Monday, January 4th, 2021
+++ 03:29 Hamburg complains of incorrectly calculated vaccine delivery +++
Hamburg’s First Mayor Peter Tschentscher complains about the wrong calculation of the vaccine delivery to his city. The “Bild” newspaper quoted the SPD politician as saying that it was based on a population of 1.85 million. “However, the Hanseatic city provides the entire metropolitan region of around five million people with health services.” Accordingly, there is a “very high need for vaccinations for medical staff”, which has not been taken into account. Overall, the federal government ordered too little of the Biontech vaccine.
+++ 02:19 SPD demands paid leave for parents +++
In view of the increasingly likely extension of the lockdown, the SPD wants to enforce that parents with daycare and school children are allowed to take paid leave to look after their offspring. “If you allow schools and daycare centers, you have to think about what happens to the parents. They then need paid leave,” said SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbei the “Bild” newspaper. “Then companies have to give parents ten days, 14 days, a week.” The Union’s previous blockade on the issue will come on the table at the Prime Minister’s Conference at the beginning of the week.
+++ 01:41 Karliczek: Complete face-to-face teaching “unimaginable” +++
Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek told the Funke media group that a full return to face-to-face teaching in all grades is “unimaginable these days”. The number of infections continues to be “alarmingly high” and the effects of the holidays are unclear, according to a preliminary report.
+++ 00:41 USA are considering giving half dose of Moderna vaccine +++
US authorities are considering giving some citizens half the dose of the Moderna vaccine. “We know that it causes the same immune response,” says the head of the federal vaccination program, Moncef Slaoui, the broadcaster CBS. The aim is to target the age groups from 18 to 55. Talks are being held with Moderna and the FDA, the licensing authority, as to whether this will double the number of vaccinations. The pharmaceutical company and the authorities cannot be reached for an opinion.
+++ 23:00 Klingbeil: “Stumble into chaos” +++
SPD general secretary Lars Klingbeil wants to discuss errors in the vaccination strategy with Chancellor Angela Merkel at the conference of state leaders. Then you will probably know: “What went wrong?”, Said Klingbeil the “picture”. “Throughout 2020 people have been told, ‘If the vaccine is there, it will be better’. And now we’re stumbling into the chaos.”
+++ 21:57 new infections in the federal states fall to 11,122 +++
The number of reported coronavirus infections in Germany has risen to 1,776,943. As can be seen from the information from the state authorities evaluated by ntv.de, 11,122 new cases were added (previous day: 11,936). The current Sunday value is the lowest daily increase since the beginning of November. The number of deaths related to an infection rose by 327 (previous day: 341) to 34,615. Around 343,101 people are currently infected. It is still unclear whether the number of infections will decrease or decrease overall due to the holiday effect (fewer people were tested).
The infection rate (R value) is given by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) as 1.11 (previous day: 1.15). This means that an average of 100 people infected 111 other people with Sars-CoV-2. The 7-day R-value is currently 0.91 (previous day: 0.95). According to Divi-Register, 5762 Covid-19 patients are currently being treated in intensive care in Germany, 3171 of which are ventilated. Around 4,657 intensive care beds are currently still available in the German clinics.
Read more developments from the previous day here.