Corona Index: PCR testing continues to decline, according to test laboratories

2:10 PM: Locks on the holiday island of Hainan and in Tibet

In China, tens of thousands of tourists have been stuck in various regions due to the coronavirus blockade. According to Chinese state media, more areas on the southern holiday island of Hainan have been fenced off today due to the coronation. For the first time in two years, the Tibet region has been hit by coronations and blockades.

1:45 PM: EU orders an additional 15 million doses of Omicron vaccine from Moderna

The European Commission orders 15 million additional doses of Omicron from Moderna. Moderna’s original Covid-19 Spikevax vaccine, contracted in July and August, has been postponed later this year, an American biotechnologist said. Any remaining doses of Spikevax contracted can be converted to Omicron vaccines, subject to approval by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

13.30: PCR tests continue to decline – high percentage of positive

According to the laboratory association, the number of PCR tests for Sars-CoV-2 and the percentage of positive results continued to decline over the past week. The Association of Accredited Medical Laboratories (ALM) announced on Tuesday that, with just over 580,900 tests, about 16 percent fewer PCR tests were performed than last week. A positive rate of almost 46 percent. is lower than last week (almost 51%), but proves that the infection process is still dynamic and usually remains high. Overall, the number of positive tests had dropped to around 266,900, up 24 percent from the previous week.

12.55: BKA: The crown pandemic changes the crime situation

During the crown pandemic, there were fewer break-ins and thefts. On the other hand, the number of crimes related to the depiction of sexual abuse of children and in the area of ​​cybercrime has increased, as reported by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). In addition, in the second year of the krone pandemic, there was an increased potential for aggression during demonstrations against anti-coronary measures.

12.25: The EU office starts the review of another Biontech Omicron booster

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started an ongoing review of another customized Covid-19 vaccine from Biontech and Pfizer. It is a booster which, in addition to the original Wuhan strain, is also directed against the currently dominant omicron BA.4 / 5 sub-variants. For a booster targeting the omicron variant BA.1, Biontech and Pfizer recently applied for a marketing authorization to the EMA.

11.55am: Crown-era animals fill shelters

According to the German Animal Protection Association, many animal shelters in Germany are currently overburdened. For example, animal shelters in Berlin and Nuremberg no longer accept new pets because they already look after too many dogs, cats and small animals. “We are full to the roof,” says Tanja Schnabel, the manager of the Nuremberg animal shelter. According to several animal shelters, it is striking that a particularly large number of young dogs are abandoned, which are difficult to handle and require a lot of care. The Roth animal shelter has now also placed an admission freeze. As the head of the animal shelter Carmen Nottrott informed at the request of BR, the shelter is completely blocked.

10:21: In June, Bavarian tourism almost reached pre-krona levels

Bavarian hotels, inns and guesthouses had almost as many visitors in June this year as in June 2019, before the crown pandemic. As reported by the Bavarian Statistical Office, around 3.6 million guests came to one of 11,520 accommodation facilities in Bavaria for almost 9.8 million overnight stays. According to the authorities, this has almost reached the pre-crown level. Because in June 2019, there were around 3.9 million visitors with almost 10.0 million overnight stays. In June 2022, the capital of the state of Munich reached 87.6 percent. arrivals of guests from the “year before the crown” 2019, and even 98.3 percent. overnight stays recorded at that time. In the first half of the year, hotels and guesthouses saw 13.6 million guests from 37.8 million overnight stays. This is much more, according to the Bavarian State Statistics Office, than in the same period in 2021, which was still characterized by a second corona blockade. Looking at the counties, the statistics show that in Upper Franconia, compared to the previous year, there was a more marked increase in the number of guests and overnight stays than in Middle Franconia.

10:01: Corona – rowers have to cancel their starts in Munich

Due to several cases of the crown, German rowers have to cancel the start of two boats at the European Championships in Munich (August 11-21). This was announced by the German Rowing Association (DRV). This affects the double skull in males and the double skull in light males.

9/05: Weil sees a need to discuss a new infection protection law

Lower Saxony Prime Minister Stephan Weil still sees the need to discuss a new infection protection law. This mainly concerns the question of whether people who have just been vaccinated against Corona may be exempted from the mask requirement, an SPD politician told the Bremen-based Weser-Kurier. “I don’t think that’s a smart move.” Even newly vaccinated people can become infected and infect others. His state government is currently examining a bill presented by Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) and Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP), Weil said.

8:24: Grimm-Benne – Regionally Different Coronation Rules Appropriate

Saxony-Anhalt, Minister of Health, Petra Grimm-Benne (SPD), considers that the different rules governing the crown in the individual federal states are appropriate. In the past, the number of infections varied depending on the region, said the chairman of the conference of health ministers in “Morgenmagazin” ZDF. In order for measures to be legally safe and to withstand court rulings, they would need to be based on an appropriate pandemic situation. In the afternoon, the federal state health ministers will discuss the new infection protection law with federal health minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD), which is due to apply from October 1. Only protective measures for long-distance rail travel and flights, as well as in hospitals and care facilities, are uniformly regulated throughout the country. In addition to the requirement to use masks, there should also be a requirement to test staff and visitors to clinics and care facilities, with the exception of newly vaccinated and recovered individuals.

6am: Lauterbach criticizes for advocating vaccination

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) has been criticized for introducing recommendations for all age groups for the fourth corona vaccination. The Standing Committee on Immunization (Stiko) should be able to act independently of policy, said Andrew Ullmann, spokesman for health policy in the FDP parliamentary group, “Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland”. The head of the National Association of Health Insurance Doctors (KBV), Andreas Gassen, told the Rheinische Post in Düsseldorf that vaccination recommendations “must be based on the situation in research, not on political or personal ideals or the availability of vaccines.” . Lauterbach said over the weekend that he expected a total of four new vaccines from Biontech and Moderna in the fall to be adapted to corona virus variants. By then at the latest, clear messages should also appear for people under 60 years of age. So far, Stiko has only recommended a fourth vaccination for people aged 70 and over and those at risk.

5:00: Bavaria calls for clear tightening of infection protection law

From Bavaria’s point of view, the controversial draft of the new law on protection against infections requires urgent tightening. “The previous bill has clear gaps,” said Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU) of the German Press Agency in Munich. Therefore, the federal government must, inter alia, tighten up the criteria by which federal states could decide and implement more effective measures to protect against corona infections. Today, the health ministers of the federal and state governments want to discuss a draft presented last week at the Conference of Health Ministers (GMK).

3:52: RKI reports 78,698 new infections – frequency at 381.5

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported a nationwide seven-day morning frequency of 381.5. The day before, the value of new infections per 100 thousand. inhabitants and week was 389.3 (previous week: 516.1; previous month: 700.3). However, this information only gives a very incomplete picture of the number of infections. Experts have assumed for some time that there will be a large number of cases unregistered by the RKI – mainly because not all infected people have a PCR test performed. Only positive PCR tests count in the statistics. In addition, late registrations or transmission problems may lead to distortion of individual daily values.

Health authorities in Germany recently reported 78,698 new corona infections (previous week: 102,698) and 170 deaths (previous week: 171) in one day to the RKI. Again, data comparisons are only possible to a limited extent due to test behavior, late registrations or transmission problems. In general, the number of new infections and deaths registered varies greatly depending on the day of the week as many Länder do not submit them to the RKI, especially on weekends, and report cases later in the week. The RKI has counted 31,307,020 Sars-CoV-2 infections detected since the start of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be much higher as many infections go undetected.

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