Kiel researchers: “Corona mortality risk is higher under populist governments”

Hamburg Researchers from Kiel

“The risk of corona deaths is higher under populist governments”

January 22, 2022, Hamburg: A participant in a demonstration against the Corona policy under the slogan against exclusion, division and coercion wears a stylized virus headdress.  On his back he carries a sign that reads January 22, 2022, Hamburg: A participant in a demonstration against the Corona policy under the slogan against exclusion, division and coercion wears a stylized virus headdress.  On his back he carries a sign that reads

The desire to follow the path of government policy varies greatly around the world

Source: dpa

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy establishes links between governments and epidemiological developments. In Hamburg, the next major demonstration against compulsory vaccination and Corona-Regeon will also be banned.

DrAccording to a study by the Kiel Institute for World Economics (IfW), the risk of death from corona infection is especially high under populist governments. According to a research paper published in Kiel on Thursday, the excess death rate in countries like Great Britain, Hungary or India is on average around 18 percent, more than double that in non-populist countries at a good eight percent. The main reason is the high level of mobility. The numbers are clear, said Michael Baierlin, an economist at the IFW Institute. “In the Corona pandemic, it is clear that populists are the worst crisis managers.”

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The authors’ team identified two reasons for higher mobility: On the one hand, populist governments are taking fewer measures to protect against infection and, in particular, to limit contact. On the other hand, populist governments are downplaying the risks of the virus. This prevents residents from restricting their physical activity themselves.

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To measure movement activity, the team used Google navigation data, which shows how crowded places such as grocery stores or parks are during the pandemic. According to this data, the movement index in countries ruled by a populist is twice as high as in countries that are not under populist rule. Together with an international team of researchers, Bayerlein assessed crisis management in 42 countries during the Corona pandemic in 2020. The team ranked a total of 11 governments as populist, including those in Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Great Britain, Brazil and India.

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There should be less action next weekend in Hamburg, because the police there, like two weeks ago, again banned a large demonstration of opponents of compulsory vaccination and the rules of protection against corona in place. Applicants were expecting 11,000 to participate on Saturday. Police spokesman Holger Vehren said the reason for the ban was to protect against infection again. The applicant, an association, placed the demonstration under the slogan “against mask requirements and other Corona measures” and made it clear that he wanted to hold a demonstration around the Binnenalster without masks. Nor has he shown willingness to cooperate in the talks.

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Vehren said that after the applicant broke off cooperation talks, he was issued a ban order. In view of the epidemiological situation, it is not possible to hold a meeting with 11,000 participants without masks. “From an infectious point of view, the safest way is to ban gathering.” In making the decision, the police, as the assembly authority, closely coordinated with the social authorities.

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Two weeks ago, despite the ban, about 3,000 people gathered around the Kunsthalle, most without masks or distance. When they refused to leave the square, the police pushed the protesters away, some of whom used physical force. There were occasional clashes. The now-banned demo was to follow a similar path to the previous one at the same time and from the same starting point. Although he was a different applicant, the police classified the meeting as an alternative event, Fehren said. The plaintiff had submitted an urgent request before the Administrative Court against the protest ban two weeks ago, but it failed. There was no possible complaint to the Hamburg Supreme Administrative Court. Vehren said that the applicant for the now-banned demo has also announced that he intends to take legal action.

Significant increase in injury value in Hamburg

The number of new coronavirus infections reported in one day hit a new record of 7,814 on Thursday. The seven-day infection value is now 2,124, and according to the report, three more people have died from or from the coronavirus. 80 people are being treated in intensive care units, and there has also been an increase here recently.


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