Coronavirus: Virologist Christian Drosten denounces: “I’m getting sick”

  • Over 650 dead, 67,000 infected and 13,500 recovered in Germany
  • More than 787,000 infected worldwide and nearly 38,000 dead
  • Track all developments in the news blog

The Corona virus spreads in Germany, Europe and the world. There are currently over 650 people in Germany who are suffering from the consequences of the Corona virus died, more than 67,000 people were infected – worldwide the number rises to over 787,000 people (as of Tuesday, 11 a.m.). But: 166,000 patients have recovered worldwide, in Germany there are over 13,500 people.

Meanwhile, because of the Corona virus public life is largely silent. There is a ban on contact, a number of people work from home or are in quarantine.

Corona virus in Germany, Europe and worldwide: Here all information in the news blog

In our news blog we keep you informed about the development and spread of the Corona virus‘Up to date worldwide.

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Tuesday March 31st

13:04: Almost 850 corona deaths in 24 hours in Spain

In Spain, which was hit extremely hard by the coronavirus pandemic, more than 800 deaths were recorded for the fourth day in a row. The Ministry of Health said in Madrid on Tuesday that 849 new victims had been counted within 24 hours. This is the highest number of casualties in one day since the onset of the crisis.

The number of newly detected infections rose again after falling several days in a row and was more than 94,000 on Tuesday – about 9,000 more than the previous day. However, this also included cases from the weekend that have only just become known, said the spokeswoman for the Authority for Health Emergencies (CCAES), María José Sierra.

She was still optimistic that the curve of new cases in Spain is slowly leveling off. “The numbers fall within the expected range. By the end of the week, we will have a clearer idea of ​​how it will develop. ”A lot of tests would be done,“ about 20,000 a day, ”Sierra said.

The regions of Madrid and Catalonia continue to be particularly hard hit by the crisis. The impending collapse of the intensive care units is particularly worrying. The good news, however, was that since Sunday, more than 2,500 patients across the country have been discharged as healed – a total of almost 20,000 people have recovered.

The tightening of the exit ban, which was still in effect until April 11, also came into force on Tuesday. Accordingly, all workers who work in non-essential sectors have to stay at home until Easter. So far, all citizens who could not work in the home office were allowed to continue to work. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s government hopes to get the crisis under control more quickly.

12.48 p.m .: Twelve-year-old girl in Belgium died of virus

In Belgium, a twelve-year-old girl died as a result of infection with the novel corona virus. “This is a very rare case, but it shakes us a lot,” said the spokesman for the corona pandemic, officials in Brussels on Tuesday. The child had previously had a fever for three days.

It is the first corona death of a child in Belgium. Last week, the death of a 16-year-old caused a sensation near Paris.

In Belgium, the number of officially confirmed infections rose to 12,775 according to official data; More than 700 people died as a result of the Covid-19 lung disease caused by the virus. Over 90 percent of the Belgian Corona dead were older than 65 years.

11.43 a.m .: Pandemic does not peak until June

If the ban on contacts ends after Easter, the corona pandemic could peak in June, scientists from the University of Mainz predict. “Around 1.3 million people could then develop Covid-19 at the same time. After that, the number of cases would decrease and go to zero in August, ”says a message.

If the ban on contact is extended until mid-June, the climax will also be postponed by one month. The scientists from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the University of Hamburg use the figures from the Robert Koch Institute for their model. They also assumed that at the end of the current pandemic, six percent of the population in Germany, i.e. around five million people, would be registered as sick.

“Admittedly, this assumption is associated with great uncertainty,” says Prof. Dr. Klaus Wammlung, one of the leading scientists in modeling. “However, there has been no comparable pandemic so far, so we have no certain value for the long-term infection rate.”

11:04: Virologist Drosten outraged: “I’m getting sick”

Virologist Christian Drosten is the face in the corona crisis: Every day, the scientist shares the latest knowledge about the pandemic in the NDR podcast. What does not fail to materialize: Drosten takes center stage. But in the current podcast episode the 48-year-old lets off steam. He is increasingly bothered by the reporting about himself and his colleagues.

“There are newspapers that now paint caricatures of scientists not with words, but also with pictures. I see myself as a cartoon character and I feel bad about it, ”said the virus expert at the Berlin Charité. Scientists are not decision-makers and certainly not politicians, but researchers who collect and explain data.

Most recently, he received a hate email and was blamed for the suicide of Hessian Finance Minister Thomas Schäfer. Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier had indicated that he might not have been able to stand the burden of the crisis. Drosten is considering withdrawing from the public: “We are slowly getting to a point where science has to retreat in an orderly manner if that doesn’t stop.”

10:25 am: Premier Johnson under pressure – great shortage of protective equipment

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure to tackle the corona pandemic. According to the British Medical Association, the clinic and general practitioners lack equipment such as masks and disposable gloves. Nurses had reported that they had to take care of patients without protection.

As the medical organization Royal College of Physicians announced, one in four medical professionals at the NHS (National Health Service) is now “sick or in isolation”. Conditions in London and Birmingham are said to be particularly bad.

In the UK, more than 1,400 people have died from the effects of Covid-19 lung disease, including doctors. The government is also under great pressure because, according to many critics, it reacted too late and too loosely to the outbreak. Another major problem in the UK is that there are far too few ventilators available. The NHS is chronically underfunded.

Johnson and other advisors and politicians from his environment have also contracted the Corona virus. The head of government is said to have only mild symptoms and continues to work in isolation.

10:02 am: Disinfectant – most people make this mistake when using it

The most important measure against the corona virus is in each of us hands: the right hand hygiene.

Corona virus soap and disinfectant removes dangerous germs from your hands. >> But many make a crucial mistake when using it.

9:42 am: Corona miracle in Italy

A little miracle in Corona times happened in the Italian port city of Genoa: A 102-year-old survived the corona virus after spending 20 days in hospital.

The treating doctors from Italica Grondona only call her “Highlander – the Immortal”. For doctors, it is a sign of hope for all older people who are fighting the disease.

According to the World Health Organization, the COVID-19 mortality rate is currently between 4 and 5 percent, with the highest death rate in older patients.

The doctors believe that Grondona could be the only patient in Italy who survived the Spanish flu in 1918/19 and Covid-19. An estimated 50 million people died of the Spanish flu.

09:29: 100 million euros of emergency aid for zoos urgently needed

The Association of Zoological Gardens has requested an emergency aid program of 100 million euros for more than 50 zoos in Germany due to the corona crisis. In a letter, Jörg Association Director Jörg Junhold, himself zoo director in Leipzig, also addressed Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday and pointed out the need for immediate support. “Unlike other facilities, we cannot simply shut down our farm – our animals still have to be fed and cared for.”

According to Junhold’s words, zoos continue to work without income but with consistently high expenses. In the current crisis, a single zoo had to cope with a weekly loss of sales of around half a million euros. A total of 56 German zoos are represented by the association based in Berlin. More than 180,000 vertebrates are cared for and bred in the facilities. Many of them are endangered species.

9:12 am: Guest bursts the collar at Plasberg

“Hard but fair” was a real blast on Monday evening. The topic on the ARD: A life in times of the corona virus. When can we expect an improvement? What will become of the small business owners? Frank Plasberg and his guests dealt with these and similar questions at “Hart aber fair”.

However, when the moderator asked his politician-guest Hubertus Heil an economic question that is currently bothering many, the Federal Minister of Labor completely broke his neck.

>> Read more here about why Minister of Labor Heil reacted so irritably

8:22 am: First victim from the Spanish royal family

The Spanish princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma died in Paris last Thursday. She died of the corona virus at the age of 86. It is the first fatality from a royal family. On Friday, Teresa’s brother, Prince Sixtus Henri of Bourbon-Parma, confirmed the sad news.

She was a cousin of King Felipe of Spain. She was a professor at the Sorbonne in Paris and professor of sociology at the Complutense University in Madrid. For a long time she campaigned for women’s rights and socialist ideas, which is why she was also called the “red princess”.

Prince Charles had previously tested positive for the corona virus.

7:13 am: CureVac co-founder announces vaccine for early summer

CureVac is one of many companies that is working flat out on a coronavirus vaccine. One of the co-founders of the Dievini investment company: Dietmar Hopp. He is said to have invested half a billion euros. In an interview with the Focus reveals Dievini co-founder Dr. Friedrich von Bohlen, how far the development of a vaccine has progressed.

“As of today, we can start testing the vaccine on humans in early summer. If all goes well, the vaccine may be available by the end of this year, ”said Dr. Friedrich von Bohlen. 120 clinical trials are currently underway worldwide to investigate a drug against the virus. “A third of these are vaccines that protect us from the virus and some of them differ greatly in their mode of action. Two thirds are drugs that fight the virus after an infection, ”said the entrepreneur. He sees the competition less than a race. Rather, the industry is “inspired by helping the people in this pandemic, whom we have all never experienced before, as quickly as possible.”

6:07 am: Doctors warn of these mostly unknown symptoms

Cough, fever, fatigue. Coronavirus patients often complain of these symptoms, according to the Robert Koch Institute.

Doctors in New York (USA) are now said to have discovered another symptom, according to the “Mirror”. They observed signs resembling a heart attack in a coronavirus patient in a Brooklyn hospital. >> You can read more about this HERE!

Monday, March 30th

10:43 p.m .: First city in Germany introduces a mask requirement

The first city in Germany is now taking more drastic measures. Starting next week, wearing mouth-and-nose protection in sales outlets, local public transport and buildings with public traffic will become mandatory. You can find out where this regulation will be introduced here >>>

10:18 p.m .: British police officers make for laughter

The British police caused a real laugh. In Liverpool, twelve police officers went out to stop a party in a comedy club. What she was expecting is just incredible. You can read the story here >>>

9:41 pm: Around 150,000 infected and nearly 3,000 dead in the United States

According to experts, there are more than 150,000 confirmed infections in the United States. This means that there are still more known infections than in any other country in the world. Johns Hopkins said that more than 2,800 people died in the United States as a result of Covid-19 lung disease.

The United States is experiencing a dramatic increase in infections. Only on Friday the United States had passed the 100,000 mark. 1,500 dead had been reported before the weekend.

9:10 p.m .: Third Merkel test negative

Angela Merkel’s third coronavirus test was also negative. A government spokesman said on Monday in Berlin. He added: “The Federal Chancellor will continue to do business from her home quarantine in the next few days.”

Merkel has been in quarantine since March 22. Your attending doctor had tested positive.

8:41 pm: Number of deaths in France at over 3,000

The number of deaths in France rose to over 3,000 on Monday. In the neighboring country alone, 418 further deaths were reported within 24 hours alone. The authorities announced this on Monday.

More than 5000 people are in intensive care units, it was said. In total, almost 21,000 Covid-19 patients are currently in the hospital. Around 34 percent of seriously ill people are under the age of 60, said health director Jérôme Salomon. France has a total of 44 550 confirmed infections.

8:16 pm: Drosten speaks of a new phase of the epidemic

The coronavirus crisis has entered a new phase. That’s what virologist Christian Drosten says. According to the expert, the numerous cases in nursing homes are a new phase in the epidemic. “We are now seeing the entries in retirement homes, for example, and have the beginning of a new development here,” Drosten said on Monday in the NDR podcast.

The young age group had previously been increasingly affected. First of all, young people who returned from their skiing vacation had become increasingly infected with the virus. The virus would therefore have spread mainly to the group of friends of the same age.

The mortality rate would now rise due to several effects, according to Drosten. In the meantime, the mortality rate has increased from 0.2 to 0.4 percent to 0.8 percent. The reason: different age groups are affected than before.

19:36: Number of corona infections in Italy stabilizes

Good news from Italy – the measures are having an effect. The increase in the number of people currently testing positive for the coronavirus in Italy is as low as it has not been since the beginning of the national curfews.

The number of people currently infected increased to 75,528 by 1648 by Monday – the least since March 10. The number of dead and healed is not included. The number of total infections rose to 101 739, according to the civil defense. The percentage increase was also smaller here. However, the number of deceased is still higher than in any other country in the world. As of Monday, 812 people were killed, now totaling 11,591.

7:02 p.m .: Contactless payment up to 50 euros

The limit for contactless payments without entering a PIN has been increased. The German banks have agreed on an increase to 50 euros. The German banking industry announced this on Monday. The banks want to make payment easier and more hygienic for their customers and retailers. So far, you could only pay for a purchase of up to 25 euros without contact.

18:34: Maas warns of “fight or war” for protective clothing

Protective clothing is becoming scarce in times of the corona crisis. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is therefore concerned about international competition. “We need individual components in order to be able to produce devices to produce protective equipment that are delivered from abroad,” he said in a live broadcast of the “Bild” newspaper. “Others need deliveries from us to keep their production going.”

Maas warns: “This must not lead to a fight or even a war for protective equipment, respirators or masks.” He sees this as one of the greatest challenges facing the international community and argued for international cooperation. “If we don’t manage that, everyone will end up suffering as a result,” said Maas.

5.44 p.m .: Corona shock at Masked Singer

There are two Corona cases in the team of Pro 7’s ‘The Masked Singer’. The show is therefore initially paralyzed. How to continue with the TV show and everything you need to know about Corona on TV you can find out here >>>

17.12 p.m .: DOSB opens solidarity fund

The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) is launching a solidarity fund to support German sports in the corona crisis. Following a decision by the DOSB, the German Sports Foundation is providing a base of one million euros to support charitable operations in an emergency under the title “Preserving the Diversity of Sports”.

“We want to make our own valuable contribution beyond our demands on politics, so that our unique and diverse association and association landscape can be maintained even in this crisis situation. Only then will it be possible for sport to continue making its extensive and indispensable services available to society in the future, ”said DOSB President Alfons Hörmann.

16:21: Ryanair almost completely ceases flight operations

After Easyjet (see entry 9.30 a.m.), the low-cost airline Ryanair is also taking further consequences. The extremely limited flight schedule with some connections to and from Ireland and Great Britain will be extended by a week up to and including Maundy Thursday (April 9), the company said on Monday. The reasons are flight bans and further restrictions in European countries as a result of the corona pandemic. This means that more than 90 percent of the Ryanair fleet remains on the ground. The airline advertises holiday flights in September on its website.

15:34: Not to think about easing the measures

The contact ban has been in place in Germany for a week, and that won’t change anytime soon. According to the federal government, there is currently no prospect of loosening the measures.

“We need all measures unabated,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday in Berlin. As long as the spread of the virus in Germany does not slow down significantly, the Federal Government does not want to present a schedule for a gradual return to normal. However, no further tightening is initially planned.

The CDU leadership also warned against discussing an end to the measures now. When it comes to reducing the number of infected people, it is not yet where you want to go, party circles said. Only when the number of infected people doubles every ten days is one on the right path.

14:57 Adidas does not want to pay rent – politicians go nuts

The sporting goods manufacturer “Adidas” no longer wants to pay rent because of the corona virus crisis. With a politician, there is a great lack of understanding. He reacts with a blatant action. More about this here >>>

2:23 pm: Brussels demands open borders for seasonal workers

The EU Commission has asked Member States not to restrict the free movement of seasonal workers during the Corona crisis. The introduction of border controls to contain the pandemic is “understandable”, the authority said on Monday. “But systemically important workers must still be able to achieve their goal without wasting time.” In the crisis, harvest workers as well as medical personnel, security personnel and workers in the transport sector must be classified as systemically important, added a spokeswoman for the commission.

Many EU countries have introduced border controls and entry restrictions since the spread of the novel corona virus in Europe. The federal government issued a temporary entry ban for harvest workers last week, which poses considerable problems for agriculture. The EU Commission has now published guidelines to ensure the movement of goods, health systems and food supplies in the European single market.

According to the Commission, the Member States should exchange information about the need for seasonal workers, particularly in agriculture, and develop “specific procedures” to “respond to the crisis-related labor shortage”. The authority also demanded that workers who are not classified as systemically important should generally be allowed to cross internal EU borders for their work. “Member States should treat cross-border workers and local workers equally,” the Commission said.

12:39: Bavaria extends the exit restrictions

The exit restrictions in Bavaria that have been in effect since March 21 due to the corona virus will be extended until the end of the Easter holidays on April 19. Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) said this in a press conference in Munich on Monday.

11:54 am: Severe recession inevitable due to corona crisis

The “economic modes” consider a severe recession in Germany to be unavoidable due to the massive consequences of the coronavirus crisis. The German economy will shrink significantly in 2020, according to a special report submitted by the Council of Experts on Monday to assess the overall economic development.

How bad it is exactly is currently unclear because of great uncertainties. “The decisive factor for economic development is whether it is possible to effectively combat the spread of the corona virus so that the various restrictions on social and economic activities can be lifted quickly,” write the economists in their report.

The Advisory Board of the Federal Government as an advisory body uses three conceivable scenarios. “In all three scenarios, the spread of the corona virus abruptly ends the emerging economic recovery, so that a recession in Germany in the first half of 2020 will be unavoidable.”

Economists see the normalization of the economic situation over the summer as the most likely development at the moment, so that the bottom line is that gross domestic product (GDP) will shrink by 2.8 percent this year. For comparison: in 2009 the largest European economy collapsed by 5.7 percent as a result of the global financial crisis.

In the two less favorable scenarios, a deeper slump in 2020 would be conceivable from an economic perspective, which may be followed by a very slow recovery in 2021. This scenario in the form of a “long U” could occur if the health policy measures continue beyond the summer and the economic recovery does not start until 2021. “The policy measures taken may then not be enough to prevent profound damage to the economic structure.” In such a scenario, GDP would shrink by 4.5 percent. In 2021, economic output would grow very slowly at 1.0 percent.

11.01 a.m .: Donald Trump expects up to 200,000 deaths

A short time ago, Donald Trump promised US citizens a quick return to normality in the corona crisis – now the US president has revised his predictions significantly and does not expect the pandemic in his country to subside rapidly. The U.S. would not be on its way out of the crisis until early June, Trump said on Sunday. At the same time, he prepared the population for a dramatic increase in deaths and spoke of more than 100,000 deaths.

The United States had recently become the new global pandemic center. According to Johns Hopkins University, there are now more than 142,000 confirmed cases of infection in the United States. Almost 2500 people have died as a result of their infection.

In terms of death statistics, the United States is still clearly behind Italy, Spain and China. However, the US epidemic expert Anthony Fauci, who advises Trump in the fight against the pandemic, expects a further sharp increase in the number of deaths. According to his scenarios, between 100,000 and 200,000 people in the USA could die from the lung disease Covid-19 triggered by the novel pathogen.

Trump also made it clear on Sunday that he is now expecting tens of thousands of deaths from the novel corona virus. “Some people” even assumed millions of victims, the president said. If the US managed to limit the number of deaths to “100,000 to 200,000,” “then we all did a very good job,” said Trump.

According to Trump, the rate of deaths in the United States will peak at Easter – in two weeks’ time. After that, the number of new deaths will decrease, “hopefully very substantially”. Only recently, the President had already predicted a significant improvement in the situation at Easter.

10.16 a.m .: He wrote “I love Rock’N’Roll” – Alan Merill died

He wrote the hymn “I love Rock’N’Roll” for the rock legend Joan Jett, now he has died at the age of 69: Alan Merill. His daughter announced on Sunday via Facebook that he had lost the songwriter’s fight against the corona virus. “The coronavirus took my father from me this morning,” she writes after only two minutes in the hospital to say goodbye.

9:59 am: Numerous changes around April – also because of Corona

Some legal changes are waiting for us in April. However, due to the Corona crisis, we are now facing further issues.

>> Here you can find out what will change.

9:30 am: Easyjet leaves entire fleet on the ground due to pandemic

The British airline Easyjet has been leaving its entire fleet on the ground since Monday due to the corona pandemic. The airline had previously severely restricted its air traffic due to border closures and travel restrictions. As of Sunday, Easyjet operated over 650 return flights and brought more than 45,000 customers home.

“We will continue to work with government agencies to conduct additional return flights as needed,” the company said. When the commercial flights can be resumed is not yet foreseeable.

8:36 am: “These worries overwhelmed him”: Hessian finance minister committed suicide

After the sudden death of Finance Minister Thomas Schäfer (CDU), the Hesse state government has to reorganize itself in the midst of the corona crisis. The CDU around Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) will have to first think about who could take over from Schäfer as head of the Ministry of Finance. In the current crisis, the house is a key department. A video press conference with Bouffier on a volunteer platform planned for this Monday (today) was postponed at short notice.

The 54-year-old shepherd was found dead on a railroad track on Saturday. According to the findings of the investigators to date, everything indicates that the minister has committed suicide. In a short, very emotional statement, Prime Minister Bouffier reported on Sunday of Schäfer’s concerns about the corona crisis and its consequences. He worked until the end to manage this crisis organizationally and financially.

“I have to assume that these worries overwhelmed him,” said the Prime Minister. “Obviously he couldn’t find a way out. He was desperate and left us. ”Shepherd’s death was a great loss for the state of Hesse. “We would have needed him especially in such a difficult time,” said Bouffier.

Numerous representatives of parties, churches, associations and other organizations were shocked by the death of Schäfer, who left behind a wife and two children.

Schäfer had been finance minister in Hesse since 2010 and was recognized on all political sides as a recognized and competent expert in this area. He was also considered a possible successor to Prime Minister Bouffier.

8:00 am: American country legend dies of Corona

Two-time Grammy winner Joe Diffie died of corona. As his family announced on Facebook on Sunday, he had succumbed to the disease the day before.

Joe Diffie has become famous for songs such as “Pickup Man,” “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)” and “John Deere Green”. His album “Regular Joe” achieved gold status.

07:38: Coronavirus claims youngest victim in Europe

According to consistent media reports, a 14-year-old died of the coronavirus in Portugal on Saturday at the weekend. The boy from the Ovar parish had been hospitalized on Saturday.

As reported by the portal “Atelevisao”, he suffered from an immune disease. Nevertheless, the adolescent was fit and active in sports. He kicked in a futsal team, a variant of indoor football. The president of the Portuguese association expressed his grief: “In this hour of deepest grief for all your loved ones, I also send a word of comfort to the entire football family in the Aveiro district, who shares with us the grief of a premature death.”

A 16-year-old had previously succumbed to the disease in France. Her sister reported that she had no previous illnesses. Now the boy from Portugal is replacing her as the youngest fatality in Europe.

06:38: South Korea reports fewer new infections

The number of new infections with the coronavirus in South Korea recorded daily has dropped again to less than 100. On Sunday, 78 people tested positive for the Sars CoV-2 pathogen, the health authorities said on Monday. The total number reached 9661. The number of deaths related to the virus was given as 158.

There was a clear downward trend in new infections this month compared to February. However, the authorities continue to worry about local clusters and “imported” cases.

South Korea continues to see an increase in “confirmed cases from abroad,” said Kim Gang Lip of the Disaster Management Center. From Wednesday onwards, all arrivals are to be placed under a two-week quarantine. It doesn’t matter what nationality they are and where they came from, Kim said. The stricter entry regulations had recently been extended to Europe and the USA.

Many South Koreans are returning for fear of infection in countries that are experiencing rapid spread of the virus. On Sunday, 13 passengers at the airport were said to have tested positive for the corona virus.

More cases of new infections were registered in Seoul and the surrounding province than in the southeast, which is the focus of the Covid-19 outbreak in South Korea. In Seoul there was a new accumulation of cases in another church.

6:17 p.m .: Fear of looting is growing in Italy

In Italy there was the first planned planned looting of a Lidl branch. Like the newspaper “Repubblica“Reports, several customers in the Sicilian capital Palermo called in the discounter:” Stop staying at home, we have no money and have to eat. “The action, which had been planned via Facebook, could just be done by the police be smashed.

The Italian Ministry of the Interior takes the planned looting very seriously and has placed several supermarkets in Palermo under police protection. Around four million people in southern Italy are said to live from undeclared work, without government support they would end up. The problem: In just 15 days, many people in need of social security slip into existential crises.

In a recent report, the secret service warns of a “potential danger of revolts and uprisings, spontaneous or organized, especially in the Mezzogiorno, where the lost economy and the widespread presence of organized crime are two very important risk factors.”

Republicca said there were other cases in Campania and Puglia. There, thieves would have ripped their full shopping bags out of their hands. There are raids on pharmacies all over Italy almost every day.

Sunday March 29th

10.30 p.m .: Dramatic cry for help from cruise ship

Despite the return campaign initiated by Heiko Maas (SPD) for German holidaymakers, several thousand people are still stuck at their vacation spots. They are now desperately turning to the public. Among them is a German couple stuck on a cruise ship off Panama. Four people have already died there. Now they just want to go back and have made a dramatic call for help. Read more >>> here.

9.45 pm: Vacationers flee from the airport terminal because of quarantine

Because they did not want to go into a forced quarantine, passengers in Ukraine fled from an airport terminal in the capital, Kiev. The travelers were supposed to be in hotels for two weeks – but they should pay for it themselves, as local media reported on Sunday. At first nothing was known about the whereabouts of the people.

Due to the lack of quarantine measures for returnees so far, the government has decided that everyone who has been arriving since Saturday must now go into quarantine for two weeks.

9:28 p.m .: So brazenly scammers rip off the net

The coronavirus crisis has started a wave of solidarity. But some people also try to capitalize on the needs of others. The action of some fraudsters on the Internet is particularly brazen. You can read more about this here: Coronavirus: Customers buy toilet paper and fall into it with a nasty trick – “The goods are strangely …”

8:57 p.m .: Drama in the Wolfsburg Clinic

Corona alarm in Wolfsburg Clinic. According to the city, more and more employees have become infected with the virus. What dramatic consequences the hospital is forced to you can read here at News38 >>>

7.45 p.m .: Air Force in action – Moscow imposes curfew

Because of the difficult situation in Italy and partly also in France, the Bundeswehr has brought more Corona patients to Germany for treatment. On Saturday and Sunday, the Air Force flew six Italians from Bergamo in northern Italy with a special Airbus A310 MedEvac. In Germany, they were distributed to clinics in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate Lower Saxony and Hamburg, as the Ministry of Defense announced.

Meanwhile, Moscow has imposed a curfew on the corona virus. From this Monday, the apartment may only be left under certain circumstances, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Sunday evening. Sobjanin is thus reacting to an increasing number of infections. According to official information, more than 1000 people have already been infected with the corona virus in the metropolis of millions – and the trend is rising.

7 p.m .: Paramedics attacked

A paramedic in England experienced an incredible attack: when he was called for help, another corona patient simply coughed him in the face. However, the attack was not without consequences. You can read more about this >>> here.

6.30 p.m .: Hundreds of deaths in Europe

In Italy and Spain, several hundred people have died of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. Spain has had more than 800 corona patients die within 24 hours for the second day in a row. The number of fatalities rose by 838 to more than 6500, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday. A new, sad record in the country hit hard by the pandemic.

In Italy, the number of corona infections who died on Sunday rose again significantly. As the civil defense announced in the evening, the number of corona deaths on Sunday rose by 756 to 10 779. This is the highest number worldwide.

6 p.m .: Corona virus rages in nursing homes

If the coronavirus breaks out in nursing homes, the risk is particularly great. Many residents belong to the risk group. There were now two deaths in nursing home residents in Halle and Jessen. A home in Wolfsburg was hit particularly hard. Within a week, 15 people died there after being infected with the virus in the retirement and care home where many demented people live. There were three people on Sunday.

5.30 p.m .: Great worries among employees of Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof

The merger of Galeria Kaufhof and Karstadt in the past year was characterized by uncertainties for employees. Now there is concern about the jobs again. Because Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof has applied for state aid – but so far without success. In order to save the department store company with its 28,000 employees and around 170 locations, the owner Signa is apparently also willing to provide “significant financial support”.

With regard to the forced closings due to Corona, it says: “Every week we lose more than 80 million euros in sales, while significant costs continue to run.”

According to a corporate paper, it is not only about the 28,000 employees of Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof itself, but also about tens of thousands of jobs with suppliers, for example, and the inner cities in Germany. Corona is a “very, very big challenge” for Galeria. The Group had to apply for short-time work for many employees.

5:00 p.m .: Expert with dramatic US forecast: “Millions infected”

Anthony Fauci, Virologe und Direktor des Nationalen Instituts für Infektionskrankheiten, rechnet mit einer dramatischen Entwicklung in den USA: Es könnte zu Millionen von Corona-Infizierten kommen. Ausgehend von der aktuellen Lage bestehe die Möglichkeit, dass 100 000 bis 200 000 Menschen in Folge der Pandemie sterben, so Fauci am Sonntag gegenüber dem amerikanischen TV-Sender CNN.

Aktuell liegt die Zahl der Infizierten in den USA bei 125.000. Higher than in any other country in the world. Fast 2200 Menschen sind bereits gestorben.

16.30 Uhr: Ganze Flüchtlingsunterkunft in Quarantäne

Wegen mehrerer Coronavirus-Infektionen ist in Unterfranken eine Einrichtung für Flüchtlinge unter Quarantäne gestellt worden. Seven out of a total of around 600 residents and one external employee are infected with the corona virus. In Abstimmung mit dem Gesundheitsamt Schweinfurt wurde demnach die gesamte Einrichtung unter Quarantäne gestellt.

Die infizierten Bewohner würden in einem gesonderten Gebäude untergebracht. The external worker is in quarantine at home. Für die Einrichtung gilt den Angaben zufolge ein Aufnahmestopp, Bewohner dürfen die Einrichtung nicht verlassen.

16 Uhr: Weitere Schock-Zahlen aus Italien

Die, die im Kampf gegen das Coronavirus an vorderster Front stehen, bringen jeden Tag große Opfer und riskieren ihr Leben. According to current figures, 50 doctors in Italy have already paid for their efforts with their lives. Beim Versuch, das Coronavirus zu stoppen, hatten sie sich selbst infiziert und erlagen dem Virus.

15.30 Uhr: „The Masked Singer“ wird in die Pause geschickt

Wegen zwei Corona-Erkrankungen im Team pausiert die ProSieben-Show „The Masked Singer“ bis auf weiteres. According to current plans, the next date of the singing show will not take place until mid-April. Hier kannst du mehr lesen: Coronavirus bei „The Masked Singer“: Show muss in Zwangspause – Infektion bei…

14.30 Uhr: Missachtung des Kontaktverbots: Polizei Berlin meldet sogar Festnahmen

Am Samstag wurden wegen des Frühlingswetters überwiegend Parks und Grünflächen kontrolliert, ob die Menschen sich an das Kontaktverbot halten. Not all Berliners did that: Among other things, more than 200 people gathered at Kottbusser Tor in Kreuzberg. There were several arrests, the police said on Twitter.

13 Uhr: Viele weitere Tote, aber auch gute Nachrichten aus Spanien

Im besonders schwer von der Coronavirus-Pandemie betroffenen Spanien sind binnen 24 Stunden 838 neue Todesopfer gezählt worden. This was announced by the Ministry of Health in Madrid on Sunday. This is the absolute highest number of days since the outbreak of the crisis. Insgesamt kletterte die Zahl der Todesopfer auf mehr als 6500. Die Zahl der Infizierten stieg ebenfalls an: Am Sonntag lag sie bei knapp 79 000 – gut 6500 mehr als am Vortag.

Es gibt aber gute Nachrichten: Die Anstiegsraten gehen weiterhin deutlich zurück. The death toll on Sunday was just under 15 percent, after a good 17 percent on Saturday. Bei den Infektionszahlen ging sie im Vergleich zum Vortag sogar um fast vier Prozentpunkte auf neun Prozent zurück.

12.15 Uhr: Indiens Premier entschuldigt sich bei den Armen

Indiens Premierminister Narendra Modi hat sich bei den armen Menschen in der Bevölkerung entschuldigt, weil sie wegen der Ausgangssperre besondere Notlagen erleiden. “I apologize for the tough measures that are making your life difficult, especially for the poor,” Modi said on a radio speech on Sunday. Im Kampf gegen das Coronavirus habe er keine andere Wahl gehabt.

11.30 Uhr: RKI-Chef Wieler: „Müssen mit Zuständen wie in Italien rechnen“

Ersten zaghaften Fragen nach Entwarnungen erteilt Lothar Wieler eine herbe Absage. Der Chef des Robert-Koch-Instituts sagte der FAZ nun deutlich: „Wir stehen immer noch am Anfang der Welle, und ich kann nur alle auffordern, die Pandemie sehr ernst zu nehmen.“

Wieler malt ein düsteres mögliches Szenario: Zustände, wie sie derzeit im vom Coronavirus am schlimmsten gebeutelten Land Italien herrschen, seien auch in Deutschland weiterhin nicht auszuschließen.

10.30 Uhr: Baby-Tod in USA löst Erschütterung aus

More than 2100 people in the United States died of Covid-19 lung disease. Among them is an infant from Chicago. The Governor of the State of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker said on Saturday shaken by the death of the baby, who, according to the health authorities, was not yet a year old. It is extremely rare for the disease to take a severe course in young people. The main risk group is the elderly and people with previous illnesses.

9 Uhr: Gericht verbietet brasilianischer Regierung ihre Anti-Beschränkungs-Kampagne

Ein brasilianisches Gericht hat es der Regierung des rechtsradikalen Präsidenten Jair Bolsonaro untersagt, Empfehlungen gegen Ausgangsbeschränkungen aufgrund des Coronavirus zu verbreiten. The judges in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday ordered the government campaign “Brazil must not stand still” to be stopped. Trotz steigender Infektionszahlen in Brasilien lehnt Bolsonaro strenge Eindämmungsmaßnahmen gegen das neuartige Coronavirus ab.

Die Richter ordneten zudem an, dass Regierungsvertreter und mit ihnen in Verbindung stehende Menschen es unterlassen müssen, Informationen zum Coronavirus ohne wissenschaftliche Grundlage zu verbreiten oder „agitatorisch“ einzusetzen. According to the injunction, the government has to make an official statement within 24 hours, making it clear that the “Brazil must not stand still” campaign does not meet scientific criteria.

7.30 Uhr: Anwalt bestätigt Tod von Jörn Kubicki

Jörn Kubicki, der Ehemann von Berlins ehemaligem regierenden Bürgermeister Klaus Wowereit, ist nach einer Coronavirus-Infektion gestorben. Wowereit’s attorney has now confirmed this. “As Klaus Wowereit’s lawyer, I can confirm that Jörn Kubicki passed away today,” said Schertz. „Weitere Erklärungen werden hierzu nicht erfolgen und wir bitten, die Privatsphäre von Herrn Wowereit zu respektieren.“

(ms, ak, mg, jg, dso, mb, fs mit dpa)

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