Incidence in Germany continues to rise
In Germany, the seven-day incidence continues to rise steadily. According to data released by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Sunday, it was 17.5 – up from 16.9 the previous day and 4.9 at the recent low on July 6. Health departments in Germany reported 2,097 new corona infections to the RKI within a day, compared with 1,548 a week ago.
Incidence has been the basis for many Corona restrictions in the pandemic so far, such as under the federal emergency brake that expired at the end of June. In the future, other values such as hospital admissions will now be taken into account to a greater extent.
Across Germany, one death was recorded within 24 hours, according to the new data. The RKI counted 3,771,262 proven infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic, but the actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected.
The RKI reported the number of people who recovered as 3,654,500. The number of people who died from or involving a confirmed infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 91,659.
Number of seriously ill people in Israel exceeded 200 again
The number of corona seriously ill patients in Israel has exceeded 200 for the first time since April. Of a total of 362 patients being treated in the hospital, 212 were seriously ill, the Health Ministry announced Sunday in Tel Aviv. 37 need artificial respiration. At the height of the pandemic in Israel in January, the number of seriously ill had been about 1,200.
In view of rising infection figures, Israel was the first country to start giving people over 60 years of age a third vaccination dose against the coronavirus. A team of experts had recommended such a booster vaccination with the BioNTech-Pfizer preparation, although there is not yet a corresponding requirement from the FDA.
Nearly 58 percent of the 9.3 million Israelis are fully vaccinated. Of those over the age of 50, the figure is as high as 88 percent. According to the Ministry of Health, however, the effectiveness of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine used in Israel has declined significantly since the beginning of June. The number of new Corona infections reported within a day has exceeded 2,000 for six days in a row.
Relaxations in Denmark: proof of vaccination needed less and less often
Despite comparatively high infection numbers, Denmark on Sunday relaxed several Corona rules. For example, there are no longer capacity limits on public transport. The requirement for two tests per week for schoolchildren and students will be changed to a recommendation. Venues such as theaters and cinemas with fewer than 500 spectators, as well as museums, amusement parks and zoos, no longer need to require proof of vaccination or testing for admission.
Sports venues also no longer require proof, though random checks are possible at gyms. At soccer matches, away fans are once again allowed into the stadium.
Life in the country has already been almost free of restrictions. The date for further relaxation is set for September 1. Restrictions on nightlife will then be lifted: Alcohol can be sold again at night, discos can open. No vaccination certificates or tests will be required when visiting restaurants, festivals or body-related services. On October 1, the proof called Corona Pass is then to be phased out completely.
60 percent of the population in Italy vaccinated
The number of Italians fully vaccinated against the coronavirus is over 32.4 million. This represents 60 percent of the population over the age of 12, the government commissioner in charge of the vaccination campaign, Francesco Paolo Figliuolo, announced on Sunday. “We have reached a milestone that confirms the validity of our vaccination plan,” Figliuolo said. In Austria, that figure is just under 50 percent.
By the end of September, the Italian government expects 80 percent of the population to be vaccinated. On average, more than 500,000 vaccines will be administered per day. Additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to be available starting the third week of August. Italy is above the European average in terms of the number of vaccines administered relative to the population.
Starting next Friday, Italy will require proof of vaccination, a 48-hour negative Corona test or proof of recovery for indoor restaurant visits, museums, gyms and swimming pools, among others. The expanded use of the Green Pass is not an arbitrary act, but a condition for openings, Draghi said, explaining the decision.
The government in Rome is also considering next week the possibility of allowing only passengers with green passports on long-distance trains. Compulsory vaccination for teachers before the start of the school year is also being considered.
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