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Corona news in the ticker: British study shows - dogs sniff out corona infected people

  • 1:34 pm: Angela Merkel warns of new pandemic risks
  • 12:47 pm: ➤ Dogs as corona test stations: study proves sniffing success
  • 10:35 am: BDI urges the end of the home office obligation
  • 08:37 am: RKI registers 2,682 new corona infections - incidence at 62.5
  • 05:24 am: Karliczek calls for a timetable for vaccinations for children and adolescents
  • 04:23 am: US authority is investigating cases of myocarditis after corona vaccination

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➤ British study: dogs sniff out corona infected people

12:47 pm: According to a British study, trained dogs can recognize corona infected people by their smell. Six dogs sniffed samples from infected people with an accuracy of 82 to 94 percent, said the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on Monday. The result confirms earlier studies from Germany, among others. The British researchers used socks from 400 test subjects. 200 of the people were infected, but had no symptoms or at most mild symptoms, 200 were in the control group.

The dogs, which are part of the Medical Detection Dogs charity, were trained for the original coronavirus. However, they would have sniffed out the Corona variant, which was initially discovered in south-east England, quite well without additional training, said study director James Logan. "That really gives us hope and suggests that dogs are able to detect different types of corona."

In the study, which had not yet been published in a journal, neither the animals nor the scientists knew which samples came from infected people and which from healthy people. Healthy subjects recognized the dogs correctly with a certainty of 76 to 92 percent.

In a next phase, the researchers want to test whether the dogs can also sniff out the virus in people in places with large crowds such as airports or stadiums. If the animals strike, the suspected infected could be checked with a PCR test.

So far there have been several such dog studies. A research team led by Holger Volk from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover came to similar results. Corona detection dogs are already being used at the airport in Helsinki and Dubai, for example.

According to the British researchers, this method could help detect more than twice as many positive cases as before. "These fantastic results are further proof that dogs are one of the most reliable biosensors for detecting the smell of human disease," said Claire Guest of Medical Detection Dogs. The study shows the enormous potential of dogs in the fight against the coronavirus.

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Angela Merkel warns of new pandemic risks

1:34 pm: Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of new pandemic dangers at the start of the annual meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO). She called on the world community to make better preparations. "This pandemic has not yet been overcome; and it will not be the last either," said Merkel in a video message that was played on Monday at the virtual meeting of the 194 WHO member countries.

The Chancellor campaigned for an international pandemic treaty that should bring countries to better cooperation. The hope is that this will enable earlier warnings and faster action to be taken in order to nip a new global pandemic in the bud. "After the pandemic is before the pandemic," said Merkel. "We should be prepared as well as possible for the next one. That is the signal I hope for from this World Health Assembly."

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus criticized the rich countries that had bought up the majority of the available corona vaccination doses. 75 percent of vaccination doses are in only ten countries. In many other countries, millions of healthcare workers would have to wait for the important vaccination. He appealed to these countries to dispense vaccination doses. He called on the world to ensure that at least 10 percent of the world's people can be vaccinated by September and 30 percent by the end of the year.

The World Health Assembly meets every year. It is the highest decision-making body in the WHO. Among other things, it sets priorities for the work and decides on the budget.

The US authorities are investigating whether there is a connection between myocarditis and the vaccines from Biontech / Pfizer and Moderna. There were a few cases of the disease in young people.

Travel agent Tui is expanding its range again

11:36 am: After months of restrictions due to the corona pandemic, the world's largest travel company Tui is expanding its range again. "Little by little, the Mediterranean destinations are opening up again to tourist travel," said Tui Germany boss Marek Andryszak. "The lifting of the travel warning for the Canary Islands is an important step and our hotels in Portugal and Italy are now starting." The demand is increasing. "In the past week alone we recorded a significant increase in bookings compared to summer 2019," said Andryszak. At the moment, the Canary Islands, together with Mallorca, are among the most popular holiday regions. Corona rapid tests are possible in many places.

Because of the great demand, special flights to the Canary Islands started over Whitsun from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Hanover, as Tui spokesman Aage Dünhaupt said on Monday. From June further flight connections from Saarbrücken and Leipzig to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura are planned. The first planes for Portugal are to take off on May 29th. For guests who have to continue working, this summer season there are rooms with office equipment - Tui calls it "home office under palm trees".

Association wants to end the home office obligation

10:35 am: The Federal Association of German Industry (BDI) has called for an end to the home office obligation and the corona test obligation in companies. This was reported by the newspapers of the Funke media group (Monday editions), citing a ten-point plan of the industry association. "The vaccination advances in society and companies must be linked to a parallel return to normal business operations," said the newspapers in the paper.

The BDI therefore called for a step-by-step plan that stipulates how the corona protective measures imposed in the companies can be reduced and abolished. The industry association used the increasing number of vaccinated and recovered employees as a benchmark.

According to the BDI, travel must also be made possible again to a greater extent: The "existing patchwork of approaches" with which states regulate travel around the world impair business travel and the economic recovery, according to the Funke media group in the ten point -Plan.

According to the report, the BDI clearly rejected a possible release of vaccine patents. Instead of undermining patent law, a global vaccination campaign is needed, for example by the World Trade Organization (WTO) lifting export bans for vaccines and their production.

India: More than 303,000 people died with or from Corona

09:44 am: Since the pandemic began, more than 303,000 people have died in connection with the coronavirus in India. This is shown by figures from the Indian Ministry of Health on Monday. According to official figures, only in the USA and Brazil did more people die of or with COVID. However, the number of unreported cases differs from country to country. In India, many experts assume that the actual corona numbers are likely to be significantly higher. Especially in rural areas, where more than half the population lives, many die at home and never appear in statistics. Recently, hundreds of corpses - at least some of alleged corona victims - floated on the holy river Ganges. According to the authorities, their families are likely to have been too poor for traditional Hindu cremation.

The known corona numbers in India have recently increased a little more slowly. At the same time, the huge country with its more than 1.3 billion inhabitants, which is known as the "pharmacy of the world", is also running out of vaccines and the rate of vaccination has slowed. While rich countries bought doses of vaccine early, the Indian government did so much later - and only after it approved vaccines. For a long time, the government had also exported more than 60 million cans abroad. So far, more than ten percent of people in India have received at least one dose of vaccine. Around three percent are fully vaccinated.

In absolute numbers, the second most common corona infections have been recorded in India since the beginning of the pandemic - a total of more than 26 million. So far, more than 33 million cases have been registered in the United States.

RKI registers 2,682 new corona infections - incidence at 62.5

The Robert Koch Institute has published the current corona numbers. The health authorities reported a total of only 2,682 new infections. The incidence continues to decline. (Teaser picture: dpa / picture alliance)

08:37 am: The health authorities in Germany reported 2,682 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. This is based on figures from Monday morning, which reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 5:13 a.m. For comparison: a week ago the value was 5412 infections. The RKI stated the 7-day incidence on Monday morning as 62.5 nationwide (previous day: 64.5; previous week: 83.1). The number of cases reported by the RKI is usually lower on Sundays and public holidays, among other things because fewer tests are carried out.

According to the information, 43 new deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 64 dead.

The RKI has counted a total of 3,651,640 detected infections with SARS-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, however, since many infections are not recognized.

The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at around 3,408,800. The number of people who died with or with the involvement of a proven infection with SARS-CoV-2 is now given as 87,423.

According to the RKI situation report on Sunday evening, the nationwide seven-day R-value was 0.87 (previous day also: 0.87). This means that 100 infected people infect a further 87 people. The R-value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a longer period of time, the infection process subsides; if it is consistently higher, the number of cases increases.

Söder: Students shouldn't be seen as a "lost generation"

06:33 am: The CSU chairman Markus Söder does not want to evaluate the situation of the students in the corona pandemic too negatively. "We mustn't persuade the students that they are a lost generation," Söder told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Monday). "For example, I don't think the Abitur will be any worse this year." The challenge lies with the younger generation and with the students from educationally disadvantaged families. Special educational programs will be offered for them, for example in the form of summer schools. "Perhaps we also have to adapt the curricula and go unconventional. But that can be done well," said Söder.

The Bavarian Prime Minister was also hopeful that trips abroad will be possible in the future. There must be a "change of scenery". You shouldn't give people a guilty conscience if they wanted to leave, said Söder. "Anyone who flies to Mallorca can do so with a clear conscience".

Karliczek calls for a timetable for vaccinations for children and adolescents

05:24 am: Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek calls for a timetable for vaccinations for children and adolescents from the age of twelve in all federal states. The purpose of this is to ensure that the children and young people can be given a vaccination offer by the beginning of the next school year, the CDU politician told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Monday). "I want schools to be able to start relatively normally again, especially after the summer holidays. It would be very helpful if
as many pupils as possible would be vaccinated. "According to the will of the minister, the vaccination summit of the federal and state governments should deal with the subject in the coming week.

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) had previously put corona vaccinations for schoolchildren in the room until the end of August. To do this, vaccination doses from the manufacturers Biontech and Pfizer would have to be reserved.

US authority is investigating cases of myocarditis after corona vaccination

04:23 am: The US authorities are investigating several cases of myocarditis in young people in connection with a corona vaccination. There are a small number of cases in adolescents and young adults who were vaccinated with mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Biontech or Moderna, said the US health authority CDC. "Most cases appear to have been mild and a follow-up is ongoing."

According to the authority, so-called myocarditis occurred more often in young men who had already been vaccinated for the second time. The authority did not initially disclose how many cases there are and how old the affected persons are.

The USA has already started vaccinating children and adolescents from the age of twelve against the coronavirus on a large scale. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is also currently reviewing the approval of Biontech / Pfizer's corona vaccine for twelve to 15 year olds.

Corona vaccinations will also soon be available for children and adolescents. Experts see vaccinating younger people as an opportunity in the fight against corona. But you have to be absolutely sure, is emphasized again and again.

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