Hannover – The numbers are rising, easing is a long way off!
The number of people infected with corona continues to rise in Lower Saxony. At the beginning of June, the number of new infections had slipped below 90 cases a day, in some cases even to just 2 positive tests per day.
This value has been exceeded again since the beginning of August. In the Hanover region alone there have been more than 100 infected people per day since then! On Tuesday there were currently 1,033 infected people across Lower Saxony. It is noticeable that the largest group is now 20 to 49 year olds, mainly men.
Overall, the number of corona infections has risen to 15,413 cases nationwide. 656 people died as a result.
So now the tough step of the state government: Further easing of the corona measures could only be looked at again when the consequences of starting school and the return of many travelers are foreseeable, said Health Minister Carola Reimann (SPD).
In plain language: The seventh stage of corona easing planned for September 1st has tipped. A decision on the Corona rules should be made again at the earliest on September 15.
What this means for the further steps up to phase 10 in the step-by-step plan is open. “We are cautious and we remain cautious,” says MP Stephan Weil (SPD).
However, the school is scheduled to start again on August 27th, in whole classes. For the time being, it is not necessary to wear a mask in the classroom. Economics Minister Bernd Althusmann (CDU) considers this to be conceivable under certain circumstances: “If the incidence of infections increases noticeably in individual regions of the country after the summer holidays, a time-limited measure is by no means excluded.”
Mallorca has been the strongest tourist destination at Münster / Osnabrück Airport in recent years. The travel warning for the Balearic Islands will have consequences for the number of passengers at the FMO. An airport spokesman expects many cancellations and a setback for Greven Airport. dpa / Clara Margais
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SInstead of going to the Mediterranean in the summer, many are vacationing in their own garden this year – with unexpected consequences for the water supplier. The fillings for “giant pools” and large swimming pools that need a lot of water at once are new to this extent, says Martin Weyand, Managing Director of Water at the German Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW). “This is a special situation this summer and a challenge for the system”.
The list of communities that are calling on their citizens to let their geraniums dry up and not refill the pool is getting longer every day. Does the exceptional situation in the pandemic summer overwhelm the German water supply? In some regions …
Durch property in a fire in an Asylum in lower Saxony, died in the night on this Friday man. The fire broke out in the basement of the house in Fred Beck, in the district of Stade, told the volunteer fire brigade of the municipality of Fred Beck. The forces were alerted around 1:30.
In the building, you’ve found a Person who had to be revived, but later died. Further casualties among the residents didn’t give it.
According to the newspaper “Stader Tageblatt” is the dead a young man who had been found dead in an apartment in the basement. In the former Hotel, especially refugees from the Sudan had been housed. It got burned repeatedly, and already two Dead after violent clashes given.
According to fire brigade 80 volunteer forces of up to about 5 o’clock in the delete did work. In addition to the fire 35 other emergency workers and others from the rescue service and the police had been in use. The cause of the fire, the police are now investigating.
Second fire in a few days
Already in the night of last Tuesday, there had been a fire in an asylum accommodation in Fred Beck’s neighbouring town of Deinste. No one had come to harm, the container building was uninhabitable.
According to the police the fire had broken out in Deinste in a living room, and had then spread out. The inhabitants of the first affected Containers had not been for the fire on the spot.
“Which virologist do you trust the most?”asked the tabloid Bild to its readers, on April 3. The 60,000 participants in the survey did not hesitate: Christian Drosten is the undisputed champion, the favorite of the public. At 48, the director of the virology department of the Berlin University Hospital of Charity already has an impressive career behind him, just crowned with an award from the German Research Foundation. Drosten was recognized for his “exceptional achievements for science and society in the face of a dramatic evolution of the pandemic ”.
He is one of the most listened to scientists in Germany. By the government, but also the general public. He intervenes several times a week in a very popular radio program, covering all types of subjects : Does the virus spread through the air? Are children as contagious as they say? Begun on February 26, the show is at its 34e episode, and always
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AJust wander through nature – this longing is ancient. In the Romantic period and later, Ludwig Tieck, Joseph von Eichendorff and Heinrich Heine were already enthusiastic about the unique “forest solitude”. Today, between (pausing) overtourism, Instagram lemmings and the all-encompassing corona pandemic, the desire for a wild green idyll far away from the crowds is more topical than ever.
At the moment you should limit yourself to forest walks in the living area. For the time after the restrictions, tours in these five national parks and nature regions are available, which we have put together for you. There is a good chance that strollers will hardly meet anyone else.
Lower Saxony: In the jungle of the southern heath
Lüneburg Heath, you think of purple areas as far as the eye can see. The natural wonder attracts coaches every year from August during the heather season – and steals the show from the less famous beauties of the region.
Fortunately, because hardly anyone knows of one of the most extensive forest areas in Germany: the Lüßwald. In the Südheide nature park, this mixed forest extends over 7,500 hectares east of the municipality of Unterlüß.
Ancient forest structures survived forever – royal ban forest was already here in the 13th century. An area of over 30 hectares has been particularly strictly protected as a natural forest reserve since 1973. Over a hundred years old oaks, beeches and spruces are left to their own devices.
To protect nature, you can experience this wilderness on a nearly 15-kilometer circular trail “The primeval forest in Lüß”, which leads along but not into it. Away from the large heath areas, you often meet almost no human soul even in high season.
The shy black stork that breeds here also likes this. Even wolf, lynx and wildcat roam here – the proof of all three rarities is, according to a report by the federal government for the environment and nature conservation, “probably unique in Germany so far”.
Another treasure of the southern heath is also worth seeing: the green world of the Heidebachs Lutter and its spring areas. This nature reserve looks almost like a small German Amazon, also because of the biodiversity: 160 rare animals and plants live here, including the last intact river pearl mussel stocks in Central Europe.
A bumpy bike path opens up the lonely wilderness, where with luck you can see kingfish flashing blue while fishing – and then occasionally heather flowers.
Brandenburg: Wild Elbe valley meadows of the Prignitz
Cycling on the dike, hiking through the dunes – you don’t have to drive to the sea to do this. In the Prignitz, one of the most sparsely populated regions in Germany, you can do that and sing Schumann as loudly and incorrectly as you want without anyone hearing it (except for a few sea eagles and beavers).
Exactly halfway between Hamburg and Berlin, where the German-German border used to be, nature remained pristine and untouched – the “Green Belt”. The Unesco River Basin Biosphere Reserve has been protecting a diverse wilderness since 1997.
Naturally curved shores, lovely riparian forests, bogs, heath, meadows, backwaters and woody hinterland form a wonderful mosaic. In the Elbtalaue river landscape biosphere reserve, there are many hundred-year-old oak trees at half-timbered courtyards behind the Elbe dyke.
Old flood meadows have been reopened on the Elbe valley in Lenzen. Now you can see gray and white wild horses grazing, these Liebenthaler wildlings live in herds and are settled for landscape maintenance.
Half an hour’s bike ride along the Elbe, just in Mecklenburg, opposites meet – the Elbe valley dunes near Klein Schmölen with their dry sands, from which almost buried pines peek, and the wet meadows of the old course of the Löcknitz.
On the hiking trail around Europe’s largest inland dune, boards provide information about their strange inhabitants such as the ant lion, the grasshopper, the wasteland snail, but also magnificent butterflies such as the swallowtail and the mother of pearl. In the lush green of the Löcknitz, otters and lapwings also feel at home.
Tree giants, over 600 years old, tower up. Young trees sprout on clearing areas of long-gone GDR times. In May, wild garlic rolls out its white carpet of flowers on the forest floor and exudes a garlic aroma, in October the gold sea of beech leaves glows, patterned with the autumn colors of 30 other deciduous tree species. The rare European wildcat leads its secret life almost invisibly in the undergrowth.
The Hainich, a mountain range in Thuringia, is a magical world. With a good 13,000 hectares, it is the largest contiguous deciduous forest in Germany. Nature could develop undisturbed on old military training areas, before the turnaround restricted area.
Today, 7,500 hectares are designated as a national park, which comprises the largest useless deciduous forest area in our country. Here you can walk for hours without meeting other people. Because although the landscape is part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage of beech forests and old beech forests, it is still an insider tip – and a record holder in its scope.
Comparatively well-known excursion destinations are the treetop path, the national park center and the wildcat project in Hütscheroda, where you can see the shy animals in a show enclosure (if you feel like it).
During the corona closure of these attractions, the hiking trails also became silent here. You can learn a lot about these forest dwellers from the wildcat path, a seven-kilometer circular hiking trail, not only on information boards, but with luck you can also see lynxes – the path leads past their enclosure.
Five of the most beautiful tree top paths in Germany
It gets really lonely on the longer tours deep in the forest, for example on the Saugrabenweg. The ten-kilometer round shows how nature regains its empire. Rose and sloe bushes overgrow former shooting ranges, young ash forest merges into seasoned mixed forest, old trees and dead wood provide living space for beetles and birds.
You hike through the wildcat territory (stay on the paths!), Past orchards and the Graurode desert, a settlement that was abandoned in the 14th century. Nature has recaptured them.
Bavaria: As a cross-border commuter in the Franconian Forest
“Outside. With us”. The slogan hits it, in the Franconian Forest you are really far from the shot. It stretches over 120,000 hectares from the Main to the Green Belt of the former German-German border, where nature was able to develop for a long time.
Almost the entire area (100,000 hectares) is protected as the Franconian Forest Nature Park. The motto is away from mass tourism; on the 32 new day and half-day hikes “FrankenwaldSteigla” you can find your way alone.
For example on the Grenzer-Weg: Where the death strip used to separate Thuringia and Upper Franconia, you can now stroll through various landscape forms along the Muschwitz and Krötensee nature reserves to the Rennsteig below the Kulm, where a mixed deciduous forest has been preserved.
The Fischbachweg on natural paths through spruce forests with a view of Lauenstein Castle is also beautiful – the medieval hilltop castle, surrounded by eerie legends, is a fairytale sight.
You can also see them from the Wetzsteinmacher-Weg, which also follows the old inner-German border, from the Geierhorstweg you get to the Ratzeberg with its views of the Thuringian Slate Mountains – and over undulating greenery.
Those who prefer to explore the Franconian Forest on a mountain bike will find nine signposted tours – or put together their own route with a tour planner on the website. Trekking sites are new, where – what is otherwise generally forbidden in the forest – you can pitch your tent in the wild to be woken up by birdsong in the morning.
Being in the best company, namely your own, can also be done in the Black Forest. Although it is one of the most popular holiday regions in the country, there are almost 24,000 kilometers of signposted hiking trails in Germany’s largest low mountain range. And even if almost everyone knows the tourist locations on Titisee and Schluchsee, you will often find yourself almost alone in nature just a few steps away.
This can even happen during a hike in the spectacular Ravenna Gorge. Because the Black Forest herds of tourists come in the coach and get stuck on the cuckoo clocks that are on sale at hotspots such as the Hofgut Sternen in bulk (the stations of the travel groups from Asia and around the world are currently and for a while still the quietest places ).
If you are looking for forest solitude in the Black Forest beyond the known destinations, you can dive into the wild Schwarzatal. Here, on the rugged heaps of the Schwarza, the jungle of tomorrow grows: lumberjacks have been banned since 1970, fallen trees remain.
With 428 hectares, the Black Forest is the largest spell forest in the Black Forest today. The Rappenfelsensteig leads through narrow paths, past chamois heaps, trees of all ages and rushing torrents. In places steep and adventurous is a Kraxel hike on the Zweribach to the hidden waterfalls.
In the Northern Black Forest you can even trudge across country in the Alb Valley on Germany’s first cross-country trail. From May, the trekking spots could be opened again, where you can camp in the wilderness. They are only accessible on foot, there is at least a compost toilet and a fireplace, nothing else – except for a lot of nature.
Dhe European Commission, the powerful administration of the EU, has sent practically all employees home in the corona isolation. This also applies to their highest representatives. EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski is currently working from his home country Poland.
At the moment, however, he comes to the EU representation in Warsaw every day – because he needs the right technology for the regular video discussions with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the Commissioner colleagues and the national capitals. However, he picked up the telephone receiver for the conversation with WELT.
WORLD: During these weeks, consumers regularly face empty supermarket shelves. So far, replenishment has only been lacking for individual products such as yeast, pasta or canned tomatoes. But can consumers rely on food supplies to work even in the corona crisis?
Janusz Wojciechowski: The supply of food is secure. We produce enough food in Europe and farmers continue to work even in times of crisis. Nobody has to fear bottlenecks. At the moment we only have problems in individual areas such as flour production, but they too will subside.
WORLD: Why do consumers sometimes face empty shelves?
Wojciechowski: The problems lie in transportation and distribution. We sometimes have too few truck drivers, and over the past few weeks too tight border controls have caused bottlenecks. However, the EU Commission has reacted to this and made recommendations to the member countries to improve the situation at the borders. There are now special lanes for food and animal transport, and this has greatly accelerated clearance at the borders.
Consequences of the corona pandemic
WORLD: Another problem is that EU countries have closed the border for harvest workers and other agricultural workers. Germany, for example, only allows a limited number of seasonal workers to enter the country. What does this mean for care in the coming months?
Wojciechowski: The Commission recommended early on that people with critical care jobs should continue to travel freely. In addition to medical personnel and many other professions, this also includes harvest workers and other employees in agriculture. Nevertheless, too few seasonal workers cross the borders.
Fruit and vegetable growers in particular and some meat producers clearly feel that seasonal workers are missing. Corona is a wake-up call for the farmers. The strong specialization of many companies becomes a problem in the corona crisis. Our lesson for the future must be that politics encourages farmers to specialize less. Companies that produce different products can theoretically master the current situation better.
WORLD: With decommissioned businesses, workers working at home and closed borders, consumers are now facing rising prices.
Wojciechowski: In the crisis, food becomes more expensive; this applies not only to Germany, but also to many other EU countries. But farmers cannot help rising prices, they earn even less. In March, prices for agricultural products in Europe fell by 4.3 percent. The farmers got twelve percent less for vegetables, 19 percent for sugar, three percent for milk and one percent for meat.
Responsible for consumer price increases are the problems with transportation and distribution, the lack of manpower in these areas and the many restrictions due to Corona. But that’s only part of the truth. Traders could use Corona to raise prices. Large chains in particular have the ability to monitor demand and supply very closely and to raise prices accordingly.
We currently have no evidence of such anti-competitive practices, but Member States should monitor this very closely. And I emphasize again: farmers are not responsible for rising prices. Farmers are also victims of the crisis.
WORLD: What does the crisis mean for farmers?
Wojciechowski: Farmers were the first to feel the financial consequences of the crisis. The problem is the breakdown of exports. The EU is the world’s largest exporter of food, and many areas of agriculture depend on doing business with the rest of the world. This business is very limited now.
WORLD: How can the EU help the businesses concerned?
Wojciechowski: We have to become more independent from the rest of the world. That is what we have to do now, but especially after the crisis. It must be our priority to ensure that agricultural products are consumed where they are made. To do this, we need to improve cooperation between farmers, processing plants and traders.
WORLD: Do you mean the EU as a whole or do you speak of individual regions?
Wojciechowski: I am concerned with the local and regional level. We have to reduce the distance between farmers and consumers. We transport three billion tons of food through Europe every year. Can you imagine that? Every piece of fruit or vegetable, every cup of yogurt and every sausage that we eat has traveled an average of 100 kilometers. We can’t go on like this.
Less transport not only means fewer emissions, but also lower prices, because farmers and consumers pay for the transport. That is why we have to examine all rules and laws at European and national level to see how they hinder the development of local markets.
Agriculture and corona
WORLD: Would that also mean that there will be fewer animal transports in the future?
Wojciechowski: Naturally. Animal transport is inhumane and we have to reduce it. Developing strong local markets can help.
WORLD: Apart from such long-term changes, what can the EU do in the short term?
Wojciechowski: We do a lot to help farmers. The EU Commission has allowed the member states to support agricultural businesses in the crisis with up to 100,000 euros, normally only aid of up to 20,000 euros is possible. The EU Commission continues to advocate competition in Europe, but this is a special emergency. Farmers can also spend more time applying for EU funds.
We also have 100 billion euros in the rural development fund that have not yet been used. We are open to the member countries changing their applications for these funds so that they can use the money for farmers affected by the crisis.
WORLD: The upcoming EU long-term budget is to be used to cushion the economic consequences of the corona epidemic. This would imply that less money will be available to farmers in the next seven years than planned.
Wojciechowski: I hope that the current crisis will ensure that the Member States agree more quickly on the medium-term financial framework. We don’t have time for long discussions now. In view of the Corona crisis, the EU Commission may change its budget proposal.
The new proposal should provide more money for agriculture than the current proposal. Agriculture needs a lot of money, not only to overcome the crisis, but also to reduce CO2nd– reduce emissions. One thing has become clear in this crisis: the EU must secure food supplies. Not only now, but also for future generations. And that has to be worth something to the Europeans.
A 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Celle, Lower Saxony. The attack came from nowhere, the perpetrator was caught.
Apparently suddenly and without reason in Lower Saxony Celle a 15-year-old was stabbed to death by a 29-year-old on the open road. The teenager and bicycle were in the city center on Tuesday evening when he was attacked by the perpetrator, the police and prosecutors in Celle and Luneburg on Wednesday with. The victim comes from the Iraq. The suspect is therefore a German citizen.
According to the investigators, the alleged perpetrator had been in a doorway before the attack, according to witnesses. He then “suddenly and suddenly and presumably also for no reason” stabbed the 15-year-old living in Celle with a “stitching tool”, it was said. The youngster was seriously injured and went to a hospital, where he died a short time later.
Eyewitnesses detained the 29-year-old and handed him over to the arriving police officers. The suspect appeared “confused” when he was arrested, police and prosecutors reported. His motivational situation is unclear, so far there are no concrete indications. The man had not said anything yet.