+++ Ramelow expects corona restrictions until March +++ (neue-deutschland.de)

Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow

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Erfurt. According to a media report, Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) assumes that the current corona restrictions will have to be extended beyond January 10th. “If the prime ministers consult again on January 5th, there will be no signs of easing,” Ramelow told the editorial network in Germany on Monday. “We all assume that the lockdown has to be extended.” It was “too early to give the all-clear.” He is preparing “that we have to live with restrictions until March,” said the left-wing politician. The current nationwide restrictions with the closure of shops, schools and kindergartens are currently limited to January 10th. The Prime Ministers of the federal states want to discuss with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) how to proceed on January 5th. The aim is to reduce the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants to below 50 within seven days.

+++ Linke demands licenses for quick post-production +++

Berlin. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) expects that significantly more corona vaccines will be available in the first months of the new year due to the approval of further preparations and expanded production capacities. The CDU politician rejected criticism of the pace and proposals to accelerate vaccine production from ranks of the opposition on Monday.

Spahn referred in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin” to a production facility of the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis in Marburg, which was taken over by the Mainz company Biontech. »The aim is to make production possible there in February / March. And that would increase the amount enormously, ”said Spahn. According to Biontech, some changes are necessary in Marburg before production of the Covid-19 vaccine can start there too.

The Minister of Health also expects the vaccine to be approved by the US manufacturer Moderna “in the first few days of January”, as he made clear in an interview with the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Bayern 2-radioWelt”. Two to three other candidates are on their way to approval, he added, reaffirming the goal of being able to offer every citizen a vaccination offer by the summer. “Christmas next year should be normal again.”

According to the Ministry of Health, a total of 136.3 million doses are safe for Biontech / Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, almost all of which could be delivered in 2021. With two necessary doses each, 68.2 million citizens could be vaccinated – out of 83 million inhabitants in Germany.

The left-wing health politician Achim Kessler had even called in the »Spiegel« to force vaccine manufacturers to grant other companies a license to reproduce them. This is made possible by the first civil protection law. “If the federal government does not exhaust all legal possibilities now, it endangers countless lives,” he said. “Producing a vaccine is extremely demanding and complex, and you can’t just do it with another company under license,” said Spahn. It is particularly important for trust in the vaccine that all quality requirements are met.

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+++ Bavarian corona rapid test receives special approval +++

Munich. A new corona rapid test developed by a Bavarian startup has received special approval from the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM). That said Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger (Free Voters) on Monday in Munich. The rapid process from the company GNA Biosolutions from the Munich suburb of Martinsried should deliver results in less than an hour, but be as reliable as conventional PCR tests. The test device is portable and can analyze eight samples at the same time. The process has been used on a trial basis at Munich Airport in recent months.

+++ Train utilization during the holidays only at 25 percent +++

Berlin. Over the holidays this year, due to the Corona crisis, only half as many people traveled by train as in the previous year. »Between the 23.12. and the 27.12. we have recorded around 700,000 travelers, ”said Deutsche Bahn on Monday. The occupancy rate on long-distance trains was only around 25 percent on average during this period. In the days before Christmas, the federally owned company had expected an average occupancy rate of 35 to 40 percent over the holidays.

The group had significantly expanded the offer over Christmas despite the expected low demand due to the restrictions in the Corona crisis: Around 100 additional long-distance trains were in use until Sunday. When the timetable changed in mid-December, Deutsche Bahn had already put 15 new ICE 4 trains into permanent operation, which increased the number of seats by another 13,000. In this way, the load should be kept as low as possible during the holidays in order to reduce the risk of infection. For this purpose, employees at more than a dozen train stations in Germany distributed around 100,000 so-called FFP-2 masks over Christmas, primarily to older and sick travelers.

+++ Lauterbach: deaths without protective measures many times higher +++

Berlin. The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach assumes that the number of corona deaths in Germany would be many times higher today without the measures taken since March. The number is difficult to determine because people have withdrawn greatly for fear of the virus, Lauterbach told the German Press Agency. “Certainly 250,000 people would have died in Germany so far and we still would not have complete herd immunity,” he added.

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The number of people who died with or from the coronavirus in Germany had exceeded the limit of 30,000 at the beginning of the week. The health authorities reported 348 more deaths within 24 hours – the number rose to 30,126, as the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Monday morning. In addition, 10,976 new corona infections were reported. The number of newly infected people and the number of victims are only partially comparable with the values ​​of the previous week, since the RKI expected a lower number of tests and fewer reports from the health authorities during the holidays and at the turn of the year.

+++ Schwesig: restrictions must be extended +++

Berlin. The Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) considers it necessary to extend the nationwide contact restrictions to contain the corona pandemic beyond the previously agreed January 10. In the “Bild” talk “The right questions” Schwesig said on Sunday evening: “I assume that we will have to extend the measures. Because we’re not through yet, and we have to get well below an incidence of 50 to be in better waters again – and that will still be a long way off. “

The seven-day incidence, which indicates the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, is currently 157.8 nationwide. If the incidence exceeds 50, health authorities can no longer reliably track chains of infection. Schwesig said that while the vaccine gives hope and confidence, it shouldn’t make you reckless. She warned against lulling herself into a false sense of security in view of the currently lower corona infection numbers at the end of the year. “We have to be really careful about the low numbers now over the holidays.” After all, there was less testing over the holidays. That is why it depends on the number of infections that are collected after the holidays.

+++ More than 30,000 people died of Covid-19 +++

Berlin. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 30,000 people have died in connection with a corona infection in Germany. As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Monday morning in Berlin, the number of reported deaths increased by 348 to 30,126 within 24 hours. In addition, 10,976 new infections were reported. However, the numbers cannot be compared with values ​​from previous days because fewer reports from the health authorities are received by the RKI on and after public holidays and weekends, and fewer people are tested for the virus on days off.

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+++ Spahn against special rights for vaccinated +++

Berlin. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) rejects special rights for vaccinated people in the corona pandemic. “Many are waiting in solidarity so that some can be vaccinated first. And those who have not yet been vaccinated expect the vaccinated to be patient in solidarity, “Spahn told the newspapers of the Funke media group:” Nobody should demand special rights until everyone has had the chance to be vaccinated. “It is this mutual consideration that the country has stick together, added the health minister: “We are fighting the pandemic together – and we will only overcome it together.”

+++ Diakonie warns corona vaccine for poor countries +++

Augsburg. The Diakonie has warned of the consequences of inadequately supplying poor countries with corona vaccines. “If we don’t find perspectives for the poorest of the poor, then we will experience completely different forms of migration and completely different forms of conflict in this world,” said Diakonie President Ulrich Lilie of the “Augsburger Allgemeine” and added: “It belongs to us it is also our responsibility to ensure safe vaccination protection for all people in this world. “

+++ Montgomery: vaccine will be sufficient for herd immunity in 2021 +++

Cologne. World Medical President Frank Ulrich Montgomery expects sufficient vaccine for the course of 2021 to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 in Germany. After the vaccination started on the weekend, Montgomery said on Monday on Deutschlandfunk that he thought it was an “excited debate” to ask politicians to massively increase vaccine production in the short term through state intervention. The willingness of people to vaccinate is more decisive. Reservations would have to be overcome. “Neither of us can talk about the long-term effects, it’s all speculation,” Montgomery admitted. Short-term side effects after vaccinations abroad are known to mean that there is no particular risk for at least the first few weeks. “To expect that there would be no side effects at all, that would be an illusion,” said the World Medical President. But sometimes a swelling in the arm or a day’s headache are acceptable compared to the risk of Covid 19 disease. Agencies / nd

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