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Abitur celebration with 300 people in Heidelberg dissolved

8.15 p.m .: With their graduation ceremony, around 300 young people in Heidelberg triggered a police operation. As the authority announced on Thursday, the young people at the celebration, which was already forbidden due to the corona pandemic, did not adhere to the distance requirement and mask requirement. The city security service ordered the dissolution of the celebration on the Neckarwiese. The party guests were asked to leave the premises with loudspeaker announcements. Nevertheless, some of the "drunk and debatable" partiers did not want to leave. The meadow was finally cleared by the police and stewards.

Number of intensive care patients with Covid-19 continues to decline

2:07 p.m .: The number of Covid 19 patients undergoing treatment in intensive care units in Germany continues to decline. 3594 of these patients are currently still being cared for in clinics, as stated in the report by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) with data from the Divi intensive care register from Thursday. That is a decrease of 114 compared to the previous day.

At the height of the third wave in hospitals at the end of April, more than 5100 Covid-19 patients were being treated at the same time in intensive care units. Since the beginning of May the trend has been down.

The proportion of patients who are invasively ventilated is currently given as 63 percent. A trend reversal is now also becoming apparent in the number of intensive care units that report a restricted operational situation.

Lena Gercke had Corona: "I was feeling really bad"

11.40 a.m.: Model and presenter Lena Gercke was infected with the corona virus several months ago. "Yes, I had Corona and I actually felt really bad," said the 33-year-old in the second part of her YouTube documentary. Where she could have been infected is a mystery to her.

Except for grocery shopping for New Year's Eve, she had previously remained in domestic isolation - together with her friend Dustin Schöne and their daughter Zoe, who was born in the summer. Beautiful and the child were reportedly not infected.

According to Gercke, she was not worried about herself during her illness. "But I was afraid of infecting my daughter," she explained. “I always had such a guilty conscience that as a mother I couldn't be there for her. That was actually the worst for me. "

EU treaty signed for huge quantities of Biontech vaccine

11.30 a.m.: The announced EU contract with Biontech / Pfizer for the purchase of up to 1.8 billion additional doses of corona vaccine has been signed and is therefore in force. This was announced by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on Thursday. Almost two weeks ago she announced that the negotiations were over. After that there were still objection deadlines, which have now expired.
The contract runs until 2023. 900 million cans are firmly ordered, another 900 million an option.

The 70 to 80 million children in the EU are to be protected against Covid-19 and vaccinations for adults are to be refreshed. The contract volume is estimated at up to 35 billion euros. For the current vaccination campaign, the EU has already signed two framework agreements with Biontech / Pfizer for 600 million vaccine doses, which have been delivered since the end of 2020.

270,000 British vacationers break into risk areas

10 O `clock: Despite travel plans by many British people for countries classified as corona risk areas, the government in London is sticking to the planned easing. Transport Minister Grant Shapps appealed on Thursday to the "common sense" of his compatriots. In states that are on a red or amber country list, there should be no vacation trips, Shapps told Sky News. Otherwise there are "a lot of difficulties".

According to a report by the Telegraph, up to 270,000 people from Great Britain want to fly to so-called amber-colored countries in the coming days. This includes almost all EU countries, including Germany. People arriving in the UK from such countries are required to isolate themselves at home for ten days and take two corona tests at their own expense. This also applies to Brits returning home. Anyone who comes from a “red” country - such as India, Brazil, South Africa or Turkey - has to be in hotel quarantine.

At the same time, the minister defended that there are still direct flights from India, although the corona variant initially discovered there, which is considered highly contagious, continues to spread in Great Britain. Almost 3,000 cases were known on Wednesday, 28 percent more than on Monday.

Teachers' union warns against premature return to face-to-face teaching

9.50 a.m.: The Education and Science Union (GEW) warns against a premature return to classroom teaching. As long as a seven-day incidence of more than 50 is recorded for the corona infections, she supports the continuation of changing lessons, said GEW chairwoman Marlis Tepe on Thursday in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. "We are in favor of opening schools as quickly as we can, depending on the incidence, but sticking to alternating classes within a range of 50 to 100."

She considers the corresponding recommendation from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) to be sensible. "When things go down, you can go to face-to-face classes," added Tepe. There are indications of high corona incidences among schoolchildren. The alternating lessons enable better individual support and the maintenance of the necessary distance. "If everyone comes to school now, we do not yet know whether the test strategy is working," said the GEW chairwoman. They reject a possible vaccination obligation for civil servants, stressed Tepe. Rather, the GEW advocates “a vaccination offer for all teachers”.

Nationwide seven-day incidence drops to 68

7.15 a.m.: The nationwide seven-day incidence of corona infections has continued to decrease. As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Thursday morning, citing information from the health authorities, 68 corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants were detected nationwide in the past seven days. On Wednesday the incidence value was still 72.8. As the RKI further announced, 12,298 new infections with the corona virus were registered within one day.

On Wednesday, the RKI reported 11,040 new infections. A week ago, around 17,419 new infections were registered. On Thursday, 237 new deaths were recorded after infections with the coronavirus. The number of corona deaths in Germany is now at least 86,902. According to the RKI, the total number of corona cases recorded in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic rose to 3,626,393. The RKI put the number of those recovered from Covid 19 disease at a good 3.3 million.

"Better to die at home": Salma Hayek talks about Covid-19 disease

6.15 a.m.: The actress Salma Hayek (54, "Frida") spoke publicly for the first time in an interview with the US film magazine "Variety" about a serious Covid 19 disease in the past. "My doctor begged me to go to a hospital because it was so bad," said Hayek in the conversation published on Wednesday (local time). "No thanks. I'd rather die at home, ”she replied.

The native Mexican, who lives in London with husband François-Henri Pinault and their 13-year-old daughter Valentina, was infected with the corona virus at the beginning of the pandemic last year. According to the report, she spent seven weeks in isolation in a room and also needed extra oxygen. She still has less energy than before, says Hayek. In April she returned to the camera for director Ridley Scott for the film "House of Gucci" in a small role alongside Lady Gaga and Adam Driver. Her film "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard", shot in 2019, is slated to hit cinemas in June. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson also star in the action flick.

Lambrecht against compulsory corona vaccination in schools and daycare centers

6 o'clock: Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) rejects a legal obligation to vaccinate children against the coronavirus. “We believe that enough children and young people will be vaccinated voluntarily as soon as possible. I assume that this will still be the case in the summer, ”said Lambrecht to the editorial network in Germany (Thursday editions). The minister emphasized that the corona infection cannot be compared with measles.

In contrast to Corona, the risk of serious complications and long-term consequences in small children is particularly high with measles. Measles are also extremely contagious. The measles vaccination for children has been in place since last year. As of March 1, 2020, children from the age of one year must be vaccinated against measles before they are admitted to daycare centers or schools.

Corona demos prohibited in Berlin

9:23 p.m .: Two demonstrations by critics of the Corona measures in Berlin with 16,000 registered participants each on the weekend of Pentecost have been banned by the assembly authorities. A police spokesman said on Wednesday evening that the bans were based "primarily on protection against infection and the predicted gathering situation". The RBB and the “Tagesspiegel” had previously reported on the topic.

On the one hand, the ban applies to the demonstration under the motto “Whitsun in Berlin” on Saturday. Participants wanted to run from four directions to the Großer Stern and Straße des 17. Juni in the center of the federal capital. The planned demonstration with the same motto and the same number of participants, which was supposed to start on Sunday at the Tiergarten S-Bahn station, was also banned, said a police spokeswoman.

A ban was also issued for three other protest rallies in the federal capital over Pentecost. According to the information, this includes two events that also have the motto “Whitsun in Berlin”. One with 600 registered participants was planned from 1 p.m. on Alexanderplatz, the other at the same time with 1000 participants on Potsdamer Platz.

A demonstration on March 18th in front of the Brandenburg Gate was also banned from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with 500 participants under the motto “Protect our fundamental rights! For referendums, so that the people decide ”was registered.

Frankfurt suspends exit restrictions after a bomb is found

9:05 p.m .: The city of Frankfurt has temporarily suspended the nocturnal corona exit restrictions for the affected area due to the discovery of a World War II bomb. The reason is the ordered evacuation, which is expected to last longer than 10 p.m., said the Frankfurt fire brigade on Wednesday evening. This would allow residents to return to their homes after the 500 kilo bomb had been blown up that evening and the end of the action. The exact time for the demolition was not initially certain.

In Frankfurt there are currently corona-related exit restrictions between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., which go back to the federal emergency brake. Corona infected people or people in quarantine in the evacuation area also have to leave their apartments because of the evacuation campaign. A total of around 25,000 people are affected.

Music festival planned in Moers

1:04 p.m .: Thanks to the lower corona incidence values, there should now be four public concerts at the renowned Moers Jazz Festival on the weekend of Pentecost - albeit with strict conditions. The organizers announced on Tuesday that an open-air performance with a maximum of 500 listeners is planned in the amusement park a few minutes away from the festival grounds.

In addition to a mask, a negative rapid test and a place booked in your name are required. Jazz saxophonist David Murray and guitarist Scofield will perform.

EU exceeds 200 million corona vaccinations mark

12.45 p.m .: The European Union passed the 200 million corona vaccinations mark on Wednesday. This was announced by the EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Twitter. The vaccination goal is still on track: by July enough doses should be delivered to vaccinate 70 percent of adults in the EU.

According to the EU health authority ECDC, 38.8 percent of people over the age of 18 have been vaccinated at least once across the EU. 16.0 percent have full vaccination protection. Most vaccines require two injections a few weeks apart. Only with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a syringe considered to be fully vaccinated.

Around 450 million people live in the 27 EU countries. According to the EU Commission, 70 percent of adults correspond to around 266 million people.

India reports the world's highest number of corona deaths within a day to date

8.30 a.m .: India has reported more corona-related deaths in a day than any other country during the pandemic. In the past 24 hours, 4,529 people were recorded who died of or with corona in the country, figures from the Indian Ministry of Health show on Wednesday. According to data from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, no country has so far recorded as many corona deaths in one day. Accordingly, the US held the previous record with 4475 cases on January 12, 2021.

Experts assume that the actual death rate in India is likely to be significantly higher. The pandemic is currently spreading more and more in rural areas, where more than half of the population lives, but health care is poor and there are significantly fewer options for corona testing. Many people die at home.

Karl Lauterbach: It is now important to reach the risk groups

7.20 a.m .: Before the nationwide end of the prioritization for vaccinations with the coronavirus on June 7th, the SPD health politician Karl Lauterbach calls for a focus on high-risk patients. "Now it is important to reach the many not yet vaccinated risk-takers," said Lauterbach of the "Rheinische Post" (Wednesday). The prioritization should be strictly adhered to up to this point in time.

From June 7th, the priority lists according to age, illnesses and occupation will no longer apply to corona vaccinations, as Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) announced on Monday.

RKI reports 11,040 new infections and 284 further deaths

6.40 a.m .: The nationwide seven-day incidence of corona infections has continued to decrease. As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Wednesday morning, citing information from the health authorities, 72.8 corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants were detected nationwide in the past seven days. On Tuesday the incidence value was 79.5. As the RKI further announced, 11,040 new infections with the corona virus were registered within one day.

On Tuesday, the RKI only reported 4,209 new infections, but at the same time pointed out a possible bias in the numbers due to the public holiday on Thursday and Friday's bridging day. A week ago, around 14,900 new infections were registered. On Wednesday, 284 new deaths were recorded after infections with the coronavirus.

The number of corona deaths in Germany is now at least 86,665. According to the RKI, the total number of corona cases recorded in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic rose to 3,614,095. The RKI put the number of people recovering from Covid 19 disease at around 3.3 million.

Merkel: On the right path, but not yet reached the safe shore

17 o'clock: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has been optimistic in view of increasing vaccination numbers in the corona pandemic, but at the same time urged caution. Merkel said on Tuesday, according to information from participants in the online deliberations of the Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag, the company is on the right path and hopeful, but has "not yet reached the safe shore". Opening steps should be well thought out.
The vaccines worked, the Chancellor said. But the more aggressive a new virus variant is, the more people would have to be vaccinated in order to get herd immunity. One source of unrest is the Indian virus variant, which is spreading faster than the British one.

According to this information, Merkel confirmed that there should be further consultations with the prime ministers of the federal states on May 27 about the procedure for vaccinations. It should be about vaccinations of children, vocational school students and students. One should not lose sight of these age groups.

According to further information from the German Press Agency, the meeting will also deal with the planned digital vaccination certificate and vaccination logistics in the summer.Merkel and the heads of government of the federal states last met on April 26 for a vaccination summit.

Spahn wants to criminalize falsification of vaccination certificates

2:52 p.m.: Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to criminalize the falsification of vaccination passports. "Counterfeiting is no trivial offense," said Spahn on Tuesday to the newspapers of the Funke media group. "Anyone who enters false information in a vaccination certificate is liable to prosecution - and whoever uses such a passport, as well." That should be made clear. “But false statements made as a courtesy should also be punished, which ensures more justice. "Only those who have really been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative can hardly infect others," added Spahn. According to the Funke newspapers, a draft law by the minister provides that whoever enters false information in vaccination passports, recovered or test documents or who uses documents with false information is liable to prosecution.

The use of such documents is to be punished with a prison sentence of up to one year or with a fine. Anyone who issues documents with false information faces a fine or a prison sentence of up to two years. This is to prevent doctors from entering false information in vaccination records or issuing corresponding documents out of a “courtesy”. In principle, in addition to doctors, pharmacists should also be able to issue vaccination certificates retrospectively. However, they must ask for an identity card and vaccination certificate to be presented. As a rule, a subsequent exhibition may only be carried out and checked in close proximity to the vaccination site.

If there are doubts about the authenticity of a vaccination certificate or the information contained therein, no certificate may be issued. If the suspicion arises that incorrect or falsified vaccination documentation is being presented, it is imperative to refrain from issuing them, according to the draft law.

Bavaria is planning its first trade fair in July

2:17 p.m .:Regular trade fair operations should resume in Bavaria by September 1 at the latest. The “TrendSet” lifestyle trade fair will take place as a pilot project in Munich from 10 to 12 July, announced the Bavarian State Chancellery in Munich on Tuesday. The “extremely complex” hygiene concepts required were to be tested there. However, the condition for the general permission of the trade fair operation is a sustained favorable development of the pandemic situation. The permit for trade fair operations is particularly relevant for the International Motor Show IAA, which has migrated from Frankfurt am Main to Munich and is to take place there for the first time in September.

200 million corona vaccine doses administered in the EU

1.58 p.m.:In the EU, more than 200 million corona vaccine doses have now been administered. At least 52.9 million citizens and thus almost twelve percent of the total population in the EU were fully vaccinated by Tuesday, according to a calculation by the AFP news agency based on official information from the individual EU countries.

The data suggests that the EU could achieve its goal of immunizing 70 percent of adults in the European Union by the end of July. The vaccination campaign is most advanced in Malta. There, 32.5 percent of the residents have already been fully vaccinated, while the rate in Bulgaria was 6.1 percent. In these statistics, Germany ranks 11.2 percent behind France (13.5 percent), Italy (14.6 percent) and Spain (15.4).

In some large industrialized nations, the vaccination campaign is now much faster than in the EU. While 30 percent of the UK population were fully vaccinated, the rate in Israel is almost twice as high at 59 percent. In the US so far, 35 percent of citizens have received full vaccination protection.

Number of laboratory tests decreased

1:42 p.m .:According to an association, the number of laboratory tests for the corona virus in Germany has decreased significantly compared to the previous weeks. From May 10 to 16, around 933,000 PCR tests were recorded, around 160,000 fewer than the week before, said Michael Müller, CEO of the Accredited Laboratories in Medicine (ALM), on Tuesday in a video link. He relied on data from 178 laboratories nationwide. Since the beginning of April, the weekly ALM test numbers had been between around 1.0 and 1.2 million. It is conceivable that the sharp decrease in the number of tests also contributed to the decline in the nationwide seven-day incidence.

The association suspects that the reasons for the development are the increased use of rapid tests and the effects of the public holiday (Ascension Day) on May 13th and the bridging day on which many medical practices were closed. The number of quick tests performed is not recorded. Positive rapid tests are supposed to be checked in the laboratory, but according to the ALM there is a lack of precise data. Müller spoke of a proportion of false-positive rapid tests of 30 to 50 percent. This means that, despite positive rapid tests, many people only turn out to be not infected after a more precise PCR test. Conversely, it is also possible that rapid tests do not work in infected people.

For the third week in a row, the proportion of positive PCR tests according to the ALM data is declining: After the so-called positive rate in the week of April 19-25 was 13.25 percent, the association is now including it 8.8 percent. Overall, this indicates - despite the recently lower number of tests - that the infection rate is declining. The capacities of the laboratories were less than half full last week. According to the ALM, the data represent around 90 percent of the test activity nationwide.

Austria expires corona vaccinations with Astrazeneca vaccine

1.35 p.m.: Austria stops corona vaccinations with the Astrazeneca vaccine. The first doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine would probably be administered by the beginning of June, after which these vaccinations would expire, said Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein on Monday evening on the private broadcaster Puls 24. He justified the decision with delivery delays as well as with "bad press" and reservations against the population the vaccine from the British-Swedish manufacturer.

Mückstein, who is himself a doctor, assured that the agent was a safe vaccine with a high level of protection against corona infections. Those who had already received a first dose of Astrazeneca would also get a second dose of it. However, other vaccines would probably be used for subsequent booster vaccinations.

Because occasional fatal thromboses occurred in connection with Astrazeneca vaccinations, Norway and the EU country Denmark have already stopped vaccinations with the agent. However, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) assures that the benefits of the Astrazeneca vaccine clearly outweigh the risks. In many EU countries, including Germany, the vaccine is now generally recommended for older people because the thromboses occurred primarily in younger people who were vaccinated.

Austria offers free corona tests for vacationers

1:22 p.m .:From next week, Austria will also be offering free corona tests for foreign guests in order to stimulate tourism. Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger (ÖVP) said in Vienna on Tuesday that this option would be in public test streets, pharmacies or directly in the hotel or inn. Every landlord, every hotel, every business can offer self-tests for guests. This should also enable spontaneous restaurant visits. In this case, the on-site test is only valid for the duration of the stay in the restaurant. “It is up to the local operator to decide whether to offer these tests,” said Köstinger.

The system of entry tests and other security requirements have proven to be very effective. In the model region of Vorarlberg, in which the gastronomy has been open with access tests since March, according to scientific studies, there was not a single case of infection, said the minister. As in the previous year, employees in the catering and hotel industries were given access to free PCR tests to ensure the safety of guests.

In Austria, after seven months of lockdown, gastronomy, hotels, culture and many sports facilities open on Wednesday. At the same time, many countries - including Germany - do not require quarantine upon entry. However, those entering the country must have been tested, vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19. Stricter rules apply to regions with virus variants and high-incidence areas. If a test cannot be presented, it must be taken in Austria within 24 hours. Electronic registration is also required before each entry. The seven-day incidence in Austria is currently 65 - and thus below that of Germany with 79.

Preliminary laboratory data: Vaccines should also protect against B.1.617

12.20 p.m.: According to preliminary US data, the vaccines from Biontech / Pfizer and Moderna should also protect well against the Indian corona variants B.1.617 and B.1.618. There are good reasons to assume this, researchers write with reference to laboratory experiments in a preprint study that has not yet been reviewed by experts and not published in a specialist journal.

The scientists led by Nathaniel Landau from New York University checked in the laboratory to what extent antibodies from those who had recovered and who had been vaccinated bind to mutated virus proteins. They found that the effectiveness of the antibodies in B.1.617 and B.1.618 was somewhat lower than in the original type of pathogen against which the vaccines were developed. However, the researchers assume that there will be an extensive protective effect. It should be noted that these are laboratory experiments. The extent to which the vaccination actually protects against the Indian variants cannot be determined with any certainty.

The Robert Koch Institute writes on its website about the Indian variant B.1.617, which is also being detected more and more often in this country: “B.1.617 is characterized by mutations that are associated with a reduced effectiveness of the immune response, with initial laboratory experiments Data suggest that vaccine efficacy is not substantially compromised. "

The RKI observes a growing proportion of B.1.617 in Germany, albeit at a very low level. Their share in the samples examined was recently less than two percent.

The federal and state governments are planning another vaccination summit on May 27th

11.12 a.m .:Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the prime ministers of the federal states want to discuss how to proceed with the corona vaccinations on May 27th. According to information from the German Press Agency in Berlin on Tuesday, it will be about vaccinating schoolchildren and students, the planned digital vaccination certificate and vaccination logistics in the summer. There has therefore not yet been an official invitation to the deliberations. First, the broadcaster RTL / n-tv reported about the appointment. Merkel and the heads of government of the federal states last met on April 26 for a vaccination summit.

Denmark opens everything except nightclubs and discos

10.35 a.m .:In Denmark, further corona restrictions are no longer applicable. As of Friday, almost all facilities in the country that have been closed so far will be reopened - except for nightclubs and discos. The Danish government reached an agreement on Tuesday night with a large majority of the parliamentary parties in Copenhagen. The prerequisite for the openings are distance rules and in many places also showing the Corona passport, which can be used to prove negative corona tests, vaccinations and survived infections in Denmark.

Restaurants, bars, gyms and many other facilities have already been opened in previous easing phases. The majority of Danish students have been back in face-to-face classes for a long time. Now students can also return to the universities completely, the same applies to evening and music schools. The saunas, bathing areas and indoor areas of zoos and amusement parks that have been closed for months are also allowed to reopen, further sports, leisure and club activities are possible again. The work in the home office will also be reduced in three phases, so that all Danes can be back at their place of work by August 1st.

The ban on gathering has been increased for indoor events from a maximum of 25 to 50 and outdoors from 75 to 100 participants. In addition, the government and parties agreed to gradually phase out the regulations for wearing mouth and nose protection and showing the Corona passport - a plan for this is to be presented in June.

Denmark's corona numbers have recently increased in the wake of the easing, but are still at a relatively low and relatively stable level. The number of new infections calculated on the population in the most recent comparative figures from the EU health authority ECDC was further below the German incidence.

Indonesia starts private vaccination program

10.15 a.m .:Indonesia is now also fighting the corona virus with a private vaccination program. More than 22,000 companies in the Southeast Asian island nation are participating in the campaign and will purchase vaccines themselves to vaccinate their employees. Up to ten million employees should be protected from the virus in this way. You will initially receive doses from the Chinese manufacturer Sinopharm, later the CanSino and Sputnik V vaccines will be added.

“I am happy that the private vaccination campaign has now started. I hope that everyone will be protected from Covid-19 and that the plants in these industrial and business zones can work more productively, ”said Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday at the start of the campaign at a plant in Cikarang in West Java. The program is coordinated by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce. The Ministry of Health required the participating companies to use different vaccines than the government, which uses the Sinovac and Astrazeneca vaccines, among others.

With around 270 million inhabitants, Indonesia is the most populous country in Southeast Asia. It is also the country in the region hardest hit by the pandemic: around 1.7 million cases have been confirmed so far, and more than 48,000 people have died in connection with Covid-19. The government hopes to achieve herd immunity by vaccinating around 181 million people.

Scholz admits errors in the corona pandemic

9.10 a.m.: Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has admitted mistakes in dealing with the corona pandemic. Last year, for example, European vaccine orders “should have gone differently”, said Scholz on Monday evening in “Polittalk” on the RBB broadcaster. "From my point of view that was a mistake". He also criticized the closure of the schools in the first lockdown in 2020. "That was a decision that I found very difficult," said Scholz, referring to the burdens for children and young people and their parents. Dealing with the elderly and people in need of care in homes was also problematic. Looking back, he had to say that “the situation in the old people's and care facilities makes me sad for a long time”.

Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock said during the joint conversation with Scholz that from her point of view it was “completely wrong” that “the schools were closed first”. In addition, it has not yet been possible to tackle problems there sustainably, for example by installing air filters. "We still don't have the filters," criticized the Green politician. But she also said self-critically that not only the rulers, but politicians as a whole, must allow themselves to be accused of not having done more in time to prevent the spread of the pandemic. All the more it must now be about the competition: “What can we do better in the future” and learning from mistakes. Overall, there were too many short-term decisions and “driving on sight” instead of longer-term concepts in the pandemic.

Nationwide seven-day incidence fell again slightly to 79

8.35 a.m.: The nationwide seven-day incidence of corona infections has again decreased slightly. As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Tuesday morning, citing information from the health authorities, 79 corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants were detected nationwide in the past seven days. On Monday the incidence value was 83.1. As the RKI further announced, 4209 new infections with the corona virus were registered within one day. That is 2713 less than a week ago. However, the public holiday last Thursday and the bridging day on Friday could still have a distorting effect on the figures.

On Tuesday, 221 new deaths were also recorded after infections with the coronavirus. The number of corona deaths in Germany is now at least 86,381. According to the RKI, the total number of corona cases recorded in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic rose to 3,603,055.

Austria allows entry without quarantine

11 p.m .: Austria allows entry from Germany without quarantine from Wednesday. Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said this with reference to a new regulation. However, proof of vaccination, testing or recovery remains mandatory."In many countries, the number of infections is falling, so we can also make it easier for people to enter Austria in parallel to the opening steps in the country," said Mückstein. Vaccines that have been approved by the EU Medicines Agency EMA or have successfully passed the relevant process of the World Health Organization are recognized as proof of vaccination.

There is also no quarantine upon entry for Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Stricter rules would continue to apply to regions with virus variants or areas of high incidence. If a test cannot be presented, it must be done in Austria within 24 hours. Electronic registration is also required before each entry.

Biden: USA are dispensing another 20 million corona vaccine doses

8.30 p.m .: The US plans to deliver another 20 million doses of corona vaccine to other countries by the end of next month and take a leadership role in the global fight against the pandemic. "We know America will never be entirely safe until the pandemic that is raging around the world is under control," Biden said in the White House on Monday. By the end of June, the US would share at least 20 million vaccine doses with other states - in addition to the 60 million previously announced. Overall, the US would be delivering more vaccine than any other country. "And we will not use our vaccines to secure favors from other countries," said Biden.

At the end of April, the US government announced that it would distribute 60 million doses of the corona vaccine from the manufacturer Astrazeneca, which is currently not approved in the USA, to other states after approval by the FDA. According to the White House, the 20 million additional doses of vaccine that have now been announced are from funds that have already been approved. Pfizer / Biontech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently approved for use in the United States with FDA emergency approval.

Pfizer / Biontech, Moderna and Astrazeneca require two doses for full vaccination protection, while Johnson & Johnson's one dose is enough. The US government has already released four million doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine to neighbors Mexico and Canada. The US government has secured enough vaccine to supply the entire population of around 330 million people without Astrazeneca's product.

Prioritization for corona vaccinations should end from June 7th

5:53 p.m .: For the corona vaccinations in Germany, there will no longer be a fixed sequence from June 7th. The prioritization should then be omitted, as Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) said on Monday in Berlin after a corresponding decision by the heads of federal and state departments.

Spahn rated the priority for the elderly, the sick and people in certain professions, which had still applied until then, as important. "To vaccinate you first, that was epidemiologically necessary," he said. The prioritization was also morally necessary. “That wasn't bureaucracy, it saved human lives.” However, the municipalities could continue to use certain contingents of vaccination doses for certain parts of the city or groups of people.

Netherlands: Second round of easing on Wednesday

2.15 p.m.: In the Netherlands, nothing stands in the way of the second round of easing the corona measures. The situation with new infections and admissions to hospitals has improved significantly, said Health Minister Hugo de Jonge on Monday in The Hague. "The next step is responsible." The government had already announced the easing last week, but made it dependent on falling infection numbers.

From Wednesday zoos and amusement parks can reopen, as well as fitness studios and music schools. Prostitutes are allowed to receive customers again, and the restaurants in the outdoor area also serve food and drinks daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. - this was previously only allowed from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Museums, libraries, cinemas and theaters remain closed. Also, secondary school students and college students only have classroom teaching one day per week.

For every 100,000 inhabitants, there are currently around 223 new infections in seven days. For comparison: In Germany, this seven-day incidence is 83. Around 136 Covid patients are currently admitted per day, which is around 25 percent less than last week.

Ten police officers injured in Corona operation in Berlin

1:15 p.m.: During a police operation in connection with the corona measures in Berlin-Kreuzberg, ten police officers were injured on Monday night. The police in Berlin announced on Monday that the officers were pelted with bottles and stones from a group of around a hundred people. An officer was treated in a hospital and had to stop working. The police said they used batons and pepper spray. 78 people were provisionally arrested and reported for violations of the infection control measures, serious breaches of the peace, resistance, assault, attempted release from prisoners and damage to property.

The police said they had been called to the scene because, despite the curfew, more than a hundred people were there drinking alcohol. Instead of complying with the request to leave the square, part of the group harassed the police and threw stones and bottles, it said.

More than 40 million vaccine doses administered in Germany

11.40 a.m .: The vaccination centers and general practitioners in Germany have administered more than 40 million vaccine doses so far. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Monday (as of 10:05 a.m.), 268,750 injection syringes were placed on Sunday. As Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn announced on Twitter, 37 percent (30.8 million) of Germans are vaccinated at least once and 11.2 percent (9.3 million) are fully vaccinated.

According to the RKI, 30 million doses have so far been administered in the vaccination centers and 10.1 million in medical practices. Last week, according to the information on Wednesday, there was also a daily record with 1.38 million doses injected.
However, the vaccination rate varies depending on the federal state. The Saarland has the highest quota of at least first vaccinated persons at 41.4 percent. At 32 percent, Saxony is slightly behind the other federal states.

The vaccination campaign in Germany began at the end of last year. First it was the turn of people over 80, residents of old people's and nursing homes and medical staff. Among other things, chronically ill people with an increased risk of a serious and fatal course are given preference to vaccinate.

Lauterbach against easing for first-time vaccinations

11:05 a.m.: According to a report by the Tagesspiegel, SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach has clearly spoken out against it in the debate about privileges for those who have been vaccinated for the first time. On Saturday, the Prime Minister of Saxony Michael Kretschmer (CDU) called for more freedom for people who were first vaccinated with Astrazeneca. However, full vaccination protection is only achieved after the second vaccination.

In the report Lauterbach said: "This is medically not tenable and also not useful." The health expert is referring to data from Great Britain. It has been shown there that the first vaccination offers little protection against infection, and that the protection against the transmission of the virus is also rather low. "In England they are now moving away from the twelve-week interval and administering the second dose after eight weeks."

Schleswig-Holstein opens up to tourists

10 O `clock: A few days before Pentecost, Schleswig-Holstein will open to tourists on Monday under certain conditions. In other areas, too, public life in the northern state is being ramped up again. Bars are allowed to reopen their interiors, and excursion boats can take guests on board again. The general manager of the hotel and restaurant association (Dehoga), Ingrid Hartges, called on the other countries to take the northern federal state as an example.

So far, overnight stays for tourists have only been possible in four model regions of Schleswig-Holstein. The state has the lowest corona infection rate nationwide. On Sunday evening, the Ministry of Health in Kiel gave the seven-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days at 35.1. For the openings, however, tourists must meet hygiene requirements such as wearing protective masks in certain situations and negative corona tests before arrival and then every three days. When visiting bars, a negative test result or proof of vaccination protection is required.

In several regions of Baden-Württemberg, restaurants and hotels have been open again since Saturday. Other federal states have also promised easing before Pentecost. Hamburg's Mayor Peter Tschentscher wants to propose to his Senate on Tuesday to reopen outdoor catering at Pentecost, as he said at "Anne Will".

Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where the seven-day incidences are approaching the 50 mark, are taking a more cautious path than neighboring Schleswig-Holstein. Lower Saxony initially only opened tourism to residents of the state. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, gastronomy is allowed to reopen from Pentecost Sunday - outside and inside. Tourism in the state will be possible on June 7th for residents of the state and on June 14th for guests from the other states.

Turkey loosens corona restrictions after tough lockdown

6.37 a.m.: Turkey is loosening the restrictions to contain the corona virus after a hard lockdown of almost three weeks. People are allowed to leave the house again from Monday during the day, but there is a curfew in the evening from 9 p.m. local time. At the end of April, the Turkish government imposed a 17-day lockdown in view of the high number of corona infections. People were only allowed on the streets for valid reasons, such as shopping. Shops that are not needed for daily needs had to close.

Exit restrictions now continue to apply at the weekend, and residents are only allowed to go out on the streets for urgent errands. Cafes and restaurants will also remain closed for the time being and are only allowed to offer delivery services. Shopping malls and clothing stores are reopening. The Ministry of Education still wants to comment on possible school openings. The regulations apply until June 1st.

Before the lockdown, the number of new infections had meanwhile been more than 60,000 cases per day. It has now dropped to around 11,000 cases a day. The government's goal is to push the number down to 5,000.
Tourists are exempt from exit restrictions in Turkey. This regulation, as well as a ban on the sale of alcohol during the lockdown, had been sharply criticized. Tourism is an important economic sector in Turkey.

Nationwide seven-day incidence is below a hundred for the fourth consecutive day

5.30 a.m.: The nationwide seven-day incidence of corona infections is below a hundred for the fourth day in a row. As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Monday morning, citing information from the health authorities, 83.1 corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants were detected nationwide in the past seven days. On Sunday the incidence value was also 83.1, on Saturday it was 87.3 and on Friday it was 96.5. As the RKI further announced, 5412 new infections with the corona virus were registered within one day. That is 1510 less than a week ago.

However, the number on weekends is usually lower than the weekly average, because fewer tests are carried out on the weekends and fewer test results are transmitted. In addition, this time there is the public holiday on Thursday and the subsequent bridging day.

64 more deaths related to the novel pathogen were recorded on Monday. The number of corona deaths in Germany is now at least 86,160. According to the RKI, the total number of corona cases recorded in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic rose to 3,598,846. The RKI put the number of those recovered from Covid 19 disease at 3.3 million.

Poll: majority of Japanese are in favor of Olympic cancellation

9:57 p.m .:According to a survey, the majority of Japanese are still in favor of canceling the Tokyo Olympics because of the corona pandemic. This was in favor of 59.7 percent of those surveyed, according to a survey by the news agency Kyodo News on Sunday. 25.2 percent of the Japanese were in favor of holding the games without an audience. 12.6 percent said the event should take place with a limited number of spectators.

In previous surveys, the critical majority was similarly large - or even more pronounced. According to Kyodo News, 72 percent of the Japanese had spoken out in favor of canceling or postponing the Olympic Games and Paralympics in mid-April.

Corona infection numbers rising again in Moscow

3:39 p.m .: In the Russian capital Moscow, there is growing concern that the number of corona infections will rise again significantly. In the past seven days there have been a total of around 20,000 new cases - more than since mid-January, the state agency Tass reported on Sunday. Compared to the previous week, that was 17 percent more infections.
The Russian authorities reported around 8,500 new infections across the country on Sunday. This means that a third of all cases occur in Europe's largest metropolis. After the May holidays, according to the information, more people with corona disease were again admitted to hospitals - after around 1,000 per day at the end of April, there are now up to 1,300 new patients.

Incidence falls nationwide to 83.1 cases

8.35 a.m .: The health authorities in Germany reported 8,500 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. This is evident from the numbers from Sunday morning, which reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 5:34 a.m. For comparison: a week ago the value was 12,656. On Sunday, the number of cases reported by the RKI is usually lower, among other things because fewer tests are carried out on the weekend.

Due to the public holiday on May 13, when interpreting the number of cases, it should be noted that fewer people visit a doctor on public holidays and bridging days, which means that fewer samples are taken and fewer laboratory tests are carried out, according to the RKI's management report on Saturday evening. "This means that fewer pathogens are reported to the responsible health authorities."

According to the RKI, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants reported within seven days was 83.1 nationwide on Sunday morning (previous day: 87.3; previous week: 118.6). According to the information, 71 new deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 127 dead.

According to the RKI situation report on Saturday, the nationwide seven-day R-value was 0.84 (previous day: 0.87). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 84 more people. The R-value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a longer period of time, the infection process subsides; if it is consistently higher, the number of cases increases. (red / dpa / afp)