The nationwide seven-day infection rate in Germany has fallen slightly. who – which The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported Wednesday morning A value of 427.0 new infections per 100,000 residents in the past seven days; Tuesday’s value was 432.2. RKI recorded just over 69,601 new cases of corona within 24 hours, another 527 people died due to or due to Covid-19. More than 500 daily deaths were counted in February.
The infection rate in two federal states remains above 1,000 for seven days: a value of 1028.0 has been reported for Thuringia and 1125.0 for Saxony. When assessing the incidence, it should be borne in mind that experts currently assume a marked under-reporting. Health authorities and clinics can no longer keep up with reported cases, at least in individual districts. (08.12.2021)
Verdi warns against introducing mandatory vaccinations for nurses
If the federal government’s new plans for compulsory coronavirus vaccination for employees in hospitals and nursing homes are implemented, Verdi sees the care emergency under threat. The Secretary of the Nursing Professions Syndicate, Jan von Hagen Neue Rhein Zeitung. The state assembly expects that up to one percent of care workers in North Rhine-Westphalia will be dismissed if the vaccination requirement is made: this will be about 2,000 employees.
Hagen cautioned that compulsory vaccination of this professional group „will not increase the vaccination rate significantly, but there will be people who will leave this area.” This means that the „already fully overburdened system” will lose more specialized personnel. (08.12.2021)
Dehoga President: Pandemic has cost the hospitality industry 100,000 employees
According to Dioga, the Corona crisis could significantly exacerbate the staff shortage in the hospitality industry. “The hospitality industry has lost about 100,000 employees as a result of the pandemic by September 2021,” Ingrid Hartjes, president of the Deoga Hotel and Restaurant Association, Ingrid Hartjes, said Wednesday of Funk Media Group. The number of employees subject to social security contributions in the hospitality industry was just under 1,026,000 in September, 8.4% lower than that in September 2019. “If the Covid 19 pandemic is not successfully combated as quickly as possible, I would I’m afraid it could be worse.” . (08.12.2021)
Business associations demand faster help for businesses in the event of a pandemic
Ahead of the start of the Traffic Signal Alliance, the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) and the Federal Association of Medium-sized Enterprises (BVMW) are calling on the new federal government to slow down the ongoing coronavirus pandemic for businesses. “It is up to the new federal government to prevent the lights from going out at many companies at the end of the year,” says BVMW Federal Director Markus Geerger of Funke media group. Improvements are needed, particularly in the request for aid payments that will run through the end of March 2022.
In addition, the new government should „take planned private consumption and quickly offset the loss as a first step and quickly eliminate EEG surcharges. These decisions absolve many businesses and thus could provide important investment drivers,” says Peter Adrian, president of DIHK, Media group. Many companies will find themselves in a difficult situation due to Corona restrictions, high prices for energy and raw materials, and a shortage of skilled labor. (08.12.2021)
Drosten predicts „Omicron problem” in Germany
Virologist Christian Drosten fears difficulties with the new virus variant will come soon. „The virus will also spread in Germany. I think we will have a problem with Omikron in Germany from January,” the scientist from Berlin Charité said in his podcast NDR. This problem can persist into the summer. Growth rates in South Africa are high despite the onset of summer there. “That is why I am not saying at the moment that the epidemic in Germany will be over by Easter if Omikron takes over,” Drosten said. Drosten reports that so far, he has learned about 25 to 30 cases of omicron in this country from his exchange with colleagues. The number is not complete and will increase „in a very short time”.
However, the virologist emphasized that there are still many unanswered questions about the variant and that more data must be awaited. The starting centers in South Africa and England, where Omikron spreads at an alarming speed, are also different from Germany. According to Drosten, the „dumbest group” of characteristics you should fear in Omicron: the so-called immune escape, that is, the fact that the virus can infect vaccinated people who have recovered, as well as, in principle, a stronger infection.
Drosten’s American colleague Anthony Fauci is more optimistic: in the cases currently being evaluated, one can observe relatively mild disease courses. But this may also be due to the age makeup of the patients. When it comes to the issue of disease severity, there are always lags in terms of data. The immunologist said, „So I would say we shouldn’t draw any definitive conclusions. I can imagine it will be at least a few more weeks before we get a good overview – and then a really good overview a few weeks later.” who also advises the President of the United States. (07.12.2021)
Heil extends the work allowance for a short time
Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) wants to increase the short work allowance that has been extended through the end of March in the Corona pandemic. Corresponding change request, reports Rheinische PostYou want to get parliamentary groups from the SPD, Greens, and FDP on the road with the Corona Vaccine Prevention Act.
Typically, the short-time work allowance is used to make up for 60 percent of wages lost due to short-time work, and 67 percent for those with children. In light of the Corona crisis, the government raised rates for all those who received short-term work benefits for a longer period. From month 4 onwards there was 70% of the claimed net pay difference, or with a baby 77%, from month 7 there was 80/87%. This regulation was supposed to expire on December 31 and is now extended until March 31.
However, there is one prerequisite: the increased short-time work allowance applies to all employees who were eligible for short-time work allowance during the pandemic until March 31, 2021. However, employees who have been working short-time for the first time since April 2021, must be entitled to receive (07.12.2021)
Deutsche Bahn has 3G checked by conductors
Starting Wednesday, Deutsche Bahn’s watchdogs will also conduct random checks for 3-G certifications. Passengers without evidence of testing, vaccination or recovery (3g) should be asked „discreetly and politely” to disembark at the next central station, the German editorial network reports, citing internal instructions from DB Regio. In case of refusal, the Federal Police must be called. According to a Deutsche Bahn spokeswoman, the controls have been implemented since the 3-G rule was introduced, but not yet implemented by conductors. „In local transportation, we have agreed with business councils to engage customer advisors in 3-G testing on RE and RB trains. Security personnel will support the train crew,” the spokeswoman said. (07.12.2021)
The Social Society calls for better regulation of booster vaccinations
The Social Society VdK calls on Health Minister-designate Karl Lauterbach (SPD) to ensure better regulation of booster vaccines. „We finally need nationwide action,” says VdK chief Verena Pinteli, according to a preliminary report in the Funke media group newspapers. In some federal states, elderly and high-risk patients wait in vain for appointments and cannot reach doctors or centers by phone. There are also problems with the delivery of vaccines in many places. „It’s frightening that after nearly two years of the pandemic there is still no central information, coordination and control, that now needs to be changed as soon as possible,” Benteli said. (07.12.2021)
Lauterbach patient advocates warn of pressure groups in the healthcare sector
The Board of Directors of the German Foundation for the Protection of Patients, Eugen Brech, calls on the future Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) to deal critically with pressure groups, for example from the health and care sector. Brech told Funk Media Group newspapers (Tuesday) that cooperation with lobby associations is one of the minister’s future tasks, „but the biggest challenge for Karl Lauterbach will be maintaining independence.” „First of all, lobbyists have their own interests in mind,” he emphasized.
The Foundation Board continued that a good federal health minister should „go his way and monitor patients’ needs”. In elderly care and patient care, independence, sustainability, intergenerational equality and quality are required. Brech stressed that these should be benchmarks for future health policy. (07.12.2021)