Even the biggest bazooka run out of ammunition

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz

Someone has to pay back the money spent on coping with the corona crisis.

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The grand coalition wants to mitigate the massive consequences of the corona crisis with new aid worth billions for workers, companies, restaurants and schools. Short-time work benefits are to be increased in order to compensate for loss of income, especially for low-wage earners. At the same time, the duration of the unemployment benefit is extended. The restaurants that are particularly hard hit by the crisis are getting tax relief.

The new aid package is expected to cost around 10 billion euros. Just as every single measure is justified, a bad feeling is creeping in now whether the state can really finance a solution for everything and everyone. Even the biggest bazooka run out of ammunition. Perhaps soon there will be more voices trying to put a brake on costs.

Someone has to pay the money back once. Future generations will still have to bear these loads. Chancellor Angela Merkel should say something about this in her government statement this Thursday, as well as the trillion-dollar rescue plans at the summit in Brussels, which is also due this Thursday.

Germany will have to grow out of the crisis for many years. This requires a thriving economy and many workers who work diligently. The alternative would be to devalue money. Nobody wants that either.

More: “Deadly for acceptance” – Minister of Health Spahn opts for controversial Corona app model


Union polls continue to grow

CDU and CSU politicians

If the federal election were to take place next Sunday, the Union would reach 38 percent.

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Berlin The Union continues to gain approval in the corona crisis, according to a survey. As can be seen from the ARD “Germany Trend” (Friday), the CDU and CSU would theoretically win 38 percent of the vote in a Bundestag election next Sunday.

Compared to the survey two weeks ago, this is an increase of three percentage points. It is also the best Union value in the Infratest dimap survey since August 2017, i.e. for more than two and a half years.

The government partner SPD also increased, but only by one point to 17 percent. The grand coalition would thus have a total of 55 percent of the vote.

The other parties stagnate or lose. According to the poll, the Greens would become the second largest party and would get 19 percent (minus three percentage points). The AfD would come to nine percent (minus one percentage point), the left to unchanged seven percent, and the FDP would remain at five percent.

More: Read all current developments regarding the corona pandemic here.


Grand coalition postpones law against questionable party donations

Hidden party donations should be made more difficult with the new regulations for the upcoming general election. But the planning stalled. A party could particularly benefit.

It was supposed to be a big step and close long-known gaps in the law, but now the transparency initiative for party financing, which has been hoped for by critics, is now a long way off: As t-online.de learned from circles in several Bundestag factions, the plans for reform are stalling. Implementation before the general election, as the SPD had plannedappears questionable. That would stand above all AfD The gray financial channels with which she and her supporters have been making headlines for years will also be available in the upcoming election campaign.

Fight against questionable methods

Above all, the new regulation should prevent cases “in which a party is supported in the election campaign, for example by posters, newspapers or websites by third parties, without this appearing in the accountability reports,” said the SPD parliamentary group vice-president at the end of the year Eva Högl to the plans. Shortly before, research by t-online.de uncovered opaque structures behind an AfD-related election newspaper in Thuringia: There, a man supposedly smuggled more than under a pseudonym 100,000 euros from a major donor unknown until today in the election campaign.

Due to numerous similar cases, associations asked to finally close the loopholes in the law: “More transparency and a cap on party financing are overdue,” said “Transparency Germany” Chairman Hartmut Bäumer to t-online.de. In the future, all donations from 2,000 euros should be made public, donations generally capped at 50,000 euros, he demanded. Acceptance of direct donations by mandate holders and candidates should be prohibited, income from sponsorship should be treated like donations.

Start quickly – “so that there will be something”

According to its own statements, the SPD wanted to take it quickly. In order to reach an agreement as broadly supported by the parties as possible, not only the coalition partner should CDU / CSU cooperate – an agreement should also be reached with all other parliamentary groups apart from the AfD. The issue ultimately affects all parties, said Högl in November. “It would therefore not be a good thing to do that only in the coalition logic.” At the beginning of 2020, the project had to be tackled in a concentrated manner “so that it would become something”.

As it turns out, however, planning at parliamentary level has not yet left the grand coalition. t-online.de learned from the opposition factions that no substantive talks had been held in the past few months on the new rules for party donations. Also, no dates were set for it. The talks were before Corona crisis stalled within the grand coalition. No agreement was reached there. The Union faction did not want to comment on t-online.de’s request.

Another meeting was canceled

One thing is certain: the talks between the parties have not made much progress outside of the political groups since last year. According to information from t-online.de, a first meeting of the federal treasurers at the end of January has not been followed by another. Although there was a fundamental interest in a new regulation for all parties involved, it was said that it was difficult to negotiate the details. An appointment for March was finally canceled due to the corona crisis.

Now there is uncertainty as to whether the project can even be implemented before the general election. While SPD faction vice Högl remains optimistic, parts of the opposition have become skeptical – after all, the legislative amendment must be introduced into parliamentary operations this year. In the left there is also the suspicion that the grand coalition does not want to rush into funding opportunities. Because the Federal Constitutional Court still has to rule on a lawsuit against the increase in state party funding decided by the SPD and the Union.

Associations continue to demand quick action. “It would be urgent to close the transparency gaps in party financing before the general election,” said Timo Lange, a spokesman for “Lobbycontrol”. It was advisable to equip the Bundestag administration with investigative powers in order to better enforce existing rules. Or to create a public prosecutor’s office for violations of the party law. It is not clear whether the grand coalition will have the political will to do so.


Union continues to grow – GroKo wins majority

Markus Söder

The CSU boss arrives at the citizens with his crisis management.

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Berlin The CDU and CSU have continued to gain approval, according to a survey by the polling institute Insa. The Union therefore increased 1.5 percentage points to 35 percent compared to the previous week. The Greens, on the other hand, lost two points and came to 18 percent. This is reported by the “Bild” newspaper (Tuesday), which regularly commissions the Insa opinion trend.

The SPD (15 percent), AfD (12 percent) and FDP (6.5 percent) are keeping their values ​​from the previous week. The left (7.5 percent) wins half a point.


Union and SPD grow – AfD loses

CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

With its crisis management, the CDU reaches the citizens.

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Berlin In the worsening corona crisis, the parties in the grand coalition rose in a poll among voters. In the “Sunday trend” of the “Bild am Sonntag” Union and SPD together again achieved 50 percent of the votes for the first time since June 2018, as the newspaper reported.

Above all, the Union is on the up: it has gained four percentage points compared to the previous week and is now 32 percent – three weeks ago, the CDU and CSU had together reached 24 percent. In the poll conducted by the Kantar polling institute, the SPD gained two percentage points within a week and reached 18 percent.


Criticism of proposals by the pension commission

Hubertus Heil

The Minister of Labor will evaluate the Commission’s report.

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Berlin The grand coalition had given its pension commission the task of developing proposals for a “reliable generational contract” for the period after 2025. The recommendations are now officially available, and Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) would like to take legislative action this year based on the final report.

The Handelsblatt reported last weekend on the rather vague recommendations of the commission. The committee, which was composed of politicians from the Union and the SPD, representatives of workers and unions, and academics, had problems with reaching agreement on a consensus for major reform proposals, if only because of the complex composition. In any case, hardly anyone is really satisfied with the result.

The Junge Union (JU) criticized that there was no answer to the increasing life expectancy. The Commission was only able to agree to create a new “old-age insurance advisory board”, which for the first time in 2026 could make a recommendation for a further increase in the retirement age. According to the current legal situation, the retirement age will gradually increase to 67 by 2031.

“Despite the current situation, we have to recognize that the generation contract is not so sustainable,” said JU boss Tilman Kuban of the Handelsblatt. “It is noteworthy that the Commission simply ignores longer working hours, even though life expectancy increases significantly.”

Kuban said, “We had an effective retirement age of 64 in 1960 and still have it today.” 60 years ago, the average life expectancy at retirement was 14 years.

New orientation

In addition to the contribution rate and the pension level, working life is a key factor in statutory pension insurance. By 2025, the grand coalition had stipulated that the pension level should not fall below 48 percent of the wage level and that the contribution rate for the pension should not exceed the 20 percent limit. The contribution rate is currently 18.6 percent.

The Commission proposes that the level of pensions – the ratio of a statutory standard pension after 45 years of contributions to wages – should be in a corridor between 44 and 49 percent after 2025. A corridor between 20 and 24 percent is recommended for the contribution rate.

The Commission also envisages that the legislator will in future make the holding lines binding in terms of pension level and contribution rate every seven years. Orientation for the next 15 years should provide “perspective stop lines”.

Heil said he would now evaluate the Commission’s recommendations and make legislative proposals in the second half of the year. The minister made it clear that he believes that a pension level of at least 48 percent also makes sense beyond 2025. But that had to be discussed in the coalition.

The opposition in the Bundestag critically evaluated the results. The pension policy spokesman for the left-wing faction in the Bundestag, Matthias Birkwald, spoke of another expected “descent of the pension level”.

The FDP pension expert Johannes Vogel said that the grand coalition was part of the problem rather than the solution to future-proof old-age provision: “Although the high-birth-rate cohorts will increasingly retire in the next few years, the Union and SPD have recently come up with their pension packages Foundations of pension finances blown around. “

The Greens pension policy spokesman, Markus Kurth, demanded that civil servants should also be included in the statutory pension insurance. The Commission expressed skepticism about this idea.

This is “technically and legally by no means trivial,” says the final report. In addition, the federal and state governments would face additional financial burdens in the transition phase, since then old pension entitlements would have to be served and pension contributions would have to be paid for new civil servants.

More: The grand coalition overslept a future-oriented pension reform. You don’t have much time left to set the right course. A comment.


Employers want to make final changes to their basic pension

Hubertus Heil

The labor minister prevailed with a concept that drew the circle of beneficiaries further than the Union originally wanted.

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Berlin The resistance of the employers to the basic pension plans of Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) was great. Now they seem to have resigned themselves to the fact that the law passed by the cabinet in February can no longer be stopped.

In contrast, the Federal Association of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) hopes for further changes to the draft in the parliamentary procedure, which begins on Thursday with a consultation in the Federal Council. The catalog with suggested corrections is available to the Handelsblatt.

The employers adhere to their fundamental concerns: “The planned basic pension is not a suitable contribution against poverty in old age, because the target group of long-term employees is particularly rarely affected by possible poverty in old age anyway.”

However: “If, despite all objections, the legislator still wants to stick to the introduction of the planned basic pension, then he should at least make some substantial corrections to the legal plans,” says the statement.

For example, the basic pension should only apply to future pensioners and not to the pension portfolio. This would “take into account the fact that many pensioners today benefit from other pension regulations that no longer exist with current pension access”. This included the deduction-free pensions from the age of 60 and pension-increasing recognition of training periods.

There is intense argument about details

In their coalition agreement, the Union and the SPD had agreed to improve long-term low-wage earners with low pension entitlements and thus protect them from going to the social welfare office in old age.

The details were the subject of heated argument. In the end, Heil prevailed with a concept that drew the circle of beneficiaries further than the Union originally wanted. Instead of a comprehensive examination of the financial situation of retirees, the aim is to use income to check whether there is a right to a pension increase.

The employers justify the required limitation to new retirees by saying that currently only one percent of all over-65s with at least 35 years of employment are dependent on social assistance in old age. In today’s pension portfolio there is therefore “no special need for social policy action”.

The BDA also requires clarification that the pension insurance must be reimbursed by the federal government for all costs incurred for the basic pension. The previously planned increase in the tax subsidy is not enough because otherwise the pension fund would bear all cost risks. In addition, the federal reimbursement to the pension insurance must also include the high administrative costs resulting from the introduction of the benefit and the income test.

The BDA is particularly critical of the planned procedure to check investment income. Pensioners should report such income to the pension insurance company in a self-assessment. “The administrative costs required would be higher than the services saved by crediting,” says the statement. If no other solution could be found, “it would be better not to count this income altogether”.

More: Hubertus Heil has landed a coup with the basic pension, says Handelsblatt editor Gregor Waschinski.


What does “black Monday” mean now?

Black day for stock marketers: All over the world are on Monday the courses rustled into the basement. But what exactly happened? Why did the courses drop? And above all: what’s next?

For the first time Corona virus for a tangible stock market crash: Prices fell on Monday all over the world. Analysts and market observers speak of a “historic” day, of the fact that “trading day should go down in the history books”.

We are therefore already talking about a “black Monday” – alluding to the Stock market crash on “black Thursday”, which had plunged the world into a deep recession at the end of October 1929. But why exactly? And what happens now? t-online.de has the most important events at the Stock exchange summarized:

What exactly happened?

The German share index Dax experienced one of the darkest days in its more than 30-year history on Monday. In the meantime, he lost almost 1,000 points. At the end of the day, the leading German index closed 7.94 percent lower at 10,625.02 points, which almost wiped out the gains from the previous year. It is the largest percentage of daily loss since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

All stocks in the Dax have fallen. In numbers, this means that compared to last Friday, more than 35 billion euros were burned – in one day. For comparison: that’s about as much as the BMW Group is worth.

Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank shares were hit particularly hard – both lost around 15 percent. The papers of Lufthansa, which was already severely affected by the virus epidemic, dropped by more than eight percent. The airline had already announced on Friday that it would reduce its flight capacity by up to 50 percent in the coming weeks due to the sharp drop in demand as a result of the corona epidemic.

Trading on US exchanges has been suspended

The automotive industry’s paper, which is sensitive to the economic downturn, also went down steeply. That is already due to the trade conflict between the USA and China as well as the change in direction Electromobility Heavily battered sectors dropped by around ten percent across Europe. In the Dax, Daimler’s shares declined by more than 13 percent.

Stock markets across Europe also crashed: The EuroStoxx 50, the leading index of the euro zone, fell by 8.45 percent to 2,959.07 points. The leading Italian index FTSE MIB crashed by more than 11 percent.

There were also massive losses worldwide. The leading American index Dow Jones and the S&P 500 started trading with a loss of more than six percent. Thereupon the Share trading suspended on the New York Stock Exchange for 15 minutes. This after the Financial crisis The mechanism introduced in 2008 is intended to prevent prices from falling bottomless – and instead to stabilize them again. But even after trading resumed, prices went down.

MSCI World Index sags

The world index MSCI World, which contains the 1,600 most important companies in the world, fell temporarily by more than five percent. This would have reduced the value of the shares in this by around $ 2.5 trillion – but the index recovered slightly during the day.

Against the backdrop of the stock price crash, investors fled to “safe havens” like gold. At $ 1,702.56 per troy ounce (31.1 grams), the “anti-crisis currency” was at times as expensive as it was last seven years ago. However, the course later gave way. One reason: Many investors had to sell gold to make up for losses in other markets.

A quake was also felt on the bond markets: the current yield on the ten-year federal bond was at minus 0.86 percent – lower than ever.

Sharp decline in oil prices

In addition to the corona virus, the crash was also triggered by the drop in the price of oil: crude oil prices also plummeted on Monday and fell by more than 30 percent – the same as last time in 1991. This also affected the oil companies. Many oil companies rely on higher oil prices to be able to produce economically.

Shell shares fell by almost 18 percent in electronic Xetra trading, total securities lost a good 15 percent. The index for European oil and gas stocks then fell by almost 17 percent to a 23-year low of 204.36 points.

And things are still looking bad for oil companies: because of the corona epidemic, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is anticipating falling oil demand for the first time since the global financial crisis.

Oil demand could decline again in 2020

As the IEA writes in its monthly report published on Monday, it anticipates a drop in oil demand of 90,000 barrels per day for the whole of 2020. Most recently, the organization had expected an increase of 800,000 barrels a day.

The forecast represents a significant tightening of the most recent forecast. This had anticipated shrinking demand for the first quarter of 2020 alone. But now the IEA expects demand to shrink all year round. Such a slump in demand most recently occurred after the global financial crisis in the 2009 recession year.

What are the reasons for black Monday?

There are two main reasons for the fall on the stock exchanges. On the one hand, it is the spread of the corona virus: experts now speak of a virus pandemic – a spread on all continents of the world. The first deaths occurred in Germany.

Italy has sealed off its north to prevent it from spreading further. Supply chains are also at risk of breaking. Economic researchers and associations warn of a recession.

On the other hand, there was a massive oil shock in the night from Sunday to Monday. The reason is the dispute over a restriction of the delivery quantity. The organization of oil exporting countries (Opec) and their partners could not agree on Friday, especially Russia is blocking.

To harm Russia, Saudi Arabia had announced that it would increase production in the coming months – possibly to a new record of twelve million barrels a day, it said. The prospect of a significantly larger oil supply depressed the price at night by around 30 percent on Monday.

Oil prices had already dropped sharply due to the corona virus. The announcement of the Saudis was obviously too much for many investors: for fear of losses, they sold their securities in bulk – and caused the prices to fall sharply.

What does this day mean for me?

For investors who are already invested on the stock exchange, after such a day it means: keep calm. It is important not to sell the shares now, but to hold them. Otherwise there is a risk of high losses. It is better to sit out the losses and hope for rising values ​​after the corona virus has been contained.

However, for investors who have not yet invested, a stock market quake also has a decisive advantage: the prices for shares are low. An example: If the VW share cost around 170 euros in mid-February, it now only costs 129 euros, which is about a quarter cheaper. So investors get significantly more shares for the same money.

Motorists can also be happy: The sharp fall in oil prices could make gasoline cheaper. How many cents the prices at the petrol pump drop cannot be said yet and remains to be seen, according to the German Mineral Oil Association.

What’s next now?

Many investors should now be at a loss. It is possible that the prices continue to fall – it is possible that soon the ECB intervenes. Your options for calming the financial markets are very limited. After all, their key interest rate has been at a record low of zero percent for years.

However, it may reduce the deposit rate by 0.1 percentage points. Then it would be more expensive for commercial banks that park their money overnight at the ECB Central bank to deposit. The hoped-for consequence: The banks lend their money to companies, which in turn make investments. Even if this move is viewed critically by monetary policy experts, the ECB could send such a signal.

Last week had the Fed, the American counterpart to the ECB, surprisingly cut its key interest rate by 0.5 percentage points to 1.25 percent. It would also be possible for it to lower its interest rate further.

The top of the Grand coalition had agreed on a comprehensive package of measures in the night of Monday. Among other things, it was decided to expand short-time work benefits to avert layoffs. So far, however, investors have not yet factored this into their purchase decision.

All that remains for investors now is to wait and hope – until the stock markets have stabilized again. In the long term, things should go up again.


Coronavirus: First two deaths in Germany – 1164 confirmed infections

  • In Germany, people died for the first time from the consequences of the corona virus. There are two cases from NRW
  • The number of Coronavirus infections continues to rise in Germany: 1164 infections have been detected so far
  • It is the first time in Egypt German died of corona virus. It is a firefighter from Hamburg
  • The Champions League game of Borussia Dortmund at Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday takes place without a spectator – even that Bundesliga threaten on weekends Ghost games
  • Italy takes drastic measures in the Corona crisis: In the north of the country there is a basic ban on entry and exit
  • The megacity too Milan and the tourist stronghold Venice are affected
  • In Italian Prisons there were even revolts with several Kill
  • In addition, all ski resorts in the country have been closed by the government
  • More than 111,000 cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed in 105 countries worldwide, and around 3900 people have died of the lung disease
  • Around 60,000 people worldwide who have been diagnosed with coronavirus infection are cured

Berlin. The Corona virus continues to spread worldwide and in Europe. In Germany there are so far 1164 confirmed infections and two deaths In North Rhine-Westphalia.

In Europe Italy most affected, of the more than 7,300 confirmed infections, 366 have already died. The government takes drastic measures: The Lombardy and 14 other provinces in northern Italy with the cities Milan and Venice are cordoned off until at least April 3. A basic entry and exit ban applies, exceptions only apply in certain cases. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) had at the end of the week South-Tirol to the Coronavirus risk area explained.

The number of proven worldwide exceeded Covid 19 cases 111,000. The vast majority of diseases after infection with the novel coronavirus have so far been resolved China where the epidemic has spread from. Around 3,900 people died from an infection. Over 60,000 patients who have been confirmed to be infected are now cured.

All important developments for Coronavirus epidemic on the news blog:

Monday, March 9, 2020: Coronavirus – First deaths in Germany

7:35 p.m .: The Heads of State and Government of the EU advise on Tuesday afternoon by video conference about a coordinated Action against the spread of the coronavirus. EU Council President Charles Michel had scheduled the digital gathering.

In the fight against the epidemic, the EU has hitherto offered support in researching the pathogen and in the joint procurement of protective clothing. The Member States of the EU have so far been affected very differently by the epidemic. By far the most infections with the novel pathogen are in Italy.

7.20 p.m .: The Bundestag closes from Tuesday to the Reichstag dome and the roof terrace for visitors. This was announced by the Bundestag press office after consultations by Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble with the parliamentary leaders of the parliamentary groups. A decision on further possible measures is to be made as part of an ongoing risk assessment.

7:05 p.m .: The Bavarian government wants to ban events with more than 1000 guests until Good Friday. The coalition committee of the CSU and free voters in Munich agreed on this.

18:57: In which Coronavirus fatality from the circle Heinsberg According to district administrator Stephan Pusch, it is a 78-year-old man from Gangelt. He reported to a hospital in Geilenkirchen last Friday and arrived on Monday at 2 p.m. Heart failure died.

The man said when he arrived at the hospital that he had been feeling bad for several days. The man had previous illnesses such as heart problems and diabetes. He had previously attended a carnival session – although it is still unclear which it was, said Pusch.

Coronavirus: two people died in Germany

6.55 p.m .: The Italian government is closing in the fight against further spread of the corona virus all ski resorts. Minister of Regional Affairs Francesco Boccia announced that all ski resorts in the country would be closed as of Tuesday morning on instructions from civil defense.

6.50 p.m .: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the spread of the coronavirus is far from over. “We are still at the beginning or in the middle of this process,” said WHO emergency coordinator Michael Ryan in Geneva.

“In many countries, it will get worse before it gets better,” warned Maria van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s New Diseases Department. “But we can see light at the end of the tunnel,” she added. The examples from China and Singapore, which have significantly reduced the increase in cases, are a sign of hope.

6.15 p.m .: Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) is currently waiting in Ingolstadt the result of the corona test on a person who is said to have had contact with a person infected with coronavirus. Seehofer and the contact person had been in the same room during a meeting last week. Seehofer negative on the Corona virus been tested. The spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Steve Alter, writes on Twitter.

5.50 p.m .:
French communities have for the upcoming first round of Local elections special precautions announced at the weekend. In the city of Mulhouse in Alsace, for example, all the voting machine control surfaces would be disinfected on Sunday after each voter, the city said.

There is a safety margin between those waiting. Disposable gloves would also be provided. France’s government said last week that the election would take place despite the spread of the novel corona virus. The first round of elections is scheduled for March 15, the second for March 22. The local elections are about the occupation of the town halls.

Corona vaccine may be ready next year

5.15 p.m .: The President of the for Vaccines responsible Paul Ehrlich Institute, Klaus Cichutek, does not rule out that maybe already in the next year first population groups could be protected by vaccination.

He expects the first clinical trials in Germany from summer to autumn this year and does not want to rule out the possibility that larger clinical trials with thousands or maybe tens of thousands of subjects could begin next year, said Cichutek on Monday in Berlin.

“You can’t accelerate anything too much here. We need compatible, safe vaccines that are then effective, but nevertheless we may have the favorable situation that we could also protect special populations here as part of the clinical trials. ”

5 p.m .: From now on you can Patient with light Diseases the upper respiratory tract after checking with your doctor over the phone incapacity for work up to max. Get issued for 7 days. You don’t have to go to the practice for this. This is what the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) writes on Twitter.

16.37: In Germany a human died for the first time in connection with the coronavirus. The circle has that Heinsberg communicated on Monday. The NRW Ministry of Health confirmed the information. The district administrator wanted to give details in the evening.

In eat An 89-year-old woman who had been diagnosed with the virus last Tuesday also died.

3.45 p.m .: After one Suspected coronavirus at a Brandenburg School 4000 to 5000 people are in quarantine at home. That said the official director of the small town Neustadt / Dosse, Dieter Fuchs.

BVB reimburses fans for the cost of the round of 16

3.30 p.m .: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) emphasized at the German-Greek Economic Forum in Berlin that no hygiene or quarantine measures to interrupt the chains of infection in vain be. In the current situation, “the most effective means is the time factor”.

It is also a matter of avoiding an overload of doctors and hospitals, “which would arise if a large number of people could be treated for corona at the same time,” said the Chancellor. The most effective remedy for the virus is to spread it slow it downto stretch it over a long period of time.

3.20 p.m .:
Borussia Dortmund will his fans costs for the tickets for the Round of 16 second leg the Champions League at Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday (9:00 p.m. / Sky) refund. The police capital of the French capital announced on Monday that the game had to take place in front of empty ranks due to the spread of the corona virus.

“Dear BVB fans, it really hurts us that we have to do without you at #PSGBVB! We will of course reimburse the purchase price for the ticket, ”the association tweeted:“ We are currently writing to each individual and informing them about how and how this will be done. ”

3.15 p.m .: The German economy has decided activities against the effects of the corona crisis greeted. “The grand coalition recognized the seriousness of the situation,” said the managing director of the Federation of German Industries, Joachim Lang. The measures are an important signal to support the trust of companies and citizens. If necessary, politics had to do more.

Angela Merkel sees Germany as well prepared for economic consequences

Also the Federal agency for work
greeted the decision of the federal government to facilitate the Short-time work allowance because of the coronavirus effects. “We consider the decisions of the federal government to make it easier to take advantage of short-time work benefits,” said Detlef Scheele, CEO of the Federal Agency.

3 p.m .: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) sees Germany with the announced measures of the coalition good equiped for the economic consequences of the corona virus. Reductions in short-time work benefits had already been successful in the financial crisis, said Merkel at a German-Greek economic forum in Berlin.

The changes should take effect quickly, they should be discussed in the cabinet on Wednesday and in the Federal Council on April 3. Economics ministers should also Peter Altmaier (CDU) and finance minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) present measures this week on how the liquidity of companies can be improved. The federal government also wants to further increase investments.

Champions League game on Tuesday with spectators

2.46 p.m .: On New York’s Wall Street, the Dow Jones index fell 7.2 percent at the start of trading on Monday. As a result, trading on the world’s most important stock exchange was interrupted.

2.41 p.m .: The Ski season in South Tyrol is because of the corona virus crisis completed. The inns and cable car operators have committed themselves to an early end of the winter season, said the Hotel and Restaurant Association. The companies would close from this Wednesday until at least April 3.

“We recommend our companies to make every effort to offer guests alternative dates as far as possible and to accommodate cancellations as accommodating as possible,” it said in the message.

2:36 p.m .: Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn understands that the RB Leipzig Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday (9:00 p.m. / Sky) does not take place excluding spectators.

“I found the note (…) important that this is the decision for this upcoming game,” said the CDU politician on Monday during the federal press conference. “That the fundamental question is not decided.” The game was “difficult to cancel in the short term”.

Bundesliga because of corona virus probably with ghost games

2.15 p.m .: DFL managing director Christian Seifert is expecting ghost games on the coming match day due to the spread of the corona virus Football Bundesliga. “We would love to play with spectators the next matchday. Unfortunately, this is not realistic, ”said the head of the German Football League (DFL) at Bild Live. Seifert, however, ruled out a complete cancellation of the match day next weekend.

14.13 p.m .: Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn demands everyone again Events cancel with more than 1000 participants. At the same time, however, even small events are not without danger.

He also called everyone Citizens to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus. “We have to slow the outbreak so that our health system can continue to function,” he emphasized. “For this we need the whole of society. We need every single citizen. “

It’s about the same Behaviors like a cold or flu. “Do everything exactly as you would want to protect yourself from the common cold or flu,” said Spahn. Everyone should now also assess and decide what is easier and what is more difficult to do without.

Corona virus is not that easy to stop by warmer weather

1.45 p.m .: The spring and the summer with warmer temperatures should not slow down the spread of the coronavirus very much from an expert point of view. It should be expected that “that we would go straight to one Epidemic wave walk in, “said the director of the Institute of Virology at the Charité, Christian Drosten, in Berlin.

The seasonal effect on these viruses is unlikely to be as great as on some other cold viruses. Drosten referred to corresponding refined model calculations from a study from the USA. Germany recognized the virus occurrence very early and thus secured an extreme lead in the detection of the epidemic, explained the virologist.

“This has led to the fact that we now have very high numbers of cases in the statistics without having to report relevant large numbers of deaths.” The background is that many laboratories in this area became active very early in the country and this was not a national institute alone claim for yourself. This would have wasted other countries a month or more. With a view to expected deaths, Drosten also made it clear: “This will also change for us, we are no exception.”

1:24 p.m .: The University of Osnabrück postpones a congress planned for March. According to the university, the congress is one of the nationwide largest conferences for early childhood education. The eleventh edition of the conference “Eventful childhood” should now be held from October 23 to 25, said the university.

Originally, the event was to be held with 3000 participants from March 19 to 21. Since the group of participants consisted largely of pedagogical specialists from day care centers and these could pass on the virus, there was no alternative to the postponement.

1:19 p.m .: The Federal Parents’ Council holds the hygiene inadequate in many schools. At the same time, he warns against closing schools on suspicion. “We have to be careful, we have to comply with hygiene measures,” said Stephan Wassmuth, chairman of the Federal Parents’ Council. If there were chains of infection, one would certainly have to think about closings, but schools should not be closed on suspicion.

In addition, there are already hours lost. “There is a lot of uncertainty,” said Wassmuth, referring to the parents. But he warned of panic about the new virus. “We have a huge renovation backlog,” said Wassmuth. The bottom line is a question of money, but also of negligence that we haven’t bothered about in the past few years. ”

Corona virus: strain on the financial markets – Dax continues to fall

12.45 p.m .: The sale at the Stock exchange accelerates further. The Dax falls well below the 11,000 point mark. Around an hour after the start of trading, the leading German index fell 6.95 percent to 10,739.97 points. In addition to the concerns about the economic consequences of the coronavirus epidemic, there is also the fear of one Oil price war.

12.22 p.m .: After returning from one School trip in South Tyrol Coronavirus infections were detected in a 16-year-old student from Steinfurt and his teacher (45). According to the Steinfurt district, both show only mild symptoms. As a precaution, all 106 pupils and ten teachers in the tenth grade of a high school had been sent to home quarantine. They had returned to Münsterland on Friday with several buses.

12.21 p.m .: In different Prisons in Italy it is in the midst of the corona virus crisis too Protests with probably several dead came. In Modena According to the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica”, six prisoners died. The Ansa news agency speaks of three deaths. Several prisoners were seriously injured. More than 50 had tried to flee.

Media reports said that the uprisings with the Measures against the corona virus would have to do Be there Visits suspended been. Media also showed videos and photos of an uprising in a prison in Milan. It shows how prisoners stand on a roof and chant “freedom”. According to media reports, prisoners in the city of Foggia wanted to try to escape.

There were reports of uprisings in Alessandria, Frosinone, Naples and Pavia.

12.12 p.m .: Because of the Corona virus the Baden-Württemberg State Minister of Health Manne Lucha (Greens) also recommends canceling events with more than 1000 participants. In Stuttgart, his spokesman said Lucha joined an appeal from Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU).

Champions League game by Borussia Dortmund without spectators

12.06 p.m .: in the Iran the number of Coronavirus dead and infected people. The number of deaths increased from 194 to 237 within 24 hours, said ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur in Tehran. The number of officially recorded infections in the country climbed to 7161 – 595 more than the previous day. The crisis remains worst in the capital, Tehran.

11.44 a.m .: The round of 16 second leg of Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday (9 p.m.) at Paris Saint-Germain takes place in front of empty ranks due to the corona virus. The police prefecture of the French capital announced on Monday afternoon.

11:34 a.m .: Because of the Corona virus ’ busy Uganda German travelers actually with one Entry ban: Since March 7, people with entry from Germany, among others, have had to go into a two-week self-quarantine, the Federal Foreign Office informs. “Failure to do so will result in mandatory admission to institutional quarantine at your own expense,” says the country’s travel and safety information.

11.18 p.m .: The spread of the corona virus has been increasing Consequences for EU policies in Brussels: The regular meetings of the ministers and ambassadors of the EU member states are now partially canceled. This was announced by the General Secretariat of the EU Council on Monday. The number of consultations, including at expert level, would be reduced, and the size of the delegations would also be limited.

Follow the advice of medical experts. The Croatian Presidency will decide which meetings will take place on a case-by-case basis. A meeting of the EU ambassadors in Brussels had already been canceled on Friday because the Croatian ambassador had official contact with a person infected with corona. A Council official has been in quarantine since last week after testing positive for the virus.

The European Parliament canceled its regular session in Strasbourg this week, and MEPs will instead meet in Brussels on Monday afternoon. The risk of infection due to the extensive travel operations from Brussels to Strasbourg is too great, said Parliament President David Sassoli.

The EU Parliament is closed to visitor groups until further notice. There are calls for further restrictions and even suspension of plenary sessions among MPs. Meanwhile, NATO announced that a first corona case had also been discovered at its headquarters in Brussels.

10:57 a.m .: The 60-year-old German, who was infected in Hurghada after an infection with the Corona virus died, it is a Firefighter from Hamburg. This was confirmed on Monday morning by the Hamburg health authority, as the “Hamburger Abendblatt” reports.

According to the Egyptian Ministry of Health, he was hospitalized with a fever on Friday and tested positive for the corona virus the following day. Thomas F. is the first German to die after being infected with Sars-CoV-2.

10:39 a.m .: The European Central Bank (ECB) sends its staff over the Corona virus ’ as a test in the home office. Most workers worked from home on Monday, an ECB spokesman said. The central bank has extensive IT capacities for this. The ECB is thus preparing itself in the event that its employees are unable to work in their offices because of the corona virus.

India no longer has cruise ships moored due to corona virus

9.42 a.m .: Fearing further expansion of the Corona virus leaves India
Cruise ships temporarily no longer dock in its ports. On Monday, the port of Mangalore rejected the cruise ship “MSC Lirica” ​​on the grounds that the central government in New Delhi had decided that cruise ships with a foreign start destination should no longer be allowed to land. The regulation therefore applies until the end of March.

At first it was unclear whether there were people infected with the coronavirus on board the “MSC Lirica”. The ship has space for up to 2000 passengers and 700 crew members.

9.12 a.m .: The number of detected coronavirus infections in Germany is according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on 1112 gone up. The district of Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia currently reports more than 290 confirmed Covid-19 cases. According to the RKI, there are almost 484 cases in North Rhine-Westphalia, 256 in Bavaria and 199 in Baden-Württemberg.

8.58 a.m .:
Borussia Dortmund Round of 16 second leg in the Champions League on Wednesday (9pm / Sky) at Paris Saint-Germain due to the Corona virus’According to French media probably without a spectator occur. The sports newspaper “L’Équipe” reported that under normal conditions the kick-off would be “increasingly hypothetical”. The paper speculates that a decision will be announced on Monday. The postponement of the game to a later date cannot be ruled out either.

8.18 a.m .: After the agreement of the grand coalition on aid measures for the economy because of Corona virus crisis Has CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer focused on major events. She considers the request of Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) to cancel events with more than a thousand guests as “important”, said Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday in the ZDF “Morning Magazine”.

Kramp-Karrenbauer also praised the decision Economic measures against the corona crisis. “I am glad that we made the decisions yesterday,” she said. “This is something that employers and trade unions have asked us to do.” This would help congress and tourism, which in their opinion are particularly affected.

Bundesliga derby probably without an audience

7.43 a.m .: Because of the corona crisis it will Bundesliga derby Borussia Mönchengladbach against 1. FC Köln on Wednesday according to the words of NRW Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) expected not in front of an audience take place in the stadium.

“Whether they play without an audience or not, the club has to decide, not me,” said Laumann on Sunday evening in the ARD program “Anne Will”. But North Rhine-Westphalia will implement the recommendation of Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) – “tomorrow or now, absolutely clearly”.

Spahn had recommended that events with more than 1000 participants be canceled due to the rapid spread of the new corona virus in Germany.

7.12 a.m .: The Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has volunteered after a short contact with a Covid 19 patient quarantine issue. He shook hands with the person ten days ago at an event with conservative activists near Washington and had a brief conversation with him, the Senator for Texas said on Monday night on Twitter.

The person concerned is positive for that Corona virus been tested and show symptoms of lung disease. Nevertheless, the chance that he too had been infected was “extremely low,” Cruz continued. The meeting was short and he felt “good and healthy”.

Coronavirus: Coalition Committee increases investments for affected companies

4.37 a.m .: To contain the economic consequences of Coronavirus epidemic the leaders of the grand coalition have been relieved at the Short-time work allowance and agreed to increase investments by EUR 12.4 billion by 2024. After more than seven hours of deliberation, the Coalition Committee led by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) that the social security contributions should be fully reimbursed by the Federal Employment Agency.

Furthermore, the quorum of one Loss of work affected workforce up to ten percent be lowered, as stated in the declaration of the coalition leaders. So far, the threshold has been at least a third. In the future, short-time work benefits should also be available to temporary workers. More here:
Refugees and corona virus crisis: This is how Groko wants to help

3.52 a.m .: In South Korea The signs of a slower rise in the number of cases of infection are increasing with the Corona virus. On Sunday, 248 new cases of infection with the virus were recorded, the health authorities said on Monday. The total increased to 7382. The number of previous deaths associated with the novel coronavirus has been reported at 51.

2.14 a.m .: There are two other cases of coronavirus infection among members of the French National Assembly. This was announced on Sunday by the regional health authority ARS Île-de-France. The number of infected members of the Chamber of Parliament rose to at least four.

2.03 a.m .: The number of officially registered new infections with the Corona virus in China has fallen to its lowest level since the publication of these figures in January. As the government’s Health Committee in Beijing announced on Monday, all of mainland China has been since the previous day 40 more cases of infection proven. Further 22 people died infection, which is a low number compared to previous weeks.

0.25 a.m .: In the course of the Corona virus crisis Checks at train stations, airports and highways in the restricted areas activated. In the areas in northern Italy or out of them you are only allowed in an emergency or for work reasons. This must be attested to by a self-declaration, as the Interior Ministry announced late on Sunday evening. You can fill out forms on site.

Sunday, March 8, 2020: Coronavirus – Portugal’s President quarantines

10:23 p.m .: The Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has quarantined itself for a possible coronavirus infection. The president announced on Sunday that he would not have any public appointments at home or abroad for two weeks. He said he had met students from a school in northern Portugal last week, who was going to have a Coronavirus cases has been closed.

A statement on the President’s website said that neither the sick student nor his class attended the meeting. The head of state also shows no symptoms and will continue to work in the presidential palace. However, he decided to follow the recommendations of the health authorities in order to “set an example”. There are currently 20 confirmed coronavirus cases in Portugal.

9:18 pm: France bans all events in the fight against the corona virus 1000 people. Health Minister Olivier Véran announced in Paris on Sunday after a meeting of the Security Council headed by President Emmanuel Macron.

Véran indicated that it was Exceptions will give. He said the authorities are now compiling a list of events that are “useful for the life of the nation,” including demonstrations. So far, France has banned events involving more than 5,000 people, especially indoors.

8:18 pm: In Germany and France, the number of coronavirus cases is over 1000 gone up. There are currently 1040 infected people in Germany. So far there have been no deaths in Germany, but a German citizen died in Egypt as a result of Covid-19.

In France, 126 people have now been infected with the novel corona virus, the French health authorities said on Sunday evening. The death toll is 19. France is the most affected country in the EU with Italy and Germany.

6.49 p.m .: In Italy the number of deaths has skyrocketed – from 233 to 366 cases. The Italian authorities announced on Sunday evening. The number of confirmed infections is now 7375, 1492 more than on Saturday.

The Federal Foreign Office does not recommend traveling to certain regions of Italy

17:58: The Foreign Office advises against traveling to other Italian regions. In the new travel and safety information published on Sunday, German citizens are advised to limit their “trips to and to Italy to what is currently necessary”.

Specifically, the federal government now advises “from trips to the regions of Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna, the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Rimini in Emilia-Romagna, the provinces of Pesaro and Urbino in Marche, the provinces of Padua, Treviso and Venice in Veneto as well as Asti, Alessandria, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and Vercelli in Piedmont ”.

We also advise against “unnecessary trips to the autonomous province of Bolzano-South Tyrol” in the Trentino-South Tyrol region and in the other provinces of Emilia-Romagna (Bologna, Ferrara, Forli-Cesena and Ravenna).

5.42 p.m .: First time is a German citizen proven on the novel corona virus died. It was a 60-year-old man who entered Egypt a week ago, the Egyptian Ministry of Health said on Sunday.

He died in the seaside resort of Hurghada on the Red Sea. The man came to the hospital with a fever on Friday and then became positive about it Corona virus tested. It is the first known death related to Covid-19 in Africa.

CDU holds on party congress for the election of the chair

17.12 p.m .: The CDU is holding on to the party conference planned for the end of April for the election of a new chairman – despite the recommendation of Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) to cancel events with more than 1000 participants for the time being because of the coronavirus. Alle Vorbereitungen für das Treffen der 1001 Delegierten am 25. April in Berlin gingen ganz normal weiter, erfuhr die Deutsche Presse-Agentur am Sonntag aus der Partei. Die Planungen fänden in enger Abstimmung mit den zuständigen Berliner Gesundheitsbehörden statt.

17.02 Uhr: Bulgarien meldet die ersten Coronavirus-Infektionen. Erkrankt sind zwei Patienten in einem Krankenhaus im nordbulgarischen Plewen, ein 27-Jähriger und ein 61-Jähriger, wie der zuständige medizinische Krisen-Stab am Sonntag in Sofia mitteilte. Außerdem sei die Infektion bei einer 75 Jahre alten Frau nachgewiesen worden sowie bei einer Mitarbeiterin des Personals einer Klinik im mittelbulgarischen Gabrowo.

Bei den nachgewiesenen Fällen handelt es sich ersten Angaben zufolge nicht um Menschen, die Krisenstaaten wie etwa China or Italy besucht hätten. Eine Annahme, dass ein Patient Null aus dem Nachbarland Griechenland gekommen sei, sei inzwischen entfallen, erläuterte der Chef des Krisenstabs, Wenzisslaw Mutaftschijski.

16.40 Uhr: Die Zahl der Infektionen steigt weiter. Am frühen Sonntagabend waren in Deutschland 988 Menschen infiziert, wie unsere interaktive Karte zeigt.

16.37 Uhr: Eine hessische Schülergruppe bestehend aus 99 Schülern und zehn Betreuern steht nach einer Klassenfahrt in Südtirol unter Quarantäne. Alle Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer der Reisegruppe wurden vorsorglich für 14 Tage in Quarantäne genommen“, teilte die Schule im Kreis Bergstraße am Samstag mit.

Spahn empfiehlt Absage von Veranstaltungen mit mehr als 1000 Teilnehmern

15.11 Uhr: Angesichts zunehmender Coronavirus-Infektionen in Deutschland empfiehlt Gesundheitsminister Jens Spahn, Veranstaltungen mit mehr als 1000 Teilnehmern vorerst abzusagen. In his view, this is still too timid. “In view of the dynamic development of the past few days, this should be changed quickly,” he said on Sunday to the German Press Agency in Berlin.

14.10 Uhr: Deutsche, die sich in Norditalien aufhalten, können von dort auch weiterhin zurück nach Deutschland. Zwar sind Ein- und Ausreisen in 15 Provinzen Norditaliens seit Sonntag stark eingeschränkt. Ausnahmen seien aber unaufschiebbare berufsbedingte Fahrten oder Notsituationen, teilte das Auswärtige Amt mit.

„Auch die Rückkehr an einen Wohnort sowohl innerhalb als auch außerhalb wie die Ausreise dazu nach Deutschland ist weiterhin möglich. Mit Kontrollen und Nachfragen von Sicherheits- und Ordnungskräften muss gerechnet werden“, hieß es in den am Sonntag aktualisierten Reisehinweisen des Auswärtigen Amts.

13.58 Uhr: Die Zahl der Fälle in Deutschland ist am Sonntag erneut angestiegen. Wie unsere interaktive Karte zeigt, gibt es mittlerweile 951 Infektionen in der Bundesrepublik.

Papst spricht Sonntagsgebet über Livestream

13.28 Uhr: Wegen der Coronavirus-Krise hat der Papst an diesem Sonntag erstmals nur per Live-Stream zu den Gläubigen auf dem Petersplatz in Rom gesprochen. Er sei „nah“ bei den Kranken und dem medizinischen Personal, das die Menschen betreue, sagte Franziskus.

Es fühle sich aber „etwas merkwürdig“ an, dass er das traditionelle Angelus-Gebet diesmal von seiner Bibliothek aus spreche, räumte das Oberhaupt der katholischen Kirche ein. Anschließend trat der 83-Jährige doch noch an das Fenster, von dem aus er sonst das Gebet hält, und winkte den wenigen Gläubigen auf dem Petersplatz kurz zu. Nach Angaben des Vatikans sollte mit der Protokolländerung das „Risiko einer Verbreitung“ des neuartigen Coronavirus eingedämmt werden.

13.11 Uhr: „Gerade in den sozialen Medien ist das Informationsbedürfnis aktuell sehr groß“, schreibt Gesundheitsminister Jens Spahn (CDU) bei Twitter. Im Video beantwortet er die die Fragen von einigen Internetnutzern.

12.49 Uhr: The World Health Organization WHO hat die drastischen Quarantäne-Maßnahmen in Italien gegen die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus begrüßt. Diese seien „mutig“ und erforderten „wirkliche Opfer“, erklärte WHO-Direktor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus am Sonntag im Online-Dienst Twitter. „Die Regierung und die Menschen in Italien ergreifen gewagte und mutige Maßnahmen, um die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus zu verlangsamen und um ihr Land und die Welt zu schützen“, erklärte er.

Coronavirus: Italien riegelt Norden des Landes ab

12.23 Uhr: Nachdem Italy den Norden des Landes abgeriegelt hat, ist noch unklar, wie Kontrollen stattfinden sollen und was das grundsätzliche Ein- und Ausreiseverbot für Tourists bedeutet. Die Sperrungen sollen ab sofort bis zunächst zum 3. April gelten.

Regierungschef Guiseppe Conte sagte, es handle sich nicht um „rote Zonen“, Flüge und Züge seien nicht gestoppt. Aber eine Fahrt müsse einen Grund haben. Und die Polizei könne Menschen anhalten und danach fragen. „Wir stehen vor einer nationalen Notlage“, betonte Conte.

12.05 Uhr: Dem Robert-Koch-Institut und den Gesundheitsämtern der Länder sind inzwischen 939 bestätigte Coronavirus-Infektionen in Deutschland gemeldet worden. Sachsen-Anhalt ist das einzige Bundesland, in dem noch kein Fall der vom Virus ausgelösten Lungenkrankheit Covid-19 festgestellt worden ist.

Spahn: Wegen Coronavirus müssen mehr Großveranstaltungen abgesagt werden

10.39 Uhr: Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) erwartet weitere merkliche Einschränkungen des öffentlichen Lebens in Deutschland. „Sicherheit geht vor. Daher werden noch mehr Großveranstaltungen abgesagt werden müssen“, schrieb der CDU-Politiker am Sonntag auf Twitter zur Lage wegen der Coronavirus-Epidemie.

Zuletzt hatte es unter anderem Kritik daran gegeben, dass etwa Bundesligaspiele und andere Massenveranstaltungen in Deutschland zum Großteil wie geplant stattfinden, während anderswo in Europa restriktiver vorgegangen wird.

Spahn schrieb weiter, Absagen großer Veranstaltungen hätten insbesondere für kleinere Betriebe, für Handwerker, Gastronomen oder Dienstleister, große wirtschaftliche Folgen. „Daher sollten wir hier über eine gezielte und zügige Hilfe nachdenken“, schrieb er – auch mit Blick auf den Coalition Committee am Sonntagabend in Berlin.

10.15 Uhr:
Austria meldet einen deutlichen Anstieg der nachgewiesenen Coronavirus infections. Nach Angaben des Gesundheitsministerium gab es bis Sonntag, 8 Uhr, 99 Fälle. Am Freitagabend hatte Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) in einer Pressekonferenz noch von 63 bestätigten Fällen gesprochen.

Kurz hatte Freitagabend angekündigt, dass Österreich sämtliche Direktflüge nach Mailand, Bologna, Südkorea und in den Iran für zwei Wochen einstellen werde. Zudem sollen punktuell Gesundheitschecks an der österreichisch-italienischen Grenze durchgeführt werden.

Schweiz empört über deutsches Ausfuhrverbot für Schutzmasken

10.05 Uhr: The deutsche Ausfuhrverbot für Schutzkleidung zum Kampf gegen das neue Coronavirus hat laut einem Medienbericht zu diplomatischen Spannungen mit der Schweiz geführt. Wie das Schweizer Staatssekretariat für Wirtschaft (Seco) der „NZZ am Sonntag“ mitteilte, habe die Eidgenossenschaft den deutschen Botschafter vorgeladen und sei auch bei den zuständigen Ministerien in Berlin vorstellig geworden. „Bei diesen Kontakten wurden die deutschen Behörden mit Nachdruck aufgefordert, die blockierten Sendungen umgehend freizugeben“, zitiert die Zeitung aus einer Antwort des Seco.

Laut „NZZ am Sonntag“ wird derzeit ein Lastwagen eines Schweizer Unternehmens von deutschen Zollbehörden daran gehindert, in die Schweiz zu fahren. Der Lastwagen sei mit 240.000 Schutzmasken beladen. Laut dem Seco sei das kein Einzelfall.

Die deutsche Bundesregierung hatte am Mittwoch ein Ausfuhrverbot für medizinische Schutzausrüstung erlassen. Da die Schweiz kaum medizinisches Verbrauchsmaterial produziert, wurde sie hart von der Maßnahme getroffen.

Formel-1-Rennen in Bahrain wegen Coronavirus unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit

9.59 Uhr: Die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus wirbelt auch die formula 1 durcheinander. Das zweite Rennwochenende in Bahrain (20. bis 22. März) soll unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit ausgetragen werden. Dies teilte der Veranstalter des Grand Prix auf dem Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir am Sonntagvormittag mit.

„In Absprache mit unseren internationalen Partnern und dem Gesundheits-Krisenstab des Königreichs hat Bahrain die Entscheidung getroffen, den diesjährigen Grand Prix als reine Teilnehmerveranstaltung durchzuführen“, hieß es in dem Statement: „Um sicherzustellen, dass weder der Sport noch seine weltweite Anhängerschaft übermäßig beeinträchtigt werden, wird das Rennwochenende selbst als Fernsehveranstaltung stattfinden.“

Coronavirus – fast 850 Infektionen in Deutschland

9.37 Uhr: In Germany haben das Robert-Koch-Institut und die Gesundheitsämter der Länder inzwischen 847 Fälle von Coronavirus-Infektionen gezählt.

9.12 Uhr: The Städte- und Gemeindebund hat Defizite im Healthcare system beklagt. Die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus zeige, dass sich Deutschland bei Protective clothing, Medikamenten and Desinfektionsmitteln „zu sehr auf die weltumspannenden Lieferketten verlassen“ habe, sagte Hauptgeschäftsführer Gerd Landsberg unserer Redaktion. „Ziel muss es deshalb sein, die Bevorratungen zu verbessern und mittelfristig auch Produktionsstandorte wieder in Deutschland oder Europa aufzubauen.“

Auch die Krankenhausplanung solle „neu überdacht werden“, forderte Landsberg. Das System sei in den vergangenen Jahren „sehr stark unter dem Aspekt der Wirtschaftlichkeit und damit auch des Bettenabbaus in Krankenhäusern“ entwickelt worden. Gerade in Krisensituationen sei es wichtig, „auch in der Fläche Krankenhäuser der Grundversorgung vorzuhalten, um damit auch Reservemöglichkeiten zu haben“, forderte er. Die Finanzierung müsse gesamtstaatlich erfolgen.

Um der drohenden Rezession entgegenzuwirken, solle die Bundesregierung zudem „betroffenen Wirtschaftszweigen helfen und auch kommunale Investitionen, die erhebliche Nachfrage auslösen, stärker fördern“, verlangte Landsberg. Am Sonntagabend findet ein Koalitionsgipfel von Union und SPD zu diesem Thema statt.

Coronavirus: Zahl der neu bestätigten Infektionen leicht rückläufig

8.47 Uhr. In South Korea steigt die Zahl der neu erkannten Infektionen mit dem Coronavirus weiter, der Anstieg ist aber leicht rückläufig. zurückgegangen: Am Samstag seien 367 mehr Menschen positiv getestet worden, teilten die Gesundheitsbehörden am Sonntag mit, damit steigt die Zahl der in Südkorea nachgewiesenen Infektionen auf 7100. Bisher wurden 50 Todesfälle gemeldet, die in Verbindung mit dem Erreger der zuerst in China ausgebrochenen Lungenkrankheit Covid-19 gebracht werden.

8.35 Uhr: Die Flughäfen in den abgeriegelten Regionen im Norden Italiens bleiben zunächst geöffnet, auch der Bahnverkehr soll weiter fließen. Betroffen von dem grundsätzlichen Ein- und Ausreiseverbot sind nach Angaben von Ministerpräsident Guiseppe Conte die Region Lombardei und diese 14 Provinzen: Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro und Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, Treviso und Venedig.

8.09 a.m .:
Chinas Außenhandel ist vor dem Hintergrund der Coronavirus-Epidemie stark zurückgegangen. Erstmals seit dem Ausbruch der Lungenkrankheit Covid-19 legte die Pekinger Zollverwaltung Handelszahlen vor. Demnach sackten Chinas Exporte im Januar und Februar im Vergleich zu den ersten zwei Monaten des Vorjahres um 17,2 Prozent auf einen Wert von umgerechnet 292,45 Milliarden US-Dollar (259 Mrd. Euro). Die Einfuhren gingen um 4 Prozent auf 299,54 Milliarden Dollar zurück. Insgesamt schrumpfte der Außenhandel damit um 11 Prozent.

Norden Italiens wegen Coronavirus abgeriegelt – beispiellose Quarantäne in Europa

7.31 Uhr: Mit dem am Sonntag erlassenen Dekret gilt in Norditalien nun eine in Europa beispiellose Quarantäne. Grundsätzlich gilt ein Ein- und Ausreiseverbot in den betroffenen Regionen, Ausnahmen sollen nur wegen nachgewiesenen dringenden beruflichen oder familiären Gründen und in gesundheitlichen Notfällen möglich sein.

Bars und Restaurants dürfen in den Quarantänegebieten nur ihren Betrieb fortsetzen, wenn ein Mindestabstand zwischen den einzelnen Gästen und Mitarbeitern von einem Meter eingehalten wird. Diese Regelung betrifft auch religiöse Orte wie Kirchen, Zeremonien wie Taufen oder Hochzeiten müssen verschoben werden.

7.16 Uhr: The location in Italy spitzt sich dramatisch zu: Nachdem am Samstag 1000 Coronavirus-Infektionen mehr als am Freitag gezahlt worden waren und es Dutzende zusätzliche Todesfälle gab, hat die italienische Regierung drastische Maßnahmen beschlossen, um die weitere Ausbreitung des Virus einzudämmen. Italien ist nach den bekannten Zahlen nach China und Südkorea das Land mit den meisten Covid-19-Todesfällen.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Sunday morning that the economy was strong Lombardy und 14 andere Gebiete würden weitgehend abgeriegelt. Damit schränkt die Regierung die Bewegungsfreiheit von rund 16 Millionen Bürgern drastisch ein. Er habe das entsprechende Dekret unterschrieben, sagte Conte. Davon betroffen sind die Millionenstadt Milan und die Touristenhochburg Venice ebenso etwa wie Parma in der Region Emilia-Romagna.

Außerdem bestätigte beziehungsweise verhängte die Regierung den Angaben nach Einschränkungen für ganz Italien wie den Stopp für Kinos, Theater, Museen, Demonstrationen und viele andere Veranstaltungen. Die neuen Sperrgebiete sollten von sofort bis zunächst zum 3. April gelten, schrieben Zeitungen.

US-Wahlkampf in Zeiten der Corona-Krise: Trump „nicht besorgt“

3.45 Uhr: Trotz der steigenden Coronavirus-Fälle in den USA will US-Präsident Donald Trump seine Wahlkampf-Tournee nicht unterbrechen. „Wir haben gigantische Kundgebungen und es geht uns sehr gut, und wir haben fantastische Arbeit bezüglich dieser Angelegenheit geleistet“, sagte Trump bei einer gemeinsamen Pressekonferenz mit dem brasilianischen Staatschef Jair Bolsonaro in Florida mit Blick auf die Auswirkungen der Coronavirus-Epidemie.

In den USA gibt es inzwischen mehr als 400 nachgewiesene Coronavirus-Fälle, allerdings sind nach Expertenmeinung im Vergleich zu anderen Ländern nur wenige Menschen getestet worden. 19 Menschen starben an der Lugenkrankheit Covid-19, die meisten von ihnen im westlichen Bundesstaat Washington. Erstmals wurde auch in der Hauptstadt Washington eine Coronavirus-Infektion bestätigt. Wo sich der etwa 50-jährige Patient angesteckt hat, gilt als unklar.

Coronavirus-Epidemie: Hofreiter für „gezielte Soforthilfen“ bei Absage von Großveranstaltungen

1.20 Uhr: Grünen-Fraktionschef Anton Hofreiter findet es richtig, in der Corona-Krise betroffene Unternehmen kurzfristig und unbürokratisch zu unterstützen. „In der jetzigen Situation geht es um gezielte Soforthilfen etwa bei Ausfällen von Lieferketten oder bei Absagen von Großveranstaltungen“, sagte er unserer Redaktion. „Richtig ist auch, die Regelungen zur Kurzarbeit anzupassen.“ Zugleich warnte Hofreiter die Union davor, die Corona-Lage für altbekannte Steuerforderungen zu nutzen. Dies sei „unverantwortlich“.

Corona-Krise – Linnemann fordert Notkredite in zweistelliger Milliardenhöhe für die Wirtschaft

1.05 Uhr: Angesichts der Corona-Epidemie hat der Vorsitzende der Mittelstands- und Wirtschaftsunion der CDU/CSU, Carsten Linnemann, die Bundesregierung dazu aufgerufen, Notkredite in zweistelliger Milliardenhöhe für die Wirtschaft bereitzustellen. „Ich habe die große Sorge, dass die Coronakrise die Finanzkrise 2008/2009 in den Schatten stellen wird“, sagte Linnemann unserer Redaktion.

Die Politik müsse jetzt genauso entschlossen handeln wie im Oktober 2008 mit der Garantie der Spareinlagen, die Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) und Finanzminister Peer Steinbrück (SPD) abgegeben hatten. „Die Wirtschaft muss wissen, dass die Politik für ein umfangreiches Notkreditprogramm in diesen Monaten Mittel in zweistelliger Milliardenhöhe zur Verfügung stellen wird“, forderte der Vizevorsitzende der Unionsfraktion im Bundestag vor dem Koalitionsgipfel von Union und SPD an diesem Sonntag. Darüber hinaus verlangte Linnemann „Entlastung, Flexibilisierung und Freiräume“ für den Mittelstand, „um die Krise zu bewältigen und danach im internationalen Wettbewerb wieder Fuß zu fassen“.

Samstag, 7. März 2020: Coronavirus – Zahl der Infizierten in Italien steigt um 1000 an einem Tag

19.08 Uhr: Mit 5883 Fällen ist die Zahl der Coronavirus-Infizierten in Italy am Samstag noch einmal deutlich gestiegen. 233 Menschen seien gestorben, wie der Zivilschutz in Rom bekanntgab. Mehrere Hundert sind allerdings auch schon wieder gesund gemeldet.

Am Freitag hatte die Zahl der Infizierten noch um über 1000 Fälle niedriger gelegen – bei 4636. Der Anstieg bei der Totenzahl (plus 36) war allerdings geringer als am Vortag. Am heftigsten betroffen sind weiter die Regionen Lombardei und Emilia-Romagna, wie Zivilschutzchef Angelo Borrelli bekannt gab. Es folgt die Region Venetien.

18.46 Uhr: Die Zahl der Infizierten in Deutschland ist am Samstagabend auf 800 gestiegen. Einen Überblick gibt unsere interaktive Karte:

17.31 Uhr: After several crew members have tested positive for the corona virus, it is announced Nile cruise ship with about 165 people on board in southern Egypt under quarantine. Neben der ägyptischen Besatzung befänden sich auch Touristen aus Frankreich, Indien und Amerika auf dem Schiff, hieß es am Samstag aus Behördenkreisen in der Stadt Luxor. The ship had come from Aswan. Nach Angaben der Gewerkschaft der Touristenführer in Luxor handelt es sich um die „MS River Anuket“.

17.18 Uhr: In Berlin hat sich mutmaßlich der erste Polizist mit dem neuartigen Coronavirus angesteckt. Das teilte die Polizei am Samstag über den Kurznachrichtendienst Twitter mit. Der Beamte habe sich im Dienst infiziert und gehöre der 32. Einsatzhundertschaft an, hieß es. Diese sei aktuell in ihrer Unterkunft, der Dienstbetrieb nicht eingeschränkt. „Die Amtsärztin veranlasst in ihrer Zuständigkeit weiteres.“

16.52 Uhr: After the collapse of a hotel in eastern China, around 70 people are buried under the rubble. Das Hotel „Xinjia“ in der Stadt Quanzhou sei am Samstag gegen 19.30 Uhr Ortszeit (12.30 MEZ) eingestürzt, wie die Verwaltung der Stadt in der östlichen Provinz Fujian mitteilte.

So far, around 23 people have been recovered. The 80-room hotel had recently been converted into a quarantine station for people who had contact with coronavirus patients, according to newspaper reports. According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, the rescue efforts continued.

14.03 Uhr: Mehr als 1000 weitere Infektionen mit dem Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 sind im Iran binnen eines Tages erfasst worden. Die Gesamtzahl erfasster Nachweise liege nun bei 5823, sagte der Sprecher des Gesundheitsministeriums, Kianush Dschahanpur, am Samstag in Teheran. Die Zahl registrierter Covid-19-Deaths stieg den Angaben zufolge von 124 auf 145. Die meisten Infektionen würden weiterhin in der Hauptstadt Teheran erfasst, hieß es.

Seuchen-Experten gehen davon aus, das die tatsächliche Zahl der Infektionen im Iran deutlich höher liegen könnte.

Italien ruft wegen Coronavirus-Krise Ärzte aus dem Ruhestand zurück

13.33 Uhr: Nirgendwo in Europa gibt es mehr bestätigte Infektionen als in Italy. Jetzt ruft die Regierung im Kampf gegen das neuartige Coronavirus Ärzte aus dem Ruhestand zurück. Sie begann am Samstag landesweit, Ruheständler zu reaktivieren.

This measure is part of a new emergency program that was decided at a cabinet crisis meeting that lasted into the night. According to this, a total of 20,000 new employees will be hired for the health system. Dabei soll es sich um 5000 spezialisierte Ärzte sowie 15.000 Krankenpflegekräfte und weitere Helfer handeln.

Nach den Beschlüssen des Kabinetts soll in den kommenden Tagen zudem die Zahl der Betten in den Intensivstationen von 5000 auf 7500 erhöht werden. Derzeit befinden sich wegen der Lungenkrankheit Covid-19 in Italien 462 Menschen auf Intensivstationen.

The number of Todesopfer war am Freitag auf 197 gestiegen. Das waren 49 mehr als noch am Donnerstag, was den höchsten Sprung seit dem ersten Auftreten des Virus in Italien bedeutet. Die Zahl der Infizierten lag am Freitag bei 4636.

13.12 Uhr: Nach dutzenden positiven Tests auf das Corona virus haben die südkoreanischen Behörden zwei Wohnblocks abgeriegelt. Die mehr als 140 Bewohner des Apartment-Komplexes in der Millionenstadt Daegu seien unter Quarantäne gestellt worden, sagte Bürgermeister Kwon Young Jin am Samstag. 46 Bewohner seien positiv auf den Erreger getestet worden, der die Lungenkrankheit Covid-19 auslösen kann.

Coronavirus: Bundesregierung plant offenbar lockerere Regeln für Kurzarbeit

12.45 Uhr: Die Bundesregierung will einem Medienbericht zufolge die wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen des Coronavirus-Ausbruchs abfedern, indem sie die Regeln für Kurzarbeit vorübergehend lockert. Wie das „Handelsblatt“ am Samstag unter Berufung auf Koalitionskreise berichtete, soll Kurzarbeit nach dem Willen der großen Koalition befristet bis Ende des Jahres erleichtert werden. Eine Entscheidung soll demnach beim Treffen des Koalitionsausschusses am Sonntag fallen.

Regulär gibt es Kurzarbeitergeld nur, wenn mindestens ein Drittel der Belegschaft eines Betriebs von erheblichem Arbeitsausfall betroffen ist. Diese Schwelle will die Bundesregierung laut dem „Handelsblatt“ senken.

Coronavirus: Bayern schickt Schüler aus Risikogebieten in Quarantäne

12.29 Uhr: The bayerische Gesundheitsministerium verschärft die Regeln zur Eindämmung der Coronavirus-Epidemie: Laut einer sogenannten Allgemeinverfügung dürfen student und Kindergartenkinder nach einer Rückkehr aus Risikogebieten – wie zum Beispiel Südtirol – ab sofort für 14 Tage nicht in die Schule beziehungsweise in ihre Kita. Dies teilte das Ministerium am Samstag mit.

Ein Sprecher des Gesundheitsministeriums betonte, dass nach Abwägung aller Umstände eine solche allgemeingültige Anordnung erforderlich sei, um die Verbreitung von Sars-CoV-2 in Schulen und bei der Kinderbetreuung zu unterbinden. „Die Anordnung ist nicht befristet.“

12.18 Uhr: In Berlin zählt das Robert-Koch-Institut am Samstagvormittag 24 Fälle von Coronavirus-Infektionen.

12.17 Uhr: In Hamburg ist Zahl der bestätigten Coronavirus-Infektionen um einen Fall auf 13 gestiegen.

12.15 Uhr: In North Rhine-Westphalia, dem am stärksten betroffenen Bundesland, ist die Zahl der nachgewiesenen Coronavirus-Infektionen nach Angaben des NRW-Gesundheitsministeriums auf 377 gestiegen – das ist mehr als die Hälfte aller bundesweit gemeldeten Fälle.

Coronavirus-Infektionen – Mehr als 100.000 Fälle weltweit bestätigt

11.33 Uhr: Die Zahl der nachgewiesenen Coronavirus infections weltweit hat 100.000 überstiegen. Rund 80 Prozent davon wurden in China festgestellt, wo auch die weitaus meisten Todesopfer der Epidemie zu beklagen sind: Fast 3000 Menschen starben an der vom neuartigen Virus ausgelösten Lungenkrankheit Covid-19.

11.15 Uhr: Bisher sind nur 45 Menschen an Bord der „Grand Princess“ auf eine Coronavirus-Infektion getestet worden – doch von denen haben sich 21 Männer und Frauen mit dem neuartigen Virus angesteckt. The Cruise ship liegt von San Francisco; es war gestoppt worden, nach dem ein ehemaliger Passagier nach einer Coronavirus-Infektion starb.

Bei 19 Besatzungsmitgliedern und zwei Passagieren sei eine Infektion nachgewiesen worden, erklärte am Freitag US-Vizepräsident Mike Pence, der von US-Präsident Donald Trump mit der Koordination der Maßnahmen gegen die Epidemie beauftragt wurde.

Pence versicherte, alle 3533 Menschen an Bord würden nun getestet und bei Bedarf an Bord unter Quarantäne gestellt. According to the Vice President, the number of infected crew members among the approximately 1,100 crew members is high.

Coronavirus: Irak schließt Grenzübergänge, Kuwait setzt Flüge aus

10.55 Uhr: The Iraq wird Mitte März seine Grenzen zum Iran schließen, um die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 einzdämmen. Die Regierung rief irakische Bürger im benachbarten Iran dazu auf, in die Heimat zurückzukehren. Irak und Iran haben eine fast 1500 Kilometer lange gemeinsame Grenze. Die irakischen Flughäfen blieben geöffnet.

Kuwait wird für eine Woche sämtliche Flüge in sieben Länder aussetzen. Flüge von und nach Ägypten, Libanon, Syrien, Bangladesch, Indien, Sri Lanka und auf die Philippinen seien davon betroffen, berichtete die staatliche Nachrichtenagentur Kuna am Samstag. Die Entscheidung sei vom Kabinett getroffen worden. Kuwait hat nach offiziellen Angaben 61 Fälle des neuen Virus registriert.

10.47 Uhr:
Daimler-Chef Ola Källenius warnt vor einer Rückkehr zu wirtschaftlichem Nationalismus in Folge der Coronavirus-Epidemie. „Solche Ereignisse machen immer wieder klar, wie anfällig globale Lieferketten sind“, sagte Källenius dem „Spiegel“: „Aber eine Welt ohne globale Arbeitsteilung wäre eine weniger erfolgreiche.“

In China fahre Daimler derzeit – nach den wegen der Coronavirus-Epidemie verlängerten Neujahrsferien – die Produktion „graduell hoch“. Allerdings werde die Krise bei Daimler Spuren hinterlassen: „Wie groß am Ende die Auswirkungen sein werden, können wir heute nicht absehen, aber klar ist: Sowohl die Produktion als auch der Verkauf werden beeinträchtigt sein.“

9.45 Uhr: Wir starten unser neues Coronavirus-Newsblog. Alle bisherigen Entwicklungen zum Coronavirus lesen Sie in unserem vorherigen Newsblog

Coronavirus – Mehr zu SARS-Covid-19

Die ersten Menschen sollen sich im Dezember in der chinesischen Stadt Wuhan in the Provinz Hubei mit dem neuartigen Coronavirus angesteckt haben. In China kam es anschließend zu einem sprunghaften Anstieg der Infektionen.

Trotz eingeleiteter Gegenmaßnahmen breitete sich das Virus seitdem auf der Welt aus – auch in Deutschland. Dabei scheint die von ihm ausgelöste Lung disease Covid-19 vor allem für Menschen mit Vorerkrankung gefährlicher zu sein. Wer zur Coronavirus-Risikogruppe gehört und was Betroffene tun können.

In Europa am stärksten betroffen ist Italien, wo sich besonders viele Menschen mit Sars-CoV-2 infiziert haben und wo es bislang auch die meisten Todesfälle in Europa gab. Das Auswärtige Amt hat in Sorge vor einer weiteren Coronavirus-Ausbreitung deshalb seine Reisehinweise für Italien aktualisiert. (bekö/lhel/dpa/afp/sid/fmg)

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