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  • Infection limit exceeded in Coesfeld district in NRW
  • Again over 10,000 new infections in Russia within 24 hours
  • German exports in sharp decline
  • German government expects tax income to decrease by about 80 - 100 billion Euros due to CoViD-19

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17:17 Home trainer equipment giving fitness industry billions in turnover

When the gym is closed because of coronavirus requirements, there have to be dumbbells at home: the fitness industry has made almost twice as much turnover for home fitness equipment in April as it did in the previous year. It was 23 million euros in April 2019, this amount has now increased to 44 million euros over the same period; as the German Federation for Fitness and Health reported on request. In the case of large appliances such as ergometers, turnover increased by 80 percent in April. In the case of smaller appliances such as mats or dumbbells by 300 percent. However, the association pointed out that the appliances for home use only represent a fraction of the total turnover for the industry. The main clients are fitness studios, where investments in comparison to April 2019 have fallen by 70 percent.


17:05 Drive for solidarity in Turkey: Paying other people’s bills

Those in the Turkish million-strong metropolis of Istanbul who no longer have money for gas or water bills because of the coronavirus crisis can now offer them on a website to anonymous donors for payment. According to the figures on the afternoon page, about 80,000 bills worth about 10 million lira (nearly 1.3 million euros) had already been paid over the city’s campaign in the first two days. However, around 120,000 bills were still waiting for donors. The bills came from families in need, which the city administration has checked, it says on the website. Another recent donation campaign failed by the opposition’s mayor Imamoglu had failed. The central government had banned it and started its own donation campaign.


16:57 Military World Games in Wuhan - the first coronavirus hotspot?

Could the military world games in Wuhan have already spread the coronavirus in October 2019? This is the claim by an Italian fencer who claims to have been ill at CoViD-19 at the time. "When we arrived in Wuhan, we were all sick. All six people in my residence were sick, as well as many athletes from other delegations," said Matteo Tagliariol, the 2008 Olympics winner to the newspaper "Corriere della Sera". Nearly 10,000 athletes from 110 countries came together at the Military World Games. There is no known case from the German team, but there are grounds for suspicion. The German Army is discussing an investigation.


16:46 Two million unemployed in Canada in April

Unemployment in Canada has again risen sharply during the coronavirus crisis. A record number of nearly two million people lost their jobs in April, reported the country’s statistical authority. More than one million people had already become unemployed in March. Thus, the unemployment rate in the geographically second largest country in the world has increased from 7.8 percent in March to 13 percent. Severe curfews have also been imposed in Canada, due to the coronavirus pandemic which affects the labour market. Around 65,000 people in Canada have been infected by the novel coronavirus so far, more than 4,400 of whom have died.


16:41 SPD Party and Green Party: Munici-palities could lose control of the situation

Politicians from the SPD party and the Green party have warned that districts and urban municipalities could be unable to cope with the fight against coronavirus. "The municipalities have neither the expertise nor the staff to effectively identify or combat the causes of their local outbreaks," said the SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach to the editorial network Germany. He criticized the decision agreed on Wednesday by the federal government and the states that the municipalities are now asked for measures to control the virus. "Since the entire transition into their responsibility was unprepared and took place suddenly, I cannot imagine how local containment could work if the infection figures were to skyrocket in many places," said Lauterbach.  Green faction chief Katrin Görlariti-Eckern: "We are very worried that we lose control of the situation if we do not have enough personnel in health authorities and chances to test, “ said the Green party politician. She warned against a lax implementation of the government and state’s decisions:  “It is clear: A relapse and a second wave can only be prevented with a tight control net.“


16:16 Paris Metro: Travel in the morning and the evening only with permission

Starting Monday, passengers in Paris must show proof of their employers to use public transport. The President of the capital’s region Ile-de-France Valerie Pecresse stated that this is necessary for the morning between 6.30 and 9.30 and evenings between 16:00 and 19:00. The Paris public transport can be used without proof outside of these times. Paris wants to prevent very full buses and trains in rush hours when social distancing rules to fight CoVid-19 cannot be followed.  Pecresse said that people who use the Metro during the rush hour for a necessary reason should be able to do so. These include bringing children to school or job interviews.
Many fear traffic chaos in the capital as only 75 percent of the trains will be running.  The mayor Anne Hidalgo has created extra bicycle paths in the city center. Marks on the floor in the large railway stations will help people to maintain social distancing. The Home Secretary Christophe Castaner stated that the State has provided the transport companies with 10 million protective masks with more than one million set aside for the Paris conurbation. They will be distributed from Monday.


15:46 Coesfeld district postpones easing restrictions

Following the widespread occurrence of coronavirus infections in the Coesfeld district, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia has postponed the relaxation of anti-coronavirus measures scheduled across the country by one week, to May 18th. This would not cover schools, which are said not to be affected by this, said State Minister of Health Karl-Josef Laumann on Friday. At the same time, he ordered the provisional closure of the slaughterhouse in which frequent infections had occurred.


15:46 Corona outbreak in Bremen nursing home

"In the Bremen district of Osterholz, there was probably also a serious outbreak of coronavirus infections in a senior residence due to major hygiene deficiencies. In addition to the twelve already ill residents and one employee, "a high number of sequelae" is to be expected," said Bremens Social Senator Anja Stahmann. She raised serious charges against those responsible for the institution particularly inhabited by dementia patients. The Public Prosecutor's Office examines whether the omissions are so serious that an investigation must be initiated. The entire senior residence has been quarantined.

According to the Social Senator, the seniors’ residence lasted several days over the long weekend of May before reporting symptoms to the authorities. Although the competent authority had already advised the institution preventively at the beginning of April, employees were employed in limited areas of residence, contrary to the recommendations in the entire establishment. In addition, the residents of the whole house and garden stayed there. According to the Senate on Thursday, two doctors had "an extremely bad impression of the hygiene situation in the establishment, partly also of the condition of the inhabitants."


15:12 Rhineland-Palatinate: Dreyer demands open borders

In light of developments in the coronavirus crisis, the Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinat, Malu Dreyer, has called for the immediate opening of borders to Luxembourg and France. A joint statement with the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Katarina Barley, and the Mayor of Trier, Wolfram Leibe, reads: "After seven weeks, we must now do everything we can to freely express our togetherness again with our friends in France and Luxembourg in everyday life." Europe Day, coming Saturday, would be a perfect date, write the SPD politicians.


15:07 US unemployment rate at highest level in decades

The US has seen a massive increase in unemployment as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In April, the unemployment rate raced to 14.7, an increase of 4.4 percent, and with that the highest level in the post-war period. Before the beginning of the crisis in February, the unemployment rate was still at 3.5 percent.


14:54 WHO: Animal market in Wuhan played a role in spread of the coronavirus

An animal and meat market in the Central Chinese city of Wuhan has played a role as either the place of origin or the spread of the coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization WHO. “But we do not yet know whether the market was the source or place of distribution – or whether it was simply a coincidence that some cases were discovered there and in the immediate surroundings,” said Peter Ben Embarek, a WHO expert for viruses that are transmitted from animals to humans. It is not yet known whether the virus was introduced to the market via live animals, sellers, or buyers.

The Chinese authorities closed the market in January in their fight against the epidemic and temporarily prohibited the trade and consumption of wild animals. The US has raised accusations against China that the virus originates from a research laboratory in Wuhan. However, there is currently no public evidence to back that up. WHO expert Mr. Embarek did not comment on the accusations of the Americans.


14:24 Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania starts test series in care homes

Large-scale, voluntary testing for coronavirus infections has started today in retirement and care homes in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. For the first time, this places the focus in testing in Germany on residents and employees of inpatient care facilities, as well as on facilities for day and short-term care, said Health Minister Harry Glawe. Care homes are considered to particularly at risk, as it is not usually possible to keep a safe distance and residents belong to the risk group for severe cases of CoViD-19. A total of 25,000 care home residents and 15,000 employees across Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will be tested twice within two weeks.


14:03 Study: Blood thinners seem to increase chances of survival

Researchers at the "Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Health at Mount Sinai" have found that coronavirus patients receiving blood-thinning medication during their treatment have better chances of survival.

The study is based on medical data from more than 2,700 infected patients who were treated in a New York hospital between March 14 and April 11. About 780 of them received blood thinners. Patients treated with high doses showed a better recovery flow both in and out of intensive care.

After the autopsies of victims who had died from coronavirus, Hamburg's forensic scientists had also established a similar thesis.


Customs received thousands of reports have been received over the past few weeks indicating possible fraud relating to coronavirus emergency aid. This was reported by the TV channels WDR, NDR, and the newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung".

Last month alone, about 2,800 suspected cases were reported to the customs unit responsible for money laundering, as was confirmed by a spokesman for the authority. The keyword "emergency aid" appeared in about 2,300 of these reports.


13:48 District in Schleswig-Holstein also crosses limit for new infections

Following the Thuringian district of Greiz and the North Rhine-Westphalian district of Coesfeld, the district of Steinburg in Schleswig-Holstein has now also exceeded the established threshold for new coronavirus infections.

The district itself announced that 87 new cases have been reported.

The threshold is 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one week. The county has 131,000 inhabitants, meaning the number corresponds to 66 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants.


13:43 CJEU criticizes decision on ECB bond purchasing program

In the opinion of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the decision made by the Federal Constitutional Court on the European Central Bank's (ECB) purchasing of government bonds could jeopardize the EU's judicial system.

The CJEU argued that it had sole jurisdiction over the actions of an EU body. This way, a standardized application of EU law could be guaranteed. National courts are obligated to "guarantee the full effectiveness of EU law."

The Federal Constitutional Court had contested the ECB's government bond purchases worth billions on Tuesday and thus for the first time opposed a decision made by the CJEU.


13:37 Portuguese Prime Minister regrets fight for ventilators

Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa complained about difficulties in obtaining medical equipment during the coronavirus pandemic: "We cannot rely on a market that is uncontrolled and brutal, which nearly experiences physical brawls to buy a ventilator here and there." He announced plans to strengthen production in Portugal so that the country could provide its own supply of face masks, personal protective equipment, and ventilators.


13:35 Eat Austrian!

On Twitter, Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) called on citizens to strengthen their own country through their purchasing behavior. After the first wave of the pandemic, the Alpine republic is now trying to make an economic comeback.


13:31 Indications of first coronavirus cases in France as early as November

In France, there is increasing evidence of first infections with the novel coronavirus back in November or December - the first cases in Europe would therefore have occurred four to six weeks earlier than previously thought. A medical study conducted by the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in the Alsatian Colmar came to this conclusion.

For this study, researchers assessed about 2450 computer tomography examinations of the lungs in clinic patients once more later on. According to the results, "first cases" occurred on November 16. After that, a "very slow increase" took place until the end of February, followed by a clear acceleration that peaked on March 31, the private clinic explained.

At the beginning of the week, a case of CoViD-19 had become known in France which dates back to December 27 - four days before China first reported cases in Wuhan to the World Health Organization. A French citizen living north of Paris retroactively tested positive in a coronavirus test based on the PCR method. Frozen sample material was used for this.


13:26 Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania festival winter for the first time

The festival "Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern", one of the most popular classical festivals in Germany with around 100,000 visitors, is drastically reducing its summer program due to the coronavirus pandemic and planning a festival in winter for the first time as a replacement. Details are not yet available. The festival, for which more than 150 concerts and accompanying events were planned up until mid-September, was supposed to start on June 13 with a concert in Neubrandenburg. Instead, it will kick off with a "digital festival weekend" with live concerts, greetings, talks, and video retrospectives.


13:23 Saxony-Anhalt to decide on further relaxations on Tuesday

Saxony-Anhalt's State Premier Reiner Haseloff (CDU) anticipates quick relaxations if the number of coronavirus infections continues to decline. On Tuesday, the state government will decide on the reopening of vacation apartments, campsites, and the gastronomy sector. The government is considering allowing restaurants to open as early as the start of the Pentecost holidays (May 18-30 in the state), as opposed to the originally planned date of May 22.


13:18 "Spiegel" reports that more than 600 have been infected in the meat industry

According to information published by the magazine "Spiegel", more than 600 employees have positive tested for coronavirus in German slaughterhouses. Mostly Romanian contractors, who often live in shared accommodation, have fallen ill, the magazine reported, referencing the authorities. Accordingly, about 300 cases were registered with the Baden-Wuerttemberg-based producer Müller Fleisch in the last few weeks, while the company Ostfleisch in North Rhine-Westphalia registered more than 200.

"The slaughterhouses are permitted to continue their operations because the authorities assume that the situation is under control with the quarantine measures in place," the magazine reported. According to this information, only partners or families are allowed to live in shared rooms, and the meat producers say they are increasing hygiene measures in their factories. However, the company Vion closed its slaughterhouse in the town of Bad Bremstedt in Schleswig-Holstein following a coronavirus outbreak with over 100 cases.

Deputy party leader of the SPD, Katja Mast, told the magazine that, "according to everything I know, barely any accommodation facilities" for workers complies with the regulations imposed by the Ministry of Labor in April. In the future, she wants to hold the meat producers themselves as opposed to the subcontractors liable for the living situation: "The business model with precarious accommodation for eastern European workers must be abandoned," the SPD politician demanded.


13:08 Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to provide tests in all care homes

Comprehensive, voluntary testing for coronavirus in retirement and nursing homes in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has begun. This will be the first time that the testing focus in Germany is placed on residents and employees of inpatient care facilities as well as facilities for day and short-term care," said Health Minister Harry Glawe.

A total of around 25,000 care workers and around 15,000 employees will be tested throughout the state. Initially, residents and staff will be tested twice within two weeks. Afterwards, the staff will be tested once more to be able to take factors such as vacations or sickness into account.


12:47 South Tyrol resolves to ease the restrictions independently

The Italian province of South Tyrol is pressing ahead with phasing out their coronavirus restrictions and wants to allow a faster relaxation than planned by the government in Rome. Last night, the provincial government of the tourist region decided that the retail sector may reopen immediately. Trade and industry businesses are also allowed to start work. Beginning Monday, hairdressers, museums, bars, and restaurants will be allowed to open, and from May 25th, the same will apply to hotels and cable cars. The Italian government under Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wants to allow more time for easing the restrictions: For example, bars and hairdressers won't be open until June. The South Tyrol, however, based its decisions on its competence as an autonomous province.


12:36 Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Residents may visit the museum temporarily free of charge

After several weeks of shutdowns, residents in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will be allowed to visit museums and exhibitions starting next Tuesday for two weeks without paying admission. This is "a small thank you to the people in our state", said Finance Minister Reinhard Meyer (SPD). Cultural institutions in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania may reopen on Monday, but under strict hygiene conditions.


12:31 Spain: Production declines sharply

Spanish industrial production fell by 11.9 percent in March compared with the previous month as a result of the coronavirus crisis. This was announced by the statistics office INE. Analysts had expected an average decline of 9.6 percent. Production fell by 12.2 percent seasonally adjusted and 10.2 percent unadjusted compared to the same month last year.


12:23 NRW orders coronavirus tests in all slaughterhouses

Employees in all meat-processing companies in North Rhine-Westphalia are to be tested for the coronavirus. This was announced by government spokesman Christian Wiermer. This decision was prompted by the case of the company "Westfleisch": Yesterday, 129 infections were reported among the 1200 employees of the company. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the district of Coesfeld, where the company is located, has already exceeded the limit for new coronavirus cases. The limit is 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in one week.


12:11 Teachers in Saxony will soon be able to get tested

From 1 June, teachers in Saxony will be able to have themselves voluntarily tested for the coronavirus. If the public health insurance companies do not pay, the state will cover the costs, the Saxon Ministry of Education announced. In addition, they are considering extending the offer to day-care centers. Some schools in Saxony are already open. Upcoming graduates were the first to return: since April 20, they have been preparing for their exams.


12:02 More than 3000 new infections in India

Indian health authorities have registered almost 3400 new coronavirus cases and 103 more deaths from the pandemic in the past 24 hours. This brings the total number of infections to more than 56,000, and almost 1900 deaths thus far due to the virus. More than 16,500 inhabitants of India are considered to have recovered after infection.


11:58 Kurz: Border with Germany open "before summer".

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz expects the border between Germany and Austria to open before the summer. He cited the low levels of infection with the coronavirus in his own country and stressed that the opening of the border was important not only for tourism but also for commuters. It would also help families who are currently separated by entry restrictions.


11:50 Rammstein cancels concerts in Europe

Rammstein has cancelled the second part of its European tour due to coronavirus restrictions. The band's website states that they are currently checking if it will be possible to make up the dates. Tickets should remain valid. There were 29 concerts planned throughout Europe, including performances in Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Leipzig, and Klagenfurt.


11:41 Above-average death rate in Germany

According to the Federal Statistical Office, an above-average number of people died in Germany during the coronavirus pandemic. The death figures since March 23rd are "above the average for the respective calendar weeks of the years 2016 to 2019," according to a special evaluation by the authority. Death notifications from the registry offices were used for this purpose. Currently, preliminary data are available through April 12. At least 19,385 people died in the last week of March, at least 20,207 between 30 March and 5 April, and at least 19,872 between April 6 and 12. Based on a four-year average, the number of deaths in the week from April 6 to 12 increased by eleven percent. Comparing individual years, this week's deaths were actually 18 percent more than in 2017 and four percent more than in 2018. According to the Federal Statistical Office, the figures point to an excess mortality in connection with the coronavirus.


11:33 Criticism of limit value for new infections

The Federal Association of Doctors of the Public Health Service (BVÖGD) considers the limit for new coronavirus infections, above which restrictions would be reversed, to be much too high. The federal and state governments agreed that stricter conditions would again apply if 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants were reported in a week. "How the health authorities intend to cope with this is a mystery to me. It is not possible", BVÖGD chairwoman Ute Teichert told the editorial network Germany. The health authorities have only been able to cope with the situation in the past few weeks because their staff has been tripled or quadrupled by medical students and volunteers, among others. And yet the institution was still "on the brink of collapse". Many of the volunteers have meanwhile returned to their jobs or studies. "The health authorities will be brought to their knees without permanent staff support," said Teichert.


11:24 China wants to support WHO investigation

The World Health Organization wants to study the global response to the coronavirus pandemic. China has now pledged its support for this research. However, the Chinese foreign ministry stressed that the investigation must be conducted "in an open, transparent and comprehensive manner" after the virus has been defeated. Recently, China had been sharply criticized, especially by the US, for trying to conceal the origin of the pandemic.


11:15 Brazil warns of "economic collapse"

The Brazilian Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, has warned that the country could face major supply shortages within 30 days due to the coronavirus restrictions. Production, he said, could also come to a partial standstill by then. He added that this threatens an "economic collapse" and "social chaos". "This is a serious wake-up call", said Guedes. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro also emphasized again that "the fight against the virus should not cause more damage than the virus itself". He has repeatedly warned against a "hysteria" over the pandemic and has spoken out against overly strict conditions.


10:50 Germans buying more online

Germans are buying significantly more on the Internet during the coronavirus crisis. Last week alone, the number of online transactions increased by about half compared to the same period last year, the Federal Statistical Office announced. Since the contact restrictions have been in force in Germany - i.e. since March 23rd - the Federal Statistical Office has reported a double-digit increase in online transactions each week. This is based on data provided by information service providers, which also provide online retailers with data.


10:36 World Medical Association President views relaxation with skepticism

The President of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, is sceptical about the easing of the coronavirus restrictions agreed by the federal and state governments. The relaxation of restrictions was quite far-reaching, Montgomery told the newspapers of the Funke media group. He therefore expects regional outbreaks of the virus in Germany in the coming weeks. He added that the Minister Presidents would have to reinstate the restrictions with the same courage as they needed to implement them initially. Montgomery is convinced that a " second wave is certain to come, possibly a third wave as well". He has strong doubts that people will continue to adhere to the distance rules and contact restrictions for months to come.


10:28 Researchers call for study with voluntarily infected persons

In an article for the scientific journal "Science", an international team of researchers suggested that the search for a coronavirus vaccine should include a study with people who voluntarily become infected with the virus. Such a study could have "a high social value in several ways", the article says. Young and healthy participants should be selected for the study, and their health status should be monitored over the long term. Such studies - so-called Human Challenge Trials - are highly controversial among experts. While some researchers argue that such a procedure could accelerate the development of medications, others raise health risks and ethical concerns.


10:09 Russia reports nearly  10,700 new cases

Within the past 24 hours, almost 10,700 new infections with the coronavirus have been reported to the Russian health authorities. This is the sixth consecutive day in which more than 10,000 new cases have been reported in Russia. The number of corona deaths rose by 98 to 1,723 people within one day.


10:01 NRW: Infection limit exceeded in Coesfeld district

In North Rhine-Westphalia, the limit value for new coronavirus infections set by the federal and state governments has been exceeded in the district of Coesfeld. This was announced by the Robert Koch Institute. The value was set at 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants within one week. According to RKI, 52.7 new infections were registered in Coesfeld under these criteria. This can be attributed mainly to the company "Westfleisch": Yesterday it was announced that 129 employees were infected. The company employs a total of 1,200 people, all of whom are now to be tested. According to the agreement between the federal and state governments to relax the coronavirus restrictions, stricter restrictions must now be imposed again for the Coesfeld district.


09:52 "Mein Schiff 3": First crew members disembark

A corona virus infection was detected among the crew members of the cruise ship "Mein Schiff 3" at the end of April. Tests revealed eight further cases among the 2,900 members of the "Mein Schiff" fleet that were on board at the time. Since then, crew members have not been allowed to leave the ship, which has been anchored in Cuxhaven since April 28. Now the first crew members are able to return home. The employees who were infected are now in quarantine. Around 170 employees who tested negative will be able to leave the ship in the morning and will be flown home from Hamburg.


09:32 Denmark announces easing of restrictions for the beginning of June

The Danish government and parliament have agreed that museums, amusement parks, and cinemas may reopen from June 8. In addition, groups of up to 50 people will be allowed to meet in public as of this date. The new relaxation, however, will only come into effect if the number of infected persons in hospitals does not increase more than expected, the government said. Nightclubs, discos, and fitness studios are expected to remain closed until August.


09:27 GfK Survey: Crisis could influence buying behavior over the long term

According to a survey by the market research institute GfK (Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung), one in three Germans expect their financial situation to deteriorate over the next twelve months due to the coronavirus crisis. As a result, the crisis could also have an impact on the population's buying habits for some time to come. "The new 'normal' will be characterized by a difficult economic environment and tighter consumer budgets," said Petra Süptitz of GfK. A quarter of the people surveyed stated that they would not be taking a vacation that they had actually planned. Seven percent of Germans intend to postpone purchases such as cars, luxury goods or clothing.


09:14 Ziemiak in favour of uniform concept for border openings

During the discussions about a possible end to controls at German borders, CDU Secretary General Paul Ziemiak has spoken out in favour of a "uniform approach within the European Union". Ziemiak also emphasized that different situations prevailed at different German borders. With regard to the German-Polish border, for example, he urged that medical personnel should also be allowed to enter Germany.


09:05 High financial losses for artists

According to a survey conducted by the Federal Association of Visual Artists, four out of five artists are facing massive revenue losses due to the coronavirus crisis. This was reported by the "Rheinische Post". According to the survey, every third artist expects to have to restrict his or her activities in the future as well.


08:53 Hotels only register half as many overnight stays

Hotels, guesthouses and hostels throughout Germany are experiencing a severe shortage of guests in the coronavirus crisis. In March, the number of overnight stays by German tourists fell by 53 percent compared to the previous month, according to the Federal Statistical Office. Across Germany, the facilities recorded only 15.6 million overnight stays, the largest drop compared to the same month last year since the study began in 1992. Overnight stays by guests from abroad fell by 67 percent to around two million within a year.


08:00 Here's what happened last night

  • CoViD-19 numbers for Germany: Robert Koch Institute reports 1,209 new cases of CoViD-19 (167,300 total) and 147 new deaths (7,266 total) due to the virus
  • German exports in sharp decline
  • WHO expects up to 190,000 deaths in Africa
  • France extends economic aid program
  • German government expects tax income to decrease by about 80 - 100 billion Euros due to CoViD-19