Corona virus pandemic: ++ Another city of millions in China before the blockade ++

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Status: 03.04.2022 14:45

After Shanghai, the Chinese city of Baicheng is also entering lockdown. According to the RKI, the seven-day incidence nationwide in Germany dropped to 1,457.9. Developments to read.

03/04/2022 • 22:03

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03/04/2022 • 14:45

Another Chinese city of millions before the lockdown

The city of Baicheng, in northeastern China, is the next city for which the Chinese authorities have ordered a lockdown. China recently recorded more than 13,000 new corona infections, more than since the peak of the first wave of infection two years ago. According to the authorities, a total of 13,146 new cases were registered. The center of the current wave is the greater Shanghai area, this is also currently in a block.

In addition, health authorities in the city of Suzhou, 30 kilometers west of Shanghai, have meanwhile reported the discovery of a subtype of omicron. So far, this has not been recorded in either the Chinese or international virus databases. “This means that a new variant of omicron has been detected regionally,” the Chinese news agency Xinhua said, quoting a representative from the Suzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

03/04/2022 • 13:58

“James Bond” actor Craig has Corona

Due to a coronavirus infection of longtime “James Bond” actor Daniel Craig, his new Broadway show “Macbeth”, which has just started, has to be suspended again. A crown test in Craig was positive, organizers said on Twitter. There is also a “limited number” of other infections among the people involved. All shows would then be canceled for the time being up to and including Thursday. Craig stars in the production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” with fellow actress Ruth Negga. Screenings in New York only started on Tuesday.

03/04/2022 • 12:28

Scholz and Lauterbach want vaccinations: no majority in sight

A few days before the deciding vote in the Bundestag, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Health Minister Karl Lauterbach again advocated compulsory vaccination. According to information from coalition circles, however, there is still no majority in sight for one of Thursday’s voting motions. More recently, proponents of compulsory vaccination from the age of 18 had indicated that they could vote for compulsory vaccination even from the age of 50.

During a campaign appearance by the SPD in North Rhine-Westphalia, Chancellor Olaf Scholz again campaigned for a “mandatory vaccination test for all”. Health Minister Lauterbach told Deutschlandfunk: “I still hope it works.” The majority will be fought to the last. At issue are a refusal of compulsory vaccination, a compulsory vaccination from the age of 18, one from the age of 50 and the Union concept of a graduated compulsory vaccination, which should only apply after a difficult development of the pandemic. SPD, Verdi and FDP have given their deputies the choice of which motion they want to vote on.

4/3/2022 • 10:49

Health insurance coroners warn of “mandatory vaccination impractical”

Kassenärztechef Andreas Gassen warned before the crucial deliberations of the Bundestag against an “impractical vaccination obligation”. “If there should be a vaccination obligation, it must be legally feasible and understandable,” said the chairman of the board of the National Association of Medical Examiners of Health Insurance (KBV) of the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. If the politicians do not respond in a timely manner to the numerous open questions, “the mandatory vaccination will start which starts as a tiger and ends as a bedspread because the regulation below cannot be implemented in practice”.

The vote in the Bundestag is scheduled for next Thursday. The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians is in charge of the corona vaccination campaign and handles most of the vaccine orders.

03/04/2022 • 10:23

Association of Judges: More court hearings online

More and more court hearings in Germany are conducted via videoconference. In the last year there have already been more than 50,000 digital negotiations, the newspapers of the media group Funke report, citing the German Association of Judges. These are mostly civil cases. According to a survey by the judges’ association at the 24 higher regional courts in Germany on the use of video technology in their districts, there are signs of a further increase in online negotiations this year. “The technical equipment of the courts improved significantly during the corona pandemic,” federal director of the judges’ association, Sven Rebehn, told Funke newspapers.

03/04/2022 • 10:01

Dobrindt considers the end of many measures premature

CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt believes the broad abolition of crown state requirements such as 2G, 3G or the requirement to wear masks is wrong. “At a time when the number of infections is very high, it is premature to put an end to almost all protective measures,” the head of CSU deputies told the Bundestag of the Dpa news agency. He would have liked to respect the obligation of the mask, for example when shopping. Dobrindt appealed to citizens to continue to protect themselves from the corona virus with a mask, and not just where it is still needed, such as on buses and trains. “Wearing masks still makes sense. It is also recommended that you continue to wear masks for self-protection outside of public transport.”

03/04/2022 • 9:49

Hamburg’s fish market reopens in traditional form

After more than 15 months of a crown disruption and eight months of limited pandemic operations, the Hamburg fish market got underway again today. Typical barkers could also offer their products at the top of their lungs. According to the Altona District Office, they were recently banned from screaming. Furthermore, after the partial reopening of the traditional market directly on Elbe in July 2021, only half of the stands have so far been authorized to be set up. “There is a general euphoria,” said Klaus Moritz, Vice President of the State Association of Outpatient and Entertainment Workers shortly before the inauguration. The 58-year-old sells fish sandwiches at the market. The joy that everyone is finally seeing each other again is great.

The fish market with more than 300 years of history is open from 5:00 to 9:30. According to the district office, one Sunday before the pandemic, between 10,000 and 35,000 visitors came to buy goods from barkers such as Aale-Dieter, Schoko-Johnny, Käse-Tommy or Banana-Fred. During the stripped down version there were only 2000 to 17,500.

03/04/2022 • 6:54

Teacher associations fear masked conflicts in schools

Teacher associations fear conflicts after masks are no longer mandatory in schools. “Indeed, there is now a risk that, on the one hand, children wearing the mask will be teased by classmates as clumsy and overly anxious, or, conversely, pressure will be exerted on those who do not wear the mask. mask “, said Heinz-Peter Meidinger, president of the Association of German Teachers, the dpa news agency. He supported the commitment of teachers and students to continue wearing masks in the classroom and schoolyard in every class up to and including the week after the Easter holidays.

4/3/2022 • 6:07

China has the largest number of infections since February 2020

China recorded more than 13,000 new corona infections in 24 hours on Sunday. According to authorities, a total of 13,146 cases have been recorded, more than ever since the peak of the first wave more than two years ago. However, more than 11,000 infections were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said. No new deaths were reported.

With over 8,200 new infections, the majority of cases nationwide occur in the metropolis of Shanghai. However, the highly contagious omicron variant has now spread to more than a dozen provinces.

In an international comparison, Chinese numbers are relatively low, but China has only recorded double-digit case numbers for the past two years. China is one of the few countries that is still pursuing a strict zero-Covid strategy in the crown pandemic.

03/04/2022 • 5:43

RKI reports 74,053 new infections – the incidence drops to 1457.9

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 74,053 new infections within 24 hours. There are 37,171 fewer cases than on Sunday a week ago, when 111,224 positive tests were reported. Overall, the number of confirmed infections in Germany is over 21.62 million. The incidence over seven days at the national level drops to 1457.9 from 1531.5 the previous day. Another 42 people died from the virus. This increases the number of reported deaths to 130,029.

03/04/2022 • 2:23

City Day warns of the failure of the general vaccination obligation

The German Association of Cities has warned of the general failure to vaccinate against the coronavirus. “We risk a lot of serious illnesses in the fall if vaccination is not mandatory,” general manager Helmut Dedy told media group Funke newspapers. To significantly increase the vaccination rate, compulsory vaccination from the age of 18 is clearly more suitable than that from the age of 50, Dedy pointed out in view of several questions for the upcoming Bundestag decision. Dedy called on citizens to get vaccinated. “Protect yourself and others so that the consequences of the next wave of the crown do not become too severe,” he appealed to the people.

4/3/2022 • 1:43

Lindner: Still free tests and vaccinations

According to Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP), even after crown protection measures have largely expired, there should be free vaccination options and test offers. “The pandemic has not been overcome. That is why, as finance minister, I will make sure that there are still free tests and vaccinations,” Lindner told “Bild am Sonntag”.

However, “sensitive restrictions on freedom” across the country are no longer proportionate, as there is currently no risk of overloading the health care system. Transitional infection protection regulations in most federal states expired on April 2. This means that most of the restrictions on the crown are no longer applicable, federal states can only tighten them in so-called hotspot regions. The FDP in particular had pushed for the abolition of protective measures in the traffic light coalition.

4/3/2022 • 1:12

Numerous crown protection measures are ending

More than two years after the corona pandemic began, most of the daily government restrictions ended in much of Germany. Despite the always high number of infections, the new national legal framework currently provides only some general protection measures. In almost all federal states it is still possible to wear masks, for example in clinics, nursing homes, clinics, on buses and trains, as well as in tests in schools, for example. Masks are still mandatory nationwide on long-haul trains and planes. Regardless of state rules, businesses, stores and other facilities can continue to maintain specifications such as mask requirements.

2/4/2022 • 5:03

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