- SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans calls for “significantly better pay” for nurses, bus drivers and supermarket employees
- The number of employees on sick leave has risen
- Doctors are puzzled: is there a connection between Kawasaki syndrome and coronavirus in children?
- Angela Merkel and the Prime Ministers of the federal states discussed on Thursday how to proceed in the Corona crisis
- Playgrounds are reopened, but the decision to open schools and daycare centers has been postponed
- In France, joggers and cyclists have to keep a distance of ten meters
- Since the onset of the corona epidemic, more than 163,000 people in Germany have become infected, of which more than 123,000 have recovered, and more than 6,600 have died after an infection
- More than 233,000 people have died from a coronavirus infection worldwide, and the number of infections reported worldwide is more than three million
The Corona virus continues to spread in Germany. More than 163,000 people are currently with the pathogen SARS-CoV-2 infected, over 6600 infected have died. According to a media report, the number of employees on sick leave has also risen in the corona crisis. In April, more than two million insured people became unable to work.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) agreed on Thursday with the Prime Ministers of the federal states to initially reopen cultural institutions such as museums under certain conditions. This also applies to services. The general Contact lock was extended until May 10th. Applies since this Wednesday In all German federal states, a mask requirement is also required.
Merkel also announced that further steps will be discussed in the next ministerial conference on May 6. Among other things, “very clear decisions” should be made for the sport. Major events are expected to be canceled by the end of August.
The Robert Koch Institute changed the determination of the infection rate slightly and stated it on Thursday as 0.75. In previous days, the reproductive rate fluctuated between 0.9 and 1.0, according to the scientists.
Coronavirus News Ticker: All developments at a glance
All current developments of the coronavirus pandemic in Germany and Europe in our news ticker:
Friday, May 1: Controversy over the origin of the corona virus – China is under pressure
01.01 p.m .: The Deutsche Bahn comes under economic pressure and needs additional financial support from the federal government. According to information from the German Press Agency, the federally owned group will need around eight to ten billion euros by 2024 – up to half of which Deutsche Bahn could take over.
Savings are also conceivable in some places. However, investments should remain at a high level.
A rail spokesman told dpa on Friday: “We have been in close contact with our owner since the beginning of the Corona crisis. After submitting the April figures, the Supervisory Board will be informed of the economic situation in a regular meeting on May 15. ”
12.40 p.m .: On some beaches in Lower Saxony, those responsible are getting ready for the first Bathers.
At the lido Norddeich 200 of the 600 beach chairs are already in the Aurich district.
Even if beach chair rentals are not yet permitted, the tourism service is preparing itself Butjadingen (District of Wesermarsch) according to managing director Robert Kowitz in consultation with the health authority. “We will parcel the beaches this year.”
Only one family or a maximum of two people could then be present on 25 square meters. Kowitz said that Beach vacation this year it is conceivable: “We are making a lot possible for this, even if it is time-consuming.” An entry ban for foreigners was only valid there over Easter, now day trippers may come again. More information about summer vacation in Germany can be found here.
12.10 p.m .: The World Health Organization wants to start the investigation into the Origin of the corona virus in China and asked the government in Beijing for an “invitation”.
“WHO would like to work with international partners and would like to participate in investigations into the animal origin of the virus at the invitation of the Chinese government,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told AFP on Friday.
China comes under increasing pressure when it comes to the origin of the corona virus. Several governments worldwide have asked Beijing to be transparent about the origin of the pathogen.
US President Donald Trump said he had evidence that the corona origin was in a laboratory in China. The Chinese authorities reject this.
11.39 a.m .: Inflamed blood vessels, fever and often skin rash – children in several European countries show symptoms called the so-called Kawasaki syndrome resemble. At the same time, the coronavirus was detected in them. Doctors are puzzled. Read more here.
10:01 a.m .: The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) put the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Germany on Friday at 160,758 – an increase of 1,639 since the previous day. The RKI registered 6481 deaths.
The resident of the US city of Baltimore Johns Hopkins University (JHU) reported 163,009 infected and 6,623 dead.
9.40 a.m .: The Corona Talk at Markus Lanz goes to the next round. Virologist Melanie Brinkmann explained why playgrounds should now open. The risk of corona infection is not high there.
Coronavirus crisis: Ryanair has to cut up to 3000 jobs
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Ryanair will probably be up to because of the corona crisis 3000 digits dismantle. Pilots and cabin crew are particularly affected. Likewise, employees in the management level and in the administration would have to reckon with job loss and cut wages. Unpaid forced leave, cut wages by up to 20 percent and the closure of locations across Europe are also expected, the release said.
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary will therefore waive half of its salary for the full fiscal year, and the airline expects it to take at least two years for passenger numbers and ticket prices to return to 2019 levels.
Has in Germany ThyssenKrupp received extensive financial support from the state. At the KfW banking group, the steel and industrial group secured a loan of around a billion eurosas it was said in corporate circles on Thursday. A group spokesman did not want to speak.
8.17 a.m .: The federal and state governments have lifted some corona restrictions, but that is not enough for the municipalities: the cities expect a clear concept for the opening of the outdoor pools.
8.07 a.m .: To the day of work on May 1st SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans higher wages demanded for top performers in the Corona crisis. Systemically relevant are those who care for the sick, protect citizens, keep buses running and supermarkets running, Walter-Borjans told our editorial team.
“They not only deserve recognition, they also deserve significantly better pay, fair and binding tariffs and secure jobs.” The greatest economic crisis in the post-war period meant hundreds of thousands of short-time work and impending unemployment, Walter-Borjans continued.
In these times, a safety net is worth a lot. The instrument of short-time work ensures that millions of workers “do not fall out of employment and are not missing when the economic engine starts up again”.
7.31 a.m .: The Number of employees on sick leave has risen sharply in the Corona crisis. Statutory health insurance (GKV) recorded 43 percent more sick leave in April than in March, as the “Augsburger Allgemeine” reported, citing a report by the GKV umbrella association.
According to this, the number of people insured under the statutory health insurance system who were unable to work in April rose to 2.13 million. In March there were still 1.49 million.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, workers with mild respiratory diseases are currently allowed to take sick leave by phone. The exception applies until May 18.
Customers have to wait longer for packages due to corona measures
6.31 a.m .: According to the parcel service providers, the protective measures necessary in the corona pandemic partially ensure that Packages arrive at the customer later. “In view of the fact that there are several million more parcels a day, there will always be cases in which the usual delivery times of one to two working days are exceeded,” said one DHL– Speaker of the dpa.
DHL sees itself on the road to recovery: at times 14 percent of the consignments have been on the road for longer than two days, and meanwhile it is still under ten percent, said the spokesman. 70 percent of the parcels, on the other hand, would arrive at the customer the day after they were sent.
At Hermes the logistics locations can only work in smaller shifts and alternating groups in order to maintain the necessary minimum distance, it said.
Competitors too DPD reports of significantly higher parcel quantities – those to private customers could now compensate for the discontinued business. The delivery was stable and without restrictions.
4.14 a.m .: At least ten meters away joggers and cyclists in France should stick to other people in the future. The new rule will come into force when the curfew is relaxed on May 11, the Ministry of Sports said in Paris on Thursday.
The sports minister and former swimming world champion Roxana Maracineanu emphasized that “a sufficient physical distance” must also be guaranteed from May 11th for tennis, yoga or fitness exercises outdoors.
For yoga or crossfit in groups, for example, four square meters of space per participant are required. Team sports such as soccer or basketball are initially not possible.
From May 11, the requirement that French people are only allowed to do outdoor sports for one hour a day, and only in the immediate vicinity of the apartment.
Thursday, April 30: Playgrounds and museums are allowed to open again – further advice on May 6
7:01 p.m .: The Russian head of government Mikhail Mishustin is infected with the corona virus, according to the state media. The 54-year-old is therefore in quarantine, Russian agencies reported on Thursday evening. Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin expressed hope of a speedy recovery of the prime minister.
6:28 pm: According to Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) in NRW, the so-called reproductive factor for coronavirus infections is currently only included 0.448. Together with Saxony, this is the second lowest value in Germany. Laschet referred the numbers to the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig.
6:24 pm: According to the Federal Statistical Office, a comparatively large number of people have died in Germany since the last week of March. Since then, Death numbers “Tends to be above the average for the years 2016 to 2019,” said the office on Thursday in Wiesbaden. “Since the flu wave 2020 has been over since mid-March, it is only natural that these comparatively high values are related to the corona pandemic.” The basis of the recent data in the special evaluation is a preliminary counting of death reports from the registry offices by April 5.
Merkel: Decisions for sports on May 6th
6.08pm: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has “very clear decisions” for the next conference with the Prime Minister on May 6th Sports announced in the Corona crisis. Then it will be a matter of how and under what conditions “certain sporting activities” will be possible again, said Merkel after the consultations on Thursday in Berlin. A decision about resuming play in the Bundesliga had previously been postponed.
At the next switch next Wednesday, the concept of the sports ministers should be evaluated, said Merkel. The interior and sports ministers had resumed play operations in the Bundesliga Recommended in mid or late May. With a positive signal from politics, a start on May 16 or 23 is conceivable.
06.06 p.m .: Poland is relaxing the requirements imposed on commuters at the border because of the corona epidemic. As of May 4, Polish citizens who work or study in Germany, Slovakia, the Czech Republic or Lithuania will no longer be in quarantine for 14 days when returning to Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook on Thursday.
5:36 p.m .: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), despite her first successes in the fight against the corona virus, has called on citizens to continue doing everything against one Relapse to do in the pandemic. Everyone should remain disciplined, observe the safety distances and hygiene regulations, said Merkel on Thursday after a video conference with the state premiers.
Since there is none vaccine and no drug against the virus, the chancellor said, the goal and strategy is still to contain the pandemic to such an extent that the German health system remains able to treat corona-infected people appropriately.
She thanked that so many citizens had contributed to this interim success. At the same time, she thanked all those who thought about how the economy could start up. She was impressed by how concepts for this were worked out in detail from branch to branch. Also read:
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Decision to open schools and day-care centers postponed until 6 May
4.40 p.m .: In the corona crisis, the federal and state governments postpone the decision about others School openings on May 6th. Also to expand childcare, a draft resolution should only be drawn up for the next post by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Minister of the federal states next Wednesday. The German Press Agency learned this on Thursday from participants in today’s switching conference. The general block of contacts is expected to be extended until May 10.
4:03 pm: In North Rhine-Westphalia Schools will continue to open: from May 11th, all primary school students in the state should go back to school on a daily basis. This was announced by the State Ministry of Education in a mail to the schools on Thursday.
3:21 pm: In Italy The two airports Ciampino in Rome and Peretola in Florence, which have been closed since mid-March, are due to reopen on Monday. The Ministry of Transport in Rome announced on Thursday. The Italian government announced on Monday evening the gradual relaxation of the corona restrictions.
Ciampino is mainly used by low-cost airlines and is the second airport in the capital. Peretola is the second largest airport in Tuscany after Pisa. Both have been closed since March 13th.
With the opening of the airports, a new one “Screening system” the Ministry of Transport said it would try it for the novel corona virus, but gave no details. Long-distance trains are also set to return to long-haul destinations from Monday.
2:57 p.m .: The European Central Bank (ECB) believes that the corona pandemic is plunging into one severe recession. ECB President Christine Lagarde spoke on Thursday of an economic downturn “to an extent and at a pace that we have never seen in peacetime”. The central bank estimates that the gross domestic product in the common currency area could shrink by five to twelve percent this year. In the first quarter, which was only partially affected by measures to contain the virus, the economy in the euro area shrank by 3.8 percent compared to the previous quarter. The significant decline in economic activity in April suggests an even greater slump in the second quarter, said Lagarde.
13.55 p.m .: The federal government wants a larger part of the corona crisis Hospital capacities use for predictable operations. Currently, about 40 percent of intensive care beds would be kept free for corona patients with financial compensation – now the current development of the number of infections and the precise overview provided by the intensive care bed registry make this change possible, according to the federal government’s draft resolution for the advice of Chancellor Angela Merkel the heads of state of the countries on Thursday afternoon. It is available to the dpa.
From now on, the federal states should take over regional control taking into account regional peculiarities – based on a concept submitted by the federal government for this. Such a procedure is also necessary because a permanent exclusive prioritization of a certain group of patients cannot be justified. At the same time, sufficient Covid 19 treatment capacity should be kept free and adapted to the development of the pandemic.
The federal government wants to maintain a ban on major events
1:34 p.m .: Because of the corona pandemic, the federal government wants to ban the already approved Major events such as popular festivals, larger sporting events with spectators, concerts, street, wine and marksmen festivals.
Because of the uncertainties in the infection process, it can be assumed that this will at least by August 31 The German press agency in Berlin has announced that the federal government will present a draft resolution for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s consultations with the heads of state on Thursday afternoon.
When and under what conditions smaller public and private celebrations or events could take place again, not foreseen because of the particularly high risk of infection. However, more and more people are already ignoring contact blocks.
1:29 pm: The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has one Extension of the tests recommended for the corona virus. Even with mild symptoms, tests should be carried out immediately, the earlier the better, said RKI President Lothar Wieler on Thursday. A general test of the population without symptoms is not advisable. Depending on the situation, however, it makes sense to protect risk groups better with more frequent tests – for example in hospitals, old people’s homes and nursing homes. Because infected people could excrete the virus before they felt any symptoms.
According to Wieler, the value for infections in Germany – the number of reproductions – is currently included 0.76. A value of 0.75 is noted in the management report on Wednesday (data status on April 29, midnight). This means that one person is less infected than another. “This is a gratifying development,” said Wieler. However, the institute now uses a so-called four-day mean for estimating the current new infections and thus also the number of reproductions. A three-day mean was previously used. Nothing changes in the result, Wieler emphasized after several critical questions at the online press conference.
Playgrounds and museums are to be reopened
1:02 p.m .: The federal government has wanted to close it for weeks because of the corona pandemic playgrounds open again. Parents should make sure that overcrowded facilities are avoided and basic hygiene rules are adhered to, according to the federal government’s draft decision for the consultations of Chancellor Angela Merkel with the Prime Ministers of the federal states on Thursday afternoon.
In addition, according to the federal government, museums, exhibitions, memorials, zoos and botanical gardens should reopen under certain conditions. In the case of small and historic buildings in particular, the requirements for hygiene and compliance with the necessary distance could be implemented in terms of space and personnel, the federal government’s draft resolution said. To this end, a funding program in the amount of 10 million euros for corona-related conversion measures.
Also banned because of the Corona crisis Services and prayer meetings should be allowed again. This applies provided that the special requirements of infection control are taken into account.
12.59 p.m .: The federal government does not want to decide until the next switching conference with the prime ministers on May 6 whether another larger opening step with the strict corona restrictions. It is still too early to assess whether the opening measures implemented since April 20 would have had a greater impact on the infection process, according to the Federal Government’s draft decision, which was presented to the German Press Agency in Berlin, for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s consultations with the heads of government of the countries on Thursday afternoon.
Students can apply for an emergency loan from KfW
12.35 p.m .:
students from May 8th Emergency loan up to € 650 a month from the state development bank KfW. According to Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek (CDU), this should help those who receive neither a student grant nor scholarships and are now losing their jobs.
Current KfW student loans and new applications should remain interest-free for domestic students until the end of March next year. Foreign students can get the loan from July. The ministry promises that the application should be made unbureaucratically via an online form.
The Education and Science Union (GEW) criticized the plans. “It is wrong to force students in need to accumulate a mountain of debt of over 7,000 euros.” Rather, grants are needed.
At the Bafög there are already reliefs. It should also continue to be paid if lectures or lessons are canceled due to the corona crisis or if the start of the semester is delayed. The SPD had campaigned for further changes. However, that failed due to Karliczek’s “ideological resistance”, complained the education policy spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group, Oliver Kaczmarek. However, it is important that students who are in need through no fault of their own should now receive help.
The FDP would also have liked to see the Bafög open for a limited period. “The KfW student loan is already a shop keeper – why should it go better now?” Asked the university policy spokesman for the FDP faction, Jens Brandenburg. “It would be more pragmatic to temporarily open the BAföG full loan for all students who have lost their part-time job.”
11.28 a.m .: A new study concludes that children are probably as contagious as adults. The number of viruses that can be detected in the respiratory tract does not differ in different age groups, researchers around the virologist report Christian Drosten in a pre-published study that has not yet been reviewed by independent experts.
Based on their results, the researchers warn of the unrestricted opening of schools and kindergartens in Germany.
So far it is unclear to what extent children pass the virus on to others. It is difficult to investigate this question, precisely because the schools were closed early and because the virus was passed on mainly by adult travelers, especially in the initial phase of the epidemic.
The team had determined the amount of Sars-CoV-2 viruses in samples from 3712 infected people who were examined in a Berlin test center between January and April 26. They found no difference in viral load between different age groups.
When assessing the Contagion risk In schools and kindergartens, the same assumptions that apply to adults should be used, the researchers write.
11.06 a.m .: Nine CDU members of the Bundestag demand in a statement that is in the “mirror” that the German borders be opened again. The borders with Austria, France, Luxembourg, Denmark and Switzerland were closed in mid-March due to the spread of the corona virus.
According to the report, the deputies from Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate are turning against the one planned by Interior Minister Horst Seehofer Extension of entry restrictions until May 15th. Their main focus would be on the borders with France, Luxembourg and Switzerland, where many border crossings are currently completely blocked.
The border closures would cause a lot of problems: “Families are cut up, life partners are separated, commuters and school routes are hindered, supply chains disrupted and connections cut!” Quotes the “Spiegel” from the paper.
According to the “Spiegel”, the paper was signed by Andreas Jung, Vice President of the Union Group in the Bundestag and Chairman of the German-French Parliamentary Assembly, Gunter Krichbaum, Karin Maag, Matern von Marschall, Felix Schreiner, Kai Whittaker, Peter Weiß, Ursula Groden-Kranich and Patrick Schnieder.
Current RKI case numbers – 10 million requests for short-time work
9.57 a.m .: The Number of unemployed in Germany rose in April due to the Corona crisis compared to March by 308,000 to 2,644 million people. The unemployment rate, atypical for the season, rose by 0.7 points to 5.8 percent, the Federal Employment Agency said on Thursday in Nuremberg.
Germany’s companies registered for 10.1 million people by April 26 Short-time work at. This far exceeded all forecasts by economists. The experts’ estimates had been between three and seven million people.
9.41 a.m .: The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) put the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Germany on Thursday at 159,119 – an increase of 1,478 since the previous day. The resident of the US city of Baltimore Johns Hopkins University (JHU) reported 161,539 infected.
The RKI, which only takes into account the electronically transmitted figures from the federal states and updates its list once a day, has recorded 6,288 deaths so far, the JHU 6,467 deaths. The number of people recovered was approximately 123,500. More on the topic: New RKI case numbers and reproductive numbers for Germany
For the individual Federal states The RKI provided the following figures (infected / difference from the previous day / dead):
- Baden-Württemberg: 31.609 / +273 / 1353
- Bavaria: 42.080 / +250 / 1799
- Berlin: 5827 / +93 / 147
- Brandenburg: 2831 / +63 / 113
- Bremen: 827 / +30 / 29
- Hamburg: 4562 / +37 / 155
- Hesse: 8304 / +120 / 353
- Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 690 / +3 / 17
- Lower Saxony: 10.067 / +95 / 416
- North Rhine-Westphalia: 32.687 / +258 / 1219
- Rhineland-Palatinate: 6029 / +47 / 166
- Saarland: 2552 / +38 / 131
- Saxony: 4561 / +52 / 156
- Saxony-Anhalt: 1549 / +24 / 43
- Schleswig-Holstein: 2690 / +11 / 106
- Thuringia: 2254 / +84 / 85
9.24 a.m .: Leading research organizations in Germany agree that one consistent containment of the coronavirus from an epidemiological point of view at the moment “Only sensible strategy” is.
“According to the data available to date, achieving” herd immunity “would require a period of a few years if the health system should not be overloaded,” says a statement by the Presidents of the Max Planck Society, the Fraunhofer Society, and Helmholtz Community and the Leibniz Association.
Even with optimistic estimates of the undisclosed figure, this would drag on for years and require many deaths, the explanations say.
Therefore, the experts suggest, first of all New infections continue to reduce until effective contact tracking is possible. Among other things, test capacities, but also the possibility of tracing, should be expanded. Based on targeted cross-sectional tests, especially in areas with an increased risk of infection, one could Early warning infrastructure to be established.
Markus Söder warns of a second corona wave
9.08 a.m .: Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has warned of hasty easing. As long as there is no vaccine, “a second wave is threatening RelapseSöder said on Thursday in the Bavarian radio. “We saw some countries that relaxed very quickly and then had to do the opposite.” He cited Singapore as an example.
Söder did not want to give specific dates for further openings. But if the infection happens, there will be a further normalization. “No need to worry that the condition lasts forever.”
8.52 a.m .:
Greta Thunberg has the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF Donated $ 100,000 to help fight the Corona crisis. “Like the climate crisis, the coronavirus pandemic is a child rights crisis,” Unicef quoted the 17-year-old climate activist.
Thunberg receives the donation from a prize money that she received from the Danish non-governmental organization Human Act for her commitment to combating climate change. Human Act will double the $ 100,000 donation, Unicefs said.
The children’s aid agency said that the money is a boost for the fight to support children who are affected by curfews and school closures due to the novel corona virus.
8.38 a.m .: The Contact restrictions according to the words of Chancellor’s Office Helge Braun “Certainly” will be extended until May 10th. The CDU politician announced on Thursday morning at n-tv. The larger discussion about further opening steps will take place at the next consultation on May 6th. The “essential package” should be extended until May 10, Braun said.
Until May 3, according to the decision of the federal and state governments, restaurants and many other facilities will be closed in mid-April, which will put a massive strain on the industry. The only exception to catering is the delivery and collection of food that can be taken away for consumption at home.
8.20 a.m .: Mayor of Tübingen Boris Palmer wanted to explain his controversial comments on the corona strategy to Markus Lanz – but it backfired. Lanz confronts Boris Palmer and called his concept “disgrace disguised as care”.
Volker Bouffier insists on decisions before corona talks with Merkel
7.03 a.m .: Before the Prime Minister’s discussions with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Hesse’s head of government penetrates Volker Bouffier for further decisions. “There is enough to talk about and I hope for some decisions,” said the deputy CDU chairman of our editorial team.
Hessen would not take part in the competition, who was the fastest in the easing. “We implement what we can be responsible for.”
Bouffier emphasized that the question of whether additional aid programs would be launched for restaurants and restaurants is of great importance to the federal states. On the subject Kindergarten openings the federal government sends “very different signals,” he criticized. “I aim to come up with a common denominator – with all due respect for the peculiarities in the respective countries.”
5.13 a.m .: Every second German goes Relaxation of measures against the spread of the corona virus too quickly. In a survey by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the German Press Agency, 49 percent expressed this opinion. By contrast, only 15 percent said that restrictions on public life were being withdrawn too slowly. 28 percent are satisfied with the pace, 8 percent did not provide any information.
4.20 a.m .: The corona virus will still cause many surprises, believes Minister of Education Anja Karliczek. The exceptional situation will continue well into the next school year, she explained in an interview with our editorial team. Accustomed school lessons are only possible with a corona vaccination.
4.12 a.m .: In the Corona crisis, people are sitting at home, going on the Internet – and using it more and more Facebook. 2.6 billion users are currently registered with the online network, 100 million more than three months earlier. 1.73 billion users use Facebook every day.
“The use of our services has increased significantly,” said founder and boss Mark Zuckerberg. Three billion users recently accessed at least one Facebook product – including Instagram or WhatsApp. It was 2.36 billion a day.
However, Facebook’s success depends on advertisers who have become more economical in the crisis. In the first weeks of April, advertising revenues remained at least at the previous year’s level. Thanks to the good start, sales rose 18 percent to $ 17.7 billion. Quarterly earnings doubled to $ 4.9 billion. CFO David Wehner also warned that the outlook is unclear and that declines may follow.
2.20 a.m .: Federal Minister of Family Affairs Franziska Giffey (SPD) has demanded that Concerns of children to be taken into account more in the Corona crisis. “We can not keep the swing from the children in the same breath and at the same time think about how we can let Bundesliga games take place again as soon as possible,” said Giffey of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.
If the Bundesliga is preferred, then this says something about “setting priorities in a society,” criticized the SPD politician. The discussion about easing the corona restrictions was about things that are important to adults, such as hardware stores, hairdressers and shops.
Toddlers According to them, they are among the greatest victims of the current restrictions. Therefore, she campaigned in the cabinet for a gradual opening of daycare centers.
1.01 a.m .: The federal government supports the Museums and memorials financially in the corona crisis. According to information from our editorial team, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture ten million euros ready for the program “restart” from the cultural budget. This supports cultural institutions in corona-related measures. The measures focus in particular on small and medium-sized museums, exhibition halls, memorials and socio-cultural centers and cultural centers, the Chancellor said.
“I think it is important that we take a look at the museums and memorials for the next opening step,” said Minister of Culture Monika Grütters (CDU) of our editorial team. “In this situation, culture strengthens social cohesion and appropriate participation – it is an important food for our democracy.”
She is aware that museums and memorials are eagerly waiting to be able to open their doors again after the corona-related closure. “Under the umbrella of the Museum Association, you have developed very sensible and responsible suggestions as to how access and health protection can be combined.”
The German Museum Association and the State Museum Association advocate, among other things, a limitation of the number of visitors by area in order to make a minimum distance of 1.5 meters possible. Visitors and staff should wear protective masks, cleaning in the buildings and audiovisual offers, such as audio guides, should be carried out more frequently.
The Relaxation for museums are regulated differently in the crisis. For example, the museums in Thuringia have been allowed to open again this week, in Saxony-Anhalt from May 4th. Berlin also plans to open some museums in early May. The federal program is now available to the houses.
Wednesday, April 29: Travel warning to be extended due to corona pandemic
8.49 p.m .: The World Health Organization (WHO) has convened a meeting of its emergency committee to carry out an initial evaluation of the corona pandemic. The meeting will take place on Thursday, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. It is the first meeting of the panel since the organization classified the global spread of the coronavirus as an international health emergency.
The WHO stands because of its handling of the Corona crisis in criticism. The United States in particular accuses the international organization of informing the world too cautiously about the first appearance of the novel pathogen in China in December last year and of protecting the government in Beijing too much in spite of the omissions.
On Monday, Tedros emphasized that his organization had already described the spread of the novel corona virus on January 30 as a “public health emergency of international dimension”. At that time, there were only 82 infections and no deaths in China, according to official information. “The world should have listened to WHO back then,” said Tedros.
8.05 p.m .: Wants to fight the corona pandemic Poland maintain controls on borders with other EU countries until May 13th. Minister of the Interior Mariusz Kaminski signed a corresponding decree, the Ministry in Warsaw announced on Wednesday. Until then, the borders to Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Lithuania can only be crossed at certain crossings.
19.55 p.m .: According to the Robert Koch Institute, the Number of reproductions of the corona virus 0.75 sunk. In the past few days, the value has fluctuated between 0.9 and 1. This means that 10 infected people infect 7.5 people on average. The number of new infections thus drops slightly.
According to the announcement, the Robert Koch Institute is now also using a 4-day average instead of a 3-day average as before. This means: For a specific day, the R-value is a simple quotient of the estimated number of new cases for that day divided by the number of new cases 4 days before. This facilitates the calculation of the point estimate of the R value. Also read:
The importance of the reproduction number – and its shortcomings
Chancellor Merkel consults with Prime Ministers again on Thursday
7:37 pm: The European Central Bank (ECB) holds its Council meeting on Thursday. The talks from 2.30 p.m. will mainly focus on the effects of the corona pandemic on the economy and possible further ECB aid. It was only on Thursday that ECB chief Christine Lagarde warned the EU heads of state and government against doing “too little and too late” in the corona crisis.
The ECB had already adopted far-reaching measures to support the economy in the euro area in March. Among other things, it is changing its securities purchases 750 billion euros on.
7.14 p.m .: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) will consult with the Prime Ministers of the federal states on Thursday on how to proceed in the Corona crisis. After the group decided to partially open stores two weeks ago, no further major opening steps are reportedly planned. Such steps and, for example, the further handling of gastronomy and tourism should therefore be decided at the earliest at the next federal-state branch on May 6th. In the morning, the Corona Cabinet, chaired by Merkel, wants to advise on relevant federal proposals.
According to information from the German Press Agency on Wednesday, the group wanted, among other things, in a kind of first reading about the proposals of the Conference of Ministers of Education and the Family Ministers for further action in School and daycare area to advise. Decisions should therefore only be made here on May 6th.
According to this information, Thursday’s agenda included the question of Contact tracking of corona infected people and a modification of the procedure for occupying intensive care beds. In addition, there should be a regulation for worship services after individual countries had already decided to relax. Accordingly, advice should also be given about the extent to which mass sport can be permitted again. An agreement on an appointment to resume the Bundesliga was not foreseeable at first. According to this information, advice should also be given about possible opening rules for museums.
Federal government expects worst recession in post-war history
6.43 p.m .: The official number of corona deaths in Great Britain was significantly revised upwards on Wednesday to 26.097. For the first time, this also included deaths in nursing homes and private households from England and Wales.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s conservative government has been criticized for weeks for responding to the pandemic. She is accused of having waited too long with the measures to contain the situation. There is also a lack of protective clothing for medical personnel. Also the goal until the end of April every day 100,000 people it should no longer be possible to test.
Experts now assume that the country has passed the peak of the epidemic. However, the number of deaths registered every day remains high. By Tuesday evening, 765 new deaths had been registered.
18:34: The federal government expects the Corona pandemic to cause the worst recession in post-war history. The gross domestic product will decrease by 6.3 percent this year, said Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) in Berlin on Wednesday when presenting the spring forecast. the pressure on the labor market will increase massively. For the coming year, however, the government expects growth of 5.2 percent “in the course of the catch-up process”.
However, the economic performance in Germany will not start until the beginning of the year 2022 return to the pre-pandemic level. The projection assumes that economic activity will gradually resume over the next two months and that there will be no serious relapse in the pandemic, either nationally or internationally.
Specifically, the government expects exports to decline by 11.6 percent in 2020. In 2021, they are expected to increase again by 7.6 percent. Imports are also expected to plummet, by 8.2 percent. They are expected to increase by 6.5 percent in 2021.
According to the forecast, the labor market is “under a lot of pressure”, so the number of people in employment is likely to fall this year 370,000 go back. Hospitality, trade and business services are particularly affected. Short-time work will increase to an “unprecedented extent” in March and April. The unemployment rate is expected to rise by 5.8 percent on average over the year, according to the forecast.
Jens Spahn does not expect corona vaccination
5.49 p.m .: Second-home owners in the north can return to their holiday homes in Monday Schleswig-Holstein use. According to a decision by the Jamaica coalition, permanent campers can come into the country again from May 4 and open the sports boat ports, as tourism minister Bernd Buchholz (FDP) said on Wednesday.
16:58: Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn does not expect that if there is a vaccine against the coronavirus, there will also be one Vaccination required should come. His impression was that the vast majority of people would like such a vaccination, said the CDU politician on Wednesday in Berlin. “In my opinion, there is no need to go anywhere where we are ready and with good arguments.” But it is still unclear whether, when and in what quantities there will be a corona vaccine.
Spahn emphasized that vaccinations against many other diseases are one of the greatest achievements of mankind. He hoped that vaccination debates from before the Corona crisis would now be “perhaps seen in a new light”. Measles vaccination had recently been introduced for day-care centers and schools, and criticism had also been voiced.
4.42 p.m .: Also spoke Jens Spahn for the next steps in the corona crisis more attention to regional developments to lay. The CDU politician made it clear on Wednesday in Berlin that the regional differences in infection that can be identified are important for further work.
He pointed out that in countries and counties, for example, there are sometimes high and sometimes significantly lower infection numbers compared to 100,000 inhabitants. If there were fewer than five new infections within seven days in counties, health authorities would be able to track contacts of infected people there better than with higher infection numbers.
That is why it is important to look more closely at regional developments in the future than before, Spahn said. It is important to be able to respond differently to the federal states and municipalities in order to interrupt the chain of infection.
Christian Drosten supports opening playgrounds
4.20 p.m .: Since Easter week people meet again more often with friends, relatives and work colleagues. This is the result of social researchers at the University of Mannheim as part of a corona study. In early April, 70 percent of those surveyed had remained without private encounters for at least seven days. According to a message from the university on Wednesday, the number of meetings is now increasing again.
The information is based on daily surveys from March 20 to April 24, which the researchers randomly conducted in Germany. They also noticed regional differences. In Bavaria, 60 percent of the people had Easter holidays private meetings waived, in the rest of the republic this share was 45 percent. In addition, people living alone reported significantly more often than others that they had had private meetings in the past few weeks.
According to researchers, 445 and 567 (on average 505) people took part in the study every day.
4:07 pm: Christian Drosten is actually considered to advocate a restrictive line in the corona crisis. The chief virologist at the Charité recently pleaded against easing the measures to combat the pandemic. Surprisingly, however, he has now shown himself open to the opening of playgrounds in the NDR podcast “Coronavirus Update”.
In the show, Drosten recommends the Opening of children’s playgroundsto mitigate the risk of “collateral damage” in families. Read more about his recommendation here:
Corona expert Drosten suggests playground openings
3:27 pm: The Entry ban for foreigners is in Russia extended indefinitely – until the situation in the corona pandemic improves. Originally, the blocks should only apply until Thursday. It was not possible to give a date for an end to the restrictions, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said in Moscow on Wednesday. There are exceptions for foreign specialists, for example, who are required for the technical operation of equipment. Flight operations with other countries have largely ceased.
Switzerland eases corona measures earlier than planned
3:08 p.m .: The shutdown of culture and economy goes in the Switzerland finished faster than planned. As of May 11, not only shops, markets and compulsory schools, but also museums, libraries and restaurants should reopen. The government announced on Wednesday. So far, she had been considering opening restaurants and museums in early June.
This is possible because the number of new infections with the corona virus has decreased. The measures would have had an effect. In restaurants, however, there should initially only be a maximum of four people at one table and there should be a distance of two meters between groups of guests. There shouldn’t be any major festivals in the summer. Large events with more than 1000 people will probably not be allowed again before September.
2.46 p.m .: The Lufthansa obliges all passengers to use one on their flights Mouth-nose protection to wear. In addition, it is recommended to wear the cover throughout the trip, as the company said on Wednesday. From Monday (May 4th), the mandatory mask on board should initially apply to all Group airlines until August 31st this year.
The Lufthansa Group is guided by the regulations of numerous European countries in which it is now mandatory to wear a mouth-and-nose cover in public, it said.
The new regulation eliminates the need to keep the center seats free in rows of three. Lufthansa justified this step by wearing the masks. Read here:
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2:31 p.m .: Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) remains confident that the Border between Austria and Germany open to tourists and other travelers in the foreseeable future becomes. In spite of the Corona danger, the goal must be to ensure that freedom of travel is granted again, Kurz said in Vienna.
The contagion numbers in Austria are now significantly lower than in some parts of Germany. “I assume that it will be possible to take appropriate steps in the next few weeks, because it is simply factually justifiable,” said Kurz.
Government Expects Recession to Decrease 6.3 Percent of GDP Due to Corona Crisis
02.03 p.m .: The federal government expects one because of the corona crisis higher unemployment in Germany. “The job market is under a lot of pressure,” says the spring projection, which was presented by Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) on Wednesday. According to this, employment will decrease by 370,000 people in the current year. Hospitality, retail and business services are particularly affected.
Short-time work will increase to an unprecedented extent in March and April and prevent many layoffs. Unemployment is expected to grow to 5.8 percent on an annual average. In March the rate was 5.1 percent.
As a result of the Corona crisis, Germany is predicted to go into a severe recession. The Federal Government expects gross domestic product to decline by 6.3 percent in 2020. In the course of a catch-up process, growth of 5.2 percent is expected for 2021.
1:44 p.m .: In Spain According to official information, a further 325 people died within 24 hours from the consequences of a coronavirus infection. As a result, the number of deaths rose again more strongly than the previous day, as the government announced. However, the number of newly reported deaths remained below the 400 mark for the sixth day in a row. A total of around 24,000 people in Spain have died so far from the corona virus.
1:42 p.m .: German consumer advocates find the extended travel warning (now valid until June 14) understandable. “It means clarity for everyone: consumers and companies,” said the head of the Federal Association of Consumer Centers, Klaus Müller, the “Handelsblatt”.
Travel providers would now cancel long-haul trips on Pentecost and in early summer on their own, travelers could also cancel their vacation free of charge, said Müller. The consumer advocate also appealed to the government to abandon plans for a mandatory voucher solution. Those affected whose trips have been canceled should be able to choose between a cash refund or a voucher.
In order to finance the reimbursements, he suggests a tax-financed travel insurance fund. As a result, companies remained solvent.
1:15 p.m .: The federal states are demanding one because of lost earnings in the corona crisis Rescue package for local public transport. “Additional public funds must be earmarked for dealing with the financial consequences of the corona pandemic in public transport” so that “there is efficient public transport even during and after the crisis”, said a letter from the transport ministers of the federal states Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU).
Depending on the duration of the restrictions, the transport industry and the federal states anticipate a loss of revenue of at least five billion euros by the end of 2020 alone. “All countries therefore call for a joint effort to absorb the financial losses in public transport,” wrote Saarland Minister of Transport Anke Rehlinger (SPD) as Chair of the Conference of Ministers of Transport. The federal states are not in a financial position to do so, “so that the federal government is being challenged here.”
Transport companies have registered a 70 to 90 percent decline in passenger numbers. They could not shoulder the loss of revenue, many have already reached their economic limits. Bankruptcies at many small and medium-sized bus companies threatened at short notice, wrote Rehlinger.
1:06 p.m .: A telephone sick leave should continue to be possible as an exception in the Corona crisis. The regulation, according to which patients with mild respiratory illnesses can get sick for a limited time after consulting their doctor over the phone extended until May 18 be announced, as the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) announced. The extension was made “due to the ongoing crisis” to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
For the time being, patients may continue to be unable to work after a telephone history for a maximum of one week be certified. If the disease persists, the sick leave extended once will.
Since the G-BA’s first decision on the regulation in March, it has already been extended twice.
After the Oktoberfest, the Cannstatt Volksfest is also canceled due to the corona virus
12.45 p.m .: After the cancellation of the Munich Oktoberfest because of the coronavirus, that too takes place Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart not instead. This was announced by the CDU parliamentary group in the Stuttgart municipal council on Wednesday. The second largest festival in Germany was traditionally planned from September 25th to October 11th at Cannstatter Wasen, a 37-hectare festival area on the banks of the Neckar. Read here:
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12.22 p.m .: According to Facebook, too Google the success of the video conferencing service zoom counter the Corona crisis with an improved offer of their own. The Internet company makes the premium version of its service intended for corporate customers Google Meet free for consumers available. You need a Google account to use Meet for free.
With its video conference service originally intended for companies, Zoom became a surprising climber in the Corona period after the company lifted restrictions for private customers.
In the free version of Google Meet, a video conference is limited to 60 minutes – but this restriction has been lifted until the end of September, as the Internet company announced today. The free version of Zoom provides 40 minutes. Just like with Zoom, up to 100 free users can participate in a video chat. Facebook’s competitor Messenger Rooms, launched last week, will soon have 50 – initially around 20.
12.14 p.m .: The federal government wants to delay Construction project counteracted by the corona crisis. For example, temporarily Online consultations become possible. The Federal Cabinet passed a corresponding legislative proposal in Berlin today
Typically, many planning and approval processes involve the physical presence of people, according to the lead ministries for the environment and home affairs. In the pandemic, appointments for inspection of documents due to infection protection, for example, could not take place as usual. Therefore, replacements should be created.
The ministries said that projects and concrete plans should currently be made public, especially via the Internet. “In addition, however, the publication of the essential documents and decisions, as well as the exercise of procedural rights in the classic, analogous sense, is retained in order not to exclude anyone from opportunities to participate,” it said. The rules should apply until March 31 of next year.
Seehofer plans to maintain border controls on the Corona crisis until May 15
11.48 a.m .: Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) wants those introduced in the corona crisis Checks at German borders extend until May 15th. A spokesman for the ministry said on Wednesday that he would submit a corresponding proposal to the Corona crisis cabinet this Thursday. Subsequently, a coordination with the Prime Ministers of the federal states affected by the controls is planned. Read here:
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The controls were introduced in mid-March. Since then, the borders with Austria, France, Luxembourg, Denmark and Switzerland have been monitored. However, there is no control at the crossings to Belgium and the Netherlands. However, surveillance in the 30-kilometer border area was also intensified in these sections.
People who are neither Germans nor permanently resident here have been allowed to do so since mid-March because of the corona pandemic only for a “valid reason for travel” to Germany come. EU citizens who travel through Germany to their home country or truck drivers are allowed to enter the country. Entry is also restricted to certain border crossings.
Up to May 15th, entries from third countries into the EU are only permitted in selected cases. Since April 10, almost all returnees in Germany have had to quarantine at home for two weeks after spending several days abroad. A worldwide travel warning also applies to Germans for the time being. This means that you should not go on holiday trips abroad.
11.44 a.m .: The Economic sentiment in the euro area has clouded more than ever in the Corona crisis. The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) surveyed by the EU Commission fell in April by 27.2 points to 67.0 points, as the Commission announced in Brussels on Wednesday. This is the largest decrease since the beginning of the survey in 1985. The indicator is currently just above its record low that it had reached during the global financial crisis in spring 2009.
The mood deterioration affected all relevant economic sectors. The indicator for the service sector particularly affected by the virus crisis fell particularly sharply. The indicator of expected employment even fell to a record low.
11.10 a.m .: The federal government has one second legislative package to contain the corona pandemic on the way. The bill approved by the cabinet sees more tests and expanded reporting requirements in front. This is also part of the proposed law Financing concept for the planned maintenance bonusthat employees in old people’s homes should receive because of the particular burden of the Corona crisis.
Two thirds of the costs for the tax-free bonus payment of up to € 1,500 should be borne by the long-term care insurance funds; they should receive a subsidy from the federal government. The remaining third should be raised by the federal states and employers, with the non-profit organizations defending themselves against participation.
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) had previously announced regular tests by residents and nursing staff. The costs for the tests should be covered more extensively than before. It is also planned that recovered patients and negative test results will have to be reported in the future.
10:54 a.m .: The federal government has global travel warning for tourists because of the Corona pandemic extended until at least June 14th.
The measure was necessary, “given that severe and drastic restrictions in international air and travel, and worldwide restrictions on entry, quarantine measures and restrictions on public life in many countries can still be expected,” it said previously in a document classified as confidential, the to the German press agency in advance. Read here:
Federal government extends travel warning until mid-June
This affects Pentecost holidays in individual states, but not school holidays in summer. They don’t start until June 22nd. It starts this year with Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
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