2:06 pm | Werner defends Thuringian Sonderweg
Thuringia’s Minister of Health Heike Werner (Linke) has rejected the idea of reintroducing more stringent general restrictions. There is a functioning system to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Werner said today. The authorities then reacted on site to local outbreaks. If these measures are not sufficient from the state’s point of view, their ministry could suggest further measures. This approach has proven itself. Yesterday, Environment Minister Anja Siegesmund (Greens) declared that, among other things, it should be discussed whether Thuringia, like other federal states, should not restrict the entry of people from German corona risk areas.
1:25 p.m. | Downward trend in Israel
Three weeks after a nationwide lockdown was imposed, there are signs of a downward trend in new corona infections in Israel. As the Ministry of Health announced on Friday, 3,692 new cases were recorded the day before. Around a week and a half ago, a record number of more than 9,000 infections a day was registered.
1:00 p.m. | Fewer spectators at the FCM in Dresden
The home game of SG Dynamo Dresden against 1. FC Magdeburg must take place with fewer spectators. As the Saxon third division soccer team announced today, the city’s health department has informed the club about it. The reason is the more than 20 increase in the number of coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days in Dresden. The club is currently clarifying with the authorities how many spectators could come. The ticket sales have stopped, it said on Twitter.
12:33 pm | The first clinics are postponing operations again
More Covid-19 patients are forcing the Charité again to postpone interventions that can be planned as in the spring. “We have to try to get the intensive care beds free for Covid patients,” said board member Ulrich Frei today in Berlin. This is not an easy task and leads to difficult ethical questions.
The head of the university clinic in Frankfurt / Main, Jürgen Graf, expressed a similar opinion. There are more patients again, although the university clinics are also likely to be something like “early warning systems” for “what is coming to the health system”.
For Berlin, Frei said: “We have empty intensive care beds. There are ventilators, infusion pumps, monitors. But there is no nurse” because the number of infected employees is also increasing. The Charité’s chief virologist, Christian Drosten, had warned in the morning of “will-o’-the-wisps” in public information and that Covid-19 was still dangerous. He reiterated his assessment that because of the age of the German population, the mortality rate from the coronavirus is higher, at “one percent or a little more” and about 20 times higher than with flu.
11:56 am | Overnight bans in Brandenburg
Berliners can in Brandenburg no longer stay in hotels, guest houses or holiday apartments. The Ministry of Health in Potsdam announced that there was a ban on accommodation. This does not apply to commuters, day trippers and visitors. Anyone who has a negative corona test that is no more than 48 hours old, no symptoms and who is absolutely necessary, for example for professional reasons, can stay overnight. Otherwise, the ban currently also applies to guests from Bremen, Herne, Hamm, Remscheid, Frankfurt / Main, Offenbach, Rosenheim, the districts of Cloppenburg, Vechta and Wesermarsch in Lower Saxony and Esslingen in Baden-Württemberg. Everywhere there were recently more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days.
11:39 am | Another outbreak in the slaughterhouse
Due to the coronavirus outbreak in the slaughterhouse in Emstek, the number of infections in the Lower Saxony district of Cloppenburg has shot up again. With 86.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days, the 50 mark is clearly exceeded. That goes out Figures from the State Health Office from the morning. Accordingly, there were 149 new cases compared to the previous day. According to yesterday’s information from the district, 7,000 pigs can still be slaughtered a day in the Vion slaughterhouse. After local outbreaks in slaughterhouses in the summer, also in Lower Saxony, a debate about working conditions in the German meat industry had arisen.