Little dynamism in the infection process
In the Seven-day 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 65,8th at. For comparison: on the previous day the value at 66, 5 located, one week ago at 63, 6 ( Previous month: 79, 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.
Germany-wide were according to the new information 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)
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The federal government already paid more than five billion euros 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” reported on the figures.
The federal government spent 1.1 billion euros on laboratory diagnostic services. Other services such as smear tests cost 2.4 billion euros . In addition, the federal government paid around 43 Million euros for tests in facilities for integration assistance and in shelters for the homeless.
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)
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, they could travel freely to all parts of the country.
From December 1st, more countries are expected to be added to the list. Then the serving of alcohol in restaurants, which has been banned for months due to a severe corona wave, will probably also be allowed again.
“It was also one of the most painful for me Experiences in my life of making decisions that had to reconcile saving lives with saving 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)
Lufthansa pays back part of the Corona aid to the state
Lufthansa has repaid part of the Corona state aid. A silent contribution over 1.5 billion euros had been completely replaced, the airline announced on Monday. The money comes from a capital increase, the 2, 162 brought in billions of euros and has now been completed.
“ We are very grateful that Deutsche Lufthansa AG is in The most difficult times have been stabilized with tax revenue, “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 received a total of 2.5 billion euros from the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) through two silent participations . 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 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 be up to 15. 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 fully vaccinated against the coronavirus . 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 federal states could 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 is suitable as the legal basis for this in the Infection Protection Act . “On this legal basis, a test submission obligation for employees with direct customer contact can be issued by state law ,” says the unanimous decision of the German press Agency is available.
In the original draft it was said: “The federal states agree that this is now regulated in many federal states 3G proof of obligation as a prerequisite for access to companies, facilities or other offers with direct customer contact should apply not only 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 react to the standard vaccination to a limited extent. 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)
Holetschek requests RKI report on corrected vaccination numbers
In view of corrected vaccination numbers, Bavaria’s head of department Klaus Holetschek (CSU) is calling for a report from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in the next round 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 in Germany are probably more recorded in the reporting statistics than before. It can be assumed that among the adults up to 84 Percent at least once and up to 80 percent are fully vaccinated , it said in a current RKI report with a deadline of October 5th. That 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. That is why RKI President Lothar Wieler was invited for the next switch , to clear things up. “That will certainly be a lesson from the pandemic overall that we have not been very successful with the data bases so far from my point of view and there is an urgent need for improvement have “, added Holetschek. (dpa)
EU Commission approves aid for trade fair Failures in Germany
Organizers of trade fairs and exhibitions are allowed, according to 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 is to be used to offset costs incurred in organizing events if these have been canceled due to corona measures.
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 watchdogs already had a 642 – 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 abroad from November 1st
Thailand opens its borders from November 1st to fully vaccinated 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, the regulation is to be extended to other countries.
The condition is that the affected persons present a negative PCR test upon arrival and test themselves again after entry let 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 has severely affected the tourism sector, which is important for the Thai economy. (AFP)
EU Medicines Agency 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.
The drug, which consists of two active ingredients (casirivimab and imdevimab) and was co-produced by the US manufacturer Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, is intended to People from 12 years are treated who are infected with the coronavirus and have a high risk of a severe course. In addition, according to the manufacturer, the agent can also be used in people who are at an acute risk of infection , for example because they live in a household with an infected person.
Just recently the World Health Organization (WHO) had the cocktail of casirivimab and imdevimab for the prevention of severe Covid – 18 – Disease in infected risk patients recommended. In Germany, this antibody combination is already used in special cases for corona patients.
The Ema experts now evaluate all the data presented and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of the preparation against each other. With one 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 preparations are currently being approved. (dpa)
65, 3 percent fully vaccinated – around 1 million booster vaccinations
In Germany 65, 3 percent of the population fully vaccinated against the coronavirus . The rate among adults on Sunday was 75, 8 percent, according to 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 078, 3 percent of adults. Among the children and adolescents of 12 until 17 years have meanwhile 41, 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 suggest. In a report at the beginning of October it was said that the quota for once and completely vaccinated persons had decreased 18 years 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 at the beginning of the organization’s annual meeting 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 by almost 5 Percent are growing, 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 2020 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.”
Finance ministers, central bankers and representatives from the financial sector and development cooperation come together for the annual meeting of the IMF and World Bank . 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)
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, in the attack on the headquarters of the CGIL should have been there on Saturday, the Ansa news agency reported on Monday.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi visited CGIL General Secretary Maurizio Landini there on Monday afternoon. Supporters of the right-wing and neo-fascist Forza Nuova (Neue Kraft) party attacked the seat on Saturday on the sidelines of demonstrations against the government’s corona measures. The flying visit of the head of government was an “important message” for democracy and against “a return to the past, which must be prevented,” said Landini. At the roughly thirty-minute meeting, Landini said after the meeting of journalists, the two had also talked about the demand for a dissolution of fascist parties such as the Forza Nuova . Such a step has been discussed by politicians since Saturday.
The social democratic party PD introduced a motion to the Senate on Monday calling on the government to do the to tackle the break-up of Forza Nuova and other fascist parties . Other senators made similar proposals. Overall, according to media reports around 17 people injured . The rioters 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)
Merck & Co. applies for emergency approval for corona drug in the USA
The US pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. has an emergency approval for its corona drug Molnupiravir requested. In view of the “urgency” in the fight against the pandemic , his company had already ten days after receiving the data from the Phase 3 clinical trial 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 on the way to a simple pill for the treatment of 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 the 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 came in 14, 1 percent of cases lead to 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 antiviral drug in pill form to receive approval . 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 are now vaccinated twice against the corona virus. Because the number of infections continues to fall, a strict lockdown that was imposed in May was relaxed on Monday.
“We are on the descent from the peak of disaster and despair,” said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Twitter.
It is still unclear when tourists will be allowed to return to the popular holiday destination. The borders of Malaysia have been in place since March 2020 closed. In the state with 33 million inhabitants, more than 2.3 million infections have been confirmed so far. Around 27. 000 People are in connection with Covid- 19 died. (dpa)
Russia continues to post record deaths
In Russia, the number of people who die every day in connection with a coronavirus infection is still at a record level. On Monday, the government task force reported 957 additional deaths. That was only eleven fewer than two days ago when with 968 Dead the highest value within 24 hours since the beginning of the pandemic.
According to the task force, 29. 409 New infections registered after 28. 647 On Sunday. Moscow is particularly hard hit with more than 5000 New infections.
Overall, Russia has the fifth most infections and the fourth most corona deaths worldwide. Around 7.8 million people have been proven to have contracted the virus, more than 217. 000 people died according to official information. (Reuters)
Ministry of Health defends end of free tests
The Federal Ministry of Health 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)
Study: Corona vaccinations reduce the risk of severe disease progression by 90 percent
Corona vaccinations protect very effectively against severe Covid according to a new French study – 19 – also in the case of the highly contagious Delta variant. “People who have been vaccinated have nine times less risk of being hospitalized or of Covid – 19 to die as ungei mpfte “, explained 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 two weeks after their second dose vaccinated persons had a 88 Percentage lower risk of hospital admission or fatal course of the disease than unvaccinated persons. The effect of the vaccines from Biontech / Pfizer, Moderna and Astrazeneca was examined.
The latest study confirms similar findings the USA, Great Britain and Israel. According to the French scientists, however, it is the largest study of its kind to date. It also suggests that the protection against severe courses in the study period of five months is not
For their study, the researchers compared the data of eleven million people who were vaccinated with those of eleven million people who were not vaccinated. They also took into account gender, age and the region in which the affected persons lived. (AFP)
Epi-Phare demonstrated a similarly high protective effect for the Delta variant: It was not suitable for humans 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 had only appeared in France in June.
Federal and state governments advise on compulsory testing on certain Workplaces
The federal and state governments are currently discussing uniform regulations for compulsory testing for employees in companies that are open to the public. “The states are themselves agree that the 3G verification requirement, which is now regulated in many federal states, is a prerequisite for access to companies, facilities or other offers with direct customer contact not only for K and customers, visitors or other external persons, but also for employees ”, it says in a draft resolution, on which the health ministers want to vote on Monday afternoon at their conference.
The paper, about that previously reported by the “Business Insider” is also available to the dpa. According to information from the German Press Agency, there is still no uniform line on voting behavior among the federal states, which is why changes are still possible.
With a ” In principle, uniform procedure “throughout Germany, a discrepancy in the test regulations for employees in professional activities with direct customer contact should be avoided as far as possible, the draft also says. For this purpose, all countries that have not yet issued any regulations in this regard should implement them promptly in their Corona regulations.
Accordingly, all people who are not vaccinated or who have no evidence of recovery would have to undergo a test when they go to work. The test requirement can also be linked to other parameters such as incidences the paper says. And: “The frequency of test evidence and the possibility of equivalent alternative measures can be decided individually for each area.” (Dpa)
Corona tests are now also chargeable in Switzerland
Since Monday, corona tests are no longer free for many people in Switzerland. The costs for a test vary greatly depending on the provider. Antigen tests can be 30 to over 50 Francs (more than 46 Euro) costs, PCR tests around 150 Francs. The tests are still available for free under 16 – year-olds, for those who have been vaccinated for the first time and people with suspected coronavirus infection or those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. Programs with regular tests in schools and at companies also remain free.
Since mid-September, a corona certificate has to be shown in the interior of restaurants, cultural and leisure facilities and at events inside. It proves that the person has been vaccinated, recovered or tested (3G rule). German certificates are recognized in Switzerland.
Since only barely 60 percent of all people in Switzerland have been fully vaccinated so far, the government has started a new vaccination initiative . This includes 50 other mobile units that offer vaccination without registration where there are many people. The Minister of Health has proposed that people who convince others to vaccinate should be given a voucher for 50 Francs (47 Euro). Most cantons reject this as a false incentive or because of the risk of abuse. (dpa)