In the live ticker, NDR.de will inform you today – on Saturday, October 2, 2021 – about the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Hamburg. You can see what happened yesterday in the Friday’s blog read up.
The essentials in brief:
- Extended test obligations in Western Pomerania-Rügen
- Fewer corona infected people: 3G is no longer mandatory in Celle
- Reported new infections in the north: 569 in Lower Saxony, 146 in Schleswig-Holstein; nationwide 8,517
Tables and graphics: This is how the vaccination campaign is going in the north
Map: New infections in the northern German districts
Behrens: Improve the vaccination rate in nursing care without obligation
Lower Saxony’s Minister of Health Daniela Behrens wants to improve the vaccination rate among nurses. But she does not believe in any duty, said Behrens of the “Neue Presse”. “From October onwards, together with the districts and urban districts, we will be offering booster vaccinations across the board in old people’s homes and care facilities as well as integration assistance,” explained the SPD politician. This offers all employees who have not yet been vaccinated the opportunity to get the vaccination without great effort and directly at the workplace. Now it is important to clarify further and to seek a conversation. “We do not reach people who absolutely do not want to be vaccinated with threats of imprisonment or fines. I consider that legally and morally very questionable.”
Mask requirement in schools: experts disagree
The discussion about the mask requirement in schools continues. While medical associations pleaded for the regulation to be lifted, the virologist Melanie Brinkmann criticized the abolition of the mask requirement as premature. “If you want to do away with something whose benefits have been scientifically proven and that costs almost nothing, you can do that. The only question is whether it is wise,” said Brinkmann of the “Rheinische Post”. “Given the high number of non-vaccinated people, including children, I consider this decision to be premature – and to be honest, quite stupid,” criticized the virologist from the Braunschweig Helmholtz Center for Infection Research.
Medical President Klaus Reinhardt, on the other hand, called for a nationwide end of the mask requirement in class. It is “completely inappropriate that children and young people have to wear a mask for hours in class, while adults can go to the pub in the evening without a mask,” he told the editorial network Germany.
The president of the professional association of paediatricians, Thomas Fischbach, spoke out in favor of an end to the general mask requirement in schools. He sees no reason why elementary school students should basically continue to wear masks in class, especially since they contribute significantly less to the infection process than adolescents and adults.
Political scientist advocates vaccination incentives instead of mandatory vaccination
The corona measures in Germany are still like a patchwork quilt. This also applies to dealing with compulsory masking in schools, for example, or 3G or 2G as a prerequisite for attending events or restaurants. Politicians have avoided uniform rules in most cases. The Oldenburg political researcher Jan Sauermann sees in the NDR Info interview a trend according to which governments are handing over more and more responsibility to civil society in their corona policy. Does the state avoid unpleasant decisions?
569 new cases in Lower Saxony – incidence is increasing
In Lower Saxony, the number of corona infections has increased by 569 cases. 673 new infections were reported yesterday, 573 a week ago. The seven-day incidence has risen from 46.8 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants yesterday to 47.0. Five other people died in connection with the coronavirus. A total of 5,962 people in Lower Saxony have died of the virus since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Hamburg’s launch companies continue to be in need
The Hamburg launch operator draws a sobering balance sheet after the end of the summer season. Despite relaxed corona rules, sales are at most half as high as before the crisis, as several entrepreneurs said in an interview with NDR 90.3. Since early summer, the excursion boats have been allowed to be fully occupied again, but only very few are actually used to capacity.
Hamburg: “Reichsbürger” scene has grown in pandemic
In Hamburg, the number of so-called Reich citizens continued to increase during the corona pandemic. At the end of last year, around 175 people were added to the Reich citizen and self-governing scene in the Hanseatic city, there are currently 259, said the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Almost ten percent of them overlap with right-wing extremism. Since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, they have been more active than ever, it said. Measures to contain the pandemic have “led to increased dynamism and activity in parts of the scene nationwide” as well as to expanded scope and “reception for their agitation against the Federal Republic of Germany”. As early as the spring, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution pointed out the overlap between the Reich citizen and the “lateral thinker” scene. Reich citizens do not recognize the Federal Republic and its institutions and believe in the continued existence of a German Reich. According to the information, the Hamburg scene is very heterogeneous as it is nationwide and consists predominantly of individuals.
Higher risk of heart inflammation with Moderna vaccinations
Vaccinations with the preparation from the manufacturer Moderna can lead to more cases of heart inflammation than vaccinations with that from Pfizer / BioNTech. Canadian health authorities determined this on the basis of a data analysis. The statement said that the majority of those affected fell ill with relative ease and recovered quickly, and that the reported cases were very rare overall. The data also suggest that heart infections may be more common in adolescents and adults under the age of 30, as well as in men. Overall, for the prevention of Covid-19, according to regulators in the US, EU and the World Health Organization, the benefits of vaccination continue to outweigh the risks.
Nationwide incidence continues to rise slightly
The seven-day incidence in Germany rose slightly for the fourth day in a row. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants today at 64.4. Yesterday the value was 64.3, a week ago 60.6 (previous month: 76.9). The health authorities reported 8,517 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. Last Saturday the value was 7,211 infections. Across Germany there were 66 corona-related deaths within 24 hours, a week ago there were 62. The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was last reported by the RKI yesterday at 1.65. The comparison value of the previous week is slightly lower. A nationwide threshold value from when the situation can be viewed critically is not provided for the incidence of hospitalization, among other things because of large regional differences. The previous high was around 15.5 around Christmas time.
Extended test obligations in Western Pomerania-Rügen
In the district of Vorpommern-Rügen, stricter corona rules apply from today. According to the district, people who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus or have already recovered have to present a negative corona test, for example to visit the hairdresser, visit indoor restaurants or theaters and fitness studios. According to the district, exceptions apply to children under six years of age and to regularly tested schoolchildren. The mask requirement in school buildings and after-school centers has been in effect again since yesterday. The reason for the new rules is that the district was last marked yellow on the country’s risk-weighted Corona map for three consecutive days. Corresponding rules already apply in the districts of Rostock and Vorpommern-Greifswald.
Fewer corona infected people: 3G mandatory in the district of Celle is no longer applicable
The district of Celle is loosening the corona rules from today. Specifically, the 3G rule is no longer applicable. The reason is that the seven-day incidence had previously been stable below the limit of 50 for five days. For this reason, guests no longer have to prove that they have recovered, vaccinated or tested, for example when they go to the hairdresser or restaurant. However, 3G still applies in discos, shisha bars, in old people’s and nursing homes and at larger events.
146 new corona infections in SH – incidence drops slightly to 28.6
In Schleswig-Holstein, the seven-day incidence of new corona infections continues to decline. The number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days is 28.6 – after 29.0 the day before. 146 new corona cases were registered within one day, according to the data from the state authorities. The day before, there were 142. There were 56 Covid 19 patients in the hospitals – 6 more than the day before. The number of Covid sufferers in the intensive care units was 26 – five cases more than the day before. The number of deaths related to the virus rose by one to 1,687. The negative leader in the seven-day incidence is still Neumünster with a value of 53.8. North Frisia continued to have the lowest value at 3.6.
Service: Determine the incidence value for your place of residence
The seven-day incidence of new corona infections is also on the move in northern Germany. If you want to know what the incidence is in your city or in your county, just type in your zip code here.
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