Two studies suggest that most of the population has not been exposed to the virus
The president of the German Industry Federation (BDI), Dieter Kempf, believes that the German economy will not recover to pre-epidemic levels for two years. In an interview broadcast this Mars, the network of German newspapers Redaktionsnetzwerk assures that the “slow upward trend in the economy does not encourage optimism” and that “at the earliest in 2022” the largest European economy will reach the levels of this past February. In his opinion, “economic recovery” and “strengthening the industrial base” are priority tasks, without forgetting the “social” component. The entrance of the German State in some companies – like Lufthansa – during the crisis generates for its part a “great concern”. Economic indicators for May such as the industrial order book or exports, published in recent days, point to a recovery in Germany, but still very far from pre-epidemic levels, around a third below.
Two recently published studies suggest that the majority of the German population has not yet been exposed to the Sars-CoV2 coronavirus. The first is a serology test from the Robert Koch Institute, the leading epidemiological center in the country. Analysis of the blood of 12,000 donors shows that only 1.3 percent of the individuals studied had antibodies. It stands out from this work, which is not representative of the German population because it only has healthy individuals, that twice as many men as women had antibodies. Age differences have also caught the attention of scientists. The segment between 40 and 49 years is by far the one with the fewest immunized individuals, while the highest proportion of those immunized against COVID-19 (1.9 percent) has been detected in people between 25 and 29 years.
The second work is a study, carried out on more than 1,500 schoolchildren between the ages of 14 and 18 and some 500 teachers from the Land of Saxony, concluding that only 0.6 percent had developed antibodies against Sars-CoV2. Despite the fact that this federated state was one of the least affected during the pandemic, the results are below what was expected by experts. The children returned to classrooms in Saxony in mid-May, and 80 percent of the participants said that they have maintained social contact outside of school and with family members in recent weeks. Experts suggest that minors could contribute to slowing down the transmission of the virus, instead of being transmission vectors, as has been pointed out.
The RKI has indicated that it has the capacity to perform more than 1.1 million coronavirus tests per week, which helps it to quickly detect and spread out possible outbreaks of the pandemic. They have also pointed out that more than 15.5 million Germans have downloaded the application designed to stop the spread of COVID-19. Some 500 positive cases have already been controlled by this program. The Tagesspiegel newspaper reports, however, on Tuesday of some flaws in this software, which make it difficult for the laboratories to contact the infected to inform them of their contagion.
According to regional data gathered by n-tv television, in the last 24 hours there have been 238 new cases in Germany, bringing the total number of people affected by the coronavirus to 199,201. The number of deaths with or by the Sars-CoV2 stands for its part at 9,069 people and the number of active cases rises to close to 6,000.
Russia eliminates two-week quarantine for foreigners arriving in the country
BY rafael m. doll
The mandatory quarantine that the Russian authorities decreed last spring to all those who come to the country, both foreigners and Russians, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will cease to be effective as of tomorrow, Wednesday. This is clear from the decision taken by the Rospotrebnadzor control body.
From March 15, it will be enough for visitors to present a certificate of having given a negative in a PCR test carried out no earlier than three days prior to arrival in Russia. Any document that proves that the traveler underwent a serological test indicating that they have antibodies after having overcome the disease will also serve.
If such certificates are lacking, the newcomer will be quarantined within three days and subjected to a test that will be paid out of pocket. If the result is negative, you can move freely without hindrance. Quarantine would no longer be required of those arriving in Russia from abroad, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova reported last Friday.
He also said that air connections abroad could be reestablished tomorrow on the 15th with some countries. According to the deputy prime minister, who heads the crisis cell against Covid-19, Russia is already in negotiations with other countries to resume flights, but only with those where “the incidence rate of the disease does not exceed 40 cases due to every 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks ». The criterion of reciprocity will also be fundamental. Russia ranks fourth in the world in number of infected people behind the United States, Brazil and India. It registers around 740,000 infections since the beginning of the pandemic and more than 11,500 deaths.
Masks will be mandatory in UK stores from 24
BY iñigo gurruchaga
The Health Minister, Matthew Hancock, will announce today that England joins Scotland in the requirement to wear masks in shops. The measure will take effect on July 24 and whoever does not comply with the order may be sanctioned with a fine of 110 euros. Wales currently maintains its policy of recommending the use of tissue covering the mouth and nose when physical distancing is not possible.
Mask policy has changed over time. In a track record compiled by the BBC, England’s deputy chief medical officer ruled them out on March 12 because people could misuse them, thereby increasing the risk of infection. On April 17, the transport minister said they could cause more harm than good in some circumstances. On May 1, spokespersons for the prime minister said the masks had a “small but beneficial” effect.
On May 11, the Government advised that they be carried on public transport and in closed places where distancing is not possible. On June 15, the masks were made compulsory on public transport. On July 10, the prime minister poses with a mask on a street in his constituency and the media are informed that they will be mandatory “in the coming weeks.”
The prologue to today’s announcement, already advanced to the media, is that Michael Gove, Cabinet minister and key player in the government committees that decide his policy on the coronavirus and other issues, affirmed on Sunday in an interview that he saw the masks as an act of “courtesy and good manners”, but without the need to be forced by law.