Live blog: ++ 42,813 new cases – incidence continues to decrease ++

As of: December 18, 2021 4:13 a.m.

The Robert Koch Institute reports 42,813 new infections – the seven-day incidence drops to 321.8. The City Council calls for more financial aid from the federal government. The developments in the live blog.

The German Association of Cities is calling for more financial aid from the federal government in view of the current corona wave. “The consequences of the current corona wave are a stress test for the inner cities,” said the managing director of the German Association of Cities, Helmut Dedy, of the “Heilbronner Voice”. In retail and catering, there was a threat of “more bankruptcies and empty shops”. The traffic light coalition should therefore double the funding program “Sustainable Inner Cities” to 500 million euros annually for five years. Dedy emphasized: “The pandemic is accelerating change in the inner cities.” The cities wanted to start the new year with new ideas and concepts. “We want to bring back living, working, education, sport and culture in the inner cities.” But the cities would have to invest for that. It will not be enough “to repaint a few facades and build a second bicycle stand next to the town hall”.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 42,813 new corona infections within 24 hours. That’s 10,884 fewer cases than on Saturday a week ago when 53,697 positive tests were reported. The nationwide seven-day incidence continues to fall to 321.8 from 331.8 the previous day. The value indicates how many people per 100,000 inhabitants have been infected with the corona virus in the past seven days. 414 other people died related to the virus. This increases the number of reported deaths within one day to 108,053. In total, more than 6.76 million corona tests have so far been positive in Germany.

SPD General Secretary Kevin Kühnert rejects the collection of vaccination data. “Even if it is limited to the data from the corona vaccination, I see the fundamental risk that such a step will open the door for access to further data,” Kühnert told the newspapers of the editorial network in Germany. He also does not see how “the completely overloaded health authorities should also administer it.” With a view to a general compulsory vaccination, he said: “I do not see it as certain that the vaccination will actually come in the end.” There are still a lot of difficult legal questions to be clarified.

It has been decided that employees in facilities with particularly vulnerable people such as nursing homes and clinics must prove by mid-March 2022 that they have been vaccinated against Corona or have recovered from it. The Bundestag should decide in a free vote without political party discipline about a general vaccination requirement that goes beyond this.

The official charged with investigating the UK media’s Christmas party held by government officials has withdrawn after reports of possible violations of his own. “In order to maintain public confidence in the ongoing investigation, the Cabinet Secretary has withdrawn for the remainder of the proceedings,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office. The highest British official, Simon Case, had been tasked with the internal investigation of possible corona violations by Johnson’s closest employees. On Friday, however, the British media reported that Case’s own department also had two celebrations last December despite the current Corona rules.

Reference-www.tagesschau.de

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