In the live ticker, NDR.de will inform you today – on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – about the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Hamburg. You can see what happened yesterday in the Tuesday’s blog read up.
The essentials in brief:
- Coronavirus-Update: Ciesek explains the risks of summer
- New vaccination appointments with AstraZeneca today in Hamburg
- Confirmed New Infections in the North: 23 in Schleswig-Holstein, 112 in Lower Saxony
- 1,455 new infections reported nationwide
Tables and graphics: This is how the vaccination campaign is going in the north
Map: New infections in the northern German districts
Some federal states want to continue operating vaccination centers
According to a survey by the German Press Agency, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Bavaria, for example, want to operate the vaccination centers longer than until the end of September, i.e. longer than previously planned. In Hamburg, the planning depends on the further vaccination campaign. Bavaria’s Minister of Health Klaus Holetschek (CSU) called for the federal government to secure funding by the end of the year. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) said last week that the health ministers should discuss the extent to which the vaccination centers of the federal states should be preserved to a certain extent – also with a view to possible booster vaccinations in the autumn. The German District Association can imagine continued operation. “The centers should not be closed before a decent level of vaccination has been achieved,” said the President of the German District Association, Reinhard Sager, of the “Rheinische Post”. The Central Institute for Statutory Health Insurance, on the other hand, pointed out that most of the vaccinations had previously been administered in practices. The booster vaccinations could also take place there.
Health ministers discuss stricter entry rules
The federal and state health ministers meet today to discuss various corona issues. The agenda includes the problems of children and adolescents in the pandemic, the future of vaccination centers and the long-term consequences of Covid-19. According to a press report, the countries are also pushing for stricter entry regulations. The background is the danger posed by the new delta variant of the corona virus. It first appeared in India. As the magazine “Business Insider” reports, the health ministers want to tighten the rules that currently apply to entry from simple risk areas.
Incidence in Lower Saxony continues to fall to 7.4
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has reported 112 new infections with the corona virus confirmed by laboratory diagnostics in Lower Saxony. The seven-day incidence falls in the national average to 7.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (8.5 on the previous day). According to the RKI, there were three more deaths nationwide within one day.
Do we still need the Corona warning app after a year?
The introduction of the federal government’s official corona warning app exactly a year ago was supposed to be a reminder of the first moon landing: “Downloading and using the app is a small step for each of us, but a big step in fighting the pandemic”, said Chancellery Minister Helge Braun at the time. But what about the Corona warning app now? How much did it actually bring? And do we still need them?
RKI registers 1,455 new corona infections – incidence at 13.2
The health authorities in Germany reported 1,455 new infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. A week ago the value was 3,254 infections. According to the information, 137 new deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 107 deaths. The RKI gives the seven-day incidence nationwide as 13.2 (previous day: 15.5; previous week: 20.8). The nationwide seven-day R-value is currently 0.72 (previous day: 0.77).
Ciesek: The introduction of virus variants can hardly be prevented
Mutations are expected to play a big role in the further development of the pandemic. In Germany, the alpha variant, which was first discovered in south-east England, still dominates. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the rate of the delta variant first discovered in India is currently around three percent. The virologist Sandra Ciesek expects that the delta virus variant will also prevail in us. “Of course, traveling is a danger,” says the scientist. One behaves differently on vacation, with long-distance travel often different hygienic conditions prevail. Re-entry by car, train or ship is not as easy to control as by plane. The introduction of virus variants into low-incidence areas, as is currently the case in Germany, can hardly be prevented. You saw that last summer. “The important thing is to delay this as much as possible in order to vaccinate as many people as possible,” said Ciesek in the NDR Info Podcast.
Nationwide protests planned for the conference of health ministers
On the occasion of today’s Conference of Health Ministers (GMK) in Berlin, numerous protest events have been registered nationwide. Healthcare workers and representatives of the Lower Saxony Care Alliance demonstrate, for example, in front of the Ministry of Health in Hanover and hand over demands to Lower Saxony’s Minister of Health Daniela Behrens (SPD). In Hamburg, the Ver.di union has called on employees in hospitals and care facilities to take part in a bicycle demonstration. According to media reports, the health ministers want to discuss, among other things, stricter entry regulations from risk areas at the GMK.
Lower Saxony presents funding program for inner cities
The inner cities of Lower Saxony municipalities that are in need due to the corona pandemic are to be supported with 117 million euros. Today at 10.50 a.m., Lower Saxony’s European and Regional Minister Birgit Honé (SPD), Economics Minister Bernd Althusmann (CDU) and Environment and Building Minister Olaf Lies (SPD) will present the funding program, which is financed from EU funds.
New vaccination appointments with AstraZeneca today in Hamburg
The 8,000 additional cans originally came from Denmark and were passed on to Schleswig-Holstein. There they could not have been vaccinated quickly enough, said the Hamburg social authority. The new appointments will be activated at 12 noon – but only and exclusively for everyone over 60 – because younger people are not vaccinated with AstraZeneca in the vaccination center. Vaccination appointments can be made online at www.impfterminservice.de or by calling the medical on-call service number 116 117.
Schleswig-Holstein: This is how a semester abroad works in the pandemic
Antje Volland advises students at Kiel University who want to go abroad. You get numerous questions every day because of Corona.
Corona incidence in Schleswig-Holstein is 7.0
In Schleswig-Holstein, 23 new corona cases were registered within one day. There were four new infections reported the day before and 23 new infections on Tuesday a week ago. The seven-day incidence is now 7.0 (previous day: 8.1 / previous week: 11.0). The regions with the highest incidence in the country are still the districts of Pinneberg (14.6) and Stormarn (13.5). The situation remains best in Flensburg: the incidence there has been zero for days.
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