“I had it, here I am”

Am penultimate weekend before the American presidential election tighten incumbents Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden their battle for votes in key areas. The last Trump in polls gave three campaign speeches in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin on Saturday. Biden performed twice in Pennsylvania. These states could determine the outcome of the November 3rd election. Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in quarantine. Pence still wants to continue with his campaign appearances.

Overall, the final spurt of the American election campaign will be marked by a steep rise in Corona cases accompanied. A record was set with almost 89,000 new infections in one day. More than 900 Americans died, the total death toll surpassing 224,000. Trump, who many voters in polls do not trust to master the corona crisis, consistently downplayed the pandemic in the face of the poor numbers.

“I had it, here I am,” announced Trump, alluding to his Covid-19 illness at one of the campaign appearances. “And now they say that I’m immune.” Trump had been treated with an antibody drug that was still experimental, which he called a “cure”. At each of the appearances, he also said that his 14-year-old son Barron had been declared healthy again by the doctors shortly after the positive test. In the three speeches, Trump gave three variants of how quickly it went: after 15 seconds, after 15 minutes and the next day.

More testing and the media are to blame

Trump attributed the rise in corona infections in the country to the fact that more tests were carried out than before. “If we were to test half as much, the number would be half as high.” In general, there is constant talk of the virus in the media. “If you turn on the television:” Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid “, complained the President.

“A plane crashes, 500 people are dead, they don’t talk about it. “Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid.” “After the presidential election you won’t hear about it anymore because the media just wanted to scare people now, Trump claimed. Thousands of supporters were crowded together at his performances, many of them not wearing masks.

Celebrities promote Biden

Biden Trump repeatedly accused of failure in the corona crisis that cost the lives of Americans. He called on people to wear masks. “It will be a dark winter if we don’t change our behavior,” he said. “And all because the president is more concerned about the stock market than about you,” Biden said to the voters.

Unlike Trump, Biden spoke to people who came to the election campaign events with their vehicles like in a drive-in cinema. They expressed their agreement with a concert of horns. At one of the performances there was Rockstar Jon Bon Jovi a mini concert. A new commercial for Biden, which premiered on Saturday, was voiced by Hollywood actor Brad Pitt.

Ex-President Barack Obama, whose Vice Biden was once, also did Election campaign for him in Florida. Obama was also tough on Trump’s crisis management in the pandemic: “He doesn’t even acknowledge that there is a problem.”

Long queues outside polling stations for early voting

On Saturday morning, Trump made use of the opportunity to cast his vote early in the presidential election. Trump went to a polling station in a library in West Palm Beach, Florida. “I voted for a guy named Trump,” he said afterwards on the television cameras. He emphasized once again that voting in person is safer than voting by post. Florida, where Trump has been officially resident for over a year, is one of the states that have their residents vote before the official election date.

So far, more than 50 million people have cast their votes in polling stations or by letter. In the 2016 presidential election, almost 139 million Americans voted. In view of the corona crisis, more people than usual are using the opportunity to vote early. After there have been concerns in recent months that ballot papers sent by letter might not arrive on time, many people have to wait hours to vote in person – for example in New York, where polling stations opened for early votes on Saturday.

Trump has been claiming for months that with mass ballots sent by post, the risk of election fraud increases dramatically. Experts and electoral authorities emphasize that there is no evidence for this. The Democrats warn against an attempt by the Republican president to sow doubts about the election result.

In the presidential election four years ago, a good 47 million American citizens took the opportunity to vote early. This time, according to data from the US Elections Project by political scientist Michael McDonald of the University of Florida, it was already almost 57.5 million. Of them, almost 18 million would have voted personally and around 39.5 million by letter.


Neighboring country in lockdown light: Poland’s President Duda tested positive

In neighboring Poland, like almost everywhere in the world, the corona numbers are skyrocketing. Now President Duda is also caught. According to official information, the head of state is doing well. Meanwhile, the corona rules are being tightened.

According to official information, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for the corona virus. The President is doing well, said State Secretary in the presidential office, Blazej Spychalski. Duda had himself tested for the corona virus on Friday, Spychalski wrote on Twitter.

Poland recently recorded a record high in new infections with the corona virus. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced the classification of the entire country as a “red zone” on Friday. In Poland, with its 38 million inhabitants, 13,632 new corona cases were reported on Friday.

Due to the strong spread of the virus, Prime Minister Morawiecki announced the return to online lessons for all students from the fourth grade. Morawiecki also asked everyone over the age of 70 to stay at home. Last week he had already called on citizens to work in the home office.

On Saturday last week, the government in Warsaw declared half of the country a “red zone”. From this Saturday, a mask is required in all public places throughout Poland. Restaurants, cafés and pubs are only allowed to offer out-of-home service. Fitness clubs and swimming pools are also closed. Weddings are prohibited and the number of people who can gather in shops, public transport and church services is strictly limited.

Due to the significant increase in new corona infections in Poland, the national stadium in Warsaw is also being converted into a corona hospital, as the pandemic has brought the health system to the brink of collapse.


Coronavirus live ticker: +++ 01:00 Entry to Denmark limited with immediate effect +++

Entry from Germany to Denmark has only been possible to a limited extent since midnight. Due to the increasing number of new corona infections, the neighboring country in the north had declared Germany a risk country. This means that only those who can prove a valid reason can enter the country. This can be, for example, visiting relatives, an interview or a funeral. Commuters and students are also allowed to continue entering the country. Exceptions also apply to residents of the Schleswig-Holstein border region and to owners of a holiday home. The valid reason must be given at the border.

+++ 00:30 Lockdown in Wales begins +++
A two-week lockdown to contain the corona pandemic came into force in British Wales on Friday evening. “Our goal is that we will no longer need this level of restrictions in Wales before Christmas,” said Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford. 3.1 million people are affected by the measure in the British part of the country. They have not been allowed to leave their homes since 6 p.m. After the first nationwide lockdown in March, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has so far refused to adopt such far-reaching measures again.

Tenby in Wales on Friday night.

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+++ 23:15 Slovenia’s foreign minister infected +++
The Slovenian Foreign Minister Anze Logar has contracted the virus, according to a media report. Logar was tested positive for Corona after a trip abroad, reports the state news agency STA, citing a message from his ministry. He has no symptoms so far and will self-isolate for ten days.

+++ 22:50 pharmaceutical giants are allowed to continue stopped vaccine studies +++
The pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca is allowed to continue its clinical vaccine study in the USA. The health authorities decided that, reports the Wall Street Journal. The study has been on hold since September 6th. It had to be interrupted after an unexplained illness in a subject. Astrazeneca is one of the leading companies in the race for a vaccine against the coronavirus. The US drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson’s will also be able to resume its vaccine study shortly. An investigation has shown that a test subject’s disease is not related to the vaccine, reports the Washington Post. J&J started the Phase 3 efficacy study in late September and recently had to stop it because of the study participant’s illness.

+++ 21:20 caught without a mask: Czech lockdown ministers in need of explanation +++
The Czech Minister of Health Roman Prymula has come under great pressure after violating the corona measures he has imposed. A paparazzo photographed the minister as he was leaving a restaurant in Prague that was supposed to be closed due to the strict Corona rules. As reported by the Czech daily Blesk, Prymula got into a car with a driver without wearing a mouth and nose cover. The behavior of the minister sparked a wave of criticism in online networks. Opposition politicians and representatives of the coalition also sharply criticized Prymula. Interior Minister Jan Hamacek, who is also chairman of the Corona crisis team, called for the health minister to resign. “The rules must apply to everyone, without exception,” he said, according to the Czech news agency CTK. “How can someone set the rules who breaks them himself?” Said the head of the opposition party ODS, Petr Fiala, to journalists. Prymula imposed an extensive lockdown on Wednesday in view of the rapid spread of the corona virus in the Czech Republic.

+++ 21:55 Macron puts the French off for the summer +++
French President Emmanuel Macron says the French will have to live with the coronavirus at least until next summer. He stressed that there were no plans to cut back on the recently decided curfews. The epidemic can only be slowed down through restrictions. At the moment, however, it is still too early to say whether France is heading for a full or partial lockdown. France had previously registered more than a million infections for the first time. By the evening there had been a total of 1.04 million confirmed cases, the health authority said. A record 42,032 was reported for the number of newly registered cases within 24 hours.

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“Must save citizens’ lives”: The Czech Republic imposes another lockdown

The situation in the Czech Republic is spiraling out of control. The number of infections is increasing, 80 percent of the hospital beds reserved for corona patients are already occupied. The government sees no other way out than to issue a curfew. The house may only be left in exceptional cases.

In view of the skyrocketing corona numbers, the Czech Republic is taking drastic measures that amount to a nationwide lockdown. From Thursday morning at 6 a.m., almost all shops will have to close, as Health Minister Roman Prymula announced on Wednesday. Grocery stores and supermarkets, drug stores and pharmacies are excluded. In addition, exit restrictions are imposed as in spring.

The government ordered that people stay home and limit their contact with other people to “the time absolutely necessary”. Exceptions only apply to the way to work, necessary purchases, doctor and family visits. Walks in parks and the great outdoors are also allowed – but only alone, as a couple or with other family members.

The state of emergency has officially been in effect in the Czech Republic since October 5th. “First and foremost, we have to save the lives of our citizens,” said Prime Minister Andrej Babis. There is a “huge increase” in the number of people who need to be treated in hospital. Without the measures, the health system would collapse in less than three weeks. “It’s a quick decision, but there’s no time,” said the multibillionaire and founder of the populist ANO party. 80 percent of the hospital beds originally reserved for corona patients are already occupied.

Regulation initially until November 3rd

Foreign countries were also asked for help. Two dozen US National Guard doctors are scheduled to arrive next week as reinforcements. The new restrictions will initially apply until the end of the emergency on November 3rd. Observers expect the state of emergency to be extended with the approval of parliament. The Czech Republic had previously closed all schools and restaurants. There is an extensive mask requirement both indoors and outdoors.

The Czech Republic, which got through the spring well, has been fighting a new corona wave for weeks. On Wednesday, a new high was reported in the number of new infections every day. 11,984 cases were added within 24 hours. The total number of those ever infected rose to just under 194,000. More than 1,600 people have died from Covid-19 disease since the pandemic began. The EU member state has almost 10.7 million inhabitants.

Even in a European comparison, the Czech Republic is in a bad position in the fight against Corona. According to the EU health agency ECDC, 975.8 people per 100,000 inhabitants became infected within 14 days. That was the highest number within the EU, ahead of Belgium with 867.2 people. Germany had a value of exactly 90 in these statistics. In the Czech Republic, almost every third corona test is now positive. Even the interior minister and crisis team leader Jan Hamacek said he was infected. He continues to work online, said the Social Democrat.


Coronavirus live ticker: +++ 01:48 Oldest dog show in the world moves outdoors +++

The Westminster dog show, which has been held annually in New York for almost 150 years, will have to move next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. In order to ensure the health and safety of the participants, the 145th edition of the show will take place in the summer of 2021 and mostly outdoors on a property north of the metropolis of New York, the operators said. The prestigious event, which is considered the world’s oldest dog show, usually takes place at the beginning of the year in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Every year thousands of pedigree dogs compete against each other. The winning dog of the “Best in Show” category regularly becomes a star in the USA.

+++ 00:54 President of the World Doctors: From 20,000 new infections, lockdown is necessary +++
The chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, expects a critical threshold of 20,000 new infections per day in the event of a further increase in the corona numbers. “Then it would no longer be possible for health authorities to trace and interrupt the chains of infection. Then we face a second lockdown because the virus can no longer be stopped otherwise,” said Montgomery of the “Rheinische Post”. The number of proven new corona infections within one day had recently risen sharply again, on Thursday morning the health authorities reported 11,287 cases within 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch Institute.

+++ 00:33 US authorities come to almost 64,000 infections +++
In the US, 63,656 new infections were registered within 24 hours. The CDC announced that a total of 8.312 million people were demonstrably infected with the corona virus. The death toll rose by 1,076 to 221,438. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) numbers do not necessarily reflect the data that individual states report. Ntv.de refers to the numbers from the New York Times, some of which are considerably higher.

+++ 23:50 plaintiffs challenge lockdown in Berchtesgadener Land +++
The strict corona measures in the badly affected Berchtesgadener Land are being judicially reviewed. The Munich Administrative Court received several lawsuits and urgent motions, as a court spokesman announced in the evening. Meanwhile, the corona numbers in the Upper Bavarian district continue to rise. According to the district office, the so-called seven-day incidence – the number of new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week – increased to 292.65. 64 new corona cases have been confirmed since Wednesday.

+++ 23:03 Austria tightened rules – but later than planned +++
In Austria, the new measures in the fight against the coronavirus surprisingly only come into force on Sunday – and not on Friday as originally planned. Inside, only six people are allowed to meet for private events such as dance and yoga courses or birthday parties. For celebrations in your own home, there is an urgent appeal to also adhere to this rule. The upper limit is twelve people outdoors. The Austrian Ministry of Health reported 2435 new infections with the coronavirus within 24 hours on Thursday – a record for the Alpine republic with its around nine million inhabitants since the beginning of the pandemic.

+++ 10:30 p.m. Frankfurt court overturns party upper limit +++
In Frankfurt, the administrative court has overturned the maximum limit set by the city for private celebrations in closed rooms. To contain the spread of the pandemic, celebrations in private rooms have so far been limited to ten people. The judges suspended the order due to formal errors with an urgent decision. The city ruled by converting the ten-party limit into an “urgent recommendation.” In Germany, several courts have to deal with restrictions imposed to protect against the virus. An urgent application against the ban on accommodation before the Federal Constitutional Court had previously failed.

+++ 22:03 record values ​​in Portugal: three regions tighten protective measures +++
For the first time since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, there have been more than 3,000 new infections in Portugal. The health authorities in Lisbon announced that 3270 new infections with the Sars-CoV-2 virus had been reported within 24 hours. This exceeded the previous maximum value (2608) registered last Friday by 662 cases. For the three worst affected districts of Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira in the north of the country, the government decided to take drastic measures for an initial week. The 150,000 people affected are only allowed to leave the house after midnight with good reason – for example to go to work or to the doctor. In these districts, which are not far from the metropolis of Porto, all shops have to close at 10 p.m.

+++ 21:26 New high in Baden-Württemberg +++
All 16 federal states report some dramatic increases by the evening: Baden-Württemberg records a new high with 1950 cases and catches up with the federal states above the 2000 mark: North Rhine-Westphalia has 2621 infections, Bavaria registers 2128 new infections. Only Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania reported only two-digit growth rates (plus 59), all other countries reported at least three-digit growth rates.

+++ 21:01 Current data in Germany: 11,714 new infections, 40 deaths +++
Germany is rapidly approaching the 400,000 mark: The number of reported coronavirus infections in Germany has risen to a total of 397,613. As can be seen from the information from the state authorities evaluated by ntv.de, 11,714 new cases were added within 24 hours. The number of deaths in connection with an infection rose by 40 to 9,926. Around 83,800 people are currently infected. The dynamics are also increasing in the case of infections on a 7-day average. The value is now 7603 cases.

The infection rate (R value) is given by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) as 1.11 (previous day: 1.09). This means that an average of ten infected people infect around 11 other people with Sars-CoV-2. The 7-day R-value is currently 1.23 (previous day: 1.17). According to the Divi-Register, 1030 Covid-19 patients are currently being treated in intensive care in Germany, which is almost 90 more than the day before. 459 of these are ventilated. Around 8180 intensive care beds are currently still available in the German clinics.

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Roth: “insatiable ministers”: Spahn defends his special powers

In the Bundestag there is increasing criticism of the creative power of federal and state governments in combating the corona pandemic. The stumbling block: Federal Health Minister Spahn wants to expand and extend his powers. He holds on to that.

In the debate about ongoing and comprehensive special powers for Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn in the corona pandemic, the CDU politician has rejected the criticism of his plans. The existence of corresponding regulations is “not arbitrary or coincidental,” he said in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. Rather, special powers of the Federal Minister of Health in the fight against pandemics have “legal bases” and are regularly discussed by the Bundestag. That will continue to be the case, added Spahn.

The Federal Ministry of Health is aiming for a new version of the Infection Protection Act as an urgent procedure, whereby special powers of the Federal Minister of Health for disease control are to be extended beyond March 31, 2021. The special rights to issue ordinances have so far been limited in time and must be regularly extended by Parliament. The draft law states that the previous regulations should be “consolidated” “on the condition that this is necessary to protect the population from the risk of serious communicable diseases”.

Spahn said the plans to reorganize the law were also aimed at clarifying responsibilities around entry from abroad and entry restrictions. There must be “better legal bases” on this point. The federal government must decide centrally for all of Germany. This applies not only to Corona, but also to other diseases such as Ebola.

Spahn advocates debates

Spahn’s plans for expanded special powers had led to much criticism, including from the ranks of coalition partner SPD. In the “Morgenmagazin” the minister emphasized that his aim was not to prevent parliamentary debates. These are important because the measures to contain the current corona pandemic are about the “greatest restrictions on freedom” in the history of the Federal Republic as well as major “unreasonable demands on the individual”.

In his opinion, the Bundestag could discuss the fight against the virus “more often”, added Spahn. The “federal cooperation” between the federal and state governments has so far proven its worth in the crisis and is even a “strength of Germany”. A look at neighboring France shows that a central state is “not more successful per se at the moment” in fighting pandemics.

Roth: “That takes revenge”

Among other things, Bundestag Vice President Claudia Roth is one of the supporters of greater participation by the Bundestag. At a time in which the protection of health and the protection of freedom and civil rights must be weighed up, there must be a struggle for solutions, demanded the Green politician on Deutschlandfunk. “That is the job of Parliament, we can do that, we should bring it back.”

Roth sees the principle of the separation of powers – i.e. the division of state power into legislative (legislative), executive (executive) and judicial (judiciary) power – in a lopsided position. “This is a really dangerously wrong development that it is moving away from the legislature towards clandestine executive events, then also with campaigning prime ministers and insatiable ministers,” said Roth. “The coalition factions have been delegating to the prime ministers for far too long, so to speak, and that is paying off.”


Röttgen, Laschet, Merz – fight for the CDU chairmanship: who convinced?

Röttgen vs. Laschet vs. Merz

There were contrasting accents. But the round of the three applicants for the CDU chairmanship of the Union’s youngsters was pretty harmonious. But there were exceptions.

The three applicants for the CDU– Chair, Friedrich Merz, Armin Laschet and Norbert Röttgen, have assured the Union’s offspring that they will be committed to digitization, climate protection and innovations. All three spoke out in favor of a digital ministry in the federal government on Saturday evening at an appearance organized by the Junge Union (JU) in Berlin.

Anyone who would have expected a tough argument between the candidates or big news was disappointed with this virtual exhibition of the applicants. As a matter of routine, they reeled off their answers to questions from the youngsters of the party. In addition to the digital topic, it was about education and the future, innovation, the environment and sustainability, intergenerational justice and the future of the CDU as a people’s party.

You know: Too much argument does not work

The scene had something of “The JU is looking for the super boss” that evening at Pariser Platz in the middle of Berlin. Huge spotlights illuminated the group, and eleven cameras transmitted questions and answers from the state-of-the-art discussion panel to the JUler’s living room via Facebook or Zoom conference.

But it remained with the occasional verbal finger-wrestling, such as the dispute over more or less federalism – when the economic expert Merz and the foreign politician Röttgen demanded more options for the federal government to take action on some issues and Laschet strictly opposed it. Obviously, none of the three applicants wanted to scare off the next generation of the party with a tough argument, because all three have known the CDU well enough for a long time to know that too much argument does not get across.

Top topic digitization

NRW Prime Minister Laschet said that a lot had already been done with digitization, but that was not enough. It has to go faster, against all – bureaucratic – resistance. Laschet tried to score points with the party youth by pointing out that there had been a digital ministry in his country for a long time – he would also enforce this as the CDU leader.

In the words of Merz, the Corona-Pandemie made it clear that Germany is digitally poorly positioned, especially in schools. A digital ministry alone is not enough, it must have clear responsibilities and actually reduce bureaucracy. The ministry must have cross-sectional competence, he demanded.

Röttgen complained that Germany was not just ten years behind when it came to digitization, but rather 20. The administration was far too slow and thus also hindered innovations. Both he and Merz made it clear that Germany needs a different culture when dealing with innovations. Röttgen said the Germans have a security mentality that does not allow failure.

Laschet presents himself as a “doer”

Regarding the corona pandemic, Laschet said that one must now prevent society from falling apart. It is important to lead the country well through the pandemic, balancing fundamental rights and health protection.

Laschet presented himself in the opening statement as a “doer” with broad experience as head of government. Many of the current demands of the Junge Union (JU) such as more climate protection, digitization or intergenerational justice have already been implemented by his state government or are being addressed. He is fighting for a modernized CDU.

Merz also campaigned for a renewal of intergenerational justice. Germany needs a new generation contract. The country should no longer live at the expense of the younger generation. Under his aegis, no more decisions would be made that shift the costs into the future and burden them with the younger generation. Germany must come out of the Corona crisis in terms of economic and financial policy and focus on ecological innovations. State-of-the-art technology is required for this and he is therefore aiming for a technology and start-up offensive.

Röttgen: CDU has to become more feminine, younger, more digital

Röttgen confirmed that he wanted to reform the party as CDU chairman. The CDU must become more feminine, younger, more digital and more interesting. In the CDU, issues must be wrestled again without the result being certain from the outset.

In response to the discussion about the retirement age, Laschet said that it could be a little more than 67 years in the future. Merz told the young people that they should retire if they wanted – he was for no longer operating with rigid age limits. Röttgen advocated raising the statutory retirement age in order to keep the generation contract reliable.

The three applicants stood together on one stage for the first time in the internal election campaign. A presenceParty congress with 1001 delegates the successor of the party leader is to be on December 4th in Stuttgart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer choose. Due to the increasing number of corona infections, however, it is still open whether the delegates’ meeting can actually take place.

In the end, JU boss Tilman Kuban started a two-week member survey of the youth organization on the CDU chairmanship. The result is considered to be the recommendation of the youngsters to be elected CDU leader at the planned party conference in Stuttgart at the beginning of December. The JU – the joint youth organization of the CDU and CSU – According to its own information, it has almost 100,000 members. However, only the 70,000 JU members who do not come from Bavaria are questioned – since it is about the CDU chairmanship. Of the 1001 delegates at the CDU party congress, around 100 belong to the JU.


“Lock them all up”: Trump incites against Governor Whitmer

Ever since Governor Gretchen Whitmer imposed a lockdown on the US state of Michigan in the spring, she has been an enemy of Trump fans. A militia plans to kidnap her. On an election tour in Michigan, the president continues to stir up the mood.

US President Donald Trump raised the mood against Governor Gretchen Whitmer during a campaign appearance in the US state of Michigan. “You have to get your governor to open up your state,” Trump called to his supporters in Muskegon on Saturday, alluding to Corona containment measures. Thereupon his followers chanted: “Lock them up!” Trump said, “lock them all up.”

Last week, investigations by the Federal FBI and Justice Department in Michigan led to the arrest of more than a dozen suspects. who are said to have planned the kidnapping of Governor Whitmer and the storming of Parliament in Lansing. According to court records, the men are said to have scouted the Whitmers holiday home. She should therefore be charged with “treason” in a vigilante trial.

“I think they said she was threatened,” Trump said as the shouts rose again. “And she blamed me!” Whitmer had accused Trump of fueling anger in the corona pandemic. In the spring, Trump had fueled protests against Whitmer’s measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus and wrote “Free Michigan!” written. In late April, armed protesters broke into the parliament building to demand an end to the lockdown.

On Saturday, Whitmer spoke up on Trump’s remarks. “This is exactly the rhetoric that has put the lives of me, my family and other government officials at risk. It has to stop,” she wrote on Twitter. Less than three weeks before the election, despite the ongoing pandemic, Trump is holding appearances in particularly competitive states. Michigan is currently experiencing a dramatic increase in new corona infections. According to the local Ministry of Health, more than 2000 were detected on Friday – more than ever since the pandemic began. With the slogan “Lock them up!” Trump supporters considered his challenger Hillary Clinton in the election campaign four years ago.


“Mobbed, spat, coughed”: Police to regulate: mood more aggressive

If corona rules are not adhered to, the police should intervene. The disputes are becoming increasingly sharp. The police unions see two reasons for this: Many people simply feel annoyed by the rules or can no longer understand the decisions made by politics.

Disputes over compliance with the corona rules are escalating more and more frequently, according to the police unions. “There is still a high level of acceptance for the Corona rules, but we are also feeling that the mood is starting to become more aggressive – for example, when we as the police want to enforce the measures,” said the vice-chief of the Police Union (GdP), Jörg Radek. “Then there is resistance. It starts with insults, then there is bullying, spitting and coughing. Our colleagues experience all of this in this pandemic.”

The operations did not only come from so-called mask refusers. Citizens who want to be protected have also recently called for their property rights more strongly and in some cases more aggressively and, for example, pointed out mask refusers of their misconduct. “That is why there are now more such operations overall,” said Radek – but this trend cannot be substantiated with figures.

The Federal Chairman of the German Police Union (DPolG), Rainer Wendt, points out that there are no statistics for such attacks. “But there are more and more reports from the police force that the acceptance of the corona rules has decreased overall and that action is increasingly open and aggressive against emergency services who are supposed to monitor and enforce compliance with the regulations,” said Wendt.

In particular, the mask requirement and the distance requirement, according to the police unions, repeatedly cause disputes. The mask requirement was introduced by the first countries in public transport and retail in April. Most recently, it was partly extended to other public areas with crowds. As can be seen from reports from the state police, there have recently been disputes almost daily because of the corona rules.

DPolG boss sees mistakes in politics

In a supermarket in Zwickau, Saxony, a man recently lashed out with an ax when he was reminded of the mask requirement. In Mülheim in North Rhine-Westphalia, a 66-year-old caught a 55-year-old with her car after shopping in the supermarket and injured him slightly. He had previously asked the woman to wear mouth and nose protection and to keep her distance. In Kaufbeuren, Bavaria, five police officers were slightly injured during a check in a bar. And controls escalated in rail traffic too, where a mask is required.

DPolG boss Wendt sees one reason for this in unclear regulations. The acceptance of political decisions is rapidly declining because politicians fail to explain the sensibility of decisions made, said Wendt, also with a view to the bans on accommodation. From Radek’s point of view, however, it is not so much the contradicting regulations that cause controversy. “Many people simply feel annoyed by the rules. If alcohol is added or group dynamic processes are connected with it, this can contribute to further escalations,” said the GdP vice-president.

For the police, enforcing the corona rules is an additional burden in two respects. On the one hand, the risk of infection increases the occupational risk that is already there. On the other hand, the workload increases if the police are increasingly asked for administrative assistance in enforcing health protection. “The forces that are then used for health protection are then missing elsewhere,” said Radek. Wendt also sees this burden: “But at the moment there are no alternatives to police controls if Germany wants to continue to get through the crisis well.”