Mishustin approved new rules for granting subsidies on preferential car loans

Certain categories of citizens will be able to get a discount of 10 to 25 percent on a new car when it is purchased under a preferential car loan program. Lost revenue for banks is compensated by the state.

According to the decree signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, subsidies will be given to credit institutions that offer loans at a discount of 10 percent of the cost of a car to families raising at least one child and employees of state medical organizations. A cheaper new car will also cost those who rent their old car for a down payment, but the TCP must be at least six years old and must be owned by the borrower for more than a year. For residents of the Far East, the discount is increased to 25 percent.

In addition, the maximum cost of a car that can be taken on credit has been increased from 1 to 1.5 million rubles. This will allow large families to acquire modern roomy vehicles.


Edouard Philippe’s successful bet in Le Havre

Will Edouard Philippe remain Prime Minister? The answer should be given by Emmanuel Macron in the coming days, at the time when the hypothesis of a reshuffle circulates to mark a turn in the quinquennium, following the health crisis of Covid-19, and facing the looming economic crisis.

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The only certainty on the evening of June 28: a defeat would undoubtedly have caused the departure of Edouard Philippe de Matignon, but he appeared on the contrary reinforced by his large victory at Le Havre. The Prime Minister, who came before his communist opponent Jean-Paul Lecoq with 58.83%, himself praised “Net results” and one “Act of trust”, from his town hall.

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Le Havre, the only presidential stronghold

And yet, nothing seemed to play out in advance, at the end of the first round. While he was re-elected in the first round in 2014, the juppeist was on waivers this time. Leading the way on March 15 with 43.60%, he could seem to have only a small reserve of votes, the PCF deputy Jean-Paul Lecoq having reached 35.88%, while the candidates of Europe Ecology-Les Greens and the National Rally had each collected around 8%. But the union of the left did not succeed in the Norman city. The candidate EELV Alexis Deck refused to side with the list of communists mixing candidates of the civil society, opening an uncertainty on the carry of the votes.

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So, while the municipal elections are proving to be a serious defeat for La République en Marche, Le Havre should be one of the only bastions in the presidential camp after this second round. What weigh in the equation of the President of the Republic, when deciding whether to yes or no, change the Prime Minister.


Philip “happy” to return to its militant Haven

Special envoy in le Havre

It throne at the entrance of the room François Ierin the heart of the city of le Havre (Seine-Maritime). The campaign poster of Edward Philippe shows the prime minister posing in front of the fire-boat, one of the most emblematic places of the Harbour. The same decor was used for the municipal 2014, won by Édouard Philippe in the first round. For little, one would be a copied-pasted. Superstition? Want to record a resounding victory? The document has been designed these past few days in the greatest secrecy – very few of the faithful were in the confidence of the final decision of the prime minister.

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On Friday evening, militants and pro-Philippe believe in any case, hard as iron. They’re chanting “Edward, Edward”when Philippe arrived on the scene. “I am happy to find you”begins the future leader. But, this last knows: the political situation in 2020 and bears little resemblance to that of the previous election. “This election will be politically difficult, admits the prime minister. Because some will try to extend the debate, or even to prevent it. We’ve heard all evening”.Outside, precisely, the protesters are “hear” loudly. Bombs agricultural, firecrackers, shouts: the challenge is to live by the hand of the opponents of the pension reform, in this port city where the dockers are legions.

Quoting Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand, Édouard Philippe, assumes his role of head of government and at the same time” candidate in the local elections: “No one abdicates not the honour of being a target”, loose-t-it. A little earlier, a driver room and urged hundreds of supporters to “make a noise” to cover the noise of the critics and the sirens of cars of CRS, which finished the quarter.

“The important thing is not to do everything well”

The thread of his speech of fifty minutes, Édouard Philippe explains to the Havrais what will be the distribution of roles with the outgoing mayor Jean-Baptiste Gastinne. If the prime minister wins, he will remain in the prime minister’s office and will leave his chair to Gastinne. About his duties in paris, Édouard Philippe displays low profile. “The important thing is not to do everything well, but doing the best we can“says Édouard Philippe. Above all, it promises to the voters of his fief that he will come back as soon as its CSD at Matignon will end and ensures that there will end his political career. “I’ve known prime ministers who had other political ambitions, quips he. Not me.”

At the time the Marseillaise sounds, marking the end of the meeting, the speaker has not unveiled, neither his program nor the composition of its list. He just praised the character transpartisan of its future list, supported in particular by parliamentarians havrais LR. Can we be opponents of the government on the national stage, but support at the local level? “The logical partisan in municipal action have no meaning“, argues the prime minister, anticipating the criticism. Indeed, on his campaign poster, no logo appears. Neither LR, nor LREM. As in 2014.


Deconfinement: Élysée-Matignon, a criticized communication

Édouard Philippe will present the deconfinement plan “By the end of the month”, actually Tuesday April 28. Pending these announcements, the time is ripe for hypotheses and supputations, in a France paralyzed by the coronavirus and eager to know what its next weeks will be like.

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In this uncomfortable in-between, communication for the executive is a perilous exercise, between the need to respond to public impatience and the risk of making premature announcements. Thus, the Élysée Palace was able to surprise by announcing, Thursday, April 23, recommendations to the mayors of big cities concerning deconfinement. In this case, the wearing of masks in transport, the absence of regionalized measures and the return to school on a voluntary basis.

Communicate on “hypotheses”

The first difficulty, for the executive, is to make the conditional nature of this type of indication heard, in a context where the media and opinion have quickly taken them for real. In the wake of the announcements on Thursday afternoon, the Elysée Palace and Matignon also had to recall that it was good “Hypotheses”. “The president has left nothing in stone, insists the Elysée. He expressed leads ” which are “Take it with caution” and do not constitute “In no case a presentation of the deconfinement plan”.

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The other risk, in fact, is that of giving the impression of a discordant communication between the presidency and the government. Of course, on both sides, we can assure that the elements revealed by Emmanuel Macron and communicated by the Élysée have been decided in consultation with Matignon. However, the method does not seem to correspond to that defined by the head of state in his speech on April 13. He then clearly missioned the government, giving him fifteen days to present “The post-May 11 plan and the details of organizing our daily lives”.

→ INVESTIGATION. Coronavirus: how the Elysée will conceive “the next world”

To make matters worse, the government has its own internal difficulties. The same Thursday, April 23, an article from World revealed that the announcements by Jean-Michel Blanquer, the Minister of National Education, concerning the return of pupils to school, had ” caught short “ Prime Minister’s teams.

Opposition gets involved

After errors in communication at the start of the crisis, which required a reframing on the part of Edouard Philippe, the executive’s faux pas are now being watched by its opponents. Who were quick to rush into the breach.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Bruno Retailleau, the boss of LR senators, judged the president’s announcements “Totally incomprehensible”. “The president of the Is the Republic breaking free from the rule it has set itself, by hastily revealing and messing up part of a plan whose preparation and presentation it has entrusted to its Prime Minister? “, he criticized.

On the left, MP PS Boris Vallaud even suspects the government of running after the date of May 11 that the president would have set alone. “We perfectly understand the need to get out of confinement, but it seems to me that the reflection should precede the choice of a date, and not the reverse”, he attacks, warning against “ procrastination ” who “End up creating trouble and a confidence problem”. “Everyone measures the complexity of the situation, he concedes to the executive. But we cannot afford to miss the deconfinement. “

“We must allow time for work,” argues Matignon

On the Matignon side, we assume a pre-announcement strategy, justified by taking into account the “Strong expectation from our fellow citizens, legitimate, of details on what will be progressive deconfinement from May 11”.

At the same time, we also recall the need to “Leave time for work”, which is “The object of the mission entrusted to Jean Castex”. Far removed from these announcements and controversies, the senior official who has become “minister of deconfinement” is indeed working behind the scenes. He is expected to present the overall architecture of the deconfinement plan to local elected officials on Monday, April 27, at 3 p.m.


Markus Söder cancels the Oktoberfest – there is growing displeasure in the economy

Munich All or nothing, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) likes to do politics according to this motto. This is how he does the Munich Oktoberfest, a local economic good that generates a total turnover of 1.2 billion euros. But because a distance of 1.50 meters in beer tents is just as illusionary as a mouthguard when drinking to measure, the Bavarian government together with the city of Munich canceled the popular folk festival for autumn 2020. Söder: “The Oktoberfest takes place correctly, gscheid or not at all.”

This is how things have been going on in recent weeks. Söder, self-proclaimed pioneer in the fight against the corona pandemic, announces bold decisions every day to protect the health of citizens – but all of them also have an impact on whether the economy takes place properly, cleverly or not at all.

The leading role of the trained journalist Söder, who knows public relations like no other, does not meet with undivided praise in Bavaria’s economy – especially since many regulations in the Free State are economically tougher than in other federal states. The high approval ratings of 94 percent that the CSU chief achieved in surveys among the population, he should miss the entrepreneurs, managers and self-employed.

“Of course, some companies would have expected faster steps, but we have to combine health protection and long-term profitability,” says Bertram Brossardt, chief executive of the Association of Bavarian Business (VBW). Security is the top priority.

The association, which traditionally maintains good relationships with the CSU, is “wholly and entirely” behind the measures that have been decided, according to Brossardt: “A relapse with too rapid a loosening would be irresponsible and still for the people of Bavaria, but also for the economy harder blow. ”

Söder is well entrusted with questions of debit and credit. He has established a close network in the Bavarian corporate world, especially since his wife Karin Baumüller-Söder is an active partner in an important Nuremberg auto supplier.

The Munich-based business consultant and economics professor Horst Wildemann praised the head of state in the Bavarian economy: “The fact that the corona policy here is more restrictive than elsewhere in the country does no harm. He is the one who abolished the night watchman state and reintroduced the social market economy. ”Söder has no knowledge problems.

Brewer’s association misses clear perspective

Bavarian brewers see this more critically, and not because of the cancellation of the Oktoberfest. Beer producers have lost half of their sales, mainly because the catering industry is closed. “The current restrictions therefore pose problems for the brewing industry that threaten their very existence. We’re talking about hundreds of traditional, family-run, medium-sized companies, ”complains Lothar Ebbertz, general manager of the Bavarian Brewers’ Association. One is grateful for the possibility of tax deferrals and government-guaranteed loans – but the liquidity problems would only be postponed.

The head of the brewery association misses a clear perspective: “So far we only know that the ministerial present ‘hopes’ to be able to grant unspecified easing of the hospitality shutdown at Whitsun.” “Virus spinner” called. The closure of restaurants is based on this.

A large learning process of the population is ignored, complains Ebbertz. The brewers also want terrace cafes, bars and extensive beer gardens to be open. The risks are lower.

Even the Söder very inclined VBW boss Brossardt thinks that the hotel and restaurant industry needs to be readjusted. The proposal to lower VAT is “a good sign”.

The Bavarian trade association is also dissatisfied. Managing Director Bernd Ohlmann was frustrated to note that on Monday smaller shops (up to 800 square meters) were allowed to reopen in Ulm in Baden-Württemberg, but the shops in Neu-Ulm in Bavaria were closed for a week longer.

It is difficult to understand. Also, Ohlmann does not want to see that larger stores of 3000 square meters could not comply with any protective and hygienic measures: “We would have very much wanted all stores to open and not just those with a limited sales area, that would have been fair.”

“Caught in the lockdown spiral”

The shutdown à la Bavaria Andreas Föller is critical. The founder of recruitment agency Comites believes that Söder must “show its colors”. If you pretend to act prudently, you have to see accompanying and consequential damages and say how things will go. “But Söder remains trapped in the lockdown spiral, which is still successful for him.”

A sense of proportion is needed and not “responsible populism”. You can learn from good pandemic fighters, “test as many as possible, isolate and support risk groups – but let the rest of the world live on and continue to operate.”

Secretly, many in Bavaria’s economy might think so. Praise dominates externally. The Passau entrepreneurial couple Claudia Gugger-Bessinger and Günther Bessinger also give Söder a “one with a star”. The regulations are associated with considerable effort for all companies, but health is the top priority: “It would therefore be irresponsible to talk about massive loosening now, then to release it, to press the return key after a few weeks and one risking a second shutdown. ”In the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, however, examination requests for offers would be drawn out too long:“ That costs valuable time. ”

Friederike Hrubesch-Mohringer, owner of the family-owned company EurimPharm, is also on the Söder line: “We pharmaceutical importers in particular are supporting the cautious, gradual relaxation of restrictions,” she says, “Markus Söder as Prime Minister of a badly affected state is doing a good job here. ”

Carsten Hochschon, CEO of the start-up Knooing, sums up the thoroughly split judgment against the CSU boss. With him, he says, two hearts would beat in his chest: “that of the private person, I am very satisfied with Söder’s work, and that of the entrepreneur, I am disappointed”.

He fears that 80 percent of startups will not survive the crisis. Fast support would now be needed, “but the hurdles for the announced funding are infinitely high”. This is where Söder should start, says the start-up boss, then the crisis could become an opportunity “for the digital economy, for young innovative companies and thus for Bavaria as a location”.

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Johnson does not want an extension of the Brexit transition phase

Boris Johnson

The British prime minister does not want any delay in the final Brexit.

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London According to a diplomat, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not aiming to extend the Brexit transition phase despite the Corona crisis. Johnson is detained on December 31, 2020, State Secretary of State and Diplomatic Service director Simon McDonald said Tuesday.

An extension of the deadline beyond the end of the year is an option. However, he assumes that the Prime Minister will confirm the existing schedule. After weeks of pause over the Corona crisis, the European Union and Britain want to move forward in the dispute over their future trade relations. Both sides started a first round of negotiations by video conference on Monday.


Germany lacks uniform ways out of the crisis

Berlin Nils Ismer’s tigers, dromedaries and flamingos spend quiet weeks. Ismer heads the Ströhen zoo, a family-run company in the Lower Saxony district of Diepholz. 700 animals from five continents live on the land of a former farm. 70,000 visitors come every year, and the spring season actually begins. But the zoo is closed because of Corona.

When the federal and state governments agreed last week in which areas public life could gradually be ramped up, zoos were also on the list. In some federal states, zoos have reopened since Monday. Not in Lower Saxony. Ismer says: “You have to be arbitrary if animal parks in Schleswig-Holstein or Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are allowed to open again, but we can’t.”

A safari park in North Rhine-Westphalia was able to open at the end of last week because the visitors were in cars there. “This is a distortion of competition,” complains Ismer. The veterinarian is now urging the Lüneburg Higher Administrative Court to close his zoo.

How much new normality is possible in the corona crisis and at what pace the measures are loosened depends very much on where in the republic the citizens live and the companies are based. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the prime ministers always emphasized that the aim was to act uniformly if the most drastic restrictions on everyday life in the history of the Federal Republic were relaxed.

But the impression arises that every federal state does what it wants. Some countries were already rushing when society and the economy were shutting down, and the rules were not uniform even during the lockdown.

Relaxation leads to “opening discussion orgies”

And the exit strategy from the Corona standstill also seems cobbled together. Most of the shops in Bavaria will remain closed for the time being, while shopping malls will open in Bremen. Lower Saxony closes the zoos, Rhineland-Palatinate allows party events.

The final classes are returning to Saxony’s schools; elsewhere, classes only start gradually in a week or two. Some countries, including Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Bavaria, make mouth-nose protection mandatory in certain public spaces.

The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia rejects an obligation; Münster, on the other hand, requires wearing masks as the first city in North Rhine-Westphalia. The municipalities also have a say in how everyday life should look in the pandemic.

Merkel goes a few steps too far for the state governments. At a switching conference of the CDU presidium on Monday, she complained that the message of cautious easing in some countries had led to “opening discussions”.

In a press conference, she later warned against risking a relapse in the crisis with premature loosening of the “seeing eye”. “We have to remain vigilant and disciplined.” The extent and pace of the openings do not seem to be a question of infection control, however, but depend heavily on the political moods of different state governments.

Downtown Ulm

Many stores are allowed to reopen in Germany.

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Square mess in retail

Areas can be calculated precisely in mathematics. In politics, units of measurement are more flexible. The federal and state governments basically stipulated that shops with a sales area of ​​up to 800 square meters may reopen – provided they comply with protection and hygiene standards.

While Bavaria wants to strictly adhere to the upper limit, larger stores are allowed to open in several federal states if they reduce their space, for example by partition walls. Bookstores, car dealerships and the bicycle trade, in turn, can open regardless of the size of their retail space.

Some states, such as Rhineland-Palatinate and Bremen, are also unlocking the shopping centers. The area restriction then only applies to the individual shops. In North Rhine-Westphalia, baby specialty stores and furniture stores are allowed to open again, but no electronics retailers. What exactly counts as a “furniture store” is unclear. In Lower Saxony, on the other hand, the electronics markets are open again.

The time of opening also varies. The retail trade opened business on Monday in Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saarland, among others. In Brandenburg this is only possible from Wednesday.

The Senate in Berlin takes its first decisions on Tuesday; in the capital, however, book and bicycle stores had already been closed. In Bavaria, the retailers have to be patient for a week, after all, access to DIY superstores and garden centers is allowed again. They were open all the time in a number of countries.

The trade is happy to be able to get started again. “Opening stores up to 800 square meters is a step in the right direction,” said Stefan Genth, chief executive of the German Trade Association (HDE). “But this limit also means that many frequency providers in the city centers are still closed.” That continues to threaten the existence of many companies.

Patchwork at schools

The countries also proceed differently when they return to school. Berlin and Brandenburg started the Abitur exams on Monday, Schleswig-Holstein followed on Tuesday. In North Rhine-Westphalia, students return from final classes at secondary schools, special schools and vocational colleges on Thursday, and prospective high school graduates can then attend school before the exams on May 12 – voluntarily.

From April 27, Bavaria plans to resume exam preparation for final classes. Graduated according to age groups, it will then continue from May 11th. It is similar in all federal states that there will be no normal classes for the time being, even if the schools are gradually reopening.

Baden-Württemberg announced that classes will start on May 4th with a very limited start. By the end of April, the culture ministers of the federal states are to develop a concept for hygiene measures, school bus operation, break times and class division.


How the corona crisis will continue for the parents of around 3.7 million day care children in Germany is currently completely unclear. Since March 16, daycare centers have only offered emergency care for children whose parents work in systemically relevant professions, such as nursing and medical care.

A unified path for the around 56,000 day care centers in Germany is unlikely. The “AG-Kita” of the states, chaired by Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia, is working with the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs on a concept for the period after May 3, but it only contains “guidelines and recommendations”. In plain language: countries, municipalities and sponsors ultimately decide themselves.

Race for “systemic relevance”

The federal government itself is causing chaos with unclear requirements for the federal states. For example, a lobby race has broken out among associations in recent weeks to declare their own sector to be systemically important – a race that has partially drifted into the absurd. The trigger was the statement by Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) that agriculture was “systemically important”, especially in the corona crisis.

Such recommendations of the Federal Government are of course “non-binding”, as the Ministry now admits in a response to a request from the Green MP Danyal Bayaz, which is available to the Handelsblatt. The respective state authorities are responsible.

However, according to Klöckner’s statement, many associations were still afraid that they might not be relevant to the system and thus suffer disadvantages. Accordingly, individual companies and associations put pressure on their state governments – some lobby organizations even declared themselves systemically relevant.

Association insiders report that the powerful association of the Bavarian economy (vbw) has certified companies in series that they are systemically relevant so that they can continue to do business with their suppliers in northern Italy.

A business association cannot certify this at all. But in Italy you obviously just want to see some stamp. “A complete confusion has arisen,” complains a high-ranking representative of the association.

Legal certainty is lacking

A few weeks ago, associations had therefore urged Economics Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) to ensure legal certainty, but this did not happen. The Greens politician Bayaz says: “It does not help if individual ministries, federal states or associations declare their favorite industries to be systemically relevant.” This requires “clear and transparent, especially nationwide, uniform criteria”.

So far, however, this has not existed. And companies are already dealing with the next annoyance: the federal quarantine model regulation, which the federal states implement differently. If a craftsman from Bavaria goes to France on assembly, he must then be quarantined for 14 days if he has been there for more than two days. NRW handles the rule much more loosely: a fitter only has to stay at home for two weeks if he has been abroad in the EU for more than five days.

This causes uncertainty for companies, and especially for those with locations in different federal states, a considerable effort. “We have had very high levels of acceptance of day-to-day restrictions among companies and customers,” said Ludwig Veltmann, general manager of the SME association, Handelsblatt. “This acceptance is at risk if the measures with regard to health protection are not comprehensible.”

In a letter to the heads of government of the federal states, the association of small and medium-sized enterprises, which represents companies from trade, craft and the service sector in particular, warns of a “patchwork of different regulations”.

As a result, the economy was faced with additional burdens: “For companies with multiple locations in different municipalities or even federal states, it is an enormous and, under the current circumstances, unreasonable challenge to quickly adapt to a multitude of different requirements.”

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Merkel and the prime ministers are now discussing these plans

Berlin After the Corona Cabinet meeting in Berlin on Wednesday morning, government spokesman Steffen Seibert did not answer the crucial question: he did not want to anticipate the decision of the federal and state governments whether and when restrictions on public life would be reduced. But before the video conference between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Minister at 2 p.m., it became clear that many measures were to apply until at least the beginning of May.

The contact restrictions are to be extended by two weeks until May 3, and travel would also generally not be permitted during this time. Except for emergency care, schools and daycare centers should also remain closed until the beginning of May, and this also applies to the universities.

In a first step, shops with an area of ​​up to 800 square meters could open again next week (April 20), but hygiene standards would have to be observed and the number of customers limited. Car dealerships and bookstores should also be allowed to open, regardless of the retail space.

In a second step, the opening could be expanded from May 4 to shops up to 2,500 square meters. From this date, hairdressers could also receive customers again. Chancellor’s Minister Helge Braun (CDU) had already worked out a key point paper on how to proceed in the corona crisis with the heads of state chancellors of the federal states on Tuesday.

Based on this, Merkel and the federal government’s ministers responsible for combating corona developed a draft resolution that is now being discussed with the prime ministers.

Steffen Seibert

The government spokesman informed about the current situation regarding the restrictions in the fight against the corona virus.

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Changes are still possible here. The results will probably only be known when Merkel goes to the press with Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) and Hamburg’s Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) in the late afternoon.

The federal government does not yet want to allow restaurants, pubs and cafés to open. On the other hand, as the key point paper from Tuesday shows, the countries are pleading for a timely perspective with conditions such as in retail. From next week, “facilities with a low risk of infection” such as museums or zoos should be allowed to reopen, while theaters or concert halls would have to remain closed.

Different ideas in the countries

The state governments also have different ideas about how quickly public life should be normalized again. The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) in particular is calling for an opening perspective, while Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) is leading the reticent camp.

The federal and state governments repeatedly emphasized that they are striving for a common approach. Laschet also called for a common road map between the countries: “We need a consensus between the 16 countries. School politics shouldn’t go it alone, ”he told the German press agency in Berlin.

The North Rhine-Westphalian state government, however, had rushed forward with the announcement that the schools would gradually open again after the Easter holidays from April 20. Söder then made it clear that he was “very reserved with schools”.

A work order is now under discussion at the Conference of Ministers of Education, which is to develop a concept for the gradual opening of schools and universities. According to reports, the culture ministers of the federal states are planning a switch conference on this issue on Wednesday evening.

Government spokesman Seibert warned that, despite the decline in new infections, “every high spirits, every negligence” must be avoided. “There is a narrow path between careful, gradual easing and preserving our progress in fighting the epidemic,” he said.

With the extension of the contact restrictions until May 3, Merkel is taking the cautious path that the Robert Koch Institute and epidemiologists recommend. The additional time should be used to further prepare the German healthcare system for dealing with the pandemic.

This includes creating more intensive care beds in hospitals, expanding the corona tests and making them more targeted, and improving the tracking of infection chains – including with a smartphone app that could come at the end of April. The inventory of protective masks and protective clothing is also to be increased further.

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DGS “macro” data remains distant from mayors “micro” data | Coronavirus

There is a war of numbers between the mayors and the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) over cases of covid-19. The former want the photograph to be as accurate as possible – to the minute, if necessary – to better manage the response to be given to their residents. The second is the general trend, the evolution of the pandemic – DGS even distinguishes between what it calls data macro and micro. Result: mayors insist that there are cases of infected patients in their areas that are not reported by the DGS or are reported late. And the difference amounts to hundreds of cases per day.

Some mayors have real information machines mounted in their municipalities, which compile information from various sources (unlike the DGS, which only receives data entered on the platform of the National Epidemiological Surveillance System or Sinave). In the case of Ovar, where the state of calamity was decreed in mid-March, there is a Crisis Office to which data arrive “transmitted by the Public Health cell that integrates the office itself: Local Health Authority and Group of Health Centers (ACES) of Baixo Vouga”, explains a person responsible for that office to the PUBLIC.

“The data released is actually that of the day and allows monitoring of all cases, especially of infected people. This is the only way to be able to refer immediately, for testing or prophylactic isolation, and for social support, from households ”, he adds.

In many situations, this photograph does not coincide with that of the national health authorities and, if some mayors consider that this is due to “failure to update”, others believe that “there are numbers hammered”.

“We do not know how information circulates between ACES and DGS, nor does ACES justify this discrepancy. We believe there is a failure in the respective updates ”, says the member of the Ovar Crisis Office.

Notorious difference

Without wanting to draw conclusions, the mayor, Salvador Malheiro, underlines that the difference in numbers is notorious. “The numbers have never been right,” he says. “I am on the ground every day, I know people and I see that the numbers of the Directorate-General for Health are quite different from those I know about,” he declares to the PUBLIC.

On April 10, at 10:56 pm, the Mayor of Ovar, wrote on his Facebook account: “546 was the number provided by ACES [Agrupamento de Centros de Saúde], a few minutes ago, on those currently confirmed infected in the municipality of Ovar. Let’s see what number DGS presents tomorrow… today only 379 were presented ”. When exchanging messages with the PUBLIC, he shot another example. “Today [domingo, 12], at noon, we had 553 infected; the Directorate-General for Health said there were 409 ”.

Other mayors present their examples. The Mayor of Vizela, Vítor Hugo Salgado, advanced with three situations, corresponding to the days 2,3 and 9 of April. “On the 2nd, the municipality had 21 people infected, according to ACES do Alto Ave, DGS said that there were 11 cases; on the following day, the 21 remained, with the DGS referencing one more case than on the previous day; on the 9th of April the number of infected people rose to 35 and the DGS indicated 20 ”.

In the municipality of Vale de Cambra, the same scenario. On 4,6 and 9 April there were 36, 82 and 100 cases of infected people in the municipality, according to the mayor, José Pinheiro da Silva. The figures released by DGS were only 31, 36 and 48, for these same days.

Fernando Queiroga, president of the Chamber of Boticas, never tires of stressing that the figures that ACES provide about the infection are “true, objective and reliable”. Regarding national data, he has doubts: “The Directorate-General for Health is hammering the numbers because it is not entering all the data”, the mayor declared to the PUBLIC.

DGS’s explanations

The PUBLIC questioned the DGS about these concrete discrepancies presented by the mayors, but the answer eventually came through the daily press conference. Asked, once again, on the subject, the director-general, Graça Freitas, gave a long explanation about the difference between the data she called “micro”, and which have been used by mayors, and “macro”, From national health authorities.

“It is normal that at the micro level the capacity to have more specific and more accurate information is greater”, he assumed, recognizing that the DGS information is “more macro, less accurate”.

The leader later explained that a methodological note will appear in the daily bulletin “so that it is realized that at some point the data may not be the same, depending on how the observation is made.”. Currently, there are other explanatory notes accompanying the figures. On the 14th, one said: The information presented refers to the total of clinical notifications in the Sinave system, corresponding to 81% of confirmed cases”. This means, for example, that in a total of 17 thousand cases, there are 3400 that do not appear distributed by municipality). Another note explained that “data by county of occurrenceare We are a family owned and operated business.presented in alphabetical order. And in a third, it read: When the confirmed cases are less than three, for reasons of confidentiality, the data are not presented”.

In his explanation, Graça Feitas gave the example of several situations that can contribute to the discrepancy of data (related to the patient’s address in the National Registry of SNS Users and which may be different from the place where the case occurred) and clarified that, for daily bulletin purposes, the DGS sources of information are the medical statements registered on the Sinave platform or the laboratory reports registered in the Sinavelab database. Graça Freitas called on doctors to make their reports as “early as possible” so that the information is accurate.

“Dwe depend on the amount of data, but also on its dynamism”, Said Graça Freitas, who was sympathetic to the fact that mayors need more specific (micro) information for the purpose of responding to populations.

Do not share data

Complaints about the discrepancies in the numbers have been a constant since the beginning of the pandemic, but thickened after the Minister of Health gave instructions to local health authorities that were understood as a way to limit the access of mayors to the data collected.

Marta Temido hurried to explain that “there is no prohibition on sharing information”, but yes a clear appeal to all entities that make up the Ministry of Health, in particular local and regional health authorities, to focus on sending timely and consistent information to the national levelbecause “Bparceled oletins can cause fragmented analyzes”, But some mayors maintained their suspicion.

Also speaking as chairman of the District Civil Protection Commission of Alto Tâmega, Fernando Queiroga underlines that the mayors are those who are in the “first line” of response and who must have access to all information. For now, Queiroga can breathe a sigh of relief in its municipality – Boticas – it has zero people infected with covid-19 and zero deaths.

For the Mayor of Vale de Cambra, there is also no doubt that mayors need access to information. “Whoever is on the ground and has to plan actions has to have access to information, because if any problem happens, it is not the NHS that will solve the problem”, defends José Pinheiro da Silva. “I never wanted to know the names of people who are infected, but when it comes to sensitive cases, the numbers are important,” he adds.

Waiting for the minister to take a step back, the Mayor of Vale de Cambra leaves Marta Temido with advice: “The Minister of Health must look to the mayors as partners in this combat strategy. If not, we are not doing anything here ”. with Sónia Sapage


Queen Elizabeth II .: Now it’s out! You and Prince Philip …

Queen Elizabeth II .: Now it’s out! You and Prince Philip …

This is the British succession to the throne

Queen Elizabeth II has been Queen of Great Britain since 1952. But who comes after her in the line of succession?

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The Queen and her husband Philip also feels the changes due to the corona virus.

The corona crisis not only brings the ‘normal’ people closer together, but also royals like Queen Elizabeth II and her Prince Philip. Now the two live together again.

The Krasse: Until recently it was different. The Duke of Edinburgh had retired to his Norfolk estate about two years ago. Here are the Queen and Philip have been married since 1947!

Queen Elizabeth II .: The Monarch and Prince Philip are …

Why does the queen and her prince suddenly live together again in a residence?

The new housing situation was not entirely voluntary.

The reason for the sudden move is the corona virus. Just last week, the shock news rushed to Buckingham Palace that Queen Elizabeth’s son, Prince Charles, was infected with the dreaded virus. At the palace, they responded immediately after this message.

And so it happened that, according to the British Express, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are currently staying together at Windsor Castle, the royal estate that is located in the town of Windsor in Berkshire – around 35 kilometers from Buckingham Palace.

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Before that, Prince Philip had lived on the Wood Farm estate in Sandringham Estate, Norfolk since his retirement in 2017 – without his wife.

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Now the royal couple stays in Windsor Castle until the coronavirus situation has subsided. There is currently no reason to worry about Queen Elizabeth II.


This is Queen Elizabeth II .:

  • Born on April 21, 1926 in London as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor
  • She has been Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 Commonwealth States since 1952
  • She is the head of the Anglican Church
  • In 1947 she married Prince Philip
  • The royal couple have four children: Charles, Anne, Edward and Andrew
  • Charles is number 2 in the British line of succession


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“The Queen last saw the Prime Minister on March 11th and is now following instructions regarding her health,” a spokesman said express.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will surely survive the now common time in self-quarantine at Windsor Castle, especially since the two theoretically still have enough exit. After all, Windsor Castle is the largest fully inhabited castle in the world.

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