Everywhere I go new political meanings
A television report on secret luxury dinners despite the corona pandemic is causing a stir in France - and investigations by the judiciary. In the M6 TV report, a man introduced as the organizer of a secret party says: "I ate in two or three restaurants this week, which are so-called illegal restaurants, with a number of ministers." Later it became known: The allegation with the ministers was apparently intended as a joke.
The Paris prosecutor opened an investigation on Sunday. The aim is to check whether parties have been organized in violation of health regulations and to determine who the organizers and participants could have been.
The report, which was broadcast on Friday evening, shows an allegedly secret noble restaurant in Paris that has opened despite the Corona measures. In "People who come here take off their masks. Once you are through the door here, there is no Covid," says a defaced man.
The Corona situation in France is extremely tense, and new nationwide restrictions only came into force at the weekend. Under the hashtag #OnVeutLesNoms (German: "We want the names") people in social networks are outraged by the scenes shown.
China reports the largest daily increase in new infections in two months
Within 24 hours, China reports the largest increase in new corona infections in more than two months. 32 other confirmed cases have occurred, 15 of them in Yunnan province, which can be traced back to a cluster in the city of Ruili on the border with Myanmar, said the national health commission. The number of new asymptomatic cases that China does not classify as confirmed cases is given as 18. According to official figures, the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China rises to 90,305, while the number of deaths remains unchanged at 4,636.
Netherlands classified as a high incidence area
Because of the particularly high number of corona infections in the Netherlands, the federal government classifies the neighboring country as a high incidence area after Easter. Anyone entering Germany from there on Tuesday must be able to show a negative corona test upon entry, as the Robert Koch Institute announced on Sunday. The ten-day quarantine requirement with the option of freeing yourself with a second test after five days remains unchanged. There are exemptions for commuters.
After the Czech Republic, Poland and France, the Netherlands, which borders North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, is the fourth neighboring country to be classified as a high incidence area. Since Easter Saturday, Croatia has also been a high incidence country. Regions with more than 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days are considered to be high-incidence areas.
Of Germany's 26 EU partner countries, 13 including the Netherlands were classified as high-incidence areas and 13 as wholly or partially risk areas as of Tuesday. Siet Easter
Turkey reports a record number of new infections
Turkey reports a new record for the number of new infections. The Ministry of Health announced that 44,756 cases had been added in the past 24 hours. This is the highest value since the beginning of the pandemic after the previous record of 42,308 the previous day.
30 cases of rare blood clots reported in the UK
After more than 18 million vaccinations with Astra Zeneca, there have been seven deaths from rare blood clots in the UK, according to the Medicines Agency. However, it is not clear whether these side effects of the vaccine occurred in a timely manner or by accident, UK agency chief June Raine told the BBC. "The benefits of preventing Covid-19 infection and its complications continue to outweigh any risks and everyone should get vaccinated if invited."
In total, the agency had reported 30 cases of rare blood clots (as of March 24). 22 cases of the cerebral vein thromboses that also occurred in Germany and eight other types of thrombosis were reported. Here too, however, the connection is unclear.
In Germany, the federal and state health ministers decided on Tuesday that the Astra Zeneca preparation should generally only be injected into people over 60 - unless younger people want it at their own risk after clarifying with the doctor. In this country, 31 suspected cases of cerebral vein thrombosis after an Astra-Zeneca vaccination had been reported by the beginning of the week, as the Paul Ehrlich Institute recently reported. So far, around three million people have received an initial dose of the drug. This means that in Germany, based on one million people vaccinated, there was a much more frequent suspicion of cerebral vein thrombosis than in Great Britain. The reasons for this are so far unclear.
In the UK, a total of more than 31 million people have already been vaccinated, with Astra Zeneca and other vaccines. The infection situation in the country has improved significantly since then, the seven-day incidence was most recently 55 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The number of new daily deaths has also dropped massively.
EU agrees in dispute over distribution of extra vaccine
In the bitter dispute over the distribution of additional corona vaccines, the 27 EU countries agreed on Thursday. First ten million Biontech vaccines will be distributed according to population size. In addition, 19 EU Member States are supporting five other countries in dire need of the vaccines. Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia and Slovakia should collectively receive 2.85 million more cans in the second quarter than they are normally entitled to through a quota, as the Portuguese EU Presidency announced on Thursday evening.
Germany is also participating and, according to this model, is foregoing around 500,000 vaccine doses in favor of the five states. On the other hand, Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic did not want to give up anything. "It is an important signal in the corona crisis that the vast majority in the EU show solidarity with the countries particularly affected by the vaccine shortage," said an EU diplomat. "It is regrettable that Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic are leaving and refusing to show this solidarity gesture."
Sebastian Kurz explained in Vienna that Austria was now receiving 199,000 vaccine doses instead of 139,000, that was "a solid result". The Austrian Chancellor has been complaining about the unequal distribution of vaccines among the 27 members for weeks. For this reason, the EU summit last week instructed the EU ambassadors to split up an early delivery of ten million Biontech / Pfizer cans into the second quarter in such a way that holes are plugged.
Basically: Each of the 27 states is entitled to a share according to population size. If a country does not exhaust this, other EU states can buy up these quantities. Some governments are particularly betting on Astrazeneca and are now lagging behind due to delivery problems. Austria ordered less from Johnson & Johnson and therefore fears gaps.
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São Paulo exhumed old graves for lack of space for new Covid-19 deaths
In Brazil's largest city, São Paulo, old graves are now being emptied to make way for the rising number of COVID-19 deaths. The city hall is registering a daily record for the number of burials this week, the community secretary responsible for funerals said on Thursday. The relocation of the remains is standard in cemetery operations, but has now been given a new urgency as Brazil is experiencing the worst coronavirus wave since the pandemic began over a year ago.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health reported 3,769 new deaths on Thursday. Bolivia then announced that it would close its borders with Brazil because of concerns about a new variant of the disease. Chile has already closed its borders to all foreigners. "What is happening in Brazil is a global threat," said José Miguel Bernucci, secretary of the National Medical Association of Chile.
Countries around the region are concerned that Brazil is a breeding ground for a new variant of the virus as cases rise and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro refuses to endorse masks and lockdowns. After voicing his skepticism about vaccinations, Bolsonaro said Thursday that he would not opt for vaccination until all Brazilians were vaccinated. Brazil has been slow to introduce its vaccination campaign. Only about seven percent of the population have received a first vaccine. Brazil's outbreak is the second deadliest in the world after the United States.
New Corona variants found in Brazil and Africa
New variants of the coronavirus have been identified in both Brazil and Africa. In Brazil, the scientists at the Instituto Butantan, who coordinate a network for the alarm for Covid-19 variants, identified the new variant in the city of Sorocaba near the metropolis of São Paulo, as they wrote on Twitter. Accordingly, the new variant is similar to the South African one and needs further investigation.
According to the pan-African health authority Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), a new corona variant has also been registered in Africa. She was discovered in Angola among travelers from Tanzania, said the head of the Africa CDC, John Nkengasong, on Thursday. "Unfortunately, we don't know how this variant reacts to vaccines," said Nkengasong.
The government in Tanzania has not released any data on Covid since the middle of last year. The CDC explains that there is currently no information on the exact number of cases there. The recently deceased Tanzanian President John Magufuli had introduced relatively loose corona restrictions late.
With viruses, random changes in the genetic material, called mutations, occur constantly. Some give the pathogen advantages - for example, by making it easier to transmit. A variant of the coronavirus (B.1.1.7) in Great Britain and a similar one (501Y.V2, also B.1.351) in South Africa were detected in December, and a variant (P.1) in Brazil in January. According to the CDC, the British variant has now been detected in 18 countries on the African continent and the South African variant in 18 others.
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