The morning situation
RKI reports more than 20,000 new coronavirus infections
More than a quarter of a million corona deaths in the USA +++ Minister of Justice: “The state must show who has a monopoly of violence” +++ Judgment in the Bergisch Gladbach abuse complex expected +++ The news on Thursday morning.
Good morning, dear reader,
42 – that’s how many days there are until the turn of the year, which this time for many will be different than usual. After the Greens in Berlin, several domestic politicians and police trade unionists are now calling for a firecracker ban on New Year’s Eve. Alcohol, groups of people and a party atmosphere quickly joined the fireworks – and that was not hip, said the chairman of the German Police Union, Rainer Wendt, of the “Bild” newspaper. The North Rhine-Westphalian Interior Minister Herbert Reul also spoke out against firecrackers and missiles. The aim of a ban is to protect hospitals burdened with the treatment of Covid-19 sufferers. The number of infected people in Germany is still at a high level.
The headlines to start the day:
22,609 cases: new corona infections slightly above the previous week’s level
In Germany, the health authorities reported 22,609 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within 24 hours. That is a good 5000 cases more than on Wednesday (17,561), according to information from the RKI. Slightly more cases have been reported compared to a week ago. Last Thursday, the number of new infections reported was 21,866.
More than a quarter of a million corona deaths in the USA
Since the corona pandemic began, more than a quarter of a million people have died after being infected with the virus. That comes from data from the University of Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. No other country in the world has such a high number of deaths known. In the face of rising corona numbers, the US east coast metropolis New York is closing its schools again.
Trump strains partial recount in Wisconsin
In his attempt to overturn the result of the US presidential election, Donald Trump also wants to recount some of the votes in the state of Wisconsin. The president’s election campaign team transferred an amount of three million dollars for a partial recount, the state’s electoral commission said.
Justice Minister: “State must show who has a monopoly on violence”
Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht has approved the police operation with water cannons against demonstrators who protested against the state corona measures in Berlin. The SPD politician told the newspapers of the Funke media group that if requirements such as mask requirements or keeping your distance were deliberately disregarded, the meeting would have to be dissolved. “The state must show who has the monopoly of violence in this country. It cannot be that the state gives up when many demonstrators come to deliberately violate the rules.”
Dead in collapse of illegal mine in Ecuador – dozens are stuck
Several people were killed when a mine collapsed in Ecuador. At least 60 other people were stuck, as various media reported unanimously, citing the country’s emergency call center.
What is important today:
Interferers on AfD invitation in the Bundestag? Council of Elders advises
The Bundestag council of elders dealt in the afternoon with the suspicion that the AfD smuggled right-wing troublemakers into the Reichstag building. These are said to have harassed MPs in the hallways yesterday during the debate on the Infection Protection Act, as several parliamentarians report.
Verdict expected in the Bergisch Gladbach abuse complex
From 10 a.m. the Cologne district court will speak its judgment in the second case negotiated there from the Bergisch Gladbach abuse complex. A 33-year-old man is charged with sexually abusing his cousin’s stepdaughter and nephew. Furthermore, the man is said to have been in possession of thousands of child pornographic images and videos, some of which he is said to have shared with other pedophiles.
Murder case Greta: accused educator wants to make an explanation
In the trial of the killed daycare child Greta (3), the accused educator wants to make a statement for the first time from 12 noon. So far, she has not commented on the allegations. The 25-year-old German is accused of squeezing Greta’s chest so tightly during her midday nap in her daycare center in Viersen on the Lower Rhine in April of this year that the girl later died in hospital. She is therefore charged with murder before the Mönchengladbach Regional Court.
Ex-Wirecard boss Braun should testify in the investigation committee
The former head of the scandal company Wirecard is to testify in the Bundestag investigation committee from 1 p.m. on the accounting fraud. The MPs want to ask the ex-manager about his contacts with politics and authorities. It is considered rather unlikely that he will comment on the public prosecutor’s allegations of fraud. Witnesses don’t have to incriminate themselves. Braun is considered one of the main people responsible for the fraud scandal in which Wirecard is said to have booked billions in bogus transactions for years.
Budget dispute overshadows EU video link on the corona crisis
After Hungary and Poland vetoed the European budget package, the EU heads of state and government will discuss possible ways out of the crisis at 6 p.m. A solution is not yet to be expected from the video conference, said a senior EU representative on Wednesday. It was a serious problem and it took time.
Chancellor speaks to citizens about problems in care
Chancellor Angela Merkel will speak at 2 p.m. in a citizens’ dialogue with people in need of care, their relatives and caregivers about their problems, especially in the coronavirus pandemic. The video conference can be followed live on the Federal Government’s website. Just last week, the CDU politician warned not to leave people in need of care alone during the pandemic. It is important to make full use of the leeway for social contacts and visits. Elderly people in particular suffer from loneliness, and need not only protection but also care.
German ice hockey league decides on the start of the season
The German Ice Hockey League wants to finally decide on the restart on Thursday. Following a shareholders’ meeting, the league invited to a press conference in Düsseldorf with DEL managing director Gernot Tripcke and the deputy chairman of the supervisory board Daniel Hopp at 2 p.m.
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We wish you a good start to the day.
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