More than 300,000 corona cases in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic +++ Great Britain exceeds the threshold of 500,000 infections +++ Corona emergency in the Czech Republic comes into force +++ News about the coronavirus pandemic.
SPD health expert Lauterbach against domestic German travel restrictions
The SPD health politician Karl Lauterbach has spoken out against domestic travel restrictions for people from domestic corona hotspots. “Personally, I am not convinced that this will help us,” said Lauterbach on Monday in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin” about Schleswig-Holstein’s action, which has issued travel restrictions for people from German districts with a high number of infections.
Lauterbach said that “soon” there will be a large number of districts where the so-called seven-day incidence is over 50. “I think it will be very confusing then.” The rule will then hardly be useful any more.
Schleswig-Holstein requires a 14-day quarantine or two negative corona tests within five days from people entering from foreign and domestic risk areas. Within Germany, the cities of Hamm and Remscheid as well as the Berlin districts of Mitte, Neukölln and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg are currently subject to this regulation.
Lauterbach said that instead of such restrictions, the fight against viruses and pandemic control in the corona hotspots should be given priority. He called for the upper limit of 25 guests for private celebrations to be made mandatory, for the wearing of masks to be ordered in busy public places and for schools to be equipped with ventilation systems.
Nine New York neighborhoods are threatened with another lockdown
Because of the rapidly increasing number of new corona infections, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the reintroduction of restrictions in nine districts. “Unfortunately, today is not a day to celebrate,” said de Blasio on Sunday. He will petition New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to close all non-essential shops and schools in the affected areas.
In spring, New York was one of the cities hardest hit by the corona pandemic in the world. Almost 24,000 people died in the east coast metropolis as a result of their corona infection. Strict exit restrictions were in place for weeks.
There are large Jewish Orthodox communities in several of the nine neighborhoods in which the number of infections is now rising sharply again and which are all in Brooklyn or Queens. The recent explosion in corona cases coincided with the high Jewish holidays around Yom Kippur.
Highest corona warning level in Paris
Because of the increasing number of corona infections, the highest warning level is imposed in Paris. This means that tightened measures come into force, as announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex’s office. Bars and cafes in the capital and some suburbs have to be closed, restaurants, on the other hand, may remain open if strict hygiene rules are observed. In universities there should be new restrictions on access to lecture halls.
The measures should initially apply for two weeks. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Police Prefect Didier Lallement will provide more information on Monday, as the government also announced. Hidalgo spoke on Sunday of a “very serious” health situation.
With almost 17,000 newly registered corona infections within 24 hours, France has reached a new high. According to figures published on Saturday, 16,972 new infections were recorded within one day. The previous high was reached on September 24 with 16,096 cases. The death toll since the pandemic began rose to around 32,200. This makes France one of the countries in Europe most affected by the pandemic.
In Paris, the so-called incidence was more than 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on Sunday, according to the regional health authority ARS. According to the authorities, 30 percent of the intensive care units in the capital are now occupied with corona patients. “There is no justification for denial,” said Aurélien Rousseau, regional health director. “The numbers are what they are and they weigh heavily.”
More than 300,000 corona cases in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic
Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, more than 300,000 people in Germany have been proven to be infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the number of detected infections on Monday morning was 300,619 (data as of October 5, 12.00 a.m.).
According to the RKI, the health authorities in Germany reported 1382 new corona infections within one day. Experience has shown that the number of cases recorded is usually lower on Sundays and Mondays, also because not all health authorities report data to the RKI at the weekend.
According to the RKI, the number of deaths in connection with a corona infection was 9534 on Monday morning. 5 new deaths have been reported since the previous day. According to RKI estimates, around 263,700 people had survived the infection by Monday morning.
According to RKI estimates in Germany, the number of reproductions, or R value for short, was 1.23 (previous day: 1.10) according to the management report on Sunday. This means that one infected person infects more than one other person on average. The R-value depicts the infection rate about one and a half weeks beforehand.
In addition, the RKI gives a so-called seven-day R in its current situation report. The value relates to a longer period and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, this value was 1.14 on Sunday (previous day: 1.13). It shows the infection process from eight to 16 days ago.
Great Britain exceeds 500,000 corona infections threshold
Great Britain has passed the threshold of half a million detected corona infections. Health officials reported an increase in infections of nearly 23,000 cases on Sunday – more than 10,000 more than the previous day. According to the authorities, the reason for this is the correction of a technical error that prevented several thousand corona cases from being published at the end of September.
The corona infections that occurred between September 24 and October 1 would be included in the statistics for the coming days, the health authority said. This would distort the representation of the actual infection process.
According to the information, 33 people died in the past 24 hours as a result of their corona infection. The total number of corona deaths in the United Kingdom rose to 42,350 – the highest number of deaths in Europe. The number of detected cases of infection was exactly 502,978.
103-year-old Mexican woman overcomes corona infection
In Mexico, a 103-year-old is said to have overcome an infection with the novel corona virus. The woman with the first name Dona María survived the corona infection, although she had previously suffered from a chronic lung disease, said the Institute for Social Security (IMSS), which is part of the Mexican health system.
According to the information, the 103-year-old was admitted to a hospital in Guadalajara on September 22nd. She had a fever and runny nose as well as breathing problems, said IMSS. Artificial ventilation was not necessary, however.
Dona María was in a good mood and sane throughout the hospital stay, said clinic director David Sánchez. After eleven days, her symptoms had disappeared. She was released from the clinic on Friday.
Corona emergency in the Czech Republic entered into force
In the Czech Republic, another national emergency came into force at midnight on Monday night. The government under Prime Minister Andrej Babis had decided to declare a state of emergency because of a “rocket-like increase” in the corona numbers. Among other things, it enables the government to restrict civil rights such as freedom of assembly and to take measures without the consent of parliament.
The state of emergency was in place from mid-March to mid-May. Unlike in spring, the borders should remain open this time. For events and gatherings, a maximum of ten people indoors and 20 outdoors applies. Professional sport has to do without spectators. There are numerous exceptions. Companies and shops are not affected.
Most recently, on Friday with 3792 cases, a new high was reached in the daily corona infections. According to the EU authority ECDC, an average of 303.3 people per 100,000 inhabitants were infected with the virus in the Czech Republic in the past 14 days. Only Spain (319.3) is currently doing worse here. The Foreign Office in Berlin has issued a travel warning for the whole of the Czech Republic.
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