In the Netherlands, refuted data on the arrival of radiation from Europe to Europe :: Society :: RBC

The National Institute of Public Health and the Environment stated that it is impossible to talk about Russia as a source of radiation. The organization only claims that the substances came from western Russia

Building of the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)


The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands has denied media reports claiming that Russia has become a source of increased background radiation in Northern Europe. This was announced by the institute on its website.

The RIVM commented on its previous post, in which it claims that radionuclides came to Europe from western Russia. A Sunday report said that perhaps due to an incorrect translation (the message was posted in Dutch), some media mistakenly wrote that the radioactive substances came from Russia. “<...> it is not possible at this stage to determine a specific source country [веществ]”, – says the message of the RIVM.

In the first half of June, sensors from Norway, Finland and Sweden recorded an increase in the level of radionuclides in their territory. In particular, iodine-131 was found in Norway, and cesium-134, cesium-137, cobalt-60 and ruthenium-103 were found in Finland and Sweden. According to RIVM, the amount of substances was very low and did not harm human health and the environment. At the same time, the institute noted that the recorded radionuclides were the result of human activity.

In Severodvinsk recorded a jump in radiation after an emergency with a rocket

View of the city of Severodvinsk

In the Netherlands, no increase in background radiation was recorded; the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment analyzed and synthesized data from other countries.


Increased radioactivity in the North of Europe registered

In Parts of Sweden, Finland and Norway have been measured in the past few days, a slightly increased radioactivity. The organization of the Treaty on the comprehensive prohibition of Nuclear attempts (CTBTO) said on Twitter, this is dangerous for people. They published a map of the suspected area of origin of the elevated radioactivity is highlighted. It covers the southern third of Sweden, the southern half of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and the North-West of Russia, including St. Petersburg.

The Swedish measurement station of the organization registered Isotope (cesium 137, cesium 134 and Ruthenium-103) were “very likely of civilian origin,” said Lassina Zerbo, Secretary-General of the Vienna-based organization CTBTO. His organization was able to identify the probable origin, is not responsible.

The Russian nuclear company Rosenergoatom said in its nuclear power plants, Leningrad and Kola and no errors were detected. The emissions would not have exceeded “in the designated period, the control values,” said a spokesman, according to Russian news agencies.

According to the Dutch Institute for public health and the environment “come to the Radionuclides from the direction of West Russia”. A more accurate determination of the measurements is not allowed, however. It was artificial Nuclides. Your composition “may indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant,” said the Dutch authority.

Except for Russia, Finland and Sweden operate in the Region of nuclear power plants. Also there is no event was reported. In the Baltic countries, no reactors are in operation, Lithuania shut down its only Nuclear power plant of Russian design in its entry into the EU.


Bolton explained why it was impossible to leave trump alone with Putin

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin had a clear idea of the national interests of their country, therefore it was impossible to leave him alone at his American counterpart, Donald trump. So says former White house adviser on national security, John Bolton.

This became known from the book “the Room where it happened: a memoir of the White house,” which on Tuesday appeared on the shelves.

“Putin has amazed me completely all knowing being calm and confident,” said Bolton, adding that he would not like to leave him alone with trump.

The impression the Russian President has made Bolton during their ninety-minute meeting ahead of the summit Russia-the USA in Helsinki. Recall that in the summer of 2018 was held the first full meeting of Putin and trump in the Finnish capital.


Universal income affects well-being, little employment in Finland

Scotland is seriously considering it, Spain is developing it, and the UN sees it as a bold solution in the post-pandemic world. Finland has already experimented with the basic universal income. From June 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018, two thousand unemployed workers received € 560 each month without any compensation. Eggs that they could combine with family allowances and income in the event of resumption of employment. Finnish social security Kela, who has just delivered his final conclusions, observes “Small effects on employment, better perceived economic security, and mental well-being”.

Effects on morale, less on employment

Methodologically, the Labor Institute for Economic Research compared the employability rates of beneficiaries with a control group that remained in the traditional system. As a result, the proportion of people who found a job was 43.7% with universal income, against 42.85% without. A minimal gain, therefore. The benefits of the measure are less economic than psychological: 55% of the participants in the experiment declared that they felt in good or very good health, compared to 46% in the control group. Recipients also reported lower stress levels (17%) than those of the control group (25%).

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Like the other beneficiaries, Juha Jarvinen, 41, father of six, thought it was a joke when he received a letter from Kela indicating that he was being detained for the experiment. He suddenly felt relieved of a huge burden. “After six years of unemployment, I was a life prisoner, this program freed me. I was able to regain my dignity without being blamed as a loser of society “, said the resident of the small town of Jurva in the west of the country.

After working in a cable factory and then in the wood industry, his job pool was hit hard by the crisis and he couldn’t find a job again. “I did what the employment officers told me, it was generally smart, but we were wasting our time”, he stresses, convinced that the solution lies in the creation of one’s own job.

Peripheral obstacles to be removed

Mira Jaskari, 37, living in Helsinki, also participated in the pilot project. She particularly appreciated the automatic and unconditional nature of the program. “It was a great relief to know that the income would come every month without any need for bureaucracy”, explains this graduate in cooking, who also holds a secretarial qualification. “Many people lack the resources to cope with the difficulties of daily life, sometimes administrative tasks can take all the energy”. She would never have accepted a job as a newspaper deliverer in the city of Turku if she had not been able to combine universal income with wages. Health problems then forced her to stop.

Like Mira Jaskari, Juha Jarvinen believes that returning to work could be more effective, provided you imagine a larger system. “I have a lot of ideas, but the system keeps crashing”, he explains. This father has space at home: he would like to create a kind of “ArtBnB” where his hosts could learn woodworking, making drums, handicrafts, making films …

But you can’t get help when you run your own business. “Some people think that an unconditional basic income would make people lazy. It’s not true. No one thrives on their couch, Juha Jarvinen. This measure can work, and even cost society less than doing nothing, provided that the other obstacles encountered by people, not all of whom are linked to money, are removed. ”.


Swedish government adviser named two main measures to combat the virus :: Politics :: RBC

At the same time, Gieseke noted the high discipline of the Swedes, who listen to the recommendations of the authorities on maintaining social distance. “Of course, if they didn’t do this, then the rate of infection in the country would be much higher. Therefore, in a sense, we can say that in our country there is also some kind of quarantine, ”the scientist explained. At the same time, he added, the Swedes follow the rules voluntarily. “We do not need laws requiring people to stay at home. This is an important principle of the Swedish strategy – people are not stupid. If you explain to them that some rules will benefit them, help others, they will listen to you, ”the epidemiologist noted, adding that“ such a principle would apply in any country, not only in Sweden. ”

Sweden does not plan to impose hard quarantine

The Swedish healthcare system is coping with the increased stress due to the virus, and about 10% of the unoccupied beds remain in the intensive care units, Gieseke said. Having such a margin of safety, the country is not going to introduce additional restrictions. “Rather, the opposite,” said the epidemiologist, answering a question from RBC about the authorities’ intentions to tighten quarantine rules.

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Gizeke also explained why the mortality rate from coronavirus in Sweden is higher than in neighboring countries. The number of deaths from coronavirus per 1 million people in Sweden is more than 260 – more than in neighboring Finland (42), Denmark (83) or Norway (38), but less than in Italy (477), France (381) or Britain (419). “The problem with Denmark, Norway and Finland is that the restrictions adopted there will someday have to be lifted. You can’t quarantine forever. When this happens, the rate of infection will jump, ”Gizeke said. “All that hard quarantine does is postpones the solution to the problem that you are facing. But this problem still remains relevant after a couple of months, ”the scientist is convinced.

A few months from collective immunity

As noted by Gizeke, according to the estimates of Swedish experts, about 500 thousand of Stockholm’s 2.5 million people were ill with the virus, and the capital of the country can gain collective immunity within a few weeks. “For the whole country, it will take a little longer. Probably several months, ”he said. “You will not be immune to the disease all your life, but only for about a year, but this will be enough (to fight the epidemic),” the scientist added.

The Ministry of Health phrases the phrase “still far” appreciated Russia’s access to the plateau

Photo: Sofya Sandurskaya / AGN “Moscow”

According to official statistics, in Sweden recorded less than 25 thousand diseases. According to Gizeke, the real number of people who have been ill is much higher, because most carriers of coronavirus are people who do not have serious symptoms. “There are about 98.5% of those. They will not go to the doctor for help, and they have mild symptoms: fever, sore throat, headache, fever, maybe diarrhea. Of course, there are those who face serious symptoms, as well as those for whom the disease will result in death, but this is 0.1% of the population, ”he said.


The Eurobonds battle: solidarity and fiscal rigor

It is difficult to draw analogies with the European Union.It doesn’t work like a government, nor like the rest of international organizations. Its treatises, practices and mechanisms have been outlined in a very concrete way, so that often, from the outside, the procedures and results are interpreted completely opposite to how it is done from the inside. Thursday’s Eurogroup agreement is a good example. The participants were satisfied and the parties, all, believe that it is quite solid. Each minister sells it as a victory (Italy, the Netherlands) or as an advance (Spain, Germany). Butmany citizens of the north consider it an intolerable waste, and in the south they consider it insufficient, selfish and oblivious to reality.

Perhaps the best example to gauge what happened is that of theEurobonds or Coronabonos. A lot has been said about them these weeks. Of a joint debt issuance mechanism in the EU or the Eurozone with which to finance the costs of rebuilding the pandemic by relieving pressure on the most affected and leveraged countries, such as Spain or Italy. The Heads of State and Government have spoken vehemently. Nine leaders, with Snchez, Conte, Costa or Macron, requesting them now. Others, likeMark Rutte, Angela Merkel, Austrian Sebastian Kurz or Finnish Sanna Marin, totally against it. But the truth is that yesterday’s Eurogroup were not at the center of the discussion. To enormous expectations, gigantic disappointments.

They were talked about, of course, but not for now. At no time was there any chance that they would be approved at that meeting or last. Or in two weeks at the next Summit. This is for later, for the costs of recovery, andthe issue is so controversial that something like that could only be unlocked by prime ministers, and right now, impossible. Even with consensus on its benefits, and it does not exist, political and ‘pedagogical’ work in certain latitudes would take many months. The technician, maybe even more.

When the Mede’s predecessor was created to rescue Greece, it took seven months against the clock to issue the first bond. There is no way to do something like this with half a trillion or a trillion euros, through a new Reconstruction Fund, in the short term.

That said, it is clear that the tone has changed on the continent, it has been debated more than ever and voices that were previously lukewarm on this issue have begun to cry out for bonds.. Even in Berlin and Frankfurt. But what the debt crisis failed almost a decade ago is difficult for the debt crisis to achieve, least of all with the huge ECB umbrella open. It could be said that we are closer than ever to Eurobonds, but as far as (almost) always.

There is strong, academic and media pressure, but also political pressure in all national parliaments. Without precedents. It remains to be seen whether this momentum is maintained by the idea or the Eurogroup pact for a three-level first line of action causes it to be lost, as always pessimistic analysts of the stature ofWolfgang Munchau of Eurointelligence.

The debate is not cyclical. It goes to the heart of the beliefs, political and cultural, of many. Angela Merkel famously stated a few years ago that Eurobonds were not going to be a reality as long as she was alive, or at least at the head of Germany.Rutte and his minister Wopke HoekstraThey say the same. What is “crossing the Rubin”, going far beyond what is stipulated in the Maastricht Treaty and formalizing the Union of Transfers (that is, of direct transfers of resources from north to south) that they have always feared and fought against. That it would be unfair and unacceptable to its taxpayers, who are highly sensitized and in some cases radicalized. The lack of eurobonds seems that it can generate doubtsor antieuropesm in the southBut the materialization of the same would consolidate and trigger the already exist in the north, where there is zero appetite for more transfers of economic sovereignty.

From the Nine who ask for it, they maintain the opposite.That now or never. That they are necessary, essential, in economic and political terms. That only then we will be a true Union, also giving the face in its lowest hours.

The final Eurogroup statement makes no mention of these instruments in any way, a necessary omission for compromise. But using the same community logic mentioned above,sometimes in Brussels what matters is not as much as what is. Or rather: everything that is not expressly ruled out is still possible. And there are experts, diplomats, and officials who argue that the bonds are on the table right now.

Actually,There are already several types of ‘Eurobonds’ on the markets.The European Commission has in the past issued billions for the European Financial Stability Mechanism (EFSM) or the so-called Balance of Payment, which provides emergency aid as well, but for countries that are not in the single currency. And do it again to raise up to $ 100 billion to finance its Sure program, which helps States maintain employment in companies. Using as capital guarantees of the passes.

The European Investment Bank does the same. And of course the controversial Mede, who thus financed the bailouts ofSpain, Portugal, Greece or Cyprus. That is not ‘pure Eurobonds’, of course, there is emission but then credits. But it is that on the table there are infinite possibilities. One could think of a bond issued jointly, taking advantage of the AAA rating of the richest, but for which each country will only assume responsibility for the proportional part of the size of its economy over GDP. In the past, however, this type of formula, which has required too much conditionality, has become toxic. Or as Elseo seems to be shuffling, launching into broadcasts among those who are willing to take the step now. With perhaps a somewhat lower rating, but sending a message and leading the way.

Six years ago,an expert group led by the Austrian Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerellpresented a report on the viability of a debt amortization fund and euro letters. At the request of the Eurochamber, Durao Barroso wanted to examine the “merits and risks, legal requirements and the financial consequences of initiatives for joint debt issuance”. The experts concluded that it could be done and that these mechanisms would serve to speed up the transmission of monetary policy or strengthen public debt markets. But they also warned of the inherent risks given the architecture of the Eurozone, and feared that they were perverse incentives of fiscal laxity among those who would benefit from a blow of cheaper financing.

Having Eurobonds, or Euro Letters, is not a panacea. There is no common fiscal policy, there is no common Treasury, but emissions would have to go hand in hand, or preceded, with less sovereign and greater fiscal discipline. In the aforementioned report, experts pointed out that countries like Spain would be forced to maintain a primary fiscal surplus of 2% for two decades to meet the conditions of a hypothetical joint debt fund.

From the Netherlands or Finland they believe that this is a chimera and that it will never happen.That countries like Spain only made reforms and fiscal adjustments at the time of the rescue and lifted their foot off the gas as soon as the pressure was off.. That they maintain the pensions of their retirees when they have had to cut them. And that we do not take advantage of fat cows to generate the necessary mattress for skinny ones, like them. And there is an undeniable part of truth. That is why they offer solidarity through existing mechanisms, such as a bailout involving macroeconomic adjustment. For our own good’.

There are experts who are theoretically in favor of joint issues (and who believe that the package approved to date was necessary but not sufficient), but they doubt the suitability of Eurobonds and Euroletras or ‘timing’. It is true that when the pandemic ends there will be members with double digit deficits and 20 or 30 more points of debt that they will hardly be able to digest within a decade or two.And hence the need for solidarity and joint efforts and investment. But analysts also warn of the dangers of straining institutions in times of emergency. Diego Valiante, professor at the Bologna Unit, warns that mistakes have already been made in the past, such as making a monetary union without a fiscal union. And that forcing now bonds without a single Treasury or greater fiscal convergence may be a more dangerous remedy than the disease.

To contextualize the debate, it would be positive if the most involved actors said exactly what they wanted, how they designed it and what conditions and consequences they would have. They ask for solidarity, mutualization, but the North is not very clear what they offer in return. Years of systematic rule-breaking, failure to take advantage of growth to clean up accounts, and unfulfilled promises are not the best cover letter.

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Formula 1: ghost race because of Corona? Bosses review secret plan for 2020

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This secret plan is supposed to save the Formula 1 season

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Felipe Massa with embassy for Italy

Italy is the most severely affected by the corona virus in Europe. Felipe Massa, who was active in Formula 1 for Ferrari for a long time, sends a message to the Italians.

It is questionable whether Formula 1 races will still take place this year. Those in charge of the premier motorsport class try to save the season by all means. Special measures are also checked.

EValtteri Bottas was supposed to be driving a car in Asia these days. First on the newly designed street circuit in Hanoi, then in the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai. Instead, the Formula 1 runner-up trudges through Finland in snowshoes.

The Finn showed Instagram Photos from a tour of the 1029 meter high mountain Saana in his home country and sent a greeting message to his followers. “I am very well, I stay away from people. I’m very healthy and I was able to train a lot, ”said the 30-year-old Mercedes driver:“ It’s like a long training camp that has continued since the winter break. ”

If it is up to those responsible for the premier class, this break should be over as soon as possible. Formula 1 therefore wants to save its season with a few ghost races without spectators.

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Empty grandstands could be the salvation for the Formula 1 season

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World championship races behind closed doors would now be “seriously examined” by the top of the racing series, the BBC reported after a conference call with team leaders, rights holders and world association leader Jean Todt.

Silverstone as a possible starting point

Formula 1 hopes that the situation in the corona pandemic in Europe will improve enough to hold ghost races in July or August. A possible starting point could be the track in the British Silverstone, near which seven of the ten racing teams are located.

Because of the Corona crisis, Formula 1 racing will initially be suspended until at least June. Mercedes Motorsport Director Toto Wolff had recently told the newspaper “Österreich” at the start of a season: “I hope in autumn.”


After several racing teams, Formula 1 leadership is said to have taken saving measures. Managing director Chase Carey, sports director Ross Brawn and 15 other executives waive 20 percent of their salary for two months, according to a Daily Mail report.

In addition, half of the 500 employees of the Formula 1 operating company were sent on compulsory leave. This led to resentment among the employees, it was said.

Costs are expected to decrease further

Concern over possible team failures has also sped up a new discussion about further reducing the spending limit already decided. Instead of the planned annual budget of $ 175 million (161 million euros), the budget limit is now set to be a maximum of 150 million dollars (138 million euros) from next year.

A further cut to $ 125 million (€ 115 million) was initially rejected by the industry giants Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, various specialist media reported.

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The main point of contention is the cost of research and development. The three top teams supply most of the other racing teams with components or engine units and first have to invest millions in development. This had to be taken into account when setting a budget limit. Further talks should bring a solution in the coming days, it said.

Williams sends employees on forced leave

The Williams team has sent a number of its employees on compulsory vacation until the end of May due to the economic consequences of corona. The British racing team announced at the beginning of the week that this was part of far-reaching cost-cutting measures.

The team’s top management and Williams racing drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi waive 20 percent of their salary.

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The decision was not an easy one for the team, it said. “But it is our goal to protect the jobs of our Grove employees and to ensure that they can return to their full-time jobs when the situation permits,” said Williams.

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Finland isolates Helsinki and closes entertainment venues

The Finnish government announced that it will ban the entry and exit of the Uusimaa region, in which Helsinki is located, for at least three weeks and ordered the closure of all leisure venues to limit the dissemination of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Uusimaa isolation It will be in force until April 19 in principle and will affect around 1.7 million people – 30% of the Finnish population – who will not be able to leave the region except for exceptional reasons. Nor will citizens from other areas of the country be allowed to enter the region unless they work or are residents of Uusimaa.

State of emergency

The measure is part of the efforts of the coalition executive led by Prime Minister Sanna Marin to curb the expansion of the coronavirus after the decree state of emergency on March 16, although it must still be approved by the Eduskunta (Finnish Parliament).

“We are going to isolate Uusimaa because the only way to reduce the spread of the virus is to limit freedom of movement, “Marin explained at a press conference. The region in which Helsinki is located registers practically two thirds of the 880 confirmed infections and three deaths due to coronavirus that have occurred to date in Finland.

Among those infected are former Finnish President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari, 82, and his wife. The tightening of measures to fight against COVID-19 It will also mean the closure of bars, cafes, restaurants, clubs and other entertainment venues, although not the shops.


First coronavirus deaths in Finland and Singapore

Two countries that had the counter zero in coronavirus deaths have today recorded their first deaths. They are two nations at completely different latitudes with a strong healthcare system.

The National Institute of Health and Welfare (THL) has confirmed today su first death by Covid-19 in the country.

According to “Daily Finland”, the deceased is an old man, resident in Helsinki, in the south of the country. Due to the confidentiality of the victim, THL has not released any more information about him.

The National Institute of Health mourned the death and noted that the first death in the country has not been a surprise.

“The first death in Finland from coronavirus is very unfortunate, but not surprising”, could be read in the THL statement, Reuters reports.

The total number of infected persons increased to 521, that is to say 71 more cases than the previous day.

Higher numbers of infected

However, as the “Daily Finland” highlights, experts fear that the total number of people infected with coronavirus be much older in Finland, than the figures given by THL.

Already suspects are not tested, so the infected could be many more. Already Testing is only performed on risk groups such as healthcare workers and seriously ill people.

Local media report as YLE that for the first time since the wars, the government approved and implemented the Emergency Law this week. Due to the global pandemic that has put the world in check, Finland closed its borders, schools and restricted the sale of medicines.

Precisely the Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, went to the YLE network this morning to report future restriction measures in the fight against the spread of Covid-19, although at the moment it does not see them necessary.

First deaths in Singapore

Another country that today has regretted their first coronavirus victims, is the city-state of Singapore.

Singapore was one of the world examples of how to deal with this disease. They were the first Southeast Asian country to detect the first cases of coronavirus in early January and imposed the first measures to contain it.

Both patients, a citizen 75-year-old Singaporean and 64-year-old Indonesian man, died this morning in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), where they had been admitted on February 23 and March 13, respectively, according to a statement from the Ministry.

The city-state of 5.6 million inhabitants has registered 432 cases of Covid-19 of which almost half are imported, including a resident 22-year-old Spaniard who had returned from a trip to Spain on March 13.

According to a study from Harvard University, the Prosperous Singapore’s ability to detect cases of Covid-19 is up to three times greater than that of countries in the rest of the world, thanks to its sophisticated epidemiological surveillance system.

The country was one of the first to deploy controls to detect the new coronavirus and to close borders to travelers from China, except nationals or foreigners with residence.


NHL pushes back the chronology on the potential recovery of the season – NBC Los Angeles

Don’t count on hockey being played early.

NHL has significantly scaled back its timeline to when it can potentially resume playing for several weeks, if not a month or more, following the new coronavirus pandemic.

The league and the NHL Players’ Association told players on Monday that they can return home – even outside of North America – and must self-isolate until March 27 while the season is pending. But the NHL also warned that it will not be able to give indications of the potential reopening of team practices for another 45 days, which could push any potential return to play in May.

The new directives follow the CDC’s recommendation for gatherings of 50 or more people in the United States for the next eight weeks. NHL said that “depending on world developments”, consideration will be given to reopening facilities after the end of the self-quarantine period in late March, but practices for the 31 teams would not occur at the end of April – soon.

“I think in light of the CDC’s recommendations, it’s hard to predict that we’re looking at many events here in March or even April, in my opinion,” said NHL player agent Jay Grossman.

This is a big move from Friday, when the league gave players the opportunity to return to the team’s facilities and train and skate in small groups.

The latest decision leaves open questions about whether NHL can complete its regular season, which was suspended Thursday with 189 games left, and whether it might be necessary to change its playoff format to prevent the postseason from going into the summer months. .

Last week, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he remained optimistic about the resumption of the game and the concession of the Stanley Cup, which has been delivered every year since 1893 except for 1919 due to the Spanish flu epidemic and the 2005 when a blockade canceled the whole season.

Although NHL followed the NHB’s lead in suspending its season, Bettman declined to set a time frame on how long the “break” would last. Last week NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said his league break will likely last at least a month.

“The pause will be until it is appropriate, prudent and safe to start the backup,” said Bettman. “Nobody knows how long the break can be. Nobody, not even the medical community, can predict it with certainty.”

Bettman, the executive director of NHL and NHLPA, Don Fehr, each stated that they were not aware of positive results for the coronavirus.

Arizona defender Coyotes Aaron Ness became the first publicly known NHL player to be tested for COVID-19 on Monday. Ness’s agent, Neil Sheehy, said the results turned negative after his client followed NHL guidelines to look for tests for flu-like symptoms.

The NBA released a statement on Wednesday saying it would suspend the season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player has tested positive for coronavirus.

“He never thought he would have it initially, to be honest,” said Sheehy. “What happened was that the championship was saying if you have a sore throat, if you have a runny nose, if you have a cough, call the coach and don’t come on the track, and so he did.”

The new NHL directive to allow players to return home has led players and coaches to make plans to travel.

In Buffalo, New York, Sabers striker Marcus Johansson initially hoped to return home to Sweden on a flight from nearby Toronto. These plans changed when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the country was closing its borders except for Canadians and Americans, also imposing a 14-day self-quarantine on those entering the country.

Johansson was attempting to book a return flight to New York City.

The organization said Thursday that it is canceling tournaments due to the “evolution of the COVID-19 threat to public health”.

In an email to The AP, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said there was little that the league could do with travel restrictions.

“It’s a consequence of where we are. Nobody is to blame,” Daly wrote.

The U.S. government has imposed a travel ban on non-citizens from Europe that runs until mid-April. There are currently 233 European players on the NHL lists, including scorer Leon Draisaitl from Germany, and there are under contract for minors. How many could go home is unknown.

“I’ve talked to some players who are doing their best to climb obviously to return to the safest and most comfortable environment they can reach at this point,” said Grossman.

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Meanwhile, the American Hockey League has followed NHL in a decision taken on Monday by its executive committee. The 31-team league has announced that the indefinite suspension of its regular season will not be lifted before May and also recommended that its teams work to return the players to their main homes.

Abroad, the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League paused for a week during its playoffs to determine a new format and schedule for the six remaining teams. The decision came after the Finnish Jokerit and Barys Nur-Sultan, based in Kazakhstan, withdrew from the playoffs amid the pandemic.