Two countries from Bavaria and Saxony are jointly discussing the Corona situation
Monday, November 29 at 12:51 p.m.: The governments of Bavaria and Saxony want to discuss the current situation of Corona in a virtual meeting on Tuesday. A government spokesman announced on Monday in Munich. Next, Prime Ministers Markus Söder (CSU) and Michael Kretschmer (CDU) want to report on the results of the deliberations – at simultaneous press conferences in which the other prime minister is virtually connected.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, the seven-day infection in Saxony is the highest nationwide, and Bavaria is also still in the first group. Recently, many intensive care patients from the two federal states had to be transferred to other federal states in order to relieve clinics at least a little. Sodder and Krechmer recently called repeatedly for the upcoming consultations between the federal state on the Corona crisis – so far, this has only been planned for December 9.
Corona’s measures are starting to have an effect, according to Soder
Monday, November 29, 11:57 a.m.: Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder sees an initial impact of the corona measures based on incidents in the free state. „If you see the infection rate today, you can see it’s going up in Germany and going down a little bit in Bavaria. And that’s the trend that’s been clear for a few days,” said the CSU chief. Monday at ZDF „Morgenmagazin”. This indicates that „our procedures are beginning to take effect”.
Bavaria applies stricter anti-coronavirus rules and even „strict closures” in hot spots. But the same strict rules will now be required for the entire country. In Bavaria, for example, there is a nationwide 2G gastronomy rule, and pubs must close at 10pm. Hotels and restaurants are completely closed in hotspots.
Because of the lack of vaccines: it seems that many Saxons are vaccinated in Bavaria
Monday, November 29 at 11:19 am: Enhanced misery in Saxony makes vaccination tourism in Bavaria flourish in Vogtland. There are no statistics, but it can be seen that more and more people are coming across the border to get vaccinated, a spokeswoman for the neighboring district of Hof, Stephanie Schultz, told dpa on Monday. „We don’t fire anyone because it depends on who gets vaccinated.”
While those wishing to vaccinate in Saxony often wait for hours in the cold in front of vaccination centers and many are expelled due to lack of capacity, vaccination tourists report short waiting times across the border. Some of them rode an hour’s drive last weekend.
For example, on Sundays from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, those wishing to be vaccinated can pick up the injection at Hofer Freiheitshalle. On that day alone, Schulz said, more than 2,000 people were vaccinated. The day before, there were also about 1,700 there. An appointment is not necessary for this upgrade. In the district of Hof, in addition to the vaccination center in Helmbrechts, those wishing to be vaccinated during campaigns may also be vaccinated in other places; Vaccinations at Freiheitshalle are just one of them. The following vaccination shows are planned there Wednesday afternoon and into the weekend.
The head of the parliamentary group FW Mehring calls for tougher quarantine rules for vaccinated people
Monday, November 29, 9:14 a.m.: In the fight against the violent fourth wave of Corona, the parliamentary director of the Free Voters Party in the state parliament, Fabian Mering, has urgently called for tighter quarantine rules for vaccinated people. Since vaccinated people can pass the virus on unnoticed, people in contact with vaccinated patients will also have to isolate and test themselves, Meiring told the German news agency in Munich on Monday. He cited the life partners of the infected or the parents of children infected with the Corona virus as examples. Meering also criticized: „That such people are currently taking time off or have to fear a pay cut if they stay home to be on the safe side is absurd.”
In fact, there is still an exception to the obligation to quarantine people who have been fully vaccinated – unless they themselves show typical symptoms of corona. Nothing has changed about this exception in the past few weeks, although there are increasing numbers of people vaccinated and others infecting unnoticed, for example because the second vaccination was a long time ago.
Ministers call on medical students for help
Monday, November 29, 7:34 a.m.: The medical descendants of Bavaria must actively help in the fight against the Corona pandemic. Health Minister Klaus Holczyk and Science Minister Bernd Siebler (both CSU) along with medical directors at Bavarian University Clinics in Regensburg, Munich, Erlangen, Würzburg and Augsburg published a similar appeal on Sunday. „Participate and give a helping hand! Every helping hand is needed,” Siebler told the medical students.
They can be used, for example, for advice on immunization hotlines or at vaccination centers, but also for care. „From the lab to nursing support to working in the vaccination center or in the administration: the potential uses are diverse,” said Holetschek.
The injury value in Bavaria is declining, but it is still at a high level
Monday, November 29, 7.47 a.m.: Corona infection rate decreased slightly again in Bavaria. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) showed a value of 627.6 for the Free State on Monday. The previous day was 632.2. However, on weekends, there may be delays in reporting numbers from federal states. According to the RKI, the Bavarian health authorities reported 7,179 new infections and 29 deaths in connection with Corona in 24 hours. There are 1,057 Covid patients currently in intensive care units, as evidenced by the Divi Intensive Care Registry.
Freyung-Grafenau still has the highest Free State rate – with 1,373.2, followed by Rosenheim (1,357.6) and Rottal-Inn (1209.4). A total of six districts and the city of Rosenheim is above the 1000 mark.
Another suspected case of an omicron virus variant
Sunday, November 28, 6:30 p.m.: Another suspected case of the novel Omikron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in Bavaria. The State Office of Health and Food Safety announced, on Sunday, that the passenger arrived in Munich on a flight from South Africa on Friday, and he tested positive for the Corona virus. A spokeswoman said the history of travel with a special PCR (VOC-PCR) test from the Max von Pettenkofer Institute, which targets specific mutations, raised a high level of suspicion that this was a case of the new type.
According to the head of the Max von Pettenkofer Institute, this method allows „unambiguous” proof of the Omikron variant. Final confirmation of the genome sequence is still pending and, according to LGL, should be available soon. The person concerned and another passenger who tested positive are isolated. On Saturday, the Max von Pettenkofer Institute had already detected the new Omikron variant in two returnees from South Africa, which the authorities deemed worrisome. Here, too, the genome sequence is still expected.
The critically ill patients from Bavaria landed in Hamburg
Sunday November 28 at 4:11 pm: A Bundeswehr Airbus private plane transported five patients infected with the coronavirus from Munich Airport to Hamburg on Sunday. The machine landed in the Hanseatic city in the afternoon. Intensive care patients from Upper Bavaria and Swabia will be transferred to Schleswig-Holstein, where they will continue to receive intensive medical care in the hospital, a spokeswoman for the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior said.
Christmas business: Corona frustrates retailers’ bill
Sunday, November 28 at 3:39 pm: After the first weekend in Advent, the Bavarian retail business showed mixed results. „Some people really do have closure in their heads,” Trade Squad spokesman Bernd Ullmann said on Sunday. In the city center, there are about 20 to 30 percent fewer people going out than usual at this time. Compared to 2019 – that is, before Corona – the balance of the first weekend in Advent was much worse, but slightly better compared to 2020. This year, Uhlmann explained, customers mostly went to stores specifically to buy something.
On the other hand, Christmas window shopping is likely to be canceled this year – it’s also linked to canceled Christmas markets, which is why there’s really no good mood. „Christmas shopping also includes wine in the middle.” Unlike other federal states, customers in stores in Bavaria are only required to wear a mask. Even in areas of high prevalence, trade remains open. However, many people stayed indoors there for fear of contagion or thought stores were closed, Ullmann said.
After the first weekend in Advent, the retail sector can no longer expect to achieve the expected record sales of 14.2 billion euros in the Christmas business. “Corona is making a big boost for us,” Ullmann said. But online retail is the engine of growth. As the Corona situation worsens, there will be greater delays to buying by clicking online.