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Greece extended despite criticism of curfew in the refugee camps

The Covid-19-pandemic keeps the world in breath. More than 10 million people have been infected with the novel Coronavirus, 195.226 in Germany – where it always comes back to local outbreaks. The latest news on Corona-crisis in Germany, Europe and the world read in the News-Ticker of FOCUS Online.

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Greece extended despite criticism of curfew in the refugee camps

The Greek authorities have extended in spite of criticism of the curfew in the refugee camps in the country again. The on 21. March adopted restrictions for the time being until the 19th century. July, as the Ministry of Migration in Athens announced on Saturday. Critics of the government, to need the Corona pandemic as a pretext for the bearing block on.

The accommodated persons are allowed to leave the camp only during the day and in groups of less than ten. In addition, an upper limit of 150 people per hour. With health this have nothing to do, because there were in the Camps so far, no infection with the novel Coronavirus, said the coordinator of Doctors without borders in the camp of Moria on the island of Lesbos, Marco Sandrone.

Greece is cases, with 192 deaths so far, less of the Corona pandemic affected than other European countries. The accommodation of 32,000 asylum seekers on the five Islands of the Aegean sea in Camps with a capacity of 5400 seats has, however, led to great tensions with the population. Also, the country is currently promoting massive foreign tourists.

In the crowded refugee is not a death case, was store so far, the novel Coronavirus recorded. Helper to fear but a strong spread of the pathogen, because of the distance rules can hardly be observed. The government has moved in the past few weeks, thousands of migrants on the mainland.

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China confirmed Corona cases in Wuhan only after repeated follow up of the WHO

The Covid-19-pandemic keeps the world in breath. More than 10 million people have been infected with the novel Coronavirus, 195.226 in Germany – where it always comes back to local outbreaks. The latest news on Corona-crisis in Germany, Europe and the world read in the News-Ticker of FOCUS Online.

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TOP NEWS: China has confirmed Corona cases in Wuhan only after repeated follow up of the WHO

China has confirmed the outbreak of a mysterious lung disease in Wuhan, the beginning of the year after two attempts to Ask the world health organization (WHO). The updated WHO-chronology of the Coronavirus pandemic. The original version of 27. April was able to give the impression that the Chinese authorities had the outbreak already at 31. December, the WHO reported. It is clear now that it was on the day, only a press release on the website of the health authorities in Wuhan.

The process, however, is not unusual, said the WHO emergency coordinator Michael Ryan on Friday night in Geneva. Often, national health authorities would have to verify information from the provinces first.

When exactly the Chinese authorities have what is communicated, is explosive. US President, Donald Trump has accused China of to have to slow the outbreak is informed, and makes the country therefore, for the spread of the Virus around the globe, responsible. The WHO accuses Trump to have too much on Chinese information familiar. He has set the cooperation with the WHO. China has rejected allegations, to have information taken, always.

In the chronology of 27. April said: "31. December: The municipal health Commission of Wuhan, China, reports a Cluster of pneumonia in Wuhan. A new Coronavirus was later identified." In the updated version to the date: "The WHO country office in China has been on a press release on the website of the municipal health Commission of Wuhan on cases of "viral Lungenentzündung" in Wuhan, China, to the attention of."

The WHO have 1. January, further information is required, and this requirement on the 2. January renewed. Under the 3. January, it is now: "Chinese officials provided the WHO information a in Wuhan, the identified Cluster of cases, 'viral pneumonia of unknown Ursache'."

According to Ryan, the Chinese authorities had confirmed, on demand, immediately, that it was in the press release of an official communication. You have to check the facts first. Countries should verify such information within 24 to 48 hours.

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50% fewer COVID-19 patients died when treated with hydroxychloroquine

Can hydroxychloroquine work after all? Coronavirus patients treated early with the drug touted by Trump were 50% less likely to die, study finds

  • More than 2,500 coronavirus patients were recruited to a Henry Ford Health System study of hydroxychloroquine 
  • Those who got the drug were 50% less likely to die of COVID-19 
  • Patients in the study were younger, more racially diverse and treated ‘earlier’ in their hospital stays than patients in previous trials 
  • Some critics say the study is flawed, because it excluded patients with heart problems, but others say giving the drug to them would be ‘irresponsible’ 

After repeated failures in previous research, a new study suggests hydroxychloroquine can improve survival odds for some coronavirus patients. 

Hospitalized coronavirus patients given hydroxychloroquine were 50 percent less likely to die of the brutal infection than those who did not receive the drug in a Henry Ford Health System study of 2,541 people. 

It comes after several large-scale studies found no benefit to the malaria drug, touted by Trump, which prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revoke its emergency use authorization for the drug. 

The Henry Ford team puts their better results down to timing and selectivity. They gave coronavirus patients hydroxychloroquine earlier on in the course of their illnesses, and only if they were not at high risk for heart problems. 

But critics say that these same choices that helped Henry Ford get better results from hydroxychloroquine also make the research less convincing, and noted that more of the hydroxychloroquine group was also treated with steroids, which data suggests combats dangerous inflammation in coronavirus patients. 

A Henry Ford Health System study found that COVID-19 patients given hydroxychloroquine were 50% less likely to die of the infection (file) 

‘Our results do differ from some other studies,’ study leader Dr Marcus Zervos said at a news conference. 

‘What we think was important in ours…is that patients were treated early. 

‘For hydroxychloroquine to have a benefit, it needs to begin before the patients begin to suffer some of the severe immune reactions that patients can have with Covid.’ 

Critical commenters suggested that the doctors at Henry Ford are simply more practiced at caring for coronavirus patients now, and that the results then might have less to do with the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine. 

‘As the Henry Ford Health System became more experienced in treating patients with COVID-19, survival may have improved, regardless of the use of specific therapies,’ wrote Dr Todd Lee of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Canada, in commentary that accompanied the study. 

Early lab studies suggested that the drug might have antiviral abilities – helping to prevent the virus from making more copies of itself. 

Data also suggested that it might stem inflammation from an out-of-control immune response that often becomes the ultimate cause of death for severely ill coronavirus patients. 

President Trump hailed it a ‘game-changer’ and his optimism about the drug prompted a flurry of research, much of which ended disastrously. 

Several studies were called off after data suggested more patients in the hydroxychloroquine groups were dying than were in the non-hydroxychloroquine groups. 

Hydroxychloroquine is known to cause dangerous heart arrhythmias, and these were seen in a worrisome proportion of critically ill patients and associated with higher death rates. 

The new study, published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, included more patients who were under 65 and a more racially diverse group. 

More than 80 percent were dosed with hydroxychloroquine within 24 hours of being admitted to the hospital, and 91 percent got the drug within 48 hours. 

Henry Ford researchers argued that this was a major advantage over the recent New York state study of hydroxychloroquine, although patients enrolled in it got the drug one day after admission on average (patients could be included if they were dosed ‘at any time during their hospitalization’). 

Whether it was the timing or something else, the results from the new study were drastically different. 

All in all, 18.1 percent of all patients in the trial died, including 13.5 percent of those who got only hydroxychloroquine, 20.1 percent of those given both the malaria drug and the antibiotic azythromycin died. 

More than 22 percent of those who got just the antibiotic died, and 26.4 percent of patient treated with neither drug died. 

‘The combination of hydroxychloroquine plus azithromycin was reserved for selected patients with severe COVID-19 and with minimal cardiac risk factors,’ as it has the highest risk for heart complications, the study authors wrote. 

More than 200 patients were excluded who hadn’t been discharged from the hospital, casting some doubt over the study. 

But it’s the second bit of good news this week for hydroxychloroquine. 

A University of Oxford trial giving health care workers hydroxychloroquine as a potential preventive was greenlit this week. 

‘HCQ has been resurrected as an important drug to study,’ Dr Peter Pitts, former FDA Commissioner and President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest told 

‘This looks very promising. Clearly it has impacted survival rates, pointed. to the need for early interventions and made recommendations on possible dosing standards.’  

‘The danger here is we don’t want to have people rush to judgement therapeutically and don’t want to cause shortages for people using it for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and, of course, malaria.’ 

He saw the exclusion of patients with heart risks not as a flaw, but a strength of the study, because giving those patients a drug when we know it can trigger cardiac arrhythmias would be ‘responsible.’ 

‘I toss aside those objections as snotty purism,’ Dr Pitts said. 

‘In a pandemic we can’t be too pure and precious we have to get the job done, which equals in my mind saving lives and sharing science.’ 

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Some say allow family access to dying patients with COVID-19

(HealthDay)—Allowing adult family member presence at the bedside of dying patients during COVID-19 is feasible, and could have multiple benefits, according to an editorial published online June 8 in Intensive Care Medicine.

Noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to drastic changes in provision of intensive and end-of-life care for patients and their families, and that front-line physicians may feel unprepared and overwhelmed with the accompanying emotional responsibilities, Martha A.Q. Curley, Ph.D., R.N., from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia, and colleagues discuss an alternative pathway to prevent patients from dying alone.

The authors note that infection control, public health concerns, and family-centered care can coexist and urge reconsideration of adult family member presence at the bedside of patients, which can be accomplished safely. Family members would likely be motivated, grateful, and capable of involvement in their loved one’s care with careful screening, preparation, and support; furthermore, family members would likely experience more positive grief resolution and less posttraumatic stress. Patients could be calmed by the presence of a familiar person, and family members could assist with comforting and care activities. This planning necessitates consideration of issues such as infection status, capability of upholding safe practices, and perceived benefit to the patient. Families that meet these criteria should be given this option.

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HIV may not worsen COVID-19 outlook

People with HIV who were hospitalized with COVID-19 didn’t have worse results than COVID-19 patients without HIV, new research shows.

“Throughout the pandemic, we’ve suspected that immunocompromised patients, such as those with HIV, could be at a higher risk for infection and suffer more severe outcomes, but without data on how COVID-19 affects patients with HIV specifically, clinical guidance for managing and advising these patients has been lacking,” said study author Dr. Keith Sigel. He’s a member of the Mount Sinai COVID Informatics Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City.

People with a weakened immune system often have worse outcomes when they develop serious infections. HIV is one of the most common causes of immunodeficiency in the world and affects more than one million people in the United States.

For the study, researchers compared COVID-19 patients with and without HIV at five hospitals in the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. The patients were assessed at the peak of the pandemic in the city during March and April.

Death rates and poor outcomes—such as respiratory failure or multiorgan dysfunction—were high among patients with HIV, but no worse than among those without HIV, the researchers found.

The patients with HIV did not have evidence of significant immune suppression or elevated HIV viral levels, according to the study published June 28 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

This study adds to existing limited evidence that HIV may not be associated with more severe COVID-19 symptoms, the researchers said.

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The WHO’s risky communication strategy created confusion around COVID-19

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) handling of communication around COVID-19 has shown how communicating risk can become risky communication. This is one of the key findings we identified in a recent analysis of the communication and information shared by the WHO within the first month after declaring COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

The WHO has recently faced backlash and increasing criticism of what is perceived as a slow response to the pandemic. The WHO’s China-centred approach is at the heart of the argument against the international organization; on April 14, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw its funding from the organization. And on May 29, Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw its participation completely.

Early communications

It is not just what the WHO was saying in the first weeks of the pandemic that got the organization in the hot seat, but also how. Our review of the WHO’s communication in the first weeks of the outbreak from Dec. 31, 2019 to Jan. 31, 2020, points to an ambiguous communication strategy that sowed a great deal of confusion.

The WHO has several communication platforms based on the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR): Disease Outbreak News, situation reports, EPI-WIN (an information network for epidemics), public statements, press briefings and guidelines. There are also unconventional and informal communication channels, including profiles on social media networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

In the first days of the outbreak, the WHO showed a strong preference for communicating over Twitter, which goes against the agreed communication plan in the 2005 IHR.

Delayed outreach

The first cases were reported to the WHO on Dec. 31, 2019, and publicly disclosed on Jan. 4, 2020, over Twitter. A formal report followed the day after, using the first Disease Outbreak News platform.

When the first case outside China was reported, the WHO issued a statement on its website on Jan. 13, followed by a Twitter post the next day.

But the WHO’s social media use was scattered: 143 Twitter posts, 21 Facebook posts, and 10 Instagram posts. There was no clear or consistent pattern or approach. The WHO privileged Twitter to communicate with the wider public, resulting in potentially unequal access to information based on the population, health professionals and national authorities.

Such use of social media appears indiscriminate and stands in contrast to the established official methods of communication listed above. The WHO also began deploying the EPI-WIN platform days before issuing a formal announcement: EPI-WIN was launched on Jan. 24 and announced on Jan. 30.

As the outbreak spread from China, Thailand, Japan and Korea to 19 other countries between Jan. 20 and 31, the WHO’s communication strategy continued to float in many different directions through multiple channels and produced muddled definitions of key terms.

Terms like entry/exit screening, risk assessment, travel recommendations, regional and global were widely circulated by the WHO but were never clearly defined, raising important questions around what exactly was being recommended and where.

Mixed messages

Compounding the ambiguous communication strategy, the WHO’s situation reports wrongly identified the global risk assessment for three days in a row. In situation reports No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5, the global risk was originally published as “moderate,” and then corrected in situation report No. 6 stating this was an error and the risk is “high.” This error created confusion over the WHO risk assessment at a critical point in time. Based on the information currently available, it is not clear if this was an error of communication or risk assessment.

Mixed messages were also issued regarding travel advice. Situation report No. 9 stated that there were no specific recommendations for travel, yet included a separate section on travelling and traffic advice. In a more glaring example, no travel restrictions were included the day the WHO declared the PHEIC, a decision that created uncertainty.

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Testing tuberculosis vaccine combinations for COVID-19

Researchers at the University of Sydney and Centenary Institute are repurposing an existing tuberculosis vaccine to see if it can be used in a new way against COVID-19 to develop a novel vaccine.

The vaccine candidate, which Australian researchers have called BCG:CoVac, combines the vaccine for tuberculosis, Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) with major components of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is the pathogen that causes the COVID-19 disease.

The study is part of a collaboration between the University of Sydney and the Centenary Institute to examine the immune response created by new vaccine candidates, including BCG:CoVac.

Lead investigator Professor Jamie Triccas, from the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, and the Charles Perkins Center said the team was motivated to apply their expertise in studying vaccines to assess the effectiveness of this new formulation.

“We have over two decades of experience in the development and testing of tuberculosis vaccines, which will be applied for the assessment of BCG:CoVac,” said Professor Triccas.

“There have yet to be studies published that combine BCG and components of the SARS-CoV-2 virus as part of a new vaccine design, and we’re excited to test their potential.”

Early results promising

The researchers’ early unpublished results from pre-clinical testing in mice show BCG:CoVac stimulated an immune response aimed to control virus infection in humans.

In mice vaccinated with BCG:CoVac, the vaccine induced high levels of SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies. The role of these antibodies is to bind the virus and help eliminate it from the body. The vaccine also triggered a strong anti-viral response by T cells (a type of immune cell).

Both these types of immune responses are thought to be important to ensure clearance of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from infected individuals.

Importantly, preliminary data also showed BCG:CoVac did not create high levels of inflammatory responses, which is a common barrier and concern in vaccine design.

“These initial results are very promising. BCG:CoVac is making the type of immune response that we predict is needed to control SARS-CoV-2 infection in humans,” said Professor Triccas.

“We are currently determining how well the antibodies generated after vaccination can ‘block’ the virus from infecting cells and thus provide protection from disease.”

Using the TB vaccine as a vehicle

In BCG:CoVac, the BCG vaccine is used as a vehicle to deliver distinctive proteins that originate from the SARS-CoV-2 virus surface. The goal is for the human immune system to develop a memory of SARS-CoV-2 and develop immunity.

There is currently global interest in the BCG vaccine, which is being investigated in ongoing clinical trials as a possible intervention to protect vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is because of suggestions the BCG vaccine has other beneficial effects on the immune system that could protect against other infections. A 2019 observational study reported the vaccine is related to fewer deaths from certain infections other than from TB in low-income countries.

However, current COVID-19 related studies only investigate the protective effects of the BCG vaccine by itself.

Dr. Claudio Counoupas, research scientist at the Centenary Institute and co-lead on the project, said: “Combining a part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus with BCG is key to this new vaccine. This provides a specific ‘memory’ immune response against the virus that could provide long-term protection against disease. Our on-going studies will determine how long the immune response lasts after vaccination in animal models. This is important information for future human testing of our vaccine.”

Professor Triccas said animal studies were necessary to ensure the vaccine is inducing the right type of immune response.

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Federal government defies the US: No shortage of Corona-medium-Remdesivir

The Covid-19-pandemic keeps the world in breath. More than 10 million people have been infected with the novel Coronavirus, 195.226 in Germany – where it always comes back to local outbreaks. The latest news on Corona-crisis in Germany, Europe and the world read in the News-Ticker of FOCUS Online.

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The Bonn public Prosecutor’s office has rejected the opening of an investigation against the virologists Hendrik Streeck, in connection with the Heinsberg-study. The &quot reported;rp-online". Previously a scientist Streeck had displayed, and accused him of fraud.

UK cancels quarantine for travelers

Friday, 3. July, 7.10 PM: German must, with a trip to England in the future, there will be no more in a 14-day quarantine issued. The British government announced in the night of Friday, a corresponding easing of the due to the Corona pandemic, imposed restrictions on admission. The elimination of the quarantine requirement applies from the 10. July. Also Passengers from France, Italy and Spain do not have to go in Isolation.

In other Parts of the United Kingdom will, however, continue to apply the quarantine rule. If you travel from Germany to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, must go there for two weeks in Isolation.

Because of the mandatory quarantines, the Federal Foreign office in Berlin warns to date prior to travel to the whole of the UK. The British government expressed the expectation that the current partial abolition of the rule will lead to a corresponding relaxation in the benefiting States.

"Today is the opening of our great Nation,&quot marks the next step in the cautious again; the British transport Minister Grant shapp’s said. The elimination of the mandatory quarantines, he called a "good Nachricht" for citizens and companies in his country.

Texas imposed due to Corona-pandemic mask duty

23.10: In Texas, was Governor Greg Abbott, in view of the dramatic increase in the number of new infections a u-turn. The Republicans ordered on Thursday a mask mandatory for all districts with 20 or more Corona cases. Thus, the spread of the Virus could not only be slowed, but the economy will be kept Running, said Abbott. He followed the line of more than a dozen States. The step was nonetheless remarkable. Abbott had said in June: "The government can’t require individuals to wear face masks."

Criminal charges against Streeck due to Heinsberg-study

21.49 clock: In connection with the also politically significant Heinsberg-study of the Bonn virologists Hendrik Streeck is a criminal ad in front of. As the criminal investigation Department in Bonn, Germany the business magazine "Capital" (Online) certified, is received, the display in the past week and has now been forwarded to the Prosecutor’s office in Bonn.

Among other things, allegations against the Director of studies Streeck be charged for fraud. The view plate, which is to a scientist, accuses Streeck, the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia deceived, for third-party funding for the study must be obtained. In addition, the virologist instead of with the Client-based insights, and facts agreed upon scientifically but &quot have;invented Forschungsergebnisse" delivered, is it in the display, the "Capital" is present. Federico Gambarini/dpa , Armin Laschet (CDU,r) and Hendrik Streeck (l), Director of the Institute for Virology at the University hospital in Bonn, Germany, on the way to the press conference.

This deals specifically with statements in the interim report to Heinsberg-study from 9. April to a connection between hygiene measures, the concentration of the Virus and the severity of the Corona disease. These had been collected in the study, no data that support a scientific finding, is it in the display.

Streeck rejects allegations

At the request of "Capital" back meadows Streeck and further involved in the study, scientists at the University of Bonn all of the allegations. With a view to their statements in the interim report, you referred to Gangelt on their investigations of the carnival session in the place where many people are infected: The "Diskussionspunkt" the interim report is based "the results show that the severity of the disease, for participation in the Super-Spreading Event (with a correspondingly poor hygienic conditions) is significantly higher than in the case of persons not participating in such an Event, participated haben". dpa/Federico Gambarini/dpabild Professor Hendrik Streeck, Director of the Institute for Virology at the University hospital in Bonn, Germany.

In addition, Streeck also defended the stating in his bid for the state government from the 25. March, which to this time already a "positive Ethikvotum" the competent ethics Commission of the University of Bonn that was about it. According to the entry for Heinsberg-study in the German Register of Clinical studies (DRKS) was the decision of the ethics Committee until 31. March issued only after the conclusion of the contract between Streeck and of the state government, which financed the Heinsberg-study with around 65000 Euro plus VAT. However, the researchers stressed that it "several Voten" the ethics Commission – including the one on 24. March.

Because of the charge "invented Forschungsergebnisse" also, the German research Foundation (DFG) is currently conducting a preliminary examination, as a speaker at the request of "Capital" confirmed. It’ll go "in the first Linie" therefore, whether it is in Heinsberg-study, a DFG-respect give. In the past week, the DFG has asked the Bonn researchers opinion.

Sweden is to review its special role in the Corona-crisis critical

21.45 PM: The because of its special path in the management of the Corona pandemic is massively in the criticism Sweden has a Review of its crisis management announced. The government in Stockholm, commissioned on Thursday, the state-funded Swedish defense research Agency (FOI) with the analysis. On Wednesday, the Agency had submitted a report in which a lack of preparation in Sweden on the Corona-crisis, it was claimed, although there are several "Warnschüsse" ‘ve given. © Anders Wiklund (dpa) Strange exceptionalism? / German Intern experienced Corona-crisis in Sweden

In spite of the experience of other epidemics such as Sars, bird flu and swine flu have in Sweden "as in other countries, in the case of incomplete preparation, as the Corona-pandemic einschlug", found the FOI experts. The Corona pandemic have weaknesses in the Swedish crisis management and the "Robustness of the population to light gebracht".

The authors of the report also criticized inadequate protection, clothing, as well as a lack of medical equipment. Interruptions in the supply chains indicated, therefore, in addition to a lack of "Planning on top Ebene" go.

Internationally, the handling of Sweden, with the Corona has caused a crisis for criticism. Unlike most other European countries imposed in Sweden, there is no output restrictions, the spread of the Virus to contain. Schools, cafes, Bars, Restaurants, and most businesses remained open.

Meanwhile, the Northern European countries recorded a rate significantly higher mortality than its neighbouring Scandinavian countries. According to official figures, have been detected since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 70,000 infections, more than 5400 people were killed.

Number of Corona infections has fallen slightly – a province stands out again

20.09 PM: In Germany, are so far 195.226 positive Corona Tests been reported, such as data from the country’s health and social ministries are the result. The are 431 more than on Wednesday – the number is slightly declining. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania reported again as the only state with no new infections. dpa/picture-alliance / dpa Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania again recorded no new Corona infections.

Yet 8.972 people have died from the effects of Coronavirus – ten deaths were added from Wednesday to Thursday. According to the Robert Koch Institute 180.300 Diseased are healed now and again. Thus, about 5.954 people are acutely infected (active cases). The number of acutely Infected fell for the fourth day in a row.

The reproductive value (R) decreased slightly from 0.86 to 0.83 and continues to be, under the as critical considered brand of 1.0.

Here you will find the currently reported Figures by the health ministries of the countries.

  • Baden-Württemberg: 35.780 (1.839 Deaths)
  • Bavaria: 48.494 (2.594 Deaths)
  • Berlin: 8.344 (214 Deaths)
  • Brandenburg: 3.470 (172 Deaths)
  • Bremen: 1.678 (53 Deaths)
  • Hamburg: 5.211 (231 Deaths)
  • Hesse: 10.869 (507 Deaths)
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: 803 (20 Deaths) *
  • Lower Saxony: 13.579 (634 Deaths)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 43.436 (1.684 Deaths)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 7.028 (235 Deaths)
  • Saarland: 2.769 (174 Deaths)
  • Saxony: 5.449 (223 Deaths)
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 1.880 (59 Deaths)
  • Schleswig-Holstein: Total Of 3,176 (152 Deaths)
  • Thuringia: 3.260 (181 Deaths)

Total (As Of: 02.07.20, 20.04 PM): 195.226 (8.972 Deaths)

The Previous Day (As Of 01.07.20, 19.10 PM): 194.795 (8.962 Deaths)

Source to be Infected – and death-figures: country health and social ministries.

The number of Healed, according to the Robert Koch Institute in Germany, at around 180.300.

Currently, the RKI reported reproduction number: 0,83 (Stand 02.07.20)

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Greiz district hospital confirmed 69 Corona cases, contrary to media report

18.56 PM: The Greiz district hospital has confirmed that between 19. March and the 18. In may, a total of 69 employees of the house had been on the Coronavirus tested. Since then, no new Corona had proven cases within the clinic staff informed the hospital on Thursday in Greiz. It was unclear whether employees had been infected in the professional or private environment. dpa/Hendrik Schmidt/dpa-Central image/ZBbild The centre of the old town of Greiz.

The hospital responded with a statement on a report of the weekly newspaper “die Zeit”. The suspicions raised, more positive cases had been therefore not detected, because it is only reserved for infection tested had been rejected by the clinic. Also from the point of view of the health office, the test of capacity in the hospital Greiz had been at any time sufficient.

The paper had further reported that a Patient had shared after surgery, the room with a Covid-19-patients had been discharged without trial, and days later, also at Covid-19 ill. Due to medical confidentiality you can give to the concrete individual case no information, so the hospital. It was with the editors of “time” in contact, in order to determine the potentially affected patients, and the case work up. In principle, would be separated in the Greiz district hospital patient flows “consistently from each other”.

It was confirmed that the maximum occupancy of the Corona treatment station of the hospital for a few days in 25 patients, two nurses and two Care assistants were supervised. “This is a for hospitals usual care rate”, so the hospital management.

The circle of Greiz, with around 98 000 inhabitants, was the largest Hotspot in the Corona pandemic in Thuringia and made with high infection rates nationwide attention. According to Figures from the Ministry of social Affairs 669 people have been in the Ostthüringer County positive for the novel Virus, Sars-CoV-2 tested, 48 have died of or with such an infection.

Elon Musk with Tesla to vaccine-race and build Mini-factories for CureVac in Germany

17.09 PM: Just plant the U.S. electric car maker Tesla, its first factory in Europe to build – for a whopping 1,065 billion euros. Company CEO Elon Musk is not a man of empty words, but one of the great speeches with actions. Now the Visionary wants to start in the global race to the Corona vaccine. The US electric car manufacturer wants to develop for the German Biotech company CureVac, which is a vaccine, Mini-factories to build. The majority shareholder of the company Dietmar Hopp is.

On Twitter, Musk says: “Tesla is building as a side project RNA mini factories for CureVac and possibly others.” So the company should be able to restore after the completion of a possible vaccine this quickly in huge quantities. The production itself will take place in the German Tesla-daughter Grohmann.

After Greece – Spain-vacation, only with QR-Code

17.05 PM: Greece is making it before, now follows Spain: From the 1. July need to fill out the tourists who want to travel both on the Spanish mainland as well as on the Islands, prior to the entry of a form to the health control, n-tv reported. This should be specified next to the name, address, telephone number, age and ID number, what was the last place of residence, whether there were previous trips in other countries and at which address, it remains in the country. Then, a QR Code is generated, you have to show for it at the airport. Without the Code you cannot enter into the country.

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