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From Wednesday only with negative test result in stores and to the hairdresser

The NRW Ministry of Health has determined that the "Corona Emergency Brake" will come into force for Bonn from Wednesday, March 31, 2021. However, in its general decree, which also comes into force on March 31, the city goes beyond the so-called test option pursuant to Section 16 (2) of the NRW Corona Protection Ordinance and requires customers who wish to enter stores or use hairdressing services to provide a documented negative rapid test result.

"The testing option tightens current regulations," said Mayor Katja Dörner. "We are counting on identifying as many infected people as possible through many tests and thus reducing potentially contagious encounters." Dörner announced that the city would closely monitor the development of infection figures: "We also reserve the right to withdraw this option if it has a negative impact."

 The NRW Ministry of Health had approved the city's application partly because there is a nationwide network of test centers for free citizen testing. With the new ordinance, the regulations that have been in place since March 8 (click & meet) remain in place. Customers wishing to enter a store will need a daily negative Corona rapid or self-test, the result of which must be confirmed by one of the test sites. As of March 31, 2021, the motto will thus be "test, click & meet." For people who have not tested, "click & collect" (order and collect) will continue to be possible.

 This means that retail outlets offering goods beyond everyday needs and museums will remain open with restrictions, and body-related services can continue to be offered. However, the stores and museums may only be visited and body-related services may only be used with a daily negative coronal test. Even a visit to the hairdresser in Bonn is only possible with a negative test result.

 After the incidence value for Bonn was above 100 for the third day in a row on Monday, March 29, the state issued a general decree that same afternoon stating that the "emergency brake" would apply in Bonn from March 31. Subsequently, the city reached an agreement with the NRW Ministry of Health on the so-called test option, which it published on Tuesday, March 30, via its own general decree. It comes into force on Wednesday, March 31, and is initially valid until Sunday, April 18, 2021.

In the opinion of the city, antigenic rapid tests can help to detect a viral infection at an early stage, especially in the case of a diffuse infection event as in Bonn. At the same time, according to previous findings of the infection occurrence, no particularly increased risk for outbreak occurrences has arisen from the use of the offers such as retail or facial services, so that the use of these offers is considered responsible for infection reasons when a daily updated test result is available and at the same time the use of the rapid tests by the population is encouraged.

 In Bonn, there are currently 161 test centers that have been commissioned by the city administration to provide the free citizen tests. The city's website, www.bonn.de/schnelltest, contains a list of more than 30 test centers that have agreed to publish their details. Anyone who does not know where tests are performed should ask at the nearest pharmacy or their doctor's office.

Information letters to the persons born in 1941

This week, the city will send out information letters from Mayor Katja Dörner and NRW Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann to the 2381 Bonn residents born in 1941 (as of February 1, 1941). As the first cohort in the 70- to 79-year-old age group, they will be able to make appointments for vaccinations against the coronavirus starting April 6. Appointments can be booked online at www.116117.de and by calling the central number at 0800-11611701. Pair bookings are available. Vaccinations will begin April 8.

 Vaccinations for Bonn residents born in 1941 will take place at the Vaccination Center at WorldCCBonn. Vaccination at the WCCB will only take place with a personal appointment. For the vaccination, the identity card, the appointment confirmation and - if available - the vaccination certificate must be brought. In addition, those willing to be vaccinated should have the completed medical history form and the consent form with them, which will be sent by mail with the appointment confirmation.

50,248 Initial vaccinations

Currently, 50,248 people in Bonn have received the Corona first vaccinations, of which 25,947 first vaccinations were performed in the Vaccination Center. The number of second vaccinations is 19,753, of which 6,063 were given at the vaccination center.

 In the group of those with previous illnesses, those over 50 years of age are now also called upon, provided they meet the requirements of Section 3 of the Corona Vaccination Ordinance with a certificate. If medical practices have not received the city's mail information on this, they can contact  termine.impfenbonnde

The city of Bonn has suspended the vaccination of women under 55 years with Astrazeneca last night. In order not to have to cancel any appointments, this was compensated today by BioNTech. Tomorrow this could also be done again. However, if there is no positive news on continued vaccination then, the other appointments would have to be cancelled. The city thus joined the district of Euskirchen, which stopped vaccinations with Astrazeneca after the death of a 47-year-old woman.

Incidence value is 111.0

The Corona incidence value, based on 100,000 population, is 111.0 as of Tuesday, March 30, 2021. 366 confirmed new infections have been reported to the health department in the last seven days. 

 Since February 28, 2020, a total of 10,466 confirmed Covid 19 cases have been recorded. 9,639 people are considered recovered and 620 are acutely infected. 207 people have died in association with coronavirus. The most recent death is a 47-year-old woman with prior illness. 1,806 Bonn residents are currently in quarantine.

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