Thursday June 24th 2021
+++ 04:32 City Day boss: “Air filters do not replace ventilation and masks” +++
The German Association of Cities warns against exaggerated expectations when it comes to equipping schools with air filters. “The idea of installing extensive air filter systems during the summer vacation is an illusion,” said managing director Helmut Dedy of the “Augsburger Allgemeine”. Such construction projects took a long time. Air filter systems are also not a panacea for the spread of the corona virus, said Dedy. “The air filter systems cannot replace the regular ventilation of classrooms, the distance rules and the wearing of protective masks”.
+++ 03:20 Switzerland opens the discos again +++
Switzerland is relaxing the corona measures and at the same time opening its borders wider than before. The Federal Council announced that it is now possible for citizens from third countries such as the USA or Serbia to enter the country again. Restrictions now only apply to guests from areas with worrying virus variants. The previous obligation to work from home will be replaced by a recommendation. Leisure facilities or sports facilities can use their full capacity. This also applies to discos and dance halls, provided that the guests have been tested, vaccinated or have recovered.
+++ 02:16 General Practitioners Association: “Give us enough vaccines!” +++
In view of the growing spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus, medical associations are urging the vaccination campaign in Germany to be accelerated with more vaccines for general practitioners. “Give us enough vaccines!”, Said the federal chairman of the German Association of General Practitioners, Ulrich Weigeldt, the editorial network Germany. The more people are vaccinated, the lower the possibility of spread. The association of pediatricians is also calling for the vaccination rate to be increased significantly. The age group between 30 and 60 is particularly at risk. “These people have often received no or only the first vaccination and are thus exposed to an increased risk,” said Federal Spokesman Jakob Maske.
+++ 01:26 USA send millions of vaccine doses to Brazil +++
The USA is sending Brazil three million doses of the corona vaccine from the manufacturer Johnson & Johnson (J&J). The White House announced that the delivery was part of a planned US fundraising campaign for a total of 80 million vaccine doses. Only around eleven percent of Brazil’s population are already fully vaccinated and President Jair Bolsonaro’s government continues to oppose stricter restriction measures. Brazil has the highest number of virus-related deaths after the US. With the J&J vaccine, one vaccine dose is sufficient.
+++ 00:33 Health Minister sees progress with masks in the stadium – except for Hungarian fans +++
Bavaria’s Health Minister Klaus Holetschek sees progress in the implementation of the anti-corona measures in the Munich European Championship stadium – but criticizes the Hungarian fans. He could personally see in the stadium that many fans had tried to comply with the rules, said CSU politicians. Even if not everyone wore the mask all the time. Holetschek added: “It is regrettable that the Hungarian fans hardly obeyed the rules at all. The hygiene rules also apply to fans with long journeys from abroad, because the pandemic knows no borders.”
+++ 23:53 US epidemic agency on mRNA vaccines: “Advantages outweigh risks” +++
After a group of experts suspected connections between mRNA vaccines and rare cases of myocardial inflammation, the US epidemic agency CDC stands behind the technology. The benefits of the funds in adolescents and young adults would “significantly outweigh the risks,” she said. But there should be a new warning for the vaccines. Read more about this here.
+++ 23:33 State of emergency lifted for New York +++
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has lifted the state of emergency that was imposed in the state in March 2020 because of the corona pandemic. From Thursday, the state of emergency will be over, Cuomo said at a press conference on Wednesday. Fighting the pandemic and vaccinating the population are still priorities, but the “exceptional chapter of this fight” is over, the governor said on Twitter. At the same time he warned against the spread of the Delta variant. The declaration of the state of emergency had given Cuomo the power to defy local and state laws and regulations and to rule by ordinance.
+++ 22:25 Laschet: Hold on to the opening course despite delta uncertainty +++
North Rhine-Westphalia’s CDU Prime Minister Armin Laschet expects the corona numbers to rise again in autumn, but wants to leave the schools open after the summer holidays. The screen could not replace social contacts for children and young people, said the Union Chancellor candidate with a view to the weeks of distance learning in the current school year. Unlike in Bavaria, for example, the mask requirement in class will remain until the start of the summer holidays in NRW. Despite the uncertainty due to the spreading delta variant, Laschet wants to stick to the opening course. The restrictions on fundamental rights could not simply be maintained prophylactically in the phase when the corona incidence was approaching zero.
+++ 22:00 Vaccinations have already saved more than 14,000 lives in Great Britain +++
According to the UK government, more than 14,000 lives in the country have been saved with the help of the vaccines in the pandemic. In the largest part of England alone, 44,500 hospital admissions have been prevented, said the British vaccination state secretary Nadhim Zahawi at a press conference in the government seat on Downing Street. In the UK, more than 80 percent of the adult population has now received a dose of vaccine, according to the government. 60 percent of adults have already been vaccinated twice.
+++ 21:32 In Russian cities fast death numbers up +++
Several Russian cities are reporting significant increases in new deaths. In Moscow it was 88 in the past 24 hours, in Saint Petersburg 93, as reported by the responsible Russian working group. In both cases, these are the highest values recorded to date. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said 90 percent of the newly reported cases in the city are due to the Delta variant.
+++ 21:13 Greece lifts the mask requirement outdoors +++
In Greece, masks no longer have to be worn outdoors from Thursday. “The improved epidemiological picture in the country is clear and gratifying,” says the expert and government advisor Vana Papaevangelou. Further easing should take effect on June 28th. The health authorities have recently reported 520 new infections and 14 more deaths. According to government reports, a good 30 percent of people in Greece are fully vaccinated.
+++ 20:51 Hamburg and Berlin report increasing incidences +++
Today, two federal states have an increasing seven-day incidence. There are increases in both Berlin and Hamburg, albeit well below 1. In addition, 14 federal states report lower case incidence than on the previous day. The Saarland recorded the strongest decline (-1.7). However, the state with its seven-day incidence is above the mark of 10 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. Saarland and Hamburg are the only two countries that are above this threshold.
The most new cases per 100,000 inhabitants are recorded in Hamburg and Baden-Württemberg. Most active cases are in Rhineland-Palatinate, just like the day before.
+++ 20:15 Current data situation in Germany: 1145 new cases reported +++
The number of reported coronavirus infections in Germany has risen to 3,724,486. As can be seen from the information from the state authorities evaluated by ntv.de, 1145 new cases were added. That is 359 cases less than Wednesday a week ago. The number of deaths related to infection rose 44 to 90,537. Here, too, there is a clear downward trend. A week ago on Wednesday, 105 deaths were recorded. Around 22,884 people are currently infected.
The infection rate (R value) is given by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) as 0.69 (previous day: 0.72). The 7-day R-value is currently 0.72 (previous day: 0.68). According to the Divi Register, 813 Covid-19 patients are currently being treated in intensive care in Germany, 583 of which are ventilated. Around 4,203 intensive care beds are currently still available in the German clinics.
Read the developments of the previous day You here.