In the live ticker, NDR.de will also inform you today – Saturday, May 7, 2022 – about the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Hamburg. Yesterday’s news you can Read Friday’s Blog.
The essentials in a nutshell:
- As well Lower Saxony shortens isolation at five days
- New confirmed infections in the North: 9,838 in Lower Saxony3,681 in Schleswig-Holstein2,043 in Hamburg
- RKI: 72,252 new corona cases recorded nationwide – incidence at 544.0
Charts and graphs: This is how the vaccination campaign works in the north
Map: New infections in northern German counties
Employees missing: many companies on the islands are taking action
The situation on the North Sea islands makes it difficult for industry representatives to find staff in the hotel and tourism industry. “It is even more difficult to convince people to leave their homes and move to an island,” says Birgit Kolb-Binder, chairwoman of the Dehoga district association in East Frisia. The corona pandemic has exacerbated the shortage of workers in the industry. According to Mayor Jörg Singer, up to 140 employees are currently missing in the tourism sector in Heligoland. Businesses on the mainland are also grappling with staff shortages, experts say. But the special conditions on the islands have created additional obstacles – for example in terms of living space. The food and drink union stresses that in order to win back staff and make hospitality jobs more attractive to young professionals, better working conditions must be achieved in the medium term.
Wieler and Ciesek have no understanding of zero Covid in China
Institute president Robert Koch shows no understanding for China’s zero-Covid strategy. According to his understanding, the virus cannot be eradicated, Lothar Wieler said in the evening at a congress of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. He sees no reason for these very strict measures. “In terms of infection epidemiology alone, it’s not understood what’s going on there.” Virologist Sandra Ciesek from Frankfurt/Main is also not thinking about the Chinese approach in the fight against the virus. Lockdowns only make sense if you use the time saved to stock up for the next phase – for example with vaccinations. But she doesn’t see that happening.
As leading protagonists of the corona pandemic, Wieler and Ciesek also had to endure a lot of hostility. When asked how he put it away, Wieler replied, “I hope no one misses it, otherwise you’d be a bully.” Ciesek, who explained the pandemic alternately with Christian Drosten in the NDR Info podcast “Coronavirus Update”, is now wondering “if I would do it again”.
Corona isolation in Lower Saxony is now reduced to five days
Anyone infected with the corona virus must only be isolated for five days in Lower Saxony from today. The prerequisite is that those affected are asymptomatic within 48 hours before the end of the period. This was announced by the Ministry of Health in Hanover. As planned, the state government is implementing a recommendation from the Federal Ministry of Health and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The minister responsible for Lower Saxony, Daniela Behrens (SPD), however, stressed that she recommended that all those affected only end their isolation after a negative rapid test in order to protect others from infection. A negative test remains mandatory for employees in the health sector and nursing homes before being able to return to work.
The quarantine requirement for contact persons is lifted. Instead, there is an urgent call to test you for five days and to minimize your own contacts. With this step, Lower Saxony follows the recommendation of the RKI and the federal government. Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Hamburg had already implemented the shortened isolation in recent days.
Lower Saxony: Nearly 10,000 new infections reported
The Robert Koch Institute has reported the following current corona data for Lower Saxony: The incidence over seven days is 764.8 and therefore lower than yesterday (773.5) and a week ago (1009.1). 9,838 new corona virus infections were recorded – this is also less than the day before (11,182) and last Saturday (14,014). A further 11 people who have died from or with the virus have been reported for Lower Saxony, and 8,922 infection-related deaths have been recorded across the country since the start of the pandemic.
Hamburg: Slight decrease in incidence compared to yesterday
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the seven-day incidence in Hamburg has decreased slightly – from yesterday 522.8 to currently 517.8. According to reports, the number of new laboratory-confirmed corona cases is 2,043 – significantly less than yesterday (3,426). The RKI reported 7 more deaths related to corona infections, the total number in Hamburg since the start of the pandemic is now 2,569.
Since the Hamburg social authority stopped publishing daily corona data at the beginning of May, the NDR now publishes the current RKI figures daily in the corona ticker. The Hanseatic City Health Authority only gives an update on seven-day incidence and hospital utilization once a week – on Tuesdays. These data and values may differ from those of the RKI.
RKI records 72,252 new corona infections – incidence at 544.0
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gives this morning the national incidence over seven days at 544.0. The day before, the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week was 553.2, last Saturday it was 717.4 (previous month: 1,251.3). The German health authorities reported 72,252 new corona infections at the RKI in one day – yesterday it was 85,073, a week ago 87,298. In addition, another 184 deaths related to corona infections were recorded. The number of new infections and recorded deaths varies widely from weekday to weekday, as more federal states do not transmit to the RKI, especially on weekends, and report their cases later during the week. Here too, comparisons of the available data are only possible to a limited extent due to test behavior, late registrations or transmission problems.
Incidence value in Schleswig-Holstein increased slightly
The corona incidence in Schleswig-Holstein has increased slightly again. According to the state registry office, it is currently at 815.1 – up from 812.8 the day before and 985.7 a week ago. The value represents the number of new infections recorded per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. In a comparison by country, Schleswig-Holstein has by far the highest value, followed by Lower Saxony and Bavaria. Due to the drop in the number of tests, among other things, it must be assumed that not all corona cases will be officially registered. The districts of Steinburg (1,497.3), Dithmarschen (946.3) and North Friesland (899.8) recorded the highest seven-day incidences. Pinneberg remains bottom with 553.5. The number of new infections in the 24 hours is 3,681, which corresponds to a decrease of 222 compared to the previous day (3,903). The number of deaths linked to Covid-19 has increased by 9 to reach a total of 2,465 since the start of the pandemic.
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Start the weekend with the live ticker on the Corona situation
The editors of NDR.de wish you a good day! With our live ticker we would like to inform you today – Saturday, May 7, 2022 – about the effects of the corona pandemic in northern Germany. Here you will find all important news as well as content from NDR radio and television programs. You can read about yesterday’s events in Friday’s blog.
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