FAs of today, stricter rules apply to unvaccinated people in hotspots in Baden-Württemberg. Due to an exploded increase in corona infections, people who have not been vaccinated in the Schwarzwald-Baar district, the Ostalb district and the Biberach district are only allowed to leave their apartments between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. for good reason. Exceptions apply, for example, to medical emergencies and for work reasons. They are then also prohibited from entering some facilities.
According to the general decrees of the districts, access to restaurants, hotels (with the exception of business travelers) and retail is only permitted from Monday to immunized – i.e. vaccinated and recovered – visitors and customers. Excluded from this access restriction are shops and markets that serve the basic supply such as grocery stores, pharmacies, petrol and post offices, parcel services and banks as well as companies that provide services close to the body.
With the new Corona regulation, significantly stricter corona restrictions are to apply in the southwest, especially for younger unvaccinated people. The green-black state government is now planning to introduce the 2G rule (recovered or vaccinated) for 12 to 17 year olds. In addition, exit restrictions for unvaccinated people in corona hotspots are planned.
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07:39 a.m. – Corona numbers in Bavaria continue to rise – incidence at 640
More than a quarter of the new corona infections registered nationwide have been reported in Bavaria. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced 8426 new infections for the Free State on Monday morning (as of 3.12 a.m.). According to the RKI, the health authorities across Germany reported 30,643 infections within one day. The seven-day incidence throughout Bavaria rose to 640 – a week ago it was 525.7.
6:54 am – Australia opens borders to overseas students and professionals
After 20 months of border closure due to the corona pandemic, Australia will open again to students and professionals from abroad from December 1. “Australia is opening up to the world again,” said Home Secretary Karen Andrews. It is “another step forward” for the country.
Australia imposed one of the world’s most rigorous border closings in response to the pandemic in March 2020.
05:01 a.m. – Bayaz: Don’t just rule out compulsory vaccinations
Baden-Württemberg’s finance minister Danyal Bayaz (Greens) believes it is wrong to simply exclude compulsory vaccinations in the corona pandemic. “Compulsory vaccination is a serious intervention,” said the Green politician to the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” and the “Stuttgarter Zeitung”. “However, we now have to realize that we can hardly move from the spot with vaccination roll calls. So that Corona does not become a permanent loop for us, we should seriously discuss compulsory vaccination and not simply exclude it. “
Austria wants to be the first EU country to introduce mandatory vaccination in February. In Germany, politicians of the Union are open to it. Representatives of the SPD, Greens and FDP have so far been negative. Initially, it is planned to introduce compulsory vaccinations for certain occupational groups or institutions.
5:01 am – British expert criticizes Johnson
British health expert Azeem Majeed has criticized his government’s lax corona policy. “Plan B should have been introduced quite a while ago,” said the doctor from Imperial College London of the German Press Agency. The so-called catalog of measures provides for a mask requirement indoors, proof of vaccination for major events and the recommendation to work from home. Despite an incidence that has been around 400 for weeks, Prime Minister Johnson sees no reason to tighten the measures.
Johnson a few days ago before the latest corona wave that rolled over the continent and of which nobody knows whether it will also wash over the English coast. “That is a bit misleading,” said Majeed. “Since July we have never had less than around 30,000 cases a day.” Only recently, the UK was overtaken by countries with even higher corona rates. Most recently, 40,000 to 50,000 cases were counted per day.
04:34 am – Nationwide lockdown in Austria comes into force
In view of the skyrocketing number of corona infections, public life in Austria is paralyzed and the number of social contacts is massively reduced: From Monday, a nationwide lockdown applies for up to 20 days for everyone, including those who have been vaccinated. You may only leave your own apartment for urgent reasons such as visiting the doctor, working and shopping for groceries.
Retail, gastronomy and culture must fundamentally close, only suppliers of goods for daily needs such as supermarkets or pharmacies are allowed to remain open. Schools and kindergartens should “in principle” remain open – however, the government appeals to all parents to keep their children at home if possible. Tens of thousands of people protested on Saturday in Vienna against the new lockdown and the mandatory vaccination, which was also decided by the government.
4:20 a.m. – The nationwide incidence rises to 386.5
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 30,643 positive tests within 24 hours. That is 7036 cases more than on Sunday a week ago, when 23,607 new infections were reported. The seven-day incidence rose to a record 386.5 from 372.7 the previous day.
The value indicates how many people per 100,000 inhabitants have been infected with the corona virus in the past seven days. 62 other people died related to the virus. This increases the number of reported deaths to 99,124 within one day. In total, more than 5.38 million corona tests have so far been positive in Germany.
01:01 a.m. – Doctors warn of pressure on children
A few days before the expected decision on EU-wide approval of the BioNTech vaccine for the age group of five to eleven year olds, doctors warn of increasing pressure on children in the pandemic. “We hardly have any children who get Covid, we hardly have any serious disease or death. In this respect, there is no reason to set the pace here, ”says Jakob Maske from the professional association of paediatricians, the newspapers of the Funke media group.
According to Maske, the German paediatricians want to wait for a corresponding recommendation from the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) after an EU-wide approval of the vaccine for children aged five and over. This applies “even if politicians are probably speaking in favor of vaccinations earlier this time as well.” A Stiko recommendation means “that the benefit of the vaccination is greater than the risk. As doctors, we want to be able to tell parents that too. We want children to have a safe vaccination. “
12:24 am – Nursing advice for dismissal of unvaccinated people in homes
The German Nursing Council has spoken out in favor of unvaccinated employees being dismissed in the event of the introduction of a corona vaccination requirement in nursing homes. Should the legislature stipulate that only vaccinated and convalescent people are allowed to work in nursing homes, “the facilities have no choice but to separate themselves from these employees,” said Nursing Council President Christine Vogler to the editorial network Germany (Monday editions).
“Anyone who becomes the gateway for Corona in the nursing home simply cannot work there,” emphasized Vogler. The legislature must therefore clearly stipulate that care facilities may terminate unvaccinated employees. The Care Council is the umbrella organization of associations in the care sector.
00:10 am – Lauterbach for mask compulsory at schools in winter
The SPD health politician Karl Lauterbach believes that a mask requirement in schools is likely to be necessary for the entire winter. In his assessment, the probability is “very low” that the mask requirement at schools will no longer be needed in the winter months due to the further course of the corona pandemic, Lauterbach told the editorial network Germany in a podcast interview published on Monday.
The SPD politician and doctor harshly criticized the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) for lifting the mask requirement in schools. This decision was “irresponsible”: “A lot of children were infected. That was completely unnecessary. “Lauterbach warned of the long-term effects of Covid diseases in children: It is to be expected that around four to seven percent of infected children with Covid-19 symptoms will develop what is known as Long Covid.
00:00 a.m. – Union rejects compulsory vaccination
The Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag opposes a general compulsory corona vaccination. “I am very skeptical of a general compulsory vaccination in the sense of a compulsory vaccination,” says the deputy Union parliamentary group leader Thorsten Frei (CDU) of the newspaper “Welt”. It is likely “because of the serious interference with the right to physical integrity under the current framework conditions also disproportionate and thus unconstitutional”.
With reference to particularly endangered groups, however, he could certainly imagine area-specific vaccination verification obligations under strict observance of the principle of proportionality, analogous to the mandatory measles vaccination for caregivers. The SPD, in the words of vice parliamentary group leader Dirk Wiese, believes that a facility-related vaccination requirement is possible, while the AfD rejects any form of mandatory vaccination.