Liveblog: ++ Fourth consecutive peak incidence ++


Status: 01/17/2022 04:22 a.m

According to the Robert Koch Institute, the nationwide seven-day incidence rose to 528.2 – the fourth consecutive high. In Greece, vaccinations are compulsory for people over 60. All developments in the live blog.

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Seven-day incidence continues to rise

The incidence value for new corona infections in Germany has reached another high. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the seven-day incidence on Monday morning as 528.2. The day before the value was 515.7, a week ago it was 375.5. It was the fourth day in a row with a new record value.

The health authorities also reported 34,145 new infections within 24 hours on Monday. A week ago it was 25,255. As the RKI further announced, 30 new deaths related to the corona virus were counted on Monday. According to the RKI, the total number of cases of infection since the beginning of the pandemic has now exceeded the eight million mark.

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Oxfam report: Pandemic has exacerbated social inequality

The corona pandemic is fueling social inequality worldwide. According to a report by the development organization Oxfam, the ten richest men roughly doubled their wealth between March 2020 and November 2021. All billionaires together increased their wealth more than in the 14 years before the pandemic.

And while the rich are getting richer around the world, around 3.2 billion people were already living in poverty before the pandemic. There are now more than 160 million additional people. According to the information, the poorest 20 percent had the sharpest drop in income. Because while the economies in the rich countries have recovered, this is not the case in the poor countries.

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Pistorius calls for consistent crackdown on anti-corona protests

Lower Saxony’s Interior Minister Boris Pistorius has announced that the state will take consistent action against rule violations and violence during protests against the Corona policy. “Anyone who resists the measures of the police or tries to break through a police barrier with ruthless violence or even with a child in front of their stomach makes it clear that it is about aggression and an attack on the state. And we will do that, on behalf of the large majority of citizens,” said the SPD politician of the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. “There is talk of a dictatorship and fascists, there is talk of violence and conspiracies. And from this you can see that many of those who take to the streets are not actually concerned with the Corona measures, but rather with contempt and Denigration of the state and democracy,” stressed Pistorius. Here the “defensive constitutional state” will be very careful and intervene wherever necessary.

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Vaccination compulsory for over 60s in Greece

Unvaccinated Greeks over 60 will be asked to pay from now on: Anyone who continues not to have the corona vaccination administered will be fined 50 euros in January, and from February it will be 100 euros a month. The regulation came into effect at night. According to the state broadcaster, around 300,000 people are affected by the measure. Your data should now be forwarded by the state social security system to the tax office, which collects the fines. The money then goes to the state hospitals.

In Greece, the vaccinations administered are stored in a personalized database. The government already rates the measure as a success: Since the announcement of penalties a good six weeks ago, around 217,000 over 60-year-olds have been vaccinated. This increased the vaccination rate in this age group to 90 percent. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, on the other hand, ruled out compulsory vaccination for other age groups on the grounds that it was mainly the elderly who were seriously ill with Covid and had to be treated in hospitals.

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