Augsburg becomes the location for the National Health Reserve
Monday, November 30th, 4:55 p.m .: Augsburg becomes a location of the federal government for the national health reserve with important material like protective masks. As the Federal Government’s Corona cabinet decided on Monday in Berlin, the reserve is to be filled primarily with masks that have already been procured by the end of 2021, then with material from domestic production.
“This pandemic teaches us that we have to take more precautions,” said Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU). The reserve should essentially consist of protective equipment, protective masks, ventilators and medication, explained Spahn.
The national reserve should in principle be available on a decentralized basis, as stated in a proposal. For the first phase, 16 regional locations are currently planned by the federal government through logistics companies, including Augsburg. There are also three warehouses for hand disinfectants rented by the federal government.
Bavaria is postponing the start of the Abitur exams to mid-May
Monday, November 30th, 4:35 p.m .: The Abitur exams in 2021 will be postponed by two weeks and will not begin until mid-May 2021. The Minister of Culture Michael Piazolo (FW) announced on Monday afternoon. With this, he wants to take the pressure off and enable the 34,000 potential high school graduates to have “fair conditions and planning security” in the partial lockdown despite the corona turmoil, quarantine and distance learning. These measures were particularly noticeable in the Abitur classes and could lead to deadline pressure, said Piazolo. “We want to take countermeasures here at an early stage in order to relieve the time required for the Abitur preparation.”
He extends the first half of the twelfth grade by two weeks until February 1st. In this way, there should be no additional stress shortly before the exams, because the second half of the year in the twelfth grade is shorter than at other types of school, the final exams start earlier at grammar schools. Should the infection situation “worsen”, Piazolo does not rule out a further postponement of the Abitur. He also has an eye on the other types of school, but it is still too early to make decisions.
The background is probably that the twelfth graders of many high schools had written exams shortly before Christmas. Then Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) announced that the holidays would be brought forward. Philologist boss Michael Schwägerl had criticized this because exams are still being written in the upper school on the Monday before Christmas and these plans now have to be overturned.
Nuremberg tears the 300 mark and is planning strict corona measures
Monday, November 30th, 4:05 pm: Due to the increasing number of infections, the city of Nuremberg is planning to tighten the current corona restrictions. A spokesman said on Monday that “further measures are necessary to contain the corona infection process.” The city had previously passed the mark of 300 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. According to the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL), the incidence value on Monday was 307.3.
Mayor Marcus König (CSU) wants to announce which measures are now taking effect in Nuremberg at an online press conference this Tuesday. The new regulations could be similar to those in the city of Passau, where, among other things, strict exit restrictions have been in place since last Saturday. There, leaving the apartment is only permitted for a valid reason, for example to go to work or to go shopping. Events, access to retirement homes and school operations have also been further restricted. In Passau, the incidence number rose to 579.5 on Monday – which made the city the hotspot leader in Germany.
In addition to the cities of Nuremberg and Passau, the Lower Bavarian districts of Passau (360.2) and Regen (391.4) also recorded incidence values above the 300 mark on Monday. If an independent city or district exceeds this mark, the municipalities can take additional measures. This is provided for by the new infection protection ordinance, which was passed by the state government last week and is to apply from this Tuesday until December 20. In addition to exit restrictions, further restrictions on school lessons are therefore also possible. It was not yet clear by late Monday afternoon whether and which measures the districts of Passau and Regen would specifically decide.
After the corona outbreak: Vilshofen slaughterhouse starts operations
Monday, November 30th, 1:09 p.m .: After its corona-related closure, the slaughterhouse in Vilshofen, Lower Bavaria, is due to resume operations on Tuesday. For personnel reasons, this is initially only possible with around 50 percent of the capacity, as Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger (Free Voters) said after a visit on Monday. 80 employees there had been infected with the corona virus, whereupon the slaughterhouse was closed last week.
According to the ministry, the closure worsened the tense situation for the pig market in Bavaria. Meat prices have fallen because of the Chinese import ban on German pork in the wake of the spread of African swine fever. The closure of slaughterhouses also increases the backlog of pig slaughtering. Aiwanger said he was glad that animals were being slaughtered again in Vilshofen, as they had increasingly accumulated in the stables. In general, the highest hygiene precautions must be observed in slaughterhouses. This also applies to the accommodation of the staff. In terms of work processes, it is sometimes unavoidable in slaughterhouses that employees stand close together. In the accommodations, several people shared an apartment. Vilshofen is located in the Passau district, which is particularly affected by corona infections, in which, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the seven-day incidence on Monday – the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one week – was 360.2.
Söder wants control for skiers coming from Austria
Monday, November 30th, 12.26 p.m .: Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder has announced that Bavaria will randomly inspect skiers returning from Austria. The background is the plan that people who ski abroad will have to be in quarantine for 14 days after their return. There shouldn’t be a second Ischgl, says the CSU politician on ARD, alluding to the Austrian ski resort, which was considered a Corona hotspot at the beginning of the year.
The incidence value in Passau continues to rise
Monday, November 30th, 9:51 a.m .: The incidence value in Passau continues to rise. The Lower Bavarian city has now even overtaken the previous leader Hildburghausen in Thuringia. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the incidence value there was 579.1 on Monday morning, and 579.5 in Passau. The districts around Passau also report high values: the district of Passau 360.1. the Freyung-Grafenau district 274.4 and the Regen district 377.2. Nuremberg is now also considered a hotspot in Bavaria with an incidence value of 307.3.
Söder on Corona rules: Many are always looking for a loophole
Monday, November 30th, 8:43 a.m .: Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder has criticized the fact that some citizens repeatedly looked for loopholes in the applicable regulations in the corona pandemic. “My impression is that a lot of people are always looking for a loophole, for a parallel discussion,” said the CSU boss on Sunday evening on the ARD broadcast Anne Will. “If we now concentrate on how we can lower the numbers as well as possible and apply it as consistently as possible, then I think Christmas will be relaxed.” In any case, New Year’s Eve and skiing activities worried him more than Christmas.
In the next two weeks we will see how the numbers develop. A partial all-clear could be given. There is no longer any exponential upward growth. Conversely, however, there is also no downward movement. “In the next two weeks we will have to do another update on how we stand, and in case of doubt, make more in-depth out of extending and deepening.”
Passau reports a new record – incidence at 538
Sunday, November 29th, 6:03 pm: The number of super hotspots in Bavaria is increasing: On Sunday, in addition to the city and district of Passau, the district of Regen and the city of Nuremberg were above a seven-day incidence of 300 people infected with corona per 100,000 inhabitants. 25 counties and cities in the Free State passed the 200 mark. Rosenheim, the districts of Freyung-Grafenau as well as Main-Spessart and the city of Hof come close to the 300. Overall, Bavaria has an incidence of 175.Bavaria’s frontrunner Passau reported a new record: According to the State Office for Health, the incidence on Sunday was 538, the second highest value nationwide after Hildburghausen in Thuringia with 579. Infections in Passau senior citizens and citizens are one cause Homes for the disabled. In the district of Passau, the number of infections continued to rise, the incidence was 379. The city of Nuremberg reached an incidence of 307. The district of Regen came to 340.
The health authorities will have to significantly tighten the restrictions in these super hotspots in the coming days. This is the “hotspot strategy” of the state government. Unfortunately, we do not recognize a driver of the infection occurrence, we have a diffuse occurrence, “said the spokesman for the Regen district office. They want to wait with stricter rules until it is clear which measures are in the new infection control measures regulation. She is expected this Monday. Passau’s Mayor Jürgen Dupper (SPD) had already set strict restrictions on Friday, which should apply for a week. Since Saturday, leaving the apartment has only been allowed for a valid reason, for example to go shopping, to the doctor or to work. The citizens’ acceptance of the rules was high, said a Passau police spokesman for the BR. There were hardly any violations.
Marburger Bund Bavaria: Postpone predictable operations
Sunday, November 29, 4:19 p.m .: According to the Marburg Federal Bavaria, the increasing number of Covid-19 patients is pushing hospitals in the Free State to the limit. This refers to its own survey, according to which more than half of the clinic doctors stated that they had to restrict other treatments due to the large number of corona patients. The phased plan for hospital care announced by the state government must be implemented. Here the federal government appeals to both the clinics to join in and at the same time to the politicians to send clear signals again to “postpone planned surgical interventions if they are not urgent according to an individual medical assessment”.
If the admissions of Covid 19 patients continue to increase, the standard care will no longer be maintained to the usual extent, according to the Marburger Bund Bayern. Therefore, relief must be created for the burdened hospitals. According to the survey, a third of the participants confirmed that the current staff is insufficient for the number of ICU beds available. The fact that more than half of the doctors are still of the opinion that they will be able to continue working in this way in the next four weeks is due to the high work ethic of the hospital staff.