HN Update, Nov 26, 2021
Merkel promotes contact reduction throughout Germany
Acting Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging stronger countermeasures throughout Germany to fight the menacing Corona spread. Individual countries have taken very large contact restrictions, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said. However, he said, everyone had to realize that even countries in a relatively better situation would have to expect a much more serious situation. That means they, too, may have to prepare for such measures, he said. The chancellor is promoting taking the situation really seriously and expressing this in measures, Seibert said. Above all, he mentioned fewer contacts and observing rules with distance and masks. Referring to the transition between the acting and the new federal government, Seibert made it clear that this certainly does not mean that one can wait long to take difficult measures. A possible federal-state Corona-summit earlier than the previously planned date of December 9 remained open. (Ntv, November 26)
Number of contacts must drop significantly says Minister of Health Jens Spahn
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn expresses concern about the current Corona situation: “The situation is dramatically serious, more serious than at any time in this pandemic,” he said in Berlin. The public life in Germany should be “cut back as far as possible”. Two weeks ago, he said, it was five past twelve; a week ago, it was ten past twelve. “The wake-up call has not yet arrived everywhere,” Spahn said. The CDU politician made the case for significantly more contact restrictions nationwide. “The amount of people in contact has to drop significantly.” He added that none of it was any use. Major events and celebrations would have to be canceled. He said the Conference of Minister Presidents must meet as soon as the next few days to decide on the matter. “We have to stop this wave now,” Spahn said. In this national emergency, all responsible parties need to stand together.(Ntv, November 26)
RKI reports 76,414 new infections and 357 deaths – incidence at 438.2
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the health authorities reported 76,414 cases in 24 hours on Friday morning. Exactly one week ago, there had been 52,970 recorded new infections. The RKI gave the seven-day incidence at 438.2 – also a high. For comparison: The previous day the value had been 419.7, a week ago 340.7 (previous month: 113.0). According to the new data, 357 deaths were recorded throughout Germany within 24 hours. A week ago, there were 201 deaths. The RKI gave the number of those who recovered on Friday as 4,775,300. The number of people who died from or with the involvement of a confirmed infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 100,476.(Robert Koch Institute, November 26)
One should not overestimate the value of childhood vaccinations
Corona vaccinations for children five years and older will play only a comparatively minor role in the fight against the pandemic, according to expert physicians. The president of the professional association of pediatricians and adolescents, Thomas Fischbach, tells the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe that he warns politicians “not to put too much emphasis on vaccinations of five- to eleven-year-olds in the fight against Corona.” Fischbach stresses, “It would be wrong to increase the pressure on this group, as they are not a driver of the pandemic.” These would continue to be the unvaccinated adults. Infected children, on the other hand, are less contagious and also very rarely become seriously ill with Covid-19 themselves, which is why the pressure on unvaccinated adults “must increase considerably,” Fischbach demands. He reiterated that pediatricians and adolescents are in favor of mandatory vaccination for adults. Fischbach demanded that the future German government should “courageously go ahead and introduce such a mandatory vaccination instead of constantly opening up side wars due to a lack of courage”. (Funke Mediengruppe, November 26)
About 1300 suspected cases of falsification of vaccination cards in Bavaria
Police and public prosecutors in Bavaria are now aware of almost 1300 cases of suspected manipulation of Corona vaccination cards. The range extends from forged vaccination cards to false stamps and stickers to manipulations around digitized vaccination certificates, said a spokeswoman for the State Criminal Police Office. The number develops “very dynamically”. Recently, new cases of criminality surrounding vaccination had repeatedly come to light. The “Wirtschaftswoche” reported that there were 3100 investigations nationwide. One of the most spectacular cases takes place in the Donau-Ries district, where a family doctor is accused of having given patients injections without vaccine and of having issued vaccination certificates without vaccination at all. (Ntv, November 26)
RKI President Wieler: “How many more people do we have to lose?”
RKI President Lothar Wieler appeals to do everything possible now to break the fourth wave. He points out that more than 100,000 people in Germany have already lost their lives since the pandemic began. “How many more people do we have to loose?” asks Wieler. “What else has to happen” to get everyone involved in fighting the virus?” (Robert Koch Institute, November 26)
Alert level II: Which test at 2G-Plus
At the alert level, vaccinated and recovered persons need a negative rapid test or a PCR test for 2G-Plus. A self-test performed on one’s own is not sufficient. Children up to and including 5 years of age and children up to and including 7 years of age who have not yet started school. Elementary school students, students of a special education and counseling center, a school based on elementary school, or a vocational school up to and including 17 years of age. This group is exempt from the 2G-Plus rule in all areas except saunas, clubs and discotheques and does not have to provide extra proof of testing, as regular testing takes place at school.
Persons up to and including 17 years of age who are no longer attending school. Persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons (medical proof required). Persons for whom there is no general vaccination recommendation by the Standing Commission on Vaccination (STIKO). Pregnant women and nursing mothers, as there is only a vaccination recommendation by the STIKO for these groups since September 10, 2021 (only valid until December 10, 2021). These persons need a negative test proof (rapid test) everywhere where 2G-Plus applies.(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, November 26)
EU Commissioner Von der Leyen: Suspend travel from southern African countries
Due to the spread of a new possibly more dangerous variant of the coronavirus, the EU Commission wants to limit travel from southern Africa to the EU to an absolute minimum. The Brussels authority will propose to the EU states to trigger the emergency brake provided for this purpose to suspend air traffic, announced EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Twitter. (Focus, November 26)
Vaccinations have saved half a million lives in Europe
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that Corona vaccinations have saved the lives of at least half a million people in Europe alone. The WHO’s Copenhagen-based European office released a report Thursday that says a total of 470,000 lives have been saved in the over-60 age group alone in about 30 European countries since the vaccination campaign began. The estimate does not include the under-60 age group. Based on the figures, WHO estimates that nearly 160,000 lives have been saved in England and about 39,000 in France. Data were not available for the survey for 20 countries in the Region, including Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and Turkey. The study shows that the vaccines do what they promise: “they save lives by providing a high level of protection against severe courses and death,” says WHO European Director Hans Kluge. (Focus, November 26)
France announces border controls
France announces increased border controls to contain the Corona virus. “We will reinforce them with several measures,” said Health Minister Olivier Veran . Details would be determined in the next 24 to 48 hours. The government had previously launched tougher measures to counter a fifth wave of infection.(Ntv, November 26)
Possible Curfew for non-immunized over the weekend
Böblingen district. The district office reports that a curfew for non-immunized persons could come into force as early as this weekend. By amending the Corona Ordinance of November 23, the state of Baden-Württemberg has also decided that in the future, non-immunized visitors will only be allowed to attend county committee meetings during alert periods upon presentation of proof of antigen or PCR testing.
Another regulation of the Corona Ordinance concerns local restrictions in case of a 7-day incidence of 500 or more. If this value is exceeded on two consecutive days, this leads to further local restrictions for non-immunized persons. As a precaution, it is already noted that this circumstance could be reached on the weekend. The determination will then be announced immediately via the homepage of the district. One day after announcement, the measures then come into force. It is then valid for non-immunized persons:
No more access to retail establishments and markets (with the exception of those providing basic services).
Curfew to the extent that the stay outside of the dwelling or other accommodation in the time of 9 p.m. – 5 a.m. is permitted only in the presence of valid reasons (e.g. concrete danger for life or health and for work reasons).
Non Corona News
33-year-old man completely snaps after mask dispute
Stuttgart-Mitte – On Thursday evening, a 33-year-old traveler got into an argument with a 34-year-old Deutsche Bahn employee at Stuttgart’s main train station in Stuttgart-Mitte because he apparently wasn’t wearing a face mask. The dispute quickly developed into a fight. Even after officers of the Federal Police had taken him to the police station, the 33-year-old did not show any understanding and went back to the S-Bahn area in the main station and harassed passengers there. The police is now investigating the man on suspicion of assault, among other things. Therefore, he was ultimately taken into custody. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, November 26)
Fake policewomen obtain money and jewelry from a senior citizen
Stuttgart-Möhringen -According to police reports, an alleged female police officer called the senior citizen at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday and pretended that the 82-year-old’s daughter had caused a serious car accident. In order to avert a threatened prison sentence for the daughter, the unknown person demanded a five-digit deposit of bail from her.
The senior citizen complied with the demand and handed over more than 10,000 euros in cash to the person collecting the money at her apartment door. But this was obviously not enough for the scammers, and they kept on calling. She called the 82-year-old again and demanded more money. Once again, the senior citizen handed over cash amounting to several thousand euros as well as a variety of gold jewelry. The local police advises:
Do not let yourself be pressured on the phone and hang up the phone. This is how you get rid of scammers. They also advise to be suspicious of demands for personal data, cash, jewelry or valuables. Do not hesitate to call 110 and to report the incident.(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, November 26)