RKI reports over 16,000 new infections for the first time – the virologist sees no chance of a normal Christmas

Of the Frankfurt virologist Martin Stürmer considers the planned measures to contain the corona pandemic to be makes sense to break the second wave – but only if behavior changes afterwards. “It stands and falls with the fact that people are aware that it won’t work without their involvement,” said the laboratory manager and lecturer at the German Press Agency.

With massive Contact restrictions there is a good chance that Break chains of infectionsaid Striker. Only after “returning to normal operation”, people would have to take care to adhere to certain measures such as ventilation or the AHA rules – keeping your distance, observing hygiene, wearing everyday masks. “Otherwise it leads to an endless loop,” said striker. The development of the number of cases showed: “People have become too reckless.”

The Frankfurt virologist does not see the fact that schools and daycare centers remain open as problematic. Although there is still a certain chance of an infection, said Stürmer. “But there are still no signals that schools and daycare centers are infection drivers.”

The chance of a “Normal Christmas” the laboratory manager does not see it. “That would be again counterproductive“Said Striker. The planned measures would, however, make it possible to celebrate a “somewhat more normal Christmas” than under massive contact restrictions – “not like before Corona, but not only with the family and nothing else”.

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China does not wait until the end of trials to start vaccinating

DECRYPTION – Beijing takes the lead in the global race for the vaccine against the Covid-19, at a forced march.

The Chinese laboratory Sinovac presented, on September 24, the press campaign for its vaccine against Covid-19.
The Chinese laboratory Sinovac presented, on September 24, the press campaign for its vaccine against Covid-19. WANG ZHAO / AFP

In Beijing

First come, first served. The Covid 19 vaccine is still a sea snake in Europe, but it is already available to early morning residents of Yiwu, a prosperous city in Zhejiang, an hour by train from Shanghai. “We do not accept reservations, you have to queue, those who arrive early can be vaccinated”, affirms an official of the city, questioned by the site sina.com. Only 500 doses are available in this commercial hub on the eve of this so-called vaccination campaign “emergency”, reserved primarily for people deemed vulnerable, workers and students going abroad, beyond the great protective wall, in a world infested by the Covid, as the official press reminds us at the right time. In practice, any person can come to obtain an injection of this vaccine still not approved, against a sum of 400 yuan (50 euros approximately) for two recommended doses, and a signature at the bottom of a form.

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Union calls for protection for teachers – more than 72,000 new infections in the US

In the US it will be renowned according to the Immunologen Anthony Fauci no corona vaccine before January give. Clinical studies for two experimental vaccines are well advanced, the granting of an emergency approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not expected before January, said Fauci on Wednesday in a video link with the journal “Jama Network”. Fauci said, “it could be January, it could be later, we don’t know”.

According to Fauci, the most advanced clinical trials are those for vaccines from biotech company Moderna and the Pfizer trial. The pharmaceutical giant works with the Mainz company Biontech. For an emergency approval from the FDA, the data of the manufacturers would have to prove the tolerability and “lasting effectiveness” of their vaccine, said Fauci.

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Stricter rules will also apply in Germany from Monday. Restaurants, cultural and sports facilities have to close. Schools, kindergartens and retail outlets remain open. The news blog. .

Sweden excludes Chinese from 5G expansion

Huawei billboard in Beijing

The use of Chinese equipment in mobile communications is currently being critically examined in a number of countries in Europe.

(Photo: dpa)

Düsseldorf Business for the Chinese network supplier Huawei is becoming more and more difficult in Europe. After Great Britain and France, Sweden has now effectively excluded the company from expanding the new 5G mobile communications standard.

The Swedish Post and Telecommunications Authority (PTS) announced on Tuesday that in addition to Huawei, the Chinese network supplier ZTE would also be locked out of the 5G expansion. The reason for the step was an assessment by the Swedish army and Swedish security services.

The use of Chinese equipment in mobile communications is currently being critically examined in a number of countries in Europe. At the beginning of the year, Sweden implemented a new rule that stipulates that network equipment providers must first be checked by the army and security authorities before they can be used.

As a result, Huawei and ZTE have now been excluded from the network expansion. Components that have already been installed must be removed from the network by January 1, 2025 at the latest, PTS said. The domestic telecommunications equipment supplier Ericsson and the Finnish operator Nokia are likely to benefit from the ban.

A Huawei spokeswoman said on request: “There is no objective reason for the claim that Huawei represents a security threat. We consider Huawei’s exclusion based on an unfounded suspicion to be unfair and unacceptable.” ZTE’s reaction to the decision in Sweden was initially still out.

In Sweden, the frequencies in the range of 3.5 gigahertz that are important for 5G mobile communications will be auctioned from November 10th. The four companies Hi3G Access, Net4Mobility, Telia Sverige and Teracom will take part in the auction.

A final decision is still pending in Germany

Sweden’s approach is also very relevant for Germany. A final decision on the use of Huawei and ZTE is still pending in Germany. Planned rules already provide that outfitters have to undergo a safety check – similar to what has already happened in Sweden.

The US had mainly accused Huawei of acting as a gateway for Chinese espionage and sabotage and imposed sanctions on the company. Huawei had always denied the allegations and stressed that evidence of the allegation was never publicly presented.

Beijing is preparing for possible retaliation. According to a report by the state news agency Xinhua, the Chinese government has passed a new law in order to impose import restrictions on companies in other countries. Whether this could also mean the Swedish network supplier Ericsson was initially open. Ericsson has been supplying equipment for Chinese cellular networks for many years.

More: Belgium does without Huawei in the 5G expansion – and relies on Nokia

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The second wave of the corona virus calls for new measures from politics. While France is going into another lockdown, Germany is trying a weakened variant. The news blog. .

Tight corona rules from Monday – restaurants, cultural and sports venues have to close

Greens boss Robert Habeck has requested the federal government to Partial lockdown in November in preparation for the coming months with the corona pandemic to use. “It is now bitterly taking revenge that the last eight months have not been used better, that we are not better prepared for the dark, cold season,” said Habeck on Wednesday in Berlin after the federal and state governments had decided on temporary but significant restrictions.

“We have to know how we get through winter and autumn,” said Habeck, politics had to end on demand. “The irritability in society is getting bigger, there is a threat of a social ordeal, in parts we already have it.”

The The Greens carry the “absolutely bitter measures” in the core “of necessity”said Habeck. For people who have developed hygiene concepts for companies and events and whose quality has been confirmed, the decisions should “sound like mockery”.

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Majority of Germans satisfied with crisis management – federal government is planning drastic contact restrictions

The Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer before the switch of the country chiefs with Chancellor Angela Merkel for one “Effective breakwater” pronounced in the fight against the rapidly increasing corona infections. “We have to find a way how we avoid contact without closing daycare centers, schools and business life,” said the SPD politician on Tuesday evening at the German press agency in Mainz in the discussion about a lockdown.

“Today we can no longer localize individual concrete outbreaks,” said Dreyer. “The virus is spreading rapidly again.” It is now again valid: „flatten the curve“ (flatten the curve). “We therefore need an effective breakwater,” said the Prime Minister, but without naming any concrete measures. “

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French government is considering a month-long lockdown – laschet for stronger contact restrictions

The virologist Christian Drosten has spoken out in favor of a temporary lockdown. “If the load becomes too great, then you have to take a break,” said the Charité scientist in the episode of the “Coronavirus Update” published on Tuesday by NDR-Info. “This virus cannot be negotiated with. This virus simply forces a lockdown with a certain number of cases. “

At the moment the incidence in Germany is still comparatively low. “If we were to step on the brakes now, it would have a very lasting effect.” Drosten described the advantage of a temporary lockdown, which, for example, could also make exceptions such as open schools: “Everyone knows from the start that it is limited in time. ” About three weeks – a little more than a quarantine period is needed from the scientist’s point of view. “The incidence is then considerably reduced and is then also reduced in the long term under certain circumstances”.

According to a YouGov survey commissioned by the German Press Agency, almost two thirds of citizens expect that shops, restaurants and schools will be closed again due to the sharp rise in the number of infections.

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The virologist Christian Drosten has spoken out in favor of a temporary lockdown. “If the load becomes too great, then you have to take a break,” said the Charité scientist in the episode of the “Coronavirus Update” published on Tuesday by NDR-Info. “This virus cannot be negotiated with. This virus simply forces a lockdown with a certain number of cases. “

At the moment, the incidence in Germany is still comparatively low. “If we were to step on the brakes now, it would have a very lasting effect.” Drosten described the advantage of a temporary lockdown, which could, for example, also make exceptions such as open schools: “Everyone knows from the start that it is limited in time. ” About three weeks – a little more than a quarantine period is needed from the scientist’s point of view. “The incidence is then considerably reduced and is then also reduced in the long term under certain circumstances”.

According to a YouGov survey commissioned by the German Press Agency, almost two thirds of citizens expect that shops, restaurants and schools will be closed again due to the sharp rise in the number of infections.

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