After technical problems on various smartphones, the German Corona warning app has received an update. The latest version is intended to eliminate technical difficulties on the iPhone, as the software group SAP and Deutsche Telekom announced. Since its launch in mid-June, the app has been downloaded by more than 16 million users. On the Apple iOS operating system, the app had constantly exchanged anonymous codes with other users as promised – however, the warning about dangerous encounters was not given in the background, but only when the app was actively open. Similar problems arose with certain Android smartphones. The cause was an energy-saving mode, which could have restricted the update or even deactivated it for some devices.
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Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek has admitted deficits in school lessons in recent months. There were enormous differences in digital learning at home, the CDU politician said Picture on Sunday. There were schools where teachers had virtually no direct contact with the pupils during the crisis, “said the minister.” Then it is clear that the children are building up learning deficits. “Karliczek admitted that Germany had long been in the School education is only a good mediocrity, and even in the pandemic, school was largely “rather mediocre”. “We have to improve – now in the Corona period and especially afterwards. We need a new start in the school system, “said the minister.
Corona outbreak among harvest workers in Lower Bavaria
At least 174 harvest helpers have been infected with the Corona virus on a farm in the Lower Bavarian town of Mamming. At the beginning there were only seven known cases, and 167 other infected people are now carriers of the virus, writes the Dingolfing district office, citing the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL).
The entire company, on which a screening had previously been carried out, was quarantined and is now being monitored by a security service. The negatively tested contact persons – a total of 480 employees and the management – should not leave the company premises. District Administrator Werner Bumeder (CSU) spoke of a “self-contained group of people” and called on the population to keep calm.
The first airports offer free corona tests
Holiday returners have had the corona virus tested free of charge at several airports in Germany since Saturday. The airports in Munich, Düsseldorf, Cologne / Bonn and Dortmund are now offering free examinations for the first time. So far there has been the opportunity to test in Frankfurt, Munich and Cologne / Bonn, but the travelers had to pay for it themselves. Berlin wants to follow in the coming week, other airports also want to follow suit soon.
In view of the increasing number of cases, Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) is currently examining whether there may be a legal obligation to carry out corona tests for people returning from vacationing in high-risk areas. In general, it is important to prevent the corona virus from spreading again in Germany, said Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) on Deutschlandfunk. “And yes, we also check whether it is legally possible. That is an encroachment on the freedom to oblige someone to test.” Spahn emphasized that the courts were very careful to ensure that every intervention was proportionate.
It was only on Friday that Spahn, together with the country’s health ministers, decided that returnees from vacation abroad can be tested for the virus free of charge – immediately after arriving at the airports and seaports. This should contain a second wave of viruses. “We will make it possible for every returning traveler to be tested,” stressed Spahn. “I am very much in favor of the fact that, when in doubt, returners can test too much than one too little, but basically the same applies as at home on holiday: take care of each other, that’s what it’s all about.”
The holiday season in particular, with hundreds of thousands of trips abroad, is seen as a danger to a second wave of the epidemic. Because the number of infections is currently increasing in many European and non-European countries. In addition, there has been repeated criticism of negligent behavior by German vacationers in countries such as Croatia or Spain.
Kretschmer speaks of a second wave of infections in Germany
According to Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU), the second wave of infections from the corona pandemic has already reached Germany. That’s what the CDU politician said Rheinische Post. “The second wave of corona is already here. It is already happening every day. We have new foci of infection every day that could become very high numbers.” The task now is to break this wave together with the health authorities. “It works amazingly well.” According to Kretschmer, Germany can use its federal system to be more precise than centralized countries. The prime ministers could consider what could be regulated specifically for individual regions.
Kretschmer sees the corona pandemic as the first central joint crisis experience in Germany. “And the nice thing is that people in East and West are ticking the same way in this crisis.” There are no differences 30 years after reunification. “Corona is the best proof that this country has grown together.”
So far, 70 positive corona tests at Frankfurt Airport
The Corona Test Center at Frankfurt Airport has tested 70 people positive for the corona virus since it started at the end of June. “We tested around 25,000 people, about 80 percent of whom were returning travelers. A total of around 70 tests were positive,” said the head of the diagnostics company Centogene Arndt Rolfs of the newspaper world. The number is therefore within the expected range. “It is worrying that almost all of those who test positive come from non-risk countries,” said Rolfs.
Report: Corona warning app also causes problems on iPhones
The Corona warning app does not only cause problems on smartphones with an Android operating system, but also on iPhones. According to the Tagesschau research, the contact check on many iPhones only works incompletely. The Tagesschau reports on its homepage that users were sometimes not informed via the app for weeks about whether they had contact with infected people or not.
The company SAP, which developed the app together with Deutsche Telekom, admitted the error, according to the report. “There are problems, and I very much hope that they will either be eliminated very, very quickly or that we will find an effective workaround (…) in order to get the functionality up and running,” the software architect of the Corona warning app at SAP, Thomas Klingbeil, quoted.
The problem with iPhones as well as with some Android devices is said to be the background update. Actually, the Corona warning app should continue to run in the background and update data even when it is not open. If there was an encounter with a person who then tested positive for the corona virus, the cell phone should actually actively inform the owner of the increased risk with a notification. “The problem we have is that the background update does not appear to be called by the operating system,” said Klingbeil.
Previously she had image– Newspaper already reported similar problems with some Android devices. Accordingly, the app had worked poorly or not at all on many Android smartphones for weeks. In case of doubt, users were not warned or warned too late, as the application in the background did not always update automatically.
RKI: Increase in the number of cases “very worrying”
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is concerned about the increase in newly reported coronavirus cases in recent days. “This development is very worrying and will continue to be closely monitored by the RKI,” the RKI wrote on its website on Friday. A further aggravation of the situation must be avoided.
815 new cases were sent to the RKI on Friday, significantly more than in the previous weeks. Previously, around 500 new cases were recorded every day, sometimes even fewer. As the RKI explained, the growth can be observed in many federal states. However, more than 60 percent of the new cases are due to increases in North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg. Nationwide there are many smaller outbreaks in different counties: For example, people would have been infected at larger celebrations in the family and among friends, during leisure activities, at workplaces, but also in community and health facilities. There were also increasing cases among returning travelers, it said.
A worsening of the situation can only be prevented if the entire population remains committed. The RKI appealed, for example, to consistently comply with the distance and hygiene rules – even outdoors. Interiors should be ventilated and where it is necessary to wear a mouth and nose cover correctly.
Minister of Health: Voluntary corona tests at airports
Returning vacationers from high-risk areas should be able to have their coronavirus tested free of charge upon arrival at German airports. This emerges from the decision that the health ministers of the countries agreed on Friday. For the time being, there will not be a mandatory test, such as that demanded by CSU boss Markus Söder.
A negative test result, according to the decision, may end the otherwise scheduled 14-day quarantine for returnees from high-risk areas. This is intended to limit the risk that holidaymakers will spread the virus again in Germany. The number of new infections has increased significantly in the past few days.
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn warned that returning vacationers should pay attention to infection protection even after a negative corona test. “A test is not a free ticket, but always a snapshot,” said Spahn in Berlin on Friday. “Sensible behavior and vigilance remain essential.”
In order to carry out the tests, test points should be set up at the airports. The Berlin health minister Dilek Kalayci (SPD) justified the voluntary tests after the deliberations of the health ministers and senators to the Evangelical press service with the fact that there is a dynamic infection worldwide. The situation harbors the risk that infections and infection chains would be introduced into Germany.
As Kalayci further said, return travelers from non-risk countries should also be able to be tested free of charge. However, this does not happen in the airport, but in other places from the statutory health insurance associations or at other test points outside the airports. The costs would be borne by all return travelers, said Kalayci. The tests should be repeated after five to seven days.
According to the Berlin Health Senator, the so-called drop-out cards for returnees from risk areas are also being reintroduced. The aim is to implement this digitally in the future. “There is a lot of paper at the moment,” said Kalayci. The dropout cards should be checked on a random basis. Random checks should also be carried out at points of entry near the border when entering the country again.