The Coronavirus Crisis Unit of the Thuringian city of Jena has decided, step by step Mandatory wear of face mask introduce. Appropriate masks should be worn when entering shops and in local traffic and “wherever minimum distances can no longer be maintained”. The measure was warned by the health service.
Jena announced that she wanted to create the prerequisites for fulfilling the mask requirement. The city has a basic set of masks to be able to supply people in systemically relevant infrastructure. These include, for example, doctors, nurses and drivers in local transport. However, there are not enough masks to be able to supply all residents of the city with them.
The city therefore called on citizens to live together in solidarity. In order to curb the spread of the virus, residents should Sew mouth-nose protection for yourself and other citizens. “The masks don’t have to be perfect. Each mask protects better than no mask at all.” The image quotes a city spokesman with the words: “In addition to masks, scarves or scarves are also recognized as protection. However, they must also cover the nose and mouth.”
Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder has called for “national emergency production” of protective masks. “What we urgently need are more masks, namely the high-quality masks for all our staff in hospitals and medical practices,” said the CSU chief on Tuesday in the Morning magazine the ARD. “It is important that we finally get national emergency production.” The German economy must now switch to this. There was a need for a sufficient supply in hospitals, medical practices and old people’s homes, he said. Söder had asked for something similar the day before.
Laborärzte-Verband: Comprehensive tests are “illusory”
The Professional Association of German Laboratory Physicians (BDL) currently sees no possibilities for large-scale corona virus tests in the population. “The desirable nationwide testing is currently illusory,” said BDL chairman Andreas Bobrowski of the German Press Agency. The test materials such as sampling sets and reagents for the laboratories are becoming scarcer every day. The delivery times of the PCR devices that are also required are currently extremely long. In PCR tests, smears are taken from the nose or throat and examined in the laboratory for viral genetic material using these devices.
Tests should currently be prioritized according to medical needs, which is why the Robert Koch Institute has developed criteria, said Bobrowski. In order for family doctors and specialists to continue to carry out this “important medical prioritization” and to provide targeted help, sufficient protective clothing and respiratory masks for the doctors are needed, said Bobrowski. At the moment, clinics and doctors decide who will be tested. According to Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), the capacity in Germany is currently 300,000 to 500,000 tests per week.
The Laboratory Association rejects the idea of also using veterinary laboratories. “Veterinary laboratories are not approved for the analysis of human pathogenic samples. Furthermore, the entire know-how of patient management and the associated protection of personal data are lacking,” said Bobrowski. Measures to extend the tests should always come from the specialist diagnosticians in the laboratory, as is currently the case.
Merkel’s third test also negative
Chancellor Angela Merkel has no evidence of infection with the corona virus. “Chancellor Merkel’s third test for the corona virus was also negative,” said a government spokesman on Monday evening. “The Federal Chancellor will continue to do business from her home quarantine in the next few days.”
Merkel had been vaccinated against pneumococci in connection with the pandemic, which can make Covid-19 disease more difficult. It later turned out that her doctor was infected with the corona virus. Merkel then went into domestic isolation and has since conducted her official business via video switches and by telephone.
Exit restrictions in Brandenburg are being extended
The restrictions on going out in Brandenburg are to be expanded by two weeks according to the plans of SPD Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke. “The previously applicable stipulations, including those on staying in public spaces, will be extended from April 6 to 19,” said the State Chancellery in Potsdam. The cabinet will discuss this on Tuesday.
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Government spokesman Florian Engels referred to the increasing number of people who are infected with the corona virus in Brandenburg. “There is no need to ease the effort now.” Chancellor Merkel and Chancellor Helge Braun had previously made it clear that there was no room for a quick relaxation of the restrictions.
Since Monday of last week, the Brandenburgers have only been allowed to go outside alone, with relatives from their own household or with someone outside the household at a distance of 1.5 meters. There are exceptions to entering public places such as work, shopping, doctor visits or urgent official appointments. Until April 19, the rule was that most stores are closed. Exceptions apply to hospitals and medical practices, supermarkets, banks, post offices and petrol stations.
The cabinet also wants to decide on a new catalog of fines. It should include fines for violations that apply nationwide.
More than 61 700 people in Germany infected – 521 dead
In Germany, more than 61,700 people have now been infected with the corona virus. 521 people died as a result of an infection. This is evident from the figures that the federal states themselves and the Robert Koch Institute report daily. Accordingly, there are a particularly large number of infected people with 14 442 registered cases in North Rhine-Westphalia and in Bavaria with 14 437. Deaths resulting from an infection with Covid-19 have so far occurred in Baden-Württemberg (128), Bavaria (133) and NRW (130). most often on. It must also be assumed that the number of infections not officially recorded is unknown.
Air cleaner due to corona locks in German cities
Air pollution in German cities has already decreased significantly as a result of the Corona exit restrictions. This shows a comparison of satellite images from the past few days with those from the previous year published by the European Alliance for Public Health EPHA on Monday. It is an alliance of non-governmental organizations for health and environmental protection. The images of the “Sentinel-5” satellite from March 5 to 25, 2019 and the same time in 2020 show drastic differences for large cities such as Düsseldorf, Essen, Cologne or Frankfurt.
CDU leadership warns of debate about end of restrictions
The leadership of the Christian Democrats warns against discussing the end of the measures against the spread of the coronavirus. CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Monday, according to party circles in a switching conference with the party presidency, that people would expect good crisis management in the current situation.
The CDU Presidium agreed that the reduction in the number of infected people was not yet where you were going, it was said from these circles. Only when the time to double the number of infected people was ten days would one be on the right path.
The CDU leadership emphasized that the emergency program for the self-employed and solo entrepreneurs, which had been decided by the Bundestag and Bundesrat last week at the weekend, was launched with the 16 countries. There are also plans to hold further talks with the Federal Ministry of the Interior to find regulations so that foreign workers can work in Germany, for example as harvest helpers and caregivers.