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Donald Trump wants to check whether people can inject disinfectants against Corona

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“We will only be well if Europe is well”

The EU heads of state and government held a video conference to discuss economic aid in the Corona crisis. Chancellor Merkel spoke on the results.

Emmanuel Macron thanks NRW. Chancellor Merkel will only discuss further easing of the corona measures in May. The Czech Republic removes exit restrictions after a court ruled them to be illegal. All developments in the live ticker.

US-President Donald Trump has encouraged researchers in the fight against the novel coronavirus to test whether people can inject disinfectants directly. Such a procedure would most likely be life-threatening. Trump told journalists Thursday night at the White House that it would be “interesting” to investigate. At a press conference immediately before, a government expert had stated that bleaching and disinfectants quickly killed the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen, for example on dry metallic surfaces such as a door handle.

“Is there a way we could do this – by spraying or almost cleaning … would be interesting to check that out,” Trump said. That would have to be left to the doctors, of course, he added. “But it sounds interesting to me,” said the president.

The government’s expert had also said that the lifespan of the pathogen is dramatically reduced when exposed to direct sunlight. Trump also used this to speculate about possible coronavirus therapy approaches. “Let’s say we treat the body with an enormous amount, either ultraviolet or simply strong light,” Trump said. Then he continued to speculate: “Assuming that you could bring light into your body, which you can do through the skin or in some other way,” he said, adding that the researchers also wanted to investigate this possibility. “It’s pretty formidable,” Trump said.

According to experts, soap, disinfectants and bleaches can reliably kill the virus when used externally – i.e. when washing hands or cleaning. So far, however, there are no proven drugs or techniques that can kill the pathogen in infected patients.

The French President Emmanuel Macron thanked North Rhine-Westphalia for the treatment of French Corona patients. In a letter to Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU), Macron praised the “unprecedented commitment with which North Rhine-Westphalia is helping France in a difficult situation that is putting us all to the test.”

The Czech government has surprisingly lifted the exit restrictions that have been in place for weeks. This will apply from Friday, said Health Minister Adam Vojtech late Thursday evening in Prague. Since March 16, citizens have only been allowed to go to work, to go shopping, to the doctor or to go for walks in green areas. This was intended to limit the spread of the novel corona virus.

The minority cabinet thus reacted to the current decision of a court in Prague, which had declared the previous measures illegal for formal reasons.

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Coronavirus: “Iceberg higher than expected” – Austria presents a dark figure study

C.hristoph Hofinger is a man that most Austrians usually only see on election evenings when he forecasts the results in the service of ORF. However, the corona crisis gave Hofinger’s research institute SORA an at least as explosive order: In collaboration with the Red Cross, a representative study was to find out how high the number of people infected with Covid 19 really is. This should enable the government to “see the whole iceberg” of the pandemic for the first time “and not just the tip”, as Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of the ÖVP put it.

It is an approach that has been discussed in Germany for weeks. If you don’t have enough capacity to test the whole population – why not take a sample and extrapolate the result to the whole population. Similar tests are still being planned in Germany.

The results of the so-called “Undisclosed figure study” in front. Christoph Hofinger published together with Austria’s Minister of Science Heinz Faßmann on Friday. The result of the survey among 1544 people: According to the study, the number of infected people is more than three times higher than officially registered. In detail: The proportion of those infected between the ages of 0 and 94 is 0.33 percent. That is around 28,500 people in relation to the Austrian population. At the time of testing, only 8,500 people were officially registered as infected.

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So Austria, unlike almost all other countries on earth, does it know how high its unreported figure is? Yes and no Because the range of fluctuation of the study is enormous: the percentage of infected people is somewhere between 0.12 and 0.76 percent, i.e. between 10,200 and 67,400 infected, with a 95 percent probability. The value of 0.33 percent, i.e. 28,500 infected, is the most likely value for the test date April 6.

The sample had already been criticized as too small prior to the study. The great uncertainty in the numbers suggests that it really is. However, the SORA managing directors defended their methodology as a “right compromise”. It would not only have taken longer to test more people, it would also have overloaded Austria’s test capacities. Science Minister Faßmann pointed out, among other things, that the sample of the well-regarded but regionally limited study in Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia was 1,000 people.

The geography professor, originally from Germany, praised the study as an important contribution to improving the database on which the Austrian government makes its decisions in the fight against the corona virus. “We are the first country in continental Europe to be able to present a prevalence study,” said the politician nominated by the ÖVP.

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So far, only Iceland has done a similar test. Upon request, the research ministers from Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Italy and Germany informed him that they were planning similar studies. Austria is a “role model and pioneer”. Germany also plans to start representative tests soon. However, the sample should then be significantly larger. There is talk of 100,000 people.

The Minister of Science summarized the conclusions that the Austrian government would draw from the study as follows: “The iceberg is higher than expected and we are not yet on the safe side.”

The number of those actually infected is significantly higher than that of those officially reported as such, but it is still well below one percent of the resident population. And from this low infection status in Austria, it can also be deduced that the country’s immunity status must also still be low – solely due to the relative novelty of the virus ’.

“The study shows us that our measures were the right ones, but we have to keep them for the next few weeks and months,” said Faßmann. “If the established form of social interaction takes place over Easter, it may well happen that due to the 28,000 infected people there will be an exponential growth again.” This could quickly lead to very large numbers again, since it is not yet significant Immunity rate would be slowed down. It must therefore be observed very closely how the gradual easing of the anti-corona measures, which start next week, will affect the infection numbers.

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The liberal opposition party Neos described the study as “a snapshot that says little about the infection”. The tests were important, her health spokesman wrote Gerald LoackerIn order to obtain meaningful data, the same group would have to be tested again and again at short intervals. And “really valid statements would only bring a real test strategy with a combination of PCR and antibody tests.”

Both the science minister and the study authors have always emphasized that the study participants – in contrast to the Heinsberger study – were only tested for their infection status, not for their immunity status. Fassmann said that he would “like to take antibody tests with him for further test waves that were still planned,” but the Medical University of Vienna had not yet been able to give him clear recommendations that were both safe enough and suitable in terms of methodology. The next test round will obviously continue to focus on PCR tests, i.e. throat swabs, restrict.

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At the end of his remarks, Christoph Hofinger, the “computer of the nation” again compared his work before Corona. “Unlike an election, we will never be evaluated exactly,” said the social researcher. “Nobody will ever be able to tell us how many people were actually infected at the beginning of April.” However, he promised to publish a study manual over the next few weeks that should enable a “critical and constructive” discussion. The Austrian study is part of a worldwide “struggle for reliable figures” to limit the bandwidth, said Hofinger. “We are happy that we can supply a mosaic stone for this worldwide mosaic.”

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Corona current: US federal supply of protective masks almost used up – DIE WELT

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Australia asks visa holders to leave without savings

Australia wants to send foreigners home with temporary visas due to the economic consequences of the Corona crisis and the expected unemployment. Only those of the over two million foreigners who could finance their own living in the next six months are likely to remain, managing immigration minister Alan Tudge said in a statement.

According to the information, there are currently a good two million foreigners with different types of visas in Australia, including students, skilled workers and tourists. “Temporary visa holders who, in these circumstances, will not be able to finance themselves for the next six months are urged to return home,” Tudge said. The more than 200,000 tourists would also have to leave for their home countries as quickly as possible, especially those without financial support from families.

Around 118,000 backpackers are currently on the fifth continent. According to the information, a third of them are Germans who have a working holiday visa type, which permits work within a limited scope, but does not include any protection against unemployment, for example. These tourists could extend their visas if they worked in certain areas such as healthcare, elderly care, childcare, agriculture, or the food industry, Tudge said. The permitted working hours are also relaxed.

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Coronavirus: Eurowings launches shuttle service for harvest workers

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Eurowings starts shuttle service for harvest workers

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27.03.2020, Lower Saxony, Burgwedel: A harvest helper stands in a field at the Spargelhof Heuer in Fuhrberg in the Hanover region. The entry restrictions due to the corona pandemic mean that tens of thousands of harvest workers are missing in Germany. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte / dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++ 27.03.2020, Lower Saxony, Burgwedel: A harvest helper stands in a field at the Spargelhof Heuer in Fuhrberg in the Hanover region. The entry restrictions due to the corona pandemic mean that tens of thousands of harvest workers are missing in Germany. Photo: Julian Stratenschulte / dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

A harvest helper stands on a field in Fuhrberg in the Hanover region: the asparagus must be harvested soon

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In order to keep crops and seeds running in Germany, farmers urgently need seasonal workers. 80,000 auxiliary workers are therefore to be flown in. The logistical effort is immense. Now a “taxi service” should remedy the situation.

Dhe was relieved at the Demmin asparagus and potato farm on the Mecklenburg Lake District when the federal government announced last Thursday that, despite general entry restrictions, limited contingents of seasonal workers may enter Germany. She now hopes that the “regular staff” can come to the harvest on time, said court boss Madeleine Buchholz. It starts on April 20th. But how should the help workers get into the small town between Rostock and Berlin?

It is not only in Demmin that desperate waiting for support from abroad. 95 percent of seasonal workers do not come from the Federal Republic, but mainly from Romania or Poland. Planting work is currently underway for salads, cabbages and many other types of vegetables. In addition, asparagus, rhubarb, salads, strawberries and cucumbers are harvested.

Klöckner and Seehofer agree on limited entry for harvest workers

A limited entry of harvest workers should also be possible in the Corona crisis. The Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner explains the exact conditions and how health protection is still guaranteed.

Throughout Germany, the compromise was welcomed by Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) and Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner (CDU), even if the requirements are strict: 80,000 foreign seasonal workers are to be flown to Germany – 40,000 each in April and May. 20,000 additional seasonal workers who were already in the country before the entry stop on March 25 can stay longer after changes in employment law have already been decided. However, according to the farmers’ association, there is great uncertainty among farmers as to how the farms should get to their helpers.

Farmers can specify seats and departure airports

The airline Eurowings has now announced that it will bring tens of thousands of harvest workers to Germany together with German farmers’ associations. The Lufthansa subsidiary already has a “Harvesters website“Set up to bring seasonal workers to their job sites. The Düsseldorf-based company said on Sunday that the first special flights, for example from Düsseldorf to Bucharest in Romania and back, are due to start this week. The airline, like much of the aerospace industry, had previously reduced its commercial flight schedule to a minimum.

Farmers can use the network to specify their specific seating requirements and the desired departure and arrival airport for their harvest workers. Together with the German Farmers’ Association and in compliance with all regulations, Eurowings and Lufthansa want to provide the corresponding special flights. The currently planned departure airports are the Romanian cities of Iasi, Timişoara, Sibiu, Cluj and Bucharest. Berlin, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Leipzig and Nuremberg are planned as destination airports in Germany.

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The action was preceded by the permission of Romanian Interior Minister Marcel Vela, who announced on Saturday that seasonal workers would be able to travel abroad by plane despite the Corona crisis. Flight connections between Romania and Corona risk countries are actually prohibited. Traveling to the west by land is not possible because Hungary has closed the borders. However, the special permit does not refer to medical and nursing staff, as the Minister emphasized. Austria, in particular, had recently urged Romania to allow nursing staff to leave the country. However, there is also an acute shortage of doctors and nurses in Romania.

When they arrive on German soil, however, the workers then expect strict conditions: Anyone arriving new must live and work strictly separately from other employees in the first 14 days and must not leave the company premises. The government calls this a “factual quarantine with simultaneous job opportunities”. Stricter rules must also be observed when it comes to accommodation; For example, rooms may only be occupied by half the capacity. Visitors are prohibited on the company premises. Laundry and dishes must be cleaned at a minimum of 60 degrees. The rules are based on guidelines from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

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WHO: Majority of corona deaths in Europe were over 60 years old

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 95 percent of people who died from coronavirus in Europe were over 60 years old. Recent statistics showed that 30,098 people were reported to have died in Europe, particularly in Italy, France and Spain, said Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe. More than half were over 80.

At the same time, Kluge warned against the assumption that Covid-19 only affects older people. Age is not the only risk factor that can favor a severe form of the virus, said Kluge. “The mere idea that Covid-19 only affects the elderly is factually wrong,” said Kluge at an online press conference in Copenhagen.

The statements were similar to those of WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. According to the WHO, 10 to 15 percent of people under the age of 50 with the lung disease have a moderate to severe form. “Serious cases of the disease have been seen in teenagers or their 20s, many of whom needed intensive care and some unfortunately died,” said Kluge.

More than 80 percent of fatal coronavirus cases would have had at least one chronic illness, such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. At the same time, there are reports of people over 100 who were hospitalized for Covid-19 and have now fully recovered.

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Corona current: Söder calls for a stimulus package and tax cuts

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Söder calls for an economic stimulus program and tax cuts

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The hard fight for respirators

In the struggle for the coveted respirator masks, the US is apparently not behaving fairly: 200,000 masks that the state of Berlin had ordered are said to have been confiscated by the United States.

The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder advocates “a vital economic program” for the German economy. The US government plans to send 1,000 military workers to the Corona metropolis. All developments in the live ticker.

UTo boost the economy after the virus crisis, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder is calling for a huge economic stimulus package and nationwide tax cuts. “If the first phase with emergency aid and guarantees is over, we also need a vital economic stimulus program of a similar size,” said Söder of 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. ”

US President Donald Trump wants to send thousands of soldiers to the states to help fight the coronavirus epidemic. “We’re going to send a massive amount of military to aid,” Trump said to journalists at the White House on Saturday night (local time). 1,000 military personnel are expected to go to New York City alone – including doctors and nurses.

With the coronavirus epidemic increasing in numbers, the United States would have to face tough times. There will be “a lot of deaths in the next two weeks, unfortunately,” said Trump. The coming and the following week would probably be the worst, Trump said. US chief immunologist Anthony Fauci, meanwhile, warned of a second wave of coronavirus. The risk of a later flare-up is real.

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Correction: An earlier version said the delivery was apparently confiscated by the United States. In fact, it is currently unclear how the protective masks disappeared.

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WHO: Majority of corona deaths in Europe were over 60 years old

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 95 percent of people who died from coronavirus in Europe were over 60 years old. Recent statistics showed that 30,098 people were reported to have died in Europe, particularly in Italy, France and Spain, said Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe. More than half were over 80.

At the same time, Kluge warned against the assumption that Covid-19 only affects older people. Age is not the only risk factor that can favor a severe form of the virus, said Kluge. “The mere idea that Covid-19 only affects the elderly is factually wrong,” said Kluge at an online press conference in Copenhagen.

The statements were similar to those of WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. According to the WHO, 10 to 15 percent of people under the age of 50 with the lung disease have a moderate to severe form. “Serious cases of the disease have been seen in teenagers or their 20s, many of whom needed intensive care and some unfortunately died,” said Kluge.

More than 80 percent of fatal coronavirus cases would have had at least one chronic illness, such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. At the same time, there are reports of people over 100 who were hospitalized for Covid-19 and have now fully recovered.

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System-relevant professions: This is how much nurses and cashiers earn

She is considered the “hero of the crisis”: nurses, geriatric nurses, cashiers and other professionals who, despite the shutdown, cannot work from home. People who come into contact with people every day and who are exposed to an increased health risk in the corona crisis. For the system, they are considered indispensable, how many are now visualized. And so far, they are accused of being poorly paid for this.

In fact, the question is whether the wage structure in Germany will change sustainably after the crisis. The list of so-called systemically relevant professions is long, and a blanket demand for higher wages hides the fact that some of these professions are already paying well above average.

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