandemic began.

According to the task force, 29. 409 New infections registered after 28. 647 On Sunday. Moscow is particularly hard hit with more than 4971 New infections.

Overall, Russia has the fifth most infections worldwide and the fourth most corona deaths. Around 7.8 million people have been shown to have contracted the virus, more than 217 . 000 people died according to official information. (Reuters)

Ministry of Health defends the end of the free tests

The Federal Ministry of Health has again defended the expiry of the free citizen tests for most people at the beginning of the week. Everyone had the opportunity to protect themselves and get vaccinated. One could no longer expect citizen tests to be offered at the expense of the general public , said a spokeswoman. Health Minister Jens Spahn had previously spoken of “fairness in front of the taxpayer”. (dpa)

Eine Studie bestätigt die Wirksamkeit von Corona-Impfungen.
A study confirms the effectiveness of corona vaccinations. Image: dpa / Sebastian Gollnow

Study: Corona vaccinations reduce the risk of severe disease by 90 percent

Corona vaccinations protect very effectively against severe Covid according to a new French study – 19 – Gradients – also in the case of the highly contagious Delta variant. “People who have been vaccinated have a nine times lower risk of being hospitalized or of Covid – 19 to die as unvaccinated “, said the epidemiologist Mahmoud Zureik, head of the scientific group Epi-Phare, which published the results of their study on Monday.

For this the scientists examined the data of 22 Millions of people over 50 Years in the period from 27. December 2020 until 20. July. It was found that vaccinated people had a 66 percent lower risk of hospital admission or fatal disease than unvaccinated persons. The effect of the vaccines from Biontech / Pfizer, Moderna and Astrazeneca was examined.

The latest study confirms similar findings from the US, UK and Israel. However, according to French scientists, it is the largest study of its kind to date. It also suggests that the protection against severe disease did not decrease in the study period of five months.

For their study, the researchers compared the data of eleven million vaccinated with those of eleven million unvaccinated. They also took into account gender, age and the region in which the affected persons lived. (AFP)

For the delta variant, Epi- Phare had a similarly high protective effect: It was for humans from 75 years at 84 percent, for people between 50 and 75 years at 92 percent. In the case of the delta variant, however, the scientists came out in favor of follow-up studies, since the data situation only referred to one month. The highly contagious virus variant only appeared in France in June.

Back to top button