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Kühnert wants to save pubs
2:15 p.m .: The deputy federal chairman of the SPD and Juso boss, Kevin Kühnert, has launched an initiative to rescue Berlin pubs in view of the tense economic situation of many restaurateurs in the corona crisis. The aim is that in the coming week, a website will go online that collects donations for pubs. “We would like to appeal to the people to put aside the symbolic euro for the beer not drunk in the pub and to send it to their own pub,” he told the German Press Agency.
Many neighborhood bars have no financial reserves and are poorly networked compared to restaurants and bars. “In this respect, this is a very existential question for many of them. Especially in a big city, where the problem of rents is added,” said Kühnert. Together with friends, he therefore founded the “bar savior”. In a tweet, the initiative asked for help, for example, when setting up a donation app. “We had the feeling that there is not so much time now and we would rather go out with the idea first,” said Kühnert.
Police arrest man who called for demonstration
2:03 pm: Because he is said to have called for a demonstration against the exit restrictions on the Internet, the police arrested a man from Weinheim in Baden-Württemberg. With the demonstration, in which many people gathered in public, the man called for a crime according to the current regulations to contain the corona crisis, a police spokesman said. Without the conditions, the peaceful protest march would not have been a problem.
According to the investigation, the 32-year-old had wanted to anonymously organize a peaceful protest march on an Internet portal two weeks ago. He therefore asked potential participants to bring children to protect themselves from the police. Numerous people who read the call informed the police.
The investigators finally found the 32-year-old through the provider of the Internet portal. During the apartment search on Friday, the officials had secured data carriers, three laptops, hard drives, a tablet and a smartphone, which are now to be evaluated. The 32-year-old was released after the temporary arrest.
Crowds of people are prohibited in public places in Baden-Württemberg as soon as more than two people who do not belong to the family meet. While gatherings of smaller groups are an offense under the current ordinance, groups of more than 15 people commit a crime, according to the police spokesman.
Germans returned to Odyssey with “Zaandam”
1:24 pm: One day after the end of the odyssey of the cruise ships “Zaandam” and “Rotterdam” in Florida, 72 of the German passengers returned to Germany. As confirmed by the Federal Foreign Office, they landed at Frankfurt am Main airport on Saturday morning. Seven passengers are said to still be in Florida. The return flight was organized by the Holland America Line shipping company.
The 79 German passengers embarked on a “Zaandam” cruise in early March around Cape Horn on the southern tip of South America, but were then unable to board Chile as planned due to several coronavirus cases. The passage through the Panama Canal from the Pacific to the Caribbean was only possible after a long struggle. The authorities only allowed entry into the port of Fort Lauderdale in southern Florida after the intervention of US President Donald Trump. Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis initially resisted it.
Most of the originally 79 German passengers on the “Zaandam” had meanwhile switched to the sister ship “Rotterdam”, which accompanied the “Zaandam” and on which there were no infections. Together, the two ships had around 2,500 passengers and crew members, including 311 US citizens, 52 of them from Florida, according to the shipping company.
Farmers’ Association warns of the consequences of border controls
1:15 p.m .: In the face of border controls within the European Union, business associations are demanding to ensure the free movement of goods. “In order to maintain a broad supply of food to the population even in the corona crisis, it is essential to keep the borders open within the European Union,” said Joachim Rukwied, President of the German Farmers’ Association. “With all understanding of the need to curb the spread of the virus, ways other than closing the EU’s internal borders and potentially putting supply chains at risk must be found.”
In many places in the European Union, traffic jams are occurring due to border closures. This threatens the so-called just-in-time supply chains of many companies. The EU has also called for not obstructing the movement of goods. Germany controls the borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark to curb the spread of the new corona virus.
More than 40,000 Germans are said to be stuck abroad
12.51 p.m .: Despite the federal government’s wide-ranging return campaign, more than 40,000 German travelers were still stuck abroad at the weekend. Most of those affected by the travel restrictions in the corona crisis are in South Africa, New Zealand and Peru, the Federal Foreign Office told the Rheinische Post. The information is therefore based in part on estimates.
According to Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD), another return flight with 272 people started in Peru’s tourist stronghold Cusco. The number of Germans brought back from abroad in the corona crisis has now risen to 197,000, Maas tweeted on Saturday.
Few violations in Hamburg
12.44 p.m .: After the imposition of fines, the police in Hamburg have so far found only a few violations of the conditions in the wake of the corona crisis. “It’s still very quiet,” said a police spokesman. Also on Friday evening there were only isolated violations because people were in small groups in green areas or children played in playgrounds despite the ban. “Fortunately, these were just a few incidents,” said the spokesman. The police did not yet want to announce on Saturday whether fines were also imposed.
The new catalog of fines provides for fines of 150 to 5,000 euros for violations. Repeat cases can even be punished with up to 25,000 euros. “We can also issue references and bans on residence or even take people into custody in order to avert danger,” said Hamburg police chief Ralf Martin Meyer of the newspaper “Die Welt”.
Consumer advocates threaten dubious dealers
12.40 p.m .: Consumer advocates want to take legal action against dubious traders who take advantage of the corona crisis with overpriced products or questionable promises. “The consumer advice centers ensure that there are also legal consequences,” says Klaus Müller, head of the Federal Consumer Advice Association (VZBV), the “Handelsblatt”. “Three breathing masks for 999 euros or vitamin preparations against the corona infection are no longer within a free pricing framework that would be tolerable.”
Figures in Spain are stabilizing
12:23 pm: In Spain, the numbers of the corona crisis stabilize three weeks after the curfew begins. The rate of growth of new infections declined again by Saturday afternoon and was less than six percent. A total of around 7,000 new infections were detected, the total number was more than 124,700, said the Ministry of Health.
At the same time, according to official information, almost 4,000 Covid-19 patients were discharged as recovered within one day. This means that more than 34,000 people are healthy again. Spain is one of the countries most affected by the crisis worldwide.
The number of deaths also decreased. Nevertheless, for the eighth time in a row, more than 800 deaths were recorded within 24 hours. The total number was around 11,700. That was 809 more than on Friday. The regions of Madrid and Catalonia continue to be particularly badly affected.
After talking to health experts and party leaders, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez wanted to decide whether the alarm condition, including strict exit restrictions, would be extended again until April 26. Actually, the measures should only apply until April 11th.
Austria starts production of protective masks
11.46 a.m .: In order to be able to meet the high demand and become more independent of the world market, several companies in Austria have jointly developed a protective mask for health workers. As Minister of Economics Margarete Schramböck announced, production could be ramped up to 100,000 pieces a day within a few days and then to 500,000 pieces a day in the next step. However, several hundred seamstresses would be sought for this.
The new mask prevents 95 percent of all viruses and is therefore FFP2 certified. It also protects the wearer from infection – unlike the mouth-nose protection, which has been handed out to customers at the entrance to Austrian shops since Wednesday.
According to Schramböck, the production of protective masks on site is important because the quality on the world market is sometimes very different. In this regard, Schramböck also emphasized that the corona virus is a “wake-up call for the whole of Europe”. “Namely a wake-up call that we should produce more in Europe again, also in the pharmaceutical industry.”
In Austria, the need for protective masks for four weeks was twelve million. For the specially developed model, a possibility of reuse is also being worked on. Production had already started with 15,000 pieces per day.
Domestic violence is increasing, especially in cities
11:34: Federal Minister of Family Affairs Franziska Giffey sees the corona crisis, particularly in the cities, as a danger of an increase in domestic violence. Accordingly, she received feedback from Berlin that the advertisements for domestic violence had increased by ten percent.
“We get different feedback from the countries. There is obviously a city-country divide,” said Giffey of the German Press Agency. The potential for conflict is not so high from rural areas, where there are more opportunities to go out and where people do not live so tightly. “We haven’t heard of additional case numbers there yet,” said Giffey.
In order to slow the spread of the novel corona virus, schools and daycare centers have been closed in most federal states for three weeks now. There are also far-reaching exit restrictions. Because of the situation, an increase in domestic violence is expected.
There is an increase in calls of more than 20 percent on the help number “number against grief”, said the minister “Zeit Online”. “Both more children and more parents are calling.” Part of the increase could also be due to the fact that they had massively promoted the number. Children and adolescents who are looking for help can contact the nationwide toll-free number 116 111. There is 0800 111 0550 for mothers, fathers or grandparents. The consultants see themselves as the “first point of contact” and, if necessary, arrange contact with other local offers of help.
Apparently dead in evacuation in the South Pacific
10.48 a.m .: Apparently several people were killed in a violent storm in front of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. The coronavirus pandemic was said to take people to their home villages on a ferry when they were washed up due to high waves and strong winds. Media reported 28 deaths. The police said it was impossible to verify the victim’s information.
According to media reports, the captain of the ship did not notice until the mooring that passengers had gone overboard. Due to the corona crisis for evacuations, the ferry was on its way from the capital Honiara to West Are’are, 120 kilometers away. The ferry had left on Thursday evening when the tropical cyclone “Harold” was moving towards the archipelago. However, the captain ignored warnings from the weather services to refrain from unnecessary trips.
According to Prime Minister Manasseh Sovagare, a search for the missing passengers was started. Civil protection in the Solomon Islands, where health care is limited, is currently preparing for the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the authorities have to fight the consequences of cyclone “Harold”. However, the island nation with only around 600,000 inhabitants is one of the few countries in the world where no corona infections have been reported yet.
Foundation demands that available hospital staff in homes should help out
10.07 a.m .: To ensure medical care, the German Foundation for Patient Protection has requested that outpatient nursing staff should also help in homes if necessary. “It is absurd if the first hospitals are now considering short-time work for their underutilized staff,” said the board of directors of the foundation, Eugen Brysch, of the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. “At the same time, dramatic scenes are taking place in nursing homes due to a lack of staff. So we need bridges instead of walls between the hospital and outpatient care.”
Brysch said: “We need a pool in every community in which doctors and nurses from hospitals and rehabilitation facilities work together with resident doctors and nursing staff.” These teams would have to be sent to where the need is greatest. So far, there has been a strict distinction between inpatient and outpatient. “But such a hard separation is fatal in times of crisis.”
Bufdis should be able to help unbureaucratically
9:58 am: Federal Minister of Family Affairs Franziska Giffey wants to enable volunteer service participants to get involved in the corona crisis in a non-bureaucratic way. “Volunteers who are currently unable to perform their duties due to the current situation are given the opportunity to move to another job site quickly and unbureaucratically – for example, where help is urgently needed now: in hospitals, nursing homes or in the provision of food for the needy” , the SPD politician told the newspapers of the Funke media group.
Giffey announced that an online platform for the volunteer services will be activated in the coming week. According to the Ministry of Family, around 39,000 helpers, so-called Bufdis, are currently involved in the federal voluntary service, as the report says. There would also be around 52,000 young people and young adults doing a voluntary social year (FSJ). About 25,000 of these volunteers have already worked in hospitals, nursing homes or emergency services. However, many operations sites would have severely restricted or closed their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There is no obligation to change the job site, the ministry said in the report. However, an exception rule allows not only to help in the traditional job site, but also in an “extended job area”. In any case, federal payments continue to run as in regular service.
Bavaria wants to admit ten patients from France
9:52 am: Bavaria wants to admit ten Covid-19 sufferers from Paris to treatment in the corona crisis. Prime Minister Markus Söder tweeted this. He had promised support to the French ambassador. “Friends help in an emergency,” wrote Söder. “Europe must stand together.” Since last Sunday, Bavaria has admitted ten patients from Italy to medical care.
Alongside Italy and Spain, France is one of the countries in Europe that is particularly affected by the corona virus. Since March 1, more than 6,500 people have died in France as a result of the virus. Other federal states have also announced plans to admit Covid 19 patients for treatment.
USA want to stop export of scarce medical protective equipment
9:45 am: The US government wants to ban the export of scarce medical protective equipment in the corona crisis. That announced US President Donald Trump. The export of respiratory masks of the type N95, surgical gloves and other products should be prevented. “We need these products in our country immediately,” he warned.
The American company 3M, which produces breathing masks, among other things, was critical of the instruction. This has significant humanitarian effects for certain countries. In addition, the step could result in other states also suspending the export of such products to the USA, which would be counterproductive in the current situation.
As a lesson from the coronavirus crisis, the US government wants to bring the manufacture of important medical products back to the United States. Trump’s adviser Peter Navarro said that the crisis had shown how dependent the US was on deliveries from abroad. He cited the antibiotic penicillin and respirators as examples.
Brewers suffer from the corona crisis
9:41 am: Germany’s brewers fear massive damage to their business due to the corona crisis. 87 percent of breweries believe that they register short-time work, 18 percent even believe that they have to lay off staff. This emerges from a survey by the German Brewers’ Association.
Small breweries are particularly affected. “The main turnover has broken down,” said Werner Scharpf, owner of the small brewery of the same name in Heilgersdorf in Upper Franconia.
Thea Ungermann, managing director of the old brewery Schumacher in Düsseldorf, cares about the employees. “This is a violent and dramatic situation for us,” she said. The turnover in the catering trade is the main part for the brewery. “We fight every day to keep our employees busy.”
According to the US group, there is no indication of redirection of Berlin protective masks
9:33 am: The US company 3M has, according to its own information, no evidence that protective masks intended for the Berlin police were confiscated by the United States. “3M has no evidence to suggest that 3M products have been confiscated,” it said on dpa request. “3M has no records of an order for respiratory masks from China for the Berlin police.” According to a report by the news portal “t-online.de”, the White House also denied corresponding allegations made by Berlin’s Senator for the Interior, Andreas Geisel (SPD). He had spoken of an “act of modern piracy”.
According to information from the Berlin “Tagesspiegel”, the masks were ordered by the Berlin police from the US manufacturer 3M. The newspaper reported that the masks ordered had been produced at a company’s 3M facility in China. At the airport in Bangkok, the goods should have been reloaded and flown to Germany by air. Instead, the delivery was brought from Bangkok to the United States. The rbb, citing the Berlin police, also reported that the delivery had been “redirected” to the USA.
However, the White House rejected the allegations against “t-online.de”. The news portal, citing a senior US government official, reported that the allegations were “completely wrong”. Inquiries from the German Press Agency to the White House remained unanswered.
16 people die in Peru because they drink supposed protection
9.15 a.m .: It was supposed to help against infection with the novel corona virus: Because they drank adulterated alcohol that was propagated as a remedy, at least 16 people died in Peru. Patients were hospitalized after drinking alcohol while believing that it protected them from coronavirus infection, the Andina news agency said on Friday, citing local health officials.
The patients from the Andean region Huancavelica showed symptoms of poisoning. The police have confiscated the alcoholic beverages that were sold in “an establishment of dubious reputation”, it said.
According to official data, almost 1,600 people have been infected with the corona virus in Peru so far, 61 people have died. There are mandatory exit restrictions and a night curfew in the Andean country.
Juso boss Kühnert wants to save Berlin pubs
8.50 am: “Save your neighborhood pub” – with this slogan a Berlin initiative is campaigning for donations. SPD politician Kevin Kühnert is one of the founders, as he tweeted. “We would like to appeal to the people to put aside the symbolic euro for the beer not drunk in the pub and to send it to the local pub,” said the Juso chairman of the German Press Agency.
Many neighborhood bars have no financial reserves and are poorly networked compared to restaurants and bars. He therefore founded the “pub savior” with friends. In a tweet, the initiative asked for help, for example when building a donation app.
Singer Pink infected with corona virus
8:33 am: Pink had Covid-19 – but is now healthy. Two weeks ago, she and her three-year-old son Jameson had symptoms, the singer writes on Instagram. Fortunately, her doctor could have quickly gotten a test that she found positive. The whole family had isolated for two weeks, and everyone had recovered.
The singer sharply criticized the US government: she did not arrange tests quickly enough. “We need to enable free, wide-ranging testing to protect our children, families, friends, and communities.”
She said she would donate a million dollars to healthcare, in equal parts to a clinic in Philadelphia where her mother worked for 18 years and to a Los Angeles city health insurance fund. Pink thanked the “heroes” in the healthcare sector and admonished their fans: “Please stay at home.”
Schäuble fears that the Bundestag will be able to act
8.02 a.m .: CDU politician Wolfgang Schäuble fears that the corona crisis could endanger Parliament’s ability to act. “We have never had anything like this in our lifetime,” said the President of the Bundestag to the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. “We have to do everything we can not to overrule parliamentary democracy.”
Therefore “now all considerations for remedial action are desired, just not considering them would be wrong”. The report said that he had written a letter to all the group leaders to discuss possible ways out. According to “SZ”, Schäuble mentions two options: virtual meetings of the Bundestag or the formation of a small emergency parliament.
At the most recent session of the Bundestag, a quarter of the members were missing due to the corona crisis. As an immediate measure, the quorum for the quorum of the parliament was reduced from 50 to 25 percent of the deputies. But he “heard that there are definitely doubts whether this measure is sufficient,” said Schäuble.
Federal Foreign Office assumes 40,000 stranded Germans
7.58 a.m .: Tens of thousands of Germans are still stuck abroad. The Federal Foreign Office assumes this, as the “Rheinische Post” reports. Most Germans are still in South Africa, New Zealand and Peru.
The federal government is currently gathering stranded holidaymakers all over the world because of the pandemic and bringing them home. A total of 194,000 German tourists have been brought back so far, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Friday.
“Logistically, that was a hussar piece for everyone involved,” said Maas in an interview with the “Rheinische Post”. The crisis response center is used to a lot. “But the Federal Foreign Office is also not an airline that does something like this every day. We had a steep learning curve at the beginning.”
On some days, 20 planes were in the air at the same time to bring back German citizens. The government wanted to bring back all German travelers from abroad, the minister said.
In the United States, more than 1,400 people infected with coronavirus die within 24 hours
7.40 a.m .: In the United States, the highest number of deaths to date from the novel corona virus has been recorded within 24 hours within one country. According to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, 1,480 more deaths were registered between Thursday 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time and the same time on Friday evening. According to this information, more than 275,000 people in the United States are now infected with the corona virus. According to the university, the United States is the most affected country in the world.
The University of Washington predicts that the pandemic will peak in the U.S. on April 16, with more than 2,600 deaths in one day. The scientists estimate that 87,000 hospital beds will then be missing in the United States, including almost 20,000 in intensive care units.
Trump recommends covering the mouth and nose – but does not want to wear a mask himself
7:29 am: Contrary to the previous guideline, the US government is now advising to wear face masks as a measure against the spread of the corona virus. “This is voluntary,” said President Donald Trump at the White House daily press conference.
The recommendation relates to masks made of fabric, which can be made at home, for example, but not to medical protective masks. These should be reserved for medical staff. Trump emphasized that the new measure does not replace the previously recommended protective measures, but supplements them. The US health agency CDC has so far explicitly advised healthy people without symptoms not to wear masks.
Trump himself would not wear mouth-nose protection. “Sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk (the President’s desk in the White House), the great Resolute Desk – I think I’m wearing a face mask when I greet Presidents, Prime Ministers, Dictators, Kings, Queens, I know not, somehow I don’t see it for myself. I just don’t see it. Maybe I’ll change my mind. “
World Bank expects global recession – poor countries particularly affected
7:15 am: According to World Bank President David Malpass, the coronavirus pandemic will probably trigger a “major global recession”. This will likely hit the poorest and most vulnerable countries hardest, Malpass said in a post on LinkedIn. “We intend to respond vigorously and massively with aid programs, especially for poor countries.” He said he plans to speak to the leaders of Ethiopia, Kenya and other countries soon.