Germany is opening up again
After services, zoos and hairdressers, many more areas of everyday life are to be relaxed in the coming weeks. Which federal state will decide exactly which one in future. Chancellor Angela Merkel largely left the decision on easing to the prime minister. “The whole of the Federal Republic is built on trust,” she said. Citizens are once again given more responsibility in dealing with the pandemic. Read here what is now valid in your state.
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10:00 p.m. – Current figures from Germany and the world
Nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, more than 171,000 coronavirus infections have been registered by Saturday evening. At least 7,532 people infected with the pathogen Sars-CoV-2 have so far been reported to be nationwide. About 143,300 people have survived the infection. As for other countries, experts also expect a high number of unreported cases in Germany.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of reproductions was 1.10 from Saturday (data status 9.5. 00:00). This means that an infected person infects something more than another person. This means that the value has risen above the 1.0 mark that the RKI has rated as critical. The institute has repeatedly emphasized that the number of reproductions must be below 1 in order to let the epidemic subside. On Thursday, the RKI reported the value at 0.71, on Wednesday at 0.65. The number of reproductions is somewhat uncertain.
9:51 p.m. – Right-wing extremist attacks press team in Dortmund
According to the police, a right-wing extremist attacked a press team in Dortmund on Saturday. The man said he had beaten the journalists’ camera and slightly injured one person, the police said. The 23-year-old was placed in police custody. The man had previously insulted a media representative at a prohibited meeting in the Old Market.
The city of Dortmund had banned the demonstration against corona restrictions on Saturday afternoon due to infection protection reasons. However, according to the police, up to 150 people showed up, including a group of police-known right-wing extremists.
The police did not disclose the medium for which the journalists were traveling. In Berlin, representatives of ARD and ZDF were attacked on the sidelines of corona protests within a few days.
9:36 pm – Bishops’ Conference distances itself from Corona letters
The German Bishops’ Conference has clearly distanced itself from a letter against the corona restrictions, which has also been signed by several bishops. “The German Bishops’ Conference generally does not comment on calls from individual bishops outside Germany. However, I would add that the assessment of the corona pandemic by the German Bishops’ Conference is fundamentally different from the call published yesterday,” said the chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, Georg Bätzing, who German press agency.
The Corona measures are sharply criticized in the letter entitled “A call for the Church and for the world – to Catholics and all people of good will”. “It is a fact that under the pretext of the Covid 19 epidemic, inalienable rights of citizens have been violated in many cases and their fundamental freedoms have been disproportionately and unjustifiably restricted, including the right to freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom of movement,” it said. And further: There is reason to believe that “there are forces that are interested in causing panic among the population”.
9:11 pm – France extends health emergency
France’s parliament has finally approved the extension of the state of health emergency. The National Assembly voted on Saturday evening for an extension until July 10th. In the afternoon, the opposition-dominated Senate had agreed. The MPs and Senators had previously agreed on a compromise.
The state of emergency in the health sector was declared at the end of March and was initially limited to two months. The government has the opportunity to implement decisions quickly by decree. The law is also intended to legally secure the government’s roadmap for gradual relaxation of strict corona measures starting next Monday.
8:20 p.m. – German infection rate jumps to more than 1
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the infection rate for the new corona virus has risen above the critical mark 1 in Germany. The so-called reproduction number with data 9 May 0:00 is 1.10, as the RKI writes in a situation report published on Saturday evening. The value indicates how many more people are infected on average by an infected person. The RKI has repeatedly emphasized that in order to let the epidemic subside, the number of reproductions must be below 1.
On Wednesday, the RKI had given the value at 0.65. Since then, the number of reproductions has risen steadily.
7:55 pm – Two new corona cases: Dynamo Dresden team in quarantine
After two more positive corona cases, the entire team of the second division club SG Dynamo Dresden has been placed under domestic quarantine. As the club from Saxony announced on Saturday evening on its website, the health office responsible for the SGD in Dresden “decided on Saturday after an intensive analysis of the situation”.
The club did not mention the names of the players concerned with reference to privacy. Due to the quarantine measure, Dresden will not be able to participate in the planned restart of the first two leagues in a week.
7:23 pm – Chambers and ministers appeal to companies: hire apprentices
The Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and the chambers of handicrafts have appealed to the companies to seek trainees despite and especially in the Corona crisis.
“The fact that the training year is not pausing seems to be getting out of sight in many companies due to the corona,” announced the IHK Schleswig-Holstein on Saturday. At the end of April, the skilled trades recorded ten percent fewer new apprenticeships compared to the previous year. The minus for the chambers of industry and commerce is even greater. 3,574 contracts had been signed by the end of April 2019, compared to 2,832 so far this year.
6:55 pm – Number of new virus cases in Italy is falling
Italy reports fewer virus deaths for the third day in a row. The last time there were 194 new deaths, reports the civil protection authority. There were 243 on Friday and 274 on Thursday. The total number of deaths officially associated with Covid-19 is now 30,395. The number of new infections fell from 1,327 on Friday to 1,083. A total of 218,286 infections were registered.
6:32 pm – Recovered Corona patient is looking forward to Italian coffee
The Italian Claudio Facoetti, who was seriously ill with Covid-19, was in the hospital in Bochum for six weeks – on Saturday the 65-year-old was able to leave the University Hospital St. Josef-Hospital. Facoetti said when he said goodbye that he had hardly any words for how grateful he was to the Bochum clinic. Now he is looking forward to Italy and the “better coffee” there.
Before Facoetti flew home, the intensive care givens gave him a T-shirt with their signatures. NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) also attended the farewell. It was “extraordinarily nice to see that a patient who had come into such a weakened state can now return home stable and healthy,” he said. The fact that Facoetti’s return falls on Europe Day underpins “European solidarity”.
6:12 p.m. – Corona test center to open in Strasbourg European Parliament
A new Corona test center will open its doors in the European Parliament in Strasbourg from Monday. The responsible prefecture, the city, the health authority and the parliament said in a joint statement on Saturday that it would have a capacity of 2,000 people per day.
In the Louise Weiss building, an area for the screening center is to be made available free of charge, residents from the Bas-Rhin department and in particular from Strasbourg should be able to be tested there. Only people without symptoms who have been identified as contact cases should be able to get there with a doctor’s prescription and after making an appointment. Partner laboratories are responsible for taking the samples. The Grand-Est region on the border with Germany has been particularly hard hit by the corona virus.
5:59 p.m. – To the restaurant only if name and telephone number are given
Anyone wishing to visit a restaurant or café in Lower Saxony after the reopening must enter their name and telephone number there. This emerges from the revised regulation to combat the corona pandemic, which the Ministry of Social Affairs published in Hanover on Saturday. The easing in retail, tourism, parts of the catering trade, day care and schools will come into effect on Monday and will apply until May 27th.
No reservation is required for a visit to the restaurant, café or beer garden, the ministry explained. But it is highly recommended. It is imperative that each guest enter their surname, first name and a telephone number as contact details. Possible infection chains should be traced later.
5:17 p.m. – Protests against corona restrictions in Saarland
Demonstrations against the federal and state corona rules took place in several Saarland cities on Saturday. According to police, several hundred people took part. A spokeswoman for the police said that around 400 people had come together peacefully in Saarbrücken alone. According to her, around 140 women and men demonstrated in St. Wendel.
In addition to these actions, there were also meetings at the border crossing with France in Kleinblittersdorf and in Luxembourg’s Schengen. As the police spokeswoman said, 40 people peacefully demonstrated at both border locations for a common line in the European Union. All in all, the demonstrators would have followed the applicable guidelines, such as the distance rules, as closely as possible.
4:55 pm – France wants better cooperation on health in Europe
France is now calling for better health cooperation in Europe in the face of the coronavirus crisis. “We will have to ensure that the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control is able to raise the alarm at the first sign of danger, strategically stock up on health products and devices, pool our research efforts and link between to strengthen our hospital services, “it said on Saturday on the occasion of Europe Day in a joint statement by France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Minister for Europe Amélie de Montchalin.
4:45 pm – Other “Mein-Schiff” crew members travel home
Another 164 foreign crew members of the cruise ship “Mein Schiff 3” in Cuxhaven started their journey home on Saturday. This included 83 people from Tunisia and 69 from Turkey, as reported by Tui Cruises and the district of Cuxhaven. “It all went well,” said a spokeswoman for the tour operator. Of the approximately 2,900 crew members initially on board, the first 190 had left the ocean liner on Friday and had been brought to the airport in Hamburg by bus.
4:05 pm – Thousands again at a demonstration against corona rules in Stuttgart
Another call to demonstrate against the coronavirus restrictions was followed by several thousand people in Stuttgart on Saturday. The police saw a brisk influx of people on the demonstration site, a police spokesman said. It got pretty crowded. The police could initially not give an exact number of participants. The police made sure that the infection protection and the required distance were observed. There were no major problems. The requirements were mostly met, it remained peaceful.
The initiator Michael Ballweg originally registered 50,000 participants for the demonstration on Cannstatter Wasen, which was described as non-partisan. However, the city of Stuttgart put a stop to this: Ballweg was required to limit the meeting to 10,000 participants.
3:58 p.m. – Corona rules not adhered to – Arrests during a demonstration in front of the Reichstag
The police arrested around 30 people during a demonstration in front of the Berlin Reichstag building on Saturday for not complying with the rules for corona containment. The main issue was to determine the personal details because, despite the police announcement, too many people were in the square in front of the Reichstag or the minimum distance was not observed. According to observations by a dpa photographer, people, including conspiracy theorists, protested at the rally that was announced, among other things, against restrictions to protect against corona infections.
The police were on site with 100 officers. According to a spokeswoman, a total of 1,000 emergency services are on the move throughout the city. 400 officials checked around the Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz at the Volksbühne. Two demonstrations took place there in the afternoon, and according to the police, there were no incidents.
3:50 p.m. – Faroe Islands declare themselves free from Corona
The Faroe Islands, which are part of the Danish kingdom, are officially corona-free. There were no more active cases, the government said on Saturday. The total of 187 people infected with the coronavirus had recovered. There were no deaths related to the virus on the archipelago in the North Atlantic.
14:48 – Giorgio Armani: less speed, more lasting values are required
The fashion designer Giorgio Armani assumes that the corona crisis will change the mindset of many people. He expects a reversal not only in fashion, but also in other areas, the 85-year-old Italian told the newspaper “La Stampa” on Saturday. Less pace, more quality and depth, that’s the direction. “And I’m not just thinking about the values associated with family life, but also about higher things like courage, solidarity and willingness to make sacrifices.” Italy had shown its best side here during the pandemic.
Armani had announced this week that he wanted to turn his back on Paris with his couture show. Instead, he wanted to show the sophisticated creations of the Armani Privé line in Milan in January 2021 at his headquarters in the Palazzo Orsini.
2:13 p.m. – Number of newly reported corona deaths in Iran is falling
According to the Ministry of Health in Tehran, the number of newly reported corona deaths has continued to fall in Iran. It has been under 50 in the last 24 hours, ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said.
There were 1,520 newly infected people during the same period, but most of them did not need to be hospitalized, the spokesman said on state television. In addition, more than 85,000 patients could have left the hospitals as healed so far.
11:39 am – Great Britain: Quarantine for travelers
According to media reports, the British government plans to introduce a two-week quarantine for travelers coming to the UK. This was reported, among others, by the “Times” and the BBC. The BBC cited unnamed sources from British airlines. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to announce the measure on Sunday evening, the reports said. This is to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections in the country. The Interior Ministry was initially unavailable for comment.
10:57 am – Bundestag back to normal rhythm
For the first time since the beginning of the Corona crisis, the German Bundestag wants to return to its normal rhythm next week and advise for a full three days. This is clear from the published preliminary agenda. The meeting begins on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with the government survey, to which Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is due to come. On the agenda, which is still controversial between the political groups, there are numerous points related to the Corona crisis as well as decisions on several missions abroad by the Bundeswehr.
9:09 am – Pence spokeswoman Katie Miller infected
Vice President Mike Pence’s spokeswoman for the President of the United States is now infected with the corona virus, according to an employee of US President Donald Trump. She is fine and looks forward to getting back to work soon, spokeswoman Katie Miller tweets. Miller, who is married to Trump’s influential advisor Stephen Miller, has most recently been in contact with the Vice President, journalists, and senior officials.
8:19 am – Ironaman Hawaii probably in February
A decision about the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii will be made soon. Communications director Dan Berglund said Ironman plans to meet them by mid-month. The World Cup over 3.86 kilometers swimming, 180.2 kilometers cycling and 42.2 kilometers running was actually planned for October 10th.
Due to the corona virus pandemic, there is a big question mark behind it. Managing Director Andrew Messick has already said that a shift is possible. A new start for February next year is conceivable.
08:07 am – Current figures from Germany and the world
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