As of April 7, 2020, 8:56 p.m.
NDR 1 Lower Saxony
Is there a turnaround in the corona pandemic? The number of people actively infected with the coronavirus in Lower Saxony on Tuesday with 226 new infections was only marginally larger than the number of newly recovered people (221). The deputy head of the crisis team, Claudia Schröder, had said on Tuesday afternoon in Hanover that only 141 new infections had been reported. However, she did not yet want to derive a general trend reversal from these daily values and continued to urge strict adherence to the contact restrictions. “We have not yet made the curve tip.”
More than 900 corona cases in hospitals
According to information from the evening, the number of infected people in Lower Saxony rose by 226 to 6,444 on Tuesday, and that of people classified as healthy to just under 2,000. More than 900 people are treated in the hospital, 228 of them in the intensive care unit. 164 of these patients require artificial ventilation. The number of people who died from the disease rose to 122 after 108 the previous day.
Continue to minimize physical contacts
Schröder also informed about the new version of the Social Contact Restriction Ordinance effective Wednesday. Larger gatherings and celebrations should continue to be avoided, “reducing physical contacts to an absolute minimum”. However, Schröder made it clear that certain visits are not subject to the restrictions of the legal regulation. Weddings and funerals for up to ten people are possible, the accompaniment of the dying is permitted, and pregnant women and children can still be attended.
Automatic car washes are allowed to open
After intensive consultations, the state government also decided to reopen automatic car washes, said Claudia Schröder. Flower shops are likely to continue to sell goods, but flower trading on weekly markets remains prohibited. The churches are allowed to open their rooms for “silent prayer” while observing the distance rules at Easter, but worship services will only be available in digital form at Easter.
Annoyance at sharing data
There is still anger in the state government over whether data from people who have been quarantined because of the coronavirus can be passed on to the police by the health authorities. Since this practice became known in Lower Saxony through a corresponding decree sent on March 31, a violent dispute has raged between the Ministry of Health and the State Data Protection Commissioner Barbara Thiel. The Ministry of Social Affairs considers this practice “absolutely necessary”, as Claudia Schröder confirmed on Tuesday. Thiel calls the data transfer “unacceptable and unacceptable”. The “illegal and stockpiling data transmission must be stopped immediately”, she demands.
04/07/2020 08:39 PM
Editor’s note: In an older version of the article, there was talk that the number of those recovered for the first time was greater than that of the newly infected. This trend has shifted due to figures corrected by the Lower Saxony Health Office late Tuesday afternoon.