11.20 a.m .: drugstore chain: shortage of toilet paper soon ended
The head of the drugstore chain dm, Christoph Werner, gives hope for an early end to the shortage of toilet paper on the shelves. He was certain that the phenomenon would only occur for a short time, he told the Handelsblatt. Nothing is currently consumed in restaurants and hotels. “So production only has to be rerouted, supplies are assured.”
With regard to hamster purchases and empty shelves, Werner sometimes complained of massive hostility to employees in the approximately 2000 dm branches. »I also received bitter letters: For example, how our employees could get involved in regulating how much toilet paper you could buy.«
10:05 a.m .: Eight countries call for end of sanctions due to corona crisis
Shortly before a special video summit by the heads of state and government of the leading economic powers (G20) on the corona crisis, the demand for lifting sanctions is growing louder. Russia, China, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba insist in a letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, as the Russian news agency Interfax reported on Thursday. These punitive measures undermine the fight against the corona virus, it says. The procurement of medical equipment and medication is therefore particularly difficult.
Guterres should work to ensure that sanctions are lifted immediately and completely, the countries wrote in the joint letter. The UN Secretary-General had previously called for all fighting to be stopped worldwide in the face of the pandemic. The USA and Europe, for example, have imposed punitive measures.
In Germany, Bundestag Vice President Thomas Oppermann called on the United States to ease sanctions against the country given the difficult situation in Iran. This should apply at least temporarily, so that Tehran is economically able to “activate more to cope with the crisis situation,” said the SPD politician in the RTL program “Frühstart”.
9:15 am: Towns in Saxony-Anhalt cordoned off: More than 7,000 people are not allowed to leave homes
Two towns in Saxony-Anhalt have been cordoned off. With a few exceptions, the districts of Jessen and Schweinitz in the city of Jessen (Elster) can no longer be entered or left since Thursday morning, as is apparent from an order by the district administrator of the Wittenberg district. The residents must therefore remain in their apartments or houses and are only allowed to enter the property areas that they use alone.
“Self-sufficiency with essential goods” is permitted provided that the residents do not have any cold symptoms. According to the website of the city of Jessen, more than 7000 people live in Jessen and Schweinitz. The new regulations are valid until April 10th.
According to the district, there is an outbreak of coronavirus in a nursing home in the city. Eleven residents were ill, three were in the hospital. Five employees were also ill. “The spread of the disease process could not be prevented with the previous measures,” it said.
8:40 am: Government expects 2.1 million short-time workers
According to the Federal Employment Agency (BA), the federal government expects around 2.1 million short-time workers in the corona crisis. “We are preparing for this first,” BA board member Christiane Schönefeld told the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” on Thursday. “But we also take into account that the numbers could be significantly higher.”
The BA wanted an answer for every scenario, Schönefeld said. However, the authority is not to be “irritated by the large numbers regarding short-time work and unemployment. Instead, we are working consistently to deploy more and more employees at the crucial points. «
As a result, the employment agencies normally employ 900 people in short-time work. In the meantime, 2000 additional staff have been identified for this task, which should now gradually strengthen the existing teams, Schönefeld told the newspaper.
8:10 am: Russia suspends air traffic abroad
As of Friday, Russia will suspend almost all international flights due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government in Moscow instructed the state agency Tass on Thursday. This does not apply to flights that are intended to bring Russians who are stuck abroad back to their homeland. Domestic flights are not affected by the regulation. Air traffic to Germany, for example, had recently been cut back significantly. The airline Aeroflot only flew to Berlin.
According to official information (as of Wednesday), 658 people have been infected with the corona virus in Russia so far. The virus had previously been detected in three people who died. Vladimir Putin had declared the coming week off from work to curb the spread of the lung disease.
Left faction leader calls for one-off property tax
Left-wing parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch has called for a one-time tax on large private assets to finance the billion-dollar costs in the corona crisis. Bartsch told the German press agency: »Who will pay for the current crisis? The re-financing of the aid packages has not yet been clarified. It must not be that the new public debt – as after the banking crisis – is paid by the citizens by saving on the public infrastructure. «Article 106 of the Basic Law provides for a one-off property tax.
The current corona crisis makes it clear that the state’s withdrawal from health care has claimed many lives, says Ingar Solty.
“The greatest challenge since the Second World War calls for special solidarity among those who are doing very well,” said Bartsch. »In this difficult time, we need nothing more than social cohesion. A one-off “corona levy” on large private assets is required. «
The federal government wants to save jobs and companies in the corona crisis with unprecedented aid programs worth billions. The Bundestag passed a supplementary budget on Wednesday, which provides for new debts amounting to 156 billion euros.
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