This is the live blog for April 5, 2020.
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Non-German native speakers have a hard time to stay on top of the news concerning the development of the situation of CoViD-19 specifically in Germany. Because of that, we curate a live blog in English for all people living in Germany. The information published on this site is translated from German and based on the live blog of Tagesschau.
We are using the combination of custom-trained machine translation models and expert linguists to provide these translations.
We are live-translating between 09:00 am CEST and 16:30 pm CEST
16:32 That's it for today. Join us tomorrow for more live updates!
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16:05 Almost 5,000 corona deaths in the UK
The Department of Health and Social Care in London reports an increase to the UK death toll of 621, to 4934, and reports that there are 47,806 confirmed infections. If necessary, the government will tighten the ban on gatherings and curfews, says Secretary of State for Health and Social CareMatt Hancock to the BBC. In the evening, Queen Elizabeth will address the British public in a pre-recorded television address. "I am speaking to you in an increasingly challenging time," the 93-year-old monarch will say, according to pre-published excerpts from the manuscript of the speech.
15:49 Grocery shopping on Good Friday and Easter?
In view of the corona crisis, some federal states have eased regulations on the closing times of shops. In particular, food stores may by way of exception open their doors on Good Friday and over the Easter holidays. In Rhineland-Palatinate, certain shops are allowed to open over Easter and on Good Friday, between 12 and 6 p.m., as was announced by the State Ministry of Labor. The special rule applies to the sale of food, beverages, sanitary supplies, drug products, construction and gardening supplies, newspapers, and animal supplies. In the Saarland, supermarkets and food stores are also allowed to open over the Easter holidays, including Good Friday. In North-Rhine Westphalia, however, all shops must remain closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday and Monday. In Bavaria, food stores will remain closed over Easter, according to a report by the "Münchner Merkur". In Baden-Württemberg, food stores will remain closed on Good Friday and over Easter, contrary to initial plans.
15:06 Italy expects additional "difficult months"
Italy’s health minister Roberto Speranza prepares his fellow citizens for further “difficult months” as a result of the corona crisis. “Our task is to create the conditions to be able to live with the virus,” at least until a vaccine has been developed, he has said to “La Repubblica”. It’s too early to say when the restrictions on public life imposed on March 9th can be lifted. Some of the measures will probably have to be upheld. The country-wide curfew, which severely restricts the freedom of movement of people and has halted all non-essential economic activities, is officially in place until April 13th. However, it is generally expected that it will be extended.
14:55 Over 65,000 global corona deaths
According to US experts, over 65,000 people have already died as a result of lung disease caused by the coronavirus. The number of confirmed infections with Sars-CoV-2 has risen to more than 1.2 million by noon, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University. The death toll in Italy has risen to 15,000, with 12,000 deaths in Spain, and 8,500 in the US. Among the countries most heavily affected by the Covid-19 lung disease, the University recorded the highest proportion of corona deaths so far in Spain and Italy. In both countries, around 25.5 people have died per 100,000 inhabitants. In Germany, there are only 1.7 deaths per 100,000 persons; in China, it’s 0.24.
14:45 FDP leader Lindner: Bundesliga not a priority
FDP leader Christian Lindner does not consider the Bundesliga to be a priority in terms of easing coronavirus measures. "We need to be very realistic in that major events with lots of spectators, be that a concert or a Bundesliga match, will only be possible at a later stage," he told the TV channel Sport1. Public life would gradually become possible again. "First, production will start again, then the shops will reopen, then the restaurants, and then at some point large events and the Bundesliga will be possible again - realistically but not as a first measure," said the BVB supporter.
14:42 Schalke: “Cancellation of the season would be a disaster”
The German Bundesliga is fearing for the existence of its clubs more than ever due to the coronavirus crisis. Schalke’s supervisory director, Clemens Tönnies, has raised concerns. He told the “Welt am Sonntag” that “cancelling the season would be a disaster.” This is partly why the league is trying to return to normal by resuming training in micro groups. The DFL has set up a task force. Its aim is to develop a binding guide that, according to DFL boss Christian Seifert, “clarifies in detail the conditions under which hygiene and prevention can be ensured in the best possible way during group training, team training and – in the event that play is resumed – for matches as well.” However, according to the Bavarian Minister of the Interior, Christian Seifert, there will not be any exceptions for football. “We want to satisfy the interests of sport but there cannot be special rights for football clubs. What the football clubs are doing must fit into the broader actions being taken in Germany.”
13:39 Ströbele threatens constitutional action should the elderly be put into isolation
The long-standing Green MP and lawyer Hans-Christian Ströbele (80) has announced he will take legal action before the Federal Constitutional Court should older and chronically ill people be sent into isolation to combat the coronavirus crisis. "If they separate the elderly and the chronically ill from society, I will be at the Federal Constitutional Court the next day to lodge a complaint," he told RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) at the weekend. Ströbele's colleague and fellow member of the Green Party, Tübingen's mayor Boris Palmer (47), had proposed in the daily newspaper "Die Welt" that people over 65 years of age should be isolated from society.
13:32 Indonesia introduces mandatory masks
In Indonesia, people are now obliged to wear fabric face masks when leaving their homes. The instruction was announced by the Ministry of Health. Medical protective masks are therefore to remain reserved for medical personnel. In the south-east Asian country, the number of confirmed infections recently increased by 181 to 2273 and the number of deaths by seven to 198.
13:23 Trade associations demand open borders for movement of goods
In view of border controls within the European Union due to the coronavirus pandemic, trade associations are calling for the free movement of goods. “In order to maintain a broad supply of food to the population during the coronavirus crisis, it is essential to keep borders within the European Union open,” said the President of the German Farmers’ Association, Joachim Rukwied. In recent weeks, the head of the Federal Association for Wholesale Trade, Foreign Trade, Services (BGA), Holger Bingmann, stressed that “border controls and restrictions on the free movement of persons were part of the problem and not the solution.” They were, if anything, exacerbating the crisis.
12:38 Cases in Spain gradually decreasing
In Spain, which has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the curfews which have been in place for a good three weeks now are evidently showing signs of success. In the last 24 hours, there have only been 6,000 new infections, the Ministry of Health reported. The total number of cases subsequently increased to more than 130,000. On the previous day, around 7,000 new infections were reported in Spain. At the same time, nearly 4,000 patients who had been suffering from Covid-19 were discharged within one day. This means that more than 38,000 people have recovered.
12:00 Iran wants to ease coronavirus restrictions
According to President Hassan Ruhani, Iran intends to ease the strict coronavirus regulations in the country. From next Saturday, some shops in the provinces will be reopened under particularly strict hygiene conditions, the president announced. In the capital of Tehran, this regulation will be put in place a week later - from April 18. However, sports halls, stadiums, swimming pools, and other places where there may be larger crowds of people and thus a higher risk of infection will remain closed.
10:54 Sánchez calls for "rigorous solidarity"
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called on the European Union's partners to show "rigorous solidarity" "at this critical moment". In order to prevent the EU from failing as a union in the fight against the coronavirus crisis, the EU must "get a war economy up and running", the socialist politician called for in a guest article for the news portal of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". Like EU Commission President von der Leyen, Sánchez also spoke of "a new Marshall Plan".
10:35 Romania allows travel abroad for seasonal agricultural workers
Romania is allowing seasonal workers to travel abroad by air despite the coronavirus crisis. This was announced by Romania's Interior Minister Marcel Vela. This will particularly ease the situation of German farmers, especially asparagus farmers, who urgently need harvest workers. The majority of these workers to date have come from Romania. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) and Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) agreed on Thursday to fly 80,000 foreign seasonal workers to Germany under strict conditions to help with harvesting and other urgent field work.
09:57 Trudeau wants to talk with Trump about US export ban for protective masks
The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called on the USA to cooperate in the production of protective masks. His government will not react with punitive or retaliatory measures to the export ban on protective masks issued by US President Donald Trump, Trudeau said. "We know that it is in the interest of both countries to work together," he said.
Trump had previously announced that the U.S. needed N95 protective masks itself, and that he would therefore stop their sale abroad. "We don't want other people to have them," he said.
09:29 Scholz plans further tax relief for companies
Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) has announced further tax relief for German companies due to the coronavirus crisis. The government is currently "working on an non-bureaucratic way for companies to offset a limited amount of their losses from this year against their 2019 profits," Scholz told the newspapers of the Funke media group. "Such a regulation would provide companies with additional liquidity and could be implemented without changing the tax laws".
09:06 Second refugee camp near Athens under coronavirus quarantine
For the second time within a few days, the Greek Coronavirus Crisis Unit has quarantined a refugee camp near Athens for 14 days due to a coronavirus infection. The camp is located in Malakasa, some 45 kilometres north of the Greek capital, according to a report Sunday morning on Greek national radio (ERT).
Approximately 1800 people live in the camp. According to the report, a 53-year-old Afghan has tested positive for the virus.
08:00 Here's what happened last night
- CoViD-19 numbers for Germany: 91,714 infected and 1,342 dead (according to Robert Koch Institut as of today at 07:44)
- German Banks set to close thousands of additional branches due to CoViD-19
- Von der Leyen demands a Marshall plan for Europe
- Berlin's mayor Michael Müller says countermeasures in Berlin will remain in place until May 1st