Updated March 27, 2021 at 1:52 p.m.
- 1:39 pm: Incidence of more than 514 – Saale-Orla district is the new number 1 hotspot
- 11:12 am: Virologist warns of chains of infection due to errors in the use of rapid tests
- 9.45 am: RKI registered 20,472 new infections in Germany
- 8:30 am: Number of corona deaths reaches new daily high in Brazil
- 8:00 am: Spahn asks questions from citizens
➤ Thuringia’s Saale-Orla district now Corona hotspot number 1
1:39 pm: The Saale-Orla district in Thuringia has replaced the Greiz district as the number one corona hotspot among the districts nationwide. The seven-day value for new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the Saale-Orla district on Saturday (as of midnight) was 514.2, according to an overview by the Robert Koch Institute.
This was followed by the Schwäbisch-Hall district in Baden-Württemberg with an incidence of 438.6 as well as the Thuringian Wartburg district (434.5) and the Greiz district (421).
The other corona news of the day:
Corona in the USA: More than 80,000 new corona infections
12:37 pm: In the USA, 80,716 new corona cases and 1,265 deaths were reported on Friday after an infection. This is based on data from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore on Saturday morning (CET).
On the same day of the previous week there were 61,527 new infections and 1,184 deaths. The previous highs were registered on January 2 with 300,416 new cases and on January 12 with 4,477 deaths. The rate of decline in the number of new infections nationwide had recently slowed.
With more than 548,000 deaths and 30.1 million infections, the United States is the country hardest hit by the corona pandemic in absolute terms. In the meantime, however, more than 89.5 million people have been vaccinated at least once. More than 45 percent of those over 65 are already fully vaccinated. The USA has a total of almost 330 million inhabitants.
The Johns Hopkins University website is updated regularly and therefore shows a higher level than the official figures from the World Health Organization (WHO). In some cases, the numbers – including those of new infections within 24 hours, but also those of the dead – are updated retrospectively.
Johnson warns: effects of third corona wave unclear
12:30 pm: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has again warned of a new spread of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom. It is unclear what effects a third corona wave on mainland Europe will have for the country, Johnson said on Saturday at an online meeting with members of his conservative party.
The “bitter experience” is that Great Britain will be met three weeks after Europe. “The question is, will it be as bad this time as it has been in the past? Or have we adequately mitigated, muffled and dulled the effects by giving out vaccine?” Said Johnson.
The head of government emphasized that he was sticking to his timetable for easing the strict corona rules. Accordingly, from this Monday on, meetings of two households or up to six people are again allowed in the largest part of England.
Non-essential shops and outdoor restaurants are not allowed to open until April 12th at the earliest. The government urged the population to exercise caution.
In Wales, holidays within the part of the country have been allowed again since Saturday. The prerequisite, however, is that households stay among themselves and stay overnight in self-catering accommodation.
Stricter corona rules apply in other parts of France
11:45 am: In the fight against the tense corona situation in the country, France is taking tough action again. From the weekend, tightened restrictions apply in three other departments.
There are also daytime exit restrictions in the administrative districts of Aube and Nièvre in the center of the country and Rhône in the southeast. People are only allowed to move about ten kilometers from their place of residence there, and many shops are closed.
These tougher measures have been in place in 16 departments since last weekend, including the greater Paris area. School classes in the areas should already be sent home completely in the event of a corona case, it had recently been said.
The government is stepping up controls at train stations, airports and tollbooths to ensure that people from the affected areas do not leave their region without good reason.
France has been hard hit by the pandemic. From Sunday, Germany wants to classify the neighboring country as a high incidence area with mandatory testing upon entry. The number of new infections to 100,000 people in seven days recently amounted to more than 300 nationwide, and around Paris the value is even around 600.
The situation in the hospitals is tense. About 94,000 people known to be infected died.
Charité virologist warns of application errors in rapid tests
11:30 am: The virologist Jan Felix Drexler from the Berlin Charité warns users of rapid antigen tests to adhere to the prescribed storage and ambient temperatures when carrying out the test.
“Even ten minutes at 37 degrees are enough for you to lose a lot of sensitivity, i.e. the question of how much virus you can detect,” said the virologist RTL / ntv.
A Charité study led by Drexler has proven that. Drexler said that the temperature information on the instruction leaflet should be observed, especially on hot summer days. Otherwise, you run the risk of chains of infection that could have been prevented.
More than 20,400 new corona infections in Germany
9.45 am: In Germany, more than 20,400 new corona infections were reported within one day. As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Saturday morning, citing information from the health authorities, 20,472 new infections were detected.
That’s 1,101 fewer than the previous day, but more than 4,000 more than a week ago, and the seven-day incidence rose further to 124.9. On Friday, the nationwide incidence value was 119.1 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week and on Saturday of last week it was still 99.9.
The RKI also reported 157 more deaths related to COVID-19 this Saturday. This means that 75,780 people have died in this country since the beginning of the pandemic. The number of Germany-wide corona infections is now a total of 2,755,225.
In view of the increasing number of infections, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the heads of government of the countries agreed on the extension of the lockdown rules until April 18 at their Corona summit on Tuesday night. This means that the emergency brake decided at the beginning of March continues to apply, which is supposed to take effect at an incidence value of over 100.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) warned on Friday that if the number of Corona cases continued to rise unchecked, Germany would run “the risk that our health system will reach its limits in April”.
RKI President Lothar Wieler said there were “clear signals” that the third corona wave that has now started “can become even worse than the first two waves”.
British government expects vaccination boosts from September
09:21 am: To protect against new variants of the coronavirus, people in the UK are said to receive a third vaccination. Over 70-year-olds could get this “booster” vaccination as early as September, said State Secretary Nadhim Zahawi to the Daily Telegraph (Saturday).
Medical staff and nursing staff should then also receive their third dose within ten months. Eight different vaccines would likely be available by the fall, Zahawi said. “Whatever the virus, we’ll be ready.”
The State Secretary announced that drive-through vaccination centers will soon open. You could then be vaccinated in the car, for example. This should reduce the vaccination skepticism of younger people as soon as it is their turn, said Zahawi.
The government has announced that all adults will receive a first dose of the coronavirus by the end of July. However, she has not made any specific announcements about the time after that. So far, around 30 million people have had their first dose injected, more than half of the adults.
However, with the spread of more contagious varieties, there is growing pressure on the government to protect the success of the vaccination program. The Guardian newspaper reported that the cabinet had discussed an expansion of the “red list” of high-risk countries. Anyone entering from these areas must be in hotel quarantine for ten days at their own expense.
3650: Brazil registers maximum daily corona deaths
8:30 am: Brazil has again registered a daily high among the corona deaths. The Ministry of Health in Brasília reported 3,650 deaths related to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours on Friday evening (local time).
On Tuesday, Brazil recorded more than 3,000 corona deaths in one day for the first time. This increased the number of corona deaths to 307,112. More than 12.4 million people have been shown to be infected with the coronavirus. Only in the US are the numbers higher. Brazil has 210 million inhabitants and is 24 times the size of Germany.
Germany is at the beginning of the third wave, which will probably be worse than the first two, said RKI President Lothar Wieler.
The health system has collapsed or is collapsing in many places. Medicines, including those for intubating COVID-19 patients, are running out. As the news portal “G1” reported, citing the research facility “Fundação Oswaldo Cruz” (Fiocruz), recent data indicate an increase in the disease among younger people.
In view of the dramatic corona situation, the German air force is delivering 80 ventilators to the Amazon metropolis of Manaus. A transport plane is expected Saturday afternoon in the northwest of the largest country in Latin America.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro played down the corona virus from the start. Most recently, the right-wing populist softened his tone a little – also with a view to vaccinations. The new health minister Marcelo Queiroga spoke of the “fatherland of masks” when he called for mouth and nose covers to be worn.
After the research institute “Instituto Butantan”, which is subordinate to the state of São Paulo, announced the development of a vaccine, the government now also wants to start production – it is having Preto developed at the University of São Paulo in Ribeirão.
Spahn asks citizens questions about Corona via the Internet
8:00 am: Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) will answer questions from citizens about the vaccination situation, rapid tests and other topics relating to the corona pandemic on Saturday (2:00 p.m.) via the Internet.
The live stream will be broadcast on the website www.z zusammengegencorona.de. In addition to Spahn, the head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler, the president of the Paul Ehrlich Institute responsible for vaccines, Klaus Cichutek, the president of the Federal Institute for Drugs, Karl Broich and the head of the Standing Vaccination Commission, Thomas Mertens.
The Tübingen emergency doctor Lisa Federle is also there. It is considered to be the driving force behind the model test in the Baden-Württemberg city – with opening steps and intensified tests.
Questions can be entered in advance on the homepage using an online form. Anyone who would like to bring their concerns live into the conversation can add their name with telephone number and email address.
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With material from dpa, afp, sid and apa.
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