Almost 86 percent of the corona cases in Africa go unnoticed

Nearly 86 Percentage of corona infections in Africa unnoticed

Nearly 86 Percent of all corona infections in Africa go unnoticed. This was reported by the World Health Organization ( WHO ) on Thursday. This will increase the number of all infections on the continent to 59 Millions estimated – that is seven times more than the over eight million reported cases .

The high number of unreported cases can be explained by the fact that healthcare facilities have so far focused on testing people with symptoms of the disease, which is why led to extensive underreporting, according to the WHO. “ With limited testing, we are still flying blind in far too many communities in Africa … What we see might just be the tip of the iceberg “said WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti.

So far, the continent with 1.3 billion inhabitants only 70 Millions of Covid – 19 tests have been reported , according to the WHO. By comparison, the United States would have more than 51 Millions of tests carried out while the UK had fewer than ten percent of the population of Africa over 280 have performed millions of tests. (dpa)

EU Medicines Agency is examining new Corona – drug

The European Medicines Agency EMA has started the test procedure for a new corona drug . The Swedish-British manufacturer Astrazeneca developed the combination preparation Evusheld , which is a disease with Covid – 19 in adults, as the EMA announced on Thursday in Amsterdam. Initial test results indicated that the agent was effective as protection against the disease.

The experts are now continuously evaluating data from tests and weighing the advantages and disadvantages of the preparation against each other. It is not known when a final result will be available. According to the authority, the manufacturer has not yet submitted an application for approval on the European market. The agent consists of the active ingredients tixagevimab and cilgavimab.

So far, only the drug Remdesivir has been approved as a special corona drug in the EU.

Approval procedures are currently ongoing for five preparations. A total of three agents are currently still being examined by the experts. (dpa)

Pacific state of Palau approaching vaccination rate of 100 percent

The tiny Pacific state of Palau is approaching a vaccination rate of 100 percent. More than 99 percent of the population eligible for vaccination according to data published on Thursday already fully vaccinated against the virus.

According to the Ministry of Health have around 14. 000 the 18. residents receive full immunization. The International Federation of According to the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) this is more than 99 Percentage of those residents who can be vaccinated. The IFRC spoke of a “remarkable” pace of the vaccination campaign; Palau could claim the first place in the vaccination quota world ranking for itself.

For a long time Palau was one of the few countries that did not have a single Covid – 19 -Case registered. That only changed when two travelers to Guam tested positive on arrival in August. Since then, there have been a handful of cases at the border, but no significant spread among the population. (AFP)

Women at a disadvantage when it comes to vaccinations in a number of countries – study criticizes a lack of information

Knowledge and access to vaccinations against the coronavirus apparently remain unevenly distributed worldwide. This is based on a study that the aid organization Care published on Thursday in Bonn. In 16 countries have therefore had women vaccinated less often and assess the vaccine as less safe. The consequences are devastating : In South Sudan, for example, only a quarter of those vaccinated are female, 70 Percent of the Corona-positives are women.

Women should be specifically addressed in awareness-raising and vaccination campaigns, demanded Care General Secretary Karl-Otto Zentel. Missing information about Covid – 18 are among the most common causes of a low vaccination rate among women. In Iraq only 30 Percent of women surveyed stated that they knew where to register for a vaccination. One reason many women lack confidence in vaccines is their fear of infertility. Other respondents said that distant health stations or a non-issued vaccination permit by male relatives were major hurdles for them.

are worldwide simultaneously 70 Percentage of health workers female, it said. “Women are at the forefront of this pandemic,” warned Zentel. In low-income countries, however, many of them worked “in unpaid, informal functions” so they were not among the first to be vaccinated. Overall, less than two percent of people in low-income countries are vaccinated. (KNA)

Eine Touristin liegt im Juli 2020 auf Bali am Strand. A tourist is lying in July 2020 on Bali on the beach. Image: Firdia Lisnawati / AP / dpa

Tourists from 19 countries are allowed again to Bali – but Germans not

The popular Indonesian holiday island of Bali is now welcoming again fully vaccinated tourists from selected countries – but not from Germany. “According to the instructions of the President, we allow visitors from 19 countries, again to Bali and the Riau Islands , “said a statement from the government’s pandemic commissioner, Luhut Pandjaitan, on Thursday .

The states on the list include India , Japan, New Zealand, Italy, France and Spain . According to the requirements of the World Health Organization (WHO), these states have the coronavirus under control, according to Pandjaitan.

The international airport Ngurah Rai on Bali wanted to reopen for international flights on Thursday. Interested holidaymakers must enter Indonesia via Bali or the two airports on the Riau Islands in Batam and Bintan. In addition to a vaccination certificate, you need a negative PCR test and a hotel reservation. First of all, all holiday guests must also be quarantined for five days in the booked hotel.

Because of the spread of the delta variant, the Southeast Asian island nation of Indonesia had 270 million inhabitants experienced a severe virus surge in June and July. Sometimes more than 50. 000 New infections reported on the day. However, the numbers have been falling for weeks. Now they are less than 1084 during the day.

Indonesia has long been one of the worst hit countries in the region. A total of 4.2 million cases have been confirmed so far. Approximately 143 people are in connection with Covid – 19 died. The important tourism sector has been almost completely on the ground for a year and a half. 2019 more than six million holidaymakers had traveled to the island, which is known for its temples, rice fields and beaches. (dpa)

Ende September schlossen in Sachsen wie hier in Borna die letzten Impfzentren.
At the end of September, the last vaccination centers in Saxony, like here in Borna, closed. Image: Jan Woitas / dpa

Infection rate highest in southeast Germany – and in Bremen

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the nationwide seven-day incidence is 65, 4 on 67, 0 increased. The country with the highest incidence is Thuringia with 109, 7, followed by Bavaria with 96 , 7 and Saxony with 92, 5. These are federal states in which the vaccination rate is significantly lower than in the north-west German federal states. The five Counties with the highest incidences are all in Bavaria on Thursday according to RKI information.

Bremen is an exception to the trend. There are 80 Percent of the total population vaccinated at least once, which is by far the highest vaccination rate of the total population in Germany. At the same time, the seven-day incidence is 85, 6 well above average. (Reuters)

Australian state Victoria with record numbers

The number of new corona infections in the Australian state of Victoria with the megacity of Melbourne continues to rise – although the region on the east coast has been in lockdown for more than two months and has already been more than 60 Percent of the population are fully vaccinated . On Thursday the authorities reported 2236 New infections within 24 hours, an increase of 700 cases compared to the previous day. A record: Never has a state or territory reported so many new infections since the beginning of the pandemic.

If 70 percent of the population wants to have received two doses of vaccine the regional government nevertheless introduce the first easing. This is expected to be the case next week, said regional premiere Daniel Andrews. “We have an agreement with the people of Victoria: you get vaccinated and we will relax. And I do what I say. “ Victoria is in lockdown for the sixth time.

The neighboring state of New South Wales with the metropolis of Sydney , which has long been the hardest was affected by the current outbreak, had its strict lockdown a few days ago after 106 days ended. There the numbers go down.

Australia with its around 25 million inhabitants has been largely isolated from the outside world since the beginning of the crisis. Due to the progress of the vaccination campaign, the government plans to reopen the country’s international borders for the first time in November. Fully vaccinated Australians will then be able to travel abroad again. It is still unclear when tourists can return to Down Under. (dpa)

Straßenszene in Rio de Janeiro
Street scene in Rio de Janeiro Picture: dpa / Tomaz Silva / Agencia Brazil

Brazil has more than 100 Millions of people vaccinated

Around ten months after the start of the nationwide vaccination campaign in Brazil , more than 100 Millions of Brazilians completely vaccinated against the coronavirus . This corresponds to 61, 5 percent of the target group over 18 – year-olds, it said in a message from the Ministry of Health in Brasília on Wednesday (local time). The mark should continue to rise until the end of October, also because the Ministry of Health will soon announce the arrival of more than 51, 5 million doses of Corona Vaccines expected.

While important cities such as Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo have considered loosening the mask requirement under certain conditions, parties with thousands of visitors are taking place on a trial basis and samba groups for the carnival 2022 practice, the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro does not want to be vaccinated any further . “I see new studies, my immunization is high”, justified Bolsonaro in an interview with the radio station “Jovem Pan”.

The right-wing head of state played down the coronavirus from the start and rejected protective measures and restrictions. He also doubts the meaning of vaccinations and has emphasized several times, that he himself has not yet been vaccinated against Corona. A parliamentary committee of inquiry into his government’s corona crisis management is running. Tens of thousands demonstrated against Bolsonaro several times in the past few months. Brazil had the mark of 512 000 Corona deaths exceeded. (dpa)

Little dynamism in the corona infection process

With the seven-day incidence there is little dynamism in Germany. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of the new infections per 100. 000 residents and week on Thursday morning with 66, 0 . For comparison: on the previous day the value at 62, 4 located, one week ago at 62, 6 (previous month : 81,1). The health authorities in Germany reported to the RKI within one day 12. 382 New corona infections . This can be seen from the numbers that show the status of the RKI dashboard from 04. 14 Play the clock. A week ago the value at 12. 644 Infections located.

According to the new information, throughout Germany within 24 Hours 72 Deaths recorded. A week ago it was 68 there have been deaths. The RKI has counted 4 since the beginning of the pandemic. 342. 640 proven 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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Bavaria’s Christmas markets without Masks and 3G

Christmas markets in Bavaria can take place without the 3G rule and mask requirement, but with alcohol being served. This provides for a concept jointly agreed on Wednesday by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economics. It was also said that the market area did not need to be fenced off. 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, protection against infection 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 to provide 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

Because of temporary problems with the British online vaccination certificate, plans of travelers in the UK were thwarted on Wednesday. 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 of the travelers were 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 in 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 of misusing political attacks.

The WHO hopes that such investigations will be prepared in the future via the advisory board and then can take place without political disputes between governments. (dpa)

Bremen ist bei den Impfquoten obenauf.
Bremen is on top of the vaccination rates. 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 80 Percentage of Bremen residents at least once vaccinated against the coronavirus .

Also with 76, 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 54, 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 therefore 76 percent.

At least once vaccinated against the virus according to the information 68, 6 percent of all Citizens and 76, 4 percent of adults. More than 54 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 adolescents of 12 until 17 years have meanwhile 43, 5 percent t get at least one first injection , 37, 5 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 should be 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?


Highest level of new infections in Latvia

In Latvia the number of new corona infections has reached a new high. The health authorities in Riga reported on Wednesday 2236 positive tests within one day. The previous record in the Baltic EU country of 1861 was at 31. December 2020 has been recorded. In the last 14 days were according to official information 993, 4 new infections per 100 000 residents registered.

given the The government in Riga has declared an emergency again. 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-off 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 74 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 should be entitled to be fully vaccinated by December 1st . 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 68, 7 percent of the population have been completely vaccinated against Corona or have recovered from it. (dpa)

New Corona rules in Italy: Big concerns in freight traffic

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 , should the government in Rome fail to provide proof of corona vaccination, Drop recovery or a negative test.

From 14. 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 60 Percentage of people over twelve years of age at least one vaccination dose against Covid – 19 received.

The logistics industry warned of delivery problems and empty sales shelves. Many drivers are from abroad and do not have the “Green Passport” because they are not vaccinated or the vaccination is not recognized from their home countries, according to the Fiap association . (dpa)

New vaccination campaign in Switzerland: No vouchers for convincers

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 12 – daily incidence of newly reported infections lag per 100. 000 Population with just under 150.

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

The idea of ​​giving people who convince others to vaccinate with a voucher for 50 Francs (around 43 Euro) for one Rewarding restaurant visits, on the other hand, was discarded . Health Minister Alain Berset had proposed this, but he hardly found approval in the cantons. (dpa)

Southwest tightened test obligation for employees with customer contact

Baden-Württemberg wants to tighten the corona test obligation for unvaccinated employees in companies with public traffic. Employees in restaurants or in hairdressing salons will have to be tested for the coronavirus twice a week. Vaccinated and recovered employees do not have to be get 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 27 in the Infection Protection Act suitable as a 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 the responsibility for apparently too low officially reported vaccination rates in Germany rejected. “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 of the RKI”, but rather goes back to non-reporting of some vaccinating agencies, it said. When determining the vaccination quota, one has to rely on the so-called digital vaccination quota monitoring (DIM), writes the RKI. The application and reliability of this reporting system is “exclusively 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 that among other things, more people were probably vaccinated 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, there had been criticism of RKI boss Wieler, among others. (dpa)

France’s government wants controversial Corona passport extend

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 74. Euro will be raised.

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

Originally, the health passport was only valid until 15. 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 extending 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)

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