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5.45 a.m .: In Germany, more than 12,800 new infections with the coronavirus were recorded within one day. As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Tuesday morning, citing information from the health authorities, a further 12,892 cases of infection were recorded. The daily maximums to date have been more than 30,000 cases. The total number of corona infections recorded in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic rose to 1,664,726.
The number of cases of the newly infected and the victims are only partially comparable with the values of the previous week, as 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.
According to the institute, 852 deaths from the pandemic were recorded within 24 hours. The total number of registered corona deaths in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic has grown to 30,978. Last Wednesday, the RKI announced a record high of 962 deaths.
The RKI put the number of people recovered from a corona infection in Germany at around 1,277,900. The so-called seven-day incidence was 149.2 on Tuesday. The day before it was 157.8.
The seven-day incidence is an essential measure for the imposition and relaxation of measures against the spread of the novel virus. The aim of the federal government is to reduce the incidence to below 50.
A tough lockdown has been in place across Germany since December 16. Most of the shops are closed. The schools and daycare centers also largely closed. The measures are initially limited to January 10th. The federal and state governments will probably discuss how to proceed on January 5th.
According to the survey, women lose more working hours in a crisis
5.15 a.m .: In the corona crisis, women have to accept higher loss of working hours than men. Apparently they also receive top-ups for short-time work benefits less often. This is the result of a survey published on Tuesday by the trade union Hans Böckler Foundation.
An important cause is therefore that women have taken on additional care work in the renewed shutdown, for example to look after children or to look after relatives.
According to its own statements, the foundation surveyed more than 6100 people in November who provided information about their situation in the pandemic in April and June.
After that, the weekly working hours actually worked for remuneration for men came back up to the pre-crisis level with 38 hours to two hours. For women, the difference of 32 hours is three hours from the previous situation. If there are children in need of care in the household, men now work 39 instead of 41 hours, while women now spend 28 hours instead of 31.
“On the one hand, this should reflect the fact that despite generally open schools and day-care centers due to local corona outbreaks, individual needs for care will repeatedly arise,” said the scientific director Bettina Kohlrausch. “On the other hand, some of the women who had to significantly reduce their working hours in lockdown could have difficulties returning to their old working hours. There is a risk that some employers will say: once reduced, always reduced. «
At first, there are hardly any differences in short-time working. Seven percent of men and eight percent of women reported that they were currently affected themselves. The actual payout, however, was different: 46 percent of men said they received additional top-ups from their employers, while only 36 percent of women reported this. They work less frequently on tariff terms.
As a result of the pandemic, NATO is stepping up defense against biological weapons
05.00 a.m .: In view of the devastating consequences of the corona pandemic, NATO is increasing its efforts in the field of biological weapons defense. The coronavirus is not a laboratory-created virus, but it shows the dangers associated with the use of biological warfare agents, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with the dpa. The defense alliance must therefore strengthen security. For example, NATO is already in the process of improving the exchange of intelligence information in order to prevent possible attacks with biological weapons.
“These weapons, like chemical weapons, are banned under international law, but we have to be prepared for their use because we know that these weapons are still around,” said Stoltenberg. They could be used by state actors, but also by terrorists.
In addition, Stoltenberg did not rule out the possibility that a widespread bioweapons attack with hundreds of thousands of dead could also result in a retaliatory strike with conventional or nuclear weapons. “NATO has no prohibited weapons, but we have a range of capabilities to respond appropriately,” he said. If Article 5 on collective defense were to be triggered after a biological weapons attack, NATO could use all of these capabilities.
With a view to the current corona pandemic, Stoltenberg said that NATO was still ready to help. “NATO and the military could help distribute the vaccines,” said the Norwegian. The NATO center for disaster control has been coordinating aid in other areas for months.
Rio seals off city beaches on New Year’s Eve
4.20 a.m .: The Brazilian metropolis of Rio de Janeiro is tightening the restrictions because of the corona pandemic and closing the beaches on New Year’s Eve. “The access to the beaches is blocked,” wrote the Rio city council on Twitter on Monday (local time). Residents and workers in these areas would have to prove with documents that they are entitled to stay there.
The new restrictions affect 30 kilometers of coastline between Leme and Pontal in Recreio dos Bandeirantes. Last week, the city administration had already announced the measure for Copacabana, traditionally the heart of the celebration.
The New Year’s Eve party in Rio is one of the most famous in the world and attracts millions of tourists to the port city every year. The fireworks, which are usually launched from rafts in the Atlantic Bay, have been canceled this year. Likewise, the planned virtual celebration at the turn of the year with broadcast of the concerts: no musicians, bands and DJs will perform on Copacabana beach.
Brazil is currently one of the hot spots of the corona pandemic. So far, more than 7.5 million people have been proven to have been infected with the corona virus in the largest country in Latin America. More than 191,000 patients have died in connection with Covid-19. The state of Rio de Janeiro reported more than 420,000 corona cases and almost 25,000 deaths on Monday.
Pandemic increases the number of cases of discrimination in Germany
02.25 a.m .: The corona pandemic has led to a significant increase in cases of discrimination in Germany. The pandemic had “acted like a fire accelerator” for the discrimination of individual groups, said the head of the office, Bernhard Franke, the editorial network Germany. The number of requests for advice from his office has increased dramatically. By the end of November, more than 6000 cases had been registered – compared to 3200 cases in the same period last year.
In terms of racial discrimination, there was an increase of more than 70 percent by October, said Franke. First of all, people with an Asian appearance were discriminated against, molested and sometimes attacked with violence. For example, they were denied access to shops with the comment that the corona virus should not be brought into the house.
Sinti and Roma were also affected by discrimination in connection with the corona pandemic, Franke continued. People with a Turkish or Arab background felt that they were under general suspicion “because individual wedding celebrations had led to leaps of infection.” It was celebrated elsewhere, for example in Bavarian villages. In crises, however, there is a tendency to look for scapegoats.
The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency offers advice to people who are discriminated against on the basis of ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual identity or gender, age or disability. The General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) forms the basis for the work of the position.
UN chief Guterres: make 2021 the “year of healing”
1:45 a.m .: With a view to the climate crisis and the corona pandemic, UN General Secretary António Guterres called in his New Year’s address to make 2021 the “year of healing”. “Both climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic are crises that can only be addressed by everyone together – as part of a transition to an inclusive and sustainable future,” said Guterres in his video address published on Monday (local time) in New York . The most important goal of the United Nations in the coming year is to build an international coalition for climate neutrality without new emissions by the year 2050.