In Bremen and Saarland, more than half of the residents are now fully vaccinated against the corona virus, according to figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
According to the RKI, a total of 601 vaccine doses were administered in Germany on Friday. Nationwide, around 220 million people are now fully immunized against Covid-38,2, which corresponds to 19 percent of the population. 45,9 percent or around 59,7 million Germans have now received at least the first injection. While the federal states of Bremen with 49,6 percent and Saarland with 50,6 percent of fully vaccinated people have made the greatest progress, Saxony and Brandenburg are the slowest with 50,1 percent each. The most populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia is currently in third place in terms of vaccination rate with 42,6 percent.
There is an increasing regional gap in the number of first-vaccinated persons: Saxony is at the bottom with 50,7 percent, followed by Thuringia (54,2), Brandenburg (54,7), Saxony-Anhalt (55,6) and Bavaria (57,6, 68,8 percent). In Bremen, on the other hand, more than two thirds (65,0 percent) of all residents are immunized at least once, and the situation is similar in Saarland (XNUMX percent). ()
Study advises intelligent student division in alternating lessons
Before the start of the new school year, sociologists from the University of Mannheim advise taking friendships among children and young people into account when teaching alternating lessons. If you want to avoid or mitigate outbreaks of infection in schools with the increasing number of corona cases, you have to intelligently divide the students. This is the result of an analysis by the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES) and Columbia University (USA).
The study, published in the journal, looked at contacts between 14- and 15-year-olds in 507 classes in secondary schools in England, the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany. The research team found that the random distribution of the students in two groups had the least effect against the spread of the infection.
A breakdown by gender is much more effective, since school-age children and adolescents are more likely to meet members of their own gender. Additional contacts and thus infections between these groups are therefore not so common. The division, which took into account the social contacts given by the students in surveys, proved to be particularly effective. The likelihood of so-called superspreading - i.e. a relatively high number of infections, starting from a few infected people - can be reduced with this form of group formation based on friendships.
In addition, the research team was able to show that the changing lessons of divided school classes on a weekly basis can interrupt chains of infection better than forms of teaching in which the class halves are present in the school on the same day and, for example, use different rooms at different times. Weekly change works like a kind of short quarantine, during which a burgeoning infection process can subside, according to another result of the study. ()
Incidence rises to 9,4
The seven-day incidence has risen for the tenth day in a row. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) from Saturday morning, it is currently 9,4 - the previous day the value was 8,6. The incidence reached its lowest point on July 6 at 4,9.
The health authorities in Germany reported 1608 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. For comparison: a week ago the value was 952 infections. According to the new information, 24 deaths were recorded across Germany within 22 hours. A week ago there were 35 dead. The RKI has counted 3 detected infections with Sars-CoV-743 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected. ()
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Ministry of Defense checks compulsory vaccination for soldiers
The Armed Forces Commissioner Eva Högl has spoken out in favor of compulsory corona vaccination for soldiers. "Since Covid-19 will continue to concern us for the foreseeable future, I advocate including it in the catalog of vaccinations subject to tolerance," Högl told the newspapers of the Funke media group. Vaccination is already mandatory for soldiers who go into action.
In the Bundeswehr, the obligation to tolerate vaccination and preventive measures was introduced a few years ago. These include vaccinations against certain communicable diseases. The Ministry of Defense is checking whether the corona vaccination should be included in the list. “When I visit the troops, I experience that our soldiers are very willing to be vaccinated. Many would prefer a Covid 19 vaccination today rather than tomorrow, ”explained Högl.
The defense policy spokeswoman for the FDP parliamentary group, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, does not consider this to be appropriate at the moment: "There is no compulsory vaccination in Germany, which means that there is no compulsory vaccination for soldiers either," she said Newspapers of the Funke media group. But she would like everyone to be sensible just to protect their comrades and get vaccinated. The federal government has so far excluded a general corona vaccination obligation and also a special one for certain professional groups.
Prime Minister Kretschmer against new school closings
Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) has spoken out against renewed school closings in the face of rising incidences - and in favor of vaccinating children and adolescents. Open schools and kindergartens are a question of fairness in education, but also the mental health of children and families, said the CDU politician in an interview with Düsseldorf. The mistake of closing schools should not be repeated.
Kretschmer advocated vaccinations for children and adolescents from the age of twelve. Saxony has enough vaccines and many paediatricians who are ready to vaccinate young people. He hoped for a corresponding general recommendation from the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) in the next few days. “Then we would have even more security and acceptance. There is a large part of the population that is very much oriented towards the criteria of the Stiko. ()
New risk areas declared
Due to the sharp increase in the number of corona infections, the federal government is classifying the Netherlands, Greece and parts of Denmark as risk areas from Sunday. This means that the Federal Foreign Office advises against tourist trips to these countries and regions. For the Netherlands and the Danish capital region around Copenhagen, this also has practical consequences: Anyone who enters Germany by land from there and has not been vaccinated or recovered must take a corona test again.
With Greece and the Netherlands, two other popular holiday destinations for Germans are put on the risk list. Portugal and Cyprus have even been classified as high-incidence areas because of their particularly high numbers of infections, which means a quarantine period of five to ten days for travelers who have not been vaccinated or have recovered. Spain is spared this fate for the time being, although the seven-day incidence there has now risen to 282. A limit of 200 actually applies to high-incidence areas, but other factors play a role. ()
Pediatricians urge adults to be vaccinated
Pediatricians appeal to adults to get vaccinated. Since children usually cannot be immunized against the virus due to a lack of vaccine approval, millions of them in Germany are dependent on the sense of responsibility of adults, according to a joint appeal by the professional association of paediatricians (BVKJ) and the German Society for Children - and adolescent medicine (DGKJ). The vaccination appeal is aimed particularly at adults who come together with younger children at work, but also at those "who want to help protect the youngest through their own vaccination protection".
“The children have had far too long a period of resetting. Much of what is part of a fulfilling children's life for us adults was withheld from them, ”said DGKJ President Jörg Dötsch. "We have to assume that the consequences of the lockdown measures for this age group are more serious than the illness itself," said BVKJ President Thomas Fischbach, referring to the psychological impairments of children, their lack of exercise, overweight and obesity as well as educational deficits.
The Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) had initially not issued a general vaccination recommendation for children from the age of twelve. She recommends vaccinations only for twelve to 17 year olds with certain pre-existing conditions such as obesity. Regardless of this, vaccinations are possible as an individual decision by parents, their children and the doctors. There is currently no approved vaccine for children under the age of twelve.
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Delta variant continues to gain ground
The proportional spread of the delta variant has continued rapidly in Germany. According to a report by the Robert Koch Institute, it now accounts for 74 percent of the samples examined. In the previous weeks, the delta share had increased from 18 to 39 and then to 60 percent. Infections with the previously predominant alpha variant, on the other hand, decreased very quickly, to around 22 percent. Other variants of the coronavirus classified as worrying continue to play a subordinate role in Germany. However, not all positive samples are tested for variants.
The Delta variant (B.1.617.2) discovered in India is considered to be significantly more contagious than previous forms of the virus. In several other countries, it has massively increased the number of infections. According to the RKI, laboratory experiments indicate, however, that those who have been completely vaccinated have a high level of protection against serious disease progression even with Delta.
No more restrictions for vaccinated and convalescent people in Baden-Württemberg
According to the plans of the Ministry of Health in Baden-Württemberg, people with full vaccination protection against the coronavirus and those who have recovered should get all rights back from the beginning of September. For them, the corona restrictions will no longer apply, as a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The head of the ministry, Uwe Lahl, told several newspapers that people who were not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated should then be required to test when visiting restaurants, bars, clubs, cultural or sporting events.
The new regulation could come into force at the beginning of September. It is still unclear whether the compulsory tests for non-vaccinated or not fully vaccinated applies from a seven-day incidence of 10 or 35. For people who cannot be vaccinated because of their state of health, the obligation to test could be waived if they can present a doctor's certificate. It must also be decided how to deal with the mask requirement for fully vaccinated people.
Lahl said the country will continue to educate and try to convince all people who can be vaccinated to get immunized. The willingness to vaccinate is currently declining, although there is enough vaccine available. “We want to showcase the advantages that vaccination has.” The head of office said that life for non-vaccinated adults would soon be difficult. These people would “need a lot of tests in the coming weeks in order to be able to participate in public life”. In addition, the question arises whether they have to pay for it themselves. The spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said it could well be that the federal government no longer bears the high costs for the tests on a permanent basis. "Of course, all those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons are excluded."
Federal President Steinmeier urges vaccinations
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier strongly promotes corona vaccinations. "Every day, with each vaccination, we free ourselves a little more from the clutches of the pandemic and get our lives back," he said in a video message published on Wednesday. “Show responsibility for yourself and for others. Get vaccinated! "()
Incidence increases most in young adults
The Robert Koch Institute and the federal government are concerned about the possible spread of the Delta variant among younger people. "We now had several days on which the number of infections was 50, 55 percent higher than in the previous week - that is of course a development that we cannot look at indifferently," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert. A look at the Netherlands, Spain and Great Britain shows "how quickly a situation can worsen again".
Among 20- to 24-year-olds, the seven-day incidence in Germany rose from 10 to 19 within two weeks, more than in any other age group. These are values that are still a long way from those in Spain. A 30-day incidence of up to 14 has been found in young adults under 3000 years of age in the Catalonia region. ()
Federal government gives federal states 200 million euros for air purifiers
The federal government is making 200 million euros available to the federal states to prepare daycare centers and schools in the pandemic for the period after the summer vacation. The funds are primarily intended to help equip rooms that can only be ventilated to a limited extent with air purifiers, says government spokesman Steffen Seibert in Berlin. The aim is to reduce the risk of infection for children as much as possible.
Test center operator Medican is insolvent
After the arrest of two people in charge of the Bochum corona test center operator Medican, insolvency proceedings were initiated at the company. This emerges from a communication from the Bochum district court. According to the WDR, the company no longer has access to bank accounts and can therefore no longer pay employees and suppliers. The had previously reported on the bankruptcy proceedings.
The accounts of the Bochum company were confiscated by the judiciary after the two responsible persons were arrested in June. The numerous test centers that Medican operated in DIY store parking lots or on the grounds of the Düsseldorf University Clinic have been dismantled. According to the court, the lawyer Markus Birkmann was appointed as the preliminary insolvency administrator. The procedure has been running since July 6th.
According to the public prosecutor, those responsible for Medican are accused of billing fraud. Among other things, more corona rapid tests are said to have been billed than actually took place.