Dusseldorf In the USA are now so many infections registered with the corona virus like in no other country in the world. With more than 82,000 reported cases, the U.S. overtakes itself China, where, according to figures published on Friday, over 81,000 illnesses were last counted. In Italy, the center of the pandemic in Europe, more than 80,500 infections are known.
To date, over 1,200 people have died in the US from the virus-induced disease Covid-19. It is currently particularly prevalent in the Metropolis New York. (Read our big report from New York.) As next possible focus applies among experts New Orleans, where carnival celebrations are said to have accelerated the spread. In both cities, ventilators were in danger of becoming scarce.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo spoke of “disturbing and astronomical numbers” in the face of more than 25,000 cases in the city. In view of the increasing number of deaths, the city has built a temporary mortuary. The white tents were set up in front of the Bellevue hospital in Manhattan.
The University of Washington a study found more than 81,000 virus deaths in the United States are possible in the next four months. Some estimates even double the number, while others estimate 38,000 fatalities, said study leader Christopher Murray. The reason for the large deviation was that the differently rapid spread of the virus in different regions puzzled the researchers. The wave could subside by June, Murray said.
This is supposed to be huge on Friday US stimulus package in the fight against the corona crisis too take the last hurdle. A $ 2.2 trillion emergency response was scheduled for Friday morning (local time), the Resistance from a single RepublicanMP Thomas Massie, however, threatened to delay it.
In the sparse House of Representatives, the package was supposed to be waved through by acclamation, remarkable for a legislative proposal of this size. But it became apparent that Massie, an opponent of the project, enforce a regular vote wanted to. The Democrats therefore urged those MPs back to Washington who, despite fear of infection, were willing and able to vote.
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The number of people infected with corona Germany continues to grow. The Johns Hopkins University assumes almost 44,000 cases in Germany. The number of deaths is therefore 267. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of infected people rose by 4995 to 36,508. The institute announced that the death toll had increased by 50 to 198, referring to data from Thursday at midnight. (Follow the current developments in the news blog here.).
The gigantic occurs also in Germany Rescue package for companies in force. The state development bank KfW anticipates huge demand for emergency loans to deal with the corona crisis. “We are preparing for 20,000 to 100,000 KfW applications,” KfW boss Günther Bräunig told the “Handelsblatt” in an interview published on Thursday evening. “And don’t ask me about a volume.”
The Flood of applications be also for the group a challenge, but so far he has been very satisfied with the process. “Currently, almost 1,000 employees are directly or indirectly involved in the development and implementation of Corona help – and the trend is rising.” The money ends up quickly with the companies.
Companies have been able to apply for KfW emergency loans since the beginning of the week. The money should then be paid out as quickly as possible through the house banks. The special loans are available to companies that have run into financial difficulties due to the rapid spread of the virus and need liquidity to bridge the gap. KfW and thus the state assume a credit risk of up to 90 percent for each loan.
In Italy have shattered hopes, the devastating coronavirus epidemic could be on the retreat. On Thursday, both the number of fatalities and those newly infected rose again more than a few days earlier.
According to health authorities, 712 people died of the virus-induced lung disease Covid-19 within 24 hours. A total of 8,215 people died as a result of infection – more than in any other country and far more than in China, where the pandemic started. 6153 other people tested positive for the virus in Italy in one day, bringing the total to 80,539. According to official figures, there are a good 81,000 in China.
The virus continues to spread rapidly, although the government in Rome restricted public life on February 23, two days after the first confirmed case of infection became known. The measures have been drastically tightened since then. The country is practically paralyzed.
With the precarious situation in Europe, too Call for Euro bonds louder for the protection of the euro area. EU Parliament President David Sassoli has spoken out in favor of the introduction of corona bonds, according to a media report. “There has not been a crisis of this magnitude since the Second World War,” Sassoli told the editorial network Germany (RND). “We have to react to an extraordinary situation with extraordinary measures.” The debate about corona bonds is open and should be promoted, he explained.
Such bonds are Community bonds on which there is disagreement in Europe. Thus, even after six hours of negotiations, the 27 EU heads of state and government on Thursday had not been able to agree on which financial instruments would be used to help particularly hard-hit countries such as Italy or Spain. While some states called for corona bonds, stressed Chancellor Angela Merkelthat the ESM euro aid mechanism is the appropriate means of aid.
According to a media report, the federal and state governments are striving for one in the coronavirus crisis Expansion of test capacities for infections with the virus. The “Bild” newspaper referred to the internal minutes of a conference call between Chancellor Minister Helge Braun (CDU) and the heads of the State Chancelleries of the federal states on Wednesday. It says: “The federal and state governments agree to significantly increase testing capacity for the new corona virus.”
Recent international and domestic experiences with the corona pandemic have shown that the rapid availability of tests for the coronavirus is essential for the containment and rapid treatment of the sick. The report goes on to say that, according to the decision, the expansion of capacities should be achieved through a “high-throughput method” from pharmaceutical research or through the use of laboratories from veterinary medicine.
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Of the south korean prime minister Chung Se Kyun has announced a zero tolerance policy for non-compliance with the quarantine rules in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. South Koreans who disregarded the instructions should be prosecuted and foreigners expelled, Chung officials said on Thursday. As of Friday, a 14-day quarantine for travelers is required.
The number of reported new infections with the coronavirus in South Korea has decreased slightly again. As the health authorities announced on Friday, 91 cases were added on Thursday. The number of cases recorded daily has been around the threshold of 100 for several days. So far, 9,332 people in the country have tested positive for the Sars CoV-2 pathogen. 139 deaths have been linked to the virus.
In China The initial euphoria about the lack of new infections was slightly dampened: the authorities reported 55 new infections (as of Thursday). Among these cases, the so-called local infection is again for the first time in three days, health authorities say. All other cases are related to travelers from abroad. A total of 81,340 infections are now known. The authorities had announced 67 new diseases for Wednesday. The death toll increased by five to 3,292 by Thursday.
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Overall, according to the Johns Hopkins University worldwide so far more than 532,000 people infected with the virus, About 24,000 died from the lung disease caused by the virus. (As of March 27, 6:30 a.m.). The university in the State of Maryland brings together the data from health departments, authorities and institutes.
The current worldwide number of detected infections and victims shows the Real-time map of Hopkins University:
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