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News today: Children’s vaccine is due to be delivered a week earlier

Today’s news in stern-Ticker.

Today’s news in stern-Ticker:

12:38 p.m.: Cologne customs find rotten meat from porcupines and antelopes in packages

Disgusting find at Cologne Airport: Customs has discovered almost half a ton of rotting game meat in parcels from Nigeria in recent weeks. In 15 packages, the officials found four Galagos, also known as bush babies, a porcupine and an antelope, according to customs. The packages also contained large amounts of spoiled fish, crustaceans, cowhides and snails.

Most of the animals were roasted or smoked. According to the customs authorities, the packages weighing between one hundred and 300 kilograms were on their way to Germany, France and Belgium.

11.55 a.m.: WHO members decide to negotiate pandemic agreement

To better prepare for future pandemics, the 194 member countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) want to conclude an international pact. They agreed on this by consensus at the end of their special meeting in Geneva.

However, the work will probably only be finished in two and a half years, as the decision shows. A working group is supposed to start deliberations before March 1, 2022. But it should not present the final results until the annual meeting in spring 2024.

11.43 a.m.: UN: Despite the pandemic, international migration continues to increase

The corona pandemic, including the numerous border closings, has not stopped the increase in global migratory movements. As the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced in its annual report in Geneva, 3.6 percent of the world population, i.e. 281 million people, were migrants last year. In 2019 it was 3.5 percent (272 million).

11.28 a.m.: In Portugal, the corona emergency situation applies again – new restrictions

In Portugal, the emergency status with new restrictions and test rules has been in effect again today due to increasing corona numbers. All visitors arriving by air must now show a negative test – even if they have been vaccinated or have recovered. Working from home is “strongly recommended” by the government in Lisbon. In addition, after the end of the year there will be a “week of restraint” with an obligatory home office and closed schools, universities, bars and discos.

At 87 percent, Portugal has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, and 11 percent of people have already received a booster vaccination. However, the seven-day incidence has been climbing for many weeks. It was last over 200.

11.06 a.m.: TK study: People in Germany are more often under stress

Germans feel increasingly stressed. According to a survey by Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), at 26 percent, more than a quarter are often under stress. That is 30 percent more than in a similar survey from 2013. At 64 percent, almost two out of three people feel stressed at least sometimes, according to the study.

The corona pandemic increased the feeling of stress again. When asked whether life has become more stressful since the beginning of the pandemic, around half of those surveyed answered yes (47 percent).

10:38 a.m.: Man is hit by a car on the motorway near Iserlohn and dies

A 42-year-old was hit by a car on Autobahn 46 near Iserlohn in North Rhine-Westphalia and died. According to the fire brigade, the traffic accident occurred early in the morning in the direction of Hemer. When the rescue workers arrived, the man was trapped lifeless under the accident vehicle. Despite the quick release, only the 42-year-old’s death could be determined.

10.06 a.m.: Storm and snow cause over 500 accidents in southern and eastern Bavaria

Because of the onset of winter, the police, fire brigade and rescue services in the south and east of Bavaria have been called to over 500 missions. In Lower and Upper Bavaria alone, there were 430 missions on Tuesday and Wednesday night, as the police announced.

A fatal accident occurred in Ingolstadt when two vehicles collided head-on and a man died. In the neighboring district of Neuburg-Schrobenhausen, an 80-year-old had an accident and crashed into a tree. The man later succumbed to his injuries. According to the police, well over a hundred accidents have been reported in Swabia.

9.45 a.m.: Spahn: Children’s vaccine should be delivered a week earlier

According to the incumbent Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU), the children’s vaccine against the coronavirus will be available a week earlier. “We were able to ensure that the vaccine for the five to eleven year old children is delivered across the EU a week earlier,” wrote Spahn on Twitter. The manufacturer promised that. In Germany, the vaccine should be available from December 20th.

9.34 a.m.: Five days after the storm: Thousands of British households still without electricity

Five days after storm “Arwen”, thousands of households in Great Britain were cut off from the electricity supply. The storm last Friday brought strong winds, snow and sleet showers and wreaked havoc in the north of England and Scotland. The lights went out in tens of thousands of households.

The energy supplier Northern Powergrid announced on Tuesday evening that almost 225,000 of the 240,000 affected customers had been reconnected to the power supply. According to a report by the PA news agency, 45,000 people were still without electricity.

8.35 a.m.: Retail sales decreased again in October

Retail sales in Germany are still above pre-crisis levels, but fell again in October. Compared to September, the price-adjusted minus was 0.3 percent, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden. In September sales had already fallen compared to the previous month.

8.27 a.m.: Stiko boss Mertens: Tests also discover Omikron variant

According to the chairman of the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko), Thomas Mertens, the new Coronavirus variant Omikron can be discovered with the commonly used PCR and antigen tests. That was “very good news”, said Mertens of the “Schwäbische Zeitung”. The first evidence of the Omikron variant is already available in Germany. When asked what was known about the new variant so far, Mertens said that observational studies were necessary.

8:04 a.m.: Report: Large-scale operation by the federal police against people smugglers of Vietnamese origin

According to a report by the RBB, more than 40 buildings in Berlin, Brandenburg and Thuringia were searched during a large-scale operation by the federal police against people smugglers of Vietnamese origin. It is about the suspicion of commercial smuggling of Vietnamese women and the mediation of so-called bogus paternity in 36 cases, reported rbb24.

Several hundred officials searched 38 objects in Berlin, one each in Potsdam and Spremberg and one in Sondershausen, Thuringia. According to the report, the focus of the investigation is a 52-year-old Vietnamese woman living in Berlin.

6.50 a.m.: Turkish lira continues to collapse after Erdogan’s statements

The decline in the Turkish lira accelerated on Tuesday evening. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again caused resentment among investors and thus further outflows from the currency. In an interview with TV station TRT, he promised lower interest rates until the elections planned for 2023. In addition, he is no longer interested in attracting short-term investments into the country with higher key interest rates. The lira then fell to record lows against the dollar and the euro.

In return, the dollar rose to just under 14 lira and the euro climbed close to 16 lira. For comparison: at the start of the week, 14 lira had to be paid in phases for one euro; in mid-November it was 12.

5.15 a.m.: Study sees crumbling middle class – pandemic intensifies trend

According to a study, the middle class in Germany is crumbling considerably, and the lower edge in particular is at risk of decline. In 2018, 64 percent of the population belonged to the middle income group, which means a decrease of six percentage points compared to 1995 – when 70 percent were at the time. This is the result of an analysis by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It is the latest available data on the complex topic, said the foundation’s labor market expert, Natascha Hainbach.

5.03 a.m.: Both railways are now used at BER Airport

A good year after the opening of the new BER airport, regular flights from both runways are now available for the first time. So far, the planes have only used one of the runways, most recently on a monthly basis. The reason was the collapse in passenger numbers in the Corona crisis.

In the past few months, significantly more passengers have flown from the new airport. The operator expects twice as many take-offs and landings by March than last winter. It will be between 3000 and 4600 a month.

4.51. PM: Government candidate in Honduras admits election victory of left opponent

The ruling conservative party candidate has admitted defeat in the presidential election in Honduras. Nasry Asfura from the National Party, which has ruled since 2010, announced on Tuesday (local time) that he had visited his left rival Xiomara Castro at home and congratulated her on her victory. He posted a photo on Twitter of how the two opponents hugged. There had been allegations of fraud and civil unrest after the previous election.

1.46 a.m.: Omicron variant detected for the first time in Latin America

The first two cases with the new Omikron coronavirus variant were found in Brazil on Tuesday. It could also be the first ever case in Latin America. Samples from two Brazilians who tested positive for the Omikron variant by the renowned Albert Einstein Hospital would be sent in for a confirmatory laboratory analysis, according to a statement from the Brazilian health surveillance authority Anvisa on Tuesday (local time). According to the news portal “G1”, these are Brazilian missionaries who live in South Africa.

1:33 am: CNN presenter Chris Cuomo suspended “indefinitely”

The CNN presenter and brother of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Chris Cuomo, 51, has been suspended “indefinitely” by his employer. The move was in response to the publication of new documents related to allegations of sexual harassment against Andrew Cuomo by the New York City Prosecutor, said CNN. According to them, Chris Cuomo was more closely involved in his brother’s defense than was initially known. “These documents, which we were not privy to before they were released, raise serious questions,” a CNN spokesman said.

1.01 a.m.: Economist ranking: Tel Aviv replaces Paris as the most expensive city

According to an analysis by the British “Economist” magazine, the Israeli coastal metropolis Tel Aviv is now the most expensive of the cities covered. It replaces the French capital Paris, which now ranks second with Singapore. This is followed by the data published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), according to the Swiss financial center Zurich, ahead of Hong Kong and New York.

Compared to the ranking a year ago, Berlin slipped eight places down to 50th place, making it the cheapest of the six German cities included in the index. The most expensive is Frankfurt, which ranks 19th in an international comparison. The last place in the study with the title “Worldwide Cost of Living (WCOL)” takes the Syrian capital Damascus.


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