Status: 02/22/2021 6:23 a.m.
RKI: 4,369 new infections and 62 further deaths
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 4369 new infections. That is around 60 cases less than on Monday a week ago. The seven-day incidence increases to 61.0 from 60.2 last. The value indicates how many people per 100,000 inhabitants have contracted the corona virus in the past seven days.
The goal of the federal and state governments is a value of 50 in order to relieve the health system, from a permanent value of below 35 they have promised further lockdown openings. 62 other people died according to the RKI after a proven infection with the virus. This increases the number of deaths to 67,903 within 24 hours. In total, more than 2.39 million infections have been confirmed in Germany so far.
Half a million dead: Corona memorial ceremony in the White House
US President Joe Biden wants to commemorate the 500,000 corona deaths in the USA. The White House announced that the president would commemorate the dead with a moment of silence and the lighting of candles as part of a ceremony. Biden wanted to speak in the evening. It was expected that the US has recorded half a million corona deaths since the pandemic began. Also present at the ceremony were First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff. By late Sunday evening, Johns Hopkins University counted around 499,000 corona deaths in the United States.
KBV boss Gassen: Anyone who rejects AstraZeneca vaccine has to wait
The head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), Andreas Gassen, speaks out in favor of loosening the vaccination sequence in view of the skepticism towards the AstraZeneca vaccine. “If a vaccination offer is made to someone and it is rejected, they have to queue up again and others come first,” says Gassen of the newspaper “Rheinische Post” (Monday edition). First, medical staff must be vaccinated in the area. He lacks any understanding not to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca. “
The AstraZeneca vaccine is highly effective, more effective than any flu vaccine.”
Vaccination start in Australia
The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be vaccinated with the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine at the start of the vaccination campaign. “Today is a real milestone in our joint response to the fight against Covid-19 and to get things under control as quickly as possible,” says the head of the TGA health authority, Michael Kidd, on the public television channel ABC. By the end of the week, more than 60,000 cans from the German manufacturer are to be inoculated initially to health care workers and senior citizens.
The first batch of AstraZeneca’s vaccine is expected to reach Australia in the next two weeks.
Montgomery warns of rising case numbers in case of easing
The chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, warns against loosening the situation in view of the increasing number of infections. “Anyone who talks about relaxation in times of rising R-values is acting absolutely irresponsibly,” the doctor tells the newspapers of the “Funke Mediengruppe”. Because with every opening there is a significant increase in the numbers. “
The seven-day incidence also climbed again to over 60 cases per 100,000 population.
SPD doubts Spahn’s commitment to free rapid tests for everyone
The SPD doubts Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn’s promise to provide free corona tests for all German citizens from March 1st. “During the vaccination we noticed that we couldn’t believe Spahn’s announcements. Corrections and corrections continue to be made. And I’m a bit afraid that we will create the next disappointment (during testing),” says Secretary General Lars Klingbeil in politics -Talk the newspaper “Bild”.
The re are still “many questions” that Spahn did not answer.
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