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4.30 a.m .: The seven-day incidence of corona infections rose for the fourth day in a row. It was 5.8 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants (previous day: 5.5; previous week: 4.9).
The health authorities in Germany reported 952 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. That comes from the numbers from Saturday morning. For comparison: a week ago the value was 671 infections.
According to the new information, 35 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 16 dead. The RKI has counted 3,735,420 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected.
The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at 3,634,000. The number of people who died with or with a proven Sars-CoV-2 infection rose to 91,225.
EU authority: Corona cases in connection with EM also in Germany
9.05 a.m .: In connection with the European Football Championship, the European health authority ECDC also counted corona cases in Germany for the first time. A total of 18 infections in Germany can be linked to the EM, as the EU agency announced in its weekly report. Four games of the pan-European tournament had taken place in Munich.
Overall, in the fourth week of the tournament of the European Championship, a slight increase to 2535 cases of infection was recorded compared to the previous week. In countries where there are mass gatherings like at the EM and inadequate preventive measures, it is expected that the risk of Europe-wide transmission of Covid-19 and variants of the coronavirus will increase, according to the report.
Scotland remains by far the hardest hit, with 1991 cases linked to the EM, according to the agency. This number has not increased compared to the previous week. The Scottish team had their European Championship group games played in Glasgow and London’s Wembley Stadium. In the UK, the more contagious Delta variant of the virus is spreading rapidly. There was an increase to 481 infections in Finland.
German economy calls for a concept to avoid further lockdowns
8.40 a.m .: The German economy is demanding a concept from the federal and state governments to avoid a new lockdown despite rising corona numbers. “In the coming months it will continue to be about organizing life with Corona,” said employer president Rainer Dulger to the “Handelsblatt”. Because it is clear that the virus will not go away entirely.
DIHK President Peter Adrian told the newspaper that one must now “rely much more on scientific data and reliable findings from everyday operations” in order to “avoid blanket closures with their often serious consequences”. The general manager of the BDI industry association, Joachim Lang, demanded similarly: “With a high vaccination rate in Germany, incidence alone must no longer be the measure of all things.”
General Manager Ingrid Hartges from the Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga) emphasized that if a relevant vaccination rate is achieved, then there should no longer be any restrictions such as a mask or test requirement for vaccinated people. “Our industry will no longer accept another lockdown.” Your colleague from the HDE trade association, Stefan Genth, warned: “This summer must not go unused.” The President of the German Tourism Association, Reinhard Meyer, said: “It must also be possible to vaccinate on vacation be.”
Tschentscher: The pandemic was over at the end of the year
7 o’clock: Hamburg’s First Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) assumes that the corona pandemic will be over at the end of the year. “I think we will leave the pandemic behind us this year,” he told the dpa. According to initial findings, the approved vaccines also protect against the new virus variants.
“Now it is important that as many citizens as possible get vaccinated and that we as a society are protected as a whole,” said Tschentscher. The Covid 19 vaccination may have to be refreshed after a certain time. “This would also be feasible as a routine in our health system.”
Hamburg’s First Mayor Peter Tschentscher
Photo: Bernd Elmenthaler / imago images / Bernd Elmenthaler
Unlike in 2020, there are now effective vaccines. “Second, we have a comprehensive test strategy that was also not possible last summer and fall. This enables us to identify and interrupt chains of infection at an early stage. ”And thirdly, after a year and a half of the pandemic, there is a lot of knowledge and experience in critical areas.
“That’s why I hope that the number of infections will remain low in autumn and that no new lockdown measures will be necessary,” said Tschentscher.
Lambrecht against the early lifting of all restrictions
5.52 a.m .: Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht is against the lifting of all corona restrictions as soon as all adults in Germany have received a vaccination offer. “Before we can lift all measures, we have to go much further in the direction of herd immunity,” said the SPD politician of the “Augsburger Allgemeine”.
Her party friend and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had pleaded for all restrictions to be lifted as soon as all people had received a vaccination offer.
Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (archive image)
Foto: Frederic Kern / imago images/Future Image
Children for whom there is no vaccine yet, and adults with certain pre-existing illnesses or pregnant women, “could not protect themselves with a vaccination, even if they wanted to,” emphasized Lambrecht, who also heads the Family Ministry. “The pandemic is not over yet.”
Nevertheless, all remaining measures must be continuously checked to see whether they are still proportionate, said the Minister of Justice. “It is a great success that, thanks to the low number of infections and the progress in vaccination, most of the restrictions have already been lifted,” said Lambrecht. This is particularly true “for restrictions that deeply interfere with fundamental rights.”
EU Commission: Holiday season possible despite increasing infections
1.10 pm: Dhe holiday season in Europe is not in danger, according to the EU Commission, despite the increasing number of corona infections. “We must now guard against too much excitement and avoid overreactions,” said EU Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni the newspapers of the Funke media group.
According to Gentiloni, higher numbers of infections would not automatically result in a more dangerous situation. This is thanks to the vaccinations against the corona virus. He warns of unilateral, unjustified travel restrictions by individual EU states in response to the increase in the number of infections.
More than 530,000 dead in Brazil
0.36 a.m .: The corona virus continues to spread in Brazil. The Ministry of Health reported 57,737 new infections. This increases the total number of infections to more than 19 million. The number of deaths rose within 24 hours by 1509 to 531,688.