#School pupil infected with South Africa #coronavirus variant #B1351 in Achberg, Germany. 150 people in quarantine

The school had to close last Friday, just under a week after it opened. The boy’s classmates and teachers and their families are affected by the quarantine. Two kindergarten groups also had to be isolated as a precaution because a sibling of the student was being looked after there. Where the boy was infected is unclear, said a community spokeswoman.

Because the boy’s teacher also tested positive , their contacts and their families also had to be in quarantine. However, it is still unclear whether the infection is a virus mutation.

FAZ.NET report dated 11.55am, 1st March 2021


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Angela #Merkel: #Germany is “in the 3rd wave” of #coronavirus pandemic

Germany is in a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers in her conservative party, two sources at the meeting told Reuters on Tuesday.

“We are now in the third wave,” they quoted her as saying and said she warned that any easing of lockdown measures introduced late last year and extended until March 7 would have to be done carefully and gradually.

Reuters report



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Hamburg Professor’s paper “Study on the origin of the coronavirus pandemic” causes outrage in Germany

Bild.de “Corona came from a laboratory in Wuhan!

Bild.de “Anger wave against the Hamburg professor

ZDF.de “University of Hamburg spreads questionable theory

MLS24.de “Massive criticism of laboratory theory at the University of Hamburg

Read it for yourself!  Professor Dr. Roland Wiesendanger paper is HERE

(It’s a PDF in German, so run it through a translator)

Astrazenica #coronavirus vaccine: “We did not expect 40 percent side effects”

Shortly after the vaccination with the Astra-Zeneca active ingredient, 37 out of 88 employees in a Braunschweig, Germany clinic were temporarily unable to work.

We had called in the first group of our employees from the first priority group for Thursday last week. A total of 88 employees were vaccinated at the appointment. 37 of them were unable to work on Friday. Those affected complained of chills, body aches, muscle aches, diarrhea and fever of up to 41 degrees Celsius – flu-like symptoms.

FAZ.net article (paywall)


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German health committee says #AstraZeneca #Coronavirus #vaccine should not be given to people over 65

Germany’s vaccine commission STIKO said on Thursday that AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 jab should only be administered to people aged 64 and under. The panel of medical experts cited a lack of data regarding the vaccine’s effectiveness for older people. “There is currently insufficient data to assess the efficacy of the vaccine for persons aged 65 years and older,” the scientific committee said in the resolution made available by the German Health Ministry. “The AstraZeneca vaccine, unlike the mRNA vaccines, should only be offered to people aged 18-64 years at each stage,” it added.



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If just 10% of #coronavirus patients suffer from #longhaul #covid….

The USA, with 25,700,000 infections so far, would have 2,570,000 long haulers

The UK, with 3,600,000 infections far, would have 360,000 long haulers

Germany, with 2,100,000 infections so far, would have 210,000 long haulers

France, with 3,000,000 infections so far, would have 300,000 long haulers

Spain, with 2,600,000 infections so far would have 260,000 long haulers

Russia, with 3,700,000 infections so far, would have 370,000 long haulers

Brazil, with 8,800,000 infections so far, would have 880,000 long haulers

Planet Earth, with nearly 100,000,000 infections so far, would have 10,000,000 long haulers

Lancet: “Our findings showed that 76% of patients reported at least one symptom at 6 months after symptom onset, and the proportion was higher in women.”


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Infection figures courtesy of Worldometers.info

Experimental Infection of #Cattle with #SARSCoV2. “We demonstrated viral replication in 2 of the inoculated animals”

“We inoculated 6 cattle with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 and kept them together with 3 uninoculated cattle. We observed viral replication and specific seroreactivity in 2 inoculated animals, despite high levels of preexisting antibody titers against a bovine betacoronavirus. The in-contact animals did not become infected.”



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Four people under observation in #Germany after receiving 5 doses of #Biontech/Pfizer #Covid19 vaccine at once

“Eight employees of a German nursing home were mistakenly given five doses of Covid-19 vaccine, with no serious health consequences at this stage, according to Belga News Agency.

The seven women and one man, aged 38 to 54, work in a nursing home in Stralsund, in the northeast of the country. As such, they are among the priority persons to receive the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine, which has been administered in Germany since Saturday.

But during Sunday’s vaccination session, they were given five doses at once, the administrator of the district where the facility is located said Monday.”




#Coronavirus mutation B.1.1.7 has probably long been in #Germany. The problem is laboratories don’t look closely enough.

“Richard Neher, who heads the Research Center Evolution of Bacteria and Viruses at the University of Basel, explains: The increase in the infectivity of the variant is “primarily estimated from the rate at which it displaces other variants”. To put it more simply: their share compared to other virus variants has increased significantly recently. The number of samples in which the new virus was found has grown 70 percent faster in the past few weeks, according to a paper by Nervtag, an advisory group to the British government ( Horby et al., 2020 ).

But these data are associated with considerable uncertainties. It’s just raw epidemiological data. They just show that the variant is currently spreading faster than other virus variants. Other possible reasons for this – for example that people have changed their behavior or different rules apply in regions where different virus variants predominate – are not taken into account. The fact that the new virus variant is responsible for the renewed increase in the number of cases in Great Britain (or even in Germany) in the past few weeks has simply not yet been proven.”


60 million confirmed #coronavirus infections globally, and the rate is still increasing

There have now been more than 60,000,000 confirmed coronavirus infections globally and the infection rate is still increasing.


Cold storage tested in China after a #coronavirus case from frozen #pork imported from #Germany

China’s northern port city of Tianjin said on Sunday it plans to carry out tests on some cold storage facilities and their staff after a confirmed coronavirus case involving a worker who had handled frozen pork imported from Germany.

Separately, Taiyuan city in China’s northern Shanxi province on Saturday said frozen belt fish imported into Tianjin from India had tested positive for the virus



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#Germany to impose one-month partial #Coronavirus lockdown

The so-called nation-wide “lockdown light” is a less intense version of the measures that brought German society and economic activity to a standstill in the spring.
New restrictions for the next month

Restaurants and bars will close, except for take-away
Large events will be canceled again
Unnecessary travel is discouraged
Overnight stays in hotels, except for in emergency situations, is banned
All those who can work from home should do so and employers should ease a transition into working from home
Meetings in public will be restricted to just two households of up to 10 people total.
Entertainment facilities such as theatres, cinemas will be closed
Public recreation centers such as swimming pools, gyms and saunas will be closed



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