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- Staff shortages among farmers and food producers
- Spahn warns against increasing burden for hospitals
- Condor and Daimler announce reduced hours
- Thousands of new cases in Germany
17:36 That's it for today! Join us tomorrow for more live updates!
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17:14 Hospitals no longer letting fathers into the delivery room
Due to the risk of a coronavirus infection, some hospitals in southern Germany are no longer permitting fathers to be present at the birth of their child. “Many prefer not to take the risk,” said Eduard Fuchshuber of the Bavarian Hospital Federation in Munich on Thursday. “It would be simply a disaster if the virus were to be introduced in this way.” However, it is unclear how many hospitals in Bavaria will ask fathers to stay outside.
In theory, the decision of the Ministry of Health applies throughout Bavaria: visits to hospitals are prohibited - with the exception of the birth of one's own child. This isn't enough for the Fichtelgebirge hospital and and the Regiomed clinics in Upper Franconia and Thuringia. They want to at least give parents the possibility of communicating with one another via video during the birth. Furthermore, they feel fathers should be allowed to spend the first hours after the birth in the family room.
The opposite applies at hospitals in Nuremberg, Ingolstadt, and Passau, at university hospitals in Munich, Augsburg, and Würzburg, as well as at the Barmherzige Brüder Regensburg hospital: according to these institutions, fathers are permitted to attend the birth, but must leave the hospital immediately afterwards. At Tirschenreuth hospital, the department of gynecology and obstetrics closed last weekend to provide extra capacity to treat CoViD-19 patients.
17:08 British Prime Minister offers premium for vaccine
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged £210 million (approximately €231 million) to aid the international search for a vaccine against coronavirus. He called on the governments of the twenty leading industrial and emerging countries (G20) and all countries worldwide to help defeat the virus.
16:35 Berlin medical practices forced to close due to lack of equipment
In Berlin, 31 medical practices are currently closed due to the lack of protective equipment for employees. This was confirmed by the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians Berlin (KV Berlin) upon enquiry from RBB. In total, 101 of approximately 6,500 practices have had to pause operations for coronavirus-related reasons - more than half of these due to quarantine measures for employees, while 7 cases were due to childcare reasons after nurseries and schools were closed.
16:19 Art Basel art fair postponed until fall
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the world-famous art fair Art Basel has also been postponed. The exhibition for contemporary art will now take place from September 17 to 20 instead of in mid-June, the organizers announced on Thursday. The decision was made in coordination with galleries, collectors, and partners of Art Basel, to ensure that most industry representatives and collectors could actually take part.
16:13 French police complains of mask shortage
The French police have complained of a lack of respiratory masks during the coronavirus crisis. The country’s police unions are threatening to reduce curfew controls to a minimum if the Ministry of the Interior does not provide any new masks. The unions' criticism was sparked by the decision made by the ministry to give around 1.4 million of the police's protection level FFP2 masks to healthcare personnel.
Minister of the Interior Laurent Nuñez said that doctors and nurses needed the FFP2 masks to treat critically ill patients, especially in intensive care units. However, the government also wants to ensure that officials receive suitable masks. "Innovative protection solutions" are also being considered, said Nuñez.
16:02 Federal states accept patients from abroad
In light of the overcrowded hospitals in Italy, several German federal states have agreed to accept a number of severely ill CoViD-19 patients for treatment. According to the state chancellery, Lower Saxony will treat ten intensive care patients from Lombardy at Hannover Medical School. Admitting them is "a small sign of solidarity and charity," said Prime Minister Stephan Weil.
Hesse wants to provide medical care for a total of 14 patients from Italy and France, specifically from the Hessian partner region of Emilia-Romagna, the French crisis region of Grand Est, and Champagne. "In this crisis, we stand together," said Prime Minister Volker Bouffier.
Ove the last few days, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony, Bavaria, and Brandenburg had already agreed to treat CoViD-19 patients from abroad. Saarland and Baden-Wuerttemberg also offered to help.
15:35 As announced: Spain extends curfew
Spain is extending its curfew imposed due to the coronavirus crisis by at least two more weeks, initially until April 12. It is not easy to extend this exceptional situation, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in parliament. “But I am convinced that the only effective option to combat the virus is social isolation.” The largest opposition party, the conservative People’s Party, supports the measure. However, at the same time, it criticized the government’s late reaction and its failure to provide medical personnel with sufficient life-saving equipment.
After Italy, Spain is the country most affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe.
15:30 Report: Spain allegedly receiving faulty test kits from China
According to a report in the daily newspaper "El Pais", the coronavirus quick tests sent to Spain by a Chinese company are deficient. Hospitals and laboratories in Madrid found that the quick test kits were faulty and inaccurate and could not deliver reliable results.
The report caused an uproar in the health sector. The Spanish government had distributed the first 340,000 quick test kits from China a few days ago. They are urgently needed, in particular to test doctors and nurses, who are strongly affected by the virus. Spanish healthcare personnel accounts for about 12 percent of all cases.
However, the first 8,000 tests provided by the Chinese company Shenzhen Bioeasy Biotechnology that were used in Madrid have led to faulty test results. Today, the Chinese embassy in Madrid stated that the company has so far not received a licence from the Chinese authorities to sell the products.
15:18 President of the German Medical Association advises citizens to wear simple protective masks
Because of the coronavirus crisis, the President of the German Medical Association, Klaus Reinhardt, called on people in Germany to wear simple respiratory masks. These do not guarantee protection against infection, Reinhardt emphasized in an interview with the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung". "But they can help reduce the risk of infecting others or contracting an infection yourselves." This will help curb the spread of the virus.
At the same time, Reinhardt emphatically appealed to all people to protect themselves only with simple or if necessary homemade masks. Professional protective masks of the categories FFP2 and FFP3 are not required in everyday life and are urgently needed by doctors and nurses or people with underlying illnesses.
15:13 Emergency cabinet: No nationwide quarantine requirement upon entry
The federal government's coronavirus emergency cabinet has decided not to implement a national requirement to self-quarantine at home after entering the country from a non-EU state. As reported by the news agency dpa, referencing government circles, such a proposal from the Ministry of the Interior found little resonance and was therefore not placed on the agenda.
In the fight against the spread of coronavirus, it had been considered to ask travellers coming from non-EU countries to self-quarantine at home for two weeks. Since most non-EU citizens are currently subject to a ban on entry and EU citizens are also only allowed to continue their travels to their home country, this would essentially have affected Germans and foreigners with a residence permit and place of residence in Germany. In addition, individual municipalities have issued orders that require returnees from risk regions to self-quarantine.
However, according to information from dpa, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Federal Chancellery consider these measures to be excessive at the moment.
14:47 Australia: Thousands of volunteers sign up for drug study
In Australia, thousands of health care workers want to participate in a study that aims to assess whether a tuberculosis vaccine is also effective against the coronavirus.
Test results could be expected in about six months, the Children's Research Institute MCRI in Melbourne reported. Half of the participants are to receive the vaccine, while the other half will receive a placebo.
14:44 Report on the dramatic situation in Strasbourg University Hospital
In a letter to the state government, the German Institute for Disaster Medicine reports that coronavirus patients at a high age have in some cases not been given ventilators for days.
14:34 Saudi Arabia calls for "global response" to pandemic
The G20 members discussed the coronavirus crisis via video conference. Saudi Arabia is currently the chair. King Salmaon was confident that “we will overcome this crisis together.” He said that the G20 had already demonstrated its effectiveness by reducing the severity of the global financial crisis.
He called for funding for the research needed to develop a vaccine and medication to combat the virus. On top of this, he suggested that the G20 states would have to send a “strong signal” to the global economy in order to restore confidence. To achieve this, the “normal flow” of goods and services would have to be resumed as soon as possible.
14:27 Tokyo hopes to share costs for postponement of Olympics
Tokyo's governor Yuriko Koike wants to ask the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to contribute to the costs arising from postponing the Summer Olympic Games to next year, as reported by the Japanese news agency Kyodo.
The competitions were originally scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9. The postponement costs are estimated to be around $2.7 million.
14:20 High demand for loans
The demand for aid loans from the state-owned development bank KfW is still huge. Savings banks alone had received around 200,000 requests from companies and self-employed individuals by Thursday afternoon, the German Savings Bank Association (DSGV) explained.
By Wednesday evening, the KfW had received 195 requests for special coronavirus loans, amounting to a total of €4.8 billion.
14:18 Companies are experiencing a shortage in seasonal workers
Federal Minister of Economic Affairs Julia Klöckner warned that food companies such as butchers and dairy plants are short on staff due to travel restrictions. Farmers and agriculturists also lacking workers. This is not only affecting the asparagus harvest, but also the sowing of grains, for which there is a lack of workers. Businesses are now resorting to hiring students, among others.
14:03 China once again cancels numerous flights
For fear of a second wave of coronavirus infections, China plans to drastically reduce the number of international flights from Sunday. Chinese airlines will only be allowed to fly to each country once a week, according to the Civil Aviation Authority. Foreign airlines will also only be able to offer only one flight a week to China.
14:02 Doubts about Italian statistics
The number of coronavirus infections in the Italian region of Lombardy has risen by 2,500 since yesterday, the governor of the region reported.
According to official authorities, 75,000 people have contracted the virus in Italy so far and more than 7,500 have died as a result of an infection.
However, more and more politicians in the country have expressed doubts about these figures. These include Claudio Cancelli, mayor of the city of Nembro, and Luca Foresti, an employee of the official authorities also working in Nembro. According to them, not only the reported number of 31 deaths in their own city is much too low. In an interview with the newspaper "Corriere della Sera", the politicians said that in other towns in the region, the cases are not being accurately recorded in the statistics.
13:51 Von der Leyen announces deliveries of protective equipment
The supply of protective equipment for the EU is secured, President of the EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen said at a special meeting of the EU Parliament.
The EU Commission had bundled orders from the member states to achieve greater market power. In addition to protective clothing, laboratory equipment, virus tests, and respiratory equipment were also ordered. Part of the equipment was to form a strategic reserve of the EU.
However, the ordered equipment could only be delivered in the coming weeks, von der Leyen added.
13:46 Survey: Almost all retailers rely on government assistance
In a survey conducted by the German Retail Association, more than 90 percent of the 600 companies surveyed indicated that they plan to take advantage of or have already applied for financial support from the federal government.
The association estimates that around 300,000 of the 450,000 retail businesses across the country are forced to remain closed due to the coronavirus crisis.
13:40 Record number of unemployment registrations in the USA
In the last week, nearly 3.3 million citizens in the United States made a first application for unemployment benefits. According to the Department of Labour, the record of such applications to date was around 695,000 in one week in 1982.
13:37 Spahn expects more pressure on clinics and practices
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn spoke of the "calm before the storm" regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The strain on hospitals and medical practices will increase.
"No one can say exactly what will happen in the next few weeks," Spahn said and stressed that Germany was able to start preparations early due to extensive testing. With 300,000 to 500,000 tests per week, the capacity is also very high in an international comparison.
At the same time, the minister announced that the federal government, in cooperation with the prime ministers of the federal states, would start discussing concepts after Easter on how to normalize public life again after the crisis.
13:16 Tourism sector writes urgent letter13:16 Tourism sector writes urgent letter
In an urgent letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel and several ministers, a total of 29 associations and companies from the tourism sector expressed their support for more comprehensive support during the coronavirus crisis.
The sector is facing "the biggest crisis since the Second World War", the Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW) explained. It is therefore imperative to "replace the claim to cash payouts of customer funds for booked trips with a voucher solution or an emergency fund solution to help companies hit by the crisis to retain liquidity," says the letter.
In addition, those who signed the letter demanded improvements in short-time allowance and granting of KfW loans.
13:06 "Just at the beginning"
The head of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler, does not think we are anywhere near overcoming the pandemic: "We are just at the beginning," he said.
He also emphasized that anyone could fall ill with the virus - even younger people. However, the risk increases with age. The average age of those who have died from coronavirus in Germany is 81.
12:55 State of Hessen to accept patients
Following the example of other federal states, Hesse will also take on corona patients from other EU countries. Ten severely ill patients from the Hessian partner region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy, and four from the French region Grand-Est, will be treated.
"The patients are admitted to several hospitals across the state and treated in the emergency medicine department," said Hessian Prime Minister Volker Bouffier. This would be a one-time act of support.
12:48 Condor apparently insists on state credit extension
According to a report by trade magazine "fvw", holiday airline Condor hopes to receive a postponement in repaying their state bridging loan.
The Federal Government had granted Condor an aide credit of 380 million euro after the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook last September. The airline originally had to repay it until April 15th.
Condor has by now announced that some of their employees will have to work reduced hours, across all departments. Condor has around 5,000 employees; however, it is not yet clear exactly how many employees will be affected, according to a spokesperson. Condor is currently flying to help repatriate German nationals stuck abroad by travel restrictions.
12:35 France wants to ramp up testing
In about ten days, up to 30,000 people in France will be tested for corona virus every day. This was announced by the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Jérôme Salomon. This would be a three-fold increase over the current level of testing.
12:32 Corona hotline in Lower Saxony
The government of Lower Saxony has set up a central hotline for general questions surrounding the corona pandemic. The hotline is available from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The number of the hotline is (0511) 12 06 00 0.
12:29 NATO cancels meeting of Foreign Ministers
The ministers of foreign affairs of the EU member states were supposed to meet in Brussels next week, but the meeting has been canceled due to the corona virus. The Secretary General of NATO is to hold a video conference with the ministers instead.
11:58 University hospitals want to link up
The German university hospitals want to work closely together as they battle the corona virus, forming a network through which information on diagnostic and treatment procedures as well as patient data will be exchanged. The Berlin Charité Hospital and the Federal Ministry of Research have presented a relevant initiative at noon. The Federal Government will support the development of the network with 150 million euro.
11:46 Daimler also plans reduced hours for employees
Car manufacturer Daimler plans to have its employees work reduced hours from April 6th onwards – for the time being until April 17th. This concerns the production of cars, vans, and commercial vehicles, as well as the company's administration.
Daimler employs around 170,000 employees across Germany. The company has not yet announced how many of them will have to work reduced hours.
The company has already decided to halt a large part of its production. So far, however, the employees have primarily reduced vacation hours and working time accounts.
11:40 Spain continues to record dramatic statistics
Spain continues to see a huge increase in infections, reports Reuters. The number of infections has risen from more than 47,600 to nearly 52,200 in 24 hours. Furthermore, the country's death toll now exceeds 4,000.
The Johns Hopkins University in the US currently reports over 49,500 Spanish corona cases with a death toll of over 3,600.
11:33 Bosch announces corona rapid test
The Bosch technology company announced that it has developed a rapid test for the coronavirus in cooperation with other companies.
11:30 Warning against misleading advertising
The German Agency to Combat Unfair Competition warns against providers who "show ads related to the Corona crisis," thereby clearly violating applicable law.
Statements such as "Corona infection: How we can protect ourselves with vital fungi!" or "Proven practical tips and remedies against viruses that also work," deliberately mislead customers and exploit their insecurities, criticized the agency.
11:24 Special session EU Parliament starts
Today, the European Parliament will discuss the corona crisis during a special session. However, only a few members have showed up at the plenary session, with most delegates following the debate via a video stream. Votes for proposals will take place via e-mail.
Among other things, parliamentarians will decide on whether airlines are allowed to fly empty planes and on take-off and landing rights for airlines.
EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen warned that the EU is currently at a crossroads. The virus threatens to once and for all divide society into the poor and the rich. Therefore, von der Leyen called on EU members to refrain from acting on their own accord, but rather to work together: "Let us do the right thing together, with one big heart, and not with 27 small one."
11:10 Woman sits on cashier's belt to protest store regulations
The police was forced to intervene after a customer protested in a supermarket in Bergneustadt: The 54-year-old woman could not accept that she was only allowed to buy one pack of toilet paper and decided to simply sit down on the cashier's belt.
The police was unable to calm the customer either, having to take her away in handcuffs.
11:05 China reports dozens of "imported" cases
According to the Chinese authorities, dozens of citizens who had entered China from abroad are positive for corona; 46 such "imported" infections have been registered.
Besides these cases, no new infections have been reported across the country, but the authorities did report six new deaths. According to official reports, the total count of corona infections so far amounts to 80,000 cases. Almost 3,300 people have died as a result of the infection.
10:54 SPD plans "Corona Task Force"
The SPD fraction in the Bundestag wants to found its own task force to study the social impact of the corona pandemic and possible measures to flatten the curve. The task force is to be headed by deputy fraction chairpersons Katja Mast and Bärbel Bas.
10:49 Fauci: "Virus outbreaks could become seasonal"
"The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the United States, Anthony Fauci, warned that the corona virus outbreaks could become seasonal in the future. This makes it all the more important to develop a vaccine and treatment options.
The virus is now also beginning to spread in the southern hemisphere, at the start of winter, Fauci continued. If the southern countries also face a "serious outbreak", the countries of the northern hemisphere "should be prepared for a second cycle."
10:43 Berlin to care for patients from Italy
Berlin’s governing mayor, Michael Müller, has announced that the Charité hospital will take in five coronavirus patients from Italy.
“The borders may be closed for the time being, but our European solidarity should span across any national border,” said Müller in the House of Representatives.
10:41 Moscow closes shops
The municipal authorities in Moscow have ordered a nine-day closure of restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping malls, and some parks in the city. The order is expected to enter into force on Saturday. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin had already declared next week a week of public holiday, in which only fundamentally necessary businesses such as pharmacies, food businesses, and banks are to remain open.
10:33 Decline of French economy recorded
According to official estimates, the French economy has plunged by one-third. Economic activity and household spending are currently at around 65 percent of the normal level, reports the Insee Statistical Office in Paris.
The business sentiment barometer nose-dived by ten points to a level of 95. This is the strongest decline since 1980. The French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned that the economic downturn could be even worse than during the 1929 global financial crisis.
10:27 From the set to the clinic
Producers of US TV series such as "Grey's Anatomy" and "Pose" will make the protective equipment that was actually intended for shooting scenes available to hospitals. Television station "ABC11" reports that a truck full of breathing masks as well as protective suits is headed to the University Hospital in Los Angeles.
US corporate giant Apple is also looking to donate ten million breathing masks to doctors in the US, CEO Tim Cook announced on Twitter. In addition, Apple would deliver millions of masks to Europe: they will then first go to Apple suppliers to be distributed in consultation with the relevant national governments.
10:16 We need to "stay vigilant" for a few weeks
In a video address, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier once again called on people to follow precautionary measures and observe a secure distance from fellow citizens. We need to "stay vigilant," Steinmeier said, but not just for a few moments, but possibly weeks.
In addition to solidarity within the country – through donations for the homeless or grocery shopping for others – Steinmeier also counts on international cooperation. "The virus has no nationality, and suffering will cross any border or boundary. And so should we."
Above all in the search for therapies and a vaccine, the Federal President called on states to: "pool together all the knowledge and experience, all the creativity and energy we have, across the planet!"
10:07 Consumer protection in place against travel vouchers
A voucher to compensate for cancelled flights or package trips? Consumer Protection expert Marion Jungbluth does not think this is a good option. The vouchers are not sufficiently secured.
Usually, customers have the right to be reimbursed the travel price. In light of the corona crisis, providers demand that they be allowed to issue vouchers instead, in order to limit financial losses.
The Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry supports the proposal: "A voucher solution for canceled flights would help our companies and at the same time protect customers, allowing them to make their booked trips after the end of the corona pandemic," said Chief Executive Officer Matthias von Randow.
09:55 Turkey limits medical exports
Turkey also restricts the export of medical devices for the treatment of respiratory diseases. The government in Ankara has ordered that special permits are required for this from now on.
09:52 Saarland makes changes to curfew
The State Government of Saarland has adapted the curfews in the State to the recommendations of the Federal government. Since last midnight, among other restrictions, sporting activities are restricted to only allow sports outside, by oneself, with members of one’s own household, or with one person who does not belong to the same household. This was announced by the State Chancellery. Previously, it was allowed to engage in sports outside in a group of up to five people.
Furthermore, from now on, overnight stays in hotels or hostels are only allowed for professional or important personal reasons.
9:44 Federal Government expects hours of 2.1 million workers to be cut
According to the Federal Employment Agency (BA), the Federal Government is expecting around 2.1 million workers throughout the country to be forced to work reduced hours during the corona crisis.
However, this number might turn out to be much higher as well, said Christiane Schönefeld from the Board of Directors of the Federal Employment Agency to the “Osnabrücker Zeitung”. Last week alone, the Federal Employment Agency has received around 76,700 applications for reduced hours.
The Employment Agency is primarily looking to add new staff to their “Reduced Hours” department. The Agency normally employs around 900 there, and 2,000 additional workers have already been selected to support the department.
9:24 South Korea introduces harsh penalties
Anyone in South Korea who violates the precautionary measures to combat the spread of coronavirus can expect serious consequences. Foreigners will be threatened with deportation, announced the Director-General for Public Health Policy, Yoon Tae-ho. Citizens could be sentenced to imprisonment.
9:17 Netherlands threatened with recession
According to policy adviser CPB, the Netherlands will be unable to avoid its first recession since 2013 due to the coronavirus crisis. If the economy slows down for six months, gross domestic product is expected to fall by up to 7.7 percent in 2020. Even in the best-case scenario, economic performance is estimated to shrink by 1.2 percent, say experts.
9:11 Airbus scales back production
Airbus is now scaling back production of new aerofoils at its British plants as well as at the Bremen site. In Bremen, the working week will be shortened, the company announced. Easter holidays could be extended in the British plants in Filton and Broughton. The measures will initially be in place for three weeks.
9:06 Hundreds of thousands of helpers for the NHS
As British Health Secretary Matt Hancock reported on Twitter, the country's health care system - the National Health Service (NHS) - is receiving immense support. Some 560,000 volunteers have already signed up to help fight coronavirus.
8:46 Municipal Association: Preparing for a way out of the restrictions
In an interview with the newspapers of the Funke Media Group, the Association of Towns and Municipalities has called for a government exit strategy regarding the constraints on public life. "In the long term, we cannot paralyze the entire country," said Gerd Landsberg, Chief Executive Officer, adding that the government now had to consider when and under what conditions the constraints could be relaxed. Landsberg’s focus is on the closure of schools and nurseries. Consideration needs to be given to whether they could be reopened after the Easter holidays.
08:37 Iran tightens travel restrictions
The Iranian government wants to stop movement between different cities within the country. "Those who have travelled for the Iranian New Year holidays should return to their own cities immediately without stopping on their way back," said government official Hossein Zolfaghari. Previously, Iran had extended precautionary measures such as the closure of schools and a ban on gatherings. So far, more than 2,000 people have died from the pandemic in the country. More than 27,000 people have been infected with the virus.
8:32 Caritas fears serious consequences for Syria
The Catholic aid organization Caritas International fears the coronavirus pandemic will have catastrophic consequences for civil war-stricken Syria. "We’re fearing the worst here," the head of Caritas International, Oliver Müller, told the SWR: "It is evident that hostile conditions actually provide the best breeding ground for the spread of the virus."
8:26 Saxony-Anhalt places certain areas under quarantine
Around 8,000 inhabitants in the districts of Jessen and Schweinitz in the city of Jessen in Saxony-Anhalt have been put in quarantine until 10 April. Checks have been in place on access roads to the districts of Jessen and Schweinitz since the early morning, the district of Wittenberg informed. The reason is an outbreak of coronavirus in a nursing home.
08:20 Here's what happened last night
RKI reports almost 5,000 new cases in Germany, total number of cases in Germany rises to over 36,500. Number of deaths in Germany increased to almost 200. Brasil's President Bolsonaro continues to play the risk for the population down and sees no reason for protective measures. Russia grounds all international flights. The US reports over 68,500 cases and the death toll climbs to over 1,000 people.