Updated March 7, 2021, 9:28 a.m.
- 09:27 am: ➤ Arrests and injuries during protests against corona restrictions in Sweden
- 09:14 am: Head of the intensive care medical association: “We will have defeated the pandemic by the end of September”
- 8:10 am: RKI registers 8103 new corona infections and 96 new deaths
- 06:11 am: Daimler wants employees of company doctors to be vaccinated against corona
➤ Arrests and injuries during protests against corona restrictions in Sweden
Six police officers were injured on Saturday in riots on the sidelines of a demonstration against corona restrictions in Sweden. Police in Stockholm said that two people were arrested.
Hundreds of people took part in the unauthorized event in the center of the capital under the motto “For Freedom and Truth”. When the police decided to break up the gathering, there was strong resistance from some demonstrators.
Sweden took a different path to the corona pandemic than most other European countries and was also criticized for it. A strict lockdown was never imposed, instead the authorities relied on distance rules and the voluntary wearing of masks.
Recently, however, Sweden tightened the measures in view of the increasing number of cases. In the kingdom with its 10.3 million inhabitants, 684,961 infections with the novel coronavirus have been registered since the beginning of the pandemic, and more than 13,000 people have died. Sweden is thus much more affected than its Scandinavian neighbors.
The other corona news of the day:
Head of the Intensive Care Medicine Association believes that the pandemic will be over by autumn
09:14 am: The head of the intensive care medical association DIVI, Gernot Marx, believes that an early end to the pandemic is realistic – if everyone abides by the rules and the pace of vaccination accelerates significantly. “Then we will have defeated the pandemic by the end of September,” said the President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) to the newspapers of the Funke media group.
“It is even possible that we will be ready in midsummer.” He justified this with the fact that data from Israel suggest that vaccinated people no longer infect others. One could also gamble away the “believed victory” over the virus, he said – that is why not all restrictions should be ended, such as the mask requirement in places where many meet.
RKI registers 8103 new corona infections and 96 new deaths
8:10 am: The health authorities in Germany reported 8,103 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. In addition, 96 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours. That comes from numbers of the RKI from Sunday. The data reflect the status of the RKI dashboard from 03:11 a.m., subsequent changes or additions to the RKI are possible.
On Sunday, the number of cases reported by the RKI is usually lower, among other things because fewer tests are carried out on the weekend. Exactly one week ago, the RKI had recorded 7,890 new infections and 157 new deaths within one day.
According to the RKI, the number of new infections reported within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) was 66.1 nationwide on Sunday morning – and thus slightly higher than the previous day (65.6). The number of new infections in Germany fell significantly for weeks in January and February. However, it has recently stagnated, which could also be due to the spread of more contagious variants.
According to the RKI situation report on Saturday, the nationwide seven-day R-value was 1.06 (previous day 1.04). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 106 more people. The 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.
Immunologist: Give priority to vaccinating people with most contacts
07:56 am: The immunologist Michael Meyer-Hermann recommends prioritizing people for corona vaccinations according to the amount of their contacts. Vaccinating those with many contacts first “would have a much greater effect” than proceeding according to age, said the expert from the Braunschweig Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Berlin’s “Tagesspiegel”. By vaccinating the older population first, the death rate was significantly reduced – but this is the group with the fewest contacts, so an impact on the epidemic is not to be expected.
Because of the spread of virus variant B.1.1.7, he considers the loosening decided to be dangerous and expects the number of infections to “increase explosively” as before in Ireland, England, Portugal and the Czech Republic. From discussions with federal and state governments, he knows: “You can’t say that politicians don’t know what the consequences of measures will be.”
Police ended corona party with 35 guests in Saarbrücken
06:35 am: The police in Saarbrücken has ended a larger party in an apartment building with 35 people. As the police announced, numerous people celebrated a birthday in the basement of the house on Sunday night without observing the applicable distance and hygiene rules. The party guests did not wear mouth and nose covers, and some gave the officials false information about their registration addresses. One person tried to give a completely false identity.
There were even guests from Hessen to attend the celebrations, the police said. Some of the party-happy guests were reluctant to comply with the dismissal issued by the emergency services.
The police have initiated proceedings against all those involved for violating the ordinance to combat the corona pandemic.
Problems with fraudulent online shops that offer disinfectants and protective equipment but do not deliver have been around for a long time. Security experts warn that scams are now threatened with self-tests. (dpa)
Daimler wants employees of company doctors to be vaccinated against corona
06:11 am: The automotive group Daimler wants its own employees to be vaccinated against corona by company doctors. “Our company doctors are prepared and we would like to support the vaccination campaign,” said CEO Ola Källenius of “Bild am Sonntag”. “As soon as it is allowed to vaccinate in companies and it is the turn of the employees, we can get started and offer all our employees a vaccination in the factory.” The company is in close coordination with the health authorities.
In view of the sluggish progress of the vaccination campaign in Germany, general practitioners should also be vaccinating their practices from the end of March. The health authorities expect the involvement of family doctors and company doctors in the vaccination strategy to accelerate. So far, the corona vaccines have primarily been administered in the vaccination centers or by mobile teams in old people’s homes.
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With material from dpa, afp, sid and apa.
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