Today’s news in stern-Ticker.
Today’s news in stern-Ticker:
10:21 a.m.: Almost 14 million people with Corona “booster”
With the corona vaccinations, 13.9 million people who have been vaccinated have now received an additional booster dose. This corresponds to 16.7 percent of the population, according to data from the Federal Ministry of Health. A total of around 942,000 vaccinations were given over the weekend, 738,000 on Saturday and 204,000 on Sunday.
At least 57.4 million people or 69.0 percent of the population now have full basic protection with the second injection, which is usually necessary. 59.9 million people or 72.0 percent of the total population received at least one first vaccination.
10.18 a.m.: Volcanic eruption on Java: the number of dead and injured is increasing
After the eruption of the Semeru volcano on the Indonesian island of Java, the death toll rose to 15. The number of victims could continue to increase: 27 people are still missing, said the spokesman for the national civil protection, Abdul Muhari. Accordingly, information is currently still being collected to clarify their fate. At least 68 people suffered burn injuries, said the local civil defense.
9.50 a.m.: Karl Lauterbach is to become the new Federal Minister of Health
The Bundestag member Karl Lauterbach (SPD) is to become the new Federal Minister of Health. The SPD announced in Berlin.
9.35 a.m.: Five dead in a head-on collision on the federal highway in Hesse
On the federal highway 253 near Fritzlar in northern Hesse, five people died in a head-on collision between two cars on Sunday evening. A car manned by four men collided with an oncoming car at the end of an upgraded stretch of road, as the police in Homberg announced during the night. Both vehicles hurled into the ditch. The four men in one car and the driver of the second car were fatally injured. By order of the public prosecutor’s office in Kassel, an expert was called in to determine the cause of the accident.
9.18 a.m.: Fight against climate change: Wales supplies all households with trees
In the fight against climate change, the government of the British part of Wales wants to provide every household with its own tree. Citizens can either plant the tree themselves or leave this to the environmental organization Coed Cadw. Either way: it shouldn’t cost anything. According to the latest figures, there are around 1.38 million households in Wales. The free trees can be picked up in five regional centers from March 2022, according to the government in Cardiff. The total cost of the project is estimated at two million pounds. With this, the government wants to motivate the Welsh people to plant trees of their own accord in the future.
9:04 a.m.: Massive slump in sales in tourism and entertainment in 2020
Whether travel agencies, aviation or accommodation companies – the corona crisis led to a massive drop in sales in the tourism sector in 2020. According to a special evaluation by the Federal Statistical Office, travel agencies, tour operators and other reservation service providers recorded a decline in sales of 71.4 percent compared to 2019. In the aviation sector, sales fell by 45.8 percent and in the hotel and other accommodation sectors by 41.0 percent.
The entertainment industry also suffered a huge drop in sales. According to the Federal Office, creative, artistic and entertainment activities generated 39.4 percent less sales than before the crisis. For comparison: across all economic sectors, annual sales in 2020 fell by 3.8 percent compared to the previous year.
9 a.m.: Another volcanic eruption on the Indonesian island of Java hinders rescue work
Another eruption of the Semeru volcano in Indonesia made the search for survivors difficult. Some of the emergency services had to withdraw when the volcano spat out ashes again. “There was a small new eruption that could endanger the evacuation teams,” said aide Rizal Purnama. On Saturday, around a dozen villages on the island of Java were shrouded in ashes when the volcano erupted for the first time. Red lava flowed down Java’s highest mountain at 3,676 meters.
8.38 a.m.: Young British woman survives crocodile attack: “I was very lucky”
With the help of friends, an 18-year-old British woman survived a crocodile attack in Zambia, according to media reports. “When the incident happened, I had already accepted that I was going to lose my foot,” said Amelie Osborn-Smith in a video from the hospital in the Zambian capital Lusaka, as reported by British media in the night. It’s okay, she’ll lose her foot, but be alive, she told her friends. “Then I was told that my foot will be fine and that I will be walking again, which was a tremendous relief,” said Osborn-Smith.
7.39 a.m.: Medical representatives are calling for more vaccination offers on the weekends
The Marburger Bund doctors’ union calls for more corona vaccination offers on the weekends. “People have time on Saturday and Sunday and would be boosted in much larger numbers if they didn’t have to stand in line for hours in the cold,” said union chairwoman Susanne Johna of the newspapers of the Funke media group. “One must now spare no expense and effort in promoting the vaccination campaign.”
The goal set by politicians to administer 30 million more vaccinations by the end of the year can only be achieved if the distribution of the vaccine works better, more vaccination centers are reactivated and “we also vaccinate as much as we can at the weekend,” said Johna. Many medical practices are currently closed on the weekends.
7.32 a.m.: First case of the Omikron variant detected in Thailand
The first case of the omicron variant has been detected in Thailand. The infected person is an American citizen who entered the Southeast Asian holiday country from Spain just under a week ago, said the Ministry of Health in Bangkok. Two tests on November 30 and December 3 showed that it was 99 percent certain to be the Omikron virus variant, according to the authorities. The country reopened its borders to tourists from dozens of countries in early November, including Germany.
7.19 a.m.: Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to four years in prison
In Myanmar, a court found the disempowered Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi guilty on two counts and sentenced him to four years in prison. Specifically, it is about the allegations of incitement to riot and the violation of Corona measures, said people familiar with the process of the German Press Agency. 76-year-old Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since the military coup in early February.
It was initially unclear whether the Nobel Peace Prize laureate would actually have to go to prison or remain in detention at home. The judiciary has accused Suu Kyi of several other offenses, including violating foreign trade laws and corruption.
5.09 a.m.: Volcanic eruption on Java: the number of dead and injured is increasing
After the eruption of the Semeru volcano on the Indonesian island of Java, the death toll rose to 15. At least 68 other people were burned, said Wawan Hadi, the chief of the local civil defense. Local TV channels showed pictures of houses that were almost completely buried under ashes. Around 1,500 people affected were temporarily housed in mosques and government buildings, it said.
4.55 a.m.: According to the survey, three out of four Germans welcome contact restrictions for unvaccinated people
According to a survey, three out of four Germans welcome the recently adopted nationwide contact restrictions for unvaccinated people. In a representative survey by the opinion research institute Civey for the “Augsburger Allgemeine”, 74 percent thought the contact restrictions were correct. Accordingly, 23 percent rejected it, three percent were undecided. The approval was particularly high among supporters of the Union (87 percent), SPD (89 percent) and Greens (90 percent)
4.29 a.m.: RKI reports 27,836 new infections – incidence at 441.9
The nationwide seven-day incidence has increased slightly. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week at 441.9. For comparison: the previous day the value was 439.2, a week ago it was 452.4 (previous month: 183.7). The health authorities in Germany reported 27,836 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. This is evident from the numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 4:24 a.m. Exactly one week ago there were 29,364 infections.
3.50 a.m.: Sales of weapons manufacturers increased worldwide despite the corona pandemic
The world’s leading arms companies increased their sales last year despite the corona pandemic. The 100 largest manufacturers had a total of 531 billion US dollars (470 billion euros) – an increase of 1.3 percent compared to the previous year, as the Stockholm peace research institute Sipri announced. US companies are by far the leaders, followed by arms companies from China. The sales of the four German manufacturers in the list increased according to Sipri to 8.9 billion dollars, their share in the total sales of the 100 largest armaments companies was 1.7 percent.
2.27 a.m.: Weil brings contact restrictions into play after Christmas
Lower Saxony’s head of government Stephan Weil (SPD) has spoken out in favor of contact restrictions also for vaccinated people in the period after Christmas. The “numerous family contacts” would, “in all experience, cause a number of infections”, he told the “world”. “So it is worth considering whether the associated infection dynamics should not be mitigated by a limited break.”
According to Weil, the minister-presidents want to meet with Federal Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz (SPD) next Thursday to discuss how to fight the pandemic. “Then we will of course have to think about how things should go after Christmas,” said Weil of the “world”. “In the end it depends on the development of the infection process and the situation in the intensive care units.”
2.22 a.m.: Italy tightened corona rules – 3G rule in local transport
In Italy, people have to adjust to stricter corona guidelines from Monday. At the end of November, the government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi decided to introduce 2G rules for certain areas of public life. According to this, only those who have been vaccinated and Genesis are allowed to eat indoors, for example, in restaurants, to the cinema, partying in discos and to football matches in the stadium. The rules should initially apply until January 15th.
2.20 a.m.: Five dead in a head-on collision in northern Hesse
Large-scale operation on Sunday evening in northern Hesse: five people died in a serious traffic accident near Fritzlar in the Schwalm-Eder district. As the police announced, two cars collided head-on on the federal highway 253 on Sunday evening at around 8.30 p.m. According to the first findings of the police, those killed were five adults – four men and one woman. They were all occupants of the two vehicles and died at the scene of the accident, other vehicles were not involved in the accident. An expert should now find out the exact course of the accident. According to a police spokesman, after first impressions, excessive speed could have been a reason.