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The German state of Bavaria is pushing for controversial new rules to contain the spread of Covid-19 amidst growing concerns about the mutant strain first detected in the UK.

As of the start of next week citizens in the largest and southernmost German state will be required to wear single-use filtering facepiece respirator (FFP2) masks on public transport and in supermarkets. FFP2 masks promise to filter out at least 94% of particles but are also more expensive, usually retailing at around four to six euros.

“The availability [of the masks] in trade is sufficiently guaranteed, so there is no shortage of FFP2,” state premier Markus Söder promised on Tuesday, but there are some concerns that the mask’s cost could drive people to use their masks more frequently than advised, thus lowering rather than increasing protection.

Söder, a pacesetter for German coronavirus restrictions for much of 2020, has also floated the idea of compulsory vaccinations for care workers. The leader of the Bavarian CSU party said such a move could be justified to protect vulnerable people amidst a high rate of vaccine scepticism.

According to one recent survey, only 50% of care workers in Germany were prepared to take part in the first wave of vaccinations.
Health Minister Jens Spahn has been quick to reject the proposal. “I gave my promise in the Bundestag”, Spahn said. “In this pandemic there won’t be compulsory vaccinations”.










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US sees new record of 4,327 Covid deaths in a single day

The US recorded its highest single daily death toll of the pandemic on Tuesday, according to figures published by Johns Hopkins university.

According to the new figures, yesterday the US recorded 215,805 new coronavirus cases, and 4,327 further deaths. This takes the total death toll in the pandemic in the US to 380,485, and is the highest daily death figure recorded by the university since the pandemic began. The previous highest figure of 4,194 was recorded on 7 January.

The Covid Tracking Project reports that 131,326 people are currently hospitalized in the US with Covid-19. It is the 42nd day in a row that the figure has exceeded 100,000.

Christina Maxouris at CNN reports that over the past week, the US has averaged more than 3,300 deaths every day, a jump of more than 200% since November. She writes:


Arizona reported a record-high 5,082 hospitalized Covid-19 patients Tuesday and on the same day broke a second record: more than 1,180 patients with the virus in ICU beds. In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards extended an order which keeps Covid-19 mitigation measures in place for nearly another month, saying the state was seeing a “huge spike” in cases and hospitalizations.

Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that more than 27.6 million vaccine doses have so far been distributed in the US, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced changes in the distribution plan to try and speed up the roll-out.

Azar said “We are telling states they should open vaccinations to all people 65 and over, and all people under age 65 with a comorbidity with some form of medical documentation.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s leading immunologists, said: “When people are ready to get vaccinated, we’re going to move right on to the next level, so that there are not vaccine doses that are sitting in a freezer or refrigerator where they could be getting into people’s arm.”




















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