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Corona news from the Allgau, Germany and the world: the right to a PCR confirmation test after a positive Corona rapid test could be omitted in the future, at least temporarily.

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Corona news from Allgau, Germany and the world: The right to a PCR confirmation test after a positive Corona rapid test could be omitted in the future, at least temporarily.

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    Allgau cities and districts can be found here.
  • In the entire Allgau region there were past seven days a total of 9614 (previous day: 9125) New infections with the coronavirus. They are divided as follows: District of Oberallgau 1912 (previous day: 1884), city of Kempten 1002 (previous day: 988), district of Ostallgau 2167 (previous day: 2071), city of Kaufbeuren 664 (previous day: 637) , Unterallgau district 2194 (previous day: 1927), City of Memmingen 542 (previous day: 506), Lindau county 1133 (previous day: 1024).(Source: RKI , as of Wednesday)
  • How many people in the Allgau First, second- and Booster vaccination have already received, read here.
  • 861 people from the region died so far at or with a Corona infection 865 (previous day: 858). (Source: RKI, as of Wednesday)
  • For Germany, the Robert Koch Institute gives10.186.644 (previous day: 9.978.146) people tested positive for Corona. The number of people who have died from or with the virus in the 118. 170 (Previous day: 117. 974). (Source: RKI, as of Wednesday)

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Wednesday, 2. February, 6: Second Corona case among the German Olympic team

The German Olympic team in Beijing has its second Corona case. One of the 85 team members who arrived in China on Tuesday tested positive for the virus, the German Olympic Sports Confederation said Wednesday. Whether it is an athlete or a caregiver, the DOSB initially did not want to disclose.

The affected team member was asymptomatic and had to move to a quarantine hotel, he said. Depending on the result of the further test, "the further procedure will be determined", it was said. A few days ago, a German caregiver in the mountainous region of Zhangjiakou had already been diagnosed with corona infection.

Wednesday, 2. February, 5.30: Bushman hopes for end of many Corona rules in March

Federal Justice Minister Marco Bushman held out the prospect of the withdrawal of many Corona restrictions in March. "I hope that in March many protective measures can be withdrawn", said the FDP politician to the "Rheinische Post" (Wednesday). The prerequisite is that, as predicted by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), "from mid-February the number of cases will fall again. Also, new virus variants are not likely to emerge in the short term that would completely change the situation again.

The prime ministers of the German states and Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) plan to meet on 16. February again discuss ways out of the pandemic. At the round on 24. January, the federal and state governments had already agreed that opening perspectives should be developed for the moment when an overload of the health care system could be ruled out. The debate is fueled by the lifting of nearly all Corona restrictions in neighboring Denmark at the beginning of the month.

Wednesday, 2. February: 5.3 p.m.: RKI registers 208.498 new corona infections – incidence at 1227.5

The total number of detected Corona infections in Germany has exceeded the 10 million mark. The Robert Koch Institute reported Wednesday morning 10 186 644 infections since the start of the pandemic. That’s according to figures showing the status of the RKI dashboard from 05.00 clock replay. The actual figure is likely to be significantly higher because many infections are not detected.

In addition, the number of new corona infections reported to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day has again reached an all-time high. According to the RKI, the health authorities reported 208 cases on Wednesday morning.498 cases in 24 hours. On Thursday, 27. January, the number had topped 200,000 for the first time.

Wednesday, 2. February, 5: Biontech/Pfizer apply for vaccine approval in U.S. for infants

German company Biontech and its U.S. partner Pfizer are seeking emergency approval in the U.S. for their Corona vaccine for children under five years of age. The relevant data have been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Pfizer said Tuesday. The application is expected to be completed in the coming days. Emergency licensing to apply to children six months and older. It would be the first available vaccine for this age group in the U.S.

Tuesday, 1. February, 20.55 o’clock: Drosten: engine of omicron subtype BA.2 has "a few more horsepower"

According to virologist Christian Drosten, variant BA.2 from Omikron has an even higher transmissibility than BA.1. Read what this means now here.

Tuesday, 1. February, 20.February 20: Norway vigorously relaxes corona measures

Norway lifts much of its Corona measures. As early as Tuesday evening at 23.00 o’clock there will be, among other things, no more limits on serving alcoholic beverages. Popular sports and other recreational activities can resume in full without restrictions, cinemas, theaters and churches can return to full occupancy, according to government data. Attendance restrictions will be lifted for gatherings, as will mandatory testing for those entering the country.

The mask obligation in stores, in public transport and in other situations with possible crowding remains, however, as Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said Tuesday evening at a press conference in Oslo. The general one-meter standoff rule also remains in effect until further notice.

"Today we finally got to the point where we can lift many of the infection control measures we’ve been living with over the winter", Støre said. It is now known that the burden of disease from the omicron variant of the coronavirus is lower and that the vaccines provided good protection to very many people in Norway, he said. Therefore, he said, many measures could be lifted, although new infection numbers are rising rapidly. To maintain control, however, some measures would have to remain.

The Norwegian government is aiming to lift the last restrictions by 17. February – if the situation continues to develop as expected.

Tuesday, 1. February, 19.30 a.m.: Turkey reports with more than 100.000 corona cases new high

Turkey has surpassed the 100 mark for the first time since the pandemic began.000 new Corona cases exceeded in one day. The Health Ministry in Ankara also reported 198 Covid-19-related deaths in 24 hours Tuesday evening. With around 84 million inhabitants, Turkey has a population similar in size to that of Germany. There are currently hardly any restrictions on public life. According to the Ministry of Health, about 84 percent of people over 18 have been vaccinated at least twice.

The country uses the Chinese vaccine Sinovac, the one from Biontech/Pfizer, and Turkovac, which it developed itself. The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) criticizes that too little data on the domestic vaccine has been published. As in many other countries, Turkey is dominated by the highly contagious Omikron variant.

Tuesday, 1. February, 7 p.m.: Do those who test positive lose eligibility for PCR retesting?

The entitlement to a PCR confirmatory test after a positive Corona rapid test could be eliminated in the future, at least temporarily. What the Federal Ministry of Health plans, read here.

Tuesday, 1. February, 18.45 a.m.: Study on Corona consequences in Bavaria starts

What are the consequences of Corona infection for those infected? This question is to be investigated by a large study in Bavaria in the next few months. You can read about who is being asked about this here.

Tuesday, 1. February, 18.3 p.m. Omicron ruling: Employees must work longer hours if necessary

Workers in 12 sectors from waste disposal to agriculture to insurance face possible mandatory longer hours in omicron wave. What the seven district governments in Bavaria have decided, read here.

Tuesday, 1. February, 17.5 p.m. Over 150.000 people demonstrate against Corona measures

As in previous weeks, quite a few people demonstrated across Germany on Monday evening against Corona measures and a possible vaccination requirement – but possibly many more. More in our overview.

Tuesday, 1. February, 5 p.m.: Criticism of mandatory vaccination in care and clinics continues unabated

It’s just a few more weeks before the so-called facility-based vaccination requirement takes effect for hospital and nursing employees. But here’s what the health departments that are supposed to implement them are criticizing.

Tuesday, 1. February, 16.45 Clock: Clubs and discos are allowed in Catalonia on 11. February reopen

In Catalonia with the tourist metropolis of Barcelona, locals and visitors will soon be able to enjoy the nightlife again: Discos, clubs and other nightclubs may reopen on Friday next week after a corona-related, almost six-week forced closure. This was announced by the government of the region in northeastern Spain on Tuesday. Then also no Covid passport is more necessary.

Catalonia had only recently lifted the 3G rule (meaning vaccinated, recovered or tested) on entering many indoor public spaces, as well as limits on occupancy of restaurants and other venues. However, it is suspended until 11. February the only one of Spain’s 17 regions where nightlife is still closed.

For days, Corona measures have been significantly relaxed or abolished all over Spain. According to the Ministry of Health, the peak of the current Corona wave, which is mainly triggered by the Omikron variant, has been passed. Still prevails however country widely mask obligation, also in the free one. The seven-day incidence in the popular vacation destination has fallen by about 500 points since its peak in mid-January (1657). Pressure on health care system is easing again. Also because of the high vaccination rate, most of those infected show no or only mild symptoms of the disease. Nearly 81 percent of the population has been vaccinated at least twice and is thus basic immunized.

Tuesday, 1. February, 16.35: Union warns Lauterbach of failure of facility-based vaccination requirement

The CDU/CSU has called on Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach to make swift improvements to the Corona vaccination requirement for hospital and nursing home employees, warning that the facility-based regulation could fail in practice. What health expert Tino Sorge criticizes concretely, you read here.

Tuesday, 1. February, 16.6 p.m.: Slightly more corona patients in intensive care units

From 333 (Monday) to currently 345 has risen the number of Corona patients currently being treated in an intensive care unit in Bavaria’s hospitals. You can find the current data here.

Tuesday, 1. February, 16.10 a.m.: The current incidence values for the Allgau region (LGL)

The Bavarian State Office of Public Health and Food Safety has just updated its 7-day incidence data. The values for the Allgau can be found here.

Tuesday, 1. February, 4 p.m.: Is Bavaria leaving families alone in Omikron wave??

In no age group is the incidence as high as in children, daycare centers and schools struggle with tracking. Is here the Durchseuchung taken into account? Read more here.

Tuesday, 1. February, 15.30 o’clock: Despite Omikron: Deferrable OPs in Swabia again permitted

While in Upper Bavaria because of the Corona pandemic in many clinics postponable operations remain suspended, may in Swabia again to the scalpel be grasped. Deferrable inpatient treatments have been permitted again in Swabia since Tuesday, the government of Swabia announced. That would have decided the three medical directors hospital coordination for Swabia.

However, it must be ensured that the beds thus taken up would be available again within four days if this was necessary for an increasing number of Covid 19 patients, for emergency treatments and interventions that could not be postponed. This arrangement is provisionally valid until the end of February. It could be revoked if no longer needed to free up inpatient capacity, he said.

In November, medically deferrable inpatient treatments had been banned in certain hospitals due to rising Corona numbers in most government districts. In Swabia this was valid until 31. January.

The government of Upper Bavaria had, on the other hand, on Monday 76 clinics in the administrative district further obliged to refrain from treatments not immediately necessary under medical aspects. This is valid until the end of February.

Tuesday, 1. February, 3 p.m.: FDP faction leader: Parliament should decide on convalescent status

FDP faction leader Christian Durr wants quick consultations with SPD and Greens on responsibility for decision on Corona convalescent status. "I think the health ministers in the federal and state governments are right: The convalescent status should again be decided in parliament. After two years of pandemic, we must no longer allow ourselves legally questionable freedom interventions", Durr told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur on Tuesday.

In mid-January, the Bundestag and Bundesrat had passed an amendment to the so-called Covid-19 protective measures exemption regulation. It introduced a new procedure: According to it, convalescent evidence must meet criteria that the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) makes known on a website – they are then immediately valid. Based on this new regulation, the convalescent status had been surprisingly shortened to a period of 28 to 90 days following a positive PCR test. Criticism includes the fact that the change made by the RKI was not announced beforehand.

"The health ministers have discussed this and have now determined that this procedure is not sensible. We take this very seriously", said Durr. "If the health ministers are in favor by a majority, we should change this regulation."

Tuesday, 1. February, 14.50: Should the vaccination obligation for employees of hospitals and nursing homes be postponed?

Calls for a postponement of the Corona vaccination requirement for employees of clinics and nursing homes are growing louder. What the Foundation for Patient Protection demands from Health Minister Karl Lauterbach in this regard, read here.

Tuesday, 1. February, 14 o’clock: Before vaccination obligation: 12.000 care workers register as looking for work

The Federal Employment Agency determines movement in the labor market before the introduction of a facility-based Corona vaccination requirement in the health care sector. From the health and social services sectors, he said, 25 in December and January have been.000 more people registered as job seekers than usual, said board member Daniel Terzenbach on Tuesday in Nuremberg. Jobseekers are people who report impending unemployment to the employment agency but are still in the job, a spokesman for the federal agency explained. A vaccination obligation in the health and social services is to be introduced on 16. March in effect.

"We are already seeing an increase, but overall at a level that we all don’t have to worry about", said Terzenbach. He spoke of about 25,000 people from the entire health and social sector who had registered as jobseekers above the usual level, about 12 of them.000 from care. Whether the increased number is due, among other things, to corresponding calls in social media, is currently not known.

Tuesday, 1. February, 13.35 o’clock: Piazolo: School leaders can send whole classes home

After much criticism of the Corona rules for Bavarian schools, they are being adjusted in one respect: In the event of major outbreaks, principals will be able to send entire classes home and into distance learning for five days. In these cases, they no longer have to wait for a corresponding order from the health department, but can act independently. This was announced by Minister of Education Michael Piazolo (Free Voters) on Tuesday after a video session of the cabinet in Munich, in which some school principals were also present. From a "serious accumulation" Corona cases can be assumed when about 50 percent of the students in a class are affected, Piazolo said.

Formally, it is not a formal quarantine order for the class or the other children – this remains the sole responsibility of the health office. In the future, however, school principals will be able to decide whether certain classes must switch to distance learning because of many Corona cases. This can and should then be done much earlier than is often possible at present in view of the massive overloading of many health offices. Students who test positive must continue to go home immediately, as they have in the past, and into isolation.

The Ministry of Education has thus relented after much criticism from teachers’, parents’ and students’ associations. In a recent letter to schools and parents, the ministry not only emphasized that the responsible health authority alone decides who must be quarantined, but also explicitly stated: "Until a possible quarantine order is issued by the health authority, the remaining students in the class continue to attend classes." This had sparked criticism, some of which was quite clear – because some schools had obviously acted more independently beforehand.

Tuesday, 1. February, 1 p.m.: More nurses in Bavaria register as job seekers

Significantly more nursing staff than before the Corona pandemic have registered as job seekers in Bavaria. Read more here.

Tuesday, 1. February, 11.30 o’clock: Monday "walks in the area of the police headquarters Swabia south/west trouble-free

As in previous weeks, this Monday, (31.January) reported and unannounced meetings in the jurisdiction of the police headquarters Swabia South/West held. The police became aware of a total of 25 gatherings, the total number of participants was estimated by officials at 5.800 estimated. The largest reported gathering occurred in Kempten at around 1.500 participants gathered for a march through the city center. The elevator caused brief traffic obstructions, but the meeting – like the others – otherwise went off without a hitch. The Schwaben South/West police headquarters extends from Oberstdorf in the south to Neu-Ulm in the north.

Tuesday, 1. February, 11 a.m.: 75.8 percent of population first vaccinated against Corona by end of January

Up to and including Monday, the last day of the month, 75.8 percent of people in Germany have received at least one vaccination against the coronavirus, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The federal government’s goal of vaccinating 80 percent of the population against Corona at least once by the end of January has finally been missed. Government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit had already acknowledged this on Monday. Originally, the government wanted this quota even by 7. January.

Tuesday, 1. February, 10.45 clock: Corona: Retail fears the end for almost 16.000 stores

The German Retail Association (HDE) fears that the effects of the Corona crisis will threaten almost another 16,000 stores with closure this year. Inner-city retailers in particular will still suffer from the after-effects of the pandemic in 2022, HDE CEO Stefan Genth warned in Berlin on Tuesday. The 2G regulation, according to which only vaccinated and recovered persons are allowed to shop in large parts of the trade, is particularly burdensome for retailers.

According to a recent survey of 1300 retail companies by the association, 46 percent of retailers affected by the 2G regulation rate their business situation as poor. "This measure, which is useless in the fight against the pandemic, must finally be dropped nationwide", demanded Genth. In addition, many retailers were troubled by ongoing supply problems. Massively affected are especially sporting goods, electronics and household goods.

Tuesday, 1. February, 9.45 o’clock: "Boosters named Anglicism of the Year 2021

The verb "to boost has been chosen as anglicism of the year 2021. Read more here.

Tuesday, 1. February, 9 a.m.: South Africa largely abolishes Corona restrictions

South Africa has scrapped most of its Corona measures in the face of a fourth wave of infections that has now subsided. Schools return to normal classes without previous distance rule. In addition, those tested positive without symptoms will not have to be quarantined in the future following the government’s decision late Monday night. For those with symptoms, the duration of isolation was reduced from ten days to seven days. In addition, according to these new decisions, those who have come close to infected persons must only be quarantined if symptoms appear. However, the mask obligation and general hygiene rules continue to apply.

Tuesday, 1. February, 8 o’clock: Home office quota rises again – potential far from exhausted

The number of home office workers increased slightly in January. This is according to a business survey by the Ifo Institute. According to the report, 28.4 percent of employees worked from home at least some of the time, up from 27.9 percent in December. According to the data, however, the rate is still a good three percentage points below the peak value from March 2021.

The clear leader in terms of home-based work is still the service sector, with a share of 39.2 percent, according to Ifo on Tuesday. That is one percentage point more than in the previous month. IT service providers and business consultants are by far the most likely to work at home in this regard, with over 70 percent each.

Tuesday, 1. February, 7.30 clock: EU vaccination certificates without booster only valid for nine months

Travel without booster vaccination in the EU is now much more difficult for many people. Because the EU vaccination certificates are valid since Tuesday without booster vaccination only about nine months (270 days). After the deadline, people without this additional protection will be treated as unvaccinated when crossing the border.

That usually means they need a current negative test or even have to be quarantined when traveling across borders in the EU. "This reflects the declining protection of the vaccine and underscores the importance of a booster", said EU justice commissioner Didier Reynders.

Tuesday, 1. February, 7.00: Again many demos in Bavaria – several people injured in Regensburg

As in previous weeks, a large number of people took to the streets in Bavaria this Monday evening against the current Corona policy. In total, several tens of thousands of people protested at well over 100 gatherings, according to an inquiry at several police headquarters. According to the report, the protests remained mostly free of disturbances and peaceful. In Regensburg, a 26-year-old man suffered severe head injuries. Rescue workers took him to a hospital. According to police, two groups clashed on Monday evening on the fringes of a meeting, several people were injured. Further details were still unclear. In addition, a 23-year-old injured a police officer with kicks and punches. In Regensburg, about 530 people met for a "walk", many refused to wear a mask. Police dispersed the gathering.

Also in Neu-Ulm and Ulm, for example, there were far fewer participants than last time, with a few hundred. The weather would certainly have had an impact, a police spokesman said. Wind was forecast for Tuesday night in many places and snow in large parts of Bavaria.

Tuesday, 1. February, 6.45 o’clock: Ostallgau with the highest incidence value in the Allgau region

The district of Ostallgau currently has the highest incidence value in the Allgau region. It stands at 1459.1 on Tuesday morning, according to RKI. You can read an overview of all incidence rates in the districts and independent cities in the Allgau region here.

Tuesday, 1. February, 6.05 am: New Corona rules for travelers to Italy

In Italy, more Corona rules apply since Tuesday, which also affect travelers. Those who come from other EU countries need either a negative Corona test, proof of vaccination or a certificate of recovery. Previously, because of the rampant Omikron variant, everyone – whether vaccinated or recovered – was also subject to mandatory testing. Unvaccinated had to spend five days in quarantine.

Tuesday, 1. February, 6 o’clock: Health offices see themselves overwhelmed with control of the vaccination duty

Health authorities do not see themselves in a position to implement the new rules, which are due to expire on 15. March coming into force Corona vaccination obligation for employees of clinics and nursing homes to control adequately. Elke Bruns-Philipps of the Federal Association of Doctors of the Public Health Service told the Dusseldorf "Rheinische Post" that it is expected that an average of five to ten percent of employees will not have clear proof or complete vaccination protection and will be reported to the health authorities (Tuesday). "This is a significant burden with the examination of each individual case, as is now envisaged, which the health authorities cannot cope with in a timely manner."

Tuesday, 1. February, 5.45: RKI registers 162,613 new Corona infections – incidence at 1206.2

The nationwide 7-day incidence reported by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has exceeded the 1200 threshold for the first time. The RKI gave the figure for new infections per 100,000 population per week as of Tuesday morning as 1206.2. For comparison: the previous day, the value was 1176.8. A week ago, the nationwide incidence was 894.3 (previous month: 220.3). Health offices in Germany reported 162 613 new Corona infections to the RKI within one day. This is according to figures showing the status of the RKI dashboard from 05.25 a.m. A week ago there were 126 955 infections.

Tuesday, 1. February, 5.30 o’clock: Warning against Corona vaccination obligation for care occupations "with the crowbar"

Calls for postponement of Corona vaccination requirement for employees of clinics and nursing homes grow louder. "Mandatory vaccination for medical and nursing professions must not be introduced with a crowbar", said Eugen Brysch, chairman of the German Patient Protection Foundation, to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) must take local concerns seriously, he said.

Tuesday, 1. February, 5.3 p.m.: 24 more Corona cases before Beijing Olympics

A few days before the start of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the organizers have found 24 more Corona cases. The organizing committee said Tuesday that 18 entrants tested positive for the corona virus on Monday, including 11 athletes or team members. In addition, infections were registered in six people who are already in the closed Olympia system. The previous day, there had been a total of 37 positive tests, the total number of Corona cases since 23. January increased to a total of 200.

Tuesday, 1. February, 5 o’clock: Denmark no longer classifies Corona as a "socially critical disease" a

Denmark has opted out of virtually all Corona restrictions despite a still-high number of new infections. Since Tuesday, there have been no restrictions in Germany’s northernmost neighboring country except for isolated entry rules. The obligation to wear mouth-nose protection is a thing of the past for the time being, as is proof of vaccinations, recoveries and negative tests. Large events are allowed as well as visiting bars and discos.

All of this goes hand in hand with the fact that Covid-19 is no longer considered a "socio-critical disease." is classified.

Monday, 31. January, 18.34 o’clock: Number of falsified vaccination cards in the Allgau increases – where the swindle is most often exposed

Nearly 200 violations have been registered by the police in the Allgau region of Germany. Almost every day there are more. Counterfeiters face a prison sentence. Read more here.

Monday, 31. January, 18.16 o’clock: Corona "walk on Monday evening in Kempten

Monday, 31. January, 17.3 p.m.: Fake Soder picture on Corona protests causes CSU anger

A fake photo of Markus Soder with a call for participation in protests against the Corona policy is currently circulating on Twitter. The picture shows the head of the CSU holding up a poster to the camera that reads: "Walking helps. Also to all you love. Mondays in your city". The bottom of the montage also features the logo of the federal government.

In reality, the photo from last week showed Soder holding a picture of a nine-branched Hanukkah candelabra into the picture on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the victims of Nazism.

Soder himself did not comment on the matter at first, but CSU Secretary-General Markus Blume immediately attacked the forgery: "Disgusting and brazen! This image is a fake – from a photo commemorating the Holocaust, of all things. Whoever puts such a fake into the world should be ashamed of himself."

Monday, 31. January, 17.8 p.m.: Ministry: Two percent of teachers missing because of Corona

According to the Ministry of Education, about two percent of all teachers are currently at home for Corona reasons. Read more here.

Monday, 31. January, 15.40 o’clock: Incidence with children partly over 3700

Corona incidences among school children in Bavaria continue to reach record highs. In the most affected group of six- to eleven-year-olds, it has now reached a value of 3727, as the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) announced on Monday. This is a good 70 percent increase from the level reported a week ago.

The incidence among 12- to 15-year-olds is 2569, while in the 16- to 19-year-old group it is 2183, well above 2000. Here the increases are a little slower than the younger students. The fourth highest incidence is found in children up to five years with 1707. This group had long been among those under-reported according to official reports.

The LGL still shows the lowest incidences for the groups of 60- to 79-year-olds with 411 and from an age of 80 with 300. The high incidence rates among children and adolescents may be helped by the fact that regular testing for school and kindergarten makes it easier to detect cases. At the same time, the state office points out that there could currently be reporting delays and a higher number of unreported cases due to the high number of cases.

Monday, 31. January, 14.40 o’clock: Former chancellor Schroder and wife infected with coronavirus

SPD former chancellor Gerhard Schroder and his wife Soyeon Schroder-Kim have been infected with the corona virus. "Unfortunately we have been infected. But we both have no serious symptoms. Probably because we are both boosted", Schroder-Kim wrote on her Instagram account on Monday. Previously, the "Spiegel reported about it.

Monday, 31. January, 12.43 o’clock: Federal government against "premature" births Corona loosening

At the moment, the federal government sees no reason to relax the Corona measures. "The moment we feel we can relax responsibly, this federal government, all state governments will take that very step", said government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit on Monday in Berlin. At the moment, however, it is "still a bit premature", to take this step already. We are still in the phase where the numbers are going up, there are new records every day. The peak of the wave has not yet been reached. "And in that respect, I would caution at the moment against thinking too early that it’s already over.", Hebestreit said.

Monday, 31. January, 12.40 a.m.: Grocery chains call for end to 2G rule in rest of retail sector

Calls grow louder for nationwide repeal of retail 2G rule. Following in the footsteps of the German Trade Association, the four major grocery retailers – Edeka, Rewe, Aldi and the Schwarz Group (Lidl, Kaufland) – also called for an end to the access restrictions still in place in large parts of the trade in a letter to several top politicians on Monday. This is also remarkable because the food retailers themselves are not affected by the 2G rule at all.

Monday, 31. January, 11.11 p.m.: 37 more Corona cases ahead of Beijing Olympics

Less than a week before the start of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, organizers have detected 37 more cases of corona. The organizing committee said Monday that 28 entrants tested positive for the corona virus on Sunday, including eight athletes or team members. In addition, infections have been recorded in nine people already in the closed Olympic system. On the previous day, there had been a total of 34 positive tests, the total number of Corona cases has increased since 23. January rose to a total of 176.

A strict Corona safety concept is in place for the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Everyone involved – from athletes to journalists – is completely separated from the rest of the Chinese population. To detect infections as quickly as possible, every participant within the Olympic bubble must take a daily PCR test.

Those who have contracted the virus will be isolated in a specially designated hotel. Only after two negative PCR tests at an interval of at least 24 hours, the affected persons can leave it again before ten days have elapsed. After this period, only one negative PCR test is required.

The People’s Republic of China follows a strict "zero covid"-Strategy in which even minor strands of infection are combated with tough measures. In recent weeks, authorities have imposed lockdowns in several megacities across the country.

Monday, 31. January, 10.46: When a single person stands against hundreds of "walkers" in Wangen

A man from Achberg wants to give food for thought for vaccination during "walks" in Wangen. What brought him to the action – and what the reactions are like.

Monday, 31. January, 10.07 a.m.: Spotify to flag corona misinformation in future

Many celebrities express their displeasure about misleading information on the coronavirus in a podcast in recent days. Spotify responds to criticism.

Monday, 31. January, 9.26 o’clock: Corona incidence in Bavaria continues at high level

The negative trend continues: In Bavaria, the seven-day incidence has risen again. On Monday, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported a value of almost 1385 for the Free State. This puts Bavaria in fifth place in a comparison of the German states behind Berlin, Hamburg, Hesse and Bremen. The nationwide incidence is about 1177 new infections per 100.000 inhabitants within seven days.

Among the independent cities and districts in Bavaria, the districts of Starnberg (2662) and Dachau (2586) were on Monday in second and third place in the nationwide comparison. The Berlin district of Tempelhof-Schoneberg ranked at the top (2912).

The rising corona numbers are also making themselves felt in hospitals: According to the Divi Intensive Care Registry, 328 adult covid patients were in Bavarian intensive care units on Monday – six more than the day before.

Monday, 31. January, 7.32 o’clock: Corona vaccination: A veterinary surgeon and a pharmacist say no, a dentist would be gladly with it

For the past month and a half, veterinarians, dentists and pharmacists have also been allowed to vaccinate against Corona. But so far this has not played a role in the Ostallgau region. Why this is so.

Monday, 31. January, 6.43:00: Lockdown for unvaccinated ends today in Austria

After more than two months, the lockdown for unvaccinated people formally ends in Austria today. Read more here.

Monday, 31. January, 6 a.m.: RKI registers 78.318 new corona infections – incidence at 1176.8

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has reported an increase in the seven-day incidence nationwide, again reaching a peak. The RKI announced the value of new infections per 100.000 residents and week on Monday morning with 1176.8 an. For comparison: The previous day the value had been 1156.8. A week ago, the nationwide incidence was 840.3 (previous month: 265.8). Health offices in Germany reported 78 infections to the RKI within one day.318 new corona infections. That’s according to figures showing the status of the RKI dashboard from 05.03 Play back. A week ago, 63.393 contagions.

Experts assume a high and further increasing number of cases that are not recorded in the RKI data, partly because testing capacities and health offices are at their limit in many places. In addition, some cities and counties have been reporting problems with the transmission of the Corona case numbers for days.

Germany-wide, 61 deaths recorded within 24 hours, according to new data. A week ago there were 28 deaths. The RKI counted since the beginning of the pandemic 9.815.533 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2. The actual total number is likely to be much higher, as many infections are not detected.

The number of Corona-infected patients arriving at clinics per 100.000 inhabitants within seven days was given by the RKI on Friday as 4.72 (Thursday 4.64). This can include people with positive Corona tests who have another primary illness. The number of recovered gave the RKI on Monday with 7.622.400 to. The number of people who have died from or involving a confirmed infection with Sars-CoV-2 has risen to 117.786.

All developments from 29. December 2021 to 3. January 2022 read in part 95 of our news blog on the Corona crisis in the Allgau.

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