Saint-Luc Hospital distances itself from its views …

The Saint-Luc hospital in Brussels calls the views of infectiologist Jean-Luc Gala ‘counterproductive’. The hospital has announced via Twitter that it ‘unambiguously distances itself’ from its statements. ‘It is very exceptional for a hospital to distance itself from a doctor.’

On Tuesday evening, Minister of Health Frank Vandenbroucke (SP.A) was involved To the point is still particularly shocked at the statements of infectiologist Jean-Luc Gala. ‘This man is unimaginably frivolous. You don’t have to be an infectiologist to know that if your intensive hospital beds fill up, and that doubles, we’ll go right up against the wall, ‘the minister sneered.

The hospital where the infectiologist is the head of department also appears not to be set up with his views. “As a major academic player in Belgium, the Saint-Luc hospital is keen to actively participate in the public debate, especially through its scientific experts,” the hospital writes on Twitter. “Still, Saint-Luc wants to distance itself unequivocally from the counterproductive interventions of Professor Jean-Luc Gala, whose views run counter to the hospital’s values ​​and scientific positioning.”

Gala, who is also a professor of infectious diseases at UCL, had again lashed out at experts and calls them, among other things, ‘panic mongers’. According to him, closing the catering industry was not necessary. In an interview with The last news that appeared on Tuesday, he called the closure of the catering industry bullshit. Gala remains squarely behind previous statements in which he brushed aside concerns about the rising numbers. He refers to experts as ‘panic mongers’.

Renaud Mazy, CEO of Saint-Luc, does not wish to comment further.

‘It is very exceptional for a hospital to distance itself from a doctor’, says Marc Noppen, CEO of UZ Brussel. ‘The fact that a hospital really turns away is almost exclusively the case in cases of, for example, #metoo. It’s seldom about substantive themes. ‘ Noppen was also baffled by Gala’s statements. This summer, UZ Brussel distanced itself from Frank Van Tussenbroek, head of the Angio and Neuro Interventional Radiology department. He had an open letter the Virus Madness website published. ‘That was a one-time reprimand. And afterwards, the doctor also rectified this. Gala is persistent. ‘

In a conversation with De Standaard Geert Molenberghs, biostatistician at Hasselt University and KU Leuven, pointed out the danger of such statements. Molenberghs argues that ‘reassurance‘if Gala has unnecessarily put the measures into perspective in French-speaking Belgium and believes that this may have played a role in the violent outbreak in Liege and Hainaut, among others.


Bouchez (MR) wants mouth mask duty and a brake on amateur sports

The measures to contain the corona virus will have to be even stricter, warns MR chairman Georges-Louis Bouchez. He argues for a general mouth mask obligation.

‘The situation is dramatic, there is no other word for it. Everyone needs to wake up. If we continue like this, we will be completely saturated with hospitals within a few weeks. To get the virus under control we should have a maximum of 100 infections per 100,000 people, now we are at more than 800. And yet I still hear debates where people ‘chipoteert‘and twists and turns: that is no longer possible’, said MR chairman Georges-Louis Bouchez, this morning on The first one, the RTBF radio.

According to Bouchez, about half of Belgians no longer respect the elementary distance rules. ‘And when I walk around Brussels, half of the people don’t wear a mask.’ Bouchez therefore argues in favor of tightening up the rules even more ‘with a mandatory mouth mask everywhere.’

Of burps from MR Minister David Clarinval about the hospitality industry, show that his party is bored with the complete closure of the sector. Clarinval indicated that he regretted the closure of the catering industry, but respected the decision taken. Bouchez does not question the measure either, but he is not happy with the enormous focus on the hospitality industry. ‘That gave the impression that we were stigmatizing the hospitality industry, while it was about making the decisions to prevent the spread of the virus.’ That is in line with what Flemish Prime Minister Jan Jambon (N-VA) said immediately after the consultation committee: ‘We certainly do not decide this because the hospitality industry would not do its best. But cafes and restaurants are simply places where many contacts take place. ‘

Sports without an audience

Bouchez says even more collective effort will be needed. Especially in sports. ‘You don’t get explained to a restaurant owner that he has to close his business if, when he turns on the television at home on Saturday evening, he gets to see the Club Brugge-Standard match with the audience. In such a stadium there may be fewer infections, but you can’t make that. ‘

There is no need to point the finger, it says, but ‘collective efforts are needed’. All amateur sports should at the very least be suspended, says Bouchez, who himself is chairman of the Bergen amateur football team Francs Borains. Professional competitions must take place for him without an audience. He does not rule out intertwining for the cultural sector either. “We’ll have to look at that on a case-by-case basis, but if the virus is circulating that hard, you have to limit contacts.”

By taking tougher action on sports and culture, it must be prevented that the economy is completely shut down or that children can no longer go to school. ‘We have to make sure that the schools stay open. That is a social choice. ‘


Aboutaleb: ‘These measures will apply from Sunday in the Rotterdam Rijnmond region’

Aboutaleb and Rijnmond looked back at the press conference of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health in The Hague. The press conference was brought forward, because the number of corona infections is rising alarmingly throughout the Netherlands.

Almost 400 new infections were reported in the regions of Rotterdam Rijnmond and Zuid-Holland Zuid on Friday. The cabinet has assessed our region at risk level 2. This means that the situation is worrying.

Aboutaleb says about this: “With the relaxation in June, we collectively created a climate in which people think ‘it is no longer necessary’. We have to change that.”

This will take a while. The WHO predicts that in October and November the number of new infections and deaths will rise sharply in the Netherlands

Chairman Aboutaleb Safety Region Rotterdam Rijnmond

Mayor Aboutaleb: “I’m not going to panic, but I’m really worried. The number of new infections is now increasing by hundreds a day, in student homes, but also in nursing homes and hospitals. The number of deaths is also increasing. I’m not going to panic, but it is really worrisome. ”

New measures from 6 pm on next Sunday

The cabinet has opted to tighten up the measures, especially in the Randstad. Rotterdam in particular was mentioned. According to Aboutaleb, the following new measures will apply from 6 p.m. on Sunday:

* Parties are limited to a maximum of 50 people. This applies to parties, weddings, drinks and outings. This limit does not apply to funerals, church services, theaters and demonstrations.
* There is a duty to report for meetings of more than 50 people. A permit must be applied for.
* Catering establishments may no longer allow visitors in after 00:00 and must turn off the music from that time. “And the light must be turned off at 1:00 am,” said Aboutaleb. Catering establishments that do not comply with this must take closures into account.
* Takeaways close at 02:00 AM. They are no longer allowed to sell alcohol from 01:00 am at night.
* The Rotterdam Rijnmond Safety Region will once again focus more sharply on enforcement of the corona measures. This is done purposefully, including in markets and in places where many young people gather. Work is also being done on additional information there.
* Government locations such as town halls, community service points, libraries and swimming pools are given time periods for the risk groups (elderly). In addition, trade associations, museums and shops are also asked to set window times for vulnerable people. It is not yet known what those times will be.
* Supermarket owners are also called upon to pay more attention to compliance with the corona measures.

* The duty to mask the mouth is not returning for the time being “but I do not rule out that we will reinstate it”, says Mayor Aboutaleb.

Creativity for better communication is rewarded

Both the cabinet and Aboutaleb continue to appeal to the common sense of the Dutch. “The question of whether we will go back to the lockdown of March and April is a key that all 17.5 million Dutch people hold,” says Aboutaleb, who insists that the situation is serious.

The mayor spoke throughout the day on Friday with representatives of large groups that, among other things, are considered trouble spots for the corona virus, such as students and the aforementioned Christian organizations (70) and migrant organizations. He was happy that everyone showed up en masse.

The question of whether we will return to the lockdown of March and April is a key that all 17.5 million Dutch people hold

Ahmed Aboutaleb

Young people in particular are mentioned more than once, because according to Aboutaleb the number of infections has exploded among people up to 30 years old. Many infections take place in student houses during parties and drinks.

Aboutaleb does not say with an excuse to inspect the fire extinguisher that he wants to send the fire brigade along and thus indirectly check compliance with the corona measures. Nor does he want that with religious and other organizations.

According to him, it still seems necessary to emphasize the need for the corona measures even more among ‘migrant residents of Rotterdam’ who hardly speak Dutch. “I call on all those groups to come up with creative ideas for better communication. And then I am willing to come up with money.”

Catering industry misconception

One of the sectors that is again affected by the tightened measures is the catering industry. Many operators think this is unjustified, because the number of infections in the sector would not be great.

We are labeled by the cabinet as a region of concern. In Germany and Belgium we have the stamp ‘code red’. That is not nothing

Ahmed Aboutaleb

“That is not correct,” says Aboutaleb. “The RIVM now estimates that the number of infections in the catering industry is 6 percent. We also have to reduce that as part of a complete picture. We just have to turn all the knobs at the same time.”


Member of the Higher Committee for Viruses: The elderly must keep their homes after opening up

Dr. Adel Khattab, a member of the Higher Committee for Viruses of the Ministry of Higher Education, said that we are currently between the two straits, there is a major economic crisis in many countries and the spread of the virus in those countries, noting that there is a burden on the state and the citizen, stressing that the citizen must adhere Complete during the next two weeks because they are the most dangerous.

Khattab continued, during a telephone conversation on the evening program dmcThe broadcast on the Extra News channel, which is presented by the media, Iman Al-Hosry, that the death rate in Egypt among Corona patients was 7.5%, but it decreased to 5.5%, stressing that wearing a muzzle did not become a luxury at this time, but now it is a necessity, stressing that the elderly must And chronic disease owners stick to their homes after openings.

Khattab continued, that the state is obliged to restore life to normal again, but citizens must assist the state in this matter.

On the other hand, Dr. Adel Khattab, a member of the Higher Committee for Viruses of the Ministry of Higher Education, said that the daily infection numbers do not matter to us much, but the numbers that we care about are the weekly infection numbers, indicating that it is possible to increase the number of infections during the coming weeks and this matter does not worry much For a number of neighboring countries.


“Middle East News”: Corona’s outbreak revealed the decline of mental and mental health of Qataris

The spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in Qatar revealed the decline of the psychological and mental state of a large number of Qatari citizens, according to the Middle East and North Africa News Network, quoting a Qatari official, who confirmed that the recently launched mental health service from Hamad Medical Corporation, in order to Support for people suffering from mental problems or psychiatric disorder, as a result of the Corona virus epidemic, has provided services to thousands of people who need support.

According to the report, Majed Al-Abdullah, Head of Mental Health Service at Hamad Medical Corporation, noted that the helpline was launched on April 8, and within three weeks since its launch, he received a large number of calls from members of the public and health care staff on the front lines, where he confirmed The medical team of mental health professionals has already provided support to more than 4,000 people.

On the one hand, the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar announced in a brief statement via its Twitter account today, Sunday, that 1189 new cases of Corona virus had been registered within 24 hours, taking the total of the infected to 22520.

The Ministry noted the registration of one death, bringing the number of deaths to 14, while 254 cases recovered, bringing the total recovered to 2,753 cases.

Yesterday, the Qatari Ministry of Health announced the registration of 1130 new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 21,231 cases, and the registration of new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 13, according to media sources.


The chief physician of the White House: Ramsdevir has shown a clear effect in treating Corona patients

Anthony Fuchi, the chief physician at the White House, confirmed that Ramsdevir has shown a clear effect in treating Corona patients, according to urgent news broadcast by Sky News earlier.

The chief physician at the White House added that good results for Ebola in the treatment of corona.

Earlier, Johns Hopkins University confirmed that corona virus deaths in the United States of America exceeded the US death toll in the Vietnam War..

Corona virus infection in the United States of America exceeded the threshold of one million infections, recording 1,022,259 infections, and 57,862 thousand died so far, while 139,927 thousand recovered, according to statistics. worldometers.infoThere were 3,105,559 injuries worldwide, 214,429 deaths, and 943,542,000 recovered..

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed infections with the emerging coronavirus around the world has broken the barrier of 3 million, and nearly 80% of it in Europe and the United States, according to a statistic prepared by “Agence France Presse”, which revealed that at least 3 million, 3 thousand and 344 people around The world has been plagued by the epidemic, since it first appeared in central China last December, and 209,388 of these infected people have died from the deadly virus..

Many countries are seeking to alleviate the measures they have taken in earlier times to prevent the outbreak of the new Corona virus; some have already begun, while others have developed future plans to gradually reduce.


DAX outlook: mood barometer cloudy outlook

Frankfurt In the past weeks there have been repeated attempts to recover the course, on some days one could believe that the corona pandemic has already been overcome. But on Friday, disillusionment returned – the collapsed ifo business climate index made the whole dilemma clear.

The course of the mood barometer looks like a “Highway to Hell”, was the analysis of the VP Bank. The index is now significantly below the values ​​of the crisis year 2009. The simple message for the future was: “Massive income losses are imminent. We will all get poorer. This applies not only to Germany, but to all economies. ”Sometimes it is better to hear the unvarnished truth.

Other analysts and experts are also skeptical about the weekly outlook. Cautious savings by consumers and companies create a completely different economic and inflation environment than one knows from the post-war period, the analysts at MFS Investment Management believe.

They expect the earnings recovery to be weaker than the market and point to the possible dilution of earnings through capital increases. They particularly highlight 2008 as a comparison.

“When the extreme risk of the international financial crisis subsided, companies were no longer concerned with distributions, but with recapitalization. To this end, new shares were issued – at the expense of existing shareholders, whose capital was heavily diluted, ”said the investment professionals. The new wave of recapitalization has probably just started. In the past few weeks, leisure companies and service providers in the United States and Europe have already offered new shares.

Warning to bargain hunters

The BLI – Banque de Luxembourg Investments is also cautious. “The financial markets are currently giving the impression that they are underestimating the extent of the economic damage and are counting on a rapid recovery as soon as the containment measures are reversed,” is the BLI’s assessment.

Many investors are conditioned to view any decline as an opportunity to buy. However, the analysts recall that while the fall in share prices in February / March was dramatic, the valuations were also very high. As a result, the markets today are anything but cheap, especially after the recent price recovery.

Quality companies with a very solid balance sheet, one or more sustainable competitive advantages and the ability to self-finance should be preferred. The main factor that will continue to speak for stocks remains the low interest rate level and thus the lack of alternatives. At the same time, gold will become an “indispensable part of a balanced portfolio because of the inflation risks.”

After the significant recovery since mid-March, the European stock market has recently lost some momentum, the Weberbank experts believe. In addition, the balance sheet season that is already underway shows significant impacts on corporate balance sheets due to the global “lockdowns”.

Correspondingly, the analysts have also significantly lowered their profit expectations for industrial companies, but also for the banking and energy sectors. Due to the economic slump, banks faced increased write-downs on their credit books and the massive drop in yields clouded interest income. Most recently, they also negatively impacted the rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P).

The Deutsche Bank and the Commerzbank were therefore particularly under pressure on Friday “We continue to distance ourselves from these sectors and prefer creditworthy pharmaceuticals or companies from the non-cyclical consumption. In addition, titles from the technology sector are promising in our eyes, ”said the Weberbank experts.

Central banks meet worldwide

If the economic situation continues to be poor, the states and central banks will have to take further support measures. Robert Greil, chief strategist at Merck Finck Privatbankiers, sees an opportunity for this next week because the European Central Bank, the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan are meeting.

“As a result of the unprecedented economic downturn caused by the Covid 19 consequences, all central banks will reaffirm their willingness to support,” says Greil. The economic downturn left neither governments nor central banks a choice but to take further measures to support and recover the economy.

The gross domestic product for the first quarter of 2020 will be published in the euro area on Thursday, and new growth figures will come in the US on Wednesday. Further important economic data in Germany are the preliminary inflation figures and the labor market report for April.

According to DZ Bank, the next quarter should bring an improvement in the economy, but there does not have to be a “V” or “I” recovery. This is not ignored on the stock market, many stocks are up to 80 percent down.

A large number of “mega-caps” hold up against this, mainly in the USA. Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Netflix and Facebook, but also Adobe or Comcast, be stable on the way. Things are also going well for the great values ​​of the “old economy”, including Pepsico, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Home depot and Pfizer. The German Leading index Dax the strategists from DZ Bank see 11,200 points by the end of the year, and the S & P-500 for US equities at 2,800. This would at least stabilize in the medium term.

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According to the study, this is how the infection gets into the body

How does Corona get into the body? The most likely first line of infection for the virus is now clear, according to a new study. However, according to the investigation, there are indications of a further path.

According to a study, special cells in the nose are the most likely entry points for the new coronavirus. Several teams of researchers had cells out lung, Nose, eye, intestine, heart, kidney and liver are examined, as reported by the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin on Thursday.

They wanted to find out which cells contain the two most important entry proteins, ACE2 and TMPRSS2, which do virus for the infection uses. “We then showed that of all cells, the mucus-producing goblet cells and cilia in the nose have the highest concentrations of these two proteins,” explained lead author Waradon Sungnak of the Wellcome Sanger Institute. “This makes these cells the most likely primary route of infection for the virus.”

Indications of a further route of infection

The Max Delbrück Center also reported that the two most important entry proteins are also found in the corneal cells of the eye and in the intestinal mucosa. This indicates a further possible route of infection via the eye or the tear glands. The MDC writes rather cautiously that there is also potential for transmission via feces and ingestion by mouth. The research teams have published their results in the journal “Nature Medicine”.

Various institutes were involved in the study, including the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the University Hospital Groningen and the University of Cote d’Azur, as well as the Human Cell Atlas Lung Biological Network.

According to the MDC message, up to 20 percent of corona patients suffer damage to the heart muscle up to heart failure. There are also docking points for that Corona virus been found. However, it is still unclear whether the virus itself causes damage to the heart or whether it is secondary effects.

Important NOTE: The information is by no means a substitute for professional advice or treatment by trained and recognized doctors. The contents of cannot and must not be used to independently diagnose or start treatments.


Why India’s workers are protesting the government

Bangkok They are not supposed to leave their homes, but the women in the Indian metropolis of Amritsar have an important message: Given the curfew in their country that has been going on for a month, they are running out of food. As a sign of protest, they put empty plates and pots in the air.

Most of the women belong to migrant worker families who are unable to earn money during the lockdown. To make ends meet, they rely primarily on the support of private benefactors.

Resistance to the situation is growing nationwide in India. It mainly comes from people who have difficulty earning enough money to eat and stay at normal times – and are now particularly suffering from strict anti-corona policies. They feel let down by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and go on the barricades.

Leftist union leader Tapan Sen called for a nationwide protest against Modi’s policy last Tuesday. “We have heard enough from you,” he said to the Prime Minister. “Now listen to us!” He asked Modi.

Photos of the action, organized by Tapan’s Center of Indian Trade Unions, showed people in several cities stepping outside their homes with protest posters. “The government is idle and numb when it comes to workers’ suffering,” the union said in a statement.

Protests against the Indian government

Leftist union leader Tapan Sen called for a nationwide protest against Modi’s policy last Tuesday.

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Since March 25, public life in India has been almost completely paralyzed. The country’s almost 1.4 billion inhabitants are only allowed to go out if they have a legitimate reason to do so – for example, buying food and medicine is allowed, and some businesses have recently been allowed to reopen. For the time being, Modi does not want to allow any more to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As of Friday, the country counted almost 25,000 cases.

Massive economic problems in the informal sector

It was clear from the start that the restrictions for the hundreds of millions of Indians working in the informal sector would lead to massive economic problems. The International Labor Organization (ILO) warned that 400 million workers in India could fall deeper into poverty due to the lack of earning opportunities.

With many reports of the low-income plight, Modi made a public apology for understanding the strict measures. But when he extended the curfew, which was originally scheduled to run for three weeks and was due to expire in mid-April, to early May, many people lost patience.

There were chaotic scenes at a train station in the financial metropolis of Mumbai: Thousands of workers, originally from other parts of the country, gathered and called for opportunities to return to their homeland. So far, these have not been granted – travel between the states is currently not permitted.

The government promises not to leave the workers alone. “We don’t want anyone to go hungry,” said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman when she launched a $ 23 billion aid package to help low-income earners.

But many people in need have so far been left empty-handed. In a survey by Indian media among thousands of migrant workers, more than 90 percent said they had received no food rations – and two thirds of them had less than the equivalent of 2.50 euros.

Observers warn of the social explosives in the situation: “There are many complaints,” commented economics professor Indira Hirway, who teaches in Modi’s homeland Gujarat. She believes: “If the government doesn’t change its policies, it could lead to unrest and tremendous misery.”

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Despite huge aid, economists do not anticipate inflation for the time being


Economists do not expect prices to rise in a timely manner.

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Munich Regardless of gigantic government spending, economists do not anticipate a surge in inflation in the Corona crisis for the time being – on the contrary, falling prices. A key factor in this is the drop in oil prices, according to several economists.

“In view of the severity of the current recession and against the background of the extremely sharp drop in oil prices, consumer price inflation should be significantly lower on average in 2020 than in the previous year,” says Michael Menhart, chief economist at the world’s largest reinsurer Munich Re. “I suspect that the corona crisis will lead to deflation,” says Markus Demary, Senior Economist for Monetary Policy and Financial Markets at the Cologne Institute for Economic Research.

“In the short term, the Covid 19 crisis is likely to have a deflationary effect,” says Katharina Utermöhl, Senior Economist responsible for Europe alliance. Europe’s leading insurer expects an extremely low price increase of 0.2 percent for 2020 in the euro area, and an inflation rate of 1.6 percent for 2021. BayernLB chief economist Jürgen Michels shares his colleagues’ assessments: “In the short term, I can clearly see that the pressure on prices is going down – also because of the oil price trend.”

Not only the governments, but also the companies will be sitting on mountains of debt after the crisis. “This debt has to be reduced and the debt reduction has priority over new investments for a certain time,” says IW money market specialist Demary. “Due to the reluctance to invest, demand is lacking, causing price growth to stagnate.”

Two of several other factors that Demary names: risk aversion and presumably subdued demand for the end of the pandemic. “Companies and households are more likely not to invest, but to wait and see that the uncertainty falls.”

Mountains of debt become the sticking point

And what about the end of the crisis? That depends on the extent and pace of the subsequent recovery, as Munich Re chief economist Menhart says – “although we are currently not assuming a fundamental change in the inflation outlook and therefore expect inflation rates to be roughly pre-crisis levels.”

However, like lawyers, economists analyze a variety of factors in their assessments. Some of these factors could well lead to a return in inflation. “But as soon as the crisis is over, dealing with the accumulated mountains of debt could turn out to be a sticking point,” says Allianz economist Utermöhl.

Experience from the financial crisis had shown that the resulting debt has not been reduced in many countries. “On the contrary: global debt has reached a new record high in 2019,” says the economist. “Since there will hardly be any productivity boost in the near future, I assume that the second path will ultimately be taken” – ie inflation.

Munich Re chief economist Menhart points to another point: “However, there are risks of higher inflation especially if, with normalizing economic demand, companies are unable to restart production sufficiently quickly.”

BayernLB chief economist Michels also believes that inflation can return. “In the medium term, I see a certain risk that inflation could go up, but only when we are economically back to the level we had before the crisis.” According to Michel’s assessment, this could only be the case in 2022/23.

“We noticed in the Corona crisis that we had too few reserves for many things,” says the Munich economist. “If we have a higher level of storage again, it costs money. And if you can no longer rely on international supply chains, production may be more local, but more expensive. These two factors could drive prices up. ”

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