Germany is opening the borders again
The checks at the German border are to be gradually relaxed from this Saturday. Citizens should continue to do without tourist trips abroad in the coming weeks. As the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced on Wednesday, the controls will initially end at the Luxembourg border on the night of next Saturday.
At the German-Danish border, Germany is also ready to stop controls “as soon as the Danish government has carried out its ongoing consultations with its neighboring countries”. At the borders with France, Austria and Switzerland, however, they should continue until June 15.
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5:35 pm – How many have antibodies? Italy wants to test 2,000 cities
Italy wants to test 150,000 citizens in 2,000 cities in a representative study next week. This is to find out how far the virus has already spread to the population, says the head of the government’s science committee, Agostino Miozzo. Italy is one of the countries most affected by the virus worldwide.
5:37 p.m. – Association warns of infection in the health sector
According to the International Association of Nurses (ICN), the number of employees in the health and care sector infected with the coronavirus is 100,000 worldwide. More than 260 of them died from the infection. The association refers to numbers reported by member organizations – far from all countries in the world. Therefore, the true number is probably significantly higher, said association chief Howard Catton on Thursday in Geneva. In some countries, ten or more percent of those infected are in the care sector. The association represents around 20 million nurses in more than 100 countries.
The association asked for a systematic registration of all infected people in the nursing area. It is unclear whether they mainly infected in intensive care units with Covid 19 patients or in other wards, or whether long shifts played a role. One theory is that nurses with 13 or more hours of service at a time may forget precautionary measures due to fatigue.
5:30 p.m. – Lufthansa wants to take off again
From June Lufthansa wants to leave its Corona emergency flight schedule behind with just a few connections. From the beginning to the end of June, the offer will be gradually increased to more than 1,800 weekly connections, the airline group announced on Thursday. More than 100 destinations in Europe and over 20 intercontinental airports are to be flown to again. For example, Sylt, Crete and Mallorca are back in the program, also with the low-cost airline Eurowings. However, the Spanish Balearic Island could remain closed to tourism all June.
5:27 p.m. – Missing tax revenue: City Day demands immediate help for municipalities
In view of the drastic drop in tax revenues, the Lower Saxony City Council calls for immediate help for the municipalities. “In particular, the federal government must finally implement its previously announced aid program,” said Thursday, the president of the city council, Ulrich Mädge (SPD). The state mayor of Lüneburg demanded that no state can be created without municipalities, that the federal and state governments must recognize and provide financial support to the municipalities.
The Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin announced on Thursday that the federal, state and local tax revenues would decrease for the first time since the 2009 financial crisis due to the corona pandemic. Tax estimates therefore expect the state to generate 81.5 billion euros less this year than last year.
4:19 p.m. – Neumünster: DHL employee infected with Corona
Several employees of the parcel center in Neumünster have been infected with the corona virus. This was confirmed on Thursday by a DHL spokesman. He did not name a number of those affected. First, the “Schleswig-Holsteinische Landeszeitung” reported. In coordination with the local health department, several hundred employees in Neumünster had been tested on Covid-19 since last week, Deutsche Post DHL Group’s spokesman Stefan Laetsch told the German press agency on Thursday. “The proportion of employees who tested positive was in the lower single-digit percentage range.”
According to Laetsch, the infected and other employees at the site have quarantined. “We are currently working closely with the responsible health authority to understand and interrupt possible chains of infection.” There is currently no conclusive knowledge of the extent to which employees have become infected in the private or professional environment.
4:00 p.m. – Whole village should help with research
Neustadt am Rennsteig was the first in Thuringia to be completely quarantined for two weeks at the end of March due to the high number of corona infections. Now the inhabitants of the 1000-soul place of research should help new knowledge in the fight against the new virus. The study is carried out by the University Hospital Jena (UKJ) and is intended to provide information, particularly in terms of distribution channels, immunity and disease courses. Read the whole article here.
3:15 p.m. – CureVac achieves positive preclinical results with corona vaccine
The biotechnology company CureVac publishes first data on its corona vaccine project. The vaccine had positive preclinical results at low doses, the company from Tübingen said. The data presented showed a “balanced immune response associated with the formation of a high number of virus neutralizing titers and T cells”. In June, CureVac plans to start clinical trials with healthy volunteers.e here.
3:15 p.m. – Over 80 billion euros less tax revenue due to corona crisis
The corona crisis is tearing a huge hole in the treasury. For the first time since the financial crisis in 2009, federal, state and local tax revenues are falling, as the Ministry of Finance announced on Thursday in Berlin. The tax estimators expect that this year 81.5 billion euros less tax will come in than last year – a decrease of more than ten percent. The federal, state and local authorities therefore have to make do with 98.6 billion euros less than predicted in November – and are already budgeted for in households. Olaf Scholz says today: “We are not surprised by the dimension”. At the same time, he warned that the current estimates are only a snapshot. According to the finance minister, the further course of the pandemic cannot be predicted.
14:55 – Interior Minister Reul: scandal in the supermarket “deliberately provoked”
According to North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU), the escalating dispute between opponents of the mask and two police officers in a supermarket in Troisdorf was “deliberately provoked”. Reul said on Thursday in the interior committee of the Düsseldorf state parliament that the action “should create a mood, nothing more”. The police had suffered a broken nose and a broken rib. One of the two suspects is now “very clearly” known to the investigative authorities as a citizen of the Reich.
The two men (35/37) initially refused to wear mouth-nose masks in the supermarket on Saturday. When the two police officers arrived, one of the two men refused to show his ID – while filming everything with a camera on his body. The situation escalated and the officers were seriously injured. The man’s picture immediately landed on the Internet. Investigators quickly suspected that it might have been a trap for the officials. The state security took over the investigation. There were raids on the suspects on Wednesday.
2:48 pm – Politicians and experts are calling for corona medication and vaccine free of charge
More than 140 presidents, ex-politicians and former senior UN officials have called for free distribution of drugs or vaccines against the new corona virus once they are developed. Active ingredients should not have patent protection, would have to be produced in large quantities and made available to all people worldwide, an open letter on Thursday initiated by the aid organization Oxfam and UNAIDS.
Signatories include the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, New Zealand’s former head of government and head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Helen Clark, and the former Irish president and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson. The World Health Organization (WHO) annual meeting takes place Monday and Tuesday, this time virtually due to corona restrictions.
2:39 p.m. – Bundestag approves European corona crisis relief
The Bundestag has approved the multi-billion euro corona crisis aid through the ESM rescue fund. MEPs approved the credit line by a large majority on Thursday. This means that the formal decision at EU level can be made on Friday and the money will then be immediately available.
The EU finance ministers had long struggled for precautionary credit lines of up to EUR 240 billion. The only condition is that the money – up to two percent of the respective economic output – is used for direct or indirect health costs.
The aid is intended primarily for countries such as Italy or Spain, which are highly indebted and at the same time hit particularly hard by the pandemic. So far, however, no country has submitted an application. According to the Ministry of Finance, the individual applications could only be approved with the approval of the Bundestag again.
2:30 p.m. – Canaries demand border opening for tourists: “Many will starve”
Two Spanish tourist strongholds, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, have called for an early opening of the border for tourist traffic with urgent appeals to Madrid. “We have to open the markets again. Unfortunately, almost 30,000 people died in Spain (because of Covid-19), but soon many will die of starvation,” if tourism does not get going, warned the representative of the Canarian Coalition Alliance in Madrid Parliament, Ana Oramas, on Thursday on Spanish television.
Oramas called for the creation of “safe tourist corridors” between the Canary Islands and those countries that now have fewer problems with the corona virus. “It is much less dangerous if a plane lands with Norwegian, Icelanders or Austrians on Fuerteventura, for example, than when people from Madrid or Barcelona come to us,” she said.
As in the Canary Islands, tourism also contributes to around 35 percent of the economic output in Mallorca and the rest of the Balearic Islands. The central government’s imposition of a two-week compulsory quarantine for all foreign travelers this week was a “shot in the temple” for the tourism sector, as the newspaper “Diario de Mallorca” wrote. The Balearic Minister of Tourism Iago Negueruela said that the quarantine should only be “provisional” and “should be as short as necessary”.
2:12 p.m. – Berlin Senator: Complete freedom of assembly possible in June
Demonstrations in Berlin may again take place without restrictions in June. Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) announced on Thursday in the House of Representatives. Forecasts in the corona pandemic are difficult. “But if I did make a forecast anyway, I would say that if the infection numbers remain as low as they are today, we can return to complete freedom of assembly in June.” The corona-related restrictions on the fundamental right to freedom of assembly and religion are a serious interference, said Geisel. Therefore, against the background of the development of the pandemic, these had to be checked again and again. The situation remains fragile.
02:02 p.m. – Eight positive corona tests at Besiktas football club
Eight members of the Besiktas Istanbul football club have tested positive for the new corona virus in their training facility. That was the result of further investigations of all footballers and employees on Wednesday, the club said on Thursday. There was initially no information on the identity of the infected. Besiktas had already announced on May 9 that a player and an employee had tested positive.
Turkey had postponed league games due to the Corona crisis on March 19 until further notice. However, they should be resumed from June 12, initially without a spectator. The season is expected to end on July 26th.
13:49 – sick leave by phone only until the end of May
Employees can still be on sick leave until the end of May after consulting their doctor over the phone. From June 1st, however, a visit to the practice should be necessary again, as the Federal Joint Committee of Doctors, Clinics and Health Insurance Funds unanimously decided on Thursday. The end of the special regulation due to the corona crisis is in line with the current assessment of the risk situation, which has led to easing in many areas, made clear the chairman of the committee, Josef Hecken.
Until May 31, it is now valid that certificates of incapacity for work due to minor respiratory diseases can also be obtained by telephone for up to seven calendar days. This can also be extended by a further seven days by telephone. The Federal Committee had extended the temporary exemption several times in the past months. The background was to reduce the possibility of infection and to relieve practices. The German General Practitioners Association had asked to extend the special regulation at least until the end of June.
1:40 p.m. – Study: Coronavirus also affects kidneys and other organs
According to a study by the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), the new corona virus affects not only the lungs but also numerous other organs. “Sars-CoV-2, the novel corona virus, is not just a lung virus, but a multi-organ virus,” said the head of the study, Tobias Huber, on Thursday in Hamburg. This has been shown by studies of 27 patients who died from Covid-19. The second most affected organ in this study was the kidneys, “not infrequently up to total organ failure”. In addition, the pathogen was found in the heart, liver, brain and blood. The highest concentrations were found in the cells of the respiratory tract.
Infection of the kidneys is probably the reason why Covid 19 sufferers often have abnormalities in the urine, said Huber. “It could also explain the extremely high rate of up to 50 percent of acute kidney failure in Covid 19 patients.”
1:32 p.m. – Administrative court considers blanket quarantine obligation to be illegal
The Hamburg Administrative Court considers the blanket quarantine obligation for returnees abroad to be illegal after a preliminary examination. A ruling from a private individual against the city’s corona virus containment regulation was therefore granted, a court spokesman said on Thursday. The applicant was a hamburger who returned from Sweden on May 7 after a stay of several weeks. The city had rejected his request to be released from the obligation to quarantine for 14 days.
According to the Containment Ordinance, all persons entering Hamburg from abroad are obliged to immediately go into domestic isolation for two weeks. Exceptions are only intended for special professional groups. The applicant claimed that he was in a remote region of Sweden with only a few cases of infection and was therefore not at particular risk of infection.
1:25 p.m. – Bundestag approves Social Package II and premium for geriatric nurses
The Bundestag passed Social Package II on Thursday, thereby deciding further aid in the corona crisis. The majority in parliament came about with the votes of the CDU / CSU and SPD. The opposition factions abstained.
The measures include an increase in short-time work benefits. It is currently being increased from around 60 percent to up to 80 percent and for parents up to 87 percent. This regulation applies until the end of the year. In addition, as promised, employees in geriatric care will receive a corona bonus of 1,000 euros this year. The bonus should initially be financed by the statutory long-term care insurance funds.
There are also plans to expand tests and reporting requirements so that the authorities can get a better picture of the pandemic. The law provides for numerous other changes and must finally be approved by the Federal Council.
12:58 p.m. – Steinmeier in the new Corona emergency clinic: Hopefully it won’t be used
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier checked out the new reserve hospital in Berlin on Thursday. This had been set up in an empty one of the Berlin exhibition grounds within one Monday. It initially offers 500 beds, 100 of which are equipped with ventilators. The emergency clinic is expected to admit Covid-19 patients when the other hospitals in the capital are full. The words of the Federal President – in the video.
12:36 p.m. – In France, some beaches reopen – but sunbathing is prohibited
With the easing in France, some beaches are reopening – although there are strict rules. Sunbathing or picnics are generally not permitted. On the open beaches in the Loire-Atlantique department on the Atlantic coast, only “dynamic activities” are permitted, as stated in the regulation of the responsible prefecture. These include individual sports such as running, swimming or water sports. Any “static presence” – ie lying down or sitting down – is prohibited. The situation is similar on some beaches in Brittany. In addition, alcohol is prohibited and the distance rules must be strictly observed.
France first relaxed its strict exit restrictions on Monday. During this time, the beaches in the country were closed. Regional authorities are currently deciding which beaches can now reopen on the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the North Sea. The town halls must have the opening approved by the responsible prefecture.
12:15 p.m. – Bavaria demands nationwide corona concept for cinema
Bavaria’s digital minister Judith Gerlach (CSU) is calling for a nationwide concept for the reopening of cinemas in the corona crisis. “We need uniform starts,” she said in Munich on Thursday. “Cinemas need attractive films. But the films only start if they can be shown nationwide.” She therefore considered a coordinated approach by the federal states “to be absolutely sensible”.
12:01 p.m. – Fourth grader complains again of returning to school
A student from Frankfurt once again protests against a return to school with an urgent application to the highest administrative court in Hesse. “To justify her application, she relies on infection and health protection issues that are not adequately guaranteed in times of the corona pandemic,” said a spokesman for the Administrative Court in Kassel on Thursday. The responsible Senate will decide on (tomorrow) Friday. Then the court wants to inform the public.
The girl had already prevented the fourth graders from returning to primary schools in Hesse in April. At that time, the Kassel judges approved their application and lifted compulsory education for this year. The fourth graders were treated unequally compared to pupils who were prohibited from attending school for reasons of infection protection without sufficient reason, the reason is.
11:46 am – Japan is lifting the state of emergency in most regions
Japan is lifting the emergency in most parts of the country. However, it remains in eight of the 47 prefectures, explains Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. These include the metropolitan areas around Tokyo and Osaka. Abe asks the citizens to continue wearing masks and avoid gathering people despite the easing.
11:30 am – Study: Corona crisis increases wage gap between women and men
According to a study, the corona crisis should further increase wage differentials between women and men. “The pandemic not only reveals problematic inequalities in economic and social opportunities, it often exacerbates them,” said Bettina Kohlrausch, an expert at the WSI Institute of the union-affiliated Hans Böckler Foundation, on a survey of almost 7,700 people in employment. As a result, mothers bear the brunt of “extra care in Corona times” because of closed daycare centers and schools. “The existing wage gap between the sexes should widen further due to the corona crisis,” said Kohlrausch.
According to the survey, around 48 percent of parents in couple relationships rate their overall situation as “extremely” or “very stressful” if they have children under the age of 14. According to this, employed women in particular are at work to look after children. In households with at least one child under the age of 14, 27 percent of women but only 16 percent of men reduced their working hours to ensure childcare. This tendency is more pronounced in households with lower or middle incomes than with higher incomes.
11:13 am – Bundestag decides to increase short-time benefits
In the Corona crisis, workers are to be protected more from reduced wages for short-time work. The Bundestag passed a corresponding law by Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) on Thursday. The grand coalition voted in favor, the opposition abstained. In general, there is already 60 percent of the last net wage or 67 percent for people with children as short-time work benefits. Now it should be increased to 70 percent and 77 percent from the fourth month of purchase. From the seventh reference month, it should be 80 percent or 87 percent in the future. This should apply until December 31, 2020 at the latest.
11:08 a.m. – First Corona case with a prisoner in Lower Saxony’s prison
For the first time, a prisoner has been tested positive for the corona virus in a correctional facility in Lower Saxony. The Ministry of Justice announced on Thursday in Hanover that it was a prisoner of the Vechta prison, who had been housed in an open prison unit in Delmenhorst and was now isolated there. The man is a freelancer and works outside the correctional facility. The employer had previously informed him that a colleague had Covid-19.
10:49 am – No face mask, hardly any distance – Austria’s Chancellor Briefly criticized
The first official visit outside of Vienna since the beginning of the Corona crisis brought violent criticism from Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. The conservative politician was out in the Kleinwalsertal on Wednesday without a face mask. In addition, the safety distance of one meter was often not kept. Pictures of the visit circulated on Thursday on the Internet, including from the “Vorarlberger Nachrichten”. You can see how visitors and politicians are close together without a mask.
A member of the liberal party Neos announced that he would file a complaint. “I assume that the regulation in the Kleinwalsertal applies as well as in Vienna,” said Sepp Schellhorn to the TV broadcaster OE24. In Vienna, people would be severely punished for minor offenses against the Corona measures. The Chancellor travels to Vorarlberg without protective measures.
The Chancellery replied to the criticism, although efforts had been made by residents and media representatives “to some extent the minimum distance was unfortunately not kept”. Kurz asked on the street several times to observe the distance rules, said a spokesman.
10:39 – Söder promises an economic stimulus package and no tax cuts
Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) excludes tax increases after the corona crisis, despite the likely drop in tax revenues in Bavaria. He expects a “substantial drop in tax revenues, not only for this year,” says Söder in Munich. The state government will launch an economic stimulus program that will focus on accelerating existing plans
10:31 am – Düsseldorfs OB: Children in Corona crisis “instrumentalized”
The Mayor of Düsseldorf Thomas Geisel has criticized the efforts made so far to protect different age groups from the corona virus. One should have rather concentrated on “protecting risk groups in a targeted and effective manner instead of ‘instrumentalizing’ children and young people to a certain extent”, wrote the SPD politician in the “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger” (Thursday). “With the argument ‘age discrimination’, a social discussion about the protection of the elderly has so far been prevented. It is time that we finally answer this question.”
Geisel also criticized that other politicians “depending on what the opinion polls currently favor, sometimes as a hardliner, sometimes as a” looser “outbid each other”. He gave no names.
10:22 – Greece: Four meters between parasols
Before an expected heat wave in the coming days, the Greek Corona crisis team allowed all 515 organized bathing establishments in the country to open from Saturday. However, strict requirements were imposed on bathers. For example, only 40 people per 1000 square meters should be allowed. The distance between the parasols must be at least four meters. And there can be no more than two loungers under the umbrellas. The beach bars are also only allowed to sell packaged food and not serve alcohol, as the state television (ERT) reported on Thursday.
10:11 am – Bavaria significantly increases aid program for art and culture
Bavaria is significantly increasing its aid program for the crisis-ridden cultural sector: 200 million euros instead of the previously planned 90 million euros are now to be made available to artists and creative artists in the Free State. This was announced by Prime Minister Markus Söder, Art Minister Bernd Sibler and Digital Minister Judith Gerlach (all CSU) in Munich on Thursday. Artists who are not organized in the artists’ social security fund should now also benefit. And there are further millions of aid for venues such as theaters and cinemas, for music schools, amateur music groups and the failure of film productions.
9:55 am – Criticism in the Bundestag of further corona laws
The opposition in the Bundestag has criticized the government’s extensive corona laws, which are to be voted on Thursday. The left criticized that the planned Corona premium should only be paid for employees in geriatric care. The AfD accused the grand coalition of creating fear, hysteria and depression with its crisis policy. The FDP and the Greens criticized that the plans gave the Ministry of Health extensive powers.
Health Minister Jens Spahn defended the measures. “You don’t fight a virus like this by denying it,” said the CDU politician. A lot has been achieved together. The infection dynamics had been broken. “That makes us humble, not high-spirited, but it also makes us proud as a society, as a community, as a nation.”
9:30 am – Study – 4.4 percent of French people infected with coronavirus
According to a study in France, many more people are infected with the corona virus than previously known. According to a study by the Pasteur Institute, which was published in the journal “Science”, there are 2.8 million people and thus 4.4 percent of the French population.
In the worst affected parts of the country in the east and in the Paris region, the rate is nine to ten percent. Most recently, the official infection number was 177,700. However, since they are still a long way from herd immunity in the population, efficient controls are still necessary to avoid a second wave of infections even after the loosening that was introduced on May 11, the researchers warned. The lockdown led to a decline in the reproductive rate from 2.9 to 0.67.
9:09 a.m. – Saxony’s prime minister warns of mood tricks and misinformation on demos
In a newspaper interview, Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer warned against shoving all demonstrators against corona measures. “I respect that people demonstrate and warn against lumping all protests together,” said the CDU politician of the “Sächsische Zeitung”. At the same time, he warned of a possible “infiltration of people”, “who use everything to create mood and also scatter false information”.
In Pirna, Saxony, about 200 people demonstrated against corona restrictions on Wednesday. 30 of them attacked the police and one officer was injured. The interview with the Saxon Prime Minister had been held before.
In the interview, Kretschmer contested the allegation of many demonstrators that the population should be deliberately frightened. The politician considers such statements to be simply unfounded. At the same time, Kretschmer admitted errors in some easing of the protective measures. “No question, it often took too long,” he said, for example with regard to the development of specific solutions for restaurant and hotel operators.
8:42 am – New Zealand supports economy with billions of dollars
New Zealand plans to invest billions to boost the economy in the face of the corona crisis and create jobs. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government approved a budget of 50 billion New Zealand dollars for its “rebuilding together” budget, the equivalent of 27 billion euros.
The focus is on creating and maintaining jobs and training. Just six months earlier, nobody could have imagined a world in the grip of a pandemic, Ardern told the parliament. Treasury Secretary Grant Robertson spoke of a century threat. The budget is to bring employment back to the level before the pandemic within two years. The country’s economy could grow again next year.
8:15 a.m. – Pandemic almost paralyzes Frankfurt Airport
Travel restrictions to curb the corona virus have almost brought air traffic at Frankfurt Airport to a standstill. Fraport recorded a 96.9 percent decrease in passenger numbers in April compared to the same month last year to 188,078 passengers, the airport operator said on Thursday. Cumulatively, there was a decrease of 45.7 percent in the first four months. Nevertheless, Frankfurt is a hub in Europe. An average of 218 take-offs and landings would have taken place per day. That was by far the most flight movements from all European airports.
7:50 am – Brazil does not control the spread of the corona virus
In the midst of a severe political crisis, Brazil is struggling with a negative record of new coronavirus cases. The government confirmed 11,385 new infections within 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 188,974. In terms of the total number of infections, Brazil outperformed France, which reportedly reported 177,000 cases. The five countries that have registered more infections than Brazil are the United States, Spain, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Italy.
Still, President Jair Bolsonaro is pushing for a quick reopening of the economy. For weeks he has been on a confrontation with the state governors over the restrictions imposed on public life: he believes that losing jobs will do more harm than the disease itself. “We will reach the point where hungry people are go the road, “said Bolsonaro. In return, the states accuse him of downplaying the corona crisis.
07:35 – EPP boss Weber demands “Europe-wide travel certificate”
The leader of the Christian Democrats in the European Parliament (EPP), Manfred Weber, has called for EU-wide standards for hotels and restaurants in the debate about border openings in the Corona crisis. “We need a Europe-wide travel certificate,” Weber told the “Passauer Neue Presse” (Thursday). This is the only way to ensure that tourists find the necessary hygiene standards.
Principles that were important before the crisis would have to be maintained in the planned border openings, Weber said. “European freedom to travel is a valuable asset, it is a fundamental right for all Europeans.” In this regard, there should also be no “bilateral agreements”. “If you want to separate our continent into first and second class Europeans, you are ultimately putting Europe’s unity at risk.”
7:19 a.m. – Spahn continues to hold immunity card
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn basically sticks to plans to introduce an immunity card in the Corona crisis. The CDU politician told the editorial network in Germany that one would have to deal with the question of “which restrictions are permissible when and for whom”. “Other countries are already planning to make entry dependent on such proof of immunity in the future,” stressed Spahn. “Because the solution cannot be that our citizens can no longer travel to countries planning such regulations.”
At the beginning of May, Spahn had stated that there should initially be no regulations regarding the extent to which such proof of immunity could allow exceptions to everyday restrictions such as in the Corona crisis. Spahn asked the German Ethics Council for an opinion. In addition to the opposition, SPD leader Saskia Esken had also expressed skepticism about plans for proof of immunity.
7:09 am – US study: Up to 27 million could lose health insurance
According to a study, nearly 27 million people could lose their health insurance in the middle of the corona pandemic because of the huge rise in unemployment in the United States. The reason for this is that most people there have health insurance through employers, as a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation explains. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump again put pressure on the states to lift their corona restrictions as soon as possible so that the economy can recover.
7:05 a.m. – Tax shortfalls expected: Young entrepreneurs warn of burdens
The young entrepreneurs have warned of massive burdens for the young generation due to the corona crisis. The federal chairwoman of the association, Sarna Röser, told the German press agency: “The expected tax losses and corona debt mountains will burden the young generation for years. The deep economic cut challenges us young to think of a restart for Germany.”
This would require a spending policy that is more appropriate to the generation and a much less regulating state. “We can no longer afford long approval procedures, cumbersome official channels and failed overregulation for necessary investments and long-term reconstruction.”
06:55 – Separated because of Corona: Trump misses his Vice Pence
The two are just a few days apart – US President Donald Trump apparently already misses his vice. “I haven’t seen Mike Pence and I miss him,” Trump said at the White House on Wednesday night. Pence spokeswoman Katie Miller had tested positive for the corona virus last week. Pence’s test was negative and Pence was in good shape, Trump said. Still, it was decided that the two would stay apart for a while, “because you don’t know what’s going to happen to this very crazy and terrible disease,” Trump said. “We often speak on the phone.” According to Trump, Pence continues to work in his office, but keeps his distance from other people as much as possible.
Many employees work in a small space in the White House. Trump, Pence and employees from their environment are now tested daily. The same now applies to journalists reporting from the White House.
6:50 am – Association of Philologists calls for smaller classes
In view of the Corona crisis, the German Association of Philologists is demanding that classes be reduced noticeably in the next school year. “In order for the students to be able to attend school every second week or every other day at least continuously in the next school year, the class sizes must not be larger than 25,” said the chair of the Philologists’ Association, Susanne Lin-Klitzing, the editorial network Germany (RND / Thursday). Only then would the classes be so divisible that a sufficient distance could be maintained. For the new school year, one would have to be prepared for side-by-side and distance learning.
Lin-Klitzing believes that the upper-level courses should be limited to a maximum of 15 students. “There is no excuse for a lack of teachers, because the large group sizes mainly exist in secondary schools.” According to statistics from the Conference of Ministers of Education, there are enough teachers for secondary schools.
6:45 am – German Children’s Fund calls for debate on children’s rights
In the run-up to today’s Bundestag debate on the rights of children in the Corona crisis, the German Children’s Fund is asking everyone involved to have an honest debate about how, in particular, the full opening of daycare centers and schools can be ensured in the medium term. “In many elementary schools, the teaching program currently issued until the summer holidays cannot make any relevant contribution to the education of children, let alone relieve the burden on parents. And as the corona pandemic develops, it will adapt to it without adapting the concepts and orderly measures for health protection Children and professionals will not change anything after the summer holidays, “emphasizes Thomas Krüger, President of the German Children’s Fund. He calls for “an open, honest and, above all, forward-looking debate about how we want to deal with children’s right to education.”
From the point of view of the German Children’s Fund, concrete and coordinated concepts are required for schools and day care centers at all federal levels, which take into account social and childhood education aspects in addition to health protection.
6:39 a.m. – Corona tax slump: NRW municipalities call for emergency aid
The municipal umbrella organizations in North Rhine-Westphalia are expecting dramatic financial consequences from the corona crisis and are demanding quick financial aid from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. “The losses in municipal budgets due to the corona crisis will be higher than ever in the history of the Federal Republic,” said the managing director of the NRW City Council, Helmut Dedy. He asked the country to pay emergency aid to the municipalities at short notice. A new nationwide tax estimate for 2020 and subsequent years is to be presented on Thursday.
6:31 am – Spahn demands forbearance in corona protests
Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) has urged the safety authorities to be lenient in peaceful demonstrations related to the corona restrictions, even if distance rules are not observed. “For all larger crowds of people the following applies: Those who do not keep the distance rules endanger themselves and others, because this is where the virus spreads more and more. Should one therefore dissolve a peaceful demonstration? I have great doubts whether that would be proportionate,” Spahn told the ” Editorial network “Germany. He understood the protests. “I am very aware of how deeply we have interfered with the freedoms of citizens. There is, of course, a debate about how long and how long restrictions will go in Corona times,” said the minister. “It would be very worrying if this controversy didn’t exist.”
00:05 am – Video: 46 surrogate babies cannot go home
46 surrogate mother babies from Ukraine cannot go to their parents because of corona restrictions – we have already reported this today. The children are now in a hotel in Kiev and are looked after by nurses. In our video, the surrogacy company shows how the newborn is doing – and not just that.
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11:40 pm – Another Corona demo in Pirna – 30 people attack the police
Dozens of people met again for an illegal demonstration against corona restrictions in Pirna, Saxony, and this time also attacked police officers. In the run-up to the gathering, a “walk” was called up on the Internet, the police said. Around 200 people gathered on the market in Pirna on Wednesday evening.
The police tried to stop the assembly with around 190 officers. According to the information, 30 “violent people” attacked the emergency services, and one official was injured.
Eight criminal proceedings have been initiated, inter alia for breaching the peace and assaulting law enforcement officers. The meeting dissolved about an hour after the start.
A week ago, about 250 people met at the same place to demonstrate against the restrictions to contain the corona pandemic. The meeting, which lasted 15 minutes, was peaceful. Since April 22, there have been repeated rallies that have not been registered. Demonstrators had also insulted and harassed police officers.
11:26 p.m. – WHO: This virus will probably never go away
Another statement that makes little courage: Mike Ryan from the WHO does not believe that the coronavirus will eventually disappear:
“This virus is now another endemic virus in the world. And this virus could never go away. HIV has not gone either. We have found HIV therapies and prevention methods. And people are no longer so afraid of it.”
Ryan is director of the WHO health programs. He urges everyone to be realistic and not to make false promises to people:
“I don’t think anyone can predict when or whether this disease will go away. We have great hope. If we can find a highly effective vaccine that we can distribute to everyone who needs it, we may have a chance of this virus to eliminate, but this vaccine has to be available. It has to be very effective. “
11:16 pm – USA: Health official warns of “darkest winter” because of Corona
A senior health official believes that the United States could face the “darkest winter in recent history” because of the simultaneous outbreak of the flu and the coronavirus. The time for the government to plan and implement a science-based strategy in a timely manner is now running out, Rick Bright warned in a previously publicized statement for a House committee. Without a coordinated strategy, the pandemic would lead to unprecedented levels of illness and death, he warned on Wednesday. He should be heard in Parliament on Thursday.
Bright said he was shot as director of an agency under the Department of Health in April for refusing to support unsupported treatments for Covid-19 lung disease, which US President Donald Trump has promised. Bright was transferred to a position at the National Health Institute (NIH). Trump in turn said at the time that he didn’t know the official at all.
10:32 pm – Bulgaria declares “exceptional epidemic situation” until June 14th
In Bulgaria, a two-month state of emergency for the fight against the new coronavirus will be replaced by an “epidemic exceptional situation” from this Thursday. The new regulation should apply until June 14th. The government in Sofia decided on a special video session, as Minister of Health Kiril Ananiew told the press on Wednesday evening. The decision is based on the justification that “the Covid 19 pandemic is a serious exceptional situation”. In Bulgaria, amendments to the Health Act, which were passed by Parliament on Tuesday, are now to come into force.
“The state of emergency is lifted, but all (protective) measures continue to apply,” said the minister. This included the mandatory wearing of a mouth-nose mask in closed public spaces, physical distance and a 14-day quarantine for all travelers – both Bulgarians and foreigners.
Despite the state of emergency that has been in force since March 13, Bulgaria has already relaxed several protective measures. Masks are no longer required outdoors. On May 6th, open-air restaurants and terraces of restaurants and cafés were allowed to reopen. Outdoor sports such as tennis, cycling, athletics and golf have been permitted again for ten days. Visits to museums, galleries, libraries and cinemas have been permitted again since the beginning of the week.
9:48 p.m. – RKI: infection rate only at 0.81
The Robert Koch Institute currently states the reproduction rate R at 0.81. The number of people infected by an infection in Germany on average drops for the third day in a row and remains below the critical value of 1.0. The previous day, R was 0.94.
9:37 pm – Probably ten times as many infected people in Spain as known
In Spain, a study suggests that 2.3 million people, ten times more than officially known, are infected with the virus. According to the Ministry of Health, 90,000 people were tested in 36,000 households during the survey. It showed that an estimated five percent of the population was infected, which means around 2.3 million of the 45 million inhabitants. According to official information, there are a little less than 230,000 cases of Covid 19 in Spain.
9:18 p.m. – Just under 18,000 acutely infected people in Germany
According to calculations by ntv.de, which are based on data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the country data, the number of people who are currently acutely infected is 18,009, 857 fewer than on the previous day (18,866). The total number of infected people increased by 944 to 172,094. 146,353 people in Germany are currently considered to have recovered. The number of deaths is currently 7732, 99 more than the previous day.
8:40 pm – Another Covid-19 cancer patient died in the UKE
Another patient died after several proven infections with the novel coronavirus in the highly sensitive area of the cancer stations at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). The 74-year-old leukemia patient had a Covid-19 infection and died Wednesday afternoon in the intensive care unit after long-term cancer and a stem cell transplant, the clinic said. Now it must be investigated whether Covid-19 was the cause of the man’s death.
At the beginning of April, it was announced that around 20 employees and around 20 seriously ill patients in cancer stations had been infected with the novel coronavirus. A total of seven of the patients have now died, according to UKE data. The Hamburg public prosecutor’s office started investigations into the infections at the end of April. They affect those responsible for the clinic and a cleaner. Two criminal charges had previously been filed. After an initial check, an initial suspicion was confirmed.
8:29 pm – Slovak constitutional court stops cell phone surveillance
For the time being, the Slovakian health authorities are no longer allowed to monitor their citizens’ cell phone data against their will. The constitutional court in Kosice (Kaschau) decided on Wednesday. The highest legal body in Slovakia gave partial right to a complaint by the opposition Social Democrats against an amendment to the Telecommunications Act passed by the parliamentary majority at the end of March.
The legislative amendment passed by the conservative-populist parliamentary majority had given the highest state health authority access to the cell phone location data of the cell phone operators in order to keep track of where infected people with the new coronavirus move and who they meet with.
The President of the Constitutional Court made it clear to journalists that the ruling did not completely overturn the amendment, but only overruled it for the time being. The supreme judges had not fundamentally prohibited cell phone surveillance, but merely complained that the amendment to the law had not adequately defined the purpose, duration and control of the extraordinary measure.
8:16 pm – Shocking images from Ryanair plane
Air hostesses who do not wear a face mask. A plane that is so crowded that it is impossible to keep a distance. What happens on the weekend on this Ryanair flight does not only cause outrage and pure anger among many users on social networks. Alexandra Maude-Roxby recorded the scenes with her cell phone and tells us what she was thinking and feeling at that moment. How packed the plane is from London Stansted to Lisbon – in our video.
Here you can see the video and read the whole article
8:05 pm – UKE wants to test thousands of children in Hamburg on Corona
The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) wants to test thousands of children in Hamburg for the novel corona virus. Among other things, the UKE announced on Wednesday that the extent to which children are passing the disease on to adults should be found out. The study C19.CHILD Hamburg should therefore include data from around 6000 healthy and chronically ill children and adolescents with and without symptoms of a Covid 19 infection who are treated inpatient or outpatient. In addition to the Children’s UKE, all other Hamburg children’s clinics also participated in the study.
“As part of the study, we want to investigate how often children and adolescents become infected and how susceptible they are to Covid 19 infection or to a severe course of the infection,” said the director of the clinic and polyclinic for pediatric and adolescent medicine UKE, Ania C. Muntau. At the same time, research should be carried out into “how great is the risk of the new corona virus spreading through asymptomatic children and whether chronically ill children are at greater risk for a severe course of Covid 19 infection than healthy children”.
7.45 pm – “Too uncoordinated”: Virologist Kekulé criticizes border openings
Virologist Alexander Kekulé considers the government’s planned border openings to be “a bit too quick and too uncoordinated”. In the MDR, he expressed fears that the corona virus would continue to be introduced across borders in the long term. This affects not only the immediate neighboring countries, but also more distant countries. From a virological point of view, border openings are responsible if there is a similar amount of corona detection on both sides of the border and the control mechanisms are similar, argued the virologist at the University of Halle. This is certainly the case with Austria, but not with France. “France is in a much worse position than Germany when it comes to health authorities’ follow-up,” warned Kekulé. In addition, the outbreak situation there is less under control.
7:20 p.m. – Urine test to predict severe Covid 19 course
Researchers at the University of Göttingen have found that inflamed kidneys can be an early warning sign of an upcoming severe Covid-19 disease. A simple urine test should help doctors recognize a severe Covid 19 course early enough. Click here for the message.
7:13 p.m. – Virus crisis will increase bitter poverty worldwide
According to the United Nations (UN), the virus crisis will contribute to the worst levels of poverty in the world. About 34.3 million people are likely to fall below the “extreme poverty” limit this year because of the virus consequences, according to a report by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. This will hit people in Africa particularly hard (56 percent). According to the UN definition, “extreme poverty” depends not only on income, but also on access to food, clean drinking water, sanitary facilities, a roof over your head and services for health and education. The UN report also predicts a 3.2 percent decline in global economic output in 2020 and only a slight recovery in 2021.
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