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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11:45 p.m. – Current figures from Germany and the world
10:53 p.m. – Söder “cautiously optimistic” before Bundesliga restart
Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder warns of premature euphoria in view of the upcoming restart in the Bundesliga. “No one can say one hundred percent” whether the season can actually be played until the end, said the CSU politician at Sky Sport News HD: “I am cautiously optimistic. If there is no other way, we have to pull the emergency brake. The protection of the population and the protection of the players themselves continue to come first. “
From the point of view of Söder, resuming the game will help the well-being of all fans. “Football is simply the most wonderful thing in the world,” said the 53-year-old: “And I think that for some families, who otherwise have their clothes on their heads, at least at the weekend it provides a significant relaxation.”
He himself as a football fan believes that the first day of the game could be “a very sterile” under the current circumstances, “because you still have to get used to the format and there will also be uncertainties.” But nevertheless a clean implementation of all regulations is urgently needed: “The whole football world looks at Germany. So we have to do it well,” said Söder.
9:57 p.m. – EU requests independent investigation into the origin of Corona
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell calls on China to “play its role and responsibility according to its weight” in combating the corona pandemic, searching for vaccines and boosting the global economy. In a guest article for the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (Friday), the former Spanish foreign minister also appealed to Beijing, like the EU, to participate in substantial debt relief for the developing countries particularly hard hit by the pandemic and “to do his part here”.
To protect the world from future pandemics, an independent scientific investigation into the origin of this pandemic is also necessary, Borrell demanded from China, where the virus probably appeared in Wuhan City in December 2019.
8:55 p.m. – RKI: New infection rate is 0.88
According to the Robert Koch Institute, the infection rate in Germany is 0.88. And although the value is higher than yesterday’s (0.81), that’s still good news, because the RKI has changed the calculation of the infection rate. The previous value was always very up to date, but also reacted very much to individual regional outbreaks. Infections in meat factories, for example, caused the value to rise significantly, although the infection rate was lower in the rest of the country.
The new value takes such local events into account and is therefore more reliable.
According to the old calculation, the infection rate would now be 0.75. So less than yesterday.
8:30 p.m. – Paris gives billions for tourism – Holidays in the country possible from July
The French government is helping the tourism industry hit by the Corona crisis with a billion dollar plan. If you add up all the support, you get 18 billion euros, said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Thursday.
Philippe also said that the French can go on holiday to France in July and August. There should be regional differences, and one must also keep an eye on the development of the epidemic in the country. It should be possible to book trips for this time.
8:25 pm The Danish government does not yet want to open borders
Denmark has still not made a decision about when to reopen its borders to Germany, Sweden and Norway. Several parties want Denmark to already reach an agreement with Germany so that tourism in the country can get going. German holidaymakers traditionally provide the majority of the guests in the Danish holiday homes, which is why the situation on the German-Danish border is particularly important for the travel sector.
Denmark closed its borders on March 14th for all foreigners without a valid reason for entry. The border closures were among the strict Danish measures in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. Since then, the corona situation in Germany‘s northernmost neighboring country has improved significantly, and the number of new infections and Covid 19 deaths has been falling continuously. Several corona measures have been eased again since mid-April.
8:13 pm – Court: Unequal treatment of gyms is not justified
The Hamburg Administrative Court sees the corona-related further closure of fitness and sports studios as an unjustified unequal treatment compared to other trades. However, the decision does not mean that the studios can open.
However, the applicant could not request that the Coronavirus Containment Ordinance be amended in such a way that the operation of gyms may be permitted. The administrative court has stated that “it is up to the legislator to decide whether to remove the presumed breach of equality by extending the exemptions to fitness and sports studios, by differentiating rules based on appropriate criteria or by fundamentally differently designed prohibition rules”.
Hamburg has lodged an appeal with the Hamburg Higher Administrative Court against the decision. The Higher Administrative Court has also made it clear, by means of an interim order, that the applicant may not reopen her gym for the time being. In addition to gyms, bars, cinemas and theaters are not allowed to open in Hamburg for the time being.
7:59 p.m. – Curious face masks
Curious face masks knitted by designer Ýr Jóhannsdóttir from Iceland! She was inspired by the corona insulation of films. With colorful and bizarre motifs such as an XXL tongue or several outstretched tongues, Ýr Jóhannsdóttir wants to scare people away in order to sensitize them in a creative way to keep a safe distance. The video shows how diverse the Icelandic design looks.
7:53 p.m. – Senator: Younger students adhere to corona rules more than older ones
Surprisingly, according to Hamburg’s school senator Ties Rabe (SPD), younger students adhere better to hygiene and distance rules than older students in the corona crisis. It was expected that older students would adhere more to the guidelines than younger ones – but it was the other way around, said the senator on Thursday evening in the special committee of the Hamburg citizenship to deal with the Corona crisis. “The feedback from all schools shows that the little ones are sometimes inattentive and break the rules, but that they want to accept and comply with them.” The older the students, the less seriously they would take these questions.
“Which is a little surprising to us, because we have received letters from parents for weeks, who have always spurred us on to tighten the hygiene rules a little bit – and now we are a little bit worried that their children will not adhere to them at all.” Rabe reported. In the meantime, teachers have been assigned to watch out for the bus stops in front of the school. “Because there are big fraternization scenes there – and unfortunately that’s always a question of the older ones.”
7:48 p.m. – Russia’s case numbers raise suspicions
In Russia, the number of registered new corona infections fell below the 10,000 mark for the first time since the beginning of May. According to the authorities, 9,974 new cases of infection have been reported nationwide in the past 24 hours, fewer than since May 3. This means that 252,245 cases of infection have been recorded in Russia since the pandemic began. The authorities explain the overall sharp rise in the number of infections by expanding the tests. The country now ranks second behind the United States in infections. According to official figures, the number of deaths in Russia rose by only 96 to 2,212 victims. In international comparison, this is very low. Critics accuse the Russian authorities of covering up deaths from the virus and citing other causes. According to the Russian demographer Sergei Timonin, 70 percent of the deaths in Russia are autopsied – if it is found, for example, that a corona patient “died of a heart attack, he is listed as a heart attack victim”.
7:27 p.m. – Ticket buyers can also get vouchers
For cultural and sporting events that have been canceled due to the Corona crisis, ticket buyers can also get vouchers back instead of their money. This provides for a law of the grand coalition, which the Bundestag passed on Thursday. Union and SPD want to protect organizers from financial hardship through high repayments. The rules for tickets should also apply to other leisure events purchased before March 8th.
Consumers should be able to request payment if a voucher is unreasonable due to their personal circumstances or if they do not redeem the voucher by December 31, 2021. The solution for events such as concerts, festivals, theater performances, film screenings, lectures, readings and sports competitions is to take hold.
7:00 p.m. – Thuringia enforces stricter measures in corona hotspots
The Thuringian Ministry of Health criticizes the new protection concepts of the Sonneberg and Greiz districts particularly affected by the coronavirus. In the case of Greiz, the country is therefore taking measures for a limited period beyond those proposed by the district, it said in a message on Thursday. “For the next two weeks, the opening of the catering businesses in the district will initially only be limited to the outside areas,” said Minister Heike Werner (Linke).
In the case of Sonneberg, too, the ministry complained that, contrary to what was strongly suggested, the district had not yet established a rule that restaurants could only open outside. That is why the district has now been asked to do so. “We will now closely monitor how the infection process in the two counties develops and reevaluate the situation at the beginning of next week,” said Werner. In both counties, the infection rate was recently above 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. The federal and state governments have set the number 50 as an upper limit – if it is exceeded, restriction concepts must be adopted.
6:45 p.m. – Aurich district prohibits alcohol on Father’s Day
The district of Aurich prohibits alcohol on Father’s Day. According to a public announcement on May 13th, the serving of alcoholic beverages in catering establishments and the consumption of alcohol in the vicinity of “restaurants of any kind” are prohibited. In this way, the district wants to prevent drunken crowds from infecting each other, as they could forget the quarantine restrictions.
In the NDR interview, the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga) criticized the planned ban on alcohol because it gave the impression that catering businesses were primarily concerned with catering to drinking men on Father’s Day. “I can’t deny the family a glass of wine to eat asparagus on Ascension Day,” criticized Birgit Kolb-Binder, Vice President of Lower Saxony.
In the official justification of the district administrator, it says: “Especially when the weather is good, people tend to be active outdoors. The possibility of being served outdoors in a restaurant is used relatively often, especially on holidays such as Ascension Day “During the corona pandemic, it was important to” minimize possible potential risks as far as possible “.
6:27 p.m. – NRW abolishes quarantine regulations for returnees at midnight
North Rhine-Westphalia facilitates entry from neighboring European countries. As the Düsseldorf “Rheinische Post” (Friday) learned from government circles, the regulation that returnees have to go into quarantine at home for two weeks should be lifted on Friday at midnight. Armin Laschet (CDU), Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, has launched a corresponding regulation. It should be released on Thursday evening.
6:00 p.m. – Hole in the state coffers: That says Olaf Scholz
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 – we have already reported on this today. Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) sees the federal government, despite the massive tax losses, being prepared to cope with the severe financial consequences of the corona crisis. How he explains the control hole and his optimism – in our video.
5:31 PM – Zoom video conferencing service hires hundreds of developers in the United States
The video conferencing service Zoom, which has been criticized for concentrating its development activities in China, plans to build two new development locations in the United States. In Pittsburgh and Phoenix, up to 500 new software developers are to be hired in the coming years, as the Corona winner announced on Thursday.
Zoom was originally intended for use in companies, but in the Corona crisis, use by private individuals as well as for sports courses, church services or education exploded. This also revealed some security deficiencies that Zoom has since remedied.
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.
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