The Corona virus Germany has a firm grip. The virus is also the dominant topic in the rest of Europe and the world.
More than 2,300 people in Germany are already suffering from the consequences of the Corona virus (As of Thursday) died. Worldwide, over 88,000 people lost their lives.
Corona virus in Germany, Europe and worldwide: Here all information in the news blog
Even though normal life is gradually being resumed in some countries such as China, the ban on contact still applies in Germany. Schools and day-care centers are dense, many people are on short-time work or have to apply for emergency aid from the federal government.
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Thursday April 9th
8:40 am: Politicians shock with Corona forecast – “Apocalyptic circumstances in summer”
These words don’t provide any relief. The SPD health expert and epidemiologist was on Wednesday evening Karl Lauterbach at Markus Lanz. And what the doctor had to say on the ZDF talk show was extremely unsettling. Especially for those who thought that life would go back to normal after Easter. >> HERE IS THE ARTICLE!
8:22 am: Altmaier warns: “Too early for complacency”
According to Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier, the Easter holidays are decisive for the further action against the pandemic. There is initial positive news at the moment, says the CDU politician on “Deutschlandfunk”. “But it is far too early to fall into self-assurance and complacency.”
Over Easter, the measures would have to be disciplined and implemented with a lot of responsibility. “And only after Easter will you know whether and when you can start with these easing measures.”
07.50 a.m .: DGB calls for an increase in short-time work benefits
The German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) fears that low-income workers could slip into poverty through short-time work. Many employees land with their current short-time work allowance below the state basic security, as can be seen from the DGB figures. Accordingly, employees in the service professions are particularly affected, but also creative artists.
DGB board member Annelie Buntenbach demands an increase in short-time work benefits. “To get through reasonably well, at least 80 percent of normal earnings are necessary,” she said. “The federal government has to make adjustments here, otherwise it is a social imbalance that cannot stay that way.” The “costs and burdens” of the corona crisis would have to be distributed fairly.
07:23: USA: Again almost 2,000 dead in 24 hours
In the United States, nearly 2,000 people died after a coronavirus infection for the second day in a row. The number of deaths is 14,817, according to the renowned Johns Hopkins University. There were only 12,907 dead in just 24 hours.
6.50 a.m .: French fries crisis due to corona crisis!
The corona crisis caused the demand for fries in Germany to collapse. This year, the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” learned from the German Farmers’ Association that farmers could sit on around 200,000 tons of special French potatoes this year. The association estimates the possible damage at 30 to 40 million euros.
Because canteens, restaurants and other bulk buyers have largely closed, French fries producers lacked important customers, reports the “NOZ”. Production stopped. Other marketing of these potatoes is considered difficult because the varieties have been bred specifically for making french fries. Farmers in Belgium and the Netherlands face similar problems. Up to a million tons of french potatoes were waiting for buyers there, the paper reports.
6:00 a.m .: Ditib advises high-risk groups to avoid fasting in Ramadan
The Islam umbrella organization Ditib advises risk groups in the month of fasting Ramadan to be cautious. Sick people, for example, are already freed from fasting and should also use this possibility, said General Secretary Abdurrahman Atasoy of the German Press Agency. “This year we also recommend that those who feel healthy but are considered a risk group and do not feel physically fit enough should also avoid fasting. Health comes first. “
Ramadan begins on April 24 and ends a month later with the Sugar Festival. “If the believers are unsure whether to fast, they should consult their doctor and follow his recommendations,” said Atasoy.
5:15 p.m .: Teachers’ Association: not a full class start after Easter holidays
According to the German Teachers’ Association, there will be no return to normal lessons at schools immediately after the Easter holidays. Everything depends on the medical-virological assessment of the situation and the further measures that would be decided by the Prime Ministers of the federal states and Chancellor Angela Merkel, said Association President Heinz-Peter Meidinger of the German Press Agency. “But I am certain that there will be no full start of classes in schools after the Easter holidays.”
If an extension or tightening of the previous measures was agreed upon at the counter, then there would be no school openings, said Meidinger. “But if the lockdown is relaxed, you can also think of a gradual return to school.”
With a gradual return, the president of the teachers’ association imagines, for example, a staggered return of the students, starting with the final classes for high school, middle school and secondary school. In his view, group and class divisions would also be possible in order to maintain a higher safety distance.
4:15 p.m .: China with a slight increase in new infections
China has seen a slight increase in new infections for the second day in a row. 63 new cases were registered on Wednesday, one more than the day before, the health authorities said. 61 of the new cases are travelers who came to China from overseas. A total of 81,865 corona cases in mainland China were confirmed.
2:50 am: Trump wants to reopen the USA with a “big bang”
US President Donald Trump says he can’t expect the Corona crisis to be over. However, the number of new infections for it must decrease, Trump said at a press conference in the White House. He spoke of the possibility that the country could gradually return to normal.
It could also go faster in less affected regions than elsewhere. Actually, it would be nice to reopen the country “with a big bang,” Trump said. He did not want to give a date for a return to normal operation: “We have to be careful.”
1:15 p.m .: More than 14,600 deaths in the United States
According to Reuters, more than 14,600 people have died in the United States after a coronavirus infection. Overall, more people died only in Italy. Spain follows in third place behind the USA.
12:30 am: First deaths in favelas
For the first time, residents of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro have died in connection with the coronavirus. It concerns two people from the Rocinha, as the mayor of the city, Marcelo Crivella, said in an interview.
Wednesday April 8th
11.30 p.m .: Saudi military alliance announces ceasefire
In Yemen, a nationwide ceasefire has been in effect for two weeks from Thursday, according to the Saudi Arabian-led military alliance. The goal is to prevent the impending spread of the corona virus, the military coalition told the state news agency SPA on Wednesday evening.
10:39 pm: Lawyer fails with lawsuit against Berlin corona regulations
A lawyer also failed before the Higher Administrative Court in the federal capital with his urgent application against the Berlin regulation to contain the corona epidemic. In its decision announced on Wednesday, the 11th Senate stated that the regulations were proportionate. The “high dynamics of the infection process and the associated risk of overloading the health system” justified the contact restrictions (Az .: OVG 11 S 20/20).
The OVG thus confirmed a previous decision by the Berlin Administrative Court (VG 14 L 31.20). The lawyer had taken the view that the so-called containment measure ordinance of March 22 interfered disproportionately with his freedom to exercise his profession. In addition, it would be considerably more difficult for those seeking law to get advice from him.
“The high rank of the legal goods life and health leaves no doubt that the restriction challenged by the applicant to only attend lawyers’ appointments in urgent cases is appropriate,” says the OVG announcement. The regulation also does not violate the general principle of equality with regard to businesses that are exempt from the restrictions – because such businesses are necessary from the Senate’s point of view to provide the population with everyday goods.
8.45 p.m .: Legal doctor comes to a surprising result after an autopsy
Is the fear of the corona virus exaggerated? This is the view of the Hamburg medical examiner Klaus Püschel (67). Together with his team, he examined the people from the Hanseatic city who died of the corona virus. In doing so, they came to a surprising result. >> Read the whole story here!
7:52 p.m .: Sad numbers from New York
– The US state of New York, which was hit particularly hard by the corona pandemic, recorded more casualties than ever in the crisis, with 779 deaths in one day. The number of deaths in the 20 million state totaled 6,268, Governor Andrew Cuomo said at his daily press conference on Wednesday. “This number of deaths will continue to increase,” he said.
Cuomo ordered the flags to be hung at half mast in the state. He compared the situation to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in which almost 2,800 people died in New York.
Nevertheless, the governor affirmed that the far-reaching exit restrictions were working, which can still be seen in the declining number of new hospital admissions. However, this does not mean that the measures can already be relaxed. “If we change something, the curve will change.”
One is not even beginning to get out of the roughest. After reports of higher infection rates among African-Americans and Latinos, Cuomo announced that it would do more tests in the relevant communities.
7:03 p.m .: Boris Johnson on the mend
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s health has improved, Finance Secretary Rishi Sunak said. “The prime minister remains in intensive care where his condition improves,” Sunak said in a press conference on Wednesday evening in London. Johnson was also able to sit up in bed and interacted “positively” with the medical team.
Downing Street government had previously said Johnson was “clinically stable” and treatment was on hold. He was still being treated in the intensive care unit at St. Thomas’s Hospital in London and was in a good mood.
At a noon press briefing, a government spokesman said Johnson was receiving regular oxygen treatment but could breathe on his own. He doesn’t work, but is able to maintain the contacts he needs.
Johnson was hospitalized on Sunday after symptoms of his Covid 19 disease had not resolved after ten days. On Monday he felt worse and had to be transferred to the intensive care unit. Since then his health has stabilized.
18:51: Federal government expects 40 million corona protective masks
The Federal Government expects a rapid, large-scale supply of protective equipment for medical personnel to protect against corona infections. This week, 40 million protective masks are to come to Germany, as the Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday. That is as much as in the previous two weeks together. The background is also a cooperation with Lufthansa in a kind of “airlift” for regular transport flights to China. Masks and other protective equipment are currently scarce worldwide.
The Federal Government also relies on the production of medical protective masks in Germany. For this purpose, it wants to support producers of special nonwovens, which are necessary for the production of filters for such masks, with 40 million euros, as stated by the “Süddeutscher Zeitung”, NDR and WDR from a note on a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Corona cabinet emerges on Monday. According to the note, the construction of the corresponding machine park could take three to four months.
6:23 pm: Loosening of the corona conditions still acceptable in April?
The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) considers a loosening of the corona conditions and contact blocks to be justifiable in April. “I think that there will definitely be a loosening here in April,” said the head of the UKE Clinic for Intensive Care Medicine, Prof. Stefan Kluge, on Wednesday in Hamburg. You have to do it very carefully, he warned. But “you have to start slowly”. Kluge said: “I think we all agree that the contact ban cannot be maintained for months.” North German wholesale and foreign trade – one of the key industries in the region – is already facing an unprecedented slump due to the crisis.
4:31 pm: Does Corona take the summer vacation from us?
Because of the corona crisis, according to the opinion of medical president Klaus Reinhardt, people will probably also have to write off their summer vacation this year. “I do not think that the Germans can go on holiday trips again this summer,” said the President of the German Medical Association to the newspapers of the Funke media group (Wednesday). According to the Federal Government’s Tourism Commissioner, Thomas Bareiß (CDU), such a scenario would have massive consequences for the industry. Not so pessimistic tones came from northern Germany, where many Germans spend their summer holidays on the coast.
Reinhardt said that even if people gradually returned to everyday life, the pandemic would keep the country busy until summer. “That’s why I think this summer will be different. We will probably not get into the car, train or plane and go on vacation as usual. ”Even in vacation countries such as Italy or Spain the problems would not have been solved to the extent that tourism would be possible again. “But I very much hope that we can do this in part during the autumn holidays – and even more so in the coming year,” added Reinhardt.
“To lose the entire summer season now, I would think that is an exaggeration,” said Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister of Economics Bernd Buchholz of the German Press Agency. In Bavaria, those responsible expect that visitor numbers will slowly stabilize again, at least from the summer. “We have the hope that tourism will pick up speed again in the second half of the year,” said Bayern Tourismus Marketing upon request from dpa. Bernhard Joachim from the Allgäu Tourism Association said: “We hope, in the course of May, hopefully until Pentecost, that we will be able to start again at least in parts.”
The Kiel Minister for Economic Affairs, Bernd Buchholz, is even banking on a boom in domestic tourism after the crisis and believes in a “very good revival” this year. Many people would probably only start traveling abroad again later.
15:54: Mourinho violates Corona requirements
The English first division football team Tottenham Hotspur has warned its team manager Jose Mourinho and three players for disregarding the distance rule. The 57-year-old Portuguese was spotted training with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, both of whom would have broken the rule. In England, people who do not belong to the same household must keep a distance of at least two meters due to the risk of corona.
In addition to Mourinho, central defender Davinson Sanchez and offensive player Ryan Sessegnon also violated this arrangement while jogging in Hadley Common Park in north London. “All of our players were reminded to respect social distancing when training in public. We will continue to strengthen this message, ”said a club spokesman. Mourinho also admitted his mistake: “I accept that my actions were not in accordance with the government protocol and that we can only have contact with members of our own household.”
Tottenham had recently hit the headlines because the club had registered for the state aid program for employees on forced leave. In the same week it was also announced that club boss Daniel Levy was the highest paid official in English football last season with eight million euros.
15.07 clock: Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians sees slight relaxation with masks
The supply of protective masks to Berlin medical practices has “relaxed a bit”, according to the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians. By April 6, KV Berlin had received around 300,000 FFP2 and FFP3 protective masks, 800,000 surgical masks and various protective equipment and disinfectants, a spokesman told the RBB. Since last week, 2000 practices have received protective equipment. “After Easter, the distribution will continue.” According to the KV, the masks that have arrived so far cover slightly more than the need for one month in outpatient care.
Medical protective masks of the classes FFP2 and FFP3, which can protect the wearer from an infection with the coronavirus, are scarce and not only popular in Berlin’s healthcare system and are in high demand internationally. The Senate is expecting further deliveries of masks and protective coats from China soon, as the Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) said on Tuesday. The first of these could therefore already arrive on Easter weekend.
2:30 p.m .: Chinese attacked in Dresden
A stranger attacked and injured a 23-year-old mouthguard wearer with a brass knuckle in Dresden. A spokesman for the police said on Wednesday that the word “corona” had been used in the dispute. Whether the attack was related to wearing the face mask or the Chinese nationality of the 23-year-old is the subject of the investigation, it said. When a passerby wanted to help the victim in the attack last week, the perpetrator threatened the two men with a knife – they were able to escape. The police are now looking for witnesses.
1:55 p.m .: Almost 4,000 dead in Iran
In Iran, almost 4,000 people have now died after being infected with the corona virus. The Ministry of Health announced that 121 other patients had succumbed to the disease, increasing the number of deaths to 3,993. A total of 64,586 people would have contracted the virus.
1.30 p.m .: Over 700 dead in Switzerland
The number of coronavirus deaths in Switzerland has risen to 705. The coronavirus was detected in 22,789 people.
1:15 p.m .: More than 10,000 infections in Africa
The corona virus is also spreading in Africa. The number of confirmed infections in Africa has risen to more than 10,000, more than 500 people have died, the WHO announced on Wednesday. After the virus reached the continent very late through travelers, it is now spreading very quickly. Aid organizations are already warning of an impending catastrophe of the greatest magnitude.
12.45 p.m .: WHO defends itself against Trump criticism
The World Health Organization (WHO) is against criticism from US President Trump and his threat to cut her funds. “We are still in the acute phase of the pandemic, so now is not the time to cut funding,” said WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge in Geneva on Wednesday.
Bruce Aylward, a senior advisor to the WHO Director General, dismissed Trump’s criticism that WHO was “China-centered”. It is very important to work with the Chinese to understand the early outbreak. That has nothing to do with China in particular.
12.05 p.m .: Almost 760 further deaths in Spain
In Spain, the number of corona deaths rose by 757 to 14,555 within 24 hours. The Ministry of Health also announced that 6,180 new infections had been registered. The virus was thus detected in a total of 146,690 people.
11.30 a.m .: British Premier Johnson still in intensive care
Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent another night in intensive care because of his coronavirus infection. “I understand that the Prime Minister’s condition is stable, he is fine, he is optimistic,” Health Secretary Edward Argar told Sky News on Wednesday. >> MORE ABOUT JOHNSON’S CONDITION AND THE EMOTIONAL WORDS OF HIS AGENT!
11:05 a.m .: Federal government allows 12-hour working day
The federal government allows working days of up to twelve hours for three months to ensure care in emergency situations. Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil signed an ordinance to loosen the Working Hours Act by the end of June, the Reuters news agency learned on Wednesday from the Ministry of Labor.
10.44 a.m .: Russia reports record of new infections
In Russia, the number of confirmed virus infections increased by more than 1,000 for the second day in a row. On Wednesday, the authorities reported an increase of 1,175 cases – more than ever before in a day. A total of 8,672 infections are now registered in Russia. Official number of deaths: 63.
10.12 a.m .: Sports ban in Paris
Sports in public spaces have been banned in Paris since Wednesday, according to the city council. According to Mayor Anne Hidalgo, the ban applies from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For example, if you want to jog, you have to get up early and get out in the evening. Hidalgo: “Any kind of negligence would jeopardize the collective effort.”
9:55 am: Laschet counters Söder! “Don’t see a mask requirement for Germany”
NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) counters Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) with a mask requirement! He also commented on the local elections in NRW – and whether they have to be postponed because of the corona virus. >> HERE YOU CAN READ THE BACKGROUNDS!
9.10 am: RKI President Wieler: “Positive trend!”
The President of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler, has expressed confidence in the effects of the restrictions. “It is definitely a positive trend and of course we bring it together with the measures,” said Wieler to the “Deutschlandfunk”. Wieler continued: “The measures that were introduced by the political decision-makers help these measures. That’s good. ”However, he also emphasized that it was just a snapshot. The all-clear cannot yet be given.
8:35 am: Tui gets billions in aid from the state
The way is clear for a state aid package to Tui. Several banks have given their approval for a loan of 1.8 billion euros promised by the federal government, the world’s largest travel provider said on Wednesday morning in Hanover.
8:20 am: EU decision on Corona rescue package postponed
In the dispute over a multi-billion dollar Corona bailout package, the EU finance ministers initially did not present any results, but adjourned to Thursday. This was announced by Eurogroup boss Mario Centeno on Twitter.
7.45 a.m .: No agreement on corona bonds
Even after hours of negotiations and a night meeting of euro finance ministers on aid to Italy, no result is yet to be seen on Wednesday morning. Common bonds were controversial in advance. Negotiations said that Italy and the Netherlands in particular had caught on. It is about the requirements for multi-billion aid loans from the ESM rescue fund. These are usually tied to conditions. Italy does not want to make any commitments because of the immense burden of the pandemic, other countries insist on strict or at least sluggish conditions.
7:20 a.m .: Deutsche Post wants to introduce short-time work
Deutsche Post DHL wants to apply for short-time work for 4,000 employees. This reports the “Wirtschaftswoche”. The group suffers from the measures to contain corona virus and the bad order situation with many customers. Mail and parcel deliverers have so far not been affected by the measures, according to company circles.
6.30 a.m .: South Korea tightens immigration control for foreigners
South Korea wants to further tighten the entry requirements for foreigners in order to further contain the corona virus. Prime Minister Chung has announced that visa waiver programs with countries for visa-free travel will be temporarily suspended. Also, no new visas are to be issued to citizens from countries that ban the entry of visitors from South Korea due to the pandemic. South Korea currently has 200 deaths.
6:07 am: Federal government creates “airlift” for protective material from China
The federal government has organized an “airlift” for transports with urgently needed protective equipment from China to Germany. This enables you to send a Lufthansa passenger plane to Shanghai every day for 25 tons of freight, as the German Press Agency learned from the Federal Ministry of Health. In addition, there are other transport options through the Ministry of Defense. Both measures should serve to be able to react flexibly to the flow of goods.
5.44 am: Coutry star Prine dead
Country star John Prine (73) died as a result of a coronavirus infection. The singer and songwriter died Tuesday in a Nashville, Tennessee hospital, according to his family, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
05.13 clock: Trump threatens WHO with payment stop
The United States is considering suspending payments to the World Health Organization (WHO). President Trump threatened this during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic: “I’m not saying that we will do it, we will investigate and examine the termination of funding.” Accused of virus. The organization is largely funded by the United States, but is “China-centric”.
4:54 am: Hong Kong extends contact restrictions
Hong Kong extends its virus containment measures until April 23. This is particularly about contact restrictions. Nightclubs, beauty salons, karaoke bars and cinemas must continue to be closed. Public meetings with more than four participants are also prohibited.
4:45 a.m .: EU negotiations still tough
Negotiations by EU finance ministers dragged on on Wednesday night. Progress is being made, but has not yet reached its goal, the spokesman for the Eurogroup, Luis Rego, tweeted. A press conference scheduled for the evening was postponed to Wednesday.
04:11: Chinese city Wuhan ends foreclosure
The former epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic may be left for the first time! The Chinese authorities end the city of Wuhan after 76 days of foreclosure.
03:31: Sad record in the United States: almost 2,000 deaths in one day
In the United States, the worldwide record number of nearly 2,000 people died from coronavirus episodes within 24 hours. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, exactly 1,939 people died. It is the highest death toll that has been recorded in a country in one day since the spread of the pathogen.
Tuesday April 7th
11:55 p.m .: Twitter founder Dorsey donates a billion dollars!
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey (43) donates a billion dollars (920 million euros) for the fight against the corona virus. The sum corresponds to 28 percent of his assets, Dorsey wrote on Tuesday. The money should initially be used to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Dorsey wrote. Once Covid-19 is defeated, funds should be invested in girls’ health and education projects and universal universal income projects. “Why now? The need is getting more and more urgent and I want to experience the effects during my lifetime, ”wrote the Internet entrepreneur.
11:03 p.m .: Supermarkets fear the madness of buying hamsters at Easter
The Easter weekend is just around the corner. For the supermarkets this means that there will probably be more to do than in the Corona crisis anyway. Here you can find out what you should consider when shopping in the coming days.
10:26 p.m .: Help for weak countries? EU negotiations stall
EU finance ministers’ negotiations on aid to financially weaker countries are difficult. The ministers agreed “largely” on three short-term crisis measures, it said from negotiating circles. These are aid from the ESM Euro Rescue Fund, loans from the European Investment Bank EIB for companies in financial need and a European short-time work allowance proposed by the EU Commission. However, further discussions are needed on ways to get the European economy back on its feet in the long term.
In particular, Italy, which is hard hit by the Corona crisis and at the same time highly indebted, is demanding joint bonds from the Member States. In addition to Italy, such euro or corona bonds also wanted Italy, Spain, Greece and smaller countries such as Malta or Luxembourg. They would continue to be rejected by Germany and the Netherlands, but also by Austria, Sweden and the Baltic States.
9.42 p.m .: Unconditional basic income: HERE it is implemented
Because of the corona virus, a country in Europe is already about to introduce an unconditional basic income. Here all background!
9:01 p.m .: Germany passes the 100,000 mark
Germany surpassed the 100,000 infected people mark on Tuesday. To date, more than 1,900 people in Germany have died from the consequences of the corona virus.
To date, more than 1.4 million people worldwide have been infected with the corona virus. More than 80,000 people died.
8:37 p.m .: Another Formula 1 race canceled
Formula 1 is being slowed down more and more by the corona pandemic and now has to postpone the Canada race planned as the ninth season run. The organizers of the World Cup run in Montreal, scheduled for June 14, announced on Tuesday that the Grand Prix will be postponed indefinitely. Previously, the guest appearances in Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands, Spain, Monaco and Azerbaijan had been canceled or rescheduled. Actually there were 22 Grand Prix in the racing calendar for this year, that would have been a record. It is now open whether the season can still begin.
19:51: situation in New Jersey more and more dramatic
In the US state of New Jersey, the corona crisis is getting worse. In the meantime, more than 44,000 people have contracted the corona virus and more than 1,200 people have died – with just under 9 million inhabitants.
For comparison: In Germany, where the coronavirus broke out much earlier, there have been 105,000 infected and 1,900 goals – albeit with 83 million inhabitants.
19:26: England worries about Johnson – and is shocked by hate comment
While all of England is worried about Prime Minister Boris Johnson, one mayor caught a nasty hate comment. An entire nation is outraged (all the details here).
18:38: Violent allegations against Donald Trump
A senior adviser to US President Donald Trump warned media reports earlier in January that a coronavirus pandemic could result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. The population in the United States would be “vulnerable” to the virus because there has so far been no immunity or vaccination against it, Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro wrote to the National Security Council of the White House. Trump himself publicly maintained until early March that the virus was no cause for concern for the United States.
In a second letter to Trump on February 23, Navarro warned that up to 100 million Americans could become infected with the novel corona virus and up to 1.2 million people could die. This would result in trillion dollars in economic damage, Navarro warned on the Axios website. A senior official said many in the government were initially skeptical of Navarro’s letter.
As a result, there were around 370,000 known infections with the novel pathogen Sars-CoV-2 in the USA by Tuesday afternoon. More than 11,000 people have died from Covid-19 lung disease caused by the virus, data from Johns Hopkins University showed. The unemployment rate has skyrocketed, the economy is sinking.
5:35 p.m .: Lufthansa closes Germanwings
Lufthansa ceases to operate its subsidiary Germanwings. Because of the Corona crisis, the company plans to undertake major restructuring measures. The closure of Germanwings is one of these measures. A large proportion of the Germanwings employees will continue to be employed in the Lufthansa Group.
In addition to the closure of Germanwings, Lufthansa also plans to significantly reduce capacity at most of the company’s other flight operations.
4:26 pm: Seriously ill corona patients may test non-approved agents
Corona patients who are particularly seriously ill may in future be treated with the not yet approved active ingredient remdesivir if all other means have failed. This was approved by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices in Bonn, as a spokesman confirmed on Tuesday. The active ingredient was originally developed by a US pharmaceutical company against Ebola infections. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) had found the first signs of effectiveness against the coronavirus last Friday and recommended the use of the product for the seriously ill without any alternative treatment (“Compassionate use”). The German authority followed.
3:40 pm: Spahn: No return to normality after Easter
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn rejected a complete return to normality after Easter. “It will not immediately be the same as before,” said the CDU politician. “If so, it is about a gradual return to everyday life,” said Spahn: “The situation is still serious.” The current contact restrictions initially apply until April 19.
2.20 p.m .: WHO warns against early cancellation of corona measures
The World Health Organization (WHO) warns against lifting restrictions on public life too early. Otherwise, the number of infections may increase again, says WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier. That is one of the most important points in the fight against the spread of the virus.
2:00 p.m .: Boris Johnson’s condition “stable”
According to a government spokesman, the condition of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is “stable”. However, he would continue to be treated in the intensive care unit.
1:20 p.m .: Söder expects to wear a mask in Germany
Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) expects a mask requirement. “Of course there will be some form of mask commitment in the end,” he said in Munich on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting. He sees this as highly likely.
12.55 p.m .: New hope from a German laboratory – doctors may soon be able to …
There is still no vaccination against the coronavirus. Researchers are currently working flat out to find a solution. But there is hope: Now there is a new method in the fight against the corona virus from Germany. >> HERE YOU CAN READ HOW THE CURRENT STATE LOOKS!
12.40 p.m .: Baden-Württemberg: Residents are no longer allowed to leave nursing homes
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) and Baden-Württemberg Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) discussed the current situation with the ministers from the southwest. The state government is now reporting on the results – there should be tougher exit restrictions for residents of nursing homes. For the time being, residents should no longer leave their nursing homes.
12.05 p.m .: Spain reports 734 deaths in 24 hours
In Spain, for the first time in five days, more people have died within 24 hours from a coronavirus infection. The Ministry of Health announced that 743 other patients had succumbed to the lung disease. A total of 13,798 people have died so far. The number of confirmed infections rose to 140,510.
11.45 a.m .: Ethics Council welcomes debate on relaxation of corona rules
The German Ethics Council welcomed the debate on easing coronavirus restrictions in public life. “It is too early to make openings now. But it’s never too early to think about opening criteria, ”said the board’s chief theologian Peter Dabrock on Tuesday. “Anything else would be a sovereign thinking that should not get caught up with us and with which one would not strengthen the necessary trust of the population”, said Dabrock.
11.25 a.m .: Over 1,800 dead! Corona horror in Germany
According to the renowned Johns Hopkins University, 1,810 people in Germany have died as a result of the coronavirus. Over 103,000 people are infected.
11:06: Japan declares an emergency
Japan’s head of government Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other provinces. The measure will come into effect on Wednesday and will apply until May 6 for Tokyo, the three neighboring provinces Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitma as well as Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka. This allows the authorities to instruct citizens to stay in their homes and to order schools and other facilities to be closed.
10.45 a.m .: Spain: Two million protective masks stolen from warehouse
Incredible coup in Spain! In the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela, a warehouse for protective masks and other materials has been completely destroyed. The police arrested an entrepreneur as a suspect. He is accused of selling the stolen goods worth a total of five million euros in Portugal. The man was brought before the judge and then released under conditions.
10.30 a.m .: Merz is backing the federal government
Former Union faction leader Friedrich Merz has stood behind the work of the federal government after his coronavirus infection. “There was a very difficult phase before the crisis. The election results were very poor, ”said the 64-year-old Sauerländer, who is a candidate for the CDU party chairmanship, on Tuesday in RTL. “But that is over now, in a crisis the population has to stand behind the government. And that also applies to me. “
10 a.m .: RKI boss: No relaxation yet
The head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler, on Tuesday about the corona development in Germany: “Relaxation cannot yet be assumed – fluctuations are always possible.”
09.15 a.m .: Altmaier warns against relaxation of the corona measures
Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) warned against being put under pressure in the debate about a possible relaxation of the corona protective measures after Easter. In the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”, Altmaier said on Tuesday “that we should not become weak now, so shortly before the end”. The federal government will “keep your nerve” and then decide on a relaxation of the measures if the data basis allows a decision, said Altmaier. “That is not the case now.”
8:15 am: Robert Koch Institute: New infections increased again
In Germany, the number of new infections and the number of patients who died as a result of infection has risen again. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 99,225 confirmed cases of infection, an increase of 3,834 within 24 hours. The number of deceased patients rose by 173 to 1,607. On Monday, the increase was 92 deaths within 24 hours.
7.45 a.m .: Philippines extend exit restrictions
The Philippines have extended the exit restrictions by two weeks until April 30. The move will give the country more time to increase the number of tests, government official Karlo Nograles said in Manila. He warned: “We have not yet reached the peak of infections.” In the Southeast Asian island state, health authorities have reported 3,660 confirmed cases of Covid-19 infections and 163 infected people have died.
7:20 a.m .: Inspector General warns: missions abroad must continue
The Inspector General of the Bundeswehr, Eberhard Zorn (60), has warned against questioning missions abroad by the German armed forces because of the corona virus. Anger towards the “RND”: “The security situation in the countries of deployment does not change for the better through Corona. The destabilizing groups are still active in all crisis areas. The threat has not decreased. It would be fatal to lose sight of that. Otherwise, a dangerous vacuum could develop. “
6:45 am: Police officers attacked and threatened during corona control
During a corona check, police officers were attacked and insulted in Mögglingen (Baden-Württemberg). According to the police, the officers received a witness notice on Monday and then checked the apartment of a 19-year-old. On site, he and his girlfriend (18) rebelled, became aggressive and insulted the police officers.
The young woman coughed provocatively in the direction of the officials, did not keep the safety distance. When she then took a swing, the officers fixed her. The homeowner then threatened the policeman with death, as a police spokesman said on Tuesday. Four other people were found in the apartment who, like the girlfriend, are not reported there.
05.45 a.m .: Italy wants to launch billion euro program for the economy
Italy wants to tackle the economic consequences of the Corona crisis with an economic program worth 400 billion euros. It is the largest state program in the country’s history, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (55) said in a television speech. Half of the aid is to go to export-oriented companies whose sales have plummeted in the past few weeks. There will soon be “a new spring for Italy,” Conte predicted.
5:00 a.m .: Quarantine in Jessen (Saxony-Anhalt) ended
The residents of Jessen and Schweinitz are allowed to move around in public again. The quarantine expired on Monday evening at 8 p.m. Forces from the Technische Hilfswerk (THW) left the control stations at the entry and exit streets, and shortly afterwards the traffic started rolling again. A road construction company set about dismantling the eight control stations one after the other. All entries and exits should be clear by noon.
3:50 am: New York: Corpses are to be buried in city parks
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (62) sees light at the end of the tunnel for the state of New York. Cuomo said on Monday that the number of casualties had risen to 4,758, but that was in the past days. In addition, the number of new patients coming to hospitals has dropped significantly. The number of people who tested positive was more than 130,000.
Because of the many deaths in New York, the metropolis is even considering burying corpses temporarily in city parks. The council’s health committee chairman, Mark Levine, wrote on Twitter on Monday that the city’s mortuaries and cemeteries faced a situation such as that of “ongoing September 11th.” If necessary, one would start with “temporary burials”.
3:15 p.m .: UN Security Council meets
The UN Security Council wants to deal for the first time on Thursday with the effects of the crisis on international security. UN Secretary General António Guterres (70) is to brief the 15 members of the situation in a virtual meeting that is not open to the public. The Dominican Republic, which currently holds the presidency of the UN body, announced on Monday evening. Recently, criticism was raised about the apparent standstill in the Security Council, which has so far found no common stance on the Corona crisis.
00.17: federal government pays companies to switch production to protective masks
The federal government will partially pay companies to switch to the production of protective masks. This emerges from a decision of the Corona cabinet on Monday. The maximum funding per system is limited to ten million euros. The prerequisite is that production with the subsidized system begins in 2020 and until the end of 2023 the fleece is sold exclusively to companies that produce medical protective masks in Germany or the EU. The Ministry of Economic Affairs initially plans to provide 40 million euros for this. It is expected to take three to four months to start production, it is said.
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