In the Netherlands, 546 people have now died of the disease. The virus has been detected in 8603 people. The number of hospital admissions “seems to be increasing less rapidly,” according to the RIVM. This is especially true for North Brabant. Hospitals in North Holland and South Holland are gradually filling up. Read all about the latest figures in the Netherlands here. View the map of the Netherlands here.
The number of patients in intensive care (IC) departments of Dutch hospitals has risen to 873; that is 112 more than on Thursday. The Dutch Association for Intensive Care (NVIC) reports that the number of available beds on the ICs is “small”.
The other main points:
- Brazil is going to exclude foreign air passengers
- Ireland calls on residents to stay at home
- More than one hundred thousand infections in America
- Turkey calls residents to “voluntary quarantine”
- Tourists in Zeeland must leave their holiday home
- The police may use drones with a speaker in North Holland
- 299 new corona deaths in France
- Cabinet: 100,000 entrepreneurs will receive a corona gift of 4,000 euros
- Four passengers on Dutch cruise ship Zaandam passed away
- Entrepreneur from Brabant designs car wash for shopping trolley
- Two months’ respite for immigrants for the corona crisis
- Donald Trump wishes infected Boris Johnson a speedy recovery
- After France, Belgium will also remain locked for 2 weeks longer, according to Flemish media
- WHO: more than half a million infections, 25,000 deaths worldwide
- Dutch sailing cruise ship Costa Luminosa passed away
- Mayor Aboutaleb closes campsites around Rotterdam
- Record number of corona deaths in Italy in one day: 919
- New York State sees number of corona deaths rise by 134 to 519
- Rutte demands: really stay indoors this weekend
- Pharmaceutical Roche shares recipe for corona test with government
- Figures Germany: 46,600 infections, 285 deaths
- Sweden prohibits meetings with more than 50 people
- Worldwide shortage of condoms is imminent
- France extends lockdown by 2 weeks until April 15
- No rent for national museums for three months due to the corona crisis
- The Dutch disembark on cruise ship Maasdam this weekend
- Death toll UK rises to 759: increase 31 percent in one day
- MBO schools are allowed to offer alternative exams
- Grapperhaus is strict: “We owe it to the vulnerable to be strict”
- Mountain bike trails popular, but warning sounds: “Healthcare is already overloaded”
- Even equipment from veterinary clinics is on its way to ICs
- Princess Máxima visits ailing flower growers
- Municipality of Amsterdam: take a look at a museum online
- Turkey isolates the place Kendirli and four villages around it
- Anger in Southern Europe over “numb” Netherlands
- Delivery of ventilator by Philips in the US, but ‘the Netherlands will also get enough’
- In the Netherlands, 546 people have died from the virus so far
- Corona quarrel in supermarket in Brabant: man throws over the elderly
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the corona virus
- British health minister also infected with coronavirus
- Coronavirus also in the Kremlin
- Dutch stranded people report en masse for repatriation
- Hospitals in Paris region overcrowded within 48 hours
- Additional police patrols in Hasselt due to corona outbreak
- Police officer out of office to darken bottles of hand gel
- Fear of corona golf in Louisiana after Mardi Gras
- Rotterdam mosques are also available for the care of corona patients
- Australia deploys army to enforce corona measures
- Pope gives special blessing to an empty St. Peter’s Square
- Macron: US and France prepare initiative against corona
- Nicaragua reports first corona death
- Another sixty patients moved from Brabant
- Criminal turns to corona crisis
- “USA has the most corona infections worldwide”
- Inspection: Do not prescribe chloroquine as a preventative
- Retailers stunned at list of emergency aid exceptions
- “Corona sickness reports have cost € 1.12 billion so far”
- AH: close shop to fill compartments, healthcare staff in line
- Petrol price is looking for ground
- Knot: “Hopefully, corona crisis will be limited to hibernation”
- Corona: we eat more minced meat, “steak cheaper”
- Damrak: big loss AEX on corona concerns
- Detacher Brunel scraps dividend due to corona crisis
- ECB President Lagarde in self-isolation to coronavirus
- NS flexible for cardholders and seniors
From the sports world:
- NBA’s big earners donate part of their salary
- Australian Football Association takes crucial action
- Paris Saint-Germain honors healthcare personnel with special shirt
- Top athletes see their pension change: “A huge impact”
- Frank de Boer in the US: “The worst is yet to come”
From the entertainment world:
- Now “corona” talk show Beau on RTL 4
- Rammstein singer Till Lindemann in intensive care unit by corona
- Bolshoi Theater shows performances online for the first time
- Oerol gets modified version due to corona crisis
- Anouk moves fans to tears with a new song from quarantine
- Princess Maria Teresa dies from coronavirus
- Charles infected: panic on Queen’s palace
Brazil is going to exclude foreign air passengers
Brazil will refuse foreign air passengers from Monday to prevent the spread of the corona virus. The Brazilian Ministry of Justice announced this on Friday.
The measure lasts for thirty days and does not apply to foreigners living in Brazil. A number of states and major cities in the country have been locked down by governors and mayors over the virus outbreak.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro called fear of the corona virus “hysterical” this week and wants drivers to reverse corona measures. On Friday, the president said in a speech that the hunger that current measures could create in the long term may be more deadly than the corona virus itself.
In Brazil, 3417 lung virus cases are known and 92 patients have died.
Number of infections in America reached more than 100,000
More than 100,000 people in the United States are infected with the coronavirus. At least 1,475 patients have also died from the virus, Johns Hopkins University reports. It is based on official sources.
In all, there are 101,657 infected in the country, an increase of more than 18,000 cases from Thursday. The number of deaths increased by 345 in the same period. New York City has the most infections, where more than 25,000 inhabitants have the lung virus. 366 of them died from the effects of the virus.
US President Donald Trump signed a decree on Friday that obliges automaker General Motors to produce respirators to fight the pandemic. He did so after previously being urged by the Governor of New York State and the Mayor of New York City. They quickly fear without sitting down. Health Minister Alex Azar later determines the number that GM should make.
In addition, he has signed an order authorizing the ministers of Homeland Security and Defense to call for reservists from the military and coastguard. It is one of the measures being taken to tackle the corona crisis.
The reservists must be active for up to two years and the number working simultaneously must not exceed one million men.
Ireland calls on residents to stay at home
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar calls on residents to stay at home until April 12 to delay further spread of the corona virus in the country. They should only leave their homes to run errands, take a short walk, or visit family when absolutely necessary.
Almost all shops in Ireland are closed, all public gatherings are banned, and people over 70 with chronic conditions have been told not to leave their homes at all. “I appeal to every man, woman and child to make these sacrifices out of love for one another. Show that you care about your family and friends: stay at home, ”said the prime minister at a news conference. According to Varadkar, the government cannot do much more than impose these strict measures.
Possibly drones deployed in North Holland for control distance
In part of North Holland, drones will be deployed if necessary this weekend to remind people of the rules surrounding keeping each other apart to contain the corona virus. The Noord-Holland Noord Safety Region confirmed news about this by NH Nieuws on Friday.
If there are signs that people are breaking any rules, one of five drones can be deployed. “A company has it available. We can deploy them as soon as necessary, “said a spokesman. Last weekend many people ignored RIVM advice. Because of the nice weather they flocked to the beach and forest, which caused anger at the cabinet.
If that happens again, the drone can approach the group and send a pre-recorded message. “This may be that people are called to keep 1.5 meters away from each other. Or that no groups larger than three should be formed, ”said the spokesman, who says that the project is being done in collaboration with the police.
Enforcement is a first for the Netherlands, according to the spokesman. It has happened before in Belgium, Spain and China, he knows.
Turkey calls residents to “voluntary quarantine”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on the more than 80 million people of the country to go into “voluntary quarantine” to prevent further spread of the corona virus. They should only leave their homes to meet their basic necessities or in emergency situations.
Erdogan announced the end of all international flights, saying that councils are being formed in the 30 major Turkish cities to take additional precautions if necessary.
In Turkey, the number of infections with the lung virus on Friday rose by 2069 to a total of 5698. That said the minister Fahrettin Kocavan of Health at a press conference. Seventeen people have died in the last 24 hours, the death toll since the outbreak is now at 92.
Nearly 300 coronavirus deaths in France
The number of coronavirus deaths in France has risen by 299 in the past 24 hours and now totals 1995. French health authorities announced this Friday. That is a lot lower than on Thursday, when 365 people died from the effects of the virus.
According to director-general Jérôme Salomon of the French health service, 15,732 infected people are currently hospitalized, of whom 3,787 are in intensive care. That is 412 more than a day earlier. In France, 32,964 people have been tested positive for the lung virus. But the number of infections is probably much higher, because only people who have a high mortality risk of dying from the virus are tested.
The French government announced earlier on Friday that the country’s lockdown has been extended by two weeks until April 15 in an attempt to further contain the corona virus.
Two of the major events on the French fashion calendar, the men’s fashion week in Paris and the haute couture shows, which were scheduled for June and July, have been canceled due to the corona virus. The organizers brought that out on Friday. “Important decisions are needed to ensure the safety and health of (fashion) homes, their employees and everyone who works in our industry,” the Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion (FHCM) said in a statement. Reason enough to cancel the events “under current circumstances”.
Tourists in Zeeland must leave their holiday home
Tourists in Zeeland must have left their holiday home by Monday at the latest. This was announced on Friday by the Zeeland Safety Region. The closure of the holiday parks is one of the additional measures taken by the tourist province to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
The ban applies to all tourist stays at recreation parks, camping sites and mini-camping sites, but also to bed and breakfast, Airbnb places and marinas. The ban will take effect on Monday at noon. “We emphatically do not want to surprise the tourists present, but offer an opportunity to leave quietly,” says the website Zeelandveilig.
Sanitary facilities at holiday parks and camping grounds will also close on Monday. In addition, there is a ban on the use of beach huts to prevent large numbers of people from going to the beach.
“The increase in the number of visitors to the province in combination with the pressure on healthcare is a matter of great concern,” reports the Security Region. The measures in Zeeland apply until 10 May at the latest. “The measures have major implications for the tourism sector and all entrepreneurs involved. We understand that these measures hurt in Zeeland. ”
Cabinet: 100,000 entrepreneurs receive a corona gift of 4,000 euros
The cabinet expects that more than 100,000 entrepreneurs are entitled to a one-off donation of 4000 euros. These are entrepreneurs in the sectors most affected by the measures taken by the government to curb the spread of the corona virus.
The cabinet is already allocating 500 million euros. “But it is not the case that this counter closes when that amount is reached,” said State Secretary Mona Keijzer of Economic Affairs.
The compensation is tax-free. Companies with a maximum of 250 employees and self-employed persons without personnel can turn to the counter of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) for the amount.
“Take a cafe. That should no longer be open. This was immediately affected and has no more turnover ”, says minister Eric Wiebes (Economic Affairs) as an example. “To accommodate those entrepreneurs, there is a fee of 4,000 euros tax-free at that counter.”
In addition to food and beverage outlets that had to close, most event and travel organizations can also rely on them. This also applies to hairdressers, fitness centers, cinemas, theaters, museums and certain sports companies. With special codes, they can check the RVO website to see if they are active in the selected sectors and are eligible. “I say to entrepreneurs: if you can broadcast it for another week or two weeks, do not report,” says Keijzer. “We want to keep it as simple as possible.” Only companies that are about to fall over should register now, in order to avoid overloading the system.
The counter is open until June 26. “With entrepreneurs who have submitted the application, we try, provided that all systems continue to run, to transfer the money within a working week if you are eligible for the scheme,” says Keijzer. “We are talking about alleviating the emergency. That’s why we do everything we can to transfer the money. ” That is only possible if not “everyone crawls en masse behind the computer” to register, says Keijzer. That is a “recipe for trouble.”
The cabinet promises to check for fraud as much as possible. This mainly happens afterwards.
Belgium remains locked for two weeks longer
The Belgians have to stay at home for two weeks longer. Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès’ government extends the period of the country’s lock to the weekend of April 18 and tightens enforcement of the corona virus restrictive measures. That was decided on the advice of the National Security Council, Belgian media report.
The lockdown would initially be lifted on Monday, April 6, the day the Easter holiday in Belgium begins.
Since March 18, only essential shops are open, people are working at home en masse and a ban on gathering and unnecessary travel is prohibited. The borders are closed to tourists and day trippers.
Mayor Aboutaleb closes campsites around Rotterdam
Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has closed all campsites in the Rotterdam-Rijnmond region to prevent the spread of the corona virus. Recreation is irresponsible, says the mayor of Rotterdam.
“My call is: stay home. Only together can we prevent the further spread of the virus. It is irresponsible to come to these places for recreation. Take the measures seriously, ”says Aboutaleb, who is also chairman of the Rotterdam-Rijnmond safety region.
The police will enforce the emergency regulations of the security regions. The police warn that groups of three or more people who are in the public space and are less than 1.5 meters away are punishable. Fines can be up to 400 euros for violations.
The police will also check entrepreneurs whether they are following the rules. For example, supermarkets must take measures so that customers can keep 1.5 meters apart. If entrepreneurs fail to comply with the emergency ordinance, their case will be closed.
Record number of corona deaths in Italy in one day: 919
The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Italy has increased from 919 to 9134, authorities have reported. This is the largest increase in a day since the lung virus was first detected in the country on February 21.
The number of infections has increased by almost 6,000 cases in the past 24 hours and is now 86,498. Italy is thus passing China where the virus first appeared at the end of last year. The United States already passed China on Thursday.
The worst affected region is Lombardy. There, 5402 people have died so far and the number of infected is 37,298.
France extends lockdown by 2 weeks until April 15
France extends the country’s lockdown by two weeks until April 15 to further contain the coronavirus. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced this on Friday.
In France, there are strict restrictions on the freedom of movement of residents.
Dutch on cruise ship Maasdam en route to San Diego
The eighteen Dutch passengers on the cruise ship Maasdam are allowed to disembark in San Diego on Friday and Saturday. They are then taken directly to the airport for their return flight. The Holland America Line company reports this, thanking the port and health authorities for the permission.
According to the shipping company, everyone is safe and in good health. No infections with the coronavirus have yet been found among the 842 guests and 542 crew members. As a precaution, the vans with which the passengers are transported are disinfected after each ride.
“Guests who have booked through a tour operator can count on the tour operator for their flight and guests who have booked directly are the responsibility of the Holland America Line,” said a spokesperson.
Dutch travelers might first be brought back to the Netherlands from Hawaii, where the ship docked last Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had heard from the shipping company. However, the local authorities did not allow passengers to disembark due to the corona virus.
Amsterdam gives tips: view a museum online
To avoid busy scenes like last weekend in the Vondelpark and other places in the city, the municipality of Amsterdam comes with a list of tips to get through the weekend indoors.
Watch a theatrical performance or concert from the couch, visit a museum online with the children, or watch a film that was (partly) shot in Amsterdam, such as Alles is Liefde, Hitman’s Bodyguard, Public Works, or – if you want to see how the city is looked like in the seventies – the James Bond classic Diamonds Are Forever.
Listen to a podcast about Amsterdam, read how you can support the local catering industry or “see how you can do coronaproof volunteer work”, the municipality advises.
Fear of longer waiting times for non-acute care due to the corona crisis
There is great fear that the waiting lists for non-acute care in hospitals will become much longer in the near future. That says ZorgDomein, the platform for data exchange between healthcare providers.
Since the start of the corona crisis, the number of referrals from general practitioners to hospital care has fallen by 75 percent. That amounts to 450,000 regular care requests per month that are moved to a later date. By postponing regular care, capacity is released for the admission of corona patients and new infections are prevented as much as possible.
According to ZorgDomein, this accumulation of regular care inevitably leads to increasing waiting times in the aftermath of the corona crisis. The organization advocates central coordination, uniform data exchange and continued cooperation between hospitals and independent clinics in the Netherlands.
New York fears “astronomical” number of corona cases
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio says President Donald Trump must face the reality that the number of cases of the new corona virus is going to be “astronomical.” The hospital system will be burdened unprecedentedly as a result, De Blasio said.
Trump said in an interview on Fox News on Thursday that he did not think that the state of New York, which has become the epicenter of the outbreak in the US, needed 30,000 respiratory masks. Governor Andrew Cuomo had asked for this to be able to treat corona patients with respiratory diseases.
Cuomo and De Blasio have asked Trump to use his authority to compel manufacturers to make respirators and provide capital to factories. Such a shortage has already led to difficult decisions about who will live or die in Italy and China.
Belgium reports 69 new deaths and cat with coronavirus
The coronavirus has claimed 69 lives in Belgium in the past 24 hours. The number of deaths has thus increased to 289. 1,049 new infections were detected. 490 people have been admitted in the past 24 hours, the Belgian health authorities report.
According to virologist Steven Van Gucht, the virus has also been diagnosed in a cat. She would have received it from her owner who was infected with the corona virus. “It is an isolated case,” Van Gucht emphasized during his daily briefing about the new figures. “There are no indications that this is common.” According to him, the cat “became the victim of the human infection.” There are no reasons to believe that the reverse can happen. “We consider the risk to people to be very small.”
The report about the cat came from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Liège. A week after the owner became ill, the cat also developed symptoms, including breathing difficulties. The virus was found in the animal’s feces.
There are now 3,042 people in the hospitals, but 183 patients have also been declared cured and sent home. A total of 7,284 confirmed cases were counted in Belgium.
Research at the University Hospital of Brussels in non-Covid-19 patients shows that 10 percent of people admitted without corona complaints still carry the virus. Virologist Marc Van Ranst thinks that this is a representative figure for the entire population and that one in ten Belgians is infected without symptoms, he said in the Flemish VTM News.
“This is of course good in the sense that it provides antibodies free of charge and it provides immunity to the population. That in itself is encouraging news. “
Arrests in France for theft of respiratory equipment
Two hospital staff east of Paris have been arrested for suspected respiratory theft. The men aged 29 and 42 offered the device for 450 euros on the French Marketplace, Le Bon Coin.
When the police discovered the offer on the internet, the provider had already made an appointment with a potential buyer, right in front of the hospital in Champigny-sur-Marne from which the equipment had disappeared. The police there have arrested, French media reported.
The corona virus and the scarcity it causes in health care are causing a wave of “corona crime”. For example, medical protection masks are stolen all over the world. Scammers also offer face masks or equipment for money without delivering. Cybercrime is also flourishing because of the many home workers.
Electricity consumption 10 percent lower due to corona crisis
Electricity consumption in the Netherlands is one tenth lower than usual due to the corona crisis. This was reported by Martien Visser, professor of Energy Transition at Hanze University Groningen.
“Home use will be higher because of all that working from home, but all those air-conditioned offices are on the back burner,” said Visser. “This is actually a very small decrease, because there is quite a lot going on in Dutch society.” Many shops, industry and public spaces are also closed.
Visser has mapped electricity consumption by applying an analysis to figures from the European organization of electricity network operators ENTSO-E and the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). This showed that electricity consumption was 7 percent lower than normal on working days last week and about 10 percent this week.
Visser also notices that electricity prices are going down. Gas prices were already low because there was less demand because of the mild winter. In addition, CO2 prices have fallen due to the corona crisis. Companies may only emit CO2 if they have the emission rights for it. Because industry and airlines are no longer running at full speed, the demand for these rights has fallen, and with it the price.
Water company Vitens sees ‘no crazy leaps in consumption’ that can be traced to the corona crisis. People do open the tap at other times. Normally there is a peak in consumption during the week around 08:00, because many people take a shower. That peak has shifted to 8:30 am. A spokesperson suspects that some people who work from home use the saved travel time to sleep longer and therefore jump in the shower later.
Spain reports nearly 800 corona deaths in a day
Spain has counted nearly 800 corona deaths in a 24-hour period. The number of coronavirus deaths has risen to 4,858, authorities report Friday. On Thursday, the limit of 4,000 deaths was exceeded.
The number of infections also continues to rise sharply, from nearly 8,000 to more than 64,000. Spain is the most affected country in Europe after Italy.
Another hefty prison sentence for “coronaspuger”
Once again, someone who threatened to infect others with the coronavirus has been sentenced to a serious prison sentence. A 19-year-old man from Heerlen who spat on a bus driver and said he had the virus has to be imprisoned for eight weeks. He also has to pay a fine of 450 euros, the court in Roermond ruled on Friday.
The man spat at the driver last Tuesday because he wanted to take the bus, but did not have enough money on his public transport chip card. The Limburger spat and threatened in the discussion that followed.
The Public Prosecution Service takes strict action against people who use the current corona crisis in a criminal way. “This type of behavior is not tolerated,” said Gerrit van der Burg, president of the Board of Attorneys General earlier this week. The Public Prosecution Service wants to send a clear signal to society. “We depend on people with vital professions such as the police, aid workers, enforcers of the emergency ordinance and shop staff. They deserve our protection and respect. ”
Criminal offenses include threats of infecting rescuers, agents and store personnel, corona-related chat tricks, incitement by spreading fake news, and defrauding by dealing in fake drugs.
A man from Tilburg was sentenced to eight weeks in prison on Thursday because he – after a flashy theft of beer cans – had coughed security guards in their faces and said that he had corona and HIV. Last Wednesday, the police judge in Den Bosch sentenced a 28-year-old man to ten weeks in prison, two of whom on parole, because he coughed in the face of other people in line for a coffee shop and then spat at an officer. “Beware, corona, corona!” He called out. Last week a ‘corona oyster’ from Noordwijkerhout received the same sentence from the court in The Hague.
Bergamo fire still expects more infections
The severely affected northern Italian city of Bergamo still expects more corona virus infections, as does the region. The peak is yet to come, according to the health authorities of Bergamo Province.
The situation in the hospitals in the region remains extremely critical, a director of a health agency said on German radio. The clinics are full of intensive care patients and have reached the limit. A bright spot is the care provided by general practitioners elsewhere.
Bergamo is one of the corona fires in the Italian region of Lombardy, which is suffering greatly from the corona crisis. On Thursday, the number of new patients rose again more sharply than in days before.
Rapid rise in corona in Aruba, population must stay at home
The number of infections in Aruba has risen by nine to 28 in the past 24 hours. Due to the rapid increase, the government has taken measures and the entire population, a total of 106,000 people, can no longer leave the house as of Sunday morning.
That has been announced by Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes. It is a system of ‘shelter in place’, whereby people stay at home as much as possible, but are still allowed to shop for food and medicines and exercise outside.
Residents Bonaire may return under certain conditions
A total of 225 residents of Bonaire stranded in the Netherlands and abroad have reported in recent days with the request to return. No corona infections have yet been reported on Bonaire (20,000 residents).
In consultation with RIVM, it has been agreed that residents may come back in phases. But anyone returning must be quarantined on the island and will be taken care of. The Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland announced this.
Domestic contamination in China for three days
For the first time in three days, someone in China has been locally infected with the corona virus. That reports the national health committee Friday.
In the past 24 hours, 55 cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed in the country, 12 less than a day earlier. According to the authorities, all new patients had been abroad in the past three days, but a domestic infection was found on Thursday in a man from Zhejiang Province.
Five people died of the lung virus in the past 24 hours. They all died in the central province of Hubei, where the virus first appeared in December. In China, 81,340 cases of the virus are known to date and 3,292 patients have died. The number of new infections in the country has fallen dramatically since the government introduced drastic measures.
China says it is open and transparent
China is open and transparent about the corona virus. Chinese President Xi Jinping assured his American colleague Donald Trump in a telephone conversation, Chinese state media report.
In the United States and elsewhere, there has been much criticism that the Chinese authorities have kept the outbreak in the city of Wuhan under control for far too long at the end of last year. Trump repeatedly spoke of the Chinese virus.
But in the conversation, Xi offered the Americans help to fight the corona pandemic. He also said that China wants to continue to share “all information and experience” about the virus with the United States. He says cooperation is the only right choice and both countries can benefit from it.
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Trump expressed “much respect” for China after the conversation. On Twitter, he talks about close collaboration. “China has been through a lot,” said the President. Observers speak of a conciliatory tone between both leaders after weeks of mounting tensions.
The Chinese seem to be largely in control of the outbreak. In the United States, the number of infections is increasing rapidly. More infections have now been counted than in China.
“US and France prepare initiative”
French President Emmanuel Macron and his American colleague Donald Trump are preparing a “new initiative” to fight the corona pandemic. Macron wrote that on Twitter on Friday.
Macron had a “very good discussion” with Trump on Friday about the global corona crisis, the French president said. “In response to the Covid-19 crisis, we are working with other countries to prepare a new strong initiative for the coming days.”
Papal blessing for empty St. Peter’s Square
Pope Francis will lead the prayer celebration “Prayer for mankind” from 6 pm. He will then give the blessing Urbi et Orbi, a blessing for Rome and the world. Normally, the Pope pronounces that blessing at Easter and Christmas in front of a packed Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City. But the square will remain empty on Friday to prevent the virus from spreading further.
The pope’s decision to make an exception and give a special Urbi et Orbi underlines the seriousness of the situation worldwide but especially in Italy, observers said.
Louisiana fears corona wave after Mardi Gras
The American state of Louisiana is preparing for a large increase in the number of infections with the corona virus. The Mardi Gras festival probably caused the outbreak there, in which almost a thousand people were infected in a short time.
The state governor expects a shortage of respirators in five days and a shortage of beds in ten days. “This is not a gamble, this is actually ahead of us,” said Governor Edwards. Remarkably, many Louisiana patients infected with the virus require respiration: 80 percent, compared to the usual 40 percent.
New York City is also severely affected by the outbreak, with over 20,000 infections. The number of corona cases in the United States has now surpassed that of China and Italy. With nearly 84,000 cases, the United States is now the worst affected country.
Australia deploys army
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced stricter measures to stop the spread of the corona virus. The Australian army is deployed to enforce the new rules.
People entering the country must first be quarantined for two weeks. Prime Minister Morrison also said he wanted to hibernate the economy to get through the crisis. He will publish details of this later, after consultation with the federal states.
Australia is afraid of further spread after the number of infections rose to more than three thousand. Thirteen people have now died from the effects of the virus.
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