A corona outbreak apparently occurred at the Stadtsparkasse in Munich. Some employees may have contracted a virus mutation.
- Corona outbreak at the Münchner Stadtsparkasse: Some employees have apparently been infected with the British mutant B.1.1.7 (update from February 16, 6.48 p.m.).
- The city of Munich currently has an incidence value of 34.4. (see update from February 16, 10:04 a.m.)
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Update from February 17, 7:08 a.m.: In Munich the 7-day incidence drops to below 35. But politicians are far from unanimous on the opening strategy.
Suspected corona mutation: outbreak at Münchner Stadtsparkasse confirmed – several employees infected
Update from February 16, 6.48 p.m.: A corona outbreak apparently occurred at Stadtsparkasse München. 21 call center employees have tested positive, reports the Southgerman newspaper. At least six people are suspected of being infected with the British virus mutation B.1.1.7.
The re is still no confirmation by genome sequencing. A company spokesman has confirmed this, and the city health department is also aware of the situation.
According to the report, the affected call center employees are housed in open-plan offices on Ungererstraße. Distance rules were observed there, it was said. Masks were also given to the workforce, which had already been distributed to two other locations in the course of the pandemic. How the virus got into operation is still unclear.
Corona: Aiwanger calls for openings – not just listen to “star virologists in their laboratories”
Update from February 16, 3:48 p.m .: Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger (Free Voters) has in Bavarian television on the current corona situation. He called for the catering, retail and hotel business to be reopened “around Easter”: “We cannot close forever, and people don’t stay at home in bed when everything is closed, but get infected at home , “Says Aiwanger. He also emphasized that one should not always listen to the “star virologists in their laboratories” who were discussing measures up to “Zero Covid” while the companies went bankrupt.
It is important to weigh up business, virology and psychology. Aiwanger doesn’t see why people shouldn’t drink their beer in the beer garden around Easter, after all, they have hygiene concepts, distance rules and FFP2 masks.
Update from February 16, 12.40 p.m .: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) wants to take part in a video conference with Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) and all Bavarian district administrators and mayors this Friday.
The focus should be on the further fight against the corona virus. Söder announced this on Tuesday. “It’s about discussing the current situation, the situation of the mutations and how things can go on,” he told the dpa. It is important to exchange needs on a communal basis. It is clear that where incidences are very low, the desire for easing is great, Söder continues.
Corona lockdown: Merkel and Söder with video conference on the Bavarian situation – easing possible?
In his own words, Söder expects an open debate – especially since there are some district administrators who are pushing for the lockdown to be relaxed more quickly. “It should be an open exchange of views,” he said. “After all, it goes without saying that all opinions must be weighted.” He does not see an attack if someone has different opinions. “It is logical that someone who has lower incidence values in his area naturally wishes for more freedom than someone with higher values. But you have to weigh everything up and bring it into an overall concept.
The re is always a weighing process, and it always goes in steps. “
Update from February 16, 10:52 a.m .: From March 1, citizens should receive free rapid corona tests. Health Minister Jens Spahn announced this via Twitter.
“From March 1st, all citizens should be able to be tested free of charge by trained staff using rapid antigen tests.
The municipalities can commission their test centers or pharmacies with such offers, ”said Spahn. According to this, test centers and pharmacies on site should be supplied with the tests.
Corona: Munich incidence continues to fall – city falls below target value
The important 7-day incidence in Munich continues to decline. According to the latest data from the RKI (as of February 16), the value for Munich is now 34.4. Munich is thus below the target incidence of 35, which was given as a benchmark for further easing (see update from February 15, 4:50 p.m.). Across Germany, according to the RKI data set, the value is 58.7.
Update from February 16, 9.26 a.m .: CSU boss Markus Söder continues to stick to the path of caution in his corona policy. Only recently did he even praise the “No-Covid” strategy in the ZDF magazine’s heute journal. This strategy is to use the right measures until the incidence is reduced to zero.
The new CDU boss and Prime Minister of North Rhine Westphalia, Armin Laschet, now surprised with a statement that is clearly directed against the politics of Söder and Chancellor Merkel.
Corona lockdown: attack against Merkel and Söder? CDU boss Laschet sharply criticizes Lockdown
“I still think the popular attitude is to forbid everything, to be strict, to treat citizens like underage children,” said the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister at the digital New Year’s reception of the Baden-Württemberg state association of the CDU Economic Council. To get very specific: “You can’t always invent new limit values to prevent life from happening again,” he said. “We cannot measure our entire life just by incidence values.” We also have to look at the damage that happens to society and the economy, says Laschet.
Corona: Gastronomy, retail, culture – Munich’s mayor Reiter speaks of easing
Update from February 15, 4:50 p.m .: Munich’s mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) has expressed himself to relax in view of the positive corona trend in Munich. “We are in Munich with a 7-day incidence of just over 35. If the trend continues and the number of new infections remains stable, you have to think about further easing,” said the mayor on Monday afternoon.
Reiter had already spoken about a possible opening strategy in a conversation with CSU boss Söder last week. It should be about the opening of the retail trade, gastronomy or cultural institutions and in popular sports. Should the numbers continue to decline so significantly – as is currently the case in Munich – opening steps “urgently need to be put on the agenda of the next Prime Minister’s Conference at the beginning of March,” said Reiter.
Reiter also said that extensive hygiene concepts had been successfully implemented in gastronomy, culture and retail, which is why, from his point of view, an opening in these areas was “proportionate”.
First report from February 15, 2021
The premise was particularly surprising because in previous rounds the target mark was always set at an incidence of 50.
Now the numbers in Germany have been falling for weeks, the nationwide incidence is currently 58.9 (RKI: as of February 15). In Munich it is even 36.9. CSU boss Markus Söder explained in the ZDF program “Anne Will” on Sunday evening, February 14th, once again the plan to make easing possible – but also emphasized that this was not secured.
Corona lockdown: Söder explains easing strategy at Anne Will (ZDF) – “very quickly, very quickly”
When asked how things will go with easing, the Bavarian Prime Minister presented two options that were possible. If the number of cases goes down further and the target incidence of 35 is reached, there will be “loosening up very quickly, very quickly, of course,” says Söder. However, this depends on one essential point: the virus mutations. Because if these should fully penetrate the infection process, one must clearly distance oneself from the former. Now it is important to “be patient” and wait until March 7th, said the CSU chief. March 7th is blocked in Söders calendar for another federal-state summit. Here the Prime Ministers want to decide together with the Chancellor how things will continue in Germany.
Corona: No vacation on Easter? Söder brakes the Kretschmer announcement – “Wouldn’t trust me now …”
The Saxon Prime Minister had rejected an Easter holiday this year. He is a friend of “being honest”, says Kretschmer. It is not possible this year to go on vacation again during the Easter holidays, as the aim is still to reduce mobility and contacts as much as possible. CSU boss Söder distanced himself from Anne Will’s harsh holiday ban: “I wouldn’t dare to make a final prognosis about what will take place at Easter and what will not. I don’t think that’s really wise today, ”he says. As for further easing of social life, the same applies to planning the Easter break this year: Only in the next federal-state summit can one expect further decisions.
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