Opel’s development is clearly pointing upwards again

Dhe automaker Opel continues to ramp up production at its Eisenach plant in Thuringia. From autumn, production will be in two-shift operation again, said Opel boss Michael Lohscheller to the newspapers of the “Funke Mediengruppe”. According to the information, production was temporarily stopped in March due to Corona and resumed in one-shift operation in June. Now the incoming orders are picking up again. “The Grandland X and its hybrid variant are extremely well received,” said Lohscheller. After difficulties in March and April, the development is clearly increasing.

Lohscheller was also open to IG Metall’s push for a four-day week: “In principle, we are open to all ideas. The four-day week can help to secure jobs. ”However, Opel is currently using the instrument of short-time working. “We are currently experiencing a comprehensive structural change in the industry. You first have to discuss in detail which instruments are most useful. “

The manager sees the manufacturer well equipped for the upcoming merger of the French Opel parent company PSA with Fiat Chrysler: “We are in a good position as a profitable company, not with 20 years of losses as we did under our old owner.” Stand up even more for your own interests and fight for them. The merger is a great opportunity for Opel in terms of global sales: “Opel will be the German brand in the new group.”


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Start of the compulsory tests: “If you need a test, you should also pay for it”

In the CDU, there is criticism of the free compulsory tests for travelers returning to Germany from Corona risk areas. “The effort for self-chosen risks cannot be constantly passed on to society,” said Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff to “Spiegel”. The regulation is temporarily correct “to ensure immediate use by travelers.” For a permanent solution, however, alternatives must be considered, “for example whether the costs for the tests are allocated to the corresponding flight tickets”.

Anyone who comes to Germany from risk areas has to be tested for the corona virus when entering the country this Saturday. The test is for those affected free of charge up to three days after arrival. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) had recently defended the free rein.

The designated Hamburg CDU regional chief Christoph Ploß was even clearer than Haseloff. “It is not acceptable that the costs for the tests are imposed on all Germans equally,” said Ploß the news magazine. He also welcomed the obligation to test, but demanded: “Anyone who needs a test should also pay for it.”

There was also criticism of the CDU Economic Council’s demand to ban travel to risk areas in principle. “I consider blanket travel bans to be too great an encroachment on citizens’ personal rights. We achieve the same goal through a strict test obligation and consistent quarantine rules, ”said the chairman of the CDU / CSU SME and Economic Union (MIT), Carsten Linnemann, the“ Spiegel ”. For acceptance in the population, it is “still very important that we weigh up well between protection against infection on the one hand and individual freedom on the other,” said the Union parliamentary deputy.


Spahn also wants to secure treatment for non-corona patients

A note with the inscription: “Corona ambulance” hangs on the signpost to Klinikum Dahme-Spreewald GmbH Königs Wusterhausen.
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Patients with stroke and heart attacks seem to hesitate more and more to call the emergency doctor: the Federal Minister of Health is concerned. He wants three quarters of an hour to go back to normal in hospitals.

BMinister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to introduce a new care concept for clinics to secure treatment capacities for all patients in the corona crisis. “My goal is to work with the federal states to give the clinics a new framework for care: In the next step, 75 percent of the clinic’s operations should again be available for non-corona treatments and 25 percent should continue to be available and free for corona patients be, ”he told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Saturday).

Spahn responded to indications that the number of patients being treated for a stroke or heart attack in the emergency rooms is falling. “That worries me a lot,” said the minister. It is a sign that, despite the serious illness, patients cannot be treated for fear of infection, despite a serious illness. The same applies to chronically ill people who are not currently going to their specialist or patients who no longer have preventive medical examinations.

In recent weeks, hospitals in Germany have canceled many of the planned interventions and examinations to prepare for the corona crisis. That is right and necessary, says Spahn. In the meantime, the separation of corona patients and patients with other diseases is very well organized in most hospitals. There is a new everyday clinical experience. “If we keep the infection process under control like this, we can gradually come back to normal care in the clinics,” announced the CDU politician.


The number of corona virus tests in Germany is falling again

Well attended: a shopping street in Cologne at the beginning of the week.
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In Germany, the number of people infected with Covid 19 rises to almost 150,000. In the meantime, the number of tests performed weekly is falling. Acceptance for strict measures to contain the virus is also declining.

I.In Germany the number of Sars-Cov-2 tests carried out per week according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Since the start of strict coronavirus containment measures, more than 345,000 tests have been performed each week since March 16. In the 14th calendar week (March 30th to April 5th), the number of tests even exceeded 400,000 tests. Then the weekly test total dropped again. In the week after Easter (April 13 to 19), the number of tests was just over 320,000. In total, according to the RKI, more than two million Sars Cov-2 tests have been carried out since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. However, this does not correspond to the number of citizens tested, as some people have been tested several times.

Meanwhile, according to RKI data, the number of people who have been proven to be infected with the coronavirus rose by 2352 to 148,046. The institute reports 215 new deaths. A total of 5094 people died Covid-19. Around 100,000 people have already recovered. According to the American Johns Hopkins Institute, the number of infected people is 150,648 and the number of deaths is 5315. (Read here, what are the differences in the count between RKI and Johns Hopkins University.)

Acceptance for measures declines

In terms of population (cases per 100,000 inhabitants), the majority of cases continue to exist in Bavaria (297), Baden-Württemberg (261), Hamburg (228) and Saarland (239). About six percent of all infected people are under the age of twenty, two thirds of all Covid 19 sufferers are between 15 and 59 years old.

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The group of over 80 year olds is particularly at risk. In their cohorts, the number of infected people per 100,000 inhabitants rises to around 300 (80-89 years), approximately 475 (90-99 years) and even around 600 (over 100 years), almost 90 percent of all deaths in Germany older than 70 Years. The death rate is currently 3.3 percent.

In addition, according to a survey, acceptance among the population in Germany for the corona restrictions is still high, but is increasingly waning. In the recent Infratest dimap survey, 74 percent supported contact restrictions, as the Funke Media Group newspapers report in their Thursday editions. The institute had recorded the highest level of approval for the measures in the last week of March at 87 percent. Since then, the value has been falling.

In the current survey by Infratest dimap on behalf of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), 18 percent called the restrictions on public life “exaggerated”, as the spark pages cite from the survey available to them. Before Easter, this share was 14 percent, shortly after the holidays then 17 percent.

According to the survey, 19 percent are still very concerned about their personal health. At the end of March it was 25 percent. 56 percent of the respondents would install a smartphone app to track the infection chains. This value has hardly changed. Around a thousand representative German citizens were interviewed for the survey.


Bundestag: Members want to suspend diet increases

I.In the Bundestag, a majority for the suspension of the upcoming diet increase is emerging due to the coronavirus pandemic. The SPD faction strives to waive an increase by July 1, said its chairman Rolf Mützenich of the Funke media group. “I am now confident that we will find a common solution here next week.”

The chairman of the left-wing group, Dietmar Bartsch, called the resignation a symbolic act and “a matter of course at this time”.

Union leader Ralph Brinkhaus also signaled approval. “More money for politicians, so higher diets on July 1 – that would not be a good sign,” he told the media group. “We politicians cannot continue as before, while many people are working short-time or losing their jobs.”

Linked to wage index

Members currently receive EUR 10,083.47 a month. The diets are adjusted once a year by July 1st. The basis is the development of the nominal wage index determined by the Federal Statistical Office. Last year, nominal wages in Germany grew by 2.6 percent. Therefore, the diets would now rise to 10,345.64 euros.


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CSU boss Markus Söder promotes tax breaks

Dusseldorf CSU boss Markus Söder is demanding large-scale tax cuts so that the economy can pick up speed again after the corona crisis. “If the first phase with emergency aid and guarantees has passed, we also need a vital economic stimulus program of a similar size”, Söder said the “Bild am Sonntag”.

In his opinion, the German export economy will suffer even longer, so domestic demand must be stimulated. “That means: no tax increases, but tax cuts. The solos must be abolished faster and for everyone, ”said the CSU boss. “In addition, we should lower total income tax so that as many employees as possible have more money in their pockets.”

Söder also believes that the automotive industry must be strengthened with its own program. “This time not with a scrappage, but with an innovation bonus,” he said.

The state should provide massive support for the purchase of environmentally friendly vehicles. “This is how we secure jobs, protect the climate and improve the competitiveness of our automotive industry. That can even catapult us forward to Corona. ”

Criticism of Söder’s proposals comes from SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans. “Adam Riese was born in Bavaria, and the Bavarian Prime Minister could learn from him that additional 156 billion euros in loans cannot be paid off by reducing government revenue,” says Walter-Borjans of the “Augsburger Allgemeine”. “Markus Söder should rather stand with us for more investments and better pay for the real heroes in the corona crisis.”

Corona crisis could cost more than a million jobs

For almost three weeks now, public life in Germany and in numerous other countries around the world has almost come to a standstill as a result of the corona pandemic. Schools, restaurants, bars and most shops are closed and meetings of two or more people are prohibited in public spaces.

In order to keep the risk of infection as low as possible, many companies have temporarily shut down their productions. The economy fears a massive recession as a result of the pandemic. The measures initially apply until April 20, but Bavaria’s Prime Minister warned in the Handelsblatt interview not to give citizens hope that the exit restrictions could be withdrawn prematurely. The top priority is to significantly reduce infections and thus save lives. “Everything else has to submit to it.”

According to calculations by the Munich Ifo Institute, the impact of the pandemic on Germany could cost more than half a trillion euros and more than a million jobs. Ifo President Clemens Fuest explained that the crisis would lead to massive upheavals. In the most extreme case, the institute expects an economic downturn of up to 20 percent. The Ifo boss therefore calls for the bans to be gradually removed as soon as possible, taking the risks into account.

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Söder warns, on the other hand, that what the exit restrictions and contact closures bring can only be said after Easter. It is not yet clear whether there will be any easing after April 20. “This date is not set in stone. This is about health, and it cannot be scheduled, ”said the CSU politician.

Special payments for caregivers

At the same time, Söder promises to give the nursing staff in Bavaria, who were particularly hard hit by the corona crisis, a special payment of 500 euros. “In addition, we have set up free food and drinks for employees in all hospitals, nursing homes and retirement homes,” said Söder.

A government spokesman said on Sunday that all nursing staff in Bavarian hospitals and old people’s and disabled people’s homes should receive the bonus as soon as possible. In total, the special payment should go to around 250,000 people and cost the Free State once around 126 million euros.

Greens faction leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt demands to use the funds from the health fund to pay thank-you bonuses to all German medical nursing staff in the corona crisis. “The federal government should now use all means and means to support direct financial bonuses to the staff, among other measures,” said Goering-Eckardt to the newspapers of the Funke media group.

In the crisis, nursing staff are doing “incredible things every day”. The Ministry of Health can now release funds from the health fund’s liquidity reserve and set up a nursing fund so that hospitals, emergency services and care facilities receive additional funds that they can quickly pay out to their employees as thank-you bonuses.

Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) had already announced that he would like to make bonus payments to employees in the corona crisis tax-exempt up to an amount of 1500 euros.

The nursing industry was open to a supplement in the crisis. “We are open to a one-time bonus of up to € 1,500,” said Friedhelm Fiedler, Vice President of the Nursing Employers’ Association, the “Bild” newspaper. “This big gesture would make perfect sense.” However, every company has to decide on such a payment itself, said Fiedler.

With agency material

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More than 1,700 crimes against migrants

DAccording to a media report last year, the authorities registered more than 1,700 crimes against migrants and asylum seekers’ accommodation. There were 1,620 attacks on migrants, the newspapers of the Funke media group reported, citing an answer from the federal government to a small request from the left-wing faction. 229 people were injured in the attacks. 128 further attacks were directed against accommodation – 118 of them were, according to the federal government, caused by right-wing extremists.

This means that the number of registered cases fell slightly again compared to the previous year. In 2018, the authorities recorded 1,775 attacks against migrants outside of accommodation, as well as 173 offenses that targeted accommodation. These statistics include insults and property damage as well as acts of violence.

According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, in 260 attacks on asylum seekers, the perpetrators used explosives, set fires or used other weapons that could have resulted in dangerous bodily harm, the report said. “The deadly danger from right-wing extremism and racism was shown again just a month ago in Hanau,” left-wing MP Ulla Jelpke told the Funke newspapers. “Unfortunately, it is part of the everyday life of many people in this country.” In Hanau, a German killed nine people with foreign roots in a racially motivated attack in February.