Corona News: The European Union ends the mask requirement in air traffic – Politics

The obligation to wear mouth and nose guards at airports and during flights in the European Union will be lifted from 16 May. This was announced by the European Union authorities for air traffic safety EASA and ECDC. EASA President Patrick Key said the change is in line with the changing public transport requirements of national authorities across Europe.

Italy, France and other countries have already lifted anti-Corona measures. In Germany, masks are still mandatory on public transport. Airlines have been advised to encourage passengers to wear masks if this is still required for public transport in the respective country. Andrea Amon, director of the center, said that although wearing a mouth and nose guard is no longer mandatory, people should continue to stay away from them and wash their hands to avoid infection. (05/11/2022)

The federal government dissolves the Corona crisis team

About five months after it was formed, the Corona Crisis Team at the Federal Chancellery will be disbanded to coordinate nationwide vaccinations against the virus. Meanwhile, there is a completely different situation with regard to infections and vaccines, said deputy government spokeswoman Christian Hoffmann in Berlin. The tasks of the crisis team headed by Major General Carsten Breuer will now be handled in the normal working structures of the federal government.

The crisis team started at the end of last year with more than ten employees and had about 30 members at its peak. It included experts from the responsible ministries as well as experts from the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance.

The Corona Expert Council, which was also established by the then new government at the end of 2021, is not only about vaccinations specifically, but also about giving advice to the government in general. The composition of the board is diverse. Hoffman says the Corona Expert Council is currently preparing a statement on the situation in the fall and winter. (05/11/2022)

More poisoning with supposed corona treatments

The number of emergency calls for poisoning with what is supposed to be treating corona with chlorine dioxide has increased sharply since the beginning of the epidemic. The NDR, citing the Poisons Information Center North Göttingen, reported that there were seven emergency calls in 2019, compared to 50 last year. This year alone, 24 emergency calls related to chlorine dioxide have already been received. The North Poisons Information Center records emergency calls for Lower Saxony, Bremen, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.

The report said that chlorine dioxide, used as a disinfectant, is considered in the “side thinker” scene as a treatment for diseases such as cancer, autism or corona. In some cases, parents also give their children this substance. “Chlorine dioxide is a toxic substance that can dissolve mucous membranes,” warned Bremen toxicologist Bernd Mühlbauer. The substance has no place in or on the body. Mullbauer said he fears the number of unreported cases will rise. (05/11/2022)

WHO criticizes China’s policy of no COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) has criticized China’s strategy to eliminate COVID-19 as disproportionate. “We don’t think this is sustainable given how the virus will behave and what we can expect in the future,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. This was reported by Bloomberg News.

It is extremely rare for the WHO to question the coronavirus policy of a member state. At the start of the pandemic, the organization faced criticism for being too lenient with China, where the virus was first discovered. The Chinese authorities are currently pursuing the goal of avoiding as many cases of Covid 19 among the population as possible – despite the huge costs to the country’s economy and global trade. The director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, Michael Ryan, said responses to Covid-19 must take into account the rights of individuals and human rights, as well as the impact on the economy. In China, a WHO post containing criticism was removed from Chinese social media platforms Weibo and Wechat shortly after it was posted. (05/11/2022)

Infection drops for seven days to 507

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 97,010 new infections within 24 hours on Wednesday. On Wednesday of the previous week, 106,631 recorded infections were recorded. The nationwide seven-day infection rate fell to 507.1 from 522.7 the day before. Another 231 people have died in connection with the virus.

The number of casualties is currently only of limited importance. Experts have been hypothesizing for some time that there will be a large number of cases not recorded by the RKI – due to the stress of health authorities and because not all infected people have a PCR test. Only these count in the stats. For this we use the SZ Corona dashboard to show the average value from the past seven days’ reports, which are meant to compensate for day-to-day fluctuations. You can find more information on this in the Transparency Blog, and more data and graphics on the pandemic here. (05/11/2022)

New Zealand opens borders earlier than planned

New Zealand opens its international borders two months earlier than initially planned. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that from July 31 at 11:59 p.m., entry for travelers on tourist visas will be possible again, and cruise ships will then be able to call in New Zealand ports again.

The country opened its borders to twice-vaccinated visitors from 60 visa-exempt countries for the first time in more than two years. It is one of the last countries in the Asia Pacific region to start welcoming tourists again. (05/11/2022)

Infection specialist Addo expects mask requirements to return

Infection specialist Marilyn Addo expects mask requirements to be introduced again in Germany in the winter. Ado Der said that after a good summer, the number of cases will increase again in the fall Rheinische Post. “I suppose measures like the obligation to wear masks will come back in the winter – at least in public and indoors, where it’s hard for you to keep your distance.” Do not currently expect new closures due to increased immunity. She said a lot of people are being vaccinated, albeit not enough.

“The coronavirus will be with us for years to come, but it could become a pandemic in 2023,” said Addo, a professor at Hamburg-Eppendorf University Hospital. As with influenza, the numbers will increase in winter and groups at risk will have to protect themselves. “Otherwise, hygiene, ventilation, and keeping your distance helps,” said the infectious disease doctor. (05/10/2022)

Federal Constitutional Court upholds restaurant closures

The federal government was allowed to close restaurants and other eating places in the third wave of the pandemic in the spring of 2021 via so-called emergency brakes. The Federal Constitutional Court declared this action constitutionally justified. The constitutional complaint by a Berlin restaurant operator for a decision was not accepted. (Az. 1 BvR 1295/21)

The justices had already approved central measures for the federal emergency brake in two key decisions in November. At the time it was about contact restrictions, going out and school closures. The new resolution indicates this.

Officially, it concerns the previous index of the measures in Section 28b, which was included in the Infection Protection Act on April 22, 2021 and remained in effect until the end of June 2021. The federal government wanted to ensure that the same measures were in effect everywhere in the state once it worsened Corona situation in the region. This sparked a wave of lawsuits. (05/10/2022)

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