Friday, January 1st, 2021
+++ 04:14 WHO grants emergency approval for Biontech vaccine +++
After the Biontech corona vaccine was approved in several countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) also gave the green light for its use. She issued an emergency approval on New Year’s Eve, as she announced in Geneva. The WHO pushed for the vaccine to be distributed fairly in all countries of the world. Like the regulatory authorities of individual countries, the WHO examines scientific studies on new drugs or vaccines and weighs up the risks of their use. With the WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL), UN organizations can buy and distribute the vaccine. Likewise, countries that do not have their own capacity for such scientific tests can grant approval in their country based on the preparatory work of the WHO.
+++ 03:32 Merz: schools open again as soon as possible +++
CDU chairman Friedrich Merz insists on opening schools as soon as possible in the corona pandemic. In an interview with the newspapers of the Funke media group, he supported a corresponding demand from Baden-Württemberg’s CDU Minister of Education, Susanne Eisenmann. “Susanne Eisenmann has the courage to say something right, namely that the schools have to be reopened as soon as possible,” said Merz. “And it is also the political will of all those involved to go in this direction depending on the incidence situation.” Eisenmann had demanded that kindergartens and elementary schools should open again from January 11th.
+++ 02:19 Corona demos in Stuttgart dissolved +++
At the end of the year, people in Stuttgart demonstrated against the corona policy of the federal government and the state government of Baden-Württemberg. There were repeated violations of the conditions. A total of five demonstrations took place over the Thursday evening, the police announced. A meeting on Karlsplatz was dissolved in the evening because the 100 or so participants did not keep the minimum distances and a subsequent requirement to wear masks was also ignored. A spontaneous meeting emerged from this demonstration with “loud displeasure” against the police. This also comprised around 100 people and was dissolved. In the late evening there was another meeting on Karlsplatz with around 50 participants. This was also dissolved shortly after midnight.
+++ 01:23 Italy wants to open schools on January 7th +++
Italy plans to reopen schools to older students from January 7th. The Ministry of the Interior in Rome confirmed this in a statement. Despite the corona pandemic, safe teaching must be guaranteed, it said. Those responsible on site and in the government in Rome aimed for 50 percent of classroom teaching to be given initially. For this, for example, the school transport must meet strict health requirements. For the rest of the girls and boys, online learning remains for the time being. Rome had previously spoken of 75 percent face-to-face classes at the start after the New Year.
+++ 00:10 outbreaks in South Korean prisons +++
After hundreds of corona infections in a prison in Seoul, South Korea has tightened the contact restrictions for all prisons in the country. The Ministry of Justice apologized for the rapid spread of the coronavirus among inmates and employees of the Seoul Dongbu correctional facility. The accumulation was due, among other things, to a lack of protective measures, said Vice Minister Lee Yong Gu. As of Thursday, more than 790 cases of infection among inmates and prison staff had been recorded in the institution. Therefore, in the past few days, more than 600 prisoners had to be transferred to other institutions or, if the infection was positive, to other institutions.
+++ 23:14 Latvia starts the new year with record growth +++
The year ended with a record number of new corona cases in Latvia. The health authority in Riga reported a high of 1861 new infections within 24 hours for the second day in a row – after 1367 the previous day. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of more than 40,000 cases have been recorded in the Baltic EU country, 635 people died of or with a corona infection. Latvia with its 1.9 million inhabitants has registered a rapid increase in new infections since autumn. According to the EU authority ECDC, the development is currently significantly worse than in Germany. The government in Riga is trying to reverse the trend with increasingly strict restrictions: In addition to the lockdown, a night curfew was imposed over the turn of the year.
+++ 22:01 only 200 people: France accelerates vaccination campaign +++
France accelerates its vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus. Healthcare workers who are over 50 years old can get vaccinated from Monday, Health Minister Olivier Véran announced. This means that this age group will be vaccinated earlier than previously planned. Politicians and doctors had previously criticized the slow start of the vaccination campaign. President Emmanuel Macron stressed in his New Years address on Thursday that he would not allow “unjustified delays” in the mass vaccinations. On the other hand, however, “security must not be jeopardized”. Since Sunday, fewer than 200 people have been vaccinated against Corona in France, while Germany and Italy have vaccinated several thousand people.
+++ 21:43 Turkey tightened curfew +++
Stricter exit rules come into force in Turkey over the New Year’s days. Turkish citizens are only allowed to go shopping outside the door in exceptional cases or during the day, the Interior Ministry said. The regulations apply from 9 p.m. on Thursday evening to 5 a.m. local time on Monday morning. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had previously announced tightened controls on New Year’s Eve to prevent celebrations. More than 34,000 security forces would be deployed in Istanbul, announced the governor of the metropolis, Ali Yerlikaya. Other rules apply to tourists and foreigners: They are generally exempt from the restrictions.
+++ 21:10 Current data situation in Germany: 28,914 new cases +++
The number of reported coronavirus infections in Germany has risen to 1,735,239. As can be seen from the information from the state authorities evaluated by ntv.de, 28,914 new cases were added. The number of deaths related to infection rose 825 to 33,541. Around 363,024 people are currently infected.
The infection rate (R value) is given by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) as 0.74 (previous day: 0.54). This means that an average of 100 infected people infect 74 other people with Sars-CoV-2. The 7-day R-value is currently 0.8 (previous day: 0.68). According to the Divi Register, 5639 Covid-19 patients are currently being treated in intensive care in Germany, 3112 of whom are ventilated. 4746 intensive care beds are currently still available in the German clinics.
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