DrSaxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) rejects the accusation that politicians are late in responding to the rising number of coronavirus infections. Kretschmer said Monday evening that the current situation is to blame for „the virus, the pandemic, behavior and negligence that such a natural disaster cannot forgive.” This virus has gained a lot of power. „All of us, in society, are upset, we have lost our strength,” the CDU politician said.
The nationwide seven-day infection rate has again risen to a high level. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the number of new infections per 100,000 residents and the week on Tuesday morning at 399.8. For comparison: the value the day before was 386.5, and it was 312.4 a week ago (previous month: 100.0).
Germany’s health authorities have reported 45,326 new cases of coronavirus to RKI in one day. According to the new information, 309 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 265 deaths.
The number of coronavirus patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 residents within seven days was set by RKI on Monday at 5.28. The value plays an essential role in assessing the incidence of infection. If the threshold values 3, 6 and 9 are exceeded, federal states can impose more stringent anti-epidemic measures.
All developments in the live broadcast tape:
4:00 am – The Medical Association of Lower Saxony has proposed a curfew for unvaccinated people
In light of the current coronavirus situation, the head of the Lower Saxony Doctors’ Union, Martina Wenker, has asked politicians to consider imposing a curfew on people who are not immune. She told Oldenburg-based newspaper Nordwest Zeitung that only with „maximum consistency” there was still a chance of preventing a situation like hospitals in Bavaria or Saxony. „The virus does not forgive the smallest mistake!”
Winker demanded that the actions decided upon by the federal and state governments be implemented as consistently as possible. Many clinics are already at their limits. There you ask yourself the question every day: „What operations can we still do?”
02:00 a.m. – GPs seek Biontech approval
The Association of General Practitioners is calling for an end to legalization of the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine. “Rationalizing 30 packs of Biontech per week for each practice is not acceptable. The practice can do it in one afternoon,” Oliver Funken, president of the North Rhine General Practitioners Association, tells the Rheinische Post.
The short-term announcement to reduce Biontech’s delivery volumes was an „emergency stop”: „Practices now have to reschedule many vaccination appointments, where new vaccines (here Moderna) have to be ordered and patients are told to change the vaccine.” Then again they are short on vaccination. “We doctors want to be vaccinated, but the politicians don’t communicate the vaccine change in time. This is how the politicians hit the wall with the vaccination campaign.”
12:32 am – USA warns against travel to Germany
Due to the high rates of corona infection, the USA has issued a travel warning for Germany and Denmark. The US Disease Protection Agency (CDC) and the US State Department have raised their travel recommendations to „Level 4: Very High” and advise Americans not to travel to the two European countries.
12:12 a.m. – Patient protection: Biontech vaccine to be distributed only to doctors’ offices
In light of restrictions on the BioNTech vaccine by decree from Health Secretary Jens Spahn (CDU), patient advocates are calling for vaccine deliveries to be redistributed. Federal states are required to distribute strategically depending on the manufacturer. BioNTech/Pfizer may only be intended for medical practices, while Moderna should primarily be used in vaccination centers and temporary vaccination centers, says Eugen Brech, head of the Foundation for Patient Protection, German Editorial Network (RND). It makes a logistical difference whether vaccines are offered from Moderna or Biontech/Pfizer: one ampoule from BioNTech/Pfizer delivers six doses of the vaccine, and that’s from Moderna 20. In addition, unlike vaccination centers, vaccines are generally not vaccinated daily in medical practices . „This means that the opened ampoules cannot be stored until the next vaccination.”
11:30 pm – The Prime Minister of Belgium is in quarantine
According to a media report, Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo has put himself in quarantine. The reason was a previous meeting with French Prime Minister Jean Castix, who tested positive for Covid-19, according to VRT radio. De Croo’s test is scheduled for Wednesday.
10:35pm – French Prime Minister Castex has tested positive for Covid-19
French Prime Minister Jean Castilles has entered quarantine after testing positive for Corona. The prime minister’s agenda will be adjusted so that he can continue his activities during his ten-day isolation period, his office told AFP on Monday evening. Castex met his Belgian counterpart Alexandre de Croo in Brussels that morning. This also went into self-isolation.
According to his office, the 56-year-old prime minister learned on Monday afternoon after returning from Brussels that his 11-year-old daughter had tested positive for the virus. Then he „immediately ran a PCR test that turned out to be positive.” It is the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that Castex has tested positive for corona. The Prime Minister had received his second dose of the Corona vaccine in the spring.
10 p.m. – Kretschmann speaks in favor of compulsory vaccination
The Prime Minister of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann (the Greens), sees compulsory vaccination as a necessary measure to exit the Corona pandemic. He doesn’t think the move is unconstitutional, so Kretschmann is in the „ZDF heute journal”.
He expects arduous discussions on this topic, but stands behind his demand: „We consider it necessary, because otherwise we simply cannot get out of this epidemic and we have to constantly restrict freedoms.” It is a weighing process. We believe that by doing so we are protecting the freedom of communities and individuals rather than hindering them.”