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The Brazilian variant of the corona virus was detected for the first time in Hamburg.

There is also another case with suspected mutant B.1.1.28, the health authority announced on Tuesday in its weekly corona briefing.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the Brazilian variant could be more contagious.

It is also assumed that the antibodies of those who have recovered and who have been vaccinated against the mutant, also known as P.1, are less effective.

The health authorities also reported evidence of the South African variant B.1.351 and 16 other suspected cases.

However, the authority had already confirmed the occurrence of this mutant in the past, but later withdrew the information.

According to the authorities, the British variant B.1.1.7 has so far been confirmed in 337 cases in Hamburg.

That is 92 more cases than in the previous week.

This form of mutation is suspected in a further 2346 cases.

According to the RKI, the proportion of this variant is over 70 percent across Germany.

Despite the dominance of this mutant, which is considered to be more dangerous, the number of corona patients in Hamburg's hospitals fell compared to the previous week.

On Monday, 237 patients were treated as inpatients in 17 hospitals, 83 of them in intensive care units, the authority further announced.

Last Monday, 262 patients were in the hospital, 101 of them in intensive care units.

In the Hamburg care facilities, only 14 residents and 18 employees are currently infected.

In the first half of January, around 660 residents and more than 330 employees from 65 care facilities were affected.

Fewer deaths

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The number of those who died from or with the virus is also falling.

While the RKI had reported 267 corona deaths for the entire month of February, there are only 85 in the current month. According to the authority, the deceased are mainly elderly and very old people.

The age segments of those infected under 60 were each well below one percent of deaths.

Further test options at schools

Hamburg's schools get hundreds of thousands more corona rapid tests and can use them to test the pupils more frequently.

As early as this Wednesday, 1.4 million new rapid tests would be delivered, so that the total delivery that has already been specifically planned will amount to 1.9 million, the school authorities announced on Tuesday.

This means that a large number of Hamburg's schools will be able to offer every student two quick self-tests in the coming week.

In the week after Easter at the latest, two tests per student per week could then be taken at all schools.

At the same time, school employees should be able to test themselves three times a week, it said.

The students in Hamburg can be tested twice a week

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Hamburg had started nationwide rapid corona tests in all schools on Monday.

Initially, it was planned to test the student once a week.

The Hamburg CDU demanded that the school participants be tested daily - which, however, would mean an immense number of tests with 280,000 students and tens of thousands of teachers.

New drive-in at the airport

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There are also new test options at the airport.

A drive-in for corona tests is being set up in Fuhlsb├╝ttel.

The company Centogene is expanding its existing offer with a test station in car park P1, level 0, announced the airport in Hamburg on Tuesday.

From April 1st, drivers can have their vehicle tested there after pre-registering online.

In addition, with EcoCare, an additional provider will open a test center at the beginning of April.

All offers could be used by travelers as well as the public.

There are currently two test locations on the airport premises: in Terminal 1 and in Terminal Tango.

PCR tests, rapid antigen tests and virological antibody tests are offered there.

In addition to chargeable tests, free quick tests - the so-called corona citizen tests - are also possible in the EcoCare Center.