In the live video NDR.de will also inform you today – Friday 20 May 2022 – about the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Hamburg. You can see yesterday’s events in Blog from Thursday Read.
The basics in a nutshell:
- The Federal Council approves additional Corona fees for low-income families
- The controversy over the origin of the Corona virus In court in Hamburg
- Cruise line AIDA Cruises also drops mask requirements
- Currently, more cases of influenza than corona are in children
- Confirmed new infections in the north: 2,875 in Schleswig-Holstein1,389 in Hamburg, 6,792 in Lower Saxony
- RKI: 48,910 new cases of corona nationwide – infection at 361.8
Tables and graphs: This is how the vaccination campaign works in the North
Map: New infections in northern German provinces
The Federal Council approves additional Corona fees for low-income families
The Federal Council approved the additional Corona fees for families. Among other things, the law provides for a one-time payment of 200 euros to beneficiaries in social security systems in July and an immediate surcharge for children from poor families who are entitled to benefits from 1 July in the amount of 20 euros per month. The goal is to improve opportunities for children and young people to implement basic child security as a support. The Bundestag passed the law only last week. Federal states agreed to vote on the law in a shorter period of time.
The cruise line AIDA Cruises also waives the obligation to wear a mask
Cruise line AIDA Cruises is following the competition and will drop mask requirements on their ships in May. “On board, guests can look forward to many relaxing moments,” the German market leader said in Rostock. “On all voyages from May 27, 2022, the wearing of a medical face mask is no longer mandatory on board AIDA ships.” However, the shipping company recommends its guests to continue to wear masks “to protect all other passengers”. Full protection from vaccinations against the Covid-19 virus for guests over 12 years of age remains a prerequisite to participating in an AIDA cruise, as does an approved antigen test for all guests over three years of age. TUI Cruises, AIDA’s competitor, earlier announced that mask requirements on its “Mein Schiff” fleet would be lifted for all summer cruises beginning May 29. Cruise guests of the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises subsidiary are already allowed to dispense with previously mandatory corona masks on the shipping company’s ships.
Currently, more cases of influenza than corona are in children
According to the Robert Koch Institute, children are currently diagnosed with more influenza than coronavirus. The institute writes in its weekly report that those aged 5 to 14 are most affected. RKI is based on virological surveillance results. Experts are currently talking about a slight increase in influenza activity in Germany. However, according to the scientific definition, the flu wave did not start even in the 2021/22 season.
RKI advises caution if symptoms of a new respiratory illness such as runny nose, sore throat or cough develop. Regardless of vaccination status and also in the event of a negative Covid-19 test result, “it is strongly recommended to avoid contact and contact your family doctor if necessary.”
RKI recorded 6,792 new infections in Lower Saxony
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 6,792 new infections in Lower Saxony in the morning (previous day: 8185; previous week: 8952). The seven-day incidence rate, that is, the number of new infections per 100,000 population in one week, is now 506.7 – up from 539.4 the previous day (previous week: 663.7). The RKI also reported 30 new deaths in Lower Saxony.
The injury in Hamburg is now 360.9
According to the Robert Koch Institute, the value of coronavirus infection in Hamburg has increased to a minimum and is now 360.9. The number the previous day was 359.7, and on Thursday of the previous week it was 468.3. Within a day, 1,389 new cases were added in the Hanseatic city, yesterday there were 1,658 and the previous week there were 2,124. Five new deaths were recorded.
Since the social authority in Hamburg stopped publishing Corona data on a daily basis at the beginning of May, the NDR now publishes the current figures from the RKI in the Corona Index every day. The Hanseatic City Health Authority only gives an update on the occurrence of seven days and hospital use once a week – on Tuesdays. These data and values may differ from those of RKI.
Drosten vs. Wiesendanger: A dispute over the origin of the coronavirus in court
Today (from 11 am) the Hamburg Regional Court is dealing with the dispute between Berlin virologist Christian Drosten and Hamburg physicist and nanoscientist Roland Weisendinger over the origin of the coronavirus. The oral session revolves around Wiesendanger’s remarks in an interview with “Cicero” magazine, published on February 2, 2022 under the title: “Does the Corona virus come from a laboratory? – ‘Mr Drosten misled politicians and the media'”. In it, Wiesendanger accused the director of the Institute of Virology at Charité of deliberately deceiving society about the origin of the Corona pandemic. Wiesendanger was primarily referring to an open letter published by 27 international virologists on February 19, 2020 in The Lancet. In it, they rejected the claim that the virus had no natural origin as a conspiracy theory.
After Cicero’s interview appeared, Drosten Fessdinger issued a warning and on March 14 of this year obtained an injunction from the Hamburg Regional Court. Then, the nanoscientist is not allowed to repeat the claim that Drosten deliberately deceived the public. Wiesendanger appealed the decision. The interview is not currently available online. Instead, the journal published a statement according to which individual points had been legally examined and was awaiting the objective outcome of the dispute between Drosten and Wiesendanger. The court is unlikely to announce its decision today.
The rate of infection with the Corona virus in the city of Schleswig-Holstein drops to 545.2
The rate of corona infection in Schleswig-Holstein has decreased to 545.2. A week ago, the value was still at 700.1. Due to the low number of tests, among other things, it must be assumed that not all cases of corona will be officially registered. The number of new infections recorded reached 2,875, compared to 3,425 in the previous week. There are currently 276 Covid patients in hospitals (a week ago: 332). Among them, 21 are being treated in the intensive care unit and 11 are in ventilators. The provinces of Rendsburg-Eckernförde (694.8) and North Friesland (676.4) had the highest accidents in seven days. Neumünster now has the lowest infection rate at 411.7.
Nationwide 48,910 new cases of corona – infection at 361.8
The Robert Koch Institute estimated the nationwide seven-day incidence at 361.8 this morning. The value the previous day was 383.2 (previous week: 485.7; previous month: 688.3). Health authorities in Germany recently reported 48,910 new COVID-19 cases (previous day: 58,719; previous week: 68,999) and 151 deaths (previous week: 164) for RKI within a day.
Data comparisons are only possible to a limited extent due to test behavior, late registrations, or transmission problems. In general, the number of new infections and deaths recorded varies greatly from day to day, as more and more federal states do not transfer to the RKI, especially on weekends, and report their cases later in the week.
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Good morning from the NDR.de editorial team! With our live tape we want you today – Friday 20 May 2022 Reporting the effects of the Corona pandemic in northern Germany. Here you will find from Monday to Friday All important news and also content from NDR Radio and TV broadcasts. You can read about yesterday’s events in Thursday’s blog.
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