Expert: Corona variants will still occupy us within ten years +++ The World Health Organization in Europe sees a decrease in corona numbers – “still very high” +++ Virologist: The 35th infection can be reached by the beginning of March +++ News On the coronavirus epidemic in strict-education.
Flower shops in Lower Saxony are permitted to open from Saturday
Flower shops and garden centers are permitted to reopen in Lower Saxony from Saturday. The state chancellery confirmed this before publishing the new Corona regulation. For florists, dilution comes just in time for Valentine’s Day February 14, which is important to the industry.
Saxony wants to restrict passenger movement
Given the severe Corona accidents in the Czech Republic, Saxony wants to significantly restrict passenger movement. Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) in Dresden said closing some hotspots is urgently needed. The situation in the neighboring country is getting worse, in two regions there are more than 1000 cases. The British surge of the virus is on the rise there. Kretschmer regrets evolution.
Schleswig-Holstein: Zoos and flower shops are permitted to open on March 1st
Zoos, wildlife parks, garden centers and flower shops should be able to open their doors in Schleswig-Holstein on March 1. This was announced by Prime Minister Daniel Gunter (CDU) in the state parliament. The same applies to some indoor sports as well as hair salons and nail salons.
WHO in Europe sees Corona numbers drop – ‘still too high’
The World Health Organization (WHO) sees positive developments in the Corona numbers in Europe. Even if more than a million new cases are reported per week, the number of new infections in the European WHO region is falling for four consecutive weeks, said the WHO Regional Director, Hans Kluge, at his online press conference in Copenhagen. The number of new deaths related to Coronavirus infection has also decreased for two consecutive weeks. However, Cluj explained: “The numbers we’re seeing are still very high.”
These declines mask an increasing number of outbreaks of viral variants of concern, Kluge noted. So premature decisions should be avoided. Most European countries remained at risk.
“Right now, there is a fine line between hope of getting a vaccine and a false sense of security,” Kluge said. All too often, one noticed that countries relaxed their virus measures too soon and that hard-won achievements were lost again. Given the new virus variants, everything needs to be done to minimize and delay transfers.
Virologist: 35 cases can be reached by early March
From the point of view of virologist Jesse Friedman Weber, 35 nationwide cases targeted by the federal and state governments could be reached at the beginning of March. “I can imagine that by that time the target value of 35 will be reached – if everyone continues to adhere to the established procedures,” Weber told the DPA news agency. In the morning, the number of new infections reported within seven days per 100,000 population (infection for seven days) was still 64.2 nationwide, according to RKI.
Survey: every third employee is afraid of contracting corona
Concern about contracting the Coronavirus remains high among employees in Germany during the ongoing lockdown: In January, 35 percent of employees feared infection on their way to work or at work, so the percentage was as high as it was in the previous month in December. This is the result of a survey conducted by the Hans Böckler Foundation’s Institute for Economic and Social Sciences (WSI).
WSI said that despite the now tightened coronavirus measures, the fear of respondents has increased dramatically since last summer. The number of injuries was not much lower at that time. According to the information, the percentage of employees affected by Corona concerns was 25 percent in June and July 2020. Elke Ahlers, an expert at WSI, explained that “the decisive factor for employee concerns is the extent to which Corona’s occupational safety measures are comprehensive and the extent to which they continue to be implemented in the company.” “Many employers reacted quickly and in an exemplary manner to the new situation” – but this was not the case everywhere.
The Czech Republic isolates three border regions due to the high numbers of Corona
Due to the huge numbers of infections, the Czech Republic closes three border regions from the outside world. And Health Minister Jan Platney said in Prague that those who live there are no longer allowed to leave the area in question. Outside persons will not be permitted. The provinces of Cheb (Eger) and Sokolov (Falkenau) were affected on the border with Bavaria and Trutnov (Trautenau) in the border triangle with Poland and Saxony. The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants is three to four times higher than in other parts of the country. The measures should take effect on Friday evening.
Expert: Corona variables will keep us busy in ten years
Microbiologist Sharon Peacock assumes that SARS-CoV-2 types will continue to occupy the world in early 2030. Peacock, who heads the UK’s Coronavirus Samples Sequencing Program, told the BBC – “Newsletter”, once you get under control. The virus, or it changes ourselves so that it does not become virulent and cause disease, we can stop worrying. ”When I look to the future, I think we can [Sequenzieren] It will make for years. In my opinion, we’ll continue to do so in ten years. “It is normal and harmless in most cases for viruses to develop into mutations. Very little produces special properties that make the pathogen more infectious or limit the immune response to the virus. It was noted and recognized early on.
Coronavirus numbers in the US continue to decline – not entirely clear
In the United States, the number of new cases of corona recorded in one day continues to decrease. With 93,166 new cases on Wednesday, authorities reported about 28,000 fewer cases on the same day than the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore from the morning. The previous daily record was reported on January 2, with 300,282 new cases. On Wednesday, the authorities recorded 3,219 confirmed deaths from Corona virus infection. On the same day the previous week there were 3,912. The previous high was recorded on January 12th, with 4,432 deaths.
More than 10 thousand new cases of corona in Germany
Germany recorded more than 10,200 new cases of Coronavirus in one day. As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced in the morning, citing information from the health authorities, another 10237 cases of infection were recorded. The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany since the start of the epidemic has risen to 2310,233.
According to the RKI, 666 coronavirus-related deaths were counted within 24 hours. The total number of Corona deaths registered in Germany rose to 63,635. The RKI estimated the number of people who have recovered from Corona infection at 2.087 million.
Forced measures due to Corona: Germany tightened its travel warning to China
Noting the strict measures China can take in combating the Coronavirus, the federal government has tightened travel advice for the People’s Republic. “Despite negative PCR and IgM antibody tests and a green QR code, people with Covid-19 will be quarantined in hospital for several weeks upon admission and undergo extensive testing,” read the Federal State Department’s website.
This could also affect people who “still have antibodies due to undetected COVID-19 disease”. The same could apply to travelers who arrive on the same flight as someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. “Medical procedures on the Chinese side are invasive and often include CT images as well as occasional daily blood samples.” She added that non-essential travel to China is “not recommended.”
The tightening came after officially unconfirmed information circulating in Beijing about immigrants accepting positive antibody testing, which actually indicates a conquered disease and potential immunity. In diplomatic circles, one case was heard in which it was said that even a passenger carrying antibodies was having problems with vaccination.
Mexico grants emergency approval for Chinese vaccines
Mexican authorities have given Corona vaccines from Chinese manufacturers CanSino Biologics and CoronaVac emergency approval. This brings the number of vaccines approved in Mexico to five, said Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatel at a press conference on Wednesday. Authorities had previously approved the vaccines from Pfizer / Biontech and Astrazeneca and the Russian vaccine Sputnik V.
So far, the vaccine has only been administered by Biontech and Pfizer. The first batch of the active ingredient from the British-Swedish manufacturer Astrazeneca arrived in Mexico in January and is expected to be ready for use in March.