Status: 10/24/2021 9:20 a.m.
As of today, Bulgaria and Croatia are once again considered high-risk areas. Saarland’s Prime Minister Hans calls for an end to the epidemic emergency in Germany. The events in the live blog.
- Germany has so far given 7.6 million AstraZeneca cans to other countries
- Seven-day incidence over 100
- Debate about compulsory vaccination for teachers called for
- Prime Minister Hans for the end of the epidemic situation
- Croatia and Bulgaria now high risk areas
Counties for expanding vaccination in children
The districts in Germany have spoken out in favor of expanding corona vaccinations for children. The immunization of children and adolescents should compensate for that part of the vaccinations that are missing “due to stubborn unwilling adults” on the way to achieving herd immunity, said the president of the German district assembly, Reinhard Sager, the newspapers of the Funke media group.
As soon as a vaccine for children under the age of twelve is approved, these vaccinations should also be promoted with great force, according to Sager. This gives “overall greater leeway for a social and economic life like before the pandemic”.
Study: memory problems after Covid increased in hospital patients
According to a new study, long-term cognitive effects after Covid 19 disease appear to occur more frequently after more severe courses of the disease. A study in the USA published in the journal “Jama” shows that former patients with a Corona hospital stay were affected many times more often in some areas than people who were treated on an outpatient basis.
Overall, the patients most often had problems memorizing or remembering something – this affected almost one in four people in the study. This was followed by problems with finding words or a generally slower speed in processing information.
USA: death toll rises to 733,834
In the United States, health officials recorded further deaths related to the virus within one day of 1903. The total number rises to 733,834, as the US authority CDC announced. A total of 45.316 million people have tested positive for the corona virus so far. The USA has the highest number of infections and deaths worldwide.
Wuhan postpones marathon
About 26,000 people were scheduled to take part in a marathon in the central Chinese city of Wuhan today. However, the organizers decided to postpone the event – out of concern about an increase in new corona infections.
The Chinese authorities only reported 26 new infections within one day. However, the country is pursuing a strict zero-Covid course – also with a view to the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, which will begin in around 100 days.
Seven-day incidence at well over 100
The seven-day incidence in Germany exceeded 100 for the first time since mid-May. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) stated the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Sunday morning to be exactly 106.3. For comparison: the day before the value was exactly 100, a week ago it was 72.7.
The health authorities in Germany reported 13,732 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. This is evident from the numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 4:26 a.m. A week ago the value was 8,682 infections.
According to the new information, 23 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 17 deaths. The RKI has counted 4,466,157 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected.
The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days – the most important parameter for a possible tightening of the corona restrictions – was given by the RKI on Friday at 2.68 (Thursday 2.45). With the indicator it must be taken into account that hospital admissions are sometimes reported with delay.
A nationwide threshold value from when the situation can be viewed critically is not provided for the incidence of hospitalization, among other things because of large regional differences. The previous high was around 15.5 around Christmas time. The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at 4,206,400. The number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 95,100.
Croatia and Bulgaria are high risk areas as of today
With Croatia and Bulgaria, the federal government has classified two other EU countries as corona high-risk areas as of today. Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated or has recovered and is traveling from a high-risk area has to be in quarantine for ten days and can only get rid of it after five days with a negative test. So far Romania, Lithuania and Slovenia are the only Member States of the European Union to which this applies.
Around 70 countries around the world are wholly or partially on the risk list of the RKI. In addition to Croatia and Bulgaria, Cameroon, Singapore and the Republic of the Congo are added today. Kenya, Kosovo, Iraq and Honduras will be deleted. Countries and regions with a particularly high risk of infection are classified as high-risk areas. But not only the infection numbers are decisive for this. Other criteria are the speed at which the virus is spreading, the burden on the health system or a lack of data on the corona situation.
Hans for the end of the epidemic situation
The Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans has supported the push to end the epidemic situation. “The pandemic is not over, but it has lost its horror due to the vaccinations. We have to take that into account,” said the CDU politician of “Bild am Sonntag”. At the same time, he emphasized: “Even after the epidemic has ended, the federal states must be able to decide on measures. But one cannot lump all the states together. Federal states with a high vaccination rate must be able to regain their freedoms.” The initiative comes from Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn. The proposal has been controversial for days, also in view of the currently increasing number of infections.
Germany donated 7.6 million AstraZeneca cans bilaterally
Germany has so far made 7.6 million corona vaccination doses from the manufacturer AstraZeneca available to other countries bilaterally. In addition, there are ten million doses that the federal government has handed over to the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of the Covax vaccine initiative, as reported by the German editorial network. “There are no longer any stocks of AstraZeneca on the part of the federal government,” a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Health told the newspapers.
Vietnam received most of the doses directly (2.6 million); Ukraine (1.5), Egypt, Ghana (both 1.5) and Namibia (0.2) follow. The listing also includes 350,000 cans that are yet to be delivered to Thailand. “The federal government intends to donate to third countries all vaccine doses that are not required for national needs, are pharmaceutically flawless and can still be shipped,” the spokesman emphasized.
A UNICEF employee checks a vaccine delivery from the Covax Initiative at Hanoi Airport.
Overall, the federal government has promised to provide 100 million vaccine doses from various manufacturers free of charge. Most of them are to be distributed via Covax. In addition, the federal government is investing 2.2 billion euros in the global fight against corona, including around 1.6 billion euros directly in the WHO initiative.
In addition, since October all cans from the manufacturer Johnson & Johnson that have been delivered to Germany have been sent directly to Covax. The initiative aims to provide vaccinations to people around the world who are excluded from public health care. According to official information, the vaccine doses donated so far include five million doses that the federal government had collected from pharmaceutical wholesalers and the federal states due to a lack of demand.
County council president wants debate on compulsory vaccination for teachers
After the increase in corona infections, the district council is calling for a debate on compulsory vaccination for nurses and educational staff. “We will not be able to avoid discussing compulsory vaccinations for certain professional groups such as teachers or nurses,” said the president of the German district assembly, Reinhard Sager, to the newspapers of the Funke media group.
One has to be aware that up to now those who have voluntarily decided against vaccination protection have also been protected. Although this is justified, from a certain point “the question of how long society can support it” must be allowed. Sager also demanded that the federal and state governments should agree on an exit path from the corona restrictions.