Bavaria's Christmas markets can do without masks and 3G

Bavaria’s Christmas markets without masks and 3G

Christmas markets in Bavaria can be without a 3G rule, but with a mask requirement Serving of alcohol take place. This provides for a concept jointly agreed on Wednesday by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economics. It was also said that fencing the market area was not necessary. At the end of September, the state government had decided that Christmas markets should take place this year.

In view of the ongoing pandemic situation, infection protection has priority. Therefore, there will be clear rules in the markets, such as distance requirements and measures to guide visitors. In addition, the organizer is required to provide information to visitors and stand operators, as well as the creation of sufficient washing facilities. According to the Ministry of Health, a detailed general hygiene concept for the markets will be presented promptly. (KNA)

Problems with British vaccination certificate are troubling travelers

Due to temporary problems with the British online vaccination certificate, plans by travelers are in on Wednesday Britain has been thwarted. As the National Health Service NHS announced on Twitter, the online certificates were temporarily unavailable via the app and website. The PA news agency reported that some travelers had been turned away by the airlines at the airport because they were unable to show their vaccination status. The certificates were later available again, as the NHS announced. (dpa)

WHO proposes Drosten for international advisory board

The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed the Berlin virologist Christian Drosten as a member of an important new advisory board. The advisory board should develop guidelines for future studies on the origin of pandemics and epidemics and oversee investigations, as the WHO reported in Geneva on Wednesday. The advisory board is a reaction to the international investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, which has long been delayed by China.


The virus popped up in the end 2019 for the first time in Wuhan, China. The foreign experts proposed by the WHO were only allowed to travel to China more than twelve months later, at the beginning of this year. China does not want to allow a further investigation on site. The US government accuses China of withholding information from the experts. Beijing accuses the US and other countries of the pandemic and the search for the origin for political attacks.

The WHO hopes that such investigations will in future be prepared through the Advisory Council and then carried out without political disputes between governments can go. (dpa)

Bremen ist bei den Impfquoten obenauf.
Bremen is one of the Vaccination quotas on top. Image: Jochen Luebke / dpa

Bremen is the first federal state to crack 80 – Percentage mark for first vaccinations

Bremen was the first German federal state to achieve the main target in the German vaccination campaign. As can be seen from data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), are 79 Percentage of Bremen residents vaccinated against the coronavirus at least once .


Also with 75, 5 percent of fully vaccinated people is Bremen at the top in a national comparison. Saxony has the lowest vaccination rates : In the Free State, according to the data, 58, 3 percent first vaccinated and 55, 6 percent completely immunized.

In Germany, according to the RKI 65, 4 percent of the population fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The rate among adults is accordingly 76 percent.

Have been vaccinated against the virus at least once, according to the information 68, 6 percent of all citizens and 79, 4 percent of adults. More than 50 According to the Federal Ministry of Health, millions of people are fully vaccinated, more than 57 Millions vaccinated at least once.

Among the children and Youngsters from 12 until 17 years have meanwhile 43, 5 percent get at least one first injection , 37, 5 percent are fully vaccinated.

The RKI assumes, however, that probably more people among adults 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 five percentage points higher. (dpa)

According to a report by the Robert Koch Institute, more people have already been vaccinated than statistically recorded. How can that be?

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Highest level of new infections in Latvia

In Latvia the number has new corona infections reached a new high. The health authorities in Riga reported on Wednesday 278 positive tests within one day. The previous record in the Baltic EU country of 1861 was at 31. December 2020. In the last 14 days were according to official information 993, 4 new infections per 100 000 Registered residents.

Given the The government in Riga has declared a state of emergency again with the strong spread of the coronavirus. It has been in effect from Monday until 11. January. Associated with this are restrictions on both vaccinated and non-vaccinated people, which restrict public life and economic activities.

In Latvia, only just under half of the 1.9 million inhabitants are fully vaccinated against Corona. The government has been trying for months with only moderate success to increase the population’s low willingness to vaccinate . A corona vaccination obligation has been established for public service employees and certain occupational groups. The state airline Air Baltic announced on Wednesday that all employees are required to be vaccinated. (dpa)

One-time payment for vaccinated seniors in Lithuania

Lithuania wants to motivate seniors in the Corona crisis with a financial incentive to vaccinate. The parliament in Vilnius voted on Wednesday a one-off payment of 76 Euro for newly vaccinated people over 75 years. The project was justified with the low vaccination rate in this age group.

Seniors who have not received a vaccination by September 1st and have received a full vaccination by December 1st should be entitled to the payment be vaccinated . Fully vaccinated seniors who receive another dose of an approved corona vaccine for a booster by April 1 should also be granted financial aid.

In Lithuania, the corona numbers have increased significantly in the past few weeks. In the past 14 days were according to official information 998, 5 new infections per 100. 000 residents registered. In the Baltic state with almost three million inhabitants are 69, 7 percent of the population fully vaccinated against Corona or recovered from it. (dpa)

New corona rules in Ita lien: Big concerns in freight transport

In Italy, before the planned expansion of the Corona pass to the world of work from Friday, concerns about the consequences for the economy are growing. Freight transport workers in particular could become a problem. According to media reports, the workers in the important port of the northern Italian city of Trieste threatened with a blockade if the government in Rome does not require proof of corona vaccination, recovery or a negative one Drop the test.

From the 15. October employees have to show the so-called green passport when they come to work. The regulation has already caused nationwide protests and riots. In Italy around 59 Percentage of people over twelve years of age at least one vaccination dose against Covid – 19 obtain.

The logistics industry warned of delivery problems and empty sales shelves. Many drivers are from abroad and do not have the “Green Pass” because they do not Vaccinated or the vaccination from their home countries would not be recognized, it was said by the Fiap association. (dpa)

New vaccination campaign in Switzerland: No vouchers for convincers

Die Switzerland wants to increase the relatively low vaccination rate against corona infection with new initiatives. From the 8th to 14. November there will be a national vaccination week , as the government announced on Wednesday in Bern. Until Wednesday there were scarce in Switzerland in relation to the total population 61 percent completely vaccinated. In Germany it was good 65 percent. The 14 – Day incidence of newly reported infections was per 100. 000 inhabitants with just under 150.

To the Vaccination initiative includes an information campaign in all media as well as more mobile vaccination centers. People who are still unsure are offered individual discussions with trained staff. The government provides scarce 100 million francs (good 93 million euros) available.

The idea of ​​vaccinating people from others convince with a voucher for 50 Francs (around 46 Euro) for a visit to a restaurant, for example, was discarded . Health Minister Alain Berset had proposed this, but he hardly found approval in the cantons. (dpa)

Southwest stricter test obligation for employees with customer contact

Baden-Württemberg wants tighten the corona test obligation for unvaccinated employees in companies with public traffic. Employees in restaurants or hairdressing salons, for example, will have to be tested for the coronavirus twice a week. Vaccinated and recovered employees do not have to be tested. So far, such a test obligation has only applied to unvaccinated employees with external contact if the corona situation in the south-west has worsened significantly, i.e. in the so-called warning and alert levels.

The country reacts with the tightening to a decision of the conference of health ministers on Monday. Then the paragraph 25 in the Infection Protection Act as the legal basis for the introduction of such a test obligation. The measure is part of the new Corona regulation in Baden-Württemberg, which is to be announced shortly. (dpa)

RKI-Chef Lothar Wieler verteidigt sich gegen Kritik.
RKI boss Lothar Wieler defends himself against criticism. Image: Imago Images / Jürgen Heinrich

RKI boss Wieler: We made no mistakes with vaccination quotas

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has rejected responsibility for the officially reported vaccination rates in Germany that are apparently too low. “The RKI can only publish the vaccination data that has been transmitted to it accordingly,” said President Lothar Wieler. A coverage that is too low does not represent “an error or neglect by the RKI”, but rather goes back to the failure to report from some vaccinating agencies Determination of the vaccination quota depends on the so-called digital vaccination quota monitoring (DIM), writes the RKI. The application and reliability of this reporting system is “solely in the hands of the vaccinating bodies (vaccination centers, vaccination teams, hospitals, medical practices, company doctors)”.

A week ago the RKI wrote in a report, among other things, that probably more people were vaccinated among adults than the official data suggest. This is indicated, among other things, by a survey of citizens. So the quota for once and completely vaccinated persons should decrease 18 years can be up to five percentage points higher. After the publication of this report, RKI boss Wieler was criticized, among other things given. (dpa)

France’s government wants to extend controversial Corona passport

The French government wants the controversial health passport to fight the corona pandemic by the summer 2022. The cabinet in Paris discussed a corresponding bill on Wednesday, which was submitted to the AFP news agency. Accordingly, the penalties for falsified health passports should be up to five years imprisonment and 75. 000 euros.

In France, the health passport must be used for many events and at presented in many public places. He has a full corona vaccination, a recovery from Covid – 19 or a negative corona test.

Originally had the health passport only up to 14. November are to be used. According to the draft law, the government must submit to parliament by the end of February at the latest 2022 explain the reasons for an extension of the passport. The legal basis for the imposition of curfews and the closing of businesses in the event of a new flare-up of the pandemic should also apply until the summer. (AFP)

Allein in Irland sollen Hunderte Passagiere der Fluggesellschaft betroffen sein.
In Ireland alone there are hundreds Airline passengers may be affected. Image: Boris Roessler / dpa

Ryanair apparently excludes customers because of disputes over pandemic flights

Due to disputes about ticket refunds during the corona pandemic h at Ryanair media reports say that passengers were denied check-in and they only refused to check-in after the claims were settled on board calmly. As the “Irish Times” reported on Wednesday, hundreds of travelers are affected in Ireland alone. According to information from the British newspaper “Guardian”, there are also several cases in Great Britain.

It is about so-called chargebacks. Because the Irish low-cost airline did not reimburse them for flights they had not taken because of the pandemic, travelers took the opportunity to get the money back through the credit card company. Ryanair apparently noted the names and details of these passengers and refused to board them on flights booked later, as previously reported by the “aerotelegraph.com” portal. The company sees itself in the right and referred to the terms and conditions.

The persons concerned had bought non-refundable tickets for flights , which were carried out as planned despite the pandemic, said a Ryanair spokeswoman for the Irish Times. The chargebacks via the credit card company were “unlawful”. The airline spoke of a “tiny minority” of less than 850 traveler . These passengers would not be taken back until they had paid their debts. As reported by “Irish Times” and “Guardian”, many of those affected only found out about the lock shortly before the start of their journey. They were able to book the new flight anyway.

Only recently did the British competition authority investigate Ryanair and British market leader British Airways in these cases Reference to the unclear legal situation discontinued. (dpa)

Biden’s ruling has heightened political opposition to vaccinations and made them yet another accelerator Polarization made. We are d believes that private employers should be allowed to impose their own vaccination requirements. (…) If employers require vaccinations, some workers are likely to quit or be made redundant and they (the companies) may have difficulty replacing them. If companies fail to adhere to these (vaccination requirements), they could receive a warning from the government. (…) Many Americans have a financial cushion thanks to pandemic-related bridging payments and therefore do not have to work. (…) There are many reports from teachers, bus drivers and health care workers who quit because of (vaccination) obligations. (…) Fortunately, the virus is ebbing again and booster vaccinations should reduce the number of infections and deaths. But the damage done by Biden to the US economy and individual freedom could prove to be more persistent.

Commantar in the “Wall Street Journal”

I would be very much in favor of us doing at least 3-G. This will also be the case with concerts and events. The discussion is a little more difficult at church services. But I think we shouldn’t undermine social vaccination efforts. (…) The church should not become a refuge for vaccine skeptics because we think that a service should be accessible in any case.

The evangelical theologian Thies Gundlach

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Der Schriftzug von Boeing ist am Hauptsitz  in Chicago angebracht.
The Boeing logo is attached to headquarters in Chicago. Image: Joel Lerner / Xinhua / dpa