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The Robert Koch Institute reports new corona infections in 1919, the incidence value is now 13.6. And: In Tokyo, several athletes tested positive for Covid-19. The overview.

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Several athletes in Tokyo are infected with Covid-19

6.28 a.m.:

At the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the organizers reported 17 more corona cases.

This has increased the number of positive tests since the start of recording on July 1 to a total of 123. On Friday, the German Olympic team announced their first Corona case.

The cyclist Simon Geschke had tested positive for the virus.

The Dutch athletes are also affected, so rower Finn Florijn tested positive for the corona virus.

"Now it's over in no time, I can't say much more about it," said Florijn, who was the fourth member of the Dutch Olympic team to test positive for Covid-19.

At the beginning of the week, the Dutch announced that in addition to a member of the rowing team, Taekwondo athlete Reshmie Oogink was corona-positive.

The skateboarder Candy Jacobs had announced her positive test herself on Instagram.

The French Olympic Committee announced on Saturday that supervisors of the men's basketball team had been quarantined because a passenger on board the flight to Japan had tested positive for the corona virus.

More than 40 million corona cases since the pandemic began in Latin America and the Caribbean

6:08 a.m.:

In Latin America and the Caribbean, more than 40 million people have tested positive for the corona virus since the beginning of the corona pandemic.

The death toll rose to 1,353,335 people, according to a count by the AFP news agency based on official data on Saturday.

The incidences have recently increased again in numerous countries, fueled by the spread of the more contagious delta variant, among other things.

Around 193 million people worldwide have tested positive so far.

4,143,687 people died.

Lower Saxony's Prime Minister Weil sees vaccination as the key to a return to normalcy

6.00 a.m.:

The Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil (SPD), sees vaccination against the virus in the corona pandemic as the key to a return to normalcy.

"A normal life will result when a very large majority in society is fully vaccinated," Weil told the dpa news agency.

The available vaccines respond well to the previously known mutations.

"I do not understand that right now, at the moment when we have enough vaccine, the willingness in the population is clearly losing momentum," said Weil.

"If you consider, for example, that no vaccine is currently approved for children, then far more people than the 80 percent of the rest of society have to be vaccinated."

Rio expects delta variant to dominate

5.41 a.m.:

After the first deaths from the delta variant of the corona virus, the city administration of Rio de Janeiro warned against its further spread.

"It is expected that the Delta variant will soon be predominant in the city," said Rios Health Secretary Daniel Soranz at the press conference on the situation of the corona pandemic in the Brazilian metropolis.

Accordingly, the Gamma variant still dominates in Rio de Janeiro.

The day before, the first four deaths in connection with the Delta variant B.1 617.2 of the corona virus became known in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

The four people who died outside the capital Rio had not yet been completely vaccinated against Corona.

Business expert Grimm warns of an impending cancellation of classes

4.15 a.m.:

The "economy" Veronika Grimm fears significant long-term economic consequences due to the increasing number of infections and a renewed threat of loss of lessons at schools from autumn onwards.

According to calculations, the loss of economic output due to educational losses could run into the trillions by the end of the century, Grimm told the dpa news agency.

Persistent loss of education is the greatest risk of a fourth corona wave in Germany.

"The problem is that you again have no strategy to get in front of the wave by testing, for example," said Grimm.

Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister calls for a new corona warning system

3.38 a.m.:

The Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) has called for a new warning system for the corona policy beyond the pure incidence values ​​as the main criterion. "Of course, we are also looking at the increasing number of infections with concern," said Dreyer of the "Rheinische Post". Nevertheless, "the incidence today says much less about the risk of disease and the possible burden on the health system than it did six months ago, because more and more people are being vaccinated."

The incidence remains important, said the Prime Minister of the newspaper.

But it must be linked to the situation in the hospitals.

»The federal states have to come to a new warning value with the federal government.

We should come to an agreement quickly on a nationwide regulation, "demanded Dreyer.

»My colleague Manuela Schwesig in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has presented a very clever traffic light system.

We need just such an orientation nationwide. «The federal and state governments are planning a conference of prime ministers at the end of July or beginning of August.

38 billion euros in total expenditure on short-time work benefits

2.30 a.m.:

According to Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD), the total expenditure for short-time work benefits in the Corona crisis has been 38 billion euros since the beginning of 2020.

“That's a hell of a lot of money.

Mass unemployment would, however, be much more expensive for our country, «says Heil of the Düsseldorf Rheinische Post.

According to the Federal Labor Minister, the federal government had 26 billion euros in reserves from good labor market times and the Federal Employment Agency helped quickly and unbureaucratically.

»I don't want to rule out that there have been errors in individual cases.

That will be controlled in due course according to the law, «admits the SPD politician.

Saarland Prime Minister: "Vaccination shows solidarity, refusal to vaccinate shows egoism"

0.15 a.m.:

Saarland's Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) has spoken out in favor of not giving vaccination refusers the same freedoms as those who have been vaccinated.

"With vaccination you show solidarity, with refusal to vaccinate you show egoism," says Hans of the editorial network Germany (RND) according to a preliminary report.

According to the prime minister, vaccinators should not be allowed to pay for rapid tests, for example, or not be allowed to attend every event.

It could not be that nothing changes for those who have been vaccinated just because society has to show permanent consideration for those who refuse.

kha / mjm / AFP / dpa / Reuters

Source: spiegel

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