dpa-AFX overview: ECONOMY from December 28, 2021 – 5.15 p.m.

RKI now assigns 10 443 Corona cases to Omikron – four dead

BERLIN – Within a day, the number of reliably proven and probable Omikron cases in Germany that were transmitted to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has risen sharply. 10,443 cases would now be assigned to the new Corona variant, 45 percent more than the previous day, according to an RKI overview page on Tuesday (data status December 28). The number refers to cases in November and December, most of the evidence comes from the previous week with 6257 (previous week: 2904).

ROUNDUP: US authorities shorten recommended isolation time after corona infection

WASHINGTON – The US health authority CDC is reducing the recommended length of isolation after a corona infection from ten to five days. The reason is scientific evidence that most infections occur early in the course of the disease – usually in the one to two days before the onset of symptoms and in the two to three days after, the CDC announced on Monday (local time). So far, the CDC had recommended isolation for ten days. The authorities understand isolation as the time after a confirmed infection. A German expert considers the procedure to be problematic.

Success for Sánchez: Spain’s parliament adopts the 2022 budget

BERLIN – Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann relies on random checks and fines for violations in the event of the introduction of a corona vaccination obligation. However, he is skeptical about the establishment of a national vaccination register. “I am always reluctant to use national registers that store data on the entire population,” the FDP politician told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Tuesday). Data protectionists feared that the state would gain extensive access to all health data of citizens. Setting up such a register would also take time.

Criticism of the lira crisis – the banking authority reports Twitter users

ISTANBUL – Against the backdrop of the lira crisis in Turkey, several people face fines for critical tweets and other contributions. The Turkish regulatory and supervisory authority for banks announced in a tweet on Monday evening that criminal charges were filed against 26 people because they intended to “manipulate” exchange rates. The authority also published a list with the names of those affected – including a former head of the central bank and the journalist Erk Acarer, who lives in exile in Germany.

USA: Rise in house prices slows down again – Case-Shiller index

NEW YORK – The rise in US house prices slowed for the third straight month in October. In the 20 major metropolitan areas of the United States, prices rose 18.41 percent compared to the same month last year, according to the S & P / Case-Shiller index published in New York on Tuesday. In the previous month, the increase was 19.09 percent. Analysts had expected an average of 18.50 percent in October.

OVERALL ROUNDUP: USA and Russia to negotiate Ukraine conflict on January 10th

BERLIN / WASHINGTON / MOSCOW – After weeks of escalation in the Ukraine conflict, the USA and Russia will hold initial talks on January 10th about a de-escalation. The meeting of negotiators from Moscow and Washington in Geneva, which was confirmed by both sides, will deal with the deployment of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, but also with NATO’s security guarantees demanded by Russia. Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is also continuing her efforts to defuse the situation. She announced a “timely” personal meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “Now it is a matter of preventing a further escalation,” said the Green politician of the German press agency.

Bundesbank: Banks should not underestimate the risk of inflation

FRANKFURT – The Bundesbank warns banks against underestimating inflation risks. Bundesbank board member Joachim Wuermeling told the “Börsen-Zeitung” (Tuesday) that he saw “a certain risk in focusing on the effects of the pandemic in such a way that other risks, which may be larger and longer-term, receive too little attention to get”.

Japan’s industrial production with record increase in November

TOKYO – Japanese industrial production continued to recover in November after a period of weakness in summer. The production of industrial companies grew in November compared to October with a record increase of 7.2 percent, announced the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Meti) on Tuesday based on preliminary data in Tokyo. That was significantly more than analysts had on average with 4.8 percent on the list. It is also the highest increase in decades.

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