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  • Federal government wants to reopen playgrounds and allow church services
  • RKI: Last week significantly more tested
  • Record increase in new infections in Russia
  • Companies register short-time work for 10.1 million people
  • Over 30 million more unemployed in the USA due to coronavirus since March
  • More than 159,000 infected people in Germany

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17:23 "No relapse in a difficult situation"

Chancellor Angela Merkel talks about enormous challenges. The goal is to slow down the pace of new infections so that the German health system can manage the coronavirus cases. "We have succeeded in this so far."

17:02 "Homeschooling" puts a strain on families

The initial results of a study show that many parents see the relationship with their children as strained by "homeschooling". In addition, lessons at home are evidently being mainly carried out by mothers.

16:48 No decision yet on restarting the German Football League

German professional football has to wait for a clear signal on the continuation of the current season. According to dpa information from participants, the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 State Premiers have postponed a decision on resuming the Federal League and club sports which were suspended due to the coronavirus crisis. There will be a draft decision by Chancellor Head Helge Braun and the State Chancellors by the next consultations on 6 May.

16.41 dpa: Federal government and states postpone the decision on schools and daycare

The federal government and the states have postponed the decision on opening further schools until 6 May. This has been reported by the German Press Agency on behalf of the participants in today’s conference call. A draft decision for the extension of childcare is to be prepared for the next conference call between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the State Premiers next Wednesday.

16:23 Trade unions warn about respecting workers‘ rights

The unions are warning about respecting workers‘ rights in the coronavirus crisis. The union chairman, Frank Werneke, speaking to the SWR broadcaster, criticized in particular the partial suspension of the work time law. Thus, twelve-hour shifts are possible in hospitals at the moment. Werneke recalled that the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn had called this an emergency. However, this could not remain the case in the long term. Thus, although it is right that Spahn is now striving for a gradual return to normality in the hospital sector, "what I criticize though,  is that normality is not foreseen for the employees," said the ver.di chairman to SWR. He also criticized the fact that the minimum staffing level in the care sector is currently out of force.

16:18 Where is Horst Seehofer?

Normally, the Federal Interior Minister Seehofer is very present in the public eye. Little has been heard of him in public for some time now. This encourages speculations, three rumors, in particular, are circulating.

16:10 Police in Hamburg and Berlin preparing for 1 May

Police in Hamburg are preparing for lively demonstration action on 1 May. A police spokesman said that from the 47 processions registered for Labor Day 38 have been in respect to anti-infection protection precautions and 5 prohibited. The police in Berlin are in a good position for 1 May. The Hamburg Interior Senator Andreas Geisel stated in the House of Representatives that the priority this year is about enforcing the infection protection law. Prohibited gatherings will be resolutely disbanded emphasized the SPD politician. Around 500 police, also from other states, will be deployed in Berlin. Around 20 gatherings with up to 20 participants each have been approved according to Geisel.

15:59 Los Angeles offering free coronavirus tests to all residents

Los Angeles is now offering free coronavirus tests to all its residents. California’s metropolis is the first large US city to provide the tests regardless of the presence of symptoms, stated Mayor Eric Garcetti on Twitter. Garcetti said at a press conference that in addition to hand washing and social distancing rules, tests are “one of the best means we have to stop the spread of this virus,”.

15:55 WDR: Primary schools in NRW open from 11 May

Primary schools and special school primary levels will resume their operation from 11 May, this is according to information from the WDR broadcaster. Children should be able to return to schools in a daily "rolling" system for all grades.

15:46 Some hairdressers fully booked for three weeks straight

Hairdressers in Germany will have their hands full when salons start opening again on Monday: "There is a large, an overwhelming demand for hairdressing services," said Jörg Müller, Managing Director of the Central Association of the German Hairdressers, to news agency AFP. Some salons will be fully booked for three weeks when opening their doors again after the coronavirus closures.

However, high demand from next week will not compensate for sales losses over the entire year. "Hairdressers cannot cut or dye twice as many hairs," said Mr. Müller. Since the nationwide closure of hairdressers on March 23rd, the industry has recorded sales losses of almost half a billion euro across Germany. In addition, almost every company has applied for reduced hours for staff.

For hairdressers to open again, extensive protective measures are required, which have been developed by the industry together with the Professional Association for Health and Welfare Services. There will be mandatory mouth and nose protection for employees and customers. Each customer must have their hair washed in the salon, and sufficient security distances are foreseen, which sometimes requires changes to the salons.

15:30 Communal services will soon be permitted again

The Federal and State Governments want to allow religious services under certain social distancing and hygiene requirements. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Minister-Presidents of the states have agreed on this during their video conference, according to information obtained by the dpa from involved parties. Special religious celebrations such as baptisms, circumcisions, and weddings, as well as funeral services, should also be possible with a small circle of participants.

15:26 dpa: Clinics to lower number of free IC beds

The Federal and State Governments are asking hospitals to stop keeping as many IC beds and capacities free for coronavirus patients. The development of the infection and a precise overview by register would allow re-using a "slightly larger share" of capacities for planned operations. According to information from the German Press Agency, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Minister-Presidents have agreed on this during their daily videoconference.

15:17 Great Britain wants to support daily newspapers

Great Britain wants to support the daily newspapers in the country by placing ads with a value up to 35 million pounds (slightly more than 40 million euro) over the coming three months. In addition, the VAT on digital media products will be abolished seven months ahead of plan, as HM Treasury announced. It will already take effect on Friday. Magazines and books in the UK have been exempt from VAT for a long time already.

15:07 Reduced hours in every third company

As a result of the coronavirus crisis, more people than ever are facing forced reduced hours. This is the result of a data analysis by NDR, which also compares the current figures with those of the 2008/2009 financial crisis.

14:57 Lufthansa pilots offer salary waiver

Lufthansa pilots are offering their employer a waiver of a significant share of their salary to contribute to restructuring measures. Until mid-2022, the pilots would be willing to forego up to 45 percent of their salaries, said their Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) Association. Compensation for reduced hours could additionally be reduced. The concessions would offer Lufthansa overall financiel relief of 350 million euros.

In return, the Group's CEO had to do everything to overcome the crisis together with the employees. Staff in the higher wage segments would want to take its special responsibility, "even if this means painful cuts," said VC Chief Markus Wahl. "It is important that jobs are saved and that dismissal protection is agreed."

14:34 Over 30 million more unemployed in the USA due to coronavirus since March

Since the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic in the USA in March, more than 30 million people have registered as unemployed. The number of first applications for unemployment assistance in the week up to and including April 25 amounted to 3.8 million, as reported by the US Department of Labor. In the five previous weeks, 26.4 million people had already lost their jobs.

14:26 Merkel and State Premiers start coronavirus discussions

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the State Premiers have begun their deliberations on further action in the coronavirus pandemic. Following a proposal resolution presented by the federal government, which was already made available to the German Press Agency before the conference, further cautious relaxations can be expected. However, the heads of government still need to approve the considerations. The draft makes it clear that numerous measures will also remain limited to certain regions.

14:05 Growth plummets in the Eurozone due to coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus crisis is leading to a severe economic slump in the Eurozone while at the same time slowing inflation. As the statistics authority Eurostat reported in a first estimate, economic performance in the Eurozone shrank by 3.8 percent in the first three months of the year compared to the previous quarter. For the EU as a whole, the figure was 3.5 percent. Experts saw Europe moving towards an unprecedented recession. In addition, with just 0.4 percent in April, the rate of inflation in the euro area is far from the two percent that the ECB considers to be the ideal benchmark for the economy.

According to calculations of the Institute for the World Economy in Kiel, the German economy has gotten off lightly in comparison. Although the gross domestic product (GDP) shrunk to a greater degree than since the financial crisis in 2009 with 2.4 percent compared to the previous quarter, other countries have been hit much harder: Italy's figures dropped by 4.7 percent, France's by 5.8 percent.

13:59 Start-ups expected to receive first coronavirus state support in May

Start-ups affected by the coronavirus crisis can hope to receive their first state support payments in May. The Federal Ministries of Finance and Economics presented a concept on Thursday on how to keep funding rounds from falling through for young and innovative companies and thus leading to them going bankrupt. "We can start now," said a high-ranking government representative regarding the first two billion euros that Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz had promised four weeks ago, but which were not available until now. According to a survey, more than two thirds of start-ups fear for their existence in light of closed shops, durfews, and travel warnings.

13:30 Coronavirus reserve clinic on the Berlin exhibition grounds has been completed

After four weeks of construction, a temporary coronavirus emergency hospital has been completed - on the exhibition grounds. This was reported by Health Senator Dilek Kalayci on Thursday at the parliament. The hospital will initially provide space for 500 beds, 100 of these with ventilators. If necessary, the capacity can be increased to up to 1000 beds. According to Kalayci, the additional location is intended as a reserve hospital in the event that other clinics can't take in any more patients. In Berlin, 5821 coronavirus cases were registered by Wednesday evening. According to the health senate administration, 604 patients are in hospitals, and 157 are in intensive care. Currently, 31 percent of intensive care beds are free in Berlin's hospital.

13:25 Federal government plans to allow church services again

The federal government plans to permit church services and prayer gatherings again, which have been prohibited in light of the coronavirus crisis. These will be subject to the prerequisite that the requirements for protection attendees against infection are met, according to information released by the news agency dpa from a proposed resolution for the meeting of the federal government and the states, which will take place this afternoon.

Religious events such as baptisms, circumcisions, and weddings, as well as mourning services will be possible again in small groups. The number of participants will be based on familial relations, and "only indispensable persons" will be permitted. Accordingly, the congregations should make arrangements to make sure that participation can be organised in line with the rules. It should be ensured that infection chains can be tracked quickly and completely if necessary. Religious events with large numbers of visitors, such as pilgrimages or processions, should not take place.

13:16 Head of the Chancellery Braun hopes that kindergartens will open before the summer holidays

Despite the continuing coronavirus crisis, Head of the Chancellery Helge Braun hopes that kindergartens will be able to open before the summer holidays. Emergency care has already been extended to a considerable extent. "I do hope that we can send all other children to back to their kindergarten again before the summer holidays." Ultimately, however, this depends on how the number of infections develops, the CDU politician told the radio station Hit Radio FFH.

Regarding the conference in which Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) will meet with the State Premiers, Braun has lower expectations. He assumes that further measures on the topic of schools will not be decided until next Wednesday. The topic of soccer will also come up today. "At the moment, I really cannot say what the results will be," said Braun. "I'm generally in favor of at least being able to watch soccer on TV." In terms of gastronomy, events, and holiday, Braun also doesn't think we should get our hopes up for quick relaxations. It will "take longest for us to give the green light in these areas."

13:10 The government plans to reopen playgrounds

The federal government plans to reopen playgrounds, which have been closed for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, according to a proposed resolution for discussions between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the State Premiers, which is available to the news agency dpa, parents should make sure that they avoid overfilled facilities and that they comply with basic hygiene rules.

13:01 Federal government won't decide on further relaxations until May 6

The federal government plans to wait until the next conference with the State Premiers on May 6 to decide whether a bigger step towards easing the stringent coronavirus restrictions. It is still too early to assess whether the reopening measures implemented on April 20 have negatively affected infection rates, according to a proposed resolution of the federal government for discussions between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the state heads of government, which is available to the news agency dpa.

12:37 Secondary schools encourage extended school hours

The Federal Directors' Conference of Secondary Schools (Bundesdirektorenkonferenz der Gymnasien (BDK)) suggests that consideration be given to extending the school year or even the length of schooling. "Would it be conceivable, for example, that a transitional period the school year be extended from the current twelve months? Wouldn't it be better to provide more time for learning (perhaps even an additional school year?) instead of shortening it?" asked conference chairman Dieter Brückner in a statement. "What children and young people miss out on due to the long duration of school closures cannot be made up simply alongside regular classes," he explained. The BDK sharply criticised the actions of the Conference of Education Ministers (KMK) in the coronavirus crisis. With its decision on Tuesday to allow pupils of all age groups to attend school again in some form or other until the summer holidays at the end of June, the KMK just stumbling in the dark, the declaration said.

12:30 Study: Improved air quality prevents 11,000 deaths

According to a study, the improved air quality in Europe due to the coronavirus restrictions has brought health benefits equivalent to 11,000 fewer deaths. The figure is due to a 40 percent reduction in nitrogen dioxide pollution and a 10 percent decrease in average particulate matter pollution over the past 30 days, the Center for Research on Energy told Clean Air (CREA). According to the scientists, the partially paralyzed global economy led to a dramatic 37 percent reduction in power generation from coal and a one-third drop in oil consumption.

12:21 British Corona hero celebrates 100th birthday

World War veteran Tom Moore, who became a Corona hero through his fundraising campaign for health workers in the UK, celebrated his 100th birthday with considerable public participation. Two Royal Air Force fighter planes flew over his home in the county of Bedfordshire north of London in honour of "Captain Tom". The visibly moved veteran waved to the planes from the garden. "Never, never in my life would I have expected anything like this," the jubilarian told the BBC. A few minutes later, the amount of money collected on Moore's donation website exceeded 30 million pounds (33 million euros). Moore's birthday was also marked by the royal family's order for him to be made an honorary colonel and he was awarded a medal. After a hip operation, the former captain had decided to walk his 25-metre garden 100 times with his walker and be sponsored for this purpose until his 100th birthday. The campaign was so well received that Moore is now able to transfer millions to the NHS.

12:14 Fewer asylum seekers in Europe in the wake of the coronavirus crisis

Due to the travel restrictions, the number of new asylum seekers in Europe decreased significantly in March. As reported by the EU asylum agency Easo, 34,737 applications for asylum were registered in the European Union as well as in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland in March. In the first two months of this year, the agency reported that the number of applications had remained "at a high level". In February 2020, the number of asylum applications, at 61,134, was approximately 14 per cent higher than in the same period last year. The EU asylum agency cited entry bans and stricter border controls as the reason for the decline in March.

12:08 Cardinal Marx fears social inequality

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich warns of growing social inequalities due to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The elite often win in disasters and crises, the former chairman of the German Bishops' Conference told the "Handelsblatt" newspaper. In such radical times, wealthy people who seize the opportunity quickly and boldly are better off than those who are dependent on a small salary, which might even be reduced to 60 percent with short-time work pay. According to the Cardinal, tensions within a society can escalate if large numbers of people experience pay cuts and feel that they are unjustly a victim of the crisis. "The more unequal a society is, the more unstable it is". And then again, there's the danger that populists are more likely to be heard.

11:44 Australia eases further coronavirus restrictions

In response to declining infection rates, several states in Australia are increasingly relaxing restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The most populous state of New South Wales, whose capital is Sydney, wants to allow visits of a maximum of two adults with two children to others as of this Friday. The popular Bondi Beach was opened for swimming and surfing by the hour on Tuesday. In Queensland, picnics and excursions up to 50 kilometres from home are possible as of Friday, according to the authorities. National parks, beaches and business centers have also been opened. In Western Australia, gatherings of up to ten people have been allowed since Monday. According to the authorities, Australia reported only ten new corona infections overnight.

11:38 Italy increases coronavirus aid

Italy wants to increase its financial aid by around 40 billion euros due to the coronavirus crisis. This was announced by head of government Guiseppe Conte in parliament. Approximately 25 billion euros are to benefit employees and the self-employed, with the rest going to businesses. Conte said that the tourism sector would probably continue to feel the effects of the measures to contain the pandemic for "several months". He said he would work with the regions so that they could introduce easing measures depending on local conditions. However, the regions are not expected to lower the restrictions without prior consultation.

11:34 Study: Children likely to be as contagious as adults

According to an analysis in Germany, children are likely to be just as infectious as adults in the current coronavirus pandemic. The number of viruses that can be detected in the respiratory tract does not differ between different age groups, according to researchers led by virologist Christian Drosten of the Berlin Charité hospital in a study published in advance but not yet reviewed by independent experts. Based on their results, the researchers warn against an unrestricted opening of schools and kindergartens in Germany. Drosten's team determined the amount of the coronavirus in samples from 3712 infected people that were examined at a Berlin test center between January and April 26. They found no difference in the viral load between different age groups.

11:25 Lindner in favor of further relaxation, Bartsch urges caution

The head of the FDP, Christian Lindner, is calling for further easing of restrictions in public life. "We have very few new infections per day and we have an infection rate that varies greatly from region to region," he told MDR radio. There are areas in Germany, he said, where life could be allowed to return to more normal conditions. "The current state, even after the so-called easing of restrictions, is no longer proportionate. This has enormous consequences, for example through postponed operations and economic consequences." The chairman of the Left Party, Dietmar Bartsch, on the other hand, warned against a race to withdraw coronavirus protective measures. Bartsch told MDR: "I am an extreme opponent of this relaxation race." The pandemic should not be taken lightly.

11:21 No new locally transmitted infections in South Korea

For the first time since February, South Korea has not reported any new local coronavirus infections nationwide. According to the health authorities, only four imported cases were detected at the airport on Wednesday. These were people who had entered or returned from abroad. President Moon Jae In said on Twitter that he was pleased about the development: for the first time in 72 days "zero locally confirmed Covid-19 patients", he said, due to the efforts of people in South Korea. The total number of infections reported rose to 10,765. 247 people have died to date from the coronavirus. The first case was detected in South Korea on January 20. The peak of the outbreak so far was at the end of February with more than 900 new cases reported within 24 hours.

11:15 Spanish economy shrinking at record pace

The Spanish economy plummeted in the first quarter due to the coronavirus crisis. The gross domestic product from January to March shrank by 5.2 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to the statistics office. Compared with the same period of the previous year, this represents a decline of 4.1 percent. Spain's economy has therefore suffered a similarly severe slump in the first quarter as that of France.

The reason for the severe economic setback in the fourth-largest economy in the euro zone is considered to be tough measures taken to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The Spanish economy was shut down. The government wants to ease the restrictions based on a four-step plan starting on May 4. The aim is to return to normality by the end of June, announced Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

11:07 Number of asylum applications in Europe has fallen sharply

Since the beginning of the restrictions to combat the corona pandemic, the number of asylum applications in Europe has fallen significantly. According to the European Asylum Support Office, only 34,737 applications were received in March in the 31 European states for which it collects data - a decrease of 43 percent compared to the previous month. Immediately prior to the outbreak of Covid-19 in Europe, the number of asylum applications had increased even more compared to the same period in 2019, it stated. In January, 65,300 applications were received, in February 61,100. In order to contain the pandemic, many EU states have temporarily closed their borders. In addition, Greece suspended all asylum applications for one month at the beginning of March. According to information, most applications continue to come from Syria, Afghanistan, Colombia and Venezuela.

11:04 RKI: Significantly more testing last week

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of coronavirus tests has significantly increased recently. There were 467,000 carried out last week, said RKI head Lothar Wieler. The maximum test capacity is 860,000. In the previous weeks, the number of tests carried out had been between 350,000 and 400,000. The rate of detection of an infection had recently been around five percent. In the first weeks of the epidemic, the rate was generally slightly below ten percent with considerably fewer tests. The Institute currently estimates the infection rate at 0.76. This means that 100 infected persons infect an average of 76 more people.
"We see that the excess mortality rate is increasing in Germany," said Wieler. "We are actually assuming that more people have died from from the virus than has actually been reported." But there are no reliable numbers yet. The head of the RKI called for continued preventive examinations and necessary vaccinations despite the pandemic. This applies above all to the preventive examinations of children and infants.

11:00 Record increase in new infections in Russia

The official number of new coronavirus infections in Russia has risen by 7099, the highest number since the beginning of the epidemic. This was announced by the crisis centre. In total, more than 100,000 people have tested positive for the virus. The number of deaths has risen by 101 to 1073.

10:54 Companies register short-time work for 10.1 million people

German companies registered short-time work for 10.1 million people in the coronavirus crisis by April 26. This record figure was announced by the Federal Employment Agency in Nuremberg on Thursday. This figure far exceeded all forecasts by economists. The previous record value set by the Federal Employment Agency for this labor market policy instrument dates from May 2009, when 1.44 million people were on short-time work. "The coronavirus crisis is likely to lead to the worst recession in Germany since the Second World War," said Detlef Scheele, Chairman of the Federal Employment Agency's Executive Board.

Despite the extremely high number of notices of short-time work, the number of unemployed people also rose in April, which is not typical of the season. In April, 308,000 more people were unemployed than in March, and 415,000 more than in the previous year, according to the Federal Employment Agency. The total number rose to 2.644 million. This represents a rate of 5.8 percent. It rose by 0.7 points compared to March, and by 0.9 points compared to April of last year.

10:54 Italian government approves use of Corona-App

The Italian government has given the green light for the use of an app to help contain the coronavirus. A resolution to this effect was passed by the Cabinet in Rome. The use of the Corona app by citizens is to be voluntary, and the data will be processed anonymously. There will be no geo-localisation, it was said. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government repeatedly emphasized in advance that it intends to meet high data protection standards with the Corona App. Critics fear that collected data might be misused.

The app should help to quickly find out whether one has been in the vicinity of someone infected with the coronavirus. This should enable chains of infection to be broken more quickly. The government in Rome announced that Italy intends to use the app "Immuni" by the Milan-based company Bending Spoons. Starting May 4, the coronavirus restrictions are to be gradually eased; the app is to be used in this new phase. Italy has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, with almost 27,700 corona deaths.

09:19 Possible Bundesliga restart: Weil and Woidke sceptical

Besides Lower Saxony's head of government Stephan Weil, Brandenburg's Minister President Dietmar Woidke is also sceptical about a possible continuation of the Bundesliga season. "Playgrounds are closed, daycare centres are closed, Bundesliga is playing again - it doesn't really fit together," he told RBB Inforadio. This will also, "I believe, meet with little approval among the general public". He wants to reopen playgrounds, schools, and daycare centers as quickly as possible. However, this process must be scientifically justified, he said.

09:12 Dozens of corpses discovered in trucks near New York funeral home

According to media reports, dozens of bodies have been found in several vans near a funeral home in New York. The company in the Brooklyn district rented the vehicles because it had no more room on its own premises due to the many deaths in the coronavirus pandemic, it said. In addition, the funeral home's cooling room had broken down, the "New York Times" wrote, citing the police. Residents had called the police because of the smell of decomposition coming from the vans.

CNN reported up to 60 bodies in four vans, ABC up to 100 dead. They had been stacked on ice in body bags in the vehicles and were to be cremated. It is not known how many of them actually died after infection with the coronavirus. Given the crisis, morticians are allowed to store the dead in refrigerated trucks. However, at least one of the trucks was not cooled.

09:02 Söder warns of second wave of infection

Prior to the new federal-state consultations on the coronavirus crisis, Bavaria's Minister President Markus Söder (CSU) warns against a hasty easing of restrictions. As long as there is no vaccine, he said on Bavarian Radio, there is otherwise the threat of "a second wave, a relapse". "We have seen some countries loosening up very quickly and then having to do the opposite". He cited Singapore as an example.

Söder showed understanding if other states now want to move faster, but announced that he himself would remain cautious. "I won't be offended by a colleague or another country if someone is more insistent or sees things differently." He could not, however, make the situation of the Bavarians dependent on whether a government in another country sees it differently. He said it was now like the 80th minute of a football match: "We've done most of the work, but some people want to get off the pitch now and say the game is won. Unfortunately, that's just not the case."

08:58 Braun: Contact restrictions will definitely be extended until May 10th

According to the head of the Chancellery, Helge Braun, the contact restrictions in force in the coronavirus crisis until May 3 will be " certainly" extended until May 10. This was announced by the CDU politician on n-tv prior to federal and state consultations on how to proceed. The larger discussion about further opening steps would take place at the next meeting on May 6. Braun said that the "essential package" should be extended until May 10th.

08:55 Craftsmens companies want to take on fewer trainees

The cronavirus crisis could have a massive impact on the trainee market. This was the result of a survey conducted by the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) and presented exclusively to the ARD political magazine Report Mainz.
According to the survey, one quarter of the skilled trades companies plan to fill fewer training positions in the coming training year. Nearly 38 percent say they want to offer as many training positions as last year. Only every twentieth company, however, plans to hire more trainees. A total of 2700 craft enterprises nationwide took part in the ZDH survey.

08:00 Here's what happened last night

  • CoViD-19 numbers for Germany: Robert Koch Institute reports 1478 new cases of CoViD-19 (159,119 total) and 173 new deaths (6,288 total) due to the virus
  • Sick leave can be granted by phone until May 18
  • Federal government expects severe recession
  • Cabinet approves Corona wage bonus for nursing care for the elderly
  • Global travel warning extended until June 14
  • Thousands of Airbus employees face the threat of short-time work