The corona incidence value in Cologne has been above the mark of 100 for eleven days and has been 128.0 since Friday (March 26). Cologne is in the middle of the third wave. On Friday evening it was announced: The emergency brake will come in Cologne from Monday.
- Corona: Cologne is in the middle of the third corona wave
- Emergency brake from Monday
- The crisis team informed about the current situation on Friday
The emergency brake applies from Monday in Cologne
The emergency brake will come from Monday (March 29, 2021) in Cologne. The city of Cologne announced on Friday evening what that means exactly:
- Close or switch back to “Click & Collect” must all non-privileged product groups (electronics, textiles, etc.). Also Hardware stores and Wholesalethat are not listed under § 11 Paragraph 1 No. 1-8 CoronaSchVO NRW are no longer allowed to open to general customer traffic. This also applies to tradesmen’s shops.
- Museums, libraries and similar institutions have to close. Of the Zoo and similar institutions must close all houses. The freely accessible areas remain open. The city’s general decree continues to apply here that visitors – including children from school entry – have a maximum of one 24 hours old negative corona test result have to show.
- For the urban area there is a Stricter ban on contact (§ 2 Paragraph 2 No. 1a of the Corona Protection Ordinance NRW) of two people from two households in public space; that is, only meetings with a maximum of one person from another household are permitted in public. A The exception applies over the Easter days from April 1st to 5th: During this period, two households with a maximum of five people may meet, not including children under 14 years of age. Of the Easter walk Up to five people are therefore possible with grandparents, friends or relatives, but here, too, the appeal is to stay in Cologne, to refrain from visits and to avoid heavily frequented places, streets, parks and green spaces. The city urgently advises that a rapid corona test be carried out before meetings.
- In private areas, the general decree of the City of Cologne continues to apply: maximum five people from two households, Children under the age of 14 are not counted. Visiting the grandparents is not prohibited, but here, too, the appeal is to postpone or at least reduce visits if possible and to do a quick test before a meeting.
- There are also restrictions in sports. From Monday, training for children under the age of 14 is only permitted in groups of up to ten people. This also applies to the youth teams of professional sports clubs. People over the age of 14 may only play sports with a maximum of one person from another household. For the Easter days from April 1 to 5, 2021, the extension also applies that a meeting of up to five people from two households is permitted.
- The Provision of services close to the bodyn is prohibited except for medically necessary services, hairdressing services and non-medical foot care services as well as commercial passenger transport.
The crisis team commented on the current situation on Friday morning (March 26). There was still no talk of an emergency brake in Cologne. Here you can find all information from the press conference.
Press conference in Cologne: Fire chief with sad vaccination prognosis
Fire brigade chief Christian Miller assumes that around 70 percent of Cologne residents will be vaccinated by the end of the year if there are no further vaccination setbacks.
Because of the delivery bottleneck of the Astrazeneca vaccine, 16,000 appointment requests for April could not be accepted. In response to an EXPRESS request, a city spokesman explains that no appointment cancellations would have been necessary. There is a permanent exchange with the NRW Ministry of Health about the available vaccine contingent.
We have summarized the most important information from the press conference for you in the ticker (see below). The latest information is at the top.
- 1:48 p.m .: The crisis team ends the press conference.
- 1:36 p.m .: Andrea Blome does not expect any further openings after Easter. “The topic of the model community cannot be seen independently of the incidence.”
- 1:32 p.m .: According to Andrea Blome, the model city of Cologne cannot be extended to the entire city. One would currently think more of a shopping center that will then be opened to Cologne residents with a negative test, for example.
- 1:29 p.m .: Currently 150,000 rapid tests can be carried out in Cologne every week, and capacities are to be expanded even further.
- 1:25 p.m .: When asked about the average age in intensive care units, Christian Miller explains that the development is still too new for it. In the meantime, however, the trend towards younger patients can be clearly seen. “There is even an 18-year-old being cared for in the intensive care unit and many more 40-year-old patients.”
- 1:19 p.m .: The group of over 70-year-olds is not affected because they will be vaccinated with the Biontech vaccine.
- 1:15 p.m .: Then it comes back to the situation in the vaccination center. “We didn’t get an allocation for the Astra vaccine for April. At least we got a special contingent. Nevertheless, we will probably not be able to implement 16,000 appointments, ”says Miller. And gives a forecast: By the end of 2021, 70 percent of Cologne residents should be vaccinated.
- 1:13 p.m. Nießen hands over to the head of the fire department Christian Miller. “The situation is coming to a head in the intensive care units. The patients with very severe courses are getting younger. ”Only six percent of the intensive care beds are still free.
- 1:12 p.m .: “We have already been able to vaccinate all residents in nursing homes and the staff,” said Nießen about the current vaccination success.
- 1:10 p.m .: Every 30th Cologne resident is currently receiving a second vaccination. Overall, around 8.5 percent of Cologne residents are vaccinated. You have 5000 vaccinations a day, the vaccination center is busy with it. The demand is high. But: “The Astrazeneca vaccinations are less, we have to deal with that.”
- 1:08 p.m.: Then Andrea Blome hands over to Johannes Nießen (Head of Health Department). “We are in the middle of the third wave.”
- 1:07 p.m .: Since March 23, 2020, 18,000 violations of the Corona Protection Ordinance have been found in Cologne.
- 1:06 p.m .: The head of the crisis team, Andrea Blome, then briefly addresses the subject of vaccinations. “In April we will not receive an Astrazeneca vaccine, that will have consequences,” said Blome.
- 1:05 p.m. New test centers are scheduled to go into operation from April 1st. One wants to continue to concentrate strongly on the tests in schools and day care centers in order to keep them open. After the Easter break, tests are to be carried out even more intensively in schools.
- 1:04 p.m .: The Crisis team leader Andrea Blome reports from an intensive meeting of the crisis team. You have just heard about the new corona protection regulation of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and will go into it later. The crisis team will meet again on Monday (March 29).
- 1.00 p.m .: The press conference of the Cologne crisis team is scheduled to begin.
Corona in Cologne: Reker hands over the management of the crisis team to the city director
Henriette Reker announced last Friday (March 19) that she was finally handing over the management of the crisis team to the deputy Andrea Blome.
Reker took over the management of the crisis team in 2020 when City Director Dr. Stephan Keller fell into the Düsseldorf election campaign.
Crisis team decision: Since this week only with a test to the hairdresser
Review: In the last week (March 19), the crisis team announced, among other things, new rules for hairdressers and visits to the zoo.
Since Monday (March 22nd) Cologne residents have to present a currently negative Corona rapid test or self-test at the hairdresser’s. The same applies to a visit to the zoo.