Live blog: Incidence continues to rise to 387.9


Status: 11.01.2022 6:44 a.m.

The health authorities have reported 45,690 new infections and an increased seven-day incidence of 387.9 to the RKI. Once again, thousands protested against the corona policy in Germany. The developments in the live blog.

06:42 am

Bandage: Vaccination start in pharmacies in two weeks at the latest

The pharmacies expect to be able to start vaccinations within two weeks at the latest. The necessary change to the vaccination ordinance was published in the Federal Gazette on Monday and thus came into force today. “It will take about one to two weeks until the vaccination starts in the pharmacies. The pharmacies now have to order vaccines first,” said the board member of the German Pharmacists’ Association, Thomas Price, of the Düsseldorf “Rheinische Post”.

The pharmacies’ interest in vaccination is “very high,” reported Preis from his own region in North Rhine-Westphalia. “In the Rhineland, 1,000 pharmacists in 500 pharmacies are already ready to carry out the vaccinations. They have already received flu vaccination training. We expect another 1,000 pharmacists to be trained by February.” The ordinance requires proof of vaccination training and stipulates that pharmacists are rewarded for vaccinations in the same way as doctors.

06:39 am

Senior hospital doctors are calling for mandatory vaccinations

The Association of Leading Hospital Doctors in Germany is urging the rapid introduction of a general compulsory corona vaccination for adults. Association president Michael Weber demanded in a guest article for the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”: “Even if many details such as the number of necessary vaccines and the introduction of a vaccination register for finally better data quality are still open, the discussion in the Bundestag must start immediately!” Since all appeals for vaccination have not had enough fruit, the crucial vaccination gap must be closed by an obligation in order to avert harm to the population.

The basic rights to individual self-determination and physical integrity would have to recede, wrote Weber. Even if the Omikron mutant brings milder courses, in Germany “the enormous number of almost 20 million people still unvaccinated is the great unknown”. This leads to fear “that the clinics may collapse from the sheer number of sick people from this group, even with milder courses, also due to the loss of countless employees”. Since the incidences have recently risen disproportionately, especially among younger people, the leading hospital doctors advocated general compulsory vaccination from the age of 18.

06:35 am

Measures in the Bundestag are tightened

In view of the increasing number of infections, the security measures in the German Bundestag are being tightened further. In future, only members of parliament and employees who have been vaccinated twice or have recovered and have been vaccinated once will have access to the plenary chamber during meetings. You must also have a current negative corona test. This emerges from a letter from the director of the German Bundestag, Lorenz Müller, to all 736 members of the parliament.

The only exemptions from the obligation to submit a test result are those who have been boosted or recovered and have been vaccinated twice. Those who have neither been vaccinated nor recovered can only follow the meetings from the stands from this meeting week if they can show a negative test result. Anyone who does not do this will no longer be admitted. In addition, FFP2 masks must be worn in all buildings of the Bundestag with immediate effect. The less secure surgical masks may no longer be used.

06:26 am

Incidence continues to rise to 387.9

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has again reported an increase in the nationwide seven-day incidence. The RKI gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week at 387.9. For comparison: the previous day the value was 375.7. A week ago the nationwide incidence was 239.9 (previous month: 402.9). The health authorities in Germany reported 45,690 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. A week ago there were 30,561 infections, although there had been gaps in tests and reports during the holidays. According to the new information, 322 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 356 deaths. The number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 114,351.

The RKI has counted 7,581,381 detected infections with SARS-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not recognized. The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was given by the RKI with 3.37 (Friday: 3.15) on the weekend, the value is not reported.

6:21 am

Despite Omikron, China is sticking to the Winter Games

Despite the omicron variant of the corona virus, which is also spreading in China for the first time, the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing should go ahead as planned. “Whatever difficulties and challenges we encounter, our determination to hold successful games as planned remains firm and steadfast,” said organizing committee spokesman Zhao Weidong.

The local Omikron cases, which were registered in Beijing’s neighboring city of Tianjin at the weekend, should not change the already strict corona measures for the games for the time being, according to the planners. “Unless there is a major outbreak in the competitive zones, we have not planned to adjust the countermeasures,” said Huang Chun, deputy director of the Pandemic Prevention Bureau Department.

5:25 am

Thousands demonstrate against corona policy

Nationwide, people in numerous cities protested again on Monday evening against the corona policy and a possible vaccination requirement. The demonstrations were largely peaceful, as the police in the various cities announced. In Bautzen, however, at least three police officers were injured. The officers were thrown with cobblestones and bottles. A total of around 500 people have moved through the city. Around 150 to 200 of them were violent hooligans and people from the radical right-wing milieu.

There were larger gatherings in Rostock, Schwerin, Cottbus, Halle, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Augsburg and Magdeburg. Around 15,000 people protested at 20 locations in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and around 17,300 in Thuringia. In Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg, too, the assemblies received a large number of visitors. In Rostock, the police used pepper spray because demonstrators tried to break through barriers.

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