The SPD politician said on Deutschlandfunk (audio link) that virus variants are now being tested in every case in his city. Although this is more expensive, it is necessary in order to be able to trace the chains of infection with the mutations. Kurzbach complained that far too little testing of the variants was carried out nationwide. That is why he does not trust the official figures on the prevalence of mutations to date, which should actually be higher.
Kurzbach was also critical of the vaccine procurement in Germany. The vaccination center in his city is currently largely empty and vaccination appointments have to be canceled again. In the case of orders within the European framework, significantly more quantities should have been ordered, said the Lord Mayor.
Last year Solingen had one of the highest incidence values in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Further articles on the coronavirus
We have created a news blog. In view of the large amount of information, this provides an overview of the most important current developments.
+ Current developments: Figures on the coronavirus in Germany (as of January 25)
+ New rules: This is how the federal states implement the resolutions (as of January 21)
Test and protection
The vaccination ordinance: who will be vaccinated first, who will be vaccinated later? (As of: January 17)
+ Dates: how, when and where can I get vaccinated? (Status: 21.1.)
+ Biontech and Pfizer: What is known about the side effects of the corona vaccine (as of January 14th)
+ Protection: So it is about the development of vaccines against the coronavirus (status: 06.01.)
+ Corona infection: how reliable are the tests? (As of: January 13th)
+ Sick people: New findings in the search for drugs (as of January 6th)
Treatment: How does an antibody drug work and when is it useful? (As of January 25th)
+ What is the situation like in the hospitals? (As of January 21)
+ Economy: How the world of work deals with the number of infections (as of January 11th)
Contagion and Transmission
+ Virus variants: how dangerous are the new mutations of the coronavirus? (As of: January 17)
+ Opponents of infection protection measures: What AfD and lateral thinkers have to do with the spread of the coronavirus in Germany (as of December 17)
+ Transfer: What role do aerosols play (as of January 22)
+ Excess mortality: how deadly is the coronavirus really? (As of: January 9th)
+ Travel warning:
The current list of risk areas (as of January 13th)
+ Major events: What will happen to the Olympics and the European Football Championship? (As of January 22nd)
+ Sport: Why clubs fear for their existence (as of January 22)
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This message was broadcast on January 25th, 2021 on Deutschlandfunk.