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Corona news on Saturday: The most important developments on Sars-CoV


The RKI reports new infections in 1911 - and a single-digit seven-day incidence of 9.3. SPD health expert Lauterbach warns of an EM final in London. The Netherlands continues to open. The overview.

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Because of Corona: SPD health expert against EM games in London

6:02 a.m.:


SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach

has criticized London as the venue for the European Football Championship in view of the increasing number of corona infections. The politician of the media group "RTL / ntv" said it was unacceptable that football games were held in England with spectators. “The

Delta variant is just too dangerous

. That is a

threat to the citizens of England and the citizens of Europe

. The games would have to be moved to another European country, ”said Lauterbach.

However, he spoke out against bringing Munich into play as a possible replacement location.

“It would be unfortunate if you made a proposal that would favor your own stadium and fans.

We would not be credible if we suggest to England that the games take place here instead, ”the politician said.

In Great Britain, the delta variant of the coronavirus discovered in India is currently spreading rapidly and is driving the number of new infections significantly higher despite the high vaccination rate.

Two rounds of 16 (June 26th and 29th) are scheduled for the coming week at London's Wembley Stadium, before both semi-finals there on July 6th and 7th and the final on July 11th.

Because of Corona, the number of passengers in ICEs drops by 50 percent

05.11 a.m.:

Deutsche Bahn has

suffered from


slump in demand

and is feeling the consequences of the corona crisis more and more on its balance sheet. In the first few months of this year, the number of passengers of the state company fell by 50 percent, according to information from the "Süddeutsche Zeitung", according to a preliminary report.

In long-distance transport, the company counted

15.6 million passengers

in April,

only half of the travelers compared to April the previous year


In regional traffic, the number of passengers also fell by a good 40 percent to 278 million travelers.

The freight rail transport volume alone rose slightly by five percent.

The goals in passenger traffic for the year as a whole are in danger due to the "ongoing corona restrictions," it said in the papers that were available to the SZ.

Streeck criticizes corona policy as "still too reactive"

4:50 a.m.:

In view of the falling number of corona cases, the Bonn virologist Hendrik Streeck has warned against negligence in the fight against the pandemic.

"In my opinion we are still too reactive and not active enough," said Streeck of the "Fuldaer Zeitung".

"We are failing to learn as much as possible from the pandemic and to prepare for autumn and winter."

The expert campaigned for an interdisciplinary pandemic council to be "already thinking ahead".

This would have to play through "what to do in which scenario in autumn" in simulation games.

From Streeck's point of view, the fact that the number of cases is currently falling is not a success of the corona policy in the federal and state levels.

"The federal emergency brake with the curfews probably did little to ensure that the numbers are now falling," said the virologist.

Rather, the increasing corona vaccinations and other factors contributed to it.

The "seasonality of the corona viruses" should not be underestimated.

"We all know it: In winter you catch a cold, in summer not really,"

emphasized Streeck.

The coronavirus is "not completely gone, but it is spreading at a lower level - like last summer".

The Netherlands decide to further relax the corona

04.48 a.m.:

The Netherlands decided


further relax the applicable corona measures

for June 26th


Among other things, the mask requirement then only applies in public transport and secondary schools, as Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced on Friday.

Discotheques should also be allowed to reopen, but visitors must have a negative test.

According to Rutte, it is also allowed to watch the games of the European Football Championship together in bars and cafés, provided there is a distance of one and a half meters between the tables.

Indoor catering in the Netherlands was allowed to reopen on June 5, subject to certain conditions.

"The Netherlands are taking a big step" towards normalcy, said Rutte.

The government will examine in mid-August whether rules such as restricting social contacts can also be lifted.

Police clears party of 3000 people in Hamburg's city park

02.42 a.m.:

The police broke up a party in Hamburg's city park.

Around 3000 people celebrated on Saturday night in summer temperatures in the park.

Due to the non-compliance with the applicable corona rules

, the police initially tried to use headlights to get the group to leave, said a police spokesman.

However, since this did not succeed and groups of 100 to 200 people were repeatedly formed, the police decided to evacuate the area.

Occasionally, bottles were thrown at the police officers.

Further details were not known at first.

Bedford-Strohm: Allow the wealthy to participate particularly in pandemic costs

1 a.m.:


chairman of the Evangelical Church in Germany

, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, calls for a fair distribution of the corona costs and a special contribution from the wealthy and profiteers from the pandemic. »The way in which those who have particularly benefited and are particularly blessed with prosperity will also be particularly involved in the costs of the pandemic must be clarified in political discourse. But it is clear that they have a special obligation to contribute «, writes Bedford-Strohm in a guest article for» Mannheimer Morgen «.

"The boom on the stock markets, which made the asset growth possible, is due not least to direct corporate aid financed from taxpayers' money," writes the council chairman.

It was true that the state supported the economy so massively.

This saved many jobs.

"But now the costs must also be distributed fairly," demanded Bedford-Strohm.

This necessary discourse is not a debate about envy, "but rather a decisive contribution to social cohesion."

oka / dpa / Reuters / AFP

Source: spiegel

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