5:00 PM: Patients’ protectors – ‘Politics is too late’
The Patient Protection Foundation considers the solution of the federal government’s Corona Crisis Team to make sense. “With the start of the crisis team, its job has increasingly evaporated, because the supply of vaccines and logistics are no longer the problem,” said Foundation board member Eugene Brech of Agence France-Presse. The problem was the waning desire to vaccinate. “The lesson from this: Once again, politics came too late.”
3.40pm: Forth Little coach injured
Coach Stefan Little (44) is likely to miss his last match as head coach of SpVgg Greuther Fürth. And the relegated team announced, on Wednesday, that the outgoing coach had contracted the Corona virus. Should Little withdraw, assistant coach Andrej Mijatovic will sponsor the team at the end of the season at FC Augsburg on Saturday. Little leaves the cloverleaf after more than three years and joins the second division club Hannover 96.
2.55 pm: The Corona crisis team in the Chancellery again dissolved
The Corona Crisis Management Team at the Federal Chancellery, which was formed only in November, will be disbanded again. Government spokeswoman Christian Hoffmann said, Wednesday, in Berlin, that given the situation of Corona, Germany is “in a completely different situation in terms of infections and vaccinations than last fall.” Anti-epidemic tasks should be conducted “in the future in the usual working structures of the federal government.”
Hoffman said the crisis team’s solution “should not be misunderstood. Of course it is very clear that the epidemic is not over but it continues.” The deputy government spokeswoman said the assembly of experts convened by the federal government is still in place and meets regularly. He is currently preparing recommendations to prepare for the fall-winter situation.
The Corona Crisis Team was convened at the Chancellery last November by then-Acting Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). It was headed by German General Carsten Breuer.
2.40pm: In France, masks are mandatory during transportation
The obligation to wear a mask on public transport ends in France. French Health Minister Olivier Veran said the change would come into effect early next week. However, it is recommended to wear a mask. The health situation has improved, but the Corona pandemic is not over yet. The infection value, that is, reported infections with the coronavirus within a week per 100,000 inhabitants, was about 405 in France.
1:30 p.m.: Possibly 50 million cases nationwide
According to federal government estimates, 50 million people in Germany have already been infected with corona. Since the beginning of the epidemic about two years ago, 25 million cases of Covid-19 have been registered nationwide, Minister of State for Health Edgar Frank (SPD) explained to the Health Committee of the Bundestag in Berlin. However, it can be assumed that the number of unreported cases is approximately twice that number. At 71 percent, most corona infections in the first four months of 2022 were recorded with an omicron wave. Six months ago, the number of recorded infections was less than five million.
Although the number of infections continued to rise, Frank witnessed a positive development in the Corona pandemic. The Secretary of State said the current wave has clearly passed its peak. The seven-day incidence is decreasing in all age groups. Hospitalizations and deaths are also declining.
1:10 pm: China defends itself against criticism from WHO
China has rejected criticism from the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, of its tough strategy for not spreading the coronavirus. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked the Director-General of the World Health Organization to stop making “irresponsible” statements about China’s policy towards Corona. A ministry spokesman said the government in Beijing hopes to be able to take an objective look at China’s course in fighting the epidemic in the future. The head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that China’s zero-tolerance policy in combating the further spread of the virus is unsustainable. A UN post, posted on the Chinese social network Weibo, regarding Tedros’ comment on Wednesday morning has been deleted.
12.25 pm: Masks must be worn on board aircraft
According to a recommendation from the EU authorities, the mask requirement on planes is likely to fall soon. The European Union authorities for air traffic safety EASA and health protection ECDC have recommended waiving the obligation to wear mouth and nose protection at airports and during flights from May 16. This is in line with the changing requirements for public transport from national authorities across Europe, EASA President Patrick Key said on Wednesday. However, implementation depends on national regulations, which differ in the European Union. Airlines should continue to encourage passengers to wear masks if this remains mandatory for public transport in the country. This is the case in Germany.
A Lufthansa spokeswoman said the group of airlines was following national guidelines. So the masks can only fall on the plane if the corresponding provision of the Infection Protection Act is changed. Italy, France and other EU countries have already lifted anti-Corona measures.
Andrea Ammon, director of the center, said that while wearing face masks is no longer mandatory, this precaution, along with keeping your distance from washing your hands, is the best way to avoid infection.
11:50 a.m.: ‘Forbidden City’ closed
In the fight against the spread of the coronavirus, the Palace Museum in Beijing will be temporarily closed from Thursday. This was announced by the management of the palace complex of the former emperors of China, also known as the “Forbidden City”. This will lead to a tightening of communication restrictions in the city of 22 million people. A week ago, Beijing suspended schools, businesses and apartment buildings in high-risk areas and restricted local transportation to contain the virus. At the time of the Chinese emperors, residents were denied access to the palace complex, which is where the name “Forbidden City” came from.
11:00 am: fine of 300 euros for violating the requirements of the corona vaccination in care
Violations of corona vaccination in care should only be punished with a fraction of the potential fine of 2,500 euros in Bavaria. A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health told Coburger Tagplatte that the purely theoretical framework for fines has not been fully exhausted in Bavaria, “the fine is usually a maximum of 300 euros”. There are no specifications for fines: “It is up to the responsible area management authorities to determine an appropriate amount in each specific case.”
According to the department, any involvement in the recommended vaccination consultation, the financial or income situation of those affected, the regional and facility-related supply status, and the potential threat to supply security through termination should also be included.
10 am: Shanghai confirms its commitment to the zero-Covid strategy
Despite criticism from the World Health Organization, the authorities in Shanghai want to continue to adhere to their strict “zero-Covid” strategy. The deputy director of the Center for Disease Control in China’s economic capital said on Wednesday that progress has been made in containing new infections. Wu Huanyu said easing control measures could lead to a resurgence of the virus. Now is the most difficult and crucial moment because there are no cases of corona in the city.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that a new path must be followed in light of new knowledge of the virus. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the zero-Covid strategy is not viable given the current behavior of the virus. The head of the WHO’s Emergency Crisis Programme, Mike Ryan, said all measures to contain the pandemic must respect human rights and the rights of individuals.
More than two million people were closed in Shanghai on Wednesday. For most of the population of 23 million, restrictions were previously eased somewhat, but measures were recently tightened again in some cases. For some, the lockdown has been in effect for more than a month.
8 a.m.: Contagion scientist with ‘certain concern’
According to infection scientist Bernd Salzberger, “far fewer people with corona are now being treated” in intensive care units. “Of course, the lower numbers and good weather makes the mood better there too,” the head of the German Society of Infectious Diseases told BR. However, the professor at the University Hospital Regensburg also warned of extreme negligence. Salzberger noted “the development of new variants in South Africa, including a new variant in California.” The question is what that means for the state of Corona as a whole: “We cannot anticipate it, but of course we see it with a certain concern.” While it considers the triple-coronavirus vaccination sufficient for those under their 60s, it “usually” recommends a fourth vaccination for all older adults. He hopes that a sufficiently adapted vaccine will be available in the fall.
7:00 am: Bill Gates injured
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, has contracted the Corona virus. The billionaire and sponsor wrote on Twitter that the test was positive and he also had mild symptoms. He will self-isolate until he is healthy again. He feels lucky to have received a vaccination, a booster, and access to tests and great medical care.
Bill Gates has positioned himself as a strong advocate for epidemic containment measures. The 66-year-old is primarily committed to getting vaccines and treatment methods for poor countries. The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the most influential foundation in the world and has about $65 billion (about 61 billion euros) at its disposal.
6:15 am: New Zealand opens its borders to visitors from all over the world at the end of July
New Zealand will reopen its borders to travelers from around the world for the first time on July 31 – two months earlier than originally scheduled. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “There is a demand for New Zealand to open its doors completely again.” Since the beginning of May, visitors from 60 visa-exempt countries have been allowed to enter the Pacific state, including Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Travelers should be vaccinated at least twice against the coronavirus.
5:10 a.m.: Infection rate drops slightly to 507.1
The nationwide seven-day infection rate of novel coronavirus decreased slightly again. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value in the morning as 507.1. On Tuesday, the injury was 522.7. As reported by the RKI, citing data from health authorities, the number of new infections reported within 24 hours was 97,010. According to the RKI, another 231 virus-related deaths were also recorded within 24 hours.