Updated December 30, 2020, 8:22 am
- 8:18 am: The UK also allows Astrazeneca corona vaccine
- 06:07 am: Elected US Congressman dies after corona infection at the age of only 41
- 05:31 am: Maximum value: 1,129 corona deaths reported within 24 hours in Germany
- 04:55 am: Search for COVID drugs so far “disappointing”
Top news: High: 1,129 corona deaths reported within 24 hours
The number of reported Deaths in connection with the coronavirus, the 1000 mark exceeded and with it one Peak reached. Within a day, the German health authorities sent the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) 1,129 new deaths. Also were 22,459 new infections reported.
Last Wednesday (December 23), 24,740 new infections and the previous high of 962 deaths were reported.
The RKI had announced before Christmas that the current figures were only partially comparable with the values of the previous week, as there was a fewer tests and also fewer reports from the health authorities calculated. Still, the number of new deaths was on Wednesday morning significantly higher than a week ago.
The number of new infections reported to the health authorities within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (Seven-day incidence) was included on Wednesday morning 141,3. Its previous high was reached on December 22nd at 197.6. The Differences between the federal states are however huge:
- The highest incidences on Tuesday had Saxony with 330.0 and Thuringia with 255.1.
- Lower Saxony had the lowest value with 79.6.
The RKI has been counting since the beginning of the pandemic 1,687,185 detected infections with SARS-CoV-2 in Germany (as of December 30th, 00:00). The total number of people who died with or with a proven SARS-CoV-2 infection rose to 32,107 as of Wednesday. The RKI stated the number of people recovered at around 1,302,600.
The other corona reports of the day at a glance:
The UK also allows Astrazeneca corona vaccine
8:18 am: Great Britain has the corona vaccine of the Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca authorized. The British Medicines Regulatory Authority (MHRA) gave the domestic vaccine a Approval grantedannounced the Ministry of Health in London on Wednesday.
This means that after the Biontech / Pfizer vaccine, another preparation is available in the country for vaccination.
Constitutional lawyer paper warns of restrictions for vaccinated people
07:32 am: Former President of the Federal Constitutional Court, Hans-Jürgen Paper, holds a Restriction of civil rights for vaccinated people For inadmissiblewhen they are no longer contagious. “As soon as that is backed up by vaccinated people no risk of infection If more goes out, there is no constitutional legitimation to further restrict those affected in their basic rights, “he told the” Bild “newspaper (Wednesday).
He has “constitutional concerns when the state dictates to private individuals which privileges they are allowed to grant – as long as these do not lead to an exacerbation of the infection rate”. The constitutional law expert and former Defense Minister Rupert Scholz argued similarly.
The discussion is about whether airlines, hotels, restaurants or other private companies are using their domiciliary rights Exclude or otherwise disadvantage non-vaccinated people should. However, it has not yet been clarified whether people who have been vaccinated can continue to be contagious. The Robert Koch Institute considers this to be possible. The vaccine manufacturer Biontech does not expect research results on this until February.
Study: Despite Corona confidence in Germany
6:30 am: Despite Corona, the Germans are watching confidence on the year 2021. This is the result of a GfK survey conducted by the British American Tobacco Foundation for Future Issues (BAT). According to this, a narrow majority of German citizens (51 percent) have a positive view of the coming year (2015: 44 percent).
Am most hopeful show here the Over 65s (59 percent), while the middle age groups (36 percent) are mostly anxious about the development of the next twelve months. Almost one in four Germans (23 percent) believes that Germany will be in a better economic position at the end of next year than it is today (2015: 20 percent).
Elected US congressman dies after corona infection
06:07 am: A recently elected one Republican Congressman from the US state Louisiana is after a corona infection died at the age of 41.
“COVID-19 took the elected congressman (Luke) Letlow from us far too soon,” wrote State Governor John Bel Edwards on Twitter on Wednesday night. Letlow’s spokesman, Andrew Bautsch, confirmed the death of the politician in the US newspaper “News Star”.
Luke Letlow is according to the Washington Post senior US politicianwho suffered from COVID-19 died is. It wasn’t until December that Letlow prevailed in a runoff election to represent his constituency in Congress. He should have been sworn in in office on Sunday.
His Corona infection Letlow had on December 18 public made. First of all, the politician went into quarantine at home. When his condition worsened, he was admitted to a hospital.
Letlow leaves his Wife and two children together. Numerous US politicians expressed their condolences on Twitter. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, around 19.5 million people in the USA have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen and more than 338,000 people have died. In absolute terms, that’s more than in any other country in the world.
Schäuble: Can’t snap away the poor vaccine
05:49 am: President of the Bundestag German politican hat Allegations rejectedthat the federal government voted for Germany not enough corona vaccine doses secured.
“I can understand the criticism, but I still consider it wrong,” said Schäuble of the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (Wednesday). “We cannot make our impatience the measure of all things and the people in poorer regions of the world Snap away the vaccine.”
However, the aid organization Caritas Germany had already pointed out on Monday that the developed countries had the Most of the global vaccine production already reserved would have. Only 14 percent of the world population lived in these countries. The organization expects that in the coming year in 70 poorer countries only ten percent the population vaccinated could become.
Critics had reproached the EU and Germany for having ordered too little vaccine, which is why other countries around the world are making faster vaccinations. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder also had negative consequences Delivery bottlenecks warned and said that unfortunately there was not enough vaccine available yet.
Schäuble told the newspaper: “It was right that Health Minister Jens Spahn chose the European path and that we in Europe proceed together.” In the The EU is growing together in the crisisthat was “enormously encouraging,” said the CDU politician. “We can only overcome the crisis with solidarity, in Europe and beyond,” warned Schäuble, referring to warnings that there was not enough vaccine left for poorer regions.
Survey: Many consider the Corona warning app to be useless
05:00 am: Lots of people use that Corona-Warn-App not because they care for them unfit keep fighting the pandemic. This is the result of a nationwide survey on behalf of the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg, which is available to the German Press Agency.
- 33 percent of non-users stated that the app was from their point of view useless is and brings nothing.
- 19 percent called the concern for the privacy or a Sense of surveillance as a reason for renunciation.
- 16 percent of non-users own a smartphone on which the App does not work.
“The app is a good starting point, but in my impression it is far from exhausting its potential”, said Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens).
Only gave in the survey 36 percent of just over 1,000 respondents to the App at all Installed and to have activated. 58 percent said no. 6 percent said they did not own a smartphone.
Search for COVID drugs so far “disappointing”
04:55 am: The Frankfurt virologist Sandra Ciesek expected in 2021 not a miracle drug against COVID-19. “Personally, I don’t think that there will be a breakthrough in 2021. That there is a pill that you take at the beginning of the disease and that prevents you from getting seriously ill – I don’t believe that for the next year,” said the director of the institute for Medical Virology at the Frankfurt University Hospital of the German Press Agency.
The search for drugs will continue in 2021. “There is certainly still a lot to do,” said Ciesek. So far they are Data “disappointing”. Urgent research also needs to be carried out on the Long-term consequences illness. “This is a big complex that we still have too poorly researched “said Ciesek.
Nevertheless, Ciesek expects 2021 one gradually Improvement of the pandemic situation. “I expect the situation to improve in early summer.” One reason is the start of vaccinations.
However, Ciesek warned against underestimating the time lag. “It’s not like vaccinating directly to avoid deaths,” she said. If the disease is severe, there is often a gap between new infection and death “many, many weeks”. She expects a decline in excess mortality “roughly estimated perhaps in March. Until then, the other measures will be our only weapon.”
Spahn: Even after January 10th, there are still “no doubt” restrictions
00:01 am: Health Minister Jens Spahn agrees the population that the comprehensive state Corona restrictions also after Expiry of the period on January 10th at least partially extended will. When it comes to containing the pandemic, Germany is “nowhere near where we have to go,” said the CDU politician on Tuesday in the ARD “Tagesthemen”. Therefore after January 10th there will be “no doubt measures”.
The federal and state governments would then have to decide at the beginning of January to what extent. It is foreseeable, however, that the numbers will not be so low by then “that we can simply return to the pre-lockdown mode,” he said.
All Corona reports from December 29th for reading can be found here.
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With material from dpa, afp, sid and apa.
The German Hospital Society is sounding the alarm in view of the corona-related operating restrictions: If the federal government does not significantly increase aid, nationwide clinics will no longer be able to pay their employees’ salaries in the first quarter of 2021, it is said. (Teaser image: picture alliance / dpa / dpa-Zentralbild / Jens Büttner)