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5:20 p.m.: There are currently more second vaccinations than first vaccinations
Of the available corona vaccine quantities, more are currently used for second vaccinations than for the first injection. This was the case for the first time on Thursday and Friday, as Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) announced on Twitter on Saturday. "An expected but new development," he wrote there.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Saturday (as of 10.50 a.m.), 797,359 people were immunized the day before, 406,455 of them received their second dose. This means that the proportion of second vaccinations was more than half. The most vaccine doses per day to date were given on May 12th: 1.4 million.
A total of 13.6 percent of the population (11.3 million) are now fully vaccinated. 39.9 percent (33.1 million) have received at least one of the syringes so far. Usually two are required for full protection, only one is enough for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The vaccination rate varies depending on the federal state. The Saarland has the highest rate of at least first vaccination with 43.9 percent, the lowest in Saxony with 34.6.
From June 7th, the vaccination prioritization is to be lifted in all of Germany, in some federal states even a little earlier.
4:22 p.m.: More than 50 million vaccine doses administered in England
In England, more than 50 million vaccine doses have now been injected in the fight against the corona pandemic. As the latest figures from the health authority NHS showed on Saturday, around 31.5 million people in England have received their first vaccination dose against Covid-19 since the vaccination campaign began in December up to and including Friday, and almost 18.7 million also received their second. This corresponds to a total increase of more than 560,000 more vaccinations compared to the previous day, as the PA news agency reported.
The vaccination campaign in Great Britain is very advanced in a European comparison. It is one of the largest and most important national efforts in history, Health Secretary Matt Hancock underlined on Twitter on Saturday. More than 40 percent of adults in England are already fully vaccinated, according to the NHS. Since Saturday, 32- and 33-year-olds have been able to book vaccination appointments.
3:36 p.m.: EU states hopeful for the time after the corona economic crisis
After the historic Corona economic crisis, the EU states are looking to the future with confidence. "There are good prospects for the economy to recover this year and next," said Portugal's Finance Minister João Leão on Saturday after a meeting of EU economic and finance ministers in Lisbon. Many ministers have said that they expected growth to be even greater than in the latest forecast. It is a time of hope and optimism.
In its latest economic forecast, the EU Commission had predicted growth in the EU of 4.2 percent for 2021 and 4.4 for 2022. By the end of 2022, the economy in all EU countries will return to the pre-crisis level, said the EU Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis on Saturday. He confirmed that the EU Commission was in favor of suspending the European debt and deficit rules in 2022 as well. Then the EU states would continue to have a free hand in getting into debt. However, the countries must unanimously follow the recommendation of the EU Commission. Portugal's Minister Leão signaled his support on Saturday.
According to the European Stability and Growth Pact, the EU states are allowed to have a budget deficit of no more than 3 percent annually and a total debt ratio of no more than 60 percent, in each case based on gross domestic product. However, these rules were suspended at the beginning of the Corona crisis a good year ago so that governments can give their economies a hand. For this purpose, the so-called general escape clause provided for in the pact was used in the event of a crisis.
3:05 p.m.: The learning status of students is recorded before the holidays
According to Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek, the learning status of the pupils in schools should be checked separately across the board before the summer holidays. This had been agreed with the federal states, said the CDU politician in the Deutschlandfunk "Interview of the Week". This should allow tutoring programs to be tailored more precisely in the new school year.
2:26 p.m.: After demo bans, the Berlin police prevented gatherings
After the ban on two large demonstrations by opponents of the Corona policy in Berlin, the police initially prevented larger groups from gathering in the city. "So far the situation in Berlin is largely calm," said spokesman Thilo Cablitz on Saturday afternoon. Groups of 50 to 100 people were also stopped, said Cablitz. Coach buses were therefore sent back, and trucks with stage structures were seized at the Victory Column.
The police were clearly visible: a helicopter was circling, water cannons were ready, the officers were also on duty with horses. At the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column, demonstrators were asked by the police not to gather.
On Friday evening, the Higher Administrative Court (OVG) Berlin-Brandenburg confirmed the ban on two demonstrations. The negative experiences from the recent past with the expected group of participants from the "lateral thinker scene" justify the assumption that the necessary hygiene measures are not being observed in the prominent locations of the city, according to the OVG. The resolutions are final.
The demonstrations had been registered for Saturday and Sunday with the title "For Peace, Freedom and Fundamental Rights" and 16,000 participants each. Regardless of the court decision, the police are planning a large-scale operation with around 3,000 police officers over the weekend. Support comes from other federal states and from the federal police. One also has to be prepared for the fact that demonstrators would not adhere to the bans, it said.
1.40 p.m.: Restaurants in Chemnitz are allowed to open to guests outdoors
After Leipzig and Dresden, restaurants in Chemnitz, the third largest city in Saxony, will again be able to serve guests from Monday - but only outdoors. Easings are possible because on Saturday the seven-day incidence in the city was below the mark of 100 for the fifth day in a row, the city administration said. Specifically, the value was shown as 72.7.
The easing from Monday (May 24th) includes the elimination of the night curfew and the opening of holiday apartments and campsites. Visiting museums, galleries, cinemas and theaters is also possible with an appointment booking and a negative Corona test, as is outdoor sports for up to 20 minors in groups.
1:08 p.m.: Lauterbach criticizes ESC with the audience
Health politician Karl Lauterbach believes the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam in front of a live audience is the wrong signal. "We cannot yet afford concerts with 3,500 spectators, it is still too early for that," said the SPD politician in an interview with "ZDFheute". It "paints the wrong picture" of where you currently stand in the pandemic.
He does not know what conclusions should emerge from the ESC about how such events could run in the future. Lauterbach does not see any possibility for indoor concerts in summer - but outdoors.
Performers from 26 countries will perform at the finale of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday evening - from 9 p.m. in the Ahoy Hall in front of around 3,500 fans. Up to 200 million viewers are expected on the screens. Jendrik (starting number 15) competes for Germany with "I Don't Feel Hate". The show takes place under strict conditions. All visitors have to show a negative Corona test result, as well as artists and employees.
1:20 p.m.: Vaccination mishap in Chemnitz: 17 people mistook the vaccine
A breakdown at the Chemnitz vaccination center resulted in 17 people being accidentally vaccinated with Astrazeneca instead of Moderna. It has not yet been possible to find out exactly who these people were, informed the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians on Saturday. In the period last Tuesday, 69 people were vaccinated at the vaccination route in question. You have now been informed in writing, said CEO Klaus Heckemann. It has not yet been possible to provide any information on the exact age of those affected. It was about first vaccinations.
The Standing Vaccination Commission recommends using the Astrazeneca vaccine for people aged 60 and over. However, vaccination of younger people is also possible after medical advice and consent. In Saxony's vaccination centers, the vaccine is regularly administered to people over the age of 60; Recently, however, they have also been offering vaccinations with it for people aged 40 and over.
The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians regretted the mix-up. "Unfortunately, this could not be prevented in spite of the highest security measures and control mechanisms," said the message. Personal consequences have been drawn. In addition, the processes would be checked again and the employees of the vaccination centers instructed accordingly.
The Saxon Ministry of Social Affairs has been informed and, according to its own statements, is in contact with the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians:
12.50 p.m.: Relaxation in the Bautzen district from Monday
According to the Robert Koch Institute, the incidence in the Bautzen district was also below 100 on Saturday - so it is clear: On Monday, midnight, the federal emergency brake will expire. This means that from Whit Monday there will be numerous simplifications:
12.42 p.m.: Incidence value in Dresden remains stable below 100
Ten working days, the decisive value for loosening or tightening the corona regulations in Dresden is now below the 100 mark, and on Saturday it fell slightly again. The number of new infections also remains low, but there are again several deaths. All figures on Corona from the state capital:
11.25 a.m.: Merkel "With freedoms also responsibly to (to) go"
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has called for a responsible handling of the freedoms that have been regained in view of the relaxation of the corona protective measures. "Now, at the end of May, after 15 months and a heavy third wave, we finally have plenty of reasons to be optimistic; especially, of course, because the vaccination campaign is now running with so much momentum. But we have not yet defeated the virus," said her in her weekly video message posted on the Internet on Saturday.
"There are thousands of new infections every day, and people die from Corona every day." Merkel said that new virus variants would have to be monitored very carefully. "It therefore remains our common task to deal responsibly with freedoms and to show consideration for one another. Protection and respect for the dignity of each individual are firmly anchored in our Basic Law with very good reason."
In her message on the day of the Basic Law this Sunday, Merkel also defended the restrictions on fundamental rights resolved to contain the corona pandemic. "Where life and health are at stake, such restrictions are allowed, at least temporarily. Governments and legislators are bound to act proportionately and to limit restrictions in terms of time to what is absolutely necessary - as we have done," she said. "Fortunately, the Basic Law also guarantees that this, like any measure by the governments, can be discussed and disputed. It is good and deeply democratic that this has happened again and again since the beginning of the pandemic. In the Bundestag, in the state parliaments, in the media and in public. "
10.45 a.m.: Vogtlandkreis still has the lowest incidence in Saxony
Before Pentecost, the Vogtland remains the region with the lowest number of corona infections in Saxony. The Robert Koch Institute was the only region in Saxony to show a weekly incidence of less than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days for the former nationwide hotspot on Saturday. Throughout Saxony, the value was put at 85.6 and was thus slightly lower than the day before. A total of 28 new deaths were reported from the Free State. So far 9,546 people have demonstrably died in connection with a corona infection.
The focus of the infection process remains the Erzgebirge district with an infection rate of 175.0. The 7-day incidence also remained above the 100 mark in the districts of Central Saxony and Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Ore Mountains.
10.02 a.m.: More than 30,000 corona deaths in the Czech Republic since the beginning of the pandemic
In the Czech Republic, the number of corona deaths has exceeded the symbolic threshold of 30,000. Since the pandemic began, 30,012 people have died from coronavirus infection. That came out on Saturday from the figures of the Ministry of Health in Prague.
The country with just under 10.7 million inhabitants was at times one of the worst affected regions in Europe. The situation has since improved a lot. Within seven days, 50 people per 100,000 inhabitants were infected. More than 1.1 million citizens are already fully vaccinated.
9.27 a.m.: Expert warns of lack of exercise: "Childhood is now happening"
Pediatrician Kerstin Holze has warned that the lack of exercise caused by the corona pandemic endangers the healthy physical and mental development of children. "There is a golden age for learning basic motor skills, which cannot simply be postponed," said the chairwoman of the German Children's Gymnastics Foundation in an interview with the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" (Saturday).
For good reasons, the children have been deprived of the exercise they need for healthy development. But "Sport is the basis for advanced skills. If children do not learn complex sequences of movements - and they learn these through qualified sports activities, such as children's gymnastics - they will later find it more difficult to deal with complex thought processes and difficult contexts," said Holze.
These deficits cannot simply be compensated for. "It won't just go wrong." Even before Corona, the conditions were not optimal for growing up in motion, and the pandemic intensified that. "If we go back to where we were before, quite a few children will not be able to catch up".
But if you give the subject the necessary priority, "we can do this in a joint effort. Childhood takes place now," emphasized the doctor. "It is not something that we can catch up with at the end of the pandemic. It is our duty to create the framework for an active growth. Everyone now belongs to the table."
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8.40 a.m.: When vaccinating?
Not everyone who gets a vaccination appointment actually belongs to the Corona prioritization groups. This is often only discovered on site. As in the case of a young man who, despite an appointment at the Dresden vaccination center, was turned away because he does not belong to priority group 3. He sees it very differently.
8.25 a.m.: Cities satisfied despite violations: curfews were observed
After several weeks of the Corona emergency brake with nightly exit restrictions, many German cities draw a rather positive balance: Most people have largely adhered to it, as a survey by the German Press Agency of several city administrations showed. Although some violations were registered - often several hundred, sometimes more than 1,000 - this was classified as comparatively few. By far not all violations were reported.
In Hamburg, around 1,050 violations were found and around 760 fines were imposed. In Cologne, according to the city, the security service has so far initiated proceedings in around 340 cases for violations of the exit restrictions. In Frankfurt the numbers were lower: According to the regulatory office, around 100 people were approached and proceedings were initiated in around 30 cases.
According to the federal emergency brake, in municipalities with a sustained seven-day incidence of over 100, nobody is allowed to be out and about at night without a valid reason - and other restrictions also apply.
The cities want to monitor compliance with the requirements on the weekend of Pentecost as well - depending on the incidence, also in hotels and restaurants. In many places, additional joint patrols by the police and the public order office are planned. Leipzig announced, for example, that in addition to the contact restrictions, compliance with the hygiene rules in the catering trade will also be monitored.
8.00 a.m.: RKI registers 7,082 new corona infections - incidence at 66.8
The health authorities in Germany reported 7,082 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. This is evident from the figures from Saturday morning, which reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 5 a.m. For comparison: a week ago the value was 7,894 infections. The RKI gave the 7-day incidence on Saturday morning as nationwide 66.8 (previous day: 67.3; previous week: 87.3).
Across Germany, 170 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours. A week ago there were 177 dead.
The RKI has counted a total of 3,642,244 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, however, since many infections are not recognized.
The number of people who died with or with the involvement of a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 is now given as 87,298.
The nationwide seven-day R-value was 0.85 (previous day: 0.82) according to the RKI management report from Friday evening. This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 85 more people. The R-value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a longer period of time, the infection process subsides; if it is consistently higher, the number of cases increases.
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9:50 p.m.: Federal government classifies Great Britain as a virus variant area
Because of the spread of the corona variant, which was first discovered in India, the federal government will classify Great Britain as a virus variant area from Sunday. The Robert Koch Institute announced on Friday. This drastically restricts entry from the UK to Germany.
As of Sunday, airlines, bus and train companies will only be allowed to transport German citizens or people living in Germany to Germany. A two-week quarantine obligation applies to those entering the country, which cannot be shortened by negative tests.
The UK is the first country in Europe to revert to virus variant territory in a while. Only eleven countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America currently fall into this highest risk category.
9:20 p.m.: Motorcade in Berlin against anti-corona measures
In Berlin, demonstrators with motorcade protested against the anti-corona measures. According to the police, hundreds of cars were on their way to Charlottenburg on Friday evening, and there was also a counter-demonstration. Final figures on participants were not yet available. The demonstrators at Theodor-Heuss-Platz raised the mood against vaccination and the "Corona dictatorship". At the final rally, the participants were asked to abide by the rules and to wear a mask. The car parades were the prelude to a weekend during which the police prepared for a large number of demonstrations.
8:50 p.m.: Zittau Zoo wants to abolish mandatory testing
Every day, Andreas Stegemann and his employees from the Zittau zoo have to deal with visitors who question the meaning of the corona tests. That is an enormous and almost unreasonable burden, said the director.
That is only one of the consequences that go hand in hand with the corona measures. The animal parks and zoos have been allowed to open since Easter regardless of incidence, but this is linked to the obligation for visitors to a negative corona test. The introduction represents a major organizational and economic challenge, writes President Gert Emmrich of the Deutsche Tierpark Gesellschaft in an open letter to Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer, also on behalf of the people of Zittau. And many potential guests would be deterred by the high expenditure.
8:10 p.m.: Fraudsters pretend to be clinicians and ask for money
Fraudsters have phoned citizens en masse in Freiburg and the surrounding area and pretended to be clinicians in order to rip off money. According to the police report on Thursday, they told those called that allegedly a relative was seriously ill with Covid-19. But there is a drug from Switzerland that has to be paid for privately. In the afternoon, an elderly woman in Maulburg fell for the trick: she gave a woman who rang her doorbell after an appointment with cash and jewelry worth around 7,500 euros.
7.40 p.m.: Merkel calls for caution with corona openings
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has called for caution when relaxing corona restrictions, including at Pentecost. After the long period of closure, she hoped that people would "use these options very responsibly," said Merkel on Friday in Berlin. "The virus hasn't gone away." Therefore, protection rules are still to be strictly adhered to. "Wear a mask and keep your distance, that is of the very, very greatest importance."
With a view to the lower number of infections, Merkel said: "In view of the development, we can also allow ourselves opening steps." However, she assumes that "with the due attention and care that hopefully many and the vast majority of people take, we do not have to talk about having to close again."
7.20 p.m.: DRK releases 3,095 vaccination appointments
One hour late, the DRK Saxony has again activated thousands of appointments on the Saxon vaccination appointment portal. The DRK announced on Twitter that a total of 3,095 vaccine doses from Biontech and Moderna were available.
7.09 p.m.: Germany wants to donate another 30 million vaccine doses
According to Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Germany wants to donate an additional 30 million Corona vaccine doses to the Covax international vaccination program by the end of the year. The prerequisite is that the vaccines ordered by Germany actually arrive, said Merkel on Friday evening after she went online for the "World Health Summit" in Rome. Overall, the EU states want to provide at least 100 million corona vaccination doses for the program in favor of developing and emerging countries by the end of the year.
Germany has also pledged a further 100 million euros to support Covax, said Merkel. The German contributions to vaccination aid are now more than one billion euros. So far, 125 countries have been supplied with 70 million doses.
6:38 p.m.: More than 100 German tourists are still in Corona hotspot Nepal
More than 100 German tourists are still in the Corona hotspot Nepal. The Foreign Office said on Friday that a low three-digit number of German tourists was in the Asian country. The poor Himalayan country had largely stopped international air traffic at the beginning of May due to the corona pandemic. According to the local tourism ministry, around 2,000 foreign tourists were initially stranded in Nepal. In the meantime, almost 500 of them have been flown out with special permits.
Like its neighboring country India, Nepal is currently experiencing a bad corona wave. Hospital beds and medical oxygen are running out, almost every second corona test is positive. Germany recently sent an aid delivery with ventilators, oxygen bottles and 2.4 million masks to Nepal. Mountaineers have also reported corona infections on Mount Everest, which is located on the border between Nepal and China. Nevertheless, hundreds are currently still waiting on the mountain to reach the summit in good weather.
6:11 p.m.: Allocation of vaccination appointments this evening is delayed
Also tonight there should be new vaccination appointments. Initially, the DRK Saxony said that thousands of appointments would be activated again on the Saxon vaccination appointment portal from 6 p.m. However, the appointment is delayed by about an hour, wrote the DRK in the evening on Twitter.
How the vaccination portal works and how you are most likely to get a vaccination appointment can be read here: This is how Saxony's vaccination portal works.
5:54 p.m.: Lower Saxony does not abolish the mask requirement in retail
Lower Saxony does not abolish the mask requirement in retail with low incidence values for a short time. The state government decided on Friday afternoon after much criticism. The draft for a relaxation of the corona rules initially provided for the removal of the mask requirement from Tuesday after Pentecost in regions with a stable seven-day incidence below 35.
However, after Whitsun in Lower Saxony, there is no test obligation for retail in regions with a seven-day incidence below 50. The prerequisite is that the value falls below the value on five consecutive working days.
5.39 p.m.: Large-scale operation of the police because of demonstrations at Whitsun in Berlin
Due to numerous announced demonstrations, the Berlin police are looking forward to a large-scale operation on the weekend of Pentecost. Around 3,000 police officers are said to be on the road, with support coming from numerous other federal states and from the federal police. In particular, the focus is on two large demonstrations by critics of the Corona measures on Saturday and Sunday, which have now been banned by the police, on Straße des 17. Juni - as well as several demonstrations by Palestinian groups against Israel's policies.
A decision by the Higher Administrative Court was expected on Friday evening or Saturday morning to ban the two large demonstrations against the Corona rules, each with 16,000 registered participants. The police are called upon in any case - either to enforce the ban or to accompany the demonstrations and then to ensure compliance with the corona rules.
A demonstration by Palestinian groups with 2,000 participants on Saturday afternoon in Kreuzberg was also banned. However, two more demonstrations on the Israel-Palestinian conflict have been registered on Saturday. A large demonstration "Against rent madness" with 10,000 participants from Potsdamer Platz to Schöneberg is also planned for Sunday. And on Whit Monday, a bicycle demonstration is directed against the further construction of the A100 motorway.
5:05 p.m.: Tank tourism causes petrol shortages
After the opening of the small border traffic, the rush of the Germans on the gas stations near the border in the Czech Republic was apparently so great that fuel became scarce in some places. This is what the operators of several petrol stations report. The Super variety in particular was sold out.
Read here whether there is petrol again and what you should pay attention to when refueling across the border: CZ: Petrol was out for a short time
4.41 p.m.: Second corona wave: Argentina's football association cancels the league final
In view of the second wave of the corona pandemic in Argentina, the football association of the South American country canceled the first division final. Up to and including May 30th, no games of the national leagues will be played, as the association announced on Friday. This means that the semi-finals on Saturday between Independiente and Colón and on Sunday between Racing Club and Boca Juniors and the final on May 30th cannot take place as planned. Together with the provincial governments and the league, a new date for the games should be sought later, it said.
On Thursday, the Argentine government once again ordered tough exit restrictions in the fight against the corona pandemic. In the particularly affected areas of the South American country, there is a curfew between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. until the end of the month. Even during the day, Argentines are only allowed to move near their place of residence. Only essential stores can open. Social, religious and sporting activities are prohibited. Schools and kindergartens remain closed.
4.14 p.m.: Mayor of the East demand funding for battered inner cities
The East German mayors are calling for a funding program from the federal government for their inner cities, which have been ravaged by the Corona crisis. In the short term, 500 million euros a year should be made available for a total of five years, said the President of the German Association of Cities, Leipzig's Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung (SPD), on Friday after a virtual conference with his East German counterparts.
"In order for the inner cities to remain lively places, they have to offer people more than just shopping and parking space," emphasized Jung. New concepts are needed and a change towards a mixture of marketplace, craft, art and retail, co-working space and creative spaces, schools and universities, coupled with restaurants and affordable living space. "In addition, everything must be done so that small shops, clubs and businesses can survive and not have to close forever because of Corona." According to the information, the closings of shops and restaurants due to the corona pandemic have significantly affected many inner cities. The funding program should counteract this.
How much the city centers are in danger of becoming deserted and what ideas there are against it can be read in the article What will happen to the inner cities now?
3:46 p.m.: India: fungal disease in corona patients
A rare and deadly fungal disease called murcomycosis is spreading in India. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned of this on Friday. Mucormycosis can develop if someone inhales certain mold spores or ingests them through a skin injury. In the meantime, several Indian states have reported a total of more than 5,000 cases, with no data from several states.
Read here what makes this disease so dangerous: Fear of fatal fungal disease
2:59 p.m.: 418 new infections in Saxony
In Saxony, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs, 418 new infections and 36 further deaths were registered on Friday. For comparison: exactly one week ago there were 541 new infections, exactly one month ago on April 21, 2,217. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have now been a total of 281,312 proven corona cases in Saxony and 9,541 people who died of or with Covid 19 disease. Around 261,150 people are estimated to have recovered.
The Erzgebirge district is still particularly affected by the pandemic, where there were 177 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within the last seven days. The Vogtland District currently has the lowest value of this seven-day incidence (47.3). The incidence for the entire Free State is estimated at 86.6 (previous day: 85.5).
2.43 p.m.: Court: Demonstrations against corona policy remain prohibited
Two planned, large demonstrations by opponents of the corona policy in the federal capital remain prohibited. The Berlin administrative court rejected an application from the organizers to lift the ban on Friday. They then announced on Twitter that they would contact the next higher instance, the Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg. The demonstrations had been registered for Saturday and Sunday with the title "For Peace, Freedom and Fundamental Rights" and 16,000 participants each.
A second urgent application against two demonstration bans on Monday was also rejected, said a court spokesman. The court followed the police's risk prognosis that violations of the corona distance rules were to be expected in the demonstrations. The police had banned a number of demonstrations over the weekend of Pentecost on the grounds that previous rallies had shown that the demonstrators would deliberately ignore the prescribed masks and distances. Regardless of the court decision, the police are planning a large-scale operation with around 3,000 police officers on the weekend. Support comes from other federal states and from the federal police. One also has to be prepared for the fact that demonstrators would not adhere to the bans, it said.
1:51 p.m.: Reading festival "Leipzig reads extra" allows the audience
The reading festival "Leipzig reads extra" can be held with an audience in the next week - at least in part. The falling corona incidences in Leipzig made it possible for some outdoor venues to also open to visitors, the book fair announced on Friday. That affects around 100 events from May 27th to 30th. The guests could meet authors such as Christoph Hein, Sebastian Fitzek, Dimitrij Kapitelman or Hengameh Yaghoobifarah in person. In addition, there are another 350 events of the reading festival, which can be viewed in the live stream or as a recording.
"Leipzig reads extra" is being held this year instead of the Leipzig Book Fair. The industry's spring show had to be canceled for the second time due to the corona pandemic. A postponement of the trade fair date from March to the end of May also prevented a book fair with full halls this year. During the reduced special edition of the reading festival, the Leipzig Book Fair Prize will also be awarded on May 28th. According to the trade fair, the winners will not be on site, but will be switched on via video.
1:48 p.m.: Manufacturers promise 1.3 billion vaccine doses to poorer countries
Several manufacturers of corona vaccines promised poorer countries on Friday that they would deliver more than a billion vaccine doses by the end of the year. The manufacturers Biontech / Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson promised a total of around 1.3 billion units at a "world health summit" in Rome. Deliveries to developing and emerging countries are to begin in the second half of the year. More than a billion doses are also expected to be made available in 2022.
The poorest countries should only have to pay the production costs, while a "low-cost price" should apply to developing countries. Biontech / Pfizer plans to deliver around one billion cans, Johnson & Johnson around 200 million cans and Moderna around 95 million. In the run-up to the summit, the EU Commission under President Ursula von der Leyen contacted manufacturers with whom the EU had good experience, according to the Commission.
1:21 p.m.: EU wants to donate 100 million corona vaccination doses
The EU wants to donate at least 100 million Corona vaccine doses to the international vaccination program Covax and developing and emerging countries by the end of the year.This was announced by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Friday at a "World Health Summit" in Rome. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said at the opening of the digital meeting of 20 important industrialized and emerging countries (G20) that the pandemic had shown how important international cooperation is.
The participants, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, want to exchange experiences from the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) wants to speak in the early evening. At the end there is to be a "Rome Declaration", a paper with principles for preventing future health crises. In this way, the G20 countries want to better prepare themselves for similar crises. Italy currently chairs the G20.
12.42 p.m.: Six more fatalities in Dresden
The state capital's health authorities reported 34 more corona cases at noon today. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 30,172 people in Dresden have tested positive. The number of those who died rose by six more victims - since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,071 deaths related to the viral disease have been mourned. Four patients also had to be hospitalized. 28,107 Dresden residents are now considered recovered - 91 more than on Thursday.
The seven-day incidence, i.e. the number of new corona cases per 100,000 inhabitants within the last seven days, has fallen from 80.5 to 76.9 since the previous day, according to the local authorities. However, figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) are binding for the limit values under the federal "emergency brake": There the value for Dresden is 74.2 today, compared with 75.8 the day before. However, the RKI values often deviate from those of the local health authorities due to reporting delays.
12.36 p.m.: The Czech Republic is now also vaccinating younger people
In the Czech Republic, all legally insured persons between 35 and 39 years of age can get a corona vaccination appointment from Monday. The 30 to 34-year-old age group will follow on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Andrej Babis announced on Friday on CNN Prima News. From June onwards there will also be dates for young people aged 16 and over.
However, a decision by the Czech vaccination society to only recommend the active ingredients from Astrazeneca and Johnson & Johnson to people aged 60 and over could cause delays. It is only an advisory body made up of medical specialists. An official decision is still pending. The Czech Republic would follow Germany's example. The background is rare cases of blood clots in cerebral veins.
12.09 p.m.: Baden-Württemberg against lifting the mask requirement when shopping
The Baden-Württemberg state government does not believe in loosening the mask requirement at the current time. "The mask requirement in retail and in other high-contact contexts is and will remain a simple but very effective means of securing opening steps," said a spokeswoman for the dpa on Friday. "There is reason to be optimistic, but the vaccination rates are still too low and the number of infections too high." Gradual, prudent easing is the right thing to do, but basic protective measures remain a central component for the time being.
10:51 a.m.: Spahn urges caution on Pentecost
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) has called on people in Germany to continue protecting themselves from infection at Whitsun despite the falling corona numbers. "Enjoy the holidays, let's enjoy the holidays together, but let's be careful," said Spahn on Friday in Berlin. Above all, it is important to meet outside and get tested regularly. If the number of infections continued to fall and the number of vaccinations went up, "then we have the prospect of a good summer".
Spahn pointed to greater progress in the vaccination campaign than announced by the government. He urged patience after medical officials reported that many patients reacted impatiently when appointments were often made at short notice. Spahn explained that there are currently around one million vaccinations every day. At Christmas, zero percent of all Germans were vaccinated at least once. At Easter it was 12 percent. "At Whitsun it will be 40 percent, and at the start of the summer quarter, from today's perspective, at least 50 percent will be vaccinated once."
10.02 a.m.: Vogtlandkreis now has the lowest incidence in Saxony
The former nationwide corona hotspot Vogtland now has the lowest 7-day incidence in Saxony. On Friday, the Robert Koch Institute showed the value there as 47.3. The Vogtlandkreis overtook the city of Leipzig and was the only region in the Free State to fall below the mark of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within 7 days. Across Saxony, the incidence rose slightly to 86.6 before the weekend of Pentecost (previous day: 85.5). In a nationwide comparison, the infection rate is stronger only in Thuringia (106.4).
On Friday, three districts in Saxony were above the 100 mark: In addition to the Erzgebirgskreis, which remains the negative leader in the Free State (177.0), the districts of Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Ore Mountains (111.6) and Central Saxony (107.5). According to the Robert Koch Institute, 35 new deaths have been reported in Saxony. This means that more than 9,500 people have died from or with the corona virus since the beginning of the pandemic. The number of new infections recently rose by almost 650 to more than 280,900.
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9.31 a.m.: Pandemic affects children and adolescents
Fewer meetings with friends, no regular school lessons: According to a study, the corona pandemic affects many children and young people in Germany. More than half of all girls and boys became more unhappy in the past year, as the Prevention Radar 2021 published on Friday by DAK-Gesundheit showed. Life satisfaction has fallen by around 20 percent on average for all children surveyed compared to the situation before the Corona crisis.
Every third child feels that they are not adequately protected from the virus in school. 56 percent, on the other hand, considered the corona rules there to be appropriate. At the same time, the emotional problems have increased significantly - especially among girls, as the health insurance company announced. In the current survey, 23 percent show symptoms of depressive disorders such as sadness, low self-esteem, loss of interest and social withdrawal. In the previous year it was only 18 percent.
According to the information, the elimination of many sports offers also leads to problems: Overall, the proportion of respondents with sufficient exercise has fallen by a fifth compared to the previous year. The majority do not get the scientifically recommended 90 minutes a day.
8.53 a.m.: Openings for the catering trade are sometimes too short-term
From the point of view of the industry, opening the catering trade too soon after a seven-month lockdown is often not feasible. It is true that one can assume that the restaurant business could be started up again within ten days and the hotel business within two weeks, said the President of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga), Guido Zöllick, on Friday in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. However, the federal states are currently acting much more quickly. If sometimes only a few days remain, that is not feasible. "Because starting up operations again is one thing. But winning over the guests is another."
Every entrepreneur has to decide for himself whether opening with a limited number of guests and protection concepts is worthwhile, Zöllick said. But if, as in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the hotel industry is initially only allowed to open up to guests from its own federal state, it is "definitely not economical" for larger companies. In view of the uncertain weather situation, it is also difficult to operate outdoor catering. Zöllick emphasized that a nationwide opening of outdoor and indoor catering would have been better with appropriate protection concepts.
8.23 a.m.: Low vitamin D status is not a risk factor
According to a new US study, a low vitamin D status is not a risk factor for infection with the coronavirus. Although there seems to be such a connection if you look at the data alone, the researchers explain in the specialist magazine “Jama Open Network”. But if you include influencing factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, body mass index, blood pressure, smoking status and place of residence, there is no connection whatsoever. People with a comparatively low vitamin D level therefore do not have a higher risk of contracting Sars-CoV-2 than people who are optimally supplied with the vitamin. Read more about this here.
7.57 a.m.: British nurses injured themselves more often at work
Overwork in the corona pandemic, too few staff: British nurses are more likely to injure themselves at work with pointed or sharp objects such as needles or scalpels than a few years ago. This is the result of a survey by the British Union of Nurses and Nurses (Royal College of Nursing), which was published on Friday. Accordingly, 15 percent of the approximately 7,500 members surveyed said they had suffered needlestick injuries in the past year. In 2008 it was only ten percent.
The union named fatigue in the pandemic, staff shortages, a lack of exercise and a lack of trash cans for the sharp objects as possible reasons for the increase. According to a tenth of those surveyed, wearing corona protective clothing also increased the risk of injuries.
7.30 a.m.: Cinema associations are planning a restart for July
After a long break, German cinemas are preparing to reopen. Several associations want to see film screenings again in many places on July 1st. In view of "the progress in vaccination and the falling number of infections", the entire cinema industry is ready, according to a statement from HDF Kino and AG Kino, among others. Nationwide, the film theaters have been closed for more than half a year due to the pandemic. In Berlin, the first open-air cinemas are now opening subject to certain conditions. The operators hope to be able to show films inside again soon. That also depends on the number of infections and the regulations of the federal states.
But even if cinemas could theoretically open in some places, it is sometimes not worthwhile in the opinion of the associations. "Only if all cinemas nationwide have the chance to open together promptly can distributors even start new films and thus restore the economic basis of the film theaters," says the statement made by the German Press Agency.
7:06 a.m.: More and more people are ready for video consultation with the doctor
In Germany, the number of patients who would consult their doctor in a video consultation is growing. According to a representative Allensbach survey on behalf of the medical technology group Fresenius, which operates the Helios hospital chain, among other things, 46 percent of those questioned were open to it at the end of last year, compared with just 22 percent four years earlier. In the same period, the proportion of those who exclude video consultation hours with their treating doctor fell from 70 to 41 percent.
However, only two percent of those surveyed in Germany had their own experiences with video consultation hours, in contrast to 22 percent in the USA and 6 percent in Spain. In any case, Germany seems to be lagging behind in the three-country comparison in terms of digitization of the health sector. Only 15 percent of German patients reported that they could also make appointments online with their family doctor, which is already possible for 55 percent of those surveyed in Spain and the USA and is used much more often. The positive expectations for the digitization of the healthcare system, which a majority believe has been greatly accelerated by the Corona crisis, are considerable.
Younger people in particular hope, among other things, for the immediate availability of their patient data in digital medical files, for digital assistance with therapy or more telemedical offers. The Germans are a little more skeptical than the Spaniards about the potential of large-scale data comparisons to improve diagnosis and therapy. Here, however, a majority of 63 percent expects improvements in contrast to 72 percent in Spain.
6.41 a.m.: Lower Saxony wants to lift the general mask requirement when shopping
More and more federal states are planning far-reaching relaxations of the corona in view of the falling number of infections and increasing vaccination rates. In Lower Saxony, citizens can even hope that they will be able to go shopping without a mask after Whitsun. The state government wants to lift the mask requirement in retail in regions with a stable seven-day incidence below 35. This emerges from the draft for a short-term relaxation of the corona rules. The regulation should be decided on this Friday.
As the government in Hanover said, this is following the demands of the trade because, according to experts, they are not a driver of the infection process. The national average was the seven-day incidence in Lower Saxony on Thursday 46.6. In 11 of the 45 rural districts and large cities it was already below 35, in 26 below 50.
6.15 a.m.: Crowd in Saxon zoos at Pentecost manageable
After the relaxation of the corona measures, the Saxon zoos are expecting a stronger but moderate rush at Whitsun. Only in Dresden is it assumed that the capacities could be fully exhausted, as an inquiry with some zoos in Saxony showed. "Currently we do not expect that it will be overcrowded," said Maria Saegebarth, spokeswoman for the zoo in Leipzig. The zoo in Hoyerswerda is currently also offering many tickets available over the holidays. A maximum of 600 visitors are allowed to enter the zoo in Hoyerswerda in one hour at the same time.
The Görlitz zoo does not expect a rush over Pentecost either. "At the moment, due to the Corona requirements, we are at a visitor occupancy rate of 40 percent compared to last year. I also assume this over the holidays," said spokeswoman Isa Plath. If the weather turns out nice, there could be more visitors, but that cannot be estimated, as many only decide 12 to 24 hours in advance.
On the other hand, the Dresden Zoo expects a higher number of visitors at Pentecost than last time. There is a limit of around 1,500 tickets a day "and we assume that we could reach the limit," emphasized spokeswoman Kerstin Eckart. Proof of a negative corona test or full vaccination protection is required in all zoos.
5.45 a.m.: Patient advocates warn of problems in practices due to the rush of vaccinations
In view of the great rush for corona vaccinations in many medical practices, patient advocates warn of problems with other important issues. "It must not be that patients with osteoarthritis, diabetes, asthma or heart failure have to accept compromises in their therapy," said the board of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, Eugen Brysch, the German press agency. Many practices have meanwhile stopped being available by phone. "Often there is only a hint that contact can only be made by e-mail. Entire patient groups are excluded. That is unreasonable."
The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians are obliged to provide a qualitatively appropriate, local and demand-covering offer at all times, said Brysch. A massive disruption of standard care is already noticeable on the patient protection hotline, even if individual countries have only given up vaccination prioritization.
Doctors' representatives had also reported a large number of people willing to be vaccinated, some of which were hindering the operation of the practice. They asked for patience when making vaccination appointments. According to a decision by the federal and state governments, the still valid prioritization with a defined vaccination sequence is to end on June 7th.
5.23 a.m.: RKI registers 8,769 new corona infections and 226 new deaths
The health authorities in Germany reported 8,769 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. That comes from numbers from Friday morning. For comparison: a week ago the value was 11,336 infections. The RKI gave the 7-day incidence on Friday morning as nationwide 67.3 (previous day: 68.0; previous week: 96.5).
However, the incidence could paint a better picture of the infection situation than it actually is. Because of public holidays and bridging days like last week, according to the RKI, fewer people visit a doctor, which means that fewer samples are taken and fewer laboratory tests are carried out. This means that fewer pathogens are reported to the health authorities.
According to the information, 226 new deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 190 dead.
The RKI has counted a total of 3,635,162 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, however, since many infections are not recognized. The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at around 3,374,600. The number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 is now given as 87,128.
Friday, 5 a.m .: Karliczek for further openings in schools
Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek advocates further steps in the opening of schools and the preparation of a vaccination campaign for children and adolescents."The infection rate is declining," said the CDU politician to the editorial network in Germany. "Therefore, the focus should not only be on openings in business and culture, but also on a further return to face-to-face teaching."
Of course, caution is advised. But: "A broader return to face-to-face teaching under the known hygiene standards and accompanied by tests is likely to be justifiable in most regions because the incidences are predominantly well below 100." Children and young people have to find their way back to a normal life step by step. This also includes regular school attendance, preferably before the summer vacation.
The psychological stress was sometimes very great. "We have to pay a lot of attention to our children and young people in these weeks so that they can catch up on what was not possible in the pandemic," emphasized Karliczek. "This also means that a vaccination campaign for children and adolescents must be prepared as soon as the vaccine has been approved for children aged 12 and over." It will take a while before the vaccine is available for younger children up to 12 years of age.
Corona pandemic: That happened on Thursday
10:01 p.m.: Ice Hockey World Cup: Latvia's parliament wants to allow spectators
Immediately before the start of the ice hockey world championship in Latvia, the parliament in Riga ordered the government to work out a procedure for admitting spectators to the tournament. The parliament of the Baltic EU country adopted a resolution on Thursday evening after a lengthy debate. Accordingly, corona vaccinated and convalescent people should be able to personally participate in the World Cup games. In favor of this, 48 MPs voted, 40 against and one abstention.
When the government will deal with the issue is still unclear - it had previously avoided a decision on it. The next regular cabinet meeting is scheduled for May 27th. The Parliament's decision met with incomprehension among Health Minister Daniels Pavluts and epidemiologists.
9.30 p.m.: Bundestag relaxes the mask requirement for children
Despite the corona pandemic, children aged 6 to 16 in Germany will in many cases no longer have to wear FFP2 masks in the future. The Bundestag deleted a corresponding obligation from the Infection Protection Act on Thursday evening. If the Federal Council also agrees, a simple surgical mask will in future be sufficient for children on buses and trains, when visiting the hairdresser or at medical appointments. In any case, children under the age of six are generally exempt from the mask requirement.
At the same time, the Bundestag passed stricter penalties for falsifying vaccination passports. Anyone who uses falsified vaccination documents or test results can expect up to a year in prison. Entering false information even faces two years imprisonment.
In addition, corona vaccinations can no longer only be entered in a digital vaccination pass by doctors, but also by pharmacists. In addition, universities - unlike schools - are exempt from the obligation to alternate teaching thanks to the amendment to the law.
8.40 p.m.: Mallorca's restaurateurs are allowed to open their interiors again
Good news for Mallorca fans: On the Spanish holiday island and also on the other Balearic Islands, indoor catering is allowed to reopen for the first time since March as part of the good Corona situation. However, restaurants, bars and cafés will only be allowed to serve their guests indoors until 6 p.m. at least until June 5, as the regional government announced on Thursday evening in Palma. In the meantime, the outdoor areas may remain open in the Balearic Islands until 11 p.m.
However, strict requirements apply: the restaurants that have terraces are initially only allowed to serve a maximum of 30 percent of the usual number of guests in their interior areas. For restaurants without an outdoor area, a maximum occupancy of 50 percent applies - as long as there are no more than 150 guests. This is the result of a so-called round table meeting between representatives of the government, business associations and trade unions on Thursday afternoon.
8.10 p.m.: Lower Saxony lifts the mask requirement in retail for incidence below 35
Lower Saxony wants to lift the mask requirement in retail in regions with a stable seven-day incidence below 35 after Pentecost. This emerges from the draft for a short-term relaxation of the country's corona restrictions, which is available to the German Press Agency. The regulation is to be decided on this Friday.
In addition, the corona test obligation for customers in retail in regions with a seven-day incidence under 50 is to be dropped from Tuesday next week. The prerequisite is that the incidence in the respective region is below 50 for five working days. However, further hygiene requirements for retailers remain in place.
7:29 p.m.: Eiffel Tower is due to open in July after a month-long Corona break
The Eiffel Tower, which was closed for months due to the corona pandemic, is scheduled to reopen in mid-July. Tickets could be booked from June 1, the opening is planned for July 16, announced the operating company of the landmark on Thursday evening. Special hygiene measures would then apply.
The most famous landmark in Paris had closed since last autumn due to the corona restrictions. Originally, the tower wanted to reopen in December. But because of the Corona situation, nothing came of that at the time. The tower was also closed last spring due to the pandemic.
6:57 p.m.: EU Parliament and EU countries agree on Covid-19 certificate
In good time before the summer season, the EU countries and the EU Parliament have agreed on details of a Europe-wide certificate for the detection of corona vaccinations, tests and survived Covid-19 diseases. This was announced by the Portuguese Presidency in Brussels on Thursday evening. This increases the chance of making further travel easier in the EU. Portugal currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU countries.
Until recently, there was a dispute about the extent to which EU countries could determine travel facilitation and restrictions themselves. The compromise now provides that the sovereignty of the member states will not be interfered with, but additional restrictions such as quarantine for those who tested negative, vaccinated or cured should only be introduced if the infection situation requires it.
6:36 p.m.: Corona vaccination open to all adults from May 31 in France
The Corona vaccination will be available to all adults in France from May 31st. Prime Minister Jean Castex announced this on Thursday when he visited a vaccination center in Gagny near Paris. In addition, from Monday all people who work in certain systemically important professions could have themselves vaccinated in special vaccination centers at times reserved for them. These include teachers, bus drivers and police officers.
The opening of vaccination to all adults was originally planned for mid-June. The corona situation across the country had improved significantly in the past few weeks. On Wednesday, after a month-long closure, the outdoor catering and cultural facilities reopened. Business also opened again.
6.10 p.m.: Luca app will also show test results in the future
In the future, the Luca app for containing the corona pandemic can not only be used to check-in in restaurants, shops and events, but can also display negative test results. So far, the Luca system has been working with over 2000 test centers, with more to follow, the makers of the app announced on Thursday. "This means that restaurateurs and operators can uniformly check the test evidence very easily," explained the company Culture4Life, which operates the app. In a future version, it will also be possible to prove those who have recovered and who have been vaccinated.
The start of the test integration is accompanied by several software providers. In the first step, these are the systems from Ticket IO, SODA, TestNow and MeinCoronaSchnelltest, explained the company.
5:50 p.m.: Sweden with the highest number of new corona infections in the EU
Sweden has taken the sad peak in the number of new infections in the European Corona comparison. As emerged from the updated figures from the EU health authority ECDC on Thursday, the Scandinavian country with its much-noticed special route had a 14-day incidence of 577 per 100,000 inhabitants in the most recent comparison period. This is the highest value of all countries in the European Economic Area, which includes the 27 EU states as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Close behind are Lithuania (563), Cyprus (522) and the Netherlands (483).
Germany is in the list with a value of almost 208 in the middle. The island states Iceland (18) and Malta (25) as well as Portugal (48) and Finland (53) have the lowest numbers.
5:32 p.m.: The Constitutional Court rejects urgent applications against the Corona emergency brake
The Federal Constitutional Court has rejected further urgent motions against the federal corona emergency brake and has not accepted a constitutional complaint for a decision. The court announced on Thursday in Karlsruhe that it was about contact restrictions and the closure of schools, cultural institutions and parts of the retail trade. Whether the regulations are compatible with the Basic Law must be clarified in the main proceedings. (Ref .: including 1 BvR 900/21). A good two weeks ago, the judges had already given the green light - also in an urgent procedure - for the highly controversial nocturnal exit restrictions.
The nationwide binding rules for stricter corona measures came into force on April 23. They apply to regions in which the so-called seven-day incidence exceeds 100 for several days. But it is being loosened more and more: Because the incidence has been falling for days, nationwide it was only 68.0 on Thursday, according to the Robert Koch Institute (previous week: 103.6). In most of the 412 districts and urban districts recorded, the value has now slipped below the 100 mark.
5:08 p.m.: Compulsory mask for fully vaccinated people: Lauterbach refuses to repeal
Health politicians from the SPD and the Greens reject the demand for a lifting of the mask requirement for fully vaccinated people. "The proposal goes in a completely wrong direction," said the SPD health politician Karl Lauterbach from the editorial network Germany (RND). In addition to the residual risk of a corona infection or passing it on, the general mask requirement can hardly be effectively enforced in this case. The Green health politician Janosch Dahmen also described the proposal in the RND interview as "extremely risky".
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