In the live tape NDR.de will also inform you today – Tuesday 7 June 2022 – about the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Hamburg.
The basics in a nutshell:
- Epidemiological record: Hamburg airport houses more than one million passengers
- The tests of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Barbock, were positive for Corona
- Federal Administrative Court negotiates compulsory vaccination of soldiers
- After vacations or holidays: There are no daily Aura values today
Tables, graphs, and maps of incidence, vaccination rate, and other data
Extraordinary Swimming Courses: DLRG Begins Special Campaign
Since the start of the Corona pandemic, many swimming courses for children have been canceled. The German Life Saving Society (DLRG) estimates that in Lower Saxony alone between 75,000 and 150,000 children did not learn to swim during this time. In addition, about 60 percent of all fourth graders will not be able to swim at all or will not be able to swim incorrectly. In order to remove fear of water from young non-swimmers, DLRG has started a multi-month campaign today. During the Pool Tour, small pools are set up in the daycare center so the kids can get used to the water in a playful way. The campaign, funded by the state, is scheduled to continue until next September.
Employees are working more again after the lifting of Corona measures
With the labor market recovering from the consequences of the Corona pandemic, employment in Germany is increasing again. The workload in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the same quarter of the previous year increased by 3.3 percent to 15.4 billion hours, the Institute of Labor Market and Occupational Research (IAB) announced today. The number of employees increased by 690,000 to 45.1 million in the first three months of the year. For the first time, this was the level before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The easing of Corona measures was also noted in part-time jobs: 4.15 million people were working part-time in the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to the previous year. Many part-time jobs were lost during the pandemic, and now they are in much greater demand again.
The tests of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Barbock, were positive for Corona
German Foreign Minister Annalina Barbuk (the Greens) tested positive for the coronavirus during her visit to Pakistan and cut short her multi-day trip abroad. The State Department said Barbock took a quick test after lunch after losing her sense of taste. All other flight dates will be cancelled. The Secretary of State emphasized that the Secretary of State was constantly testing herself. In the morning, her rapid corona test was negative.
Barbuk traveled to Pakistan on Monday evening and met her Pakistani colleague Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Islamabad on Tuesday morning. Barbuk originally wanted to continue to Greece on Wednesday, the third and final leg of her trip that ran until Friday, and was supposed to be Turkey. Now the trip had to be cut short.
Fewer hamburgers on sick leave
The rate of illness among Hamburg employees has continued to decline in the past year. Sickness-related absences for Barmer insureds fell to 4.1 percent, the health insurer announced today. Nationally, only the state of Baden-Württemberg recorded a four percent lower value. Overall, employees in Hamburg were on average 15.1 days of sick leave last year, a good day less than in 2020. The national average was 17.5 days in 2021, according to preliminary data from the Parmer Health Report. “It is assumed that due to corona protection measures, the wave of influenza and colds in Hamburg failed to reappear,” said Susan Klein, director of the state of Barmer. According to Parmer’s report, the number of respiratory infections decreased by 28 percent, and the resulting absenteeism decreased by 35 percent. The number of sick leave due to injuries and poisoning has increased dramatically, and sick leave due to mental illness has increased by about ten percent in 2021. According to Klein, the inability to work due to mental illness accounts for nearly 30 percent of all sick days in Hamburg.
Poll: Many Germans fear another wave of Corona
People’s fear of corona mutations is still great in the third year of the epidemic. According to a study by the European Covid Survey (ECOS) published in Hamburg today, two-thirds of Germans fear another wave of corona, and even one in five are very concerned about it. However, overall willingness to vaccinate in Germany has fallen from 86 percent to 83 percent in May since the beginning of the year. Willingness to booster vaccination is much lower at 75 percent. Compared to the other countries surveyed, Germany is in the lower midline. Last is France, where only 74 percent are generally willing to be vaccinated and less than 60 percent want a booster vaccination, according to researchers at the University of Hamburg. About 8000 people were interviewed in Germany, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain for the survey. The survey has been repeated approximately every two months since April 2020.
The infection rate in Hamburg increased in the weekly comparison
Hamburg’s social authority publishes corona numbers only once a week. According to the new information today, the infection value has increased over the past seven days. According to the authority, the number of new infections per 100,000 residents in the past seven days has now reached 383.7. A week ago, the injury value was 286.3. The number of new infections in the past seven days was 7,308 – in the previous week there were 5,442. The numbers are of only limited significance, because many cases of Corona are no longer registered. Reason: Affected people no longer have to take PCR tests – these are only counted in the statistics.
Hamburg Airport: Over a million passengers again for the first time
In May, Hamburg Airport counted more than a million passengers for the first time since the start of the pandemic. About 1.1 million people used the airport incoming and outgoing, accounting for 68 percent of the volume in May 2019. Airport President Michael Eggenschweiler is preparing for longer waiting times for tourists in the coming weeks in light of the increase in passengers and staff shortages. He said the growing demand poses significant challenges to air transport across Europe. “The primary focus is on difficult staff planning and staffing,” says Eggenschweiler. “We cannot rule out the possibility of delays and irregularities.” So travelers should plan much longer than usual.
Economy: Corona has repercussions for many entrepreneurs
Many self-employed and medium-sized companies in the North have to pay back the Corona aid that has already been paid. A tax consultant from Hamburg reported to NDR Info that his clients’ share is 90 percent. The background is that when applying in Spring 2020, entrepreneurs had to estimate their needs.
The Federal Administrative Court is negotiating the compulsory vaccination against Corona for soldiers
Today, the Federal Administrative Court hears about the requirements for corona vaccination for soldiers of the German army. It is about a complaint by two officers about the inclusion of vaccinations against Covid 19 in the list of compulsory vaccinations for soldiers. They see this as a violation of basic rights and demand the removal of vaccination from the list.
Since the end of November, soldiers have been forced to tolerate the vaccination against Corona, provided that there are no medical reasons for it. The so-called basic vaccination regimen also includes vaccinations against tetanus, hepatitis, influenza and other infectious diseases. The court had already considered at the beginning of May and the hearing is now continuing. Another day of negotiations is scheduled for tomorrow if today is not enough.
There are no daily updated case numbers today
many countries Like Lower Saxony, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) did not report the number of coronavirus cases at all or at all on weekends and during public holidays. The numbers published are therefore very limited in terms of their significance. We therefore refrain from reporting the number of cases that are updated daily at this point.
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Corona live broadcast starts on Tuesday
Good morning from the NDR.de editorial team! After the long Pentecost weekend, when our live broadcast was paused, we would like to inform you once again today – Tuesday 7 June 2022 – of the effects of the Corona pandemic in northern Germany. Here you will find all the important news from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) as well as content from NDR radio and television programmes.
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