Live blog: RKI reports 78,318 new infections


Status: 01/31/2022 04:29 am

The seven-day incidence in Germany increases to 1176.8. Bavaria’s interior minister warns of “extremist arsonists” at corona demonstrations. All current developments in the live blog.

4:26 a.m

RKI reports 78,318 new infections – incidence rises to 1176.8

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 78,318 positive tests within 24 hours. That is 14,925 more cases than on Monday a week ago, when 63,393 new infections were reported. The nationwide seven-day incidence rises to a high of 1176.8 from 1156.8 the previous day. 61 people died in connection with the virus. This increases the number of reported deaths to 117,786. So far, more than 9.81 million corona tests have been positive in Germany.

1:43 a.m

Kubicki and Palmer: There is no longer a basis for compulsory vaccination for nursing staff

Bundestag Vice President Wolfgang Kubicki (FDP) and Tübingen’s Green Lord Mayor Boris Palmer no longer see any justification for the controversial vaccination requirement for special facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes, which is to come into force in mid-March. Healthcare workers should be vaccinated so they can no longer infect others they care for. “If that goes away, because you can also get infected with Omikron, then one of the basic principles for this compulsory vaccination will go away,” says Kubicki in the newspaper’s political talk (picture). Palmer also states that with the virus variant, the requirement for compulsory vaccination for these professions has been dropped and that the legislation must now be adapted to the Omicron rules.

1:32 a.m

Herrmann warns “extremist arsonists” at corona demonstrations

The chairman of the conference of interior ministers, Bavaria’s interior minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU), wants to step up action against extremist violent criminals during corona protests. His explicit warning is aimed “at extremist arsonists who are ready to use violence and want to exploit the protests to spread their radical ideas and their anti-democratic attitude,” Herrmann told the Funke Mediengruppe newspapers. As chairman of the conference of interior ministers, he will “work hard for increased monitoring of extremist efforts in the scene.” The Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution has a particular eye on right-wing extremists and citizens of the Reich. “Corresponding mobilization findings are immediately passed on to the police.” The interior minister called it questionable that corona demonstrations were called on the anniversary of Hitler’s seizure of power in 1933.

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