As reported TSN, the American ambulance doctor and lecturer in airway treatment courses, Richard Levitan, told The New York Times. After the outbreak, he worked in a hospital in Bellevue for 10 days and shared his observations with reporters.
The doctor admitted that they are not diagnosing deadly pneumonia caused by coronavirus fast enough. It is detected even in those infected without complaints of breathing problems.
“We did an X-ray of a patient who received a blow in the shoulder because we were worried that he had a lung collapse, and he had Covid pneumonia. In patients with injuries in the event of falls, to which we did a CT scan, we accidentally discovered Covid pneumonia. In elderly patients who lost consciousness for unknown reasons, and in a number of patients with diabetes, it was also detected, ”the doctor said.
The doctors were surprised that the patients did not report any sensation of breathing problems, although their chest X-ray showed diffuse pneumonia and the oxygen was below normal.
“We are just beginning to realize that Covid pneumonia initially causes a form of oxygen deprivation, which we call“ silent hypoxia ”-“ silent ”because of its insidious nature, which is difficult to detect,” the doctor explains.
Levitan explains that pneumonia is an infection of the lungs in which air sacs are filled with fluid or pus. Patients usually develop chest discomfort, pain during breathing, and other breathing problems. But when Covid pneumonia first appears, patients do not experience shortness of breath, even if their oxygen drops.
By the time patients begin to suspect something, they already have alarmingly low levels of oxygen and moderate to severe pneumonia. Normal oxygen saturation for most people is between 94 and 100%. In patients with Covid pneumonia, oxygen saturation is 50%.
Most of the patients the doctor came across said they had been sick for a week or so with fever, cough, upset stomach and fatigue, but they only stopped breathing when they arrived at the hospital. In such patients, pneumonia clearly continued for several days, but by the time they realized what they needed in the hospital, they were already in critical condition.
The physician notes that patients came to him with indicators that are incompatible with life. However, they were able to use their smartphones while monitors were installed. Although they breathed quickly, they had a relatively minimal overt disorder, despite the dangerously low levels of oxygen and terrible pneumonia on a chest x-ray.
“We are just beginning to understand why this is so. Coronavirus attacks lung cells that produce surfactant. This substance helps the air sacs in the lungs to remain open between breaths and is critical for normal lung function.
When inflammation from Covid pneumonia begins, it causes the destruction of air sacs and a decrease in oxygen levels. However, the lungs at first remain “malleable,” not yet frozen and not heavy with fluid. This means that patients can emit carbon dioxide from them – and without the accumulation of carbon dioxide, patients do not experience shortness of breath, ”the doctor explains.
Patients compensate for the low level of oxygen in the blood, breathing faster and deeper – and this happens even subconsciously. This physiological response of the patient causes even more inflammation and destruction of the air sacs, and pneumonia intensifies until the oxygen level drops. As a result, patients damage their lungs, breathing harder and harder.
Thus, 20% of patients with Covid pneumonia go into the second and more dangerous phase of lung damage. Fluid builds up, the lungs become hard, carbon dioxide levels increase, and patients develop acute respiratory failure.
According to the doctor, silent hypoxia, which quickly progresses to respiratory failure, explains the cases of sudden death of patients with Covid-19 after respiratory arrest.
Since many patients do not go to the hospital until their pneumonia develops well enough, many have ventilator fans, which leads to a shortage of machines themselves. And even after the transfer to the devices, many of them die.
At the same time, Levitan claims that there is a way to detect Covid pneumonia earlier and treat it more effectively – and this would not require waiting for a coronavirus test in a hospital or doctor’s office. It is necessary to identify “silent” hypoxia at an early stage using a conventional medical device, which can be purchased without a prescription in most pharmacies: a pulse oximeter.
This small device is very easy to use. It is placed on the finger, and after a few seconds two numbers appear: oxygen saturation and pulse rate. Pulse oximeters are extremely reliable in detecting problems with oxygenation and an increase in heart rate.
According to the doctor, all patients who have found a positive result for coronavirus should do pulse oximetric monitoring for two weeks. All people with cough, fatigue, and fever should also monitor with a pulse oximeter.
“We must direct resources to identifying and treating the initial phase of Covid pneumonia at an earlier stage by screening for latent hypoxia,” concluded the physician.
Earlier, the Washington Post wrote that in the US, people started die from coronavirus much earlier than thought.
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How important are caregivers? Very much – the corona crisis shows this once again. Politicians now want to make this clear in their money bags too. And why wearing face masks can really mean stress. In the live ticker you will find all important information and developments.
7:45 am – Almost a fifth of German companies are planning to cut jobs
According to the ifo Institute, almost a fifth of German companies are planning to cut jobs in the wake of the crisis. 18 percent of the companies wanted to fire employees or not to extend fixed-term contracts, the institute said, citing its April survey. 46 percent of the companies wanted to postpone investments, almost 50 percent would do short-time work.
7:35 a.m. – Daimler reports extreme drop in profits
The corona crisis led to a slump in profits for the automaker Daimler in the first quarter and makes it impossible to make a precise forecast for the year as a whole. From January to March, earnings before interest and taxes dropped 78 percent to 617 million euros, the Dax group announced in a mandatory announcement on Thursday night.
There were already deep signs of a brake on the Corona crisis when it came to sales: the passenger car subsidiary Mercedes-Benz sold 15 percent less worldwide in the first quarter, while sales in the truck business dropped 20 percent. Production at Daimler only started slowly again this week in Europe after a four-week break. The car dealerships opened. In China, production has already returned to normal.
07:20 – UN Secretary General: “The threat is the virus, not the people”
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned of respect for human rights in the fight against the corona virus. Combating corona should not be an excuse for repression. In some societies, hate speech would increase and minorities would become the target of aggression. “We have seen the virus itself not discriminate but its effects – by uncovering deep weaknesses in public services and structural inequalities that hinder access to them,” Guterres said in a video message Thursday. Human rights should therefore be at the center of the response to the pandemic. “Let us never forget – the threat is the virus, not the people.”
07:00 a.m. – Current figures from Germany and the world
6:30 a.m. – More short-time work allowance, less catering VAT
After a marathon session, the grand coalition agreed on new billion-dollar aid for employees, restaurants, businesses and schools at night. Short-time work benefits are to be increased in order to compensate for loss of income, especially for low-wage earners. The catering industry, which is particularly hard hit by the crisis, will receive tax relief. At the same time, the duration of the unemployment benefit is extended. An overview of the decisions.
11:00 p.m. – Current figures from Germany and the world
10:25 p.m. – Denmark allows foreign family members to enter again
The Danish government eased entry requirements on Wednesday due to the corona pandemic. Foreign spouses and life partners as well as children and parents of Danes can now return to the country even if they do not have a residence permit. Denmark was one of the first countries in Europe to close almost the passenger border on March 14th due to the Corona crisis. Only foreigners who had an important reason were allowed to enter. “However, people with symptoms continue to be rejected at the border,” Foreign and Integration Minister Mattias Tesfaye said in parliament.
9:30 p.m. – Ramelow with everyday mask on the asparagus field
Black suit, blue tie – and a cloth over your mouth and nose: Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) set a good example on Wednesday with the asparagus pricking. The red and green cloth with which the head of government protected large parts of his face was, according to the imprint, a remnant from older times. It promoted the German Hiking Day three years ago – and “Luther 2017”.
8:55 pm – Virus detected for the first time in US pets
In the USA, the novel corona virus has been detected in pets for the first time. Two domestic cats in the state of New York were tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the US health agency CDC said on Wednesday. Both animals that lived in different locations in the state had had respiratory problems. In one case, the cat’s owner had previously tested positive for the virus. In the other case, no infection is known in the affected household.
The agency said there is currently no evidence that pets have played a role in the spread of the corona virus. There is therefore no reason for measures against pets. The health authority advised that pets outside of their own household should not be allowed to come into contact with other animals or people. Sick people should stay away from their pets and other animals.
8:30 p.m. – British virologist: little chance of vaccine in 2021
England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty sees little chance of an effective remedy for the disease in the coming year. In the long term, there are two things you can get out of the current situation, he says: Either “through a highly effective vaccine and / or a very effective medication”. However, the probability that they will be available in the coming year is “incredibly low”. You have to see this realistically.
8:00 p.m. – Google is fishing dozens of hacker groups
Google claims to have identified more than a dozen government-sponsored hacker groups that are trying to use the pandemic for cyber attacks. The US company reports in its company blog that 18 million corresponding emails are intercepted.
6:55 pm – Drosten podcast nominated for the Grimme Online Award
The podcast “The Corona Virus Update” with the Berlin virologist Christian Drosten has been nominated for the Grimme Online Award. It has developed into an “instance” for listeners, the jury explained. He gave the virologist Drosten enough space to talk about current studies, symptoms or possible countermeasures – “and to correct himself due to new developments”. The podcast was still very often proposed for the award after the deadline.
“The need for information is very high, as the offers show, the selection of the nomination committee shows,” said Grimme Director Frauke Gerlach. It is particularly high when you live in times of crisis – like now in the Corona crisis.
6:45 pm – WHO: Most outbreaks in Europe are stable or decreasing
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most outbreaks in Europe are now stable or are weakening. However, there are worrying increases in Central Europe, Africa and Central and South America, says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
6:16 p.m. – Hamburg court considers corona closure of large stores to be inadmissible
The Hamburg Administrative Court has declared the closure of stores with more than 800 square meters of retail space maintained by the Senate to curb the corona pandemic to be inadmissible. With a decision published on Wednesday, the court granted an urgent request from a sports shop in downtown Hamburg, a spokesman said. However, the Senate had already lodged an appeal against this with the Hamburg Higher Administrative Court and requested that the rules should remain pending a decision.
In the opinion of the administrative court, the loosening of the shop opening that has been in effect since Monday violates the right to freedom of occupation. Because the distinction made in the regulation between shops with a sales area of less than 800 square meters, which are allowed to open, and larger ones, which are only allowed to open with a reduced area, “is, according to the administrative court, unsuitable to serve the purpose of infection protection pursued by the legal regulation “the court announced. Rather, this protection can be achieved in large stores “as well as or even better than in smaller facilities”.
5:44 p.m. – Online music festival with big stars planned
In the corona crisis, the music label Warner Music, together with the World Health Organization (WHO), is organizing an online festival with excerpts from previous concerts by stars such as Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. The “Play On Fest” with performances by more than 65 musicians and bands should be on the Internet from April 24th to 26th, the US record company announced on Wednesday. All proceeds – such as donations or the purchase of merchandise – should go to the WHO in the fight against the corona pandemic.
5:36 p.m. – UKE fears second wave of corona in autumn
The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) has warned of a second wave of corona infections at the end of summer. “I am afraid that we are actually facing a second wave, which could only start after the summer months, in August, and maybe not until the end of August (…),” said UKE CEO Prof. Burkhard Göke in Hamburg on Wednesday. “We are very concerned about the logistics of diagnostics.” If there are then many cold patients in the central emergency room, the UKE will be required to take a smear on everyone, possibly again at intervals. The UKE has already exhausted its diagnostic possibilities “to the limit of availability”, warned Göke.
He is also worried about the wave of influenza that will set in in autumn. The idea that the influenza A infection, which in itself can be very stressful and dangerous, would also pair with a Covid infection, gives him a headache, said the medical director of the UKE. With regard to intensive care, he said there is currently no capacity overload. “We are unsure about autumn.”
5:13 p.m. – Zoos in need: State of North Rhine-Westphalia helps with around 12 million euros
NRW Finance Minister Lutz Lienenkämper (CDU) wants to help the zoos and zoos in the country with 11.825 million euros to deal with the consequences of the corona crisis. The zoos had “no significant financial reserves”. Lienenkämper wrote in a submission to the finance committee of the state parliament that this would endanger an adequate supply of animals and especially endangered animal species. The money should serve to compensate for the loss of revenue, secure liquidity and avert impending closures. The NRW zoos have been closed since March 18 and are therefore no longer paying entry fees. A zoo had published that there would be an emergency slaughter plan if feed was no longer available.
5:03 p.m. – Söder praises nationwide mask requirement
CSU chief Markus Söder has praised the announcements for a nationwide mask requirement due to the corona pandemic. “Good news: now there is a mask requirement in all 16 federal states. It is clear that the relief will be accompanied by protective measures,” wrote the Bavarian Prime Minister on Wednesday afternoon on Twitter, reports the dpa.
Before that, Bremen was the last federal state to announce the requirement to wear mouth-nose covers to protect against infection. The obligation applies in most countries – including Bavaria – from next week and mostly refers to buses and trains as well as shopping in shops. You can read about the regulations in your state here. You can read here how exactly the mask requirement should look in your state.
4:45 p.m. – Virologist Drosten: Germany may be wasting an important corona lead
Virologist Christian Drosten sees the danger that Germany may lose previous successes in corona containment and the situation may slip away. He currently regrets “seeing so much that we are just about to lose this advantage here completely,” said the head of Virology at the Charité on Wednesday in the NDR podcast. In international comparison, Germany is one of the most successful countries in combating pandemics because the outbreak was recognized very early on.
4:24 p.m. – Estimate: number of British corona deaths twice as specified
In the UK, according to a Financial Times report, twice as many people may have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic than previously thought. This is based on extrapolations by the newspaper based on figures from the British statistical office ONS. According to this, 41,000 people could have died in the wake of the pandemic. That is far more than the official figures suggest so far: According to the Ministry of Health, around 17,300 people have been shown to die of Monday from lung disease in hospitals in the country. This does not include deaths in nursing homes and private households.
The basis for the calculation of the “Financial Times” is the over-mortality rate in Great Britain, which the statistics office gave for the week up to April 10th with about 8000. That means that within a week, 8,000 more people died in the country than the average of previous years.
4:09 pm – Steinmeier: Can we work our way out of the economic valley again
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier prepared citizens for difficult economic times in the face of the Corona crisis, but was optimistic about an upswing afterwards. In his new video message, he called for solidarity in the economy and warned against underestimating the risks of the crisis.
“Time will not pass us by without a trace. We will give up some of the prosperity we have developed together,” said Steinmeier. “But we are and we will remain a strong economy – with millions of people who want to continue to tackle or get going again. Just as we will defeat the virus together, we will work our way out of the economic valley with diligence and prudence.”
3:59 p.m. – German airports expect trough in second quarter
In view of the fact that air traffic is hardly taking place anymore, German airports expect the low point in passenger numbers in the current second quarter. In the Corona crisis, traffic had dropped to around 5 percent of the previous level by the end of March, as the airport association ADV reported again on Wednesday. Last week (April 13-19, 2019), the number of passengers fell to just 1.2 percent.
For March, the figures showed a 63 percent decrease compared to the same month in the previous year to 7.1 million passengers, which corresponds approximately to the volume of the 1990s. There was particularly little traffic on the domestic routes.
As you learn new coronavirus COVID-19 scientists are learning more and more about the disease. In particular, it turned out that even after removing the virus from the human respiratory tract, the infection can persist for a long time in the eyes.
Researchers studied cases of infection in China and Spain and found that after successful treatment, particles of coronavirus infection were found in patients in the eyes, DailyTimes reports. Moreover, SARS-CoV-2 virus RNA was isolated in eye smears a few days after analyzes showed its absence in samples from the nose.
At the same time, it is clarified that there is very little evidence supporting the ability of coronavirus infection to spread through the eyes.
How can I catch coronavirus through my eyes?
If an infected person sneezes or coughs next to a healthy person, and drops of moisture fall on his eyes. The virus then travels through the airways to the lungs.
If a person touches a contaminated surface, then rubs his eyes with dirty hands.
“We have yet to learn about the effect of the virus on the eyes, however, some studies have already shown that it can cause conjunctivitis,” the authors concluded.
Recall earlier it turned out that hand disinfection with an antiseptic not a panacea for coronavirus infection. Moreover, excessive or improper use of antiseptics can lead to bacterial resistance to antiviral drugs and even COVID-19 mutations.
31 dead in a senior residence near Montréal within a few weeks: Over the past three weeks, more and more terrifying details about grievances in the private retirement home Herron in Dorval have come to light. Almost all nurses had left the home when representatives of local health officials arrived there in late March. A class action lawsuit shows that a nurse and two nurses are said to have looked after 130 residents. The police and the Ministry of Health are investigating.
Quebec Prime Minister speaks of “gross negligence”
On March 26, a resident was taken to a hospital, where he was tested positive for the novel coronavirus and died. As a result, the local health authority tried to gain access to the home. It wasn’t until April 10th that it turned out that since March 13th, 31 people had died in the home, as the Prime Minister of Quebec, Francois Legault, explained. At least five of the dead were infected with the corona virus. The cause of death of the 26 others is still unclear. Legault spoke of “gross negligence” with regard to the old people’s home, as reported by local media.
A class action lawsuit filed on Friday paints a disturbing picture of the circumstances in the home. “The residents were found in completely inhumane conditions: some were undressed, severely malnourished, dehydrated, without their medication, and left in their feces and urine, causing an odor to permeate the facility,” it said.
61 out of 99 residents tested positive for coronavirus
Of the 99 remaining Herron residents, 61 had tested positive for the coronavirus, the health authority CIUSSS said on request on Sunday. Some test results are still pending. In absolute terms, Québec is the province most affected by the Corona pandemic in Canada. According to official information, there are more than 17,500 infections detected, 805 people died as a result.
TVNOW documentary: hour zero part 2 – race with the virus
In an interview with Sputnik, American scientists and health policy experts explained how a substantial part of the US population has found itself in such dire straits.
Why does the hybrid health insurance system hinder the fight against COVID-19?
The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly affected the United States, making it the country in the world with the most confirmed cases of coronavirus – more than 400,000 infected – and the third State in terms of the number of coronavirus-related deaths.
The pandemic has also cut supply chains and closed large numbers of small and medium-sized businesses, causing nearly 10 million people to file unemployment claims.
The United States is the only country of the 33 advanced industrialized nations that does not offer universal health coverage to all its citizens, regardless of their ability to pay. US health policy experts have explained how the US health insurance system affects its ability to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
How does the US health insurance system work?
Americans can access health care through a hybrid of federal, state, or privately funded insurance programs. However, this mosaic has a gap of 27 million people without insurance, abandoned to their fate in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. The rise in unemployment caused by the economic shocks related to the coronavirus doesn’t make it any easier, either, as many lose both their jobs and their health insurance plans.
For the past decade, US authorities have tried to expand health care coverage. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) study, the majority of uninsured people are low-income families with at least one working family member. The Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) implemented by Barack Obama It helped expand the Medicaid program and, as a consequence, reduce the number of uninsured people from 46.5 million in 2010 to less than 26.7 million in 2016. However, in subsequent years, the number of uninsured individuals in Underage age began to rise steadily, reaching 27.9 million in 2018.
“These are the national figures that reflect the implementation of the ACA, which was signed in 2010 and went into full effect in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of advocacy group Health Access California.
According to Wright, the increasing number of uninsured people may have originated in A series of measures adopted by the Trump Administration, in particular:
reducing the open enrollment period for federally administered markets;
expanding the availability of so-called junk plans, which do not comply with ACA rules;
it is now more difficult for people to stay on Medicaid through job requirements, the expert added.
Meanwhile, the Kaiser Foundation study showed which groups of American citizens have no health insurance plan. In particular, 45% of uninsured adults admit that medical coverage is too expensive, while many they have no access to her through work.
Some citizens, who live in states that did not extend Medicaid, are not eligible for financial assistance. At the same time, there are those who are eligible, but simply are not aware that they can get help, and some people cannot apply for the ACA, as they have income above the level necessary to receive financial assistance.
“Without further action, uninsured people will be reluctant to go through the tests and treatment they need, for fear of financial consequences,” Wright said, adding that “this not only affects these patients and their families, but also to the ability of our public health to get us out of this crisis. “
Chronic problems in the organization of the US health system leave him particularly ill-prepared in the face of pandemic like that of COVID-19says Professor Timothy Jost of the Washington & Lee University School of Law.
Older Americans — 65 and older — and some younger people with disabilities are currently insured through the national program Medicarewhile poor people have access to state and federal program insurance Medicaid.
However, Medicaid insurance plans are different in different states, and about a third of them do not cover many low-income adults, the professor noted. And while some of the citizens can afford individual health insurance plans, “almost half of Americans are covered through their employment,” he added.
The problem is that, while 27 million people do not have health insurance, millions more lose both their jobs and their health coverage, Jost stressed.
Despite coronavirus testing now they are free For all citizens, thanks to a law recently passed by the US Congress, no insurance plan includes the almost astronomical amounts that a person infected with COVID-19 can face during treatment. According to an analysis by the independent nonprofit organization FAIR Health, in this case, an uninsured American would have to pay around $ 73,300 for 6 days in the hospital.
“Hospitals often provide testing and treatment to the uninsured, but then they can charge for the services they provided, leading to bankruptcy,” the scientist explained.
The inflated price of healthcare also hurts
Even insured people don’t feel safe enough, as the high costs of items not covered by insurance they’re still high. According to Gallup, in 2019, the record number of 25% of Americans had to postpone treatment for a serious illness and 8% for a milder medical condition due to its cost.
“Most health insurance coverage has so-called cost-sharing, so patients often end up paying for part of the treatment, although this has not affected testing so far,” Jost said.
The analyst added that “many Americans with a high cost-sharing percentage avoid going through treatment even in normal times, and in an economic crisis like the current one, this becomes even more problematic.”
COVID-19 treatment will be priced fairly high even for Americans with insurance, according to the FAIR Health study, since out-of-pocket costs for network providers’ clients can range from 21,936 and $ 38,755, based on the percentage of shared costs of your health program. However, in the event that your insurance company considers that the treatment is not part of its network, the costs can reach up to $ 74,000. And it’s not that the treatment of COVID-19 is something exclusive: the fact is that medical care is quite expensive in the US.
3 years ago, CNBC’s Ester Bloom calculated how much an average American spent on health care and found that annual per person costs in 2017 were 9 times higher than in 1960. According to eHealthInsurance data, premiums for Insurance for unsubsidized people reached $ 440 a month, while the annual deductible for individual plans reached $ 4,578.
Americans generally paid 3.6 billion, or 11,172 per person, for medical care in 2018, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is more than double the average per capita in other developed countries. These figures will grow 5.4% a year and will reach 6.2 billion by 2028.
CMS also reported that most of the total health care spending is financed by the federal government (28.3%) and households (28.4%), while private companies, state governments, and other private revenues they constitute 19.9%, 16.5% and 6.9%, respectively.
“Despite numerous health policy reforms, prices in the healthcare industry are the main reason why the US spends more on health care, “said Wright. The expert stressed that” the inflated price of health care has nothing to do with the cost of care or its quality or results. In some cases, they are more related to the unbridled consolidation within the health system, while other market failures also increase costs. “These are medical bills that come by surprise or the manufacturers of medicines that corner the generic market, for example. “Essentially, consumers are not able to negotiate the cost of care, nor do they have a chance to shop around to compare prices or say no to necessary care, “he explains.
Now that the US is facing an unprecedented pandemic crisis, it is time to “recognize that health care is not a product, but a system that needs investment,” said the expert.
“Our health system is stronger when everyone is included, and this is even truer during a pandemic,” he concluded.
Irish scientists have found that vitamin D
can protect the body from coronavirus. Deficiency of this vitamin weakens
human immunity and makes him more susceptible to infection with COVID-19. If the sun
not enough, vitamin D can be found in foods.
Vitamin D plays an important role in the fight against
respiratory functions. In addition, the saturation of the body with vitamin allows
use less antibiotics. It should be noted that vitamin D
generally strengthens the immune system.
Irish scientists have shown that people with a deficiency of this
Vitamin A was observed susceptibility to infection with coronavirus. If in your
the terrain is not enough sun, this vitamin can be obtained in foods. Specialists
advised to eat eggs, liver, fatty fish, milk and cereals.
In addition to vitamin D deficiency, at risk
there are people suffering from asthma, obesity, chronic lung disease. Inactive
lifestyle can also help coronavirus take over the body.
8:20 pm – Denmark is also easing its first corona measures
After Austria and the Czech Republic, Denmark has also announced the first relaxation of its measures taken in the corona crisis. In a first step, crèches, kindergartens and the lower six grades of schools should be reopened on April 15, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said at a press conference in Copenhagen on Monday evening. It is “the first careful opening phase,” she said. However, the Danes should be prepared that they will have to live with restrictions for months because of the corona pandemic.
8:15 p.m. – The situation normalizes in Wuhan
More than two and a half months after the Chinese metropolis Wuhan was sealed off in the fight against the new corona virus, the last restrictions on freedom of movement for the eleven million residents are lifted. In the severely affected metropolis, where the pandemic started in December, traffic is normalized from midnight local time (Tuesday 6:00 p.m. CEST).
Of the more than 80,000 officially reported infections in China, 50,000 were in Wuhan alone. Similarly, of the more than 3,300 deaths listed nationwide, more than 2,500 were to be mourned in the metropolis alone. However, observers assume that by no means all cases have been counted.
8:00 p.m. – More than 10,000 coronavirus deaths in the U.S.
In the United States, more than 10,000 people have now died after being infected with the novel corona virus. The number of known infections rose to around 350,000 by Monday afternoon (local time), significantly more than in any other country in the world. This comes from data from the American University of Johns Hopkins.
The top health official in the United States, Jerome Adams, had already attuned the Americans to an increase in the death toll at the weekend. “This will be the hardest and saddest week in most Americans’ lives,” Adams told Fox News. “This will be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment – only it will not happen anywhere, but across the country.”
In the video, RTL reporter Hanna Klouth describes how she experiences the dramatic situation in the United States.
Pop singer Lady Gaga is announcing a benefit concert broadcast on television and on the Internet for the benefit of the World Health Organization (WHO) on April 18. Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Alanis Morissette, Elton John and Stevie Wonder should appear on “One World: Together at Home”. The organizers had already raised $ 35 million in donations.
7:38 p.m. – Three corona dead and 47 infected people in a Hamburg nursing home
In a nursing home in Hamburg, severely affected by the coronavirus, three residents in connection with Covid-19 died last week. “We can confirm the connection,” said a spokesman for the Hamburg health authority on Monday. Some of the residents had suffered from considerable previous illnesses.
According to the authority, 47 people have now been infected with the corona virus in the facility in the Wellingsbüttel district: 38 residents and nine nurses. According to the authority, the residents of the affected living area, who tested negative for Covid-19, a total of 19 seniors, were transferred to another care facility in order to prevent further infections.
7:30 p.m. – Mayor of the city of Alsace in Bonn died of Covid-19
The mayor of the Alsatian city of Saint-Louis, Jean-Marie Zoellé, died as a result of a coronavirus infection. The city confirmed this on Twitter. The newspaper “Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace”, citing the Zoellés family, reported that the 75-year-old died in a clinic in Bonn. The mayor was brought to Germany for treatment at the end of March from a hospital in Mulhouse (Mulhouse) in the Haut-Rhin department.
In the first round of local elections in France on March 15, Zoellé was again elected mayor of the city with around 21,000 inhabitants on the border with Baden-Württemberg and Switzerland. At the time, Zoellé criticized that the election took place despite the coronavirus health risk, the newspaper reported.
Alsace and the entire Haut-Rhin department is considered a focal point of the coronavirus pandemic in France.
7:21 p.m. – Number of cases in Turkey rises to over 30,000
There are 3,148 other infections known in Turkey, making a total of 30,217 known. The death toll increases by 75 to 649. The Turkish health minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Twitter.
7:00 p.m. – New York governor sees crisis peak reached
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sees light at the end of the tunnel for the state that has been hit particularly hard by the corona virus. Although the number of people who died in the pandemic in New York rose by 599 compared to the previous day to 4,758, this was within the range of the previous days, Cuomo said at his daily press conference on Monday. In addition, the number of newly admitted to hospitals has dropped significantly, as has the number of intubated patients. The number of those who tested positive for Covid-19 is now more than 130,000.
However, Cuomo warned the New Yorkers against becoming negligent and underestimating the virus. “It is not the time to play Frisbee with your friend in the park”. Cuomo extended the closure of all non-“vital” shops and schools until the end of April.
6:15 p.m. – Adversity on TV: daughter of British politician walks into TV interview
Parents who work from home due to the coronavirus crisis have meanwhile become used to the daily appearance of their children at home. In the UK, Anneliese Dodds’ daughter, who belongs to the shadow cabinet of the new Labor leader Keir Starmer, caused a nice surprise for TV viewers on Monday.
While the financial expert gave an interview to Sky News, her three-year-old daughter Isabella burst in and naturally joined them. The 42-year-old did not show anything until Sky presenter Kay Burley finally spoke to the little “studio guest” – and both laughed about it.
Last week Kelly was again a guest in the BBC interview, this time from the start with his family. He described the isolation at home as “really, really har” »for the children.
6:04 p.m. – Arrest in Spain: Man is said to have stolen two million protective masks
A man has been arrested in Spain for the theft of two million masks and other protective materials with a total value of five million euros. The businessman was accused of having stolen the goods from a warehouse in Santiago de Compostela in the northwest of the country and selling them in neighboring Portugal, the police in the Galicia region said on Monday. The man was brought before the judge and then released under conditions.
The suspect was seen near the warehouse by witnesses and was also filmed by surveillance cameras, the regional newspaper “La Voz de Galicia” quoted a police spokesman. When the break-in occurred, the respirator masks of type FFP2, gloves, protective clothing, disinfectants and other products were removed from the original packaging to prevent the origin of the goods from being traced later.
As in many places, there has been a great shortage of masks, gloves and protective clothing in Spain and Portugal for weeks due to the corona pandemic. Some of the medical staff also do not have enough protective equipment.
5:35 p.m. – Rhineland-Palatinate: Ice cream parlors have to pay a fine
Because they offered ice cream in street sales despite the current Corona requirements, the owners of two cafes in Speyer now have to pay a fine of 4,000 euros. When the municipal enforcement service became aware of this on Sunday, there had long been queues at the cafes in the city center, Speyer said on Monday.
“I once again urge the restaurateurs and ice cream parlors, but also the citizens, to adhere to the country’s Corona Control Ordinance,” said Speyer Mayor Stefanie Seiler (SPD). “In times of closed meetings and contacts, it cannot and should not be the case that uncontrolled long queues form at ice cream stalls.” The regulatory authority will not cease to monitor intensively and impose fines for violations.
5:15 p.m. – Norway claims to have brought the epidemic under control
Norway has brought the epidemic under control, according to government officials. Statistically, an infected person is now spreading the virus to 0.7 other people, says Health Minister Bent Höie. The government has set itself the goal of reducing this number to below 1.0. On Wednesday, she wants to decide whether the current restrictions will be extended beyond mid-April.
5:00 p.m. – Thailand imposes a stop on international flights to the country
Thailand is a popular destination for Germans, and now the country has put a stop to international passenger flights due to the corona crisis. The short-term ban will be extended until April 18, as the flight authority said. Exceptions apply to cargo, relief and military flights, but also to return campaigns. Domestic flights are still allowed, but many airlines have ceased operating. The state of emergency has been in force in Thailand since March 26. So far, 2,220 coronavirus cases have been recorded there, 51 people have died, according to the Ministry of Health.
As part of the Federal Foreign Office’s worldwide return program, Germans are currently being brought home from Thailand on special flights. According to the German embassy, the last special Condor flight from Bangkok to Frankfurt will start on Thursday.
4:58 p.m. – Pep Guardiola’s mother dies after coronavirus disease
Spanish football star coach Pep Guardiola mourns the loss of his mother, who died after being infected with the coronavirus. Guardiola’s club, the Premier League club Manchester City, announced on Twitter. Dolors Sala Carrió died in Manresa near Barcelona at the age of 82, Man City said.
“All those connected to the club send Pep, his family and all his friends their deeply felt sympathy in this extremely painful time,” the message said.
4:46 p.m. – Merkel gives no date for the start of relaxation
With regard to an exit from the shutdown, Merkel says that the federal government is of course “intensively” thinking about how the restrictions on going out could be gradually relaxed. However, it is not appropriate to state a time for this now. The protection of health will definitely be in the foreground. The phase-out will surely be phased out.
At her press conference, Merkel expressly thanked the population for maintaining the contact blocks. You can watch your thanks in the video.
16:34 – Merkel: need more sovereignty in the production of protective equipment
At the beginning of her press conference, Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized that Germany and Europe would have to develop their own capabilities for the production of protective equipment. “We have to work hard” so that medical staff can be equipped with the necessary products, says Merkel in the Chancellery. Read more about the Chancellor’s press conference here.
4:24 pm – 39-year-old arrested for defrauding millions using face mask masks
According to Europol, a 39-year-old man has been arrested in Singapore on suspicion of fraud involving millions of face masks and disinfectant hand gel. The man is said to have defrauded a company of around seven million euros, according to the European police authority in The Hague on Monday. Europol had turned on the Singapore police; she arrested the man.
The suspect is said to have misused the identity of a real company and offered medical aids in the fight against the coronavirus at their email address. According to Europol, a European pharmaceutical company had ordered and paid for face masks worth almost seven million euros. But as soon as the money was transferred to an account in Singapore, the man went into hiding. The masks had never arrived.
The European police force has registered an increase in crimes related to the corona pandemic. Criminals therefore take advantage of the crisis and people’s fears.
16:13 – Czech television turns Coronavirus sitcom
Is the Corona Crisis Really Laughing? Public television in the Czech Republic actually makes the corona virus pandemic the subject of a sitcom. Shooting for the new series, entitled “Love in Corona’s Times,” should begin in a week, a spokeswoman for the broadcaster CT said on Monday. The decision was made to fight the current stressful situation with humor.
TV viewers are invited to contribute their own experiences with the drastic exit restrictions that have been in effect in the Czech Republic for three weeks. The creators have set up a website for this. So far, there is only one fixed script for the first part, said producer Tomas Baldynsky.
4:00 p.m. – Prince Charles and Camilla reunited after isolation
A few days before their 15th wedding anniversary, the British heir to the throne Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are reunited. Charles (71) had survived a corona infection with mild symptoms a week ago. As a precaution, Camilla (72) had to self-isolate for 14 days to make sure that she was not infected. The two are in the Scottish country house of Birkhall in the county of Aberdeenshire, but they have been separated there recently. On Thursday they have their 15th wedding anniversary.
3:50 pm – 1,500 euros as a special bonus for nursing staff
Because of their particular burden in the Corona crisis, nurses should receive a special bonus of 1,500 euros. According to its own statements, the Verdi trade union has agreed on this with the Federal Association of Employers in the Nursing Industry (BVAP). It is planned that full-time employees in inpatient long-term care and outpatient care will receive the bonus with the July salary, part-time employees will receive a share based on the hours actually worked. Apprentices should receive a bonus of 900 euros.
3:27 pm – Current figures: Spain with the most cases in Europe
3:20 pm – Czech Republic is considering easing measures
The Czech government is considering relaxing its measures in the fight against the pandemic. If the growth of new infections continues to flatten out in the coming days, some shops could reopen from Thursday and some outdoor activities could be allowed again, says Health Minister Adam Vojtech. This would be conceivable for hardware stores and stationery stores as well as for sports such as tennis. The Czech Republic is one of the European countries that took particularly stringent measures early on due to the virus outbreak.
3:19 p.m. – Court decides: Visiting restrictions in nursing homes are legal
The Berlin-Brandenburg Higher Administrative Court has confirmed the restrictions on visits to nursing homes. The Brandenburg court’s application for a temporary injunction against the regulation had been rejected as unfounded. The measure is covered by the Infection Protection Act and compatible with the Basic Law. The court order is not contestable.
3:15 p.m. – Children can visit separated parents despite Corona requirements
Children of separated parents can visit their fathers or mothers at any time despite the Corona requirements. Conversely, this also applies to the parents themselves, the Hamburg social authority said on Monday. “A restriction of the right of access would be inadmissible. It must therefore be clear even across federal state borders that entry restrictions do not apply in these cases,” said social senator Melanie Leonhard (SPD). The current contact restrictions should not lead to “that parent-child relationships are broken – even if it is important to keep your distance and reduce contacts”.
2:30 p.m. – Weil sees market for German protective masks
Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil expects a safe market for protective masks produced in Germany even after the Corona crisis. These days you learn that you cannot rely on buying everything abroad, the SPD politician said on Monday when visiting the automotive supplier Zender in Osnabrück, who is now producing certified protective masks.
“I am absolutely grateful to the Zender company for how quickly they managed to switch production,” said Weil. It is already possible to produce up to 60,000 masks a day, in the future it could be 100,000 a day. He was convinced that after the Corona crisis, wearing masks became as common here as in Asia.
2:00 p.m. – NRW Prime Minister Laschet posts video
Here Laschet is happy about the decision of the federal government not to close the borders to the Netherlands and Belgium.
1:50 p.m. – More than 70,000 coronavirus deaths worldwide
According to US experts, more than 70,000 people worldwide have died after being infected with the novel corona virus. The number of confirmed infections with Sars-CoV-2 rose to around 1.3 million worldwide by Monday morning (local time), according to data from Johns Hopkins University emerged. According to this, around 16,000 Corona people died in Italy, more than 13,000 in Spain, almost 10,000 in the USA and more than 8,000 in France.
So far, Spain and Italy have had the highest proportion of corona deaths relative to the population. In both countries, about 27 people per 100,000 inhabitants died from the virus. In Germany, however, there were 1.9 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, in China 0.24.
1:25 p.m. – No exit date yet
How can health protection and the necessary processes to bring public life back together under one roof? The Federal Government is currently concerned with this question like no other. Nevertheless, government spokesman Steffen Seibert emphasized that at the current time it was not possible to name an exit deadline, also in order not to arouse false hopes. “It does not make sense to talk about individual steps in such a process here,” said Seibert in today’s federal press conference.
Seibert also stated that the domestic production of protective masks was high on the agenda of the Chancellor’s meeting with the ministers today. The government wants to help companies that changed their production during the crisis and are now producing medical protective equipment. But important preliminary products would also have to be available for this. The need for face masks will probably continue for a longer period.
12:00 p.m. – Two weeks of quarantine on return to Germany
Germans, EU citizens or people who have lived in Germany for many years and who return to the Federal Republic after spending several days abroad should in future be quarantined for two weeks. The so-called Corona crisis cabinet recommended the federal states on Monday, according to information from the German Press Agency.
Because of the corona pandemic, travelers are only allowed to come to Germany for a “valid reason”. In principle, entries from third countries are only permitted in selected cases, and travelers are checked at the German Schengen external borders. Except for EU citizens or people who have lived in Germany for many years, there are exceptions for medical staff, commuters, diplomats and other groups of people.
11:15 a.m. – Austria wants to relax the anti-corona measures from April 14th
Austria wants to gradually ease the exit restrictions from April 14, as Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced in Vienna. Then shops with an area of up to 400 square meters as well as DIY and garden centers should be allowed to reopen. From May 1, all shops, shopping centers and hairdressers should start operating again. It will be decided at the end of April whether this will happen. Schools are said to be closed until mid-May, so events have been canceled until at least the end of June.
11:00 a.m. – mouth protection is now mandatory in Jena
According to the city, no medical face mask is necessary, self-made masks as well as scarves or scarves that cover the mouth and nose are sufficient. The step does not apply to self-protection, but to the protection of others, it said. From Friday (April 10th), the requirement is to be extended to include more closed rooms including workplaces with more than one person.
10:15 a.m. – Prime Minister Johnson: Clinic night survived
In the fight against the corona pandemic, the US computer manufacturer Apple is now producing face protection for medical personnel together with suppliers. This was announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook on Twitter. The first shipment went to a hospital in the United States last week and the feedback from the doctors was very positive. In the future, one million of these are to be produced per week and will soon be distributed across the United States. The protection is transparent and covers large parts of the face.
9:20 a.m. – Chancellor-in-Office: Tracking app soon ready for use
8:45 a.m. – School opening: Virologist urges caution
“If we reopen the schools too soon, we may create a multiplier for the virus, which can then be dangerous again,” said virologist Hendrik Streeck in the “WAZ” about a possible resumption of school lessons in NRW after the Easter holidays. It was not easy to calculate the risk. “We know that the vast majority of children can deal with an infection well, but there is still no reliable information about how often children infect their parents or grandparents unnoticed,” said the director of the Bonn Institute of Virology, who is currently investigating how the corona virus has spread in the particularly affected district of Heinsberg.
Due to the Corona crisis, the state government closed all schools in NRW until April 19. It will be decided on April 15 what will happen after this date.
8:05 am – Japan’s government is considering a state of emergency for six months
The Japanese government is reviewing a six-month state of emergency, according to a media report. This would affect the capital Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures as well as Osaka, reports the television station TBS, citing sources not mentioned. During this time, the prefectures could decide how long their own measures to fight the coronavirus should last.
07:15 am – New infections continue to decline in Germany – fewer deaths in Italy
The number of people infected with the corona virus in Germany has passed the 100,000 mark. Loud Johns Hopkins University 100,123 people are now infected in this country. However, the number of new infections has decreased for the fourth day in a row. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported a further 3677 confirmed cases on Monday. The increase was less than the 5936 new infections announced on Sunday.
In Italy, too, the number of people who died from the coronavirus pandemic fell for the second day in a row. The Department of Civil Protection reports 525 new deaths within 24 hours after 681 the previous day. The total number of deaths in Italy increased to 15,887. The number of new infections rose to 128,948 from 124,632. The daily increase in Covid 19 deaths reported on Sunday was the lowest in more than two weeks.
6:50 am – “Nothing to complain about”: People in NRW abide by corona rules
Despite spring-like temperatures: According to several police stations, most people in North Rhine-Westphalia also adhered to the Corona requirements on Sunday evenings and during the night on Monday. “The Lipper behaved well, we have nothing to complain about,” said a spokesman for the Detmold police early Monday morning. The officials in NRW reported only minor violations by small groups who were outside. The masses continue to hold the contact blocks, said a police spokesman in Hamm.
6:05 a.m. – More than 100,000 people infected in Germany
Health authorities reported that until the cut of today, April 3, 2020, the death toll from coronavirus in Mexico rose to 60, while the confirmed cases rose to 688 thousand.
In today’s press conference, from the National Palace, José Luis Alomía, director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, pointed out that in the last hours there were 10 more deaths than yesterday and in terms of positive cases there are 178 more.
As for suspicious cases, the figure stands at 5,398.
He called on the population over 60 to stay home to prevent them from getting coronavirus.
Harry Styles (26) originally wanted to fly home to Great Britain, but now the British singer is stuck in California, as he revealed on British radio. “On the very day I wanted to fly home, the United States stopped all flights,” Harry says, admitting to being homesick for his mother Anne. To the delight of his fans, he makes good use of the corona isolation and writes new songs.