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Germany continues to loosen up

Germany starts the new week with further easing. In the first federal states, restaurants are opening again, schools are gradually filling up with more children and even visiting the gym is no longer a problem for some places with the appropriate rules. Read here what is now valid in your state.

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9:35 am – Infection numbers in Coesfeld further increased

In the Coesfeld district, the number of infections increased further after a corona outbreak in a meat company. A district spokesman said 780 infections were recorded in the district on Sunday, 35 more than on Saturday. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the number of new infections in the district was just under 96 and thus significantly above the specified upper limit of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. Many of the loosening of the corona requirements, for example for restaurants and shops, planned from Monday onwards will be postponed in the district for a week, as the district announced.

Among those affected in the Coesfeld district are 230 infected people from the Westfleisch plant. 952 of the approximately 1200 employees have already been tested there, said a spokesman for the company. The location remains closed.

8:45 am – Experts: Corona crisis could promote vaccination readiness

Will the Corona Crisis Reconcile Vaccines?

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Many people are eagerly awaiting vaccination against the new coronavirus. But there are also opposite views: At the weekend’s protest demonstrations against state measures to combat the pandemic, there were also opponents of vaccination. According to expert Bernd Harder from the Society for the Scientific Study of Para Sciences, the corona crisis could, in the medium term, induce vaccination skeptics to trust vaccines more in the future. “Because they see what a world without vaccinations could look like.”

8:25 a.m. – Tourism representative Bareiß does not rule out holidays in Europe

In the “ntv early start”, the Federal Government’s Tourism Commissioner, Thomas Bareiß (CDU), defended the existing travel warnings until June 14. “I hope that we can then open the borders step by step and that we can then go on vacation not only in Germany, but also in Europe,” says Bareiß. Many countries would wait for it, as would Germany. Around three million people are employed in tourism in this country. There are currently talks with European tourism experts and security concepts are being worked out on site, the tourism official said in an interview. At the same time, however, it dampened the expectations of the domestic tourism industry. “Sales will not be as strong as last year.” One has to see which companies are now affected by the pandemic in the longer term and which further government grants are necessary.

8:15 a.m. – Interpol chief warns of trade in counterfeit corona vaccine

Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock warns that criminals could take advantage of the development of an effective coronavirus drug. The illegal trade in counterfeit products will increase if there is a drug in sight that promises healing or relief, said Stock of the German Press Agency. Something similar can already be seen with counterfeit medical products such as protective masks or disinfectants.

“There will be another big wave, a global wave, if we move forward on a vaccine,” said the secretary general of the international police organization.

8:05 am – Restaurants and cinemas in New Zealand open again

New Zealand is loosening most of the restrictions in the fight against the novel corona virus. As of Thursday, restaurants, cafes, cinemas and shopping centers will be allowed to reopen, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced. Travel within the country would then be allowed again. The schools are scheduled to reopen next Monday, bars only on May 21. Meetings would be limited to a maximum of ten people.

07:55 – FDP chief Lindner: “He has shown no good sensitivity

The participation of the Thuringian FDP head of state and short-term prime minister Thomas Kemmerich in a demonstration against the Corona requirements has also caused outrage in his own ranks. “He showed no good sensitivity in these demonstrations. And with this action he weakened the arguments of the FDP,” said FDP chairman Christian Lindner at “Guten Morgen Deutschland”.

Kemmerich took part in protests in Gera on Saturday against the restriction of public life to curb the coronavirus. The pictures showed how he ran close to other protesters without a face mask. “If you are serious about your concerns, protect yourself, keep your distance, wear a mask. I also blame Mr. Kemmerich,” said Lindner.

07:15 a.m. – grade bonus for Abi 2020?

ARCHIVE - May 9, 2014, Lower Saxony, Hanover: Students sit in the Abitur examination. The first Abitur exams start on May 11th, 2020 in History. Photo: picture alliance / Julian Stratenschulte / dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Grades 2020 grades bonus?

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The German University Association is demanding a grade bonus in the event that this year’s Abitur should turn out worse than the average of the past few years as a result of the Corona crisis. “There should be no disadvantage for the 2020 Abitur class,” said association president Bernhard Kempen to the newspapers of the Funke media group (Monday). You have to take into account the special conditions under which the Abitur takes place this year. The corona virus should not devalue the curriculum vitae of an entire year.

“In the end, if the performance of the students turns out to be significantly worse than the average of the last few years, I expect a compensation for disadvantages,” said Kempen. Everything else is unfair. For example, should the Abitur grades 2020 be 0.4 or 0.5 points worse on average, the students would have to get a bonus. It was not necessary to change the Abitur certificates. “For example, it would be conceivable for universities to grant an appropriate bonus for the subjects with restricted admissions.” To do this, the federal states and university rectors would have to agree on a nationwide uniform regulation.

7:05 a.m. – Spahn demands consistent action on site

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) has asked the authorities in the states and municipalities to take consistent action in the fight against the corona virus. “We need the courageous, comprehensive approach on site,” stressed Spahn on Sunday evening in the “Today Journal” of the ZDF. It is very important to quickly understand all infections and isolate contacts. Only if the counties acted immediately could the numbers be prevented from rising again nationwide.

The federal government had largely given the federal states a free hand last week to relax the corona requirements. However, a kind of emergency mechanism was agreed: According to this, strict restrictions should apply again in the region in question if more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants are registered within a week.

There are now five locations in Germany where this upper limit is exceeded. The interactive Germany maps with the current virus situation can be found here.

7:00 am – Current figures from Germany and the world

country Infected dead
Worldwide 4,102,955 282.719
United States 1,329,799 79,528
Spain 224,350 26,621
Great Britain 220,449 31,930
Italy 219.070 30,560
Russia 209,688 1,915
France 177.094 26,383
Germany 171,879 7,569

According to Johns Hopkins University, over 171,879 infections with the coronavirus have been registered in Germany. At least 7,569 people infected with the pathogen Sars-CoV-2 have reportedly died nationwide so far. Around 145,600 people have survived the infection. As for other countries, experts also expect a high number of unreported cases in Germany.

Source: Johns Hopkins University

6:45 am – First gyms in NRW open at night

In North Rhine-Westphalia, the first fitness studios reopened on Monday night after their corona break. Shortly after midnight, the first athletes were put back to work in the Kalk district of Cologne. The McFit chain unlocked the doors there as well as at other locations in NRW at 0.01 a.m. “I think everyone was longing for that,” said McFit founder Rainer Schaller. At the same time, he emphasized that it was important to comply with the requirements stipulated by politics.
Last week, NRW cleared the way for a reopening of the gyms on Monday. However, strict requirements apply. There must be a sufficient distance between the devices used, for example showers remain closed.
You can find out here how an expert classifies the hygiene requirements.

6:20 am – Why men get COVID-19 more often

May 9, 2020, North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne: Numerous passers-by are on Schildergasse, one of Cologne's main shopping streets. Photo: Marius Becker / dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

A European study claims to have found an explanation of why men are more susceptible to COVID-19.

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A European study claims to have found an explanation of why men are more susceptible to COVID-19. The results, published in the European Heart Journal, showed that men’s blood has a higher value than a key enzyme called ACE2 compared to women. According to the report, the coronavirus requires ACE2 to penetrate cells, multiply and pass into the lungs. Find out more about the study here.

06:10 am – US Vice President not in quarantine despite Corona contact?

US Vice President Mike Pence says he doesn’t want to go into quarantine as a precaution, despite media reports confirming coronavirus infection. He will be at his workplace in the White House on Monday, his office said on Sunday (local time), according to CNN. Daily corona virus tests were negative for him.

It was announced on Friday that Pence ‘spokeswoman Katie Miller had tested positive for Corona. Three senior members of the Pence-led White House Corona working group subsequently said, according to US media, that they would isolate themselves at home as a precaution.

9:42 p.m. – Cardinal Müller rejects criticism of signature

The German cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller has defended his signature in a letter from church dignitaries, in which the state requirements in the fight against the corona virus are strongly condemned. “Of course, interested church circles used this Vigano text to raise outrage against their supposed opponents,” said Müller on Sunday of the Catholic newspaper “Tagespost” (Würzburg). “Everyone now calls every dissenting conspiracy theorist.”

The letter had been initiated by the former Vatican ambassador to the United States and declared opponents of Pope Francis, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. The text states, inter alia: “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 . “

9:02 pm – Men don’t want to wear masks and attack police officers

In a supermarket in the Rhein-Sieg district, two men refused to wear protective masks and attacked police officers. The two officers were seriously injured, the police said on Sunday. A 35-year-old and a 38-year-old had got into a dispute with the employees of a supermarket in Troisdorf because they are said to have refused to wear the mouth and nose cover required by the Corona Protection Ordinance. The 35-year-old finally put on a mask. However, he is said to have started to provoke the called police afterwards. He received a dismissal that he could not comply with.

After all, he stood up in front of one of the police officers and there was a scuffle. His companion punched the other officer in the face with his fist – he suffered a facial fracture. The other policeman had to be treated for severe facial bruises. Both officials are currently disabled. Investigations into willful assault and assault against police officers have been launched.

8:33 pm – New York’s corona death toll continues to fall slowly

After weeks of curfews, corona-related deaths in the particularly hard-hit state of New York continue to decline slowly. 207 people died of Covid-19 within 24 hours, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday at his daily press conference. The number of victims per day continues to fall, but more slowly than it rose in March and April, when up to 800 people died from the virus each day. In the state with around 19 million inhabitants, of whom almost half live in the metropolis of New York, almost 330,000 people have been infected with the virus so far. More than 26,000 died.

8:12 p.m. – Johnson announces slight easing from Monday

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces slight easing of restrictions. As of Monday, those who could not work from home should return to work. As of Wednesday, people with relatives from their household are allowed to be outdoors as often as they want if they abide by the distance rules. So far, they have only been allowed to leave their homes once a day to do sports.

7:46 pm – Current infection rate at 1.13

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the virus infection rate in Germany rose again for the second day in a row above the critical value of “1”. The RKI announced on Sunday evening in its current management report that the reproduction rate (R) is currently estimated at 1.13, after 1.1 on Saturday. Statistically, each infected person infects more than one other person, and the number of cases would increase again.

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