Corona pandemic – Spain corrects figures: almost 2,000 fewer deaths

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In Spain, the Corona balance now looks a little less devastating. Because the authorities were able to lower the number of victims due to double counting. All information in the news blog.

Worldwide, more than five million people are already infected with the corona virus, and more than 344,000 people have died. The country with the most registered corona infections – more than 1.6 million cases – is the United States. There are now over 180,500 cases in Germany, and over 8,300 people have died from the infection.

Spain corrects figures: almost 2,000 fewer deaths

Spain has reduced the number of corona deaths in the country by almost 2,000 to 26,834. A review of the data showed that some deaths had been counted twice, the Ministry of Health said. In other cases, it had been shown that, contrary to the original assumption, there was no infection with the corona virus. The number of confirmed infections was reduced by 372 cases to 235,400.

Economy Minister Altmaier defends Lufthansa rescue package

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier has defended the rescue package for Lufthansa against criticism that the state should have secured more than nine billion euros more voice with the airline in return for aid. The package could secure more than 100,000 jobs, said the CDU politician on Monday evening in the ZDF “Today Journal”. In addition, an important company would be maintained, which operates worldwide and plays an “outstanding role” for the competitiveness of the German economy. However, they deliberately did not want to make any governmental stipulations for Lufthansa business. “The state is not a good entrepreneur,” said the economics minister.

When asked whether the federal government would not invest in a shrinking business, Altmaier said that there would still be people flying in the future. European and German companies should be there, they don’t want to let airlines from Asia or the Arabian Peninsula do this.

The Czech Republic opens border crossings to Germany and Austria

The Czech Republic will open all border crossings to Germany and Austria from Tuesday. The comprehensive controls should end, but police samples will continue to exist, Interior Minister Jan Hamacek announced in Prague. Travelers will continue to need a negative Covid 19 test certificate.

Corona rules: federal and state governments increasingly disagreed

Bodo Ramelow wants to move forward and largely abolish the corona rules. Saxony is also thinking about it. The federal government and other states are critical of this. The unity in the crisis is finally gone. Read more about it here.

Ramelow: We have to get out of the corona crisis status

Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) has defended his controversial advance in further easing corona restrictions. The consequences would have to be drawn from the small number of infected and new infections in Thuringia, said Ramelow of the German Press Agency in Erfurt. “We have to get out of crisis status.” People could no longer be forced to push for bans to be lifted before courts, such as the recent opening of gyms.

Those who restrict fundamental rights must be able to justify that, Ramelow said on Monday evening in the ARD. There are currently only around 250 people with an active corona infection in Thuringia. Risk groups need to be protected further. However, the question is whether this should be done in the current mode.

Ramelow emphasized that he did not question infection protection as such. “This is not a call to recklessness,” he told the dpa. It is also important to keep your distance and wear mouth-nose protection where people get close – as in public transport. “I didn’t tell anyone: take off your mouthguard.” Mouthguard regulations that are tailored to individual areas are conceivable.

Criticism of the study: Drosten flashes the “picture”

He is working on an important study on the spread of the coronavirus. The “Bild” wants to write about it critically, but hardly gives virologist Drosten time to answer questions. The paper probably did not expect his reaction. Read more about it here.

WHO suspends tests with hydroxychloroquine

The World Health Organization (WHO) has suspended clinical trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 due to safety concerns. Tests in several countries have been “temporarily” stopped while the safety of the drug is being checked, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference on Monday. The decision was made after the publication of a study that treatment with hydroxychloroquine may increase the mortality rate.

A research team from Harvard Medical School in Boston and the University Hospital of Zurich evaluated the data of 96,000 patients in hundreds of hospitals worldwide for the study published in The Lancet. They concluded that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine showed no benefit in Covid 19 patients. Rather, according to the researchers, the data collected indicated an increased risk of death. The drugs also increased the risk of irregular heartbeat.

Spain wants to lift quarantine for travelers by July 1st

The holiday destination Spain wants to abolish the obligation to quarantine those arriving from abroad due to the Corona crisis by July 1st. The news agency Europa Press reported on Monday, citing government information. In July, Spain, the most important holiday destination in Europe, also wants to reopen to international tourism.

Ramelow rowed back in loosening in Thuringia

Prime Minister of Thuringia Bodo Ramelow first called for all protective regulations in relation to the coronavirus pandemic to be waived. Now he wants to keep them in certain areas, such as local transport. Read more about it here.

Seibert: Chancellor continues for central corona rules

Chancellor Angela Merkel wants an extension of the distance and hygiene rules in the corona crisis. The central rules of conduct should also apply after June 5, said her spokesman Steffen Seibert in Berlin. The minimum distance, contact restrictions and hygiene rules would have to be regulated and enforced. “We don’t want to jeopardize progress we’ve made together.” The current restrictions would expire in early June without an extension. By contrast, Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow had announced that the rules should then be overridden in his country and possibly replaced by local regulations.

Seibert said Chancellor Minister Helge Braun is currently consulting with the countries on how to proceed after June 5. The aim is to continue to agree on a common path with basic rules. There could be regional deviations.

Left boss: Ramelow’s initiative was not discussed

According to left-wing leader Bernd Riexinger, the announcement by Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) that the general corona restrictions would be lifted from June 6 was not in line with the party leadership. “Of course we already have communication, but we cannot speak of a vote in this sense now,” said Riexinger.

The left leader was generally cautious about the move. “I assume that the state government in Thuringia has carefully considered what it is doing there.” It shouldn’t just be loosened up everywhere. You have to wait and see what the cabinet in Thuringia really passes in order to evaluate it. “Basically, the leadership of the left at the federal level has taken a cautious course on the whole issue of easing,” said Riexinger. “We were not in favor of an easing competition between the federal states. It will remain that way.”

Japan abolishes Corona emergency

Japan has prematurely lifted the Corona emergency for the entire island kingdom. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also released the Tokyo metropolitan area and the northernmost province of Hokkaido on Monday. The right-wing conservative had already lifted the state of emergency for the other parts of the country. The emergency was originally scheduled to run until May 31, which did not impose severe exit restrictions as in some European countries. The citizens of Japan were only asked to stay at home if possible.

In just one and a half months, the situation was almost under control, the head of government said. However, he called on the population to remain cautious about the risk of a second wave of infection. In addition to wearing masks, citizens should keep their distance from one another and if possible work from home.

Söder criticizes Ramelow for advance in Thuringia

Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has described the announcement of far-reaching general easing of the corona restrictions in Thuringia as a “fatal signal”. He asked those responsible in Thuringia to rethink the intention, said Söder on Monday during a visit to a kindergarten in Nuremberg.

Bavaria is affected by the infection in the neighborhood, said the Prime Minister. “We in Bavaria were particularly affected by the fact that we were at a border with Austria. We now have the current situation that, for example, we are affected by Sonneberg in the Coburg area,” said Söder, referring to the neighboring region of Thuringia.

Söder announced countermeasures in case of doubt. “We will have to come up with a concept for how we will respond,” he said. “I don’t want Bavaria to be infected again by a careless policy that is done in Thuringia,” he emphasized.

Christian Drosten is critical of Thuringia’s advance

Virologist Christian Drosten is skeptical of Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow’s approach to rely more on personal responsibility in the corona pandemic in the future. “Self-responsibility is the Swedish model and we see in these days and will see it even more in the coming months that a very high level of mortality has arisen there,” said the Charité scientist on Deutschlandfunk on Monday. “Well, I’m not entirely sure that all of this can be done through personal responsibility.” Drosten advocated better guidelines for certain social areas such as schools and kindergartens.

Saxony announces change in corona restrictions

After Thuringia, Saxony has also announced a fundamental change in dealing with restrictions in the corona crisis. “If the number of new infections remains stable at a low level, we are planning a paradigm shift for the period from June 6 in the next Corona protection regulation,” said Health Minister Petra Köpping (SPD) on Monday in Dresden.

Petra Köpping: She is responsible for health in Saxony. There will soon be a change in the corona restrictions. (Source: Reichwein / imago images)

“Instead of generally imposing restrictions as now and naming many exceptions to what is possible again, everything is then generally released and only a few exceptions are named that will not yet be possible,” said Köpping. The “Leipziger Volkszeitung” had previously reported.

The government is monitoring the infection very closely to assess how the current measures are working, said the minister. “A lot depends on people taking responsibility and adhering to the imperative of distance and wearing a mask. You can see how quickly an outbreak can occur in restaurants, schools, daycare centers or church services.” A nationwide decision should be made as to whether and when the obligation to cover the mouth and nose and to keep away is lifted.

Famous Meyer shipyard also affected after Corona outbreak in restaurant

After the Corona outbreak in connection with a visit to a restaurant in East Frisia, employees of the Papenburg Meyer shipyard are also in quarantine. A company spokesman confirmed a corresponding report from the NDR on Monday morning. According to the NDR, “Members of the shipyard management and almost the entire works council” must remain at home. So far there have been 18 confirmed infected people.

A cruise ship is being built in the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg: Because the corona virus has broken out, many employees have to stay at home. (Archive picture). (Source: imago images / IPON)A cruise ship is being built in the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg: Because the corona virus has broken out, many employees have to stay at home. (Archive picture). (Source: IPON / imago images)

The district of Leer looks for the positive corona tests in this case further reasons for the infections. It will be checked whether there were violations of the Corona requirements in the restaurant, said a spokesman for the district on Sunday. A survey of the guests “provided evidence that corona requirements may have been violated that evening,” it said. These instructions are also followed up with a hearing of the operator.

CDU leaders sharply criticized Ramelows Corona plan

Leading CDU politicians attack Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow. The head of state plans to abolish general corona regulations shortly. This goes too far, especially for two prime ministers. Read more about it here.

Peter Altmaier hopes for summer vacation abroad

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) considers summer vacation abroad to be feasible if security standards are observed. He was “optimistic that we could not spend our summer vacation exclusively in Germany,” he told the newspapers of the Funke media group on Monday. To do this, however, “clear hygiene concepts and distance regulations” would have to be observed on site in the holiday resorts.

The vacation this year will in any case “look different than we are used to,” added the Federal Minister of Economics. “Towel to towel on the beach or big celebrations in a confined space will probably not be possible this year”.

Number of traffic fatalities drops to new monthly low in March

The number of fatalities per month in March reached its lowest level since reunification in 1990. The Federal Statistical Office announced on Monday in Wiesbaden. According to preliminary official data, 158 people died in traffic accidents in March. According to the Federal Office, this was due to the fact that the traffic volume as a result of the corona pandemic was very low.

The number of accidents fell by 23 percent or almost a quarter to 166,000 compared to March 2019. That was also less than ever before since 1990. The number of people injured in traffic accidents fell by 27 percent compared to March 2019 or also by around a quarter to 20,400. However, that was not a monthly minus record. In February 2010 it was even less.

Corona outbreak in Dutch slaughterhouse near German border

In a Dutch slaughterhouse in Groenlo near the border with Germany, 147 employees tested positive for the corona virus. This was announced by the local government Oost Gelre on Sunday. According to a report by the local newspaper “De Gelderlander”, 79 of the infected live in Germany, 68 in the Netherlands. Overall, according to the local government, of the 657 employees in the Vion slaughterhouse group, 25 employees had not yet been tested, and the data for five employees were missing. The German authorities had been informed.

Already on Friday the authorities of the province of Gelderland in the east of the country ordered home quarantine for 600 employees and closed the slaughterhouse. Corona infections were found in 45 employees in the slaughterhouse. Dozens of employees had previously been infected in other branches of the Vion Group in Germany. The company claims to have slaughterhouses in Germany and the Netherlands with a total of 12,000 employees and sales of 5.1 billion euros.

The trade union federation FNV had made the living situation of many employees responsible for the spread of the virus. Migrant workers in particular would live close together in group accommodation. In most cases, employment agencies provide accommodation for migrants, often in Germany. The community urged Vion and the temporary employment agencies to make the housing of the workers humane so that all affected workers could safely remain in quarantine.

Head of “Business Ways” welcomes proposal for EU aid

The head of “economies”, Lars P. Feld, welcomed proposals for billions in EU reconstruction aid – but at the same time spoke out in favor of conditions. Feld told the German Press Agency about a Franco-German proposal: “There are no corona bonds through the back door. It is above all a political signal to Italy, Spain and France.”

Even easier access to loans from the European Stability Mechanism, combined with bond purchases from the ECB, offers many opportunities to stabilize a country that is relatively heavily indebted. “I hope that the compromises that are now being made with Austria and other countries will also result in certain conditions – for example, that Italy will be more committed to reducing its debts as part of the European Semester once this crisis is over . “

Feld is the chairman of the expert council for assessing macroeconomic developments, which advises politicians. Colloquially, the experts are also referred to as “business practices”.

23 corona infections detected in nursing home

In a senior citizens’ and nursing home in Düsseldorf, 23 residents tested positive for the new corona virus. So far, only one resident has been hospitalized, the rest are currently symptom-free, the city said on Sunday. They remained in quarantine in the care facility. In total, more than 100 people lived in the facility in the Benrath district, it said.

The health department had tested all residents after the corona virus had been detected by an employee. Visitors can no longer be received; employees must wear masks with a high level of protection.

Austria’s Federal President violates Corona curfew

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and his wife Doris Schmidauer were caught by the police in a pub in Vienna after the Corona curfew. Van der Bellen confirmed the “Kronen Zeitung” incident on Sunday and apologized. He “chatted and unfortunately overlooked time”. The police also confirmed that the Federal President was found in a guest garden during a check in downtown Vienna. According to the “Kronen Zeitung”, Van der Bellen and his wife still had drinks on the table when the bar was checked around 0:00 p.m.

In Austria, restaurants, pubs and bars are currently only allowed to open until 11 p.m. due to the corona pandemic. The incident could therefore have expensive consequences for the landlord. The Covid 19 Measures Act provides for penalties of up to 30,000 euros for operation after 11 p.m. Officially, the restaurant was already closed.

Federal President Van der Bellen himself showed repentance on Sunday. “I’m really sorry. It was a mistake,” he told the Kronen Zeitung.

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