The chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, Aiman Mazyek, calls for a general vaccination against the coronavirus. Mazyek told the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (Monday) that vaccination saves lives, vaccination means solidarity. “This applies according to the standards of the reasonable citizen and the ethics of Islam,” added the chairman of the Central Council. He called the fact that the vaccination rate was only increasing slowly “annoying”.
His association has been running a vaccination campaign since the summer, which includes regular Friday sermons and awareness-raising events. “Many mosques have been setting up regular weekly vaccination days for six months, mostly all day, which are not only used extensively by believers in the mosque,” said Mazyek.
The Bundestag wants to discuss a general vaccination requirement in the next few weeks on the basis of cross-party group proposals. A facility-related corona vaccination will apply from mid-March. It relates to employees in facilities in which people who are particularly at risk from Covid-19 live, are treated or cared for. These include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities as well as care and handicapped facilities.
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7:56 am – Berlin Senator for Education rejects tests at home
The new Berlin Senator for Education Astrid-Sabine Busse (SPD) has spoken out clearly against corona tests for schoolchildren at home. “We have had for a long time that the children are tested on site, because this may not be taken so strictly in all parental homes,” said Busse on the RBB information radio. “It’s already an absolute routine at school and before class, and we want to keep it that way.”
07:27 am – Wolfsburg boss Schmadtke fears game postponements
Wolfsburg’s managing director Jörg Schmadtke does not currently see the start of the second half of the Bundesliga in danger, but expects the game to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I’m already worried, if not for the coming weekend. But I do believe that Corona will still play a role in the program, ”said Schmadtke to the“ sports buzzer ”. At the beginning of the second half of the season, FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach will meet on Friday (8.30 p.m. / Sat.1 and DAZN).
07:00 a.m. – RKI reports an incidence of 232.4 new infections
The incidence of new corona infections in Germany rose for the fifth day in a row. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported the seven-day incidence on Monday morning 232,4 on. The day before she was with 222,7 located, a week ago also at 222.7. The value quantifies the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over a period of one week.
As the RKI now announced, citing data from the health authorities, were within 24 hours 18,518 new infections such as 68 deaths recorded in connection with the coronavirus. The institute pointed out, however, that fewer people were being tested because of the holidays and that not all health authorities were forwarding data. The actual numbers could therefore be higher.
According to the latest information from the institute, the health authorities have recorded a total of 7,207,847 cases of infection since the start of the pandemic. The total number of registered corona deaths in Germany rose to 112,223. The institute put the number of people recovered from illness caused by the coronavirus in Germany at around 6,478,600.
06:38 a.m. – Two high officials in Xi’an removed from posts due to the corona outbreak
In connection with the coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese metropolis of Xi’an, two high-ranking officials of the Communist Party there have been removed from their posts. According to the city administration, the move should ensure that efforts to “epidemic prevention and control are intensified,” as local media reported on Sunday.
A complete lockdown has been in effect in Xi’an for two weeks. The number of new infections in the city of 13 million people has now fallen. On Monday, the authorities announced 90 new cases of infection. There were 122 on Sunday and 174 on Saturday. Since December 9, more than 1,600 cases of corona infection have been recorded in Xi’an.
Most of the shops in Xi’an, home of the world-famous Terracotta Army, are closed and shopping is only allowed every three days. Most recently, the rules have been tightened even further: Many residents have been told that they can only leave the house to be tested for the corona virus. Xi’an is fighting the largest corona outbreak in China in months.
3:30 a.m. – In Berlin, school starts with daily corona tests
After the end of the Christmas break, classes in Berlin’s schools will start again on Monday. Attendance is compulsory, the students must appear at the school. According to the Senate Department for Education, a regular switch to digital learning at home is not initially planned. Education Senator Astrid-Sabine Busse said on Thursday that she was relying on compulsory attendance for as long as possible. She is convinced that face-to-face teaching has clear advantages over alternate teaching.
In the first week of lessons, however, corona tests are mandatory every day, not least because of the Omikron variant, which has also spread in Berlin. The self-tests required for this are made available according to the information provided by the education administration. Senator for Education Busse announced that, however, there should be only three rapid corona tests from the second week after the holidays, as before.
2:20 a.m. – Secretary of Defense Austin tested positive for Corona
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has contracted the corona virus. Austin said on Twitter that he only suffered from mild symptoms. Since he was fully vaccinated and had also received a booster vaccination, his infection was “much milder” than it would otherwise have been the case.
Austin says it will remain in quarantine for five days. During this period he will retain all of his powers and take part virtually in important meetings and discussions “as far as possible”. Austin said that he was last in direct contact with US President Joe Biden on December 21 – more than a week before he began to experience symptoms.
The Pentagon boss described the mild course of his illness as evidence that the vaccinations are working. “I continue to encourage anyone entitled to a booster vaccination to get one.” Vaccination is compulsory in the US armed forces.
1:28 am – Virologist Fauci warns of an “unprecedented” increase in Covid-19
In the US, virologist Anthony Fauci warns of a “truly unprecedented” increase in Omicron infections. The coronavirus variant could represent a serious course of the disease, especially for unvaccinated Americans. With so many cases there is a serious risk of numerous hospital admissions, which further strain the strained health system, warned Fauci on the news channel CNN. “We’re going to get a lot of hospital admissions.” In the US, nearly 400,000 new infections were registered on January 2nd. Around 73 percent of adults are fully vaccinated, 36.3 percent have received a booster.
1:14 a.m. – Again protests in Schweinfurt
In Schweinfurt, Lower Franconia, opponents of the Corona measures took to the streets again. The police spoke of around 1000 participants after the actions on Sunday evening. The city had tightened the rules because of several incidents in previous protests. Unannounced gatherings have only been permanent in Schweinfurt since Wednesday, so no walks in the true sense of the word.
The police classified the actions as “peaceful”. However, one regards with concern that six participants had knives with them. According to the police, messenger services “openly called for attacks on police officers with knives”. Proceedings due to administrative offenses are said to have been initiated against 200 participants.
In the case of the unregistered actions, a larger group of people had initially gathered in the center on the market – as in earlier protests. The police prevented the crowd from protesting, said the police spokesman. As a result, many smaller groups spread out in the city center. The exact number of participants is therefore difficult to estimate, said the spokesman.
00:00 a.m. – The majority of Germans no longer trust official Corona numbers
According to a survey, a majority of German citizens distrust the current corona numbers, which depict the infection process in Germany. According to a representative Insa survey by the Newspaper “Bild” 57 percent of the participants say no when asked whether they still trust the official infection figures.
Only 32 percent believe that the data from the Robert Koch Institute are correct. A narrow majority of 51 percent is currently not satisfied with the federal government’s corona crisis management.
On the other hand, 41 percent are satisfied with it. 58 percent of those questioned are in favor of a general vaccination requirement, 34 percent of them reject it.
11:28 pm – Cruise ship “Mein Schiff 6” interrupts voyage
The cruise ship “Mein Schiff 6” of the shipping company TUI Cruises is breaking off its current voyage in Dubai. “The background to this are isolated cases of Covid-19 on board that were discovered during the voyage. As a purely precautionary measure and to protect guests and crew, TUI Cruises has now decided to take this short break, ”said the Hamburg-based company on Monday night.
According to the information provided by the shipping company, the voyage for the majority of the approximately 2000 passengers would have ended on Monday as planned. The involuntary break affects both those who had booked a connecting cruise and the guests who wanted to go on board in Dubai. According to the information, TUI Cruises is currently organizing return flights for all guests who would have wanted to continue their journey. “RTL.de” reported about it first.
As a company spokeswoman said, the cancellation initially only affects the current cruise, which should have lasted until January 10th. Should anything change, TUI Cruises wants to inform the guests in good time.
As it was also said, an extended 2G model is currently in effect on “Mein Schiff 6”. That means: All guests aged 12 and over and the 800-strong crew are fully vaccinated. In addition, the guests will be tested before and during the trip, according to the information.
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Central council of Muslims for general corona vaccination – WELT