A new strain of the virus found in California has a higher rate of transmission and fatality

On 25 February, the German RKI reported 11,869 new cases of new crown infections and 385 deaths.
The seven-day infection rate rose again to 61.7 per 100,000 inhabitants.
A coronavirus is not a novel to be taken lightly. As soon as you feel you can relax, it is immediately attacked.

More worrisome is that a virus variant named Cal.20C has been detected for the first time in the United States in California, which has aroused the great concern of researchers at the University of San Francisco (UCSF).
Studies have shown that this variant of the virus is more lethal and transmissible, and more dangerous.

The strain was not present in September 2020, but now more than 50% of cases have been reported.
From the fall of 2020 to the end of 2021, researchers collected more than 2,000 cases of the cal.20c variant detected in California.

“This is a very worrying situation,” he said. “Our data suggest that it is more contagious and has a higher rate of severe illness and resistance to neutralizing antibodies.”
Charles Chiu, an epidemiologist at the University of San Francisco and an expert on virus sequencing, told Science magazine.

Cal.20c accounted for 21.3 percent of the 2,172 gene samples examined by the panel from 44 counties in California.
The researchers also screened 324 cases and confirmed that compared with normal cases, patients with the mutated virus were 4.8 times more likely to suffer severe illness and a whopping 11 times more likely to die.

Other virologists, however, said that the study’s sample size was too small and that more data were needed to truly assess the risk of CAL.20c.

We do not know if the strain will reach Germany, but the strain B.1.1.7 from the UK is already present in a high proportion in Germany, and the South African strain has also spread to the Franco-German border province of Mosel.

The French government now requires non-commuter immigrants to show a negative test for the virus starting in March.
Cross-border commuters are exempt from showing virus test results for reasons of work, but the French government has called for them to work from home as much as possible.

The French province of Moselle borders the German states of Rhiphal and Saarland, which are closing shops and slowly opening schools, while the Germans are closing neither.

So the seven-day infection figure in France is 200, and in the province of Moselle it’s even over 300.
However, the governors of the German states of Saarland and Rheinphalia have no plans to close their borders for now.
So if you need to work in France through these two states recently, you should pay attention to the policy changes.

On the federal side, the long blockade caused the government to pay high subsidies for it, which put a heavy burden on the national Treasury.
In 2021, the federal government will assume €180 billion in new debt.

The SPD’s candidate for chancellor, Olaf Schulz, who is now deputy chancellor and finance minister, recently announced that he would raise taxes in his next term, mainly for so-called “high earners”.

High-income and rich people will be affected, while low – and middle-income people will get relief.
In an interview with the Rheinposten newspaper, he said: “I agree with the overwhelming majority of citizens that we must make the tax system fairer and that those who earn a lot of money should contribute more to the community.”
(Is this called taking from the rich and giving to the poor or is it called “fairness”?)

Mr Schulz, by contrast, argues that the abolition of the solidarity tax, now demanded by the CDU and the FDP, is “against the people”.
Only 1.35 million citizens will have to pay the tax after its partial abolition this year.
Mr Schulz said the federation would not give up its 11 billion euro annual revenue.
(Standing against the people?
The federal government?)

For Schultz, of course, taxing “high earners” does not mean a quick way out of the debt crisis.
He wants to continue the current federal monetary policy with high credit spending to prepare for the future.

The economy minister, Peter Altmaier, favors selling state assets to pay the debt rather than raising taxes.

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