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No more mandatory masks in Spain
In Spain, as of today, masks are no longer required in almost all indoor public spaces. The government in Madrid passed a decree to this effect on Tuesday. The obligation to wear a mask now only applies in public transport, in hospitals and in homes for the elderly. "We are making progress in returning to normalcy as it was before the pandemic" , wrote Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Twitter. He justified the extensive lifting of the mask obligation with the success of the vaccination campaign against the Coronavirus.
92.5 percent of the country's residents over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated against the corona virus – one of the highest rates in the world. Two years ago, Spain was one of the worst hit countries in Europe by the pandemic.
Israel also wants to almost completely lift mask requirement indoors. Masks would only have to be worn in places with a high potential for infection, such as hospitals, retirement homes and on airplanes, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz announced today. This also applies to people on their way to quarantine. The regulation applies from Saturday evening.
18.01 a.m.: Swedish epidemiologist Tegnell not joining WHO after all
The doctor of infectious diseases had long been the public face of the Swedish special way in the fight against the coronavirus. Sweden had thereby in comparison with most other countries in Europe on clearly looser measures. More emphasis on appeals to the common sense of citizens. lockdowns never existed in the Scandinavian EU country.
17.24 o'clock: Wiesn or no Wiesn? Decision on Oktoberfest expected
Will the Oktoberfest take place after a two-year break?
Waiting for the Wiesn: Next week, the city of Munich will decide whether the Oktoberfest can take place this year after two years of Corona's compulsory pause. However, a spokeswoman for Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter (CSU ) said that an exact date for the decision had not yet been set. Should there be a green light, it could be on 17. On September 3, the Theresienwiese will once again be the place to be for the first time: "Ozapft is". The party would then last until 3. October last.
15.28 o'clock: Many Corona cases: Emergency room in Nordhorn only limited open
At a hospital in Nordhorn, in Lower Saxony, near the border with North Rhine-Westphalia and the Netherlands, the emergency room will be open only on a limited basis for the next two nights due to staff shortages. According to a spokeswoman for the affected Euregio clinic, patients with minor or unclear illnesses or injuries should look for alternatives. Reason for the thin personnel cover are Corona cases under the employees.
15.19 o'clock: Lower Saxony prepares fourth Corona vaccination for all
After the summer, all people in Lower Saxony who wish to do so should be able to be vaccinated against Corona a fourth time. To this end, the state will continue to rely on the mobile vaccination teams, said Claudia Schroder, deputy head of the Corona crisis team. Together with doctors in the field, the mobile teams are then expected to refresh people's immune. It is not yet clear whether a vaccine adapted to Omikron will be administered or the current one.
– Lower Saxony prepares fourth Corona vaccination for all | ndr.de
15.2 p.m.: 41 cases against Covid vaccination requirement in nursing at constitutional court
At the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, 41 proceedings are pending on constitutional complaints against the Corona vaccination requirement for personnel in nursing and hospitals. In the meantime, a total of 210 constitutional complaints have been received in Karlsruhe, the spokesman of the court announced. In 169 cases, however, the constitutional complaint had not been accepted for decision.
The so-called facility-based vaccination requirement has been in effect since mid-March. Since then, employees must prove to their employer a Corona vaccination or recovery or contra-indication. After the failure of a general Corona vaccination obligation for older ones before scarcely two weeks in the Bundestag several federations in the health service had questioned the vaccination obligation for the personnel, among them the German hospital society and the Caritas.
12.50: Klein: Pandemic was accelerant for anti-Semitism
The German government's anti-Semitism commissioner, Felix Klein, sees the Corona pandemic as a catalyst for hostility towards Jews in Germany. It acted as an accelerant for anti-Semitism, Klein told Die Welt (Thursday). Klein referred to the "Situationbild Antisemitismus" published on Wednesday of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
Klein explained that many environments that had previously stood on their own are now interconnected. "Many of the anti-Semitic crimes take place online, in the form of insults, threats, incitement of the people, Holocaust denial" , according to Klein. The process of shifting anti-Semitic agitation into the digital realm, which has been going on for years, has been intensified by the Corona pandemic, according to the situation report.
12.20 clock: Five defendants in planned Lauterbach kidnapping
The core of an extremist chat group that allegedly planned the kidnapping of German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach and a coup includes five defendants. Four men are in custody. They are accused of preparing a serious act of violence threatening the state and violations of the Weapons and War Weapons Control Act. To the fifth person the German general public prosecutor's office makes for "investigative tactical reasons" no information, said a spokesman today in Koblenz. The accused are between 41 and 55 years old. The plans had come to light last week.
The Prosecutor General's Office spoke of a "colorful smorgasbord of confusion" among the accused . The spectrum included conspirators, Corona deniers, opponents of Corona policy and so-called Reich citizens; many were said to be on the right-wing fringe.
12.10 am: Debate on Corona masks at 1. May demonstration in Berlin
Berlin police have denied accusations that they are considering a ban on corona masks for this year's radical left-wing demonstration on 1. May a ban on Corona masks to prevent mummery. To date, there has been no evidence to support such a general order for the evening demonstration at 1. May would justify, the police said. In addition, such a provision would be "fundamentally contrary to the essence of the protection against infection" and the demonstration law contradict.
The organizers of the demonstration had said that the police were planning such a provision in order to "create pretexts in advance of the demonstration, in order to use its own violence, escalation and repression" to justify. The Berlin law on demonstrations states that objects are forbidden "which are suitable for the purpose of concealing identity and which, under the circumstances, are intended to do so" , To prevent criminal prosecutions. Corona masks, however, serve a different purpose.
11.45 o'clock: general audience of the Pope again in St. Peter's Square
Pope Francis, in his first general audience in St. Peter's Square since the start of the Corona pandemic, called for prayers for those affected by wars. "Let us pray at the same time for peace and for consolation for the family who are suffering a lot because of the wars in the world" , said the Catholic Church leader today in the greeting to the faithful German language.
For the 85-year-old Argentinean, it was the first general audience he has held in St. Peter's Square since Corona. During the lockdown periods, the Holy See sometimes moved general audiences to the library of the Apostolic Palace, where no guests were allowed to attend.