Thursday October 29, 2020
The chairman of the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) at the Robert Koch Institute does not expect a comprehensive vaccination of the population against the corona virus until 2022. “Even if there will be vaccines soon, in my opinion the vaccination of the entire population will not be completed by the end of 2021,” said virologist Thomas Mertens to the newspapers of the “Funke Mediengruppe”. If you could theoretically vaccinate 100,000 people a day – which is already a challenge – you would need 150 days to vaccinate 15 million people, explains Mertens. In his opinion, it will also take a long time for the vaccination to show a noticeable change in the infection process.
+++ 05:41 New high – RKI registered 16,774 new cases +++
The number of new infections registered in Germany has reached a new high of 16,774 cases within one day. This is based on information from the Robert Koch Institute. The previous record from the previous day was 14,964 cases. A week ago today, the health authorities had reported 11,287 new infections. The value had exceeded the 10,000 mark for the first time since the start of the corona pandemic in Germany. The current values are only partially comparable with those from spring, since significantly more tests are now carried out and more infections are discovered as a result. According to the RKI, a total of 481,013 people across Germany have been infected with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic (as of today, October 29, 12 a.m.). The number of deaths related to the virus rose 89 to a total of 10,272.
+++ 05:07 More than 5000 infections and 64 deaths at the United Nations +++
At the United Nations, there have been more than 5000 corona cases worldwide since the pandemic began. At least 5325 infections with the virus have been recorded so far, a UN spokesman said on Wednesday in New York. 64 people working for the UN have so far died after being infected with the virus. So far, there have been at least 130 cases in the headquarters of the UN in New York. The United Nations has tens of thousands of employees worldwide, plus the employees and those involved in the sub-organizations. The UN headquarters in New York is currently paralyzed due to some corona infections. After at least five employees from one member state tested positive, all personal meetings of various committees on the site on the East River were initially canceled until the end of the week.
+++ 04:23 China has reported most of the new cases for more than two months +++
Following the outbreak of the virus in a clothing factory in the Xinjiang region of China, workers who tested positive were showing symptoms. According to official information, China has reported 47 new confirmed corona cases versus 42 the day before, a record number of new infections every day for more than two months. Of the new cases, 23 were previously asymptomatic cases from Xinjiang, the national health authority said. China does not consider symptom-free infections as confirmed Covid-19 cases. The total number of confirmed infections in mainland China now stands at 85,915, while the death toll remains unchanged at 4,634.
+++ 03:41 Five Spanish regions are closing their borders +++
In the fight against the spread of the corona virus, five regions in Spain are imposing travel restrictions on All Saints Day, including the capital Madrid. The borders of the regions will be closed on Friday, according to the authorities, so that people will not be able to travel to other parts of the country over the weekend. The restrictions should apply until November 2nd. Every year on All Saints’ Day, around six million Spaniards visit their families to visit the graves of the deceased. The coastal regions of Murcia and Andalusia are also closing their borders until November 9th for fear of a rush of travelers from inland.
+++ 02:58 Fauci contradicts Trump’s prognosis for the vaccine +++
According to renowned immunologist Anthony Fauci, there will be no corona vaccine in the USA before January. Clinical studies for two experimental vaccines are well advanced, the granting of an emergency approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not expected before January, said Fauci in a video link with the journal “Jama Network”. According to Fauci, the most advanced clinical trials are those for vaccines from biotech company Moderna and the Pfizer trial. The pharmaceutical giant works with the Mainz company Biontech. Fauci’s statement contradicted statements by US President Donald Trump, who repeatedly promised that a vaccine would be available before the end of the year.
+++ 02:09 dogs apparently sniff out infection reliably +++
According to the researchers, a pilot project with corona detection dogs at the airport of the Finnish capital Helsinki has delivered promising initial results. The three dogs have proven to be popular “corona testers” with travelers, said the researchers from the University of Helsinki. According to this, the dogs found an infection in 0.6 percent of the cases in 2200 passengers tested. According to the information, the results largely agree with the results of the corona tests, which were also carried out on the passengers. “We performed 16,000 to 17,000 PCR tests at the airport and less than one percent of them are positive,” Vantaa City Deputy Mayor Timo Aronkyto told journalists.
+++ 01:25 Lithuania restricts public life +++
With the number of infections soaring, Lithuania is temporarily restricting events and gatherings in public places. They are prohibited in the Baltic EU country from Friday with the exception of sports and cultural events until November 13th. The regulation does not apply to funerals. Participation restrictions apply to sports and cultural events during the two weeks. For example, no more than 300 people are allowed to come together indoors, the limit is 400 outdoors. The organizers of the events must also ensure that the mask requirement and distance rules are observed. All participants must also be registered.
+++ 00:39 Brazil reports more than 28,500 new infections +++
The corona virus continues to spread in Brazil. The Ministry of Health reports 28,629 new infections. This increases the total number of infections to almost 5.5 million. The number of deaths rose by 510 to 158,456 within 24 hours. Brazil has the highest number of infections and deaths in the coronavirus pandemic after the US and India.
+++ 23:53 Green leader Habeck calls on the government to use part lockdown +++
Green leader Robert Habeck has asked the federal government to use the partial lockdown in November to prepare for the coming months with the corona pandemic. “It now takes bitter revenge that the last eight months have not been used better, that we are not better prepared for the dark, cold season,” said Habeck, after the federal and state governments had decided on temporary but clear restrictions. “We have to know how we get through winter and autumn,” said Habeck, saying that politics must end on demand. “The irritability in society is getting bigger, there is a threat of a social ordeal, in parts we already have it.” The Greens were “out of necessity” in the core of the “absolutely bitter measures”, said Habeck.
+++ 23:08 used at Trump: Antibody means apparently reduces the number of doctor visits +++
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals reports a successful study of its antibody drug used on US President Donald Trump. With the use of REGN-COV2, the number of visits to the doctor could be reduced by 57 percent over a period of 29 days. In patients with one or more risk factors, the decrease was even about 72 percent. Regeneron has applied for emergency approval from the US authorities for the product.
+++ 22:28 Portugal reports almost 4000 new infections +++
Portugal has reported a record of new infections. The health authorities said 3960 infections were recorded within 24 hours in the country with 10.3 million inhabitants. Because of the rapidly increasing numbers, Prime Minister António Costa called a special meeting of his cabinet for Saturday. The socialist government announced that new measures to contain the pandemic will be discussed. The state secretary responsible for health, António Lacerda Sales, said the situation was “critical”. In the country, which got through the Corona crisis comparatively well for a long time, a total of almost 130,000 infections have already been recorded. The number of people who died with Covid-19 climbed by 24 to 2,395 on Wednesday.
+++ 22:11 New York shops are allowed to use sidewalks during the pandemic +++
In the coronavirus pandemic, shops in New York will soon be allowed to spread to the sidewalks. From Friday and initially until the end of the year, the shops should use part of the sidewalks in front of it for the display and sale of goods, for queues or to process payments, said Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday. That should support them in the crisis. In the summer, the city had already allowed restaurants, cafes and bars to serve food and drinks in front of the door. The program is considered a great success and should remain. The metropolis of New York had become the epicenter of the pandemic in the USA in the spring. The incidence of new infections has now stabilized there, but has recently increased again slightly.
+++ 21:36 More than 15,000 new infections in Germany +++
The number of reported coronavirus infections in Germany has risen to 471,493. As can be seen from the information from the state authorities evaluated by ntv.de, 15,256 new cases were added within 24 hours. The number of deaths related to infection rose 97 to 10,218. Around 131,469 people are currently infected.
The infection rate (R value) is given by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) as 1.03 (previous day: 1.17). This means that on average one infected person infects slightly more than one other person with Sars-CoV-2. The 7-day R-value is currently 1.17 (previous day: 1.21). According to the Divi Register, 1569 Covid-19 patients are currently being treated in intensive care in Germany, 764 of whom are ventilated. Around 7546 intensive care beds are currently still available in the German clinics.
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