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Coronavirus news on Thursday: The most important developments on Sars-CoV


The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach names five measures that he now considers important in the pandemic. And: In South Africa, the new corona cases have doubled within 24 hours. The overview.

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Patient advocates warn of the enormous expense involved in compulsory vaccination

5.38 a.m.:

In the debate about a general compulsory corona vaccination, patient advocates pointed out the enormous effort involved in the implementation. You need an infrastructure that will guarantee vaccinations for millions of people every six months in 2022 alone, explained the board of directors of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, Eugen Brysch, to the dpa news agency. It is unrealistic to believe that general practitioners can do that as well. "Doctors in private practice are already running hot with their vaccinations," said Brysch. »It is the patients who are currently suffering who need basic medical care. The situation is getting worse every day. "

It will not work without the establishment of at least 400 vaccination centers.

"After all, this is an offer that has to be made available seven days a week." Anyone who wants to enforce mandatory vaccination must be responsible for billions in additional costs.

"It will be even more difficult to find tens of thousands of employees for this job," said Brysch.

In South Africa, the new corona cases have doubled within a day

5.15 a.m.:

The number of those who tested positive for Corona has doubled in South Africa within a day.

Of around 52,000 tests, 8561 were positive, or 16.5 percent, reported the South African Institute for Infectious Diseases NICD on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, 4,373 positive cases were reported, on Monday 2,273.

It is not yet clear whether the sudden increase is related to the new Omikron variant.

The variant was first discovered in southern Africa and described in South Africa.

The researcher Richard Lessells, who had contributed to the discovery of the omicron variant B.1.1.529, explained that the mutant would "quickly become the dominant variant."

RKI registered 73,209 new


infections - incidence at 439.2

3.54 a.m.:

The nationwide seven-day incidence has fallen slightly for the third time in a row.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Thursday morning as 439.2.

A high of 452.4 was reached on Monday, the value was 452.2 on Tuesday and 442.9 on Wednesday.

In the previous month the value was 154.5.

The health authorities in Germany reported 73,209 new corona infections to the RKI within one day.

Pediatric intensive care physician gives the all-clear: Corona infection is mostly harmless for children


a.m.: According to the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi), the number of corona cases in children's intensive care units in Germany increased significantly in November, but at a low level. On Wednesday, the Divi Register showed a total of 22 corona cases treated at the same time in children's intensive care units. On November 27, the number had risen to 30 from 5 at the beginning of the month. However, experts give the all-clear: "Most of these children are being treated for other diseases and have no Covid 19 symptoms," said pediatric intensive care doctor Florian Hoffmann of the dpa news agency.

"Our pandemic is RSV," said Hoffmann.

The abbreviation stands for the respiratory syncytial virus, which can cause severe pneumonia and is particularly dangerous for premature babies, infants and young children.

There has been a big wave especially since October, but now the situation seems to have calmed down a bit, Hoffmann said.

The Covid-19 vaccination makes sense for the doctor despite the relatively harmlessness of the disease in children: "The vaccination will enable children to have an unrestricted social life again." Even if public life should be shut down to contain the pandemic - "the schools have to." definitely stay open, 'said Hoffmann.

Helge Braun: Strict corona measures from incidence between 300 and 400

2.00 a.m .:

Shortly before the deliberations of the federal and state governments, the executive minister of the Chancellery, Helge Braun (CDU), advocates an incidence value between 300 and 400, from which strict measures should be taken to contain the corona. “As long as we were not vaccinated, it was clear: from a value of 100 it becomes dangerous. Action from an incidence of 1000, as some countries are currently doing, is far too late. We need a limit, which in my opinion - with a view to the vaccination success as of now - corresponds to an incidence of 300 to 400, "Braun told the newspaper," Rheinische Post ". It follows that the contact reduction in unvaccinated people must be "very large". »Distance and mask rules must apply to everyone, we advise on everything else. But one thing is clear:The infection rate among unvaccinated people is currently ten times as high as among those who have been vaccinated. «He is aware that compulsory vaccination leads to division in society,» but so does a never-ending pandemic. "

Designated Federal Family Minister Anne Spiegel warns of school closings

1.00 a.m.:

The designated Federal Family Minister Anne Spiegel warned of school closings prior to the federal-state consultations on the corona pandemic.

"We have to do everything we can to ensure that the educational institutions remain open as long as possible," said the Green politician to the newspapers of the Funke media group.

Protective measures for children and young people should be strengthened.

It would make sense to expand the wearing of masks and test more.

"I really want us not to be the first to talk about the closure of schools and day-care centers, but rather the very last."

“It's not just about learning backlogs.

Schools and daycare centers are an important system that gives the children support, security and security in these difficult times.

Many children suffer psychologically from the pandemic, "said Spiegel.

This article will be updated continuously.

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kha / dpa / AFP / Reuters

Source: spiegel

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