Saturday 24th October 2020
Entry from Germany to Denmark has only been possible to a limited extent since midnight. Due to the increasing number of new corona infections, the neighboring country in the north had declared Germany a risk country. This means that only those who can prove a valid reason can enter the country. This can be, for example, visiting relatives, an interview or a funeral. Commuters and students are also allowed to continue entering the country. Exceptions also apply to residents of the Schleswig-Holstein border region and to owners of a holiday home. The valid reason must be given at the border.
+++ 00:30 Lockdown in Wales begins +++
A two-week lockdown to contain the corona pandemic came into force in British Wales on Friday evening. “Our goal is that we will no longer need this level of restrictions in Wales before Christmas,” said Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford. 3.1 million people are affected by the measure in the British part of the country. They have not been allowed to leave their homes since 6 p.m. After the first nationwide lockdown in March, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has so far refused to adopt such far-reaching measures again.
+++ 23:15 Slovenia’s foreign minister infected +++
The Slovenian Foreign Minister Anze Logar has contracted the virus, according to a media report. Logar was tested positive for Corona after a trip abroad, reports the state news agency STA, citing a message from his ministry. He has no symptoms so far and will self-isolate for ten days.
+++ 22:50 pharmaceutical giants are allowed to continue stopped vaccine studies +++
The pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca is allowed to continue its clinical vaccine study in the USA. The health authorities decided that, reports the Wall Street Journal. The study has been on hold since September 6th. It had to be interrupted after an unexplained illness in a subject. Astrazeneca is one of the leading companies in the race for a vaccine against the coronavirus. The US drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson’s will also be able to resume its vaccine study shortly. An investigation has shown that a test subject’s disease is not related to the vaccine, reports the Washington Post. J&J started the Phase 3 efficacy study in late September and recently had to stop it because of the study participant’s illness.
+++ 21:20 caught without a mask: Czech lockdown ministers in need of explanation +++
The Czech Minister of Health Roman Prymula has come under great pressure after violating the corona measures he has imposed. A paparazzo photographed the minister as he was leaving a restaurant in Prague that was supposed to be closed due to the strict Corona rules. As reported by the Czech daily Blesk, Prymula got into a car with a driver without wearing a mouth and nose cover. The behavior of the minister sparked a wave of criticism in online networks. Opposition politicians and representatives of the coalition also sharply criticized Prymula. Interior Minister Jan Hamacek, who is also chairman of the Corona crisis team, called for the health minister to resign. “The rules must apply to everyone, without exception,” he said, according to the Czech news agency CTK. “How can someone set the rules who breaks them himself?” Said the head of the opposition party ODS, Petr Fiala, to journalists. Prymula imposed an extensive lockdown on Wednesday in view of the rapid spread of the corona virus in the Czech Republic.
+++ 21:55 Macron puts the French off for the summer +++
French President Emmanuel Macron says the French will have to live with the coronavirus at least until next summer. He stressed that there were no plans to cut back on the recently decided curfews. The epidemic can only be slowed down through restrictions. At the moment, however, it is still too early to say whether France is heading for a full or partial lockdown. France had previously registered more than a million infections for the first time. By the evening there had been a total of 1.04 million confirmed cases, the health authority said. A record 42,032 was reported for the number of newly registered cases within 24 hours.
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