The Federal government does not want to automatically link a possibly threatened return to the so-called federal emergency brake with increasing numbers of infections to the increase to a seven-day incidence of 100. That says government spokesman Steffen Seibert. If necessary, this will be decided depending on the number of cases, progress in vaccination and scientific assessment, he adds. The relationship between the number of cases and the number of intensive care patients may have changed.
Seibert thus took a stand in a newly inflamed debate about what are suitable parameters for assessing the corona situation. The Federal Ministry of Health is pushing for the seven-day incidence to continue to be taken into account. “The incidence was never the only parameter for assessing the pandemic. But it is and will remain an important parameter, "said a spokesman on Monday. The value indicates the number of infections per 100 inhabitants within seven days and is the basis for many Corona measures, such as the federal emergency brake, which has now expired.
Recently, more politicians and lobbyists had again called for incidence to no longer be used as the central benchmark. “I think it's very important that we don't just stare at the incidence this fall,” said Saarland Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) on ZDF. You have to consider other factors.
The industry association BDI also demanded: "Politics must proceed on an evidence-based basis with a view to test obligations, hygiene, vaccination and entry regulations," said BDI Managing Director Joachim Lang. Predictability and reliability are decisive levers for the recovery of the economy. With a high vaccination rate in Germany, the incidence alone should no longer be the measure of all things. "It is and will remain essential to promote vaccination courageously and courageously."
As the vaccination rate rises, the incidence becomes less meaningful, tweeted Minister Spahn. Especially when the particularly vulnerable groups have already been vaccinated, according to the ministry. Therefore, more data should be taken into account more in the future and the clinics should report more details on Covid 19 cases. In addition to the occupancy of intensive care units, all hospital admissions due to corona must be transmitted, plus the age, type of treatment and vaccination status of the patients. The corresponding ordinance should be brought on the way quickly, it said from the ministry.
The newspaper reported on Monday, citing an "internal document" from the Robert Koch Institute, about a "turn in corona policy". The incidence should no longer decide on the corona measures. In the paper, the RKI presented "hospitalization (hospitalization) as an additional key indicator" for politics.
Ethics council member wants vaccination compulsory for educators
The human geneticist Wolfram Henn from the German Ethics Council has called for a corona vaccination for employees in schools and daycare centers. "Anyone who joins a group of vulnerable people by choosing a profession has a special job-related responsibility," said Henn der. Vaccination is required for teachers and educators, they should above all protect children under the age of twelve who could not get a vaccination.
Although children themselves have a low risk of getting seriously ill with Covid-19, one must continue to expect "that they will carry the virus into their families and infect people from risk groups," said the human geneticist. As an example, according to the newspaper, he cited cancer patients in families who could not be vaccinated because of acute therapies. This group must now be protected by compulsory vaccination for certain professional groups. However, Henn refused a general vaccination requirement.
The vaccination campaign comes to a halt, the head of the statutory health insurance physicians holds a rate of 90 percent for "science fiction"
The vaccination campaign in Germany is stalling. According to the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) so few people in Germany were vaccinated for the first time on Sunday than last in February. "Unlike in February, there is now enough vaccine," Spahn writes on Twitter and adds: "It remains: Please get vaccinated!" According to him, 35,4 million Germans or 42,6 percent have full vaccination protection so far, 48,6 million or 58,5 percent are vaccinated at least once.
The chairman of the board of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Andreas Gassen, considers a vaccination rate of 90 percent to be illusory and the 85 percent aimed at by the Robert Koch Institute as unrealistic. “We have to realize that vaccination rates of 90 percent are science fiction. We will never reach them, "said Gassen on Sunday evening of the newspaper. He would set a high vaccination rate “beyond 70 percent.” With the vaccination campaign “you will come to a point where you run into an invisible wall because people do not want to be vaccinated, because they ignore Corona or because they distrust vaccinations ", Said Gassen.
Gassen also referred to almost four million people recovered from corona disease. With an unreported figure of a factor of two to three, there are probably even ten million recovered. The decisive factor for him is: "Will the fourth wave be a laboratory wave where you only have positive results and no more sick people?"
Seven-day incidence increases for the sixth day in a row
For the sixth time in a row, the seven-day incidence in Germany has risen. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Monday morning, it was 6,4 new infections per 100 inhabitants within seven days. The health authorities in Germany reported 000 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. For comparison: a week ago the value was 324 infections. According to the new information, two deaths were recorded across Germany within 212 hours. A week ago it was dead.
According to a report by the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU), the hospitals are now obliged to provide more precise information about all corona cases treated. Accordingly, all corona patients treated in the hospital, age, type of treatment and vaccination status must be reported. "Since the risk groups at risk are already vaccinated, a high incidence does not automatically mean an equally high level of stress in the intensive care beds," said Spahn, according to the preliminary report. “We want to know who is sick and how well they are protected. This is the only way we can estimate in real time how high the burden will be on the health system and how well the vaccinations are working. "
Medical officer: Only vaccinated people should be allowed to travel
The chairman of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Rhineland-Palatinate, Peter Heinz, calls for massive restrictions on freedom for unvaccinated people. “The non-vaccinated do not have the freedom to take off their mask. You are not allowed to go shopping in the stadium, in the swimming pool or in the supermarket without a mask. And you can no longer allow unvaccinated people and those with just a simple vaccination to go on vacation, ”he said. Even with a negative test, in his opinion, unvaccinated people should not go on vacation: “Freesting does not protect you. For example, if you go to an island with a negative PCR test, you can very well get infected there, go home and carry the virus. "
Anyone who gives back freedom to the unvaccinated "is wasting the chance to reach everyone with the vaccination," said Heinz. You have to make it clear to people: “Without vaccination there is no freedom. Without this pressure we will not convince people. ”Unvaccinated people are a danger to society and should therefore not be given the same freedoms as vaccinated people.
Heinz considers vaccination premiums to be "absurd". However, he rejects compulsory vaccination as “paternalism”. Giving freedom only to vaccinated persons is not a hidden obligation to vaccinate, "but an inevitable conclusion from a pandemic situation".
Minister of Education for Compulsory Attendance in Classes
Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek is in favor of all pupils having to appear in class after the holidays despite Corona. "In my opinion, the duty to be present should apply again as a rule," said the CDU politician. "Exceptions for previously ill and particularly vulnerable children and adolescents must, however, be possible." There will be framework conditions under which safe teaching can be guaranteed.
In her opinion, all students should be tested once before school starts after the holidays. “After that there must be regular tests, the frequency depending on the infection process. We should afford this as the first and most important measure in the event of increasing incidences, ”says Karliczek. Once again, she did not rule out the possibility of corona-related school closings again. “You can never guarantee or exclude anything in a situation like a pandemic. We don't know which variants are still to come. "
She is "confident that this autumn the schools can be kept open in principle". “We now have a completely different starting position after the holidays. We have an increasing vaccination rate and a good test structure, ”said the Minister of Education. In Germany, the federal states are responsible for structuring the lessons.
Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht, on the other hand, considers it too early to lift all corona restrictions. Before that, “we have to go much further in the direction of herd immunity,” said the SPD politician. Adults with certain pre-existing conditions and children could not protect themselves with a vaccination - even if they wanted to. There is currently no approved vaccine for children under the age of twelve. "The pandemic is not over yet," said Lambrecht.
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