• In the U.S., according to data from Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday More than 200,000 infections with the corona virus have been detected been. Especially New York is hit hard. President Donald Trump justifies the highest number of infections worldwide by that the US would test more than any other country (more in the news blog below).
• The UN climate conference is postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The conference was supposed to take place in Glasgow in November.
• According to Chancellor Angela Merkel a relaxation of the previous public restrictions only become possible when the number of infections only doubled in a period of about 12 to 14 days. Before that she had another ten days spoken.
• The federal and state governments decide to tighten existing contact restrictions due to the corona crisis about the end of Easter vacation extend beyond. On Private trips over Easter should be avoided if possible.
Here are the current numbers on the coronavirus pandemic: The Johns Hopkins University reports over 870,000 infected and over 43,000 dead worldwide. A count of the daily level for Germany on Wednesday morning shows almost 72,000 sick people and 775 deaths.
The official figures for Germany come from
Robert Koch Institute. Accordingly, there are on Wednesday (as of midnight) 67,366 infected and 732 dead.
Background information about the corona virus:
Over 200,000 confirmed cases in the United States
More than 200,000 infections with the novel corona virus have been detected in the United States –
more than anywhere else in the world. That comes from data from the University of Johns Hopkins in Baltimore on Wednesday. On Wednesday afternoon (local time), the university recorded 203 608 cases. Much of the infection was registered in the state of New York. In terms of the absolute number of confirmed infections, the United States is now the worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic worldwide.
The values of the individual countries can be
difficult to compare due to the different test rate and the expected high number of unreported cases. In addition, the comparison of the absolute numbers lags because of the different population sizes. For every 100,000 inhabitants, there are more infections detected in Germany than in the United States.
Rescue anchor: A Navy hospital ship has docked in New York Harbor.
Guang Yu / dpa
US President Donald Trump repeatedly justifies the high number of infections with the fact that the USA would test more than any other country. That is true in absolute terms, but not in terms of population.
For example, South Korea tested more per capita than the United States.
Even though much more testing is now being done in the United States, governors, among others, are still complaining about a lack of testing.
The director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci,
anticipates millions of coronavirus infections in the United States. Trump has already sworn the Americans into dramatic casualties. The White House fears between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths in the United States, according to a forecast due to the corona virus – despite measures to contain it.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 4,400 people died in the United States as a result of the pandemic by Wednesday. The Washington government believes that death toll may peak in the middle of the month.
The crisis in the United States had recently worsened dramatically.
The number of known infections had only passed the 100,000 mark on Friday. Around 1,500 dead had been reported by then. Among other things, the slow preparation for the pandemic and a bottleneck in the corona virus tests are responsible for the development. (dpa)
New York wants to close playgrounds
Governor Andrew Cuomo believes that citizens of New York City are particularly hard hit by the coronavirus crisis
not strict enough about the extensive contact restrictions. This is especially true for young people. He announced that he would therefore close the playgrounds in New York City.
Meanwhile, the number of victims increased by 391 in one day to more than 1900.
The number of confirmed infections was around 84,000 – 9,000 more than on Tuesday. More than 12,000 patients are in the hospital. According to new model calculations, the state expects a need of up to 110,000 hospital beds for coronavirus patients and 37,000 ventilators – The peak of the pandemic was therefore calculated for the end of the month.
The US east coast state of New York with the metropolis of the same name has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the USA. Because the capacities of the hospitals there are not prepared to infect other sections of the population
provisional clinics set up and existing facilities expanded with additional beds. A Navy hospital ship has also docked in New York Harbor. There are strict exit restrictions for the cosmopolitan city, all shops that are not “vital” are closed. (dpa)
Get through the night well!
This day also has an end. We say goodbye to the live blog at this point and will be there for you again tomorrow morning. So stay healthy and alert, wash your hands and always think about the message of this current Seattle mural:
Always remember: stay friendly.
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The Netherlands propose funds for particularly affected countries
The Netherlands is proposing an international fund for countries particularly affected by the pandemic. Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra tells Reuters,
one would contribute about one billion euros as “a gift as a sign of solidarity”. The other EU countries were called on to participate and positive reactions were received. (Reuters)
UN climate conference is postponed
The United Nations climate conference is postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The British government announced on Wednesday evening.
The conference was supposed to take place in Glasgow, Scotland in November.
The decision was made jointly by the United Nations and the two organizers, Great Britain and Italy, the message said.
The conference is now scheduled to be held next year.
The exact date has not yet been determined.
“In light of the ongoing global effects of Covid-19, it is no longer possible to hold an ambitious, inclusive COP26 in November 2020,” so the reasoning. COP26 is the abbreviation for the next climate conference. “The world is currently facing an unprecedented global challenge and States are right to focus their efforts on saving lives and fighting Covid-19. That is why we decided to postpone the climate conference, ”said Alok Sharma, UK Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Looking forward too soon: Boris Johnson (right), Prime Minister of Great Britain, and Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy, should host the climate conference with their countries.
Chris J. Ratcliffe / dpa
This year’s UN climate summit was particularly important: Until then, the states should make their climate protection plans more ambitious. In total, they are still far from being sufficient to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to well below two degrees.
The Petersberg Climate Dialogue, an annual international meeting in Berlin, is scheduled to take place despite the coronavirus crisis. The meeting was moved to the internet. The climate dialogue, which Chancellor Angela Merkel also mostly attends, is planned for April 27 and 28.
Despite the postponement of the world climate conference
the EU Commission intends to stick to its schedule and present a new European climate target for 2030 by September.
This was announced by Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans in Brussels late Wednesday evening. Currently, the EU wants to bring greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The commission wants to raise the brand to 50 to 55 percent, but first carefully examine the effects.
Understand the postponement of the conference. Diplomacy is currently being slowed down by the coronavirus crisis. The decision was made so that the conference did not fall short of expectations due to the lack of participation. “That makes sense”, Timmermans explained.
The Greens in the European Parliament emphasized that the EU must now work even more for climate protection.
“The postponement of the climate conference does not postpone the climate crisis,” said environmental expert Michael Bloss. “Our work must now proceed all the more thoroughly, goal-oriented and faster so that climate protection and the climate conference become a success.” (dpa)
Coronavirus dropping number of murders in Medellín to record low
In the Colombian metropolis of Medellín, which was once notorious for the Pablo Escobar cartel and suffered from the violence of the drug lord
the number of murders due to the restrictions on public life due to the Covid 19 pandemic has been as low as it has been for decades no more. The city’s security secretariat announced that 18 people were killed there in March. “This is a historical number,” Medellín’s security secretary José Gerardo Acevedo said in a video from the city administration on Twitter.
According to a report by the newspaper “El Espectador” (Wednesday), March was the month with the least murders in Medellín in 40 years.
“Without a doubt, we cannot deny that the quarantine has brought us positives such as a decrease in crime,” said Acevedo. The total number of murders this year was 86, a 44 percent decrease. The number has also decreased for other offenses.
Horse riding: The Colombian police patrol on horses.
Fernando Vergara / dpa
In the 1980s and 1990s, drug boss Escobar ran his cocaine shops from Colombia’s second largest city after Bogotá, the Medellín cartel accounts for up to 6000 murders. Even after its destruction, the city remained the location with the highest murder rate worldwide for many years. The Wall Street Journal named Medellín the world’s most innovative city in 2013, trying to get rid of the legacy of the past. (dpa)
Munich clinic has to give up everyday operations
Due to a large number of coronavirus infections among patients and employees, a Munich clinic temporarily gives up normal hospital operations.
“The point is that we are not admitting new patients and the patients who could be discharged are not currently discharged,” the spokesman for the Helios Clinic Munich West, Marten Deseyve, explained on Wednesday evening on request. “All patients who are now there will continue to be there.” So infection chains should be broken. So far, 14 patients and 2 employees have tested positive, as Deseyve said.
The clinic had
an increased incidence of Covid-19 cases recorded, especially in a mixed internist and a surgical ward. As a countermeasure, there are now no inpatient admissions, transfers or layoffs. The emergency room is also affected.
In coordination with the municipal department for health and the environment, the
Safety precautions that previously only existed for suspected cases and those who tested positive were extended to the treatment of all patients. Employees should also wear mouth and nose protection in public and remain in quarantine at home with the exception of their working hours. All patients and staff are now tested for the Sars-CoV-2 virus. How long this “frozen state” remains is still unclear, said Deseyve. (dpa)
The questions of the day
The coronavirus pandemic also plays a major role in our overview of today’s most important issues:
General mask requirement is coming in Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quits
a general on. If no mask is available
Respiratory mask requirement in public
can be improvised, he says in a television speech. Also called
Netanyahu the followers of all religions, the upcoming holidays only inIn Israel there are more than 6000 diseases and
to commit to the closest family.
25 deaths reported. (Reuters)
State procures auxiliary medication
Germany is stocking up on medicines that could be used as an alternative for the lung disease Covid-19. The Federal Ministry of Health informed the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (Thursday) that
Procurement of the Avigan antiviral flu tablet for use in severe Covid 19 cases is underway. This also applies to the drugs Kaletra, Foipan and chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine-containing drugs. “The procured medicines are distributed through pharmacies from university clinics and pharmacies from treatment centers for the inpatient care of affected patients,” a spokesman for the ministry told the newspaper. The distribution should work with the Bundeswehr. Citing authorities, the “FAZ” reported further, it is about millions of packs.
Pill rotator: This transport robot from a pharmacy will soon get more to do.
Waltraud Grubitzsch / dpa
However, a spokesman for the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices in Bonn told the paper that
Currently no statements on the efficacy of Covid-19 for any of the medicines mentioned let hit. The results of ongoing clinical trials remained to be seen. (dpa)
WHO Secretary General Ghebreyesus “deeply concerned”
The Secretary General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, shows up
“deeply concerned” about the “rapid escalation and global spread” of the epidemic. In the coming days, the worldwide number of deaths will rise to 50,000 and that of confirmed infections to more than one million. (Reuters)
View to Italy
The daily slowdown in new infections in Italy did not continue on Wednesday. Andrea Dernbach on the current situation:
Putin sets the course for massive restrictions
Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin cleared the way for massive restrictions on public life in Russia in the coronavirus crisis.
The president signed several laws on Wednesday evening, including a government mandate to impose a state of emergency across the country. Putin’s signature also brought into force the laws passed by Parliament the day before tougher penalties for violating quarantine and spreading false positives. Large fines and prison terms are now possible.
Putin said at a government meeting organized as a video conference
that the situation around the corona virus is getting worse in Russia. Nationwide there were according to official information on Wednesday almost 2,800 infections, more than half of them in Moscow. To date, more than 20 people have died of lung disease Covid-19. According to Putin stand more than three million people in Russia are quarantined because of the virus.
Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova asked Putin to
to extend the current non-working week. The head of the Kremlin had introduced the coronavirus vacation with full wages by decree. There are curfews in Moscow and many other regions. Public life stands still. Only ways to work, to shop, to the doctor and pharmacy as well as to walk dogs are allowed.
On the road to crisis: The coronavirus pandemic also challenges Russian President Vladimir Putin (left).
Alexei Druzhinin / dpa
In Moscow, the largest city in Europe, it is discussed that residents
in the future, possibly only after online registration and with special permits the city – in the form of QR codes – on the street. The city announced that the technology was ready for use. Details of the scheme were unclear. Government critics warn of a “digital concentration camp” in the capital. The aid organization “Doctor Lisa” called for the city’s 15,000 homeless people to be accommodated in the now empty hotels and hostels. (dpa)
Largest increase in deaths in Turkey to date
The number of deaths in Turkey is, according to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca
increased by 63 to 277, the biggest increase so far. There is 2148 new confirmed cases, a total of 15.679. All 81 provinces in the country are now affected, 60 percent of the cases were found in Istanbul. (Reuters)
Merkel: doubling time of 12 to 14 days as a benchmark
During a telephone press conference today, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) also discussed
When can you start thinking about easing the current measures to contain the coronavirus? The decisive factor is the Time period within which the number of infections doubles.
Last weekend, Merkel mentioned the duration of ten days as a benchmark for this doubling time. But the worst cases are currently average “well over two weeks” in the intensive care units and would therefore need a longer treatment time than initially assumed. Merkel’s conclusion:
In exceptional cases, tight protective masks can be reused
Given the huge need due to the coronavirus crisis
Protective masks for medical personnel can exceptionally be reused under certain conditions can. The Health and Labor Ministry announced after a meeting of the Federal Government’s crisis team on Wednesday that special safety requirements had to be met.
If there is not enough personal protective equipment, it will
a method is possible in which masks can be assigned to a person and decontaminated by heating. In particular, respirators with a filter function could reprocessed a maximum of three times will.
Exceptions confirm the rule: protective masks for medical personnel should be able to be used temporarily up to three times.
Sebastian Kahnert / dpa
Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) and Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) said that this was quick and forward-looking
a safe solution for possible delivery bottlenecks has been found. At the same time, every effort would be made to order sufficient new protective masks on the world market. Protecting health and care staff is a top priority. (dpa)
The smartphone as a virus detector
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France proposes EU rescue fund
In the European dispute over joint borrowing due to the coronavirus crisis
France proposes a new EU rescue fund.
This facility could be limited to five or ten years and, above all, aimed at economic recovery. This was made clear by Economics and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Wednesday in the online edition of the British daily “The Financial Times”. The statements made by Le Maire were confirmed by his ministry.
The controversy over so-called corona bonds – i.e. common European bonds – has so far divided the EU countries. Italy, Spain, France and others are vehemently demanding it, but Germany and other countries are against it. There was no agreement at the EU summit last week now the euro finance ministers are to advise again on Tuesday (April 7).
Le Maire told the paper that there should be the possibility of joint debts within the new bailout fund. “We shouldn’t be obsessed with the words” corona bonds “or” euro bonds “,” said the minister. A recession is expected in many countries due to the corona virus crisis. Italy, which was particularly affected by the Covid 19 crisis, is one of the countries that are particularly heavily indebted. (dpa)
Many more dead in Italy
more than 720 dead within a day reported in the course of the coronavirus pandemic – however, the increase in the number of currently infected remains stable. Until Wednesday the number of positives currently recorded rose by 2937 to 80,572, announced the civil defense. That was an increase of less than four percent.
Including the dead and healed, the total number of infections identified was 110,574. There were 727 dead, a total of 13 155 now. However, the pressure on the clinics seems to be decreasing. In the intensive care unit, only 12 were added. The government has now extended measures such as curfews to April 13. (dpa)
Von der Leyen announces short-time working model for the EU
The EU Commission wants to secure jobs across Europe in the corona virus crisis with a new short-time model based on the German model.
“Companies are paying wages and salaries to their employees, even if they are not making any money at the moment. Europe is now helping them with a new initiative,” Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen said in a video message on Wednesday. “Italy, Spain and all other badly affected countries” should be helped with the solidarity of other Member States.
Von der Leyen did not provide details of any beneficiaries and financing. The EU Commission said details of the project would be announced on Thursday.
EU circles have announced that a total of 100 billion euros will be discussed. However, this could still change, said an insider. Guarantees from the member states should serve as protection.
“When there are no orders and companies run out of work because of an external shock like the coronavirus crisis, they shouldn’t fire their employees,” said von der Leyen. This would give people more money and could, for example, pay their rent and go shopping. That would also have a positive impact on the economy.
Much to do: Ursula von der Leyen, EU Commission chief, wants to secure jobs.
Nicolas Landemard / dpa
In the German model, the state continues to pay part of the wages and salaries of employees of companies that reduce their capacities in whole or in part.
The Federal Employment Agency announced on Tuesday that around 470,000 companies in Germany have already announced short-time work due to the coronavirus crisis. The CDU labor market expert Peter Weiß expects over four million short-time workers in the near future. Experts were convinced that the model had already prevented worse things in the financial crisis ten years ago. Companies were able to retain the majority of their employees and quickly ramp up their capacities after the crisis. (Reuters)