Health Minister Spahn and RKI boss Wieler give an outlook. Chancellor Merkel asks Anne Will – and CSU boss Söder wants to rely on “Sputnik V”. The news ticker.
- RKI boss Lothar Wieler gives a positive forecast for the corona pandemic in Germany (Update from March 26, 10:35 a.m.)
- Chancellor Angela Merkel will be guest at Anne Will (Update from March 26th, 1:50 p.m.).
- There are calls from the federal states to also rely on the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V” (Update from March 27, 8.24 a.m.).
- This News ticker about the corona crisis in Germany is updated regularly.
Update from March 27, 8.24 a.m.: The corona pandemic can only be defeated by vaccination, says Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) – and demands in an interview with the Passauer Neue Presse (PNP) and the Donaukurier (Saturday editions) that the “approval of Sputnik V must be decided as soon as possible.” This is the corona vaccine from Russia. (You can find out more about the vaccine in the video above).
“And we should have learned from the bad experiences with the first order,” warned Söder. Therefore, this time the EU should quickly conclude all the necessary contracts, said the CSU boss. It was “difficult to convey to the people that we in Europe have real problems with vaccination progress, but that we are the most export-friendly vaccines worldwide,” Söder told the newspapers. Export controls are “only a first step”, “more honest and better” from his point of view would be to impose an export ban now.
So far, the corona vaccines from Biontech / Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca and Johnson & Johnson have received EU-wide approval. For Sputnik V, the EU Medicines Agency (EMA) has started a so-called rolling procedure for approval.
Corona in Germany: RKI reports jump in incidence – highest value since mid-January 2021
Meanwhile, the corona infection situation is accelerating in Germany: According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the 7-day incidence was last at 124.9, as shown by figures from Saturday morning. The value is now higher than it has been since January 19 (131.5).
On Friday the RKI had given the incidence as 119.1, two weeks ago it was 76.1. The value is an important key figure for the course of the pandemic. In mid-February it fell significantly across Germany – experts attribute the sharp increase since then to the spread of more contagious corona mutations.
Corona debate at “Markus Lanz” (ZDF): Lauterbach and Prantl argue about measures
Update from March 26th, 5:23 p.m .: SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach Markus Lanz had a heated discussion with journalist Heribert Prantl. The media maker from the Süddeutsche Zeitung attacked Lauterbach sharply: “I am a man who wants to give people hope in contrast to you, Mr. Lauterbach.” The virologist found the journalist’s arguments again as shortened and “not complex enough”. An important argument for him in the debate about the measures are the resulting mutations: “The virus is now more contagious than before.”
Both are not satisfied with the current government measures, Lauterbach insists on more drastic steps, Prantl would like to see even more regional individual regulations. When moderator Lanz asked whether he would not believe Lauterbach as a recognized scientist who was often right in the pandemic, he replied SZ-Mann: “When it is said that science has decided, then with Mr. Lauterbach it always means in the end: his science. And when it comes to the consequences of the lockdown, to the questions of what is correct as a reaction to Corona, then I want to include completely different sciences. “
Corona in Germany: Merkel appears on TV for a short time
Update from March 26th, 1:50 p.m .: Angela Merkel was announced at short notice as a guest at Anne Will on ARD. Das Erste writes on the official homepage. The broadcast starts on Sunday at 9.45 p.m. Merkel will be the only guest at Anne Will.
Update from March 26, 11:10 a.m.: What should the Easter days look like now? What does the cancellation of the Easter rest mean? Jens Spahn emphasizes: Still no trips or large family get-togethers. “We all hoped that Easter could be different,” said Spahn, but the virus thwarted our plans. “State measures alone do not solve this problem.” Each individual must make the difference. From Monday, the test obligation for air travel also applies. (Update 10:53 a.m.)
However, the first positive signs are also evident in the case of vaccines. Vaccines for children are not yet on the market. However, Spahn emphasized that research was being carried out on it. However, there has not yet been a specific date. That “can take months, but it could also be next year,” said Spahn.
Corona in Germany: When is the pandemic over – RKI boss gives positive forecast for 2021
Update from March 26, 10:53 a.m.: The federal government has decided to make air travel tests compulsory. But when exactly does it come into force? Jens Spahn announces: It will apply from Monday, March 29, 0.01 a.m. Before that, Sunday had been planned. Results from rapid tests are also accepted, unlike in other European countries. A quick test is better than no test at all, says Wieler. The RKI boss also hopes that the tests will have a further effect: “I hope that this will also ensure that fewer people travel” And further: “Mobility and contacts are the drivers of this pandemic.”
Update from March 26th, 10:35 am: When is the pandemic over? A question that many people in the population are probably asking themselves. RKI boss Wieler has a positive prognosis for the citizens. “We will control this pandemic this year,” said Wieler. However, this would still require tougher measures in the next few months. These must be adhered to. The RKI wants to publish a forecast in the next few weeks.
Corona in Germany: Spahn warns of the collapse of the health system – “If this continues”
Update from March 26th, 10.19 a.m.: Jens Spahn and RKI boss Wieler ask a number of questions about the current pandemic situation in a press conference. Jens Spahn becomes clear right from the start. The travel restrictions with the mandatory tests will not help alone. “If this continues, we run the risk that our health system will reach its limits in April,” warns Spahn, referring to the increasing number of infections.
“We have to reckon with the fact that there may be similar numbers of infections as in winter and thus increasing deaths,” said Spahn. The implementation of the emergency brake and caution at meetings over Easter would be necessary. The vaccination would also “improve week by week”, but the vaccination effect would be diminished by the increasing number of infections. A positive vaccination effect is currently clearly evident in people over 80 – the incidence here has fallen significantly. This is also emphasized by RKI boss Wieler.
Corona in Germany: Wieler with an urgent appeal to the population – “We are facing very difficult weeks”
But the situation is serious: “We are facing very difficult weeks,” said Wieler. The contagious mutant B.1.1.7 is making the pandemic worse. “There are clear signals here that this wave can get even worse than the first two.” Without immediate countermeasures, there would be serious consequences. The shaft needs to be flattened. Wieler appeals to the population to follow the recommended measures.
Corona in Germany: Spahn and Wieler ask media questions – different approaches at Easter
First report from March 26th, 9.55 a.m .: Berlin – It is already part of everyday life in the pandemic: the Friday press briefing with RKI boss Lothar Wieler and Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), in the livestream from Berlin.
There are many topics on the corona situation in the last week of March 2021: Before Easter, a test obligation for flight returnees from abroad should apply (from March 28th). The Saarland wants to loosen up after Easter and thus join the trials that are considered to be “model projects” such as in Tübingen or Rostock. Germany wants to classify France as a high incidence area. Meanwhile, SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach warns of the British corona mutation B.1.1.7, which is spreading widely across Germany.
RKI announces corona numbers for Germany: 7-day incidence is rising again
In fact, the Corona numbers for Germany this Friday are not encouraging. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 21,573 new cases of infection for a period of 24 hours, and there were also 183 new deaths with or from Covid-19 (Stand: March 26, 0.00 o’clock). That is almost 1,100 cases less than the day before – but around 4,000 more than a week ago.
The nationwide 7-day incidence rose to 119.1 (previous day: 113.3). It had already passed the 100 mark last weekend. As a reminder: In February it had meanwhile fallen below 60. The nationwide 7-day R-value is now 1.08 (previous day 1.00). If the value is below 1 for a longer period of time, the infection rate subsides; if it is consistently higher, the number of cases increases.
Corona in Germany: “Emergency brake” still applies – Merkel apologizes for planned “Easter rest”
At the Corona summit on Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the country leaders decided to extend the lockdown until April 18. This means that the emergency brake decided at the beginning of March continues to apply, which is supposed to apply at an incidence value of over 100.
A tightened lockdown over the Easter holidays, however, was withdrawn shortly afterwards. Merkel described the project as a personal mistake due to its lack of feasibility and asked the citizens for forgiveness. (frs with material from dpa and AFP)
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