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

Eine Touristin liegt im Juli 2020 auf Bali am Strand.
A tourist is in July 2019 on Bali on the beach. Picture: Firdia Lisnawati / AP / dpa

Tourists from 18 Countries are allowed to return to Bali – but Germans are not

The popular Indonesian holiday island of Bali welcomes you from now on 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 message 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 in 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 state Indonesia had with 270 Millions of residents experienced a severe virus wave 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 143 000 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.
closed at the end of September in Saxony like here in Borna the last vaccination centers. Picture: Jan Woitas / dpa

Infection rates are 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, then Bavaria follow 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. According to the RKI, the five districts with the highest incidences are all in Bavaria on Thursday.

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 with 85, 6 well above average. (Reuters)

Australian state of 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 de r population are fully vaccinated . On Thursday the authorities reported 2297 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 have received two doses of vaccine, the regional government still wants to 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 Sydney , which had long been hardest hit by the current outbreak, had its strict lockdown a few days ago after 106 days completed. 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. Because of the progress of the vaccination campaign, the government wants but are expected 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 Image: 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.

during major cities like Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo have considered relaxing the mask requirement under certain conditions, holding festivals with thousands of visitors on a trial basis and samba groups for the carnival 2022 practice, the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro does not want to be vaccinated anymore . “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 sense 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 Inhabitants and week on Thursday morning with 67, 0 . For comparison: on the previous day the value at 65, 4 located, a 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 listed. 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 be without 3G Rule, mask compulsory, but with alcohol 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, 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)

UK Vaccination Certificate Issues Troubling Travelers

Due to temporary problems with the UK online vaccination certificate, plans by 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 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 is to develop guidelines for future studies on the origin of pandemics and epidemics and oversee investigations, as the WHO on Wednesday in Geneva reported. 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 to abuse the pandemic and the search for the source for political attacks.

The WHO hopes that such studies will be prepared in the future by the advisory board and can then 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 Percent of Bremen residents vaccinated against the coronavirus at least once .


Also with 76, 5 percent of fully vaccinated people is Bremen at the top in a national comparison. Saxony has the lowest vaccination rates : 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 therefore 75 Percent.

At least once have been vaccinated against the virus according to the information 68, 6 percent of all citizens and 79, 4 percent of adults. More than 54 Millions of people are according to the Federal Ministry of Health fully vaccinated, more than 57 Millions vaccinated at least once.

Among the children and adolescents of 12 until 17 Years have meanwhile 37, 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 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?

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Highest level at New infections in Latvia

In Latvia the number of new corona infections has increased Peak reached. 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. In the last 14 days were according to official information 993, 4 new infections per 97 000 Residents registered.

In view of the renewed spread of the coronavirus, the government in Riga has declared a state of emergency. 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 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 74 Euro for newly vaccinated people over 75 years to. The project was justified with the low vaccination rate in this age group.

The payment should be made to seniors who are up to have not received a vaccination by September 1st and are 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 12 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 completely against Corona vaccinated or recovered from it. (dpa)

New Corona rules in Italy: Big concerns in freight traffic

In Italy, before the planned expansion of the Corona passport 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 evidence for Corona vaccination, recovery or drop a negative 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 61 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 shelves. Many drivers are from abroad and do not have the “Green Passport” because they or they are not vaccinated 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 persuasers

Switzerland wants to increase the relatively low vaccination rate against corona infection with new initiatives. From the 8th to 14. November 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 fully vaccinated. In Germany it was good 65 Percent. The 14 – Daily incidence of newly reported infections was per 100. 000 Population with just under 150.

About the vaccination initiative include 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).

The idea of ​​people who convince others to vaccinate with a voucher for 50 Francs (around 46 euros) to reward a visit to a restaurant, for example, was rejected . 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 to 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 in the future. Those who have been vaccinated and those who have 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 worsens 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 28 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 mistake 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 of the RKI”, but rather goes back to non-reporting of some vaccinating agencies, it said. When determining the vaccination rate, one has to rely on the so-called digital vaccination rate 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)”.

The RKI had a week ago in a report under among other things, written that among adults, probably more people are 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 publishing When this report was published, there was criticism of RKI boss Wieler, among others. (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 can use. 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 in prison and 75. 000 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 only had 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)

Allein in Irland sollen Hunderte Passagiere der Fluggesellschaft betroffen sein.
Hundreds of airline passengers are said to be affected in Ireland alone. Picture: Boris Roessler / dpa

Ryanair apparently excludes customers because of disputes over pandemic flights

Because of disputes about ticket refunds during the corona pandemic h According to media reports at Ryanair, passengers refused to check-in and they were only allowed on board after the claims were settled . 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’s about so-called chargebacks. Because the Irish low-cost airline did not reimburse them for flights they had not taken due to the pandemic, travelers took the opportunity to get the money back through the credit card company. Ryanair apparently made a note of the names and details of these passengers and refused to board them for 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.

Those affected had bought non-refundable tickets for flights that 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 The British competition authority closed its investigations against Ryanair and the British market leader British Airways in these cases with reference to the unclear legal situation. (dpa)

Biden’s order has heightened political opposition to vaccinations and made it another accelerator of polarization. We believe 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 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 Protestant theologian Thies Gundlach

Image: Imago Images

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

Compulsory vaccination for 125. 000 Employee at the US aircraft manufacturer Boeing

The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing is introducing mandatory vaccination for contractors from US federal agencies as part of an order issued by President Joe Biden. “By December 8th, the approximately 125. 000 US employees either Provide proof of vaccination or take recognized, reasonable protective measures as a result of a disability or sincere religious belief, “said Boeing. The US airlines American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Alaska Airlines as well as the aircraft parts manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems also declare that they will adhere to the deadline prescribed by Biden. (Reuters)

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