Berlin tightens its corona measures. Nursing staff report themselves unemployed in large numbers due to refusal of a vaccination. Loosening in Saxony.
In protest or fear of compulsory vaccination: Some nurses would rather be unemployed than vaccinated Photo: Marijan Murat/dpa
2G plus negative test in Berlin pubs in future
Going to the hairdresser’s or beauty salon, but also to a restaurant is from 5. February in Berlin only allowed vaccinated or recovered with current negative coronary test. This was announced by Berlin’s deputy head of government Bettina Jarasch (Greens) after the Senate meeting on Tuesday. Boosters remain exempt from this "2G plus test" rule indefinitely. (dpa)
Many caregivers register as unemployed because of mandatory vaccinations
The Federal Labor Agency notes movement in the labor market ahead of the introduction of a facility-based Corona vaccination requirement in the healthcare sector. From the health and social care sector, 25.000 more people registered as looking for work than usual, said board member Daniel Terzenbach in Nuremberg on Tuesday. 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 mandatory vaccination in the health and social services sector is to be introduced on 16. March to come into force.
"We are already seeing an increase, but overall at a level that we all don’t have to worry about," Terzenbach said. He spoke of about 25.000 people from the entire health and social sector who would have registered as jobseekers above the usual level, of which about 12.000 from care. Whether the increased number is due, among other things, to corresponding calls in social media, is currently unknown, he said. (dpa)
Relaxations for major events from Sunday in Saxony
Saxony’s state government to loosen regulations on large events from Sunday. For example, the upper limit of 1.000 participants in demonstrations away, said Health Minister Petra Kopping (SPD) on Tuesday in Dresden. This would apply until the overload limit of bed capacity in Saxon hospitals is reached. If again more than 1.300 beds in normal wards and more than 420 beds in intensive care units are occupied by Covid-19 patients, a maximum of 5.000 participants allowed.
Saxony’s cabinet had earlier approved a new corona emergency ordinance. It comes into force on Sunday and is valid until 6. March. According to Interior Minister Roland Woller (CDU), the assembly "continues to be very dynamic". Demonstrations by opponents of the state’s Corona measures would have "unbroken influx". On Monday, he said, there were nearly 200 such gatherings in Saxony. But they were mainly peaceful. Police officers were not injured, according to Woller.
In view of the second lowest incidence of corona in the Free State nationwide, further relaxations were agreed upon. According to Kopping, for example, until the congestion level in the retail sector is reached, 3G regulation without limited opening hours is possible again, trade fairs can take place under 2G-plus conditions. If the load limit is exceeded, additional restrictions apply to trade fairs. Marriages and funerals are allowed a maximum of 50 people. In addition, more fans are allowed into the stadiums again. (dpa)
Health offices: can not check vaccination obligation
The health offices in Germany do not see themselves in a position to verify the vaccination obligation, which is due at the 15. March planned facility-based mandatory vaccination to control.
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"The health offices currently assume that on average, five to ten percent of employees do not have clear proof of vaccination or/and convalescence, or complete vaccination protection, and a report to the health office is made. This is a considerable burden with the examination of each individual case, as is now provided, which the health offices can not handle in a timely manner," Elke Bruns-Philipps, deputy chairwoman of the Federal Association of Public Health Service Doctors (BVoGD), told the newspaper Rheinische Post.
Again tens of thousands at Coronademos
Once again, tens of thousands of people demonstrated nationwide against the current corona measures. In some cities there were also counter-demonstrations on Monday evening. Most gatherings proceeded peacefully, according to police reports Tuesday morning.
But things were not peaceful everywhere: a 26-year-old man suffered serious head injuries in Regensburg, police said. Rescue forces brought him accordingly to a hospital. In addition, two groups clashed on the fringes of a gathering, several people were injured, he said. Further details were initially unclear. A 23-year-old reportedly injured a police officer with kicks and punches.
In Lubeck on Monday evening, about 1.300 people protested against the corona restrictions. Overall, the gathering was peaceful, but shortly after it ended there was an altercation between participants on their way home and another group, police said. Officials would have taken the personal details of the twelve people involved. Investigations are underway on suspicion of dangerous bodily harm. The exact background of the confrontation was still unclear.
About 9.000 people turned out for meetings and protest marches in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, police said. In Rostock the regulatory authority had forbidden several protests, nevertheless groups had moved through the city center. Firecrackers were reportedly thrown, and officials had to intervene several times. Several people were taken into custody according to the report. In Grimmen, police say officers were pelted with eggs and insulted from an apartment.
In Thuringia, about 25 people demonstrated.000 people against the measures. 25 people had been reported, among other things for violations of the assembly law as well as resistance against law enforcement officials. In Jena, a critic of the measures was also injured by a counter-demonstrator, the police said.
On Monday evening, about 200 people gathered in Ostfildern for a registered meeting to demonstrate against Corona measures. According to police, the demonstration was peaceful. Before that, however, an announcement by the mayor of Ostfildern had triggered a wave of protest on social media. Certain chat groups even said there was a "shoot to kill" order on the demonstrators. OB Christof Bolay (SPD) and the Reutlingen police vehemently contradicted this account on Monday. "The use of firearms to enforce a ban on assembly is excluded," a joint statement said.
Only on Monday, the Federal Constitutional Court had refused to overrule a municipal ban on unannounced Corona "walks" with immediate effect. The judges in Karlsruhe rejected the emergency appeal of a man who wanted to bring down the general decree of the city of Freiburg. (dpa)
Incidence rises to over 1.200
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 162.613 positive tests within 24 hours. That are 35.658 cases more than on Tuesday a week ago, when 126.955 new infections have been reported. Nationwide seven-day incidence rises to a peak of 1.206.2 of 1.176.8 the previous day. 188 other people died in connection with the virus. This brings the number of reported deaths to 117.974. A total of more than 9.97 million coronatests have been positive in Germany so far.
Dahmen: Omicron subtype complicates fight against Corona
According to Janosch Dahmen, health policy spokesman for the Green Party, a trend reversal in the number of infections could be possible due to the spread of the omicron subtype BA.2 reached much later than expected. "It is possible that the turnaround could be delayed by several weeks," Dahmen tells the Funke Mediengruppe newspapers.
The spread of the subtype is expected to push back the peak of the current wave further, he said. All that has been reported so far about BA.2 was known, suggests that the infection figures may not yet decline in February.
It is unclear, he said, how well individuals who have contracted the omicron subtype BA.1 have survived, also against BA.2 are immunized. "In view of BA.2, comprehensive relaxations in the next four weeks are rather unrealistic."