Coronavirus live ticker: +++ 03:35 WHO recommends two additional drugs for Covid-19 +++ patients

+++ 03:35 WHO recommends two additional drugs for Covid-19 patients +++

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends two other drugs for the treatment of patients with Covid-19. These are the active substance baricitinib, which was developed to treat rheumatoid arthritis, and sotrovimab, a monoclonal antibody specially developed for Covid-19 patients. Critically ill Covid-19 patients would have a better chance of survival on baricitinib and the need for mechanical ventilation would be reduced, according to the new directive. No side effects were observed. The drug should be administered in combination with corticosteroids.

+++ 02:13 doctors angry at Steinmeier vaccination debate +++
The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) is outraged by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s discussion on mandatory vaccinations with citizens. “The fact that the Federal President invites you to a dialogue and not having the doctors with you was a highlight of the debate”, said KBV Vice-President Stephan Hofmeister of the “Ärzte Zeitung”. Instead, opponents of the vaccination had their say with their “hair-raising” objections, Hofmeister complained. “They can now say that they presented it to the president and that it was not refuted. A grotesque.”

+++ 01:09 hospitals see issues with facility-related vaccination requirements +++
The German Hospital Society (DKG) and the Verdi trade union see great legal insecurity in the implementation of the corona vaccination requirement in establishments caring for vulnerable people such as clinics and nursing homes. “From March 15, we have to report to the health authorities from whom we have not received proof of vaccination,” DKG boss Gerald Gass told the newspapers of the Funke media group. Then, according to him, the health service should approach these people, set a deadline for them to provide evidence and then inform hospitals of the current situation.

+++ 00:02 Minister: If there is a shortage of tests, students are not allowed to lose sight of them +++
After reports of increasingly scarce testing capabilities, Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger calls for special attention to schools. “Schools are part of the critical infrastructure and if testing capacity becomes scarce, schoolchildren should not be left behind in our country,” the FDP politician said of the education policy planned by the Ampel coalition. Therefore, the school must at least obtain the rank of cultural institution in the critical infrastructure, she adds.

+++ 22:27 France reports more than 305,000 new infections +++
France reports 305,322 new infections, a drop after more than 360,000 the day before. In addition, the number of patients who need to be treated in the intensive care unit has decreased for the first time in a month. 225 more deaths are reported in hospitals.

+++ 10:14 PM US Supreme Court rules Biden’s vaccination regulations for businesses +++
The United States Supreme Court orders a prescription from President Joe Biden that would have required 80 million employees of large companies to vaccinate or test. On the other hand, the Supreme Court authorizes a regulation which provides for vaccination for approximately 10.3 million employees in certain establishments such as hospitals and retirement homes.

Read more about it here.

+++ 22:00 Frequent fainting may be an indication of infection +++
In addition to the known symptoms like runny nose, fever, and headache, another may indicate a corona infection. As the “Ärztezeitung” reports, there are more and more cases of patients who repeatedly pass out and test positive for the virus. According to this, a 35-year-old man has presented to the emergency room at a Berlin hospital on several occasions with recurrent fainting spells, also known as syncope. However, doctors had found nothing other than a positive corona test result. American scientists had already identified fainting as a rare symptom in the early stages of a corona infection in several studies last year.

+++ 21:54 Bundestag decides to change quarantine rules +++
The Bundestag paved the way for the new quarantine rules agreed between the federal and state governments during the pandemic. The regulation, which was approved in the evening, creates, among other things, the legal framework so that contact persons who have been vaccinated three times no longer have to isolate themselves from people infected with the corona. In addition, it allows for shorter quarantine times to avoid staff disruption in important supply areas when the number of infections increases sharply. Before the ordinance can enter into force, the Federal Council must give its approval on Friday.

+++ 21:38 The Omicron wave currently mainly affects the younger generation +++
The number of cases is currently increasing, especially among adolescents and young adults. For example, the Omikron wave initially encompasses more and more the 15-34 age group, as the latest figures from the Robert Koch Institute show. With 383.6 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in one week, it has the highest incidence. There is also an upward trend in the 35 to 64 (242.1), 65 to 79 (88.9) and over 80 (87.9) age groups. In contrast, the incidence decreases in those under 14 years of age (292).

+++ 21:21 number of cases hits record high in seven federal states +++
Based on late reports from the previous day, Baden-Württemberg alone transmitted 19,024 new infections. However, the state is not the only one with a very high number of cases. The new daily highs come from six other states: Hamburg (3764), Hesse (7895), Lower Saxony (7121), North Rhine-Westphalia (17,235), Rhineland-Palatinate (3353) and Schleswig-Holstein (4317) .

+++ 21:00 Federal states report highest with 95,734 new infections +++
The number of reported coronavirus infections in Germany rose to 7,778,542. As information from state authorities assessed by shows, 95,734 new cases have been added. The number is so high, among other things, because Baden-Württemberg today also released the late registrations announced the day before. That adds 19,024 new cases for the state alone – the day before, 6,419 new infections had been reported. The nationwide daily increase is about 60% above Thursday’s level of last week. The number of deaths linked to the infection has increased from 309 to 115,158. About 769,800 people are currently infected.

The infection rate (R-value at 7 days) is given by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) at 1.14 (previous day: 1.11). According to the DIVI intensive care register, 2,959 Covid 19 patients are currently being treated in intensive care in Germany, of which 1,782 are under invasive ventilation.

+++ 20:35 RKI: “The fifth wave of the pandemic has started” +++
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), “the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has started in Germany with the dominant circulation of the omicron variant,” as it writes in its current weekly report. He sees a very heavy workload for the laboratories. “In order to ensure rapid diagnostic care for patients with SARS-CoV-2, it is imperative to prioritize testing in accordance with the national testing strategy,” explains the institute. Restrictions in testing capacity are mainly due to personnel, as laboratory workers are also affected by the high incidence of infections.

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+++ 20:21 positive rate in PCR tests reaches maximum value +++
The positivity rate of the PCR tests carried out reached a new all-time high of 22.85% at the start of the year. This is what emerges from the current weekly report of the Robert Koch Institute. As a result, in the first calendar week of 1,488,511 smears performed nationwide, 340,114 tested positive.

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