Because they affect the two areas where we have the greatest problems
The barometer in the retail sector fell slightly: the companies there are currently planning with constant employee numbers. According to Ifo, the construction industry is still looking for new employees in order to be able to process its current orders.
North Korea wants to hack South Korean vaccine development
South Korea’s secret service has foiled North Korean attempts to hack South Korean companies developing corona vaccines, according to News1. The agency quoted a member of the domestic secret service parliamentary committee.
Raid in Berlin-Neukölln on suspicion of corona subsidy fraud
The police searched the Dar-as-Salam mosque in Neukölln on Thursday morning. There is a suspicion of fraud with Corona emergency aid, a police spokesman confirmed to the "Daily mirror". Officials also searched the chairman’s home and residence addresses.
Lots of mask violations on trains and at stations
According to a report by the Funke media group, there are massive violations of corona infection protection in the trains and stations. In just two months, the federal police admonished 145,000 people because they either worn the mouth and nose protection incorrectly or not at all. In most cases, the travelers would have responded to the address. On the other hand, in almost 2,500 cases, those addressed showed themselves unreasonable and continued to violate the mask requirement. Here the police switched on the responsible health department "to punish possible administrative offense proceedings".
US researchers: More than a million infected people in Germany
According to data from US researchers, there have been more than one million confirmed infections with the virus in Germany since the beginning of the corona pandemic. That came out on Thursday from data from the University of Johns Hopkins (JHU) in Baltimore.
The university’s data are regularly updated and therefore often show a higher level than official figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) or the countries concerned. In some cases, however, the numbers were corrected afterwards.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has counted a total of 983 588 detected infections with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic (as of November 26, 12 a.m.). The number of deaths related to the virus rose 389 to a total of 15,160 as of Thursday.
Heil: Corona aid should not be counted towards basic security
Hartz IV recipients should not have to fear any fines if they use the current state aid in the partial lockdown due to the corona crisis. Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) told the German Press Agency in Berlin that he wanted to ensure that the November and December economic aid and the so-called bridging aid 3 are not counted towards the basic security. "We will now clarify this with one another in the coalition."
Trump: Covid vaccine will be delivered from next week
US President Donald Trump has announced the first deliveries of Covid vaccine for the coming week. In a video link with U.S. soldiers overseas on the Thanksgiving holiday, Trump said extraditions would begin next week and the following week. First, vulnerable groups such as medical workers and the elderly would be vaccinated. No vaccine has yet been approved in the United States.
Survey: Almost three quarters want to limit Christmas visits
According to a study, almost three quarters of Germans (73 percent) want to limit visits and contacts with their family at least a little at Christmas. While 78 percent are planning a restriction in West Germany, it is 58 percent in East Germany, according to the editorial version of the German trend in the ARD morning magazine.
Ministry wants to secure up to 60 million rapid tests per month
The Federal Ministry of Health wants to secure 60 million rapid tests for the months from January to March, like the one "Rheinische Post" reported citing a ministry spokesman.thesis statement to kill a mockingbird Accordingly, it should be 40 million for the three months thereafter and 30 million monthly from the middle of the year up to and including December 2021. These rapid tests are to be delivered primarily to the health and care sector, as the newspaper reports.
Woman in quarantine at the wheel: blown during an inspection
During a traffic control, the police in Grevenboich in the Rhineland caught a number of speeders as well as a woman who was under corona quarantine. The officers stopped the driver because she is said to have used a cell phone. At the window that was down, the woman informed the law enforcement officers that she was infected with the corona virus and was in quarantine, as the police announced on Thursday for an operation the day before.
According to the information, the woman had offered a friend to drive him to his upcoming corona test. Now they are being investigated. The police are appealing: "If you are infected with Covid-19, you have to stay in quarantine! Protect the people in your immediate vicinity."
83 Corona infected people in the slaughterhouse in Vilshofen
At least 83 employees have contracted the corona virus in a slaughterhouse in Vilshofen (Passau district). The infections became known through the company’s weekly routine tests, said a spokeswoman for the Passau district office on Thursday.
According to the slaughterhouse, the first cases became known last Friday. "We stopped production on Monday"said a company spokesman. So far 83 of the total of 300 employees have tested positive. The corona infected were divided between two houses for quarantine. Around 30 close contacts were housed and isolated in a separate house. The employees had previously lived in shared apartments.
Lauterbach: Come on now "very much on the behavior of the population"
SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach gave an assessment of the resolutions that were taken on Wednesday by the federal and state governments to contain the corona pandemic:
“On the whole, I am very satisfied with the resolutions. Because they affect the two areas where we have the greatest problems. The schools and the private meetings. Whether the resolutions will really be enough to achieve a safe time between Christmas and New Year, in which the corona pandemic does not develop in the direction of a third wave, is not clear. It will depend very much on the behavior of the population. In any case, much more has to be implemented voluntarily by the population than we saw in the breakwater shutdown. Otherwise we won’t get the number of cases reduced sufficiently, ”he told t-online.
800 corona deaths registered in Italy in one day
In Italy, more than 820 people died in one day in connection with a corona infection. The authorities recorded one of the highest casualty figures since the pandemic began in February. At the same time, the Ministry of Health reported around 29,000 new infections in the country with 60 million inhabitants on Thursday for the past 24 hours. Although this value was above the previous days, it was around 7,000 cases below the value a week ago.
At the end of March, the Mediterranean country had recorded its previous high of almost 1,000 corona deaths in one day. In total, almost 53,000 people have died with or from the Sars-CoV-2 virus so far. Over 1.5 million corona cases have been recorded in Italy since the beginning of the pandemic. The government and many experts hope that the red zones and other restrictions will gradually take effect and that the curve of new infections will continue to flatten.
Berlin does not loosen the rules over Christmas – and reports high death rates
The easing of the contact restrictions for private meetings over Christmas and New Year’s Eve agreed by the federal and state governments should not apply in Berlin. Here you can read more about it.
In Berlin, it is proven that more than 100 people died in connection with the coronavirus within a week. There were 422 registered deaths on November 19, and 527 on Thursday, according to the Senate’s latest situation report. Here you can read more about it.
This now applies to travel by train
More trains, but fewer reservation options: After the federal-state decision on the corona crisis, Deutsche Bahn is adjusting its long-distance services. The reservation obligation, criticized by many sides, is off the table for the time being. Here you can read more about it.
Bavaria tightened resolutions of the Corona summit
Bavaria partly wants to go beyond the resolutions of the federal-state conference on corona policy on Wednesday. In hotspots with more than 200 infections per 100,000 inhabitants (incidence), school classes from grade 8 are to be divided in the future if minimum distances can no longer be observed. That said Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder after a cabinet meeting in Munich. From an incidence of 300, municipalities should have the opportunity to close schools, reduce the number of visits to old people’s and nursing homes, prohibit alcohol sales in city centers and even impose lockouts.
Apart from this tightening, Bavaria wants to adhere to the resolutions of the Corona summit with Chancellor Merkel (CDU). The school holidays in Bavaria also begin on December 19; Meetings of ten people from more than two households should be possible over Christmas and New Year’s Eve; There will be a ban on firecrackers in public places on New Year’s Eve in order to avoid crowds, but there will be no general ban on firecrackers.
Comment on the Corona summit: The fixation on Christmas is excessive
Söder justified the tightening for Bavaria with the infection process in his state. "The hospitals are full"Söder said, the first clinics were sending emergency signals. If the current number of 83 deaths per day continues until Christmas, 2,500 people would die in Bavaria alone by then. "This is a difficult fate for people", so Söder.
Chancellery Minister: Corona restrictions possible until March
According to Chancellery Minister Helge Braun (CDU), German citizens may have to be prepared for restrictions due to the corona pandemic until March. "Difficult winter months lie ahead of us. That goes until March"said Braun on Thursday in the RTL broadcast "Good morning Germany". More people could likely be vaccinated after March, and with spring it will be easier to keep infection numbers down.
"But this restraint, which we all have to show, will also accompany us in January, February and March and possibly also restrictive measures if our individual behavior is not sufficient", emphasized Braun.
He defended the tightening of contact requirements agreed on Wednesday between the federal and state governments and at the same time affirmed that hotels and restaurants will remain closed over Christmas. Here you can read all the details about the new measures. The agreement that has now been reached is initially valid until December 20th. "But we assume that we will have to extend this into January", said Braun the broadcaster RTL. However, the Chancellery Minister sees significant regional leeway for relaxation in the case of significantly falling infection numbers. It is important that everyone "with the big questions" and that there will be tightening where the number of infections increases significantly, said Braun.
Schleswig-Holstein goes a separate way with corona rules
Schleswig-Holstein does not want to implement all the resolutions of the federal-state conference on Wednesday. Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) spoke of one after the seven-hour negotiations between the country leaders and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) "special Schleswig-Holstein path". Body-close service providers such as nail salons and massage practices as well as zoos and animal parks are likely to reopen from Monday. Schleswig-Holstein will also face the stricter requirements for retailers and private meetings "do not go"said Günther.
Although it was possible "to achieve a common result". In some areas, however, the state government wants to take other measures than agreed. In the retail sector in Schleswig-Holstein the stipulation of ten square meters of retail space per customer remains, regardless of the size of the store. Provided that hygiene concepts are in place, the body-friendly service providers and the zoos are likely to reopen on Monday.
Günther also wants to regulate the contact restrictions in the private sector differently. Ten people are likely to meet privately in Schleswig-Holstein, regardless of how many households there are. "What is usual practice is also observed over the holidays in Schleswig-Holstein"said Günther. He is generally critical of the exception rule for public holidays in the other 15 federal states. "Especially over Christmas, especially on New Year’s Eve, it would be in everyone’s interest if everyone held back there too"said Günther.
Partial lockdown in Berlin by January is conceivable
Because of the particularly high number of corona infections in Berlin, the partial lockdown in the capital could take longer than the federal and state governments agreed on Wednesday. "Until January", said Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) "Daily mirror" to the question of whether Berlin wants to stick to the restrictions on, for example, bars and restaurants, cultural and leisure areas beyond December 20. "We have here the special situation of the high incidence figures", he added.
According to information from the German Press Agency, the red-red-green Senate wants to discuss this option at its special session on Thursday. It remains to be seen whether the extension of the extension of the partial lockdown will actually be decided in the end.
"Disappointing and risky" – first reactions to corona resolutions
Another corona summit, again stricter measures: The reactions from industry and trade are critical. While some of the state politicians defend the decisions, critics complain about inconsistency. Here you can read an overview of the initial reactions.
Protests against corona rules in Hildburghausen
In the corona hotspot district of Hildburghausen in Thuringia, around 400 people protested against the new infection protection rules in the district. According to the police, people gathered on Wednesday on the market square of the city of Hildburghausen. Read more here.