In view of the increasing corona numbers, the Berlin virologist Christian Drosten is calling for more stringent measures. “I think it will not work without a new lockdown to delay this dynamic, which has now without any doubt set in,” said the Charité scientist in the podcast “Coronavirus Update”. All that remains is the “mallet” method.
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Fourteen countries question quality of WHO virus study
The US and 13 other countries have expressed doubts about the quality of a long-awaited investigation into the origin of the coronavirus in China. The study on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) was published in Geneva on Tuesday. In it, experts stressed the need for further studies into the origin of the virus from the animal world and possible virus circulation outside of China before the first cases were discovered in Wuhan. The researchers describe the theory that the virus could have escaped from a laboratory as “extremely unlikely” – in line with the Chinese government’s intention.”We support a transparent and independent analysis and assessment of the origins of the virus, free from interference and undue influence,” said the US State Department in Washington. “In this regard, we express our common concern about the WHO-scheduled study in China.” The study was significantly delayed and the scientists had no access to complete original data sets and samples. The signatories also include Denmark, Norway, Great Britain, Australia, Canada and Japan. (Reuters)
Spain lifts age limit for Astrazeneca
According to a media report, Spain is lifting the upper age limit for the vaccine from the British-Swedish company Astrazeneca after new reports about cerebral vein thrombosis. This is reported by Cadena Ser Radio.
The vaccine from the US pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson is said to be given to people over the age of 66. A state health commission approved the change at a meeting. Spain decided a week ago to re-authorize Astrazeneca’s vaccine for people aged 18 to 65. (Reuters)
Easing planned in Ireland
In Ireland, Prime Minister Michael Martin has announced limited easing.
Accordingly, from April 12th, two households will be able to meet again in the open air. In addition, the movement restriction to a radius of five kilometers from home is to be lifted. Martin has announced that all shops will reopen in May and the hotels in June. The country has one of the toughest and longest national lockdowns in Europe. (Reuters)
First of all, Astrazeneca should not be vaccinated in the elderly.
Health Minister: Astrazeneca only for people aged 60 and over
According to a decision by the federal and state health ministers, the corona vaccine from Astrazeneca is only to be used for people aged 60 and over from Wednesday. Under 60-year-olds should be able to continue to be vaccinated with it “at the medical discretion and in the case of an individual risk analysis after careful explanation”, as can be seen from the decision of Tuesday evening, which is available to the German Press Agency. (dpa)
Biontech boss Ugur Sahin believes another hard lockdown is possible.
AFP / Bernd von Jutrczenka
Biontech boss Ugur Sahin for tough lockdown
The founder and boss of the Mainz-based pharmaceutical company Biontech, Ugur Sahin, may consider a tough lockdown in the summer to be necessary. One now has to wait and see whether the numbers fall in warmer weather and in summer, says Sahin to the RTL / ntv broadcasters.
“If we don’t see a trend reversal, we’ll have to go into a strong lockdown again.” Sahin adds: “Unfortunately, we are already so far with the number of infections in Europe and also in Germany that we can no longer wait until stricter measures are introduced.” (Reuters)
Vaccinated over 30 million Britons Around 30.7 million people in the UK have received a first dose of vaccine against the coronavirus. That comes from official data. There are around 66 million people in the UK. 4040 new positive tests were reported within 24 hours after 4654 the day before. Another 56 people died in connection with the virus. (Reuters)
WHO: Possibly Covid-19 cases in Wuhan as early as autumn 2019
The World Health Organization (WHO) considers further research to be necessary in order to obtain more clarity about the spread of the coronavirus.
You could do this additional investigations in China will be requiredsays WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The head of the WHO investigation team in China, Peter Ben Embarek, calls it “very possible”, that it is in the Wuhan area
there were already Covid-19 cases in October and November and the disease had spread across national borders earlier than previously documented. (Reuters)
Medics: Restricting Astrazeneca Vaccination Right Step
The pandemic officer at the Klinikum rechts der Isar at the Technical University of Munich, Christoph Spinner, sees the temporary suspension of Astrazeneca vaccinations for people under 60 as a reasonable step.
“If you want to be absolutely sure – and we want that in Germany – then this is the right decision now.”Spinner said on Tuesday the German Press Agency. However, the senior physician at the university hospital advocated Giving younger people the power to decide whether they want the vaccine or not.
It is about a risk-benefit balance: the risk of developing serious Covid-19 should be compared to the risk of cerebral vein thrombosis, which was statistically slightly higher than the normal value in younger women after the vaccination. With older age, however, the risk of serious corona diseases increases significantly.
The number of those affected by cerebral vein thrombosis is still very low.
He understands that many people are insecure after the information about Astrazeneca has been changed several times. However, he rejected allegations against science.
“Science does what it should: it observes and learns.” The adjustments are an expression of constant knowledge gain. (dpa)
Corona model projects in Brandenburg are postponed
The start of the Corona model projects in Brandenburg will be postponed. This was announced by Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) on Tuesday. “In my opinion, this is the wrong signal where we have a massive increase in infections,” said the head of government in Potsdam about the projects initially planned. “Postponed means that we will deal with the topic again on the basis of the proposals that have already been made, if the infection situation allows.”
Model projects in districts or cities should allow relaxation – Corona tests and an app for contact tracking should create the necessary leeway. Several municipalities had signaled their interest, including Potsdam and Cottbus. The seven-day incidence in Brandenburg was 145.4 on Tuesday. (dpa)
Stiko only recommends Astrazeneca for age groups over 60
After the partial stop of Astrazeneca vaccinations, the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) at the Robert Koch Institute now recommends the corona vaccine only for people aged 60 and over. The Stiko announced on Tuesday.
The reason is the occurrence of “rare but very severe thromboembolic side effects” with the Astrazeneca vaccine, which occurred four to 16 days after the vaccination, the overwhelming majority of those vaccinated in the age group under 60. Because of this side effect, Berlin, Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia had already decided before the official recommendation of Stiko on Tuesday to suspend vaccinations for younger people. (epd)
Hamburg Ironman postponed to August 29th The Ironman Hamburg is postponed due to the ongoing corona pandemic. The organizers announced on Tuesday that the 3.86 km swim, 180.2 km bike and 42.2 km run race will start on August 29 instead of June 6 as planned. Last year, the triathlon was postponed due to the Corona crisis and then canceled entirely. The race was started in the Hanseatic city for the first time in 2017. (dpa)
The city of Tübingen wanted to set a school with its model project.
dpa / Marijan Murat
Tübingen special route with quick tests before the end
Boris Palmer is considering a possible termination of the model test in Tübingen, but appeals to the ministry to definitely let the project continue until after Easter. This is reported by the Stuttgarter Zeitung.
The Tübingen model test is still running for the time being, despite the recent surge in incidence, However, plans for further test regions are on hold. Ludwigsburg, Esslingen, Pforzheim, the districts of Calw, Tuttlingen and Böblingen, among others, had expressed interest in opening up based on the Tübingen model.
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