The seats in the lecture hall at the University of Cologne are empty. The universities in North Rhine-Westphalia want to start this year’s summer semester from April 20 with pure online teaching.
Berlin The federal states have agreed not to postpone the summer semester despite Corona. “The summer semester 2020 will be an unusual one, but it should not be a lost semester,” says a message from the Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK).
Depending on the development of the situation, the universities could, however, arrange the lecture period flexibly, i.e. postpone it within the semester, which also includes the “semester break”. The KMK has thus rejected requests from individual countries and the university rectors for a postponement.
De facto, there is still a time buffer of one month, because the next winter semester 2020/21 at universities and universities of applied sciences will only begin on November 1st.
Usually the summer semester of the universities runs from April 1st to September 30th, the winter semester from October 1st to the end of March. The “semester break” is part of the semester. The semesters at universities of applied sciences usually start one month earlier.
The dates for the application and admission process for the Bachelor’s programs for the winter semester 2020/2021 will be adjusted, announced the KMK. The opening of the application portals at the Foundation for University Admission for the subjects with central allocation is being postponed. The date will be on July 1st at the earliest, more details will be decided shortly.
The ministers of culture nonetheless recognize that universities are facing “new challenges” in these times. They therefore wanted to “support them as much as possible”. At the same time, the ministers thanked the universities and universities of applied sciences for their diverse efforts to ensure teaching and research operations – in particular by providing digital teaching and learning formats.
HRK President André Alt had warned in advance of “chaos”: It could not be “that one faculty offers 100 percent digital teaching, the other 30 and 30 percent and a third 70 percent”. In addition, practical courses in workshops and laboratories could not take place as long as the corona contact restrictions apply. The Ministers of Education do not address this point. They obviously hope that they can be made up for at the latest during the semester break.
Students who are unable to perform all or all of the services provided due to the consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic and the limited range of courses on offer “should not suffer any disadvantages,” the Minister of Education affirms. They therefore want to work for the federal government to ensure that flexible arrangements can be found, for example, with BAföG, child benefit or health insurance.
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“I’m getting used to it!” This is my third confinement in a row! ” Originally from China, Ran Yan has lived in a room at the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris for over two years. In January, she went home to celebrate the Chinese New Year and was “Confined for the first time”. Then was “Placed in quarantine for 14 days” upon his return to France.
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Student in second year of Master in Communication at Sciences-Po, she is on an apprenticeship contract with the LVMH group: “All of my courses are online and I have to continue teleworking my apprenticeship contract. “ More concerned for her family than for her own health, she found “More reasonable to sit quietly in [sa] small room “, where she feels “Much safer”.
When foreign confinement was announced, many foreign academics who came to study in France returned to their families.In particular “Americans and Europeans”, notes Laurence Marion, Director General of the Cité internationale. But two-thirds of them stayed.
Stay to avoid endangering others
This is the case of Yacine Abdelkefi, Tunisian and student at ESSEC, for fear of contaminating his “Parents or even (his) grandparents”. “The problem is that there we are all very close, we are very attached to our habits and applying the barrier gestures between us is complicated”, he admits.To alleviate his loneliness, however, he left his university room in Cergy (Val-d’Oise) to join his cousin’s apartment in Paris.
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“In France I lack nothing, but in Tunisia the threat of shortage and the problems of organization are much more important”, he explains.
Chiara Barbonese, a student in international relations at the University of Turin, also decided to stay, for “Go to the end of your Erasmus program”, in the company of two other Italian students. To brighten up her long days, she tries singing : ” I love singing very much. Every evening at 7:30 p.m. I sing on the balcony and others answer. “
Kill boredom with social media
For her, as for others, what should have been a break from freedom turns into a trial. Everyone has no choice but to organize to try to kill boredom, especially through social networks. “At the moment there is a challenge organized at the Cité internationale. It’s a battle dance between the members of each house “, says Ran Yan.
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“My favorite time of day is when my neighbor across the way starts playing music at 8:00 pm”, says Aysun Zeynolova, who arrived from Azerbaijan in 2018 and is a second-year master’s student at Sciences-Po Paris. Locked in a university residence with “Twenty people”, she started talking to them. “Little extras that do good “Recognizes the young girl who says to herself “Introverted” and experienced a long period of depression.
For some, financial insecurity adds to the worry for their families. University restaurants have closed and student jobs have become impossible.
Roxanne Guignon manages the solidarity grocery stores of the General Association of Students of Paris (AGEP) for precarious students. Due to a lack of supplies and volunteers, she had to close her two solidarity grocery stores in inner Paris but mobilized to continue to help them : “We are trying to redirect them to other organizations such as Secours Populaire for example. We also do almost daily follow-up with them, via WhatsApp conversations. “
For its part, the management of the Cité internationale universitaire will “Set up a scholarship system, on a case-by-case basis”.
3:30 p.m. | Simplified tax breaks for citizens and businesses
Citizens can henceforth simplify a simplified one because of the corona pandemic Application for tax relief put. This option is also intended for companies, as the Ministry of Finance announced on Monday. Specifically, according to the information, requests to adjust the tax advance payments, deferral of tax payments or enforcement deferral can be requested from the tax office in a simplified procedure.
It is pointed out that the need for the relief is not generally justified by the Corona crisis, but concrete effects should be described.
3:15 pm | Who wants, who have not got?
On the edge of the Dölauer Heide in Halle, this picture was seen on Monday: One or more donors hung toilet paper rolls on the signpost. If you shy away from the way to the supermarket, you can secure an emergency supply when you drive past.
2:55 pm | Magdeburg 2020 without “Long Science Night”
Although it was only planned for June 6, the “Long Night of Science” in Magdeburg will not take place this year. As the city announced, the organization is currently difficult due to the Corona location. In addition, it is not predictable how the situation will develop in the coming months. Therefore, the city, together with the university, university of applied sciences and the scientific institutions, agreed on one Postponement of the 15th “Long Night of Science” agreed.
It is now scheduled to take place on May 29, 2021. Almost all of the city’s scientific institutions traditionally open their doors at the event – they provide information, show experiments and invite people to participate.
As of Wednesday, the Uchtspringe specialist clinic will set up a hotline with experienced psychologists. According to the clinic, people who suffer from the consequences of the corona crisis should be given an open ear – for their fears and burdens.
The department head doctor in the clinic for psychotherapeutic medicine, psychosomatics and addiction medicine, Annegret Ankerhold, said: “Extensive decommissioning of public life is difficult for some people to cope with.” For many people, social contacts are a protective factor against psychological problems. This is now falling away.
Care phone for psychological problems of the Uchtspringe specialist clinic
The hotline will be open from Wednesday, April 1, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on 039 325 70 6795.
02:25 pm | Weißenfels basketball players are working hard for donations
The Bundesliga basketball team from MBC Weißenfels also hit the corona crisis hard. Since the season is paused, the important audience income is missing. The wolves speak of “one of the greatest challenges in the history of the club”.
The MBC has therefore started a crowdfunding campaign. Special association goodies will be offered until April 20 for donations. From a virtual ticket for 15 euros to a player sponsorship for 10,000 euros. In addition, the trainer team around Silvano Poropat offers basketball training, for example for companies.
In Russia, 182 cases of coronavirus infection were discovered per day, two elderly patients with COVID-19 died, the next week was declared non-working, and Vladimir Putin addressed the nation. The main thing is in the RBC review
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Dead and injured
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), on the evening of March 25 the number of infected new coronavirus in the world exceeded 414 thousand. According to current given Johns Hopkins University, the number of infected – 472 thousand, 114.9 thousand people recovered.
Leader in the number of confirmed cases, by given Johns Hopkins University, mainland China remains (81 736), Italy is second (74 386), and the United States is third (69 197). The most dead from coronavirus in Italy (7503), Spain (3647) and China (3169).
In total, 21,313 people died from coronavirus in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In Bochum, too, there was another death on Wednesday night. The victim was a man (78) who was a resident of the St. Johannes Abbey. The city of Bochum has announced this.
The number of infected people in Bochum has increased to 167. Twelve are currently in hospital treatment, four of them are intensive care.
19:14: Another death in Essen
On Wednesday night, a woman (82) died of coronavirus. She was first transferred from the Marienhaus in the west district to the Essen University Hospital, later died. The city of Essen announced this on Wednesday. So far, 259 people have tested positive.
There are 289 infected people in Düsseldorf. The state capital announced this on Wednesday. Of these, 37 are treated in hospitals, twelve in intensive care units. Around 400 people are currently in quarantine at home.
17:57: Duisburg has 189 infected
According to the city, 189 people in Duisburg have been infected with the corona virus, three have recovered. 24 people are hospitalized in the hospital. In addition, 544 contact persons are in quarantine at home.
The number of infected people in Herne rose to 41. The city announced this on Wednesday. The crisis team has also decided that no contributions for childcare, open all-day and for the municipal music school have to be paid for April.
5.11 p.m .: Düsseldorf provides additional help for the homeless
The city of Düsseldorf opens the Aldekerkstraße and Vogelsanger Weg accommodations to the homeless as emergency sleeping places with a total of 83 places, which now also offer a day stay with meals. The city has also rented a hotel, which will be made available to the “Ariadne” women’s emergency shelter with 24 places.
In addition, 675 food packages are distributed daily by the participating institutions. Around 160 of these provisions are distributed on the street by street workers and distributed to the homeless on the bedtime bus.
16:22: Minister Laumann: 9,421 infected people in NRW, 61 dead
According to the Ministry of Health, there are currently 9,421 confirmed corona cases in NRW. That is 676 more cases than on Tuesday. The number of deaths is 61. According to Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU), 621 people are treated in the hospital. 196 of them received intensive medical care. Of these, 165 would have to be ventilated.
3.45 p.m .: Oberhausen: Young people scoff at the ban on contact – then they are speechless
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3.10 p.m .: Exams take place as planned
The Abitur exams should take place as planned. At the present time, it was not necessary to cancel exams, the federal minister of culture (KMK) said on Wednesday after a ministerial conference call.
The decision looks like this in detail:
The Kultusministerkonferenz confirms its decision of March 12, 2020, according to which the federal states will mutually recognize the achievements of the school year 2019/20 on the basis of common regulations.
She emphasizes that all pupils will not have any disadvantages from the current exceptional situation and that they will be able to acquire their qualifications this school year.
The exams take place on the planned or a catch-up date by the end of the school year, insofar as this is permitted for reasons of infection protection. Students must be given sufficient time to prepare. The exams can also take place in closed schools, provided that there are no conflicting national regulations.
The federal states can exceptionally do without central elements from the Abitur task pool and replace them with decentralized elements
The federal states state that it is not necessary to cancel exams. The countries coordinate closely on how to proceed.
13:52: “It is perfidious that …” – Minister for Consumer Protection warns urgently
NRW Consumer Protection Minister Ursula Heinen-Esser (CDU) has warned of fraudsters and traders in the corona crisis. “It’s perfidious that some people want to profit from the crisis,” she said in Düsseldorf on Wednesday.
Whether fake websites that steal data from Internet users or attempted fraud at the door of the elderly – citizens should report any criminal attempt to the police, the minister said. The police also warned of fraudsters on the phone or on the doorstep who would offer their help or pretend to be relatives under the guise of corona precautionary measures.
13.09: NRW releases prisoners
The North Rhine-Westphalian state government wants to release prisoners early because of the Corona crisis. In the event of an outbreak in the penal system, he needs around 1,000 free cells to create quarantine zones, Justice Minister Peter Biesenbach (CDU) said in Düsseldorf on Wednesday.
For this reason, detention for less serious cases is to be interrupted with sentences of up to one and a half years if they were served by the end of July anyway. This does not apply to sex offenders and serious violent offenders and deportation candidates.
The detention is only interrupted and is to be continued later.
11:56 a.m .: Ruhr Festival canceled
The Ruhr Festival in Recklinghausen has been canceled due to the corona pandemic. The team is currently evaluating various options for postponing parts of the program until autumn, the festival management announced on Wednesday. The internationally renowned, traditional theater festival was to take place from May 1st to June 13th.
Tickets for theater theater plays that have already been purchased can be returned for a refund of the purchase price. The Ruhr Festival, however, appealed to the cardholders to help the festival reduce the financial losses due to the cancellation due to the corona by waiving a refund.
11 a.m .: New numbers – over 60 dead
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections rose to 9,421 in NRW. According to the State Ministry of Health, 676 cases were added compared to the previous day (as of 10 a.m.). The number of deaths rose by 16 compared to the previous day to 61.
The published state figures are based on reports from all 53 districts and independent cities to the state ministry. In the meantime, individual municipalities may have already announced higher numbers of cases.
10:26: Essen woman dies – three are considered healthy
The fifth person died in Essen as a result of the coronavirus. An 82-year-old palliative patient from the Marienhaus in the western district was transferred to the Essen University Hospital and died at night. Up to Wednesday, 259 people in the city had tested positive for the corona virus.
A domestic quarantine is currently arranged for 1,357 people. A total of three people are healthy again with mild symptoms after a corona disease.
The people suffering from the coronavirus in Essen are in particular from the age groups 30-50 years and 50-70 years. The third most affected age group are people over 70 years of age.
10.04 a.m .: Abi 2020: decision on Friday
The NRW state government wants to decide on the 2020 Abitur exams by Friday. “North Rhine-Westphalia is prepared for various scenarios and will make another move this week to take a common path with as many countries as possible,” School Minister Yvonne Gebauer (FDP) told the Aachener Zeitung (Wednesday).
“If this is not possible, North Rhine-Westphalia will make its decisions regardless of this and present them on Friday,” says Gebauer’s statement, which is also available to the German Press Agency.
7.53 a.m .: Students study at home – success is different
Since the schools closed, pupils in NRW are learning remotely via online platforms and mobile apps. There were satisfied comments, but also criticism of the lack of equipment and the allegation of unequal learning conditions for the students. Mayor Thomas Geisel (SPD) said that 15,000 tablets will be purchased in the state capital of Düsseldorf.
“I have families, there are now six children in a 3-room apartment. There is no opportunity to work in a protected learning atmosphere, ”said the headmaster of a focus school in East Westphalia. The school ministry, on the other hand, assured: “The suspension of classes must not result in a disadvantage for any pupil.”
7.21 am: Young people cough at passers-by – 200 euros fine
Four young people (19 to 22) hung out in a parking lot in Oberhausen on Wednesday night. The four apparently do not believe in the blocking of contacts, which prohibits a meeting of more than two people. Witnesses then spoke to them, whereupon the four people taunted and deliberately coughed at the passers-by.
The police were called and immediately intervened: a fine of 200 euros – in this case, tuition – comes to the four for an administrative offense. Details of the group were initially unknown.
6.18 a.m .: 54 dead – but the curve flattens in Heinsberg district
54 people died as a result of the coronavirus in NRW. The Ministry of Health reported on Tuesday. That is 14 more reported deaths than the previous day. The number of infected broke the 9000 mark.
There is, however, more positive news from the Heinsberg district: Here the curve of the infected flattened out slightly. According to the Ministry, 1,043 people (as of 4:00 p.m.) were infected with the virus in a particularly affected group on Tuesday. The previous day there were 1004. So far 25 people have died in the district.
Tuesday March 24th
8:31 pm: City of Essen reports fourth death
There has been a fourth death in Essen since Tuesday afternoon. A 92-year-old resident from Alfried-Krupp-Heim in Frohnhausen was transferred to the university clinic last week due to a stroke. When admitted, it was tested positive for the corona virus. The patient died because of the previous illness. So far, 250 people have tested positive in Essen.
5:02 pm: Two women from Bochum died
Terrible news from Bochum! Two women died as a result of the coronavirus on Tuesday. They were 89 and 81 years old. The city announced on Tuesday.
16:58: Düsseldorf: No major events until the end of May
The city of Düsseldorf announced Tuesday that there will be no major events by the end of May. Many organizers had already canceled on their own initiative. The city intends to extend the general decree of March 11, according to which events with more than 1,000 participants may no longer take place, until the end of May. According to the city, 270 people are infected in Düsseldorf.
4.44 p.m .: The number of infected people in Duisburg increases
In Duisburg, the number of people infected with coronavirus rose to 173 people. According to the city, 23 of these are hospitalized and 150 are in quarantine at home.
4:08 p.m .: Decided! State parliament approves € 25 billion aid package
It was just a formality, now it is fixed: on Tuesday, the NRW state parliament unanimously approved an aid package worth 25 billion euros to deal with the economic consequences of the Corona crisis. All five factions quickly agreed to the rescue package, which has been unprecedented in the country’s history.
15:58: Doctor returns from retirement and dies after a heart attack
What a tragedy! A medical professional collapsed in the central smear center in Herford on Monday and then died in the hospital, according to the Herford district on Tuesday. According to “Neue Westfälische”, the doctor had volunteered when retired to help in the crisis. The message says about the cause of death: “The cause of death is still unknown, presumably the man died of a heart attack.”
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13:08: NRW announces juicy corona punishments
Those who do not comply with the state government’s new guidelines to contain the pandemic are now at risk of heavy fines. For example, the police are required to impose the following penalties for non-compliance:
Picnicking or barbecuing in public: 250 euros
Meeting of two to ten people: 200 euros per person
Public gathering of more than ten people: a fine or up to five years in prison
Visit to retirement home or hospital: 200 euros
Eating to-go dishes within 50 meters of a restaurant: 200 euros
Operating a hairdressing salon: 2,000 euros
Operating a bar: 5,000 euros
These fines are to be doubled in the event of repetition. In particularly severe cases, repetition can result in a fine of up to 25,000 euros. This applies to the operation of restaurants, for example.
12.55 p.m .: Third dead in Essen
In the night of Tuesday, a person died in the University Hospital Essen from the consequences of the corona infection. It was tested positive for the corona virus when it was posted. The 89-year-old was transferred from the Alfried-Krupp-Heim to the university hospital last week with severe previous illnesses. The patient has already received palliative care in the hospital.
11.37 a.m .: 45 people die in NRW
The number of deaths as a result of coronavirus rose to 45, compared to five fewer the previous day. 8745 people are infected, which is 734 more than on Monday. The NRW Ministry of Health presented these figures on Tuesday morning.
Coronavirus infections now report all 53 districts and independent cities in NRW. The Ministry emphasized that the development was dynamic. The numbers were based on current official reports that the state ministry had received. Municipalities may have already announced higher numbers of cases.
11:21: NRW admits patients from Italy – “It’s about life and death”
After Saxony, NRW now wants to treat corona patients from Italy. Armin Laschet said before the Düsseldorf Landtag that he had offered the neighboring country to admit ten patients initially. The Italian Air Force will transfer the patients to NRW in the coming days, said the Prime Minister. The situation in Italy shows “immense tragedies,” said Laschet. “It’s about life and death.”
In his view, three goals now have top priority:
Slow the spread of the virus
Massively expand the health care system
To cushion the impact of the pandemic on the economy
To achieve this, Laschet wants to pump 25 billion into the NRW economy to protect companies and jobs. The supplementary budget is to be adopted today in a quick process with all parliamentary groups.
8:03 am: NRW changes care plan – experts in concern
For days now, schools and daycare centers to curb the corona pandemic have been closed nationwide. Now the state of North Rhine-Westphalia eased the rules for emergency childcare on Friday. Since then, only one parent has to work in a systemically relevant profession so that a child can be cared for in an emergency. This causes irritation for many educators and doctors. “If we have more children in daycare centers and schools again, we risk new chains of infection,” said Christiane Thiele, state chair of the professional association for children and adolescents.Rheinische Post“.
However, Karl-Josef Laumann defended the regulation: “Too many nurses stayed at home last week to look after their children,” said the NRW Minister of Health. The reason: partners often earn more than carers, which forces the latter to take care of their own children. “I am glad that parents in system-relevant areas are now being given more options for childcare,” says Laumann. According to initial samples, the demand for the decision increased above all in daycare centers.
There, however, there is growing concern about new infections: “Every child and every employee in the building is a potential virus thrower,” says the manager of a large daycare center, which wants to remain anonymous to the newspaper for fear of her job.
7.10 a.m .: Heinsberger district administrator is freaking out at “Hart but fair”
No area in Germany has so far hit the corona virus harder than the Heinsberg district. On Monday evening, District Administrator Stephan Pusch was a guest at “Hart aber fair”. According to a statement by moderator Frank Plasberg, the Heinsberg district administrator’s collar burst. Here you can read what Pusch was upset about >>>
Berlin The 23,500 high school graduates in Hesse have almost completed the written tests: They started with English on Thursday last week as planned – and ended on April 2 with biology. In the examination rooms, the students sit far apart, in the schoolyard they have to keep the usual one and a half meter corona distance.
After the Chancellor and the Prime Ministers decided on the exit restriction on Sunday, Minister of Culture Alexander Lorz (CDU) sent a video message to the high school graduates: He was “proud of them that they take the matriculation exam under these special circumstances, even though they did can’t even celebrate in the foreseeable future ”.
Anyone who does not feel able to cope with the corona stress can switch to the re-writing appointment without further reason. “We could have made it easy for ourselves and postponed the entire high school diploma,” said Lorz. “But we wanted to give those who were preparing the chance to take the exam now.”
That is the one variant, the pragmatic one. In Schleswig-Holstein, on the other hand, all final exams should be completely canceled. Education Minister Karin Prien wants instead to award diplomas based on previous grades. The cabinet will decide on this Wednesday. In the current situation and the special challenge, this is not only necessary for our school system, but also for each one of us.
The third variant is the postponement: Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania started here, followed by Bavaria, which was also at the forefront of school closings, and Thuringia. The differences between countries in dealing with the Abitur are far greater than with the initial restrictions in the fight against the corona virus.
In the Free State, the exams would have only started on April 30, and now they are even scheduled for May 20. On Thursday, Minister of Culture Michael Piazolo (Free Voters) also announced that the final exams of middle, secondary and business schools would be postponed by 14 days. “We want to give enough time to prepare for the exams,” he said.
No uniform regulations
The president of the German Teachers’ Association, Heinz-Peter Meidinger, is furious with the confusion: “It is annoying that so far there have been hardly any agreements between the countries,” he told the “Passauer Neue Presse”. Because “Abitur graduates want reliability above all. Movements can make sense in individual cases. But the countries should coordinate better. “
Even if the schools were to remain closed, conditions would have to be created so that the exams could be organized and the greatest possible protection against infection observed. “This must now be a top priority so that our graduates do not lose a year completely,” warns Meidinger.
He had already pointed out last week that there are no nationwide corona holidays because teachers are still on duty in the majority of countries. “So you have to find ways to communicate with your students. And the students are obliged to take part in this communication, ”he said in the Handelsblatt interview.
The chair of the philologists’ association has not ruled out a high school diploma without final exams because of the possible consequences of the corona crisis. Basically, she does not see the Abitur in danger, said Susanne Lin-Klitzing the editorial network Germany. “Depending on how the corona situation develops, the exams can simply be carried out a little later,” said the chair of the interest group of the high school teachers.
If that is not possible, there are alternatives. Two thirds of the Abitur grade were already achieved through the services in the courses. The last third of the grade should reflect an exam situation. “But we don’t necessarily need the Abitur exams. We could also calculate this grade from previous written tests in the examination subjects, ”said Lin-Klitzing.
Secure school year
Stefanie Hubig, President of the Conference of Ministers of Education, has already brushed aside horrific versions of a cancellation of the entire school year. “The school year 2019/2020 will definitely be rated,” said the SPD politician.
The Abitur is also assured: “In the event that final exams cannot be carried out at all, there will be a corresponding regulation that ensures mutual recognition.” The Ministers of Education had agreed on this. The students should have no disadvantages due to the corona crisis.
Written exams in Hubig’s homeland of Rhineland-Palatinate have been over since the end of January. The country had opted for a middle course in the dispute over G8 and G9 – since then the high school there has lasted eight and a half years. The oral exams are therefore already underway. Hubig decided that they are also possible with a safe distance.
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Over the weekend, Fort Worth and
residents of the surrounding area extended a Texas-sized hand by donating blood
in this moment of great need.
Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest tonk, hosted a 3-day blood drive. The activity is temporarily closed in the interest of public health as city leaders fight the spread of coronavirus.
According to Carter BloodCare, theirs
the team collected 316 blood units over the weekend.
“Thank you to the community for giving the gift of life at such an important time,” said Carter BloodCare spokeswoman Linda Goelzer.
Mayor Betsy Price allowed to open the doors for the special 3-day blood tour that used a room that allowed the recommended social spacing between donor beds and waiting areas.
“Concerns about COVID-19 and the
the closure of schools, universities and companies led to the cancellation of 4,000
blood drives across the country and a dramatic drop in blood donations, ”
Billy Bob said in a press release.
Drive-thru sites have been opened in the United States to make testing the new coronavirus faster and safer. But just like the rest of the United States’ response to the pandemic, the system has been characterized by inconsistencies, delays and shortcomings. Many people who have symptoms and a doctor’s order have waited hours or days for a test.
More than a week after President Donald Trump promised that states and retail stores such as Walmart and CVS would open drive-through test centers, few sites are active and are not yet open to the public. Some states are leaving the test sector open to the private sector; others are coordinating efforts through state health departments.
Patients complained that they had to jump through bulky red tape and wait for days to get tested, then wait even longer for a result. The test centers were opened in some places to be closed shortly afterwards due to the shortage of supplies and staff. And while the drive-through test centers that have been opened are generally sorted, in some there have been long lines.
The slow increase in COVID-19 tests and the unpredictable nature of the system make it difficult for public health officials to track the spread of the disease and bring it under control.
“We need to do more extensive testing to fully understand the scale of the public health situation we are facing,” said Joseph Wendelken, a spokesman for the Rhode Island Department of Health.
Dr Brett Giroir, the federal health officer in charge of overseeing the tests, said on Saturday at a White House briefing that approximately 195,000 people have so far been tested in the United States. This figure does not include some people who have been tested in private laboratories.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness can take anywhere from three weeks to six weeks to recover.
Drive-through test sites have sprung up in places in over 30 states: in state parks and parking lots, near medical centers and universities, the Mississippi state fairgrounds, and near where the Jacksonville Jaguars play. The governor of Maryland last week ordered the stopping of vehicle emission inspection programs across the state, so that the offices could be used as drive-thru centers to test the virus.
But as of Friday, there were no open drive-through tests available in Maryland inspection centers.
The Utah health department said it is not responsible for the sites and is not monitoring them. The North Carolina health director said the state is leaving the tests to the private sector and declined to say how many sites there are. In contrast, in Rhode Island, health organizations manage the sites in collaboration with the state health department.
On Thursday, cars lined up for more than a mile outside a hospital in Houston when the first drive-through test site was opened. U.S. representative Sheila Jackson Lee said she administered fewer than 200 tests in the first six hours.
Elsewhere, at various sites visited by Associated Press reporters, the scenes were well controlled and sometimes quite silent.
Dozens of people waiting by car in a downtown Homestead, Florida on Wednesday waited for their turn to speak with a screener who was wearing a suit and mask and carrying notes. Some were apparently removed. Others were stirred, checked their temperatures, and swabbed for the samples.
But the shortage of supply has stopped the thrusters in several states, including Colorado, New Mexico, Virginia, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina and Utah. A Las Vegas site was shut down because it didn’t have enough workers.
New York state opened several centers with great fanfare on Tuesday. By Friday, however, the New York City health department issued a warning saying that only people requesting hospitalization should be tested, due to a shortage of protective equipment such as face masks. Drive-thru sites in New York State remain open, but only to people who meet certain criteria.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said he had asked the federal government for additional test kits and supplies, but the state received a warning Thursday that all of its requests for drive-through test pods and test kits “are undefined arrears, without any estimate of a timeline for delivery. “
“This is our unfortunate Nevada reality. It depends on us, “he said.
The sites themselves are dotted with tents and traffic cones. The most important features are medical personnel who wear masks, gloves and protective vests or other clothing. They take nose and throat swabs from people sitting in their cars or help people get in for the test.
Some states have only one drive-thru site. Montana’s only site is in Billings, the largest city in the state. Others have a dozen.
Security guards have been reported on many sites, but an AP survey of states did not reveal any security concerns. In Rhode Island, the National Guard was on hand to set up the state’s three drive-thru sites and even to buffer patients.
The vast network of drive-thru sites in retail chains that Trump claimed was coming over a week ago has not materialized yet. CVS has opened a site in Massachusetts that defines a “test model”. Walmart launched two sites on Sunday and Walgreens said it will launch one, all three in Illinois. Only healthcare professionals and first responders are allowed, and Walmart said that a maximum of 150 tests per day could be performed on its federal sites.
The patchwork of approaches has caused confusion for patients. Caroline Mauldin was sentenced to get tested by her doctor in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday after suffering from pain and chills for several days.
To make an appointment at a center in a medical center, she had to fill out a long online questionnaire and spent two days calling a number that went to voicemail and did not answer messages. He resorted to tweets in the hospital several times just to get things going.
Finally, on Thursday, he had an appointment for Monday. And she was told that the results would not return until after 4-5 days. The visit will cost you $ 25, he said. Complicating things, he doesn’t have a car and has to borrow it from a friend.
“Here we have a lot of older, low-income people who don’t have Internet access and who don’t have access to transportation. And since they’re the highest risk population, how are we testing for them?” She asked.
In urban areas such as New York and Philadelphia, some sites offer “walk-up” dating for people without cars.
At the Penn Medicine test site in West Philadelphia, two security agents were late on Thursday to make sure that people arriving by car or on foot had an appointment. For about 40 minutes that evening, the line of cars never grew to more than six or seven. But Patricia Sullivan, Penn Medicine’s quality manager, said every morning last week, 25-35 cars were lined up and six or seven standing patients were 6 feet apart on a porch waiting to be seen.
The 20 sites in Greater Philadelphia are testing around 1,000 people a day, but that hasn’t eliminated pent-up demand.
Rosanne Tanner’s 79-year-old mother has been suffering from fever and chest pain since returning from a visit to Tanner’s brother and wife, who had recently been on a cruise ship.
His doctor ordered a test on Tuesday, but when he tried to make an appointment at a drive-through site in a hospital outside of Philadelphia, he was told that “they are overloaded, they are bogged down,” Tanner said.
Medical staff told her that they are scheduling 15 minutes apart, so there are no bottlenecks on the test site.
Finally on Thursday his mother made sure of an appointment for the following Tuesday. Then, he will have to wait another five days for a result.
“The delay in these tests is putting people at risk,” said Tanner.
In Rhode Island, state officials said they are testing 100 to 200 people per day at all test sites, including three drive thrusters.
Governor Gina Raimondo said they want to perform 500 to 600 a day, but they don’t have the supplies they need.
“It is our top priority to reach a place where everyone who needs it can be tested and you will get results very quickly,” said Raimondo during a press conference held on Facebook Live on Friday on Friday. “So if you’re positive, we can quarantine you.”
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The universities of Oxford and Cambridge will replace exams this summer with online assessments due to the coronavirus pandemic, among the calls of thousands of British students who can choose to give up the final or start again in the last year.
The move comes after students from Oxford, Edinburgh and University College London (UCL) joined their peers in Cambridge in asking for a choice of ratings from the past year, warning that the worsening Covid-19 epidemic threatens the their academic performance.
The University of Cambridge announced Friday that it will replace this summer’s exams with an online assessment. Students who are unable to do so because of “illness, care responsibilities or technical difficulties” will be allowed to carry out an evaluation at a later date, not yet determined, when the university is fully operational again. He added that this “will inevitably have an impact on when they can graduate.” But students will not be allowed to postpone their assessments until the next academic year.
On Friday, in an e-mail to the students, prof. Martin Williams, vice-chancellor for education in Oxford, has announced that there will be no “conventional exam” next term. He said that the university expected the substitute assessment to include “open book, remote and online exams,” and invited students to declare their preferences in an online consultation.
Williams told the Guardian that the pandemic had forced students “into academic limbo”.
His announcement came in response to an open letter from over 1,200 Oxford students, including nearly 30% of this year’s finalists, who invited the university to allow those who are expected to graduate this summer to start again. last year in September or Easter of 2021. Students have proposed that students of the last year should be able to receive a classification based on previous grades, dissertations and other courses or even obtain an unclassified diploma.
Some Oxford degree programs are normally fully assessed for last year’s exams. Seven students at university have so far achieved positive results for Covid-19.
Luci Dennewill, a student of politics, philosophy and economics, co-author of the letter, said that the university must offer students different options to complete their diplomas because they faced different challenges due to the pandemic.
For example, foreign students who have been forced to return to authoritarian regimes have had difficulty taking online exams due to restrictive firewalls, he added.
“For me personally, the best option would be to take exams online at home. I can’t delay my degree because I will have to start business intelligence work in September, “he said.
About 1,200 students of the University of Edinburgh signed an open letter requesting that the final exams and courses be made optional, with the finalists having been able to choose to obtain the graduation mark based on their assessments to date.
The letter, written by Ruby Wlaschin, a last year’s international relations student, invited university principal Peter Mathieson to consider refunding each student the equivalent of at least four weeks of tuition, £ 3,036, 37 for international students, due to the interruption caused by the outbreak and the strike of the teachers.
In an email to Wlaschin, published on the Tab, Mathieson acknowledged that his annual team “was particularly unfortunate” due to industrial action and “Covid-19’s unprecedented emergency”.
More than 1,000 UCL students signed a letter asking for his plans to continue with the summer exams. The letter states: “Asking us to continue working normally seems like madness. The situation will certainly put us at a disadvantage. The current position of UCL seems to neglect both the equity and the mental and physical health of their students. “
Durham University announced this week that all summer exams will be replaced with online assessments.
A spokesman for the University of Edinburgh said: “Students in the first and second year will be assessed on the basis of the work already presented as an alternative to the exams. Those in the third year and beyond will pass the online exams. Students must be sure that they will reach their qualifications on time and will maintain the same value. “
A UCL spokesman said he had decided to move all the teachings online and create alternative assessments because of “the significant risks for our students to postpone the exams to an indefinite point in the future”. He added: “This is extremely complex and will take a few weeks. In the meantime, we have advised students to continue preparing according to the exam schedule. “
Paris announced Saturday morning in a brief statement the release of Roland Marchal, expected in France in the middle of the day. However, French President Emmanuel Macron has again “Urged the Iranian authorities to immediately release our compatriot Fariba Adelkhah”, Franco-Iranian researcher still imprisoned in Iran.
→ EXPLANATION How the liberation of Roland Marchal by Iran went
On Friday, Persian New Year’s Day, Iran announced an exchange of detainees with Paris. The Islamic Republic had then indicated that France had freed Iranian engineer Jalal Rohollahnejad, whose French justice has nevertheless just accepted his extradition to the United States. The French presidency does not mention the exchange of prisoners.
The support committee remains mobilized for Fariba Adelkhah
The support committee of the two French researchers detained in Iran welcomed the release of Roland Marchal. “But only half the way has been covered. Remains in equally arbitrary detention Fariba Adelkhah, of both Iranian and French nationality and therefore from the point of view of French law as a full citizen of the French Republic ”, said Jean-François Bayart, professor at the Geneva Institute of Advanced International Studies and Development (IHEID) and member of the AFP support committee.
Franco-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah September 19, 2012 / Sciences Po / AFP / Archives
→ PORTRAIT Fariba Adelkhah, “scientific prisoner” in Iran
The Franco-Iranian anthropologist Fariba Adelkhah, a specialist in Shiism, 60, and his companion, the Africanist Roland Marchal, 64, who came to join her on a private visit, had been arrested by the Revolutionary Guards, the army ideology of the regime, June 5, 2019 at Tehran airport.
Charges facing the death penalty in Iran
Both were accused of “Collusion to undermine national security”, a crime punishable by two to five years in prison. The researcher is also being prosecuted for “Propaganda against the system”. However, the charge of spying on her, which faces the death penalty, was dropped in January. Only Fariba Adelkhah appeared on March 3 at the start of their trial, immediately postponed to an unspecified date.
In Paris, their support committee has always claimed their innocence and called for their immediate release, saying they fear for their lives because of their state of health.
These concerns have been reinforced with the accelerated spread of Covid-19 in Iran, one of the most affected countries in the world with a death toll of 1,433 on Friday. The epidemic is particularly feared in prison.
Fariba Adelkhah was further weakened by a 49-day hunger strike. Roland Marchal, in almost complete isolation, was very affected “Mentally and physically”, according to his lawyer.
Trial of French researchers Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, detained in Iran since June, opens / AFP
An exchange with Iranian engineer Jalal Rohollahnejad
No information has filtered into the circumstances of his release. But the two researchers were considered a possible currency for the release of the Iranian engineer, detained in France since February 2019 and whose extradition the United States is demanding. Jalal Rohollahnejad is accused by Washington of having tried to bring technological equipment into Iran in violation of the American sanctions against Tehran.
Over the past few months, Iran has exchanged prisoners with countries holding Iranian nationals who have been convicted, awaiting trial, or are facing extradition to the United States. Tehran also released several iconic prisoners on the occasion of the Persian New Year, against a background of coronavirus, while Iran, already bloodless due to US sanctions, is still weakened by the pandemic.