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Coronavirus Chronicle with developments from March 25th


March 26, 2020 – 6:37 am

Fighting the corona virus

You can find all the latest news about the corona virus in our live ticker

Germany is fighting against the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus – and needs more speed. That is why the Federal Government has imposed radical measures that extremely restrict the everyday life of German citizens. In the video we show how people in Germany help each other in the crisis. With the RTL.de live ticker you always stay up to date.

We have summarized everything we know so far about the corona virus for you here.

TVNOW documentary: Zero Hour – Race with the Virus

The corona virus keeps Germany and the rest of the world in suspense. How did it spread rapidly and what does the outbreak mean for our everyday life? You can find out why scientists warned about the virus long before the outbreak in the TVNOW documentary “Zero Hour – Race with the Virus”.

11:51 p.m. – Current figures: More than 460,000 infected worldwide

Italy 74,386 7,503
United States 65,174 921
Spain 49,515 3,647
Germany 37,323 206
France 25,600 1,333
Worldwide 466.836 21,162

The UN calls the corona pandemic a “threat to all of humanity” today and the numbers suggest it. Almost 50,000 new cases have been reported within the last day. In Germany there are almost 5,000 more infected than yesterday. A decrease in new infections does not appear to be in sight.

11:27 p.m. – Court refuses Julian Assange’s release

ARCHIVE - May 1, 2019, Great Britain, London: Julian Assange, co-founder of the disclosure platform WikiLeaks, leaves the court. (to dpa: Wikileaks founder Assange hopes for release due to corona virus) Photo: Matt Dunham / AP / dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

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Wikileaks founder Julien Assange’s lawyers are concerned about the health of their clients because of the spread of the corona virus. According to the lawyers, he is particularly at risk because of his ailing health in prison. They therefore applied for bail. But nothing comes of it, the request was rejected by a London court on Wednesday.

Here you can read the whole article.

11:02 p.m. – NHL postpones draft and other dates indefinitely

The NHL is postponing key events indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. As the best ice hockey league in the world announced, talent selection, talent selection (the so-called draft) and the awarding of the NHL Awards are affected. All three dates were planned for June. The league justified the decision with the uncertainty caused by the corona pandemic. The NHL season is currently interrupted and will not continue until mid-May at the earliest.

10:57 p.m. – Romania wants to test all residents of metropolitan areas on Corona

In Romania, the entire population of the capital Bucharest and other larger metropolitan areas are to be tested for an infection with the novel corona virus. Health Minister Victor Costache announced on Wednesday evening. Mobile teams should go from house to house and take test material from the citizens. The total number of citizens envisaged for the tests was initially unknown because the regions had not yet been precisely defined. The model was corona crisis management in South Korea, where tests had also been carried out widely, the minister said. The campaign would require “at least two, maximum five million” test sets in Bucharest. Next week, around 180,000 tests are expected to be imported.

10:50 pm – “Living room” concert with Billie Eilish and Elton John in corona crisis

Music stars like Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Alicia Keys and the Backstreet Boys want to give a charity concert in their own four walls during the coronavirus crisis. British superstar Elton John (73, “I’m Still Standing”) will moderate the “Living Room” campaign under the name “iHeartRadio Living Room Concert for America”. Accordingly, the artists will appear alone in their living rooms and film themselves with their smartphones. During the concert, musicians and spectators are called upon to donate to emergency services that are in use during the coronavirus crisis.

10:35 p.m. – Police robot controls exit restrictions in Tunis

A small, armored robot drives through almost deserted streets and stops the few pedestrians who are still outside. The Tunisian police are deploying a robot in the capital, Tunis, to control the exit restrictions applicable to the corona virus. The vehicle is controlled from an operations center, as can be seen in a video released by the Tunisian Interior Ministry on Wednesday.

The police use cameras to check the identities of the passers-by and ask why the people are on the street. There are strict exit restrictions in the North African country. During the day, people are only allowed to leave the house in individual cases; from 6 p.m. there is a national curfew. According to official information, 173 cases of the novel corona virus have been registered in Tunisia.

10:25 p.m. – Kilometers of truck traffic jams on the Bulgarian-Turkish border

A 45-kilometer queue of waiting trucks has formed on the Bulgarian border with Turkey on the way to Turkey. The reason is the health checks in Turkey due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bulgarian state television reported on Wednesday evening. Long-distance drivers have been waiting for days on the Bulgarian side of the border at the Kapitan Andreewo border crossing. They were supplied with food and drinking water by the Bulgarian Red Cross.

In order to alleviate the emergency, Bulgaria now wants to convert a former military airport in the southeastern region of Haskovo into a truck parking lot. It is said to offer space for 3000 trucks and sanitary facilities.

10:15 p.m. – Macron promises massive healthcare investments

French President Emmanuel Macron wants to invest heavily in the public health system. As soon as this crisis was over, there would be a comprehensive investment plan and better career opportunities in the hospital sector, Macron said during a visit to Eastern France. The corona virus is currently spreading rapidly there. The French healthcare system is on the verge of collapse. He also decided to use the military to support the population, the president says.

10:10 p.m. – European Athletics Championships in Paris are under scrutiny

The European Athletics Championships planned for late August in Paris are under scrutiny. Preparations for the competitions continue from August 25th to 30th as scheduled, but the Continental Association European Athletics (EA) has now requested an analysis of alternative scenarios for the alignment in view of the Corona crisis. These would also include a “possible postponement” of the EM, the EA announced on Wednesday after a video conference of its executive committee.

The local organizing committee (LOC) was asked to promptly carry out a detailed feasibility study for the event in the French capital. An update of the LOC to the current preparations shows that its work will be severely impaired because there is currently no significant public activity in France due to the global corona virus pandemic.

9:50 p.m. – More than 1,000 medical students sign up for voluntary corona help

After a call for voluntary service in the corona crisis, more than 1000 students from Mainz University Medical Center registered in a few days. “This is a great reaction that we did not expect on this scale,” said the Dean of University Medicine, Ulrich Forstermann, on Wednesday. The registration portal “I want to help” was launched last week. According to the university, 300 young people registered there on the very first day.

The call was aimed at students of human and dental medicine. Activities and qualifications such as health and nursing, intensive care, knowledge of the care of ventilators and telephone advice to patients are required. The helpers are paid according to their qualifications.

9:44 p.m. – Berlin Senate is considering temporary Tegel closure

A temporary closure is emerging for Tegel Airport due to the new type of corona virus. “So I will not make the promise here that, for example, Tegel or another airport branch will not be temporarily closed,” said Berlin’s Senator for Finance Matthias Kollatz (SPD) on Wednesday in the main committee of the Berlin House of Representatives. The rbb had previously reported a possible closure. Fractional groups said it was currently being examined how quickly the airport company could be released from the so-called operator obligation. The state of Berlin holds a third of the capital city airports Schonefeld and Tegel.

The rest of the air traffic would be diverted to the second Schoenefeld location in the event of closure. It was initially unclear whether the federal government, as a further shareholder, could be convinced of an operational stop in Tegel. Finally, government planes take off from there. The background to this is the massive drop in passenger numbers by more than 90 percent at Berlin airports due to Sars-CoV-2.

9:07 pm – Current figures: More than 37,000 infected people in Germany

The Johns Hopkins University now reports over 37,300 corona cases in Germany. According to the dpa, North Rhine-Westphalia has particularly high numbers with almost 9700 cases, Bavaria with almost 7.300 and Baden-Wurttemberg with more than 7.200 cases. With 78.8, Hamburg has the highest number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

You can check the latest figures for your state in our graphic here.

So far, more than 200 people infected with Sars-CoV-2 have died nationwide. According to the Robert Koch Institute, two other Germans died during a trip to Egypt.

The latest figures worldwide:

  • 81,661 China
  • 74,386 Italy
  • 62,086 United States
  • 47,610 Spain
  • 37,323 Germany
  • 27,017 Iran
  • 25,583 France
  • 10,897 Switzerland
  • 9,137 South Korea
  • 8,365 Great Britain

8:45 pm – Ambulance with corona patients thrown at stones in Spain

Several ambulances with a total of 28 older corona patients were thrown at stones in Spain. The attack had already occurred on Tuesday in La Linea de la Concepcion in the south of the country, the Spanish police reported on Wednesday. Dozens of people wanted to prevent the infected and partially Covid-19 pensioners, who come from another municipality, from being transferred to a home in the Andalusian city and put in quarantine there.

The protesters had also tried to prevent the ambulance column from continuing its journey with a vehicle and barricades parked on the street. On the night of Wednesday, around 50 people would have protested again in front of the residence. They made threats and set fire to rubbish bins. Explosives were also thrown at the dormitory from neighboring houses. Two men were arrested, police said.

8:30 p.m. – Saarburg: 19-year-old pretends corona disease and coughs up people

Tasteless joke at a gas station in Saarburg (Rhineland-Palatinate). According to eyewitnesses, a 19-year-old coughed up a cashier and customer there and told them he had tested positive for the corona virus. A nasty trick that is being imitated more and more in Germany. A surveillance camera filmed him – shortly afterwards he was visited by the police.

Instead of being thankful that people like the cashier continue to work despite the risk of infection, the man unsettled the woman. With a paint mask on his face, he ran through the petrol station shop, coughing again and again. The employee turned completely unsettled to her boss, who called the police and filed a complaint. In the video, the petrol station tenant tells how she experienced the situation.

8:25 pm – More than 25,000 confirmed infections in France

In France there are more than 25,000 confirmed infections with the corona virus for the first time. Health director Jerôme Salomon said in Paris on Wednesday that the number of cases had increased by 2,933 to a total of 25,233 within a day. Accordingly, 1,331 deaths were recorded. Around 11,500 patients would be treated in hospitals nationwide, a good 2,800 of them in intensive care units. A third of the patients in the clinics are younger than 60 years, said Salomon.

8:19 p.m. – Mobile operators want EU Commission to provide location data

Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Orange and five other mobile operators are ready to make their location data available to the EU Commission. The lobby group of the mobile phone service provider GSMA says that the spread of the corona virus should be tracked. Representatives of the corporations as well as Telefonica, Telecom Italia, Telenor, Telia and A1 Telekom Austria met with EU Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton on Monday. The EU Commission wants to use anonymized data. However, there is growing criticism that governments want to use cellular data to control quarantine compliance and exercise profiles.

7:56 pm – “Triage” soon in Germany? Doctors prepare for difficult decisions

The situation in German hospitals is further exacerbated in the corona epidemic. According to a report by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, doctors are prepared to make the decision about life and death if the number of intensive care beds or ventilators is no longer sufficient. In this case, seven medical associations have adopted a catalog of recommendations for action – and find drastic words: “It is likely that even in Germany in a short time and despite increases in capacity that have already taken place, sufficient intensive care medical resources will no longer be available to all patients who care for them need “. This means that if the corona epidemic worsens, not all patients can be cared for. This creates difficult decision-making conflicts for the doctors.

7:44 p.m. – Merkel remains in quarantine until at least the beginning of next week

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU )’s home corona quarantine will continue until at least the beginning of next week. Even in the second test for the novel corona virus, Merkel found no infection, a government spokesman said in Berlin on Wednesday. “The Chancellor continues to work from home quarantine and will be tested again next week.”

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert had previously said the Chancellor was doing well. She runs her business from home. Merkel is also in close contact with the cabinet members and their employees. This Thursday, she wants to attend a special video summit of the heads of state and government of the leading economic powers (G20) on the Corona crisis (1 p.m.) and a summit of EU heads of state and government to combat the pandemic in the same format (3 p.m. ) take part.

7:40 p.m. – WHO chief Tedros warns of premature lifting of the measures

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns against lifting the strict measures to contain the dangerous new coronavirus too soon. “The last thing countries need is for schools and businesses to open only to be forced to close again because of the resurgence (of the virus),” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva on Wednesday.

US President Donald Trump wants to lift the restrictions as early as Easter, i.e. in two and a half weeks. The consequences of protective measures for the economy would be more devastating than the effects of the pandemic, he told Fox News on Tuesday. “This medicine is worse than the problem.”

The widespread standstill of the economy and society is giving countries a window of opportunity to better prepare for the crisis, Tedros said. He appealed to all countries to use the time to expand their health capacity, produce more tests, set up additional facilities for the treatment of infected people and develop clear rules for the quarantine of those who may have become infected.

7:28 pm – Was the Champions League game Atalanta Bergamo vs. Valencia CF a “biological bomb”?

The Italian football club Atalanta Bergamo moves into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time, but the cheers have subsided. The first knockout round first leg against FC Valencia will be held in front of more than 44,000 fans – did it act as a fire accelerator for the coronavirus pandemic? Italian media now brand the game as “game zero”. “La Republicca” writes of an “explosion of the contagions”, the “Corriere della Sera” even of a “biological bomb”. You can read the background information here.

The most important videos on the Corona crisis can be found here

7:19 p.m. – G7 countries cannot agree on common corona guidelines

The foreign ministers of seven leading western industrialized countries were unable to agree on common guidelines for the fight against the corona virus in a video conference. Main reason: In the preliminary talks, the USA insisted on emphasizing the Chinese origin of the virus in a possible final declaration by the G7.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused China of deliberating information about the virus and deliberately spreading misinformation about the origins of the pandemic on Wednesday after discussions. “They were the first country to know about the risks this virus poses to the world, and they have repeatedly delayed sharing this information,” said Pompeo.

The Chinese Communist Party has not allowed scientists and experts from the United States who wanted to get an idea on the spot. In addition, high-ranking officials of the party spread “crazy talk” about whether the United States had brought the virus to China. This was also spread on social media. Pompeo said the G7 officials were aware of all of this Chinese “disinformation campaign” during their deliberations.

7:10 p.m. – Young people are apparently attacking man because he asks for more distance

In a supermarket in Hesse, customers have got into a violent argument about the correct distance between them. According to initial police investigations, a 47-year-old man had the impression on Wednesday in Raunheim (Grob-Gerau district) that the distance between him and two other customers in the checkout area was too small. Two of the 19-year-olds he addressed were said to have attacked the elderly in the initially verbally contested dispute, the police said. The 47-year-old was slightly injured. The police initiated proceedings against the young men on suspicion of dangerous bodily harm.

24.03.2020, Saxony, Dresden: Marking tape at a distance of 1.50 meters is glued to the floor in a supermarket. In order to slow the spread of the corona virus, the federal government has further restricted public life considerably.

In many supermarkets, like this one here in Dresden, there are now markings on the floor to help keep the necessary distance from other customers.

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7:05 p.m. – Fraudsters are increasingly offering fake drugs

EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen warns of internet fraudsters and alleged miracle cures against the corona virus. Criminals took advantage of the fear of the pandemic, said von der Leyen on Tuesday. “Our fear becomes your business idea.”

The number of Internet offenses has increased, as has the number of wrong medicines, sprays and the like. Von der Leyen, however, underlined the search results that the European police authority Europol had recently reported. More than 4.4 million packs of unauthorized drugs were confiscated, 37 gangs were broken up and 121 people were arrested. 2500 links to websites or social media channels were removed from the network.

Citizens should always make sure that the operators of a website are really serious, advised von der Leyen. And should a coronavirus vaccine become available, governments and public institutions would officially notify it. “Then you will find out from a trustworthy source,” added the head of the commission.

Her authority warned of fraudsters last week: On the Internet, they are making false promises about overpriced breathing masks, disinfectants and other products.

7:00 p.m. – Banks close branches

In order to protect employees and customers from a corona infection, banks are now partially closing their branches. Customers don’t have to worry about an insufficient supply of cash, assures the banking association. Nevertheless, almost all banks ask their customers to increasingly use online and telephone advice.

You can read here which banks close branches.

6:49 p.m. – Fraudsters check passes

The city of Cottbus has warned of fraudsters pretending to be employees of the regulatory office during the Corona crisis. They would check passports in the districts of Sandow and Spremberger Vorstadt and demanded fines if the people addressed could not show them, as the city administration reported on Wednesday. There are no passports and the public order office never collects cash on the street.

Fraudsters are also hanging around in Prenzlau (Uckermark district). Citizens received phone calls asking them to call a specific person at the county health department on a cell phone number, the city council said. If you are unsure, you should contact the central reception in the district administration and ask whether the specified person works there and, if necessary, can be connected to it.

6:30 p.m. – Police make announcements in Leipzig

In Leipzig, the police try everything to inform people and call on them to abide by the rules.

6:24 p.m. – Chancellor Braun: Youngsters are the first to get out

The Federal Government wants to ease the strict restrictions on contacts as a result of the Corona crisis, according to Chancellor-in-Office Helge Braun, for young and healthy people. The CDU politician said on Wednesday in the Jodel social media app: “The next phase is of course: Young people who are not at risk are allowed to take more streets again.”

Currently, a lot depends on whether the infection curve can be kept flat with the measures that have been decided. “That will show up in the next two weeks,” said Braun. Then hopefully the question of an end to the restrictions could also be answered.

5:59 p.m. – More than 400,000 British want to help health services

In the UK, over 400,000 people have volunteered to help the National Health Service fight the coronavirus. Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanks the volunteers for their helpfulness at a press conference. The government called on Tuesday evening and expressed the hope that 250,000 people would report in a few days. “But within just 24 hours, 405,000 people responded to the appeal.”

5:45 p.m. – German doctors are preparing to decide who should survive and who should not

As the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports, German doctors are preparing to decide soon who should survive and who should not. Doctors speak of the so-called triage.

The background is that the experts assume that there will soon not be enough intensive care beds in Germany to treat all corona patients. Then doctors have to decide who has the best conditions to survive.

This will not only affect corona patients. People who are in the intensive care unit because of completely different things are also affected.

Seven medical associations have therefore issued recommendations for action.

5:41 p.m. – Rossmann drugstore chain increases security rules in markets

The drugstore chain Rossmann is once again increasing its precautionary and hygienic measures in the branches nationwide to limit the risk of further corona infections. For example, there should be plexiglass protection at the cash register against possible droplet infections and separate «distance regulators». The photo terminals are temporarily closed, the service continues online. As of now, toilets are no longer available to customers, the same applies to changing tables and coffee machines. “For hygienic reasons, all testers are removed from the sales rooms,” added the company from Burgwedel. “All tester stations for electric toothbrushes and razors / hair clippers are also closed.”

Security forces are now increasingly monitoring the situation in some branches. “These support both the control of access and the avoidance of waiting lines as well as the protection of our colleagues.” However, there is also “a lot of positive feedback” from the locations about customer behavior.

5:28 pm – In Bavaria, the court checks whether a curfew is lawful

The exit restrictions due to the corona crisis must be reviewed by the Bavarian Administrative Court. A court spokeswoman said in Munich on Wednesday that two requests for standards control had been received, which should be decided in the urgent procedure. The applicants oppose the government regulation, which, among other things, only allows them to leave their home with good reason. First of all, the state government now has the opportunity to comment. A decision by the responsible Senate is therefore probably not expected this week, said the court spokeswoman.

17:26 – Bavarias universities are planning to start their summer semester on April 20, despite Corona

Despite the development of the Corona crisis, which cannot be predicted in the least, Bavarias universities plan to start lectures on April 20. “A cancellation of the entire summer semester is not an option for us,” said Science Minister Bernd Sibler (CSU) on Wednesday in Munich. The corona virus presents everyone with previously unknown, major challenges. «Nevertheless, in this extreme situation we have to keep our heads as cool as possible and act wisely and responsibly. There is a consensus among the universities that the summer semester 2020 should take place. »

The Free State and its universities, universities of applied sciences and technical colleges as well as art colleges are therefore doing everything they can to start lectures in the summer semester 2020 on April 20, 2020 – albeit probably under changed conditions. The online offerings would be expanded daily and alternative teaching concepts developed.

5:14 p.m. EU disease control agency does not believe coronavirus will go away in summer

The EU epidemic authority believes it is unlikely that the novel corona virus will disappear in summer. With this warning, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is dampening hopes that rising temperatures will kill the virus. Earlier corona viruses had not occurred in the summer months.

5:02 p.m. – Chancellor Merkel’s second corona test negative

No infection was found in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s (CDU) second test for the novel corona virus. This was announced by a government spokesman in Berlin on Wednesday. “The Chancellor continues to work from home quarantine and will be tested again at the beginning of next week.”

The most important videos on the Corona crisis can be found here

4:30 p.m. – Bundestag suspends debt brake

The Bundestag loosens the debt brake in the Basic Law by a very large majority in order to finance an aid package of hundreds of billions of euros against the economic consequences of the virus crisis. 469 MPs vote for the exception to the debt brake, with three votes against and 55 abstentions, as Bundestag President Wolfgang Schauble announced. In addition to the coalition of Union and SPD, the FDP, Left and Greens had announced their approval.

4:24 pm – Olympic games postponed – and now?

The die has been cast: The Olympic Games will not take place this year due to the corona pandemic. The consequences and effects are enormous. When exactly the games take place instead, what effects this will have on the athletics or swimming world championships, for example – we have put together the most important questions and answers.

4:00 p.m. – Conference of Ministers of Education: Abitur exams should take place as planned

The school-leaving exams in Germany should continue to take place despite the Corona crisis. The culture ministers of the federal states agreed on this in a switching conference on Wednesday. As the Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK) announced after the interview, the states agreed that “at this time” it is not necessary to cancel exams. The federal states would coordinate closely on how to proceed in the ministerial conference.

“The exams, especially the written Abitur exams, take place on the planned or a catch-up date by the end of the school year, insofar as this is permissible for reasons of infection protection,” the resolution continues.

Schleswig-Holstein had previously abandoned its plans to drop school-leaving exams this school year due to the Corona crisis. According to information from participants in the KMK switching conference, the project is said to have received clear criticism from almost all countries.

3:53 p.m. – Entry ban for seasonal workers and harvest workers

Seasonal workers and harvest workers will no longer be allowed to enter Germany within the framework of the existing border controls from 5 p.m. until further notice, the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer ordered this to further contain the risk of infection. “The rule applies to entries from third countries, Great Britain and EU countries that do not fully implement the Schengen acquis (including Bulgaria and Romania) and to countries to which internal border controls have been temporarily reintroduced.” The farmers’ association had asked for the entry stop “to be kept as short as possible.” Almost 300,000 seasonal workers work primarily in agriculture, mainly from Romania and Poland.

2:37 pm – Big rush for Corona utility

In the first two days after the start of the Corona aid program for German companies, the state development bank KfW received loan applications of more than three billion euros. In total, there were 76 applications for 3.18 billion euros on Tuesday evening, as KfW announced on its website on Wednesday. These included eight applications with a volume of 3.16 billion euros. The vast majority of loan applications are between 20,000 and 35,000 euros and are required for operating resources, a spokesman explained.

The big rush is yet to come for the state-owned KfW: The private financial houses, the savings banks and Volksbanks have reported thousands of calls in the past few days from companies that have run into financial difficulties due to the Corona crisis and urgently need liquidity. Deutsche Bank alone has received more than 10,000 inquiries with a financing volume in the mid three-digit million range in the past two days, as board member Stefan Hoops explained on LinkedIn.

2:13 p.m. – Answers to important questions about the corona virus

Are you immune to the new corona virus after surviving an infection? Are the rumors true that Ebola drugs help against the corona virus? Dr. and us asked these and other questions Georg-Christian Zinn, director of the Bioscientia hygiene center, answered.

1:46 p.m. – Entry stop does not apply to caregivers from Eastern Europe, for example

To slow down the spread of coronavirus, the Home Office has banned seasonal workers from entering the country. The urgently needed nursing staff from Eastern Europe, for example, are not affected by this. As the Federal Ministry of the Interior explained on request, people without German citizenship may enter Germany for work-related reasons – including health and nursing staff as well as commuters. This has to be substantiated by documents such as employment contracts or order documents. Many employees from Eastern European countries work in nursing in Germany. Harvest workers and other seasonal workers, on the other hand, will be refused entry after 5 p.m. as part of the existing border controls.

1:28 p.m. – NRW releases prisoners with short terms of imprisonment

In order to minimize the spread of the new corona virus, around 1,000 prisoners are released in North Rhine-Westphalia. NRW Justice Minister Peter Biesenbach instructed the heads of the correctional facilities to release those prisoners who only have to serve a sentence of up to 18 months. Sex offenders are expressly excluded from the measure. Other federal states are working on comparable regulations, said Biesenbach.

The layoffs are intended to create space in the prisons in order to isolate potential infected people. In addition, convicts who have to serve prison terms of up to one year should not be detained at all. There are currently no coronavirus infected people among the 16,000 detainees and custodians in NRW.

1:12 p.m. – Teenagers in the United States may have died of corona

According to the authorities, a minor in California may have died of the Cornona virus in California. The youth from Lancaster, Northern California is said to have been in “good health” before the illness.

The death is making waves in the United States. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti used the case as a warning. “This can also affect you,” said the politician, explicitly targeting young people. They are primarily the ones who would oppose the current rules.

The responsible health authority has now initiated a detailed investigation of the case. Even if coronate tests had previously been positive in the underage patient, another cause of death is not currently ruled out entirely.

12:53 p.m. – Current figures: Over 34,000 infected people in Germany

Here is an overview:

  • Italy 69,176 infected 6,820 dead
  • USA 55,250 infected 703 dead
  • Spain 47,610 infected 3,434 dead
  • Germany: 34,009 infected 172 dead
  • France: 22,637 infected 1,102 dead
  • Worldwide: 435,006 infected 19,625 dead

Source: Johns Hopkins University

12:45 p.m. – Federal Foreign Office has brought back over 150,000 vacationers

The Federal Foreign Office, together with the tour operators, has now brought back more than 150,000 German vacationers stranded abroad, as a spokesman says. At the time of the worldwide travel warning, about 200,000 Germans were abroad.

The returns continued. The focus is now on the more difficult cases where it is not so easy to fly out.

12:33 pm – Protection against coronavirus: Mastercard raises limit for contactless payments

Mastercard has raised the limit for contactless payments without entering a pin number in the coronavirus crisis from 25 to 50 euros. The increase applies to Germany and other European countries, as Mastercard announced.

75 percent of Mastercard transactions in Europe are currently carried out without contact. Many stores encourage customers to pay in this way to prevent potential virus transmission via cash or bank card.

12:11 PM – Spain has more coronavirus deaths than China

3,434 people have died of coronavirus in Spain. The Spanish government has communicated this. This means that the southern European country has more coronavirus deaths than China, where the virus first broke out in Wuhan. In Spain, the death toll has risen by 738 within a day, according to government officials. Reports of shortages of ventilators and emotional video messages – “At over 75, let’s just die” – show how dramatic the situation is.

You can find numbers for those infected in Germany – also in the individual federal states – on this interactive map.

11:47 – Media report: Prince Charles tested positive for corona virus

The British heir to the throne, Prince Charles, has been tested positive for the corona virus, according to a report by ITV. More information about the 71-year-old’s Covid 19 disease can be found here.

11:15 a.m. – Texas and Ohio banned abortions during the Corona crisis

In order to relieve the hospitals during the corona pandemic, all interventions that are not medically necessary are postponed in many countries. In two U.S. states, this regulation also applies to abortions. Women’s rights activists are outraged. Here’s the whole story.

10:50 am – After 10 deaths in Wurzburg retirement home: All residents and employees are tested

In the St. Nikolaus retirement home in Wurzburg, severely affected by the coronavirus, ten residents have since died of the consequences of a coronavirus infection. Everyone was very old and had previous illnesses, said Mayor Christian Schuchardt of Wurzburg at a press conference. Now all residents and employees are tested for the virus. The test capacities had arrived on Tuesday, and the tests had started immediately, Schuchardt continued. There is still no decision as to whether resident residents who tested positive for the corona virus should be accommodated elsewhere in the future.

10:09 am – RKI publishes new official figures for Germany

The head of the Robert Koch Institute Lothar Wieler addresses a news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Berlin, Germany, March 23, 2020. Bernd von Jutrczenka / Pool via REUTERS

The head of the Robert Koch Institute Lothar Wieler addresses a news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Berlin

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In Germany, 31,554 cases of coronavirus cases were reported on official channels by the health authorities to the Robert Koch Institute by midnight. This is an increase of 4118 cases compared to the previous day. 149 people have died of the corona virus in Germany so far, 35 more than the previous day.

Across Germany, 38 people per 100,000 inhabitants are infected. Those affected are on average 45 years old and the deceased an average of 81 years. Lothar Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute, announced these figures in the morning in Berlin.

At the moment, the institute cannot say when the existing restrictions in Germany could be relaxed again. The epidemic will surely stay “a few more weeks” in the country. However, Wieler is optimistic that the measures will work. It is important to keep your distance and that sick people stay at home.

We have summarized further details from the press conference here.

9:35 am Vice Chancellor Scholz: No script for crisis management

The Federal Government is doing everything possible and everything necessary to mitigate the economic consequences of the crisis. “There is no script for this,” said Finance Minister Olaf Scholz in the Bundestag. It is about three things: good health care, securing the livelihood of those affected, protecting jobs and companies.

“We are experiencing a crisis that is unprecedented in the history of the Federal Republic,” said Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz at the beginning of the debate on the aid package. It shows how vulnerable everyone is. “What we need now is solidarity.” Germany is also on the side of its European partners. “It’s not for us alone. We stand together.”

Scholz thanked people like doctors, vendors and bus drivers who keep public life going. “You are doing great things these days.”

9:27 am – US doctors “hamster” medication for themselves

Some doctors in the United States are stockpiling potentially effective anti-coronavirus drugs – not for patients, but for themselves. The New York Times reports that doctors in several states are issuing prescriptions for themselves and their families. You can read here how the authorities are trying to counteract this.

9:05 am – Former Chancellor’s wife Schroder-Kim wears a face mask

HANDOUT - 03/23/2020, Lower Saxony, Hanover: Soyeon Schröder-Kim (49) wears a face mask while shopping or walking. (to dpa

Former Chancellor’s wife Schroder-Kim wears mask

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Former Chancellor Gerhard Schroder and his wife Soyeon Schroder-Kim are also stuck in the home office in Hanover. But when the Korean goes shopping, she wears a face mask, which she made herself because of the shortage of protective materials.

“People look at me a little funny when I wear a face mask in public. There have been a few suspicious looks. Apparently some think that anyone wearing a face mask could be contagious,” she told the German Press agency. In her home country, this goes without saying to protect other people, says the 49-year-old.

9:00 am – Israel massively restricts freedom of movement

In principle, people in Israel are only allowed to move within a radius of up to 100 meters from their home. Exceptions apply, among other things, to essential jobs, purchases of food and pharmaceuticals, and medical treatments. The measure is part of an emergency measure that the Israeli government decided on Wednesday night’s media reports. Banks and petrol stations should remain open. However, public transport is to be severely restricted and sporting activities are prohibited. The new instructions should take effect on Wednesday evening.

8:50 am – Mediation portal for harvest helpers is “overrun”

According to Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klockner, the job placement portal for harvest workers is “overrun”. By yesterday evening, 16,000 people who wanted to help out in agriculture had registered, she told the “SWR”. The corona crisis also shows how important it is to have local food production available locally. It also shows that it makes sense to keep food supply chains and routes as short as possible.

8:45 a.m. – Austrias government wants to greatly increase test capacity

“The most important goal is: test, test, test,” said Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at a press conference. The states and the health minister should now do everything to increase the test capacities, Kurz continued. The aim is to carry out up to 15,000 a day if possible. Rapid tests are also to be used.

How long the restrictions on public life in Austria must be maintained is still unclear. The data necessary to reassess the situation is still missing. The necessary data should not be available until Friday, until then the Chancellor asked for patience. However, the aim is to gradually reduce the measures from April 14.

08:19 – group of young adults in Oberhausen picked up – deliberately coughed

In Oberhausen, residents called the police on Tuesday evening after a group of young adults met in a parking lot and had a loud conversation. The 19-22 year olds are said to have ignored and intentionally coughed up local residents’ warnings about the Coronavirus ban. The reaction of the police – and what penalties now threaten, you can read here.

07:42 – Augsburg receives 55 euros for coronavirus violations

While Bavaria is still working on a nationwide catalog of fines for violations of the exit restrictions, the city of Augsburg has already set a uniform fine. A spokeswoman for the city said that anyone who does not obey after an initial instruction from the security service will be notified. In immediate execution, 55 euros would be collected per person.

Bavarias Minister of the Interior Joachim Herrmann (CSU) announced on Tuesday that a catalog should be created with the amount of fines that the local authorities can use if they punish violations of the corona virus regulations. In principle, according to the Ministry, fines of up to 25,000 euros can be imposed. North Rhine-Westphalia has already presented a catalog of fines, as it looks in other federal states, read here.

6:26 a.m. – USA: Agreement on $ 2 trillion aid package

The US government has agreed with the senators on an aid package to cushion the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. “We have an agreement,” said President Spokesman Eric Ueland on Wednesday. A package has been negotiated for days, the size of which President Donald Trump described as $ 2 trillion.

After the Senate, the House of Representatives must also formally approve the legislative package. The leadership of the parliamentary chamber controlled by the Democrats has already been involved in the negotiations in the Senate. McConnell said the package should be adopted this Wednesday.

6:04 am – Brazil: Bolsonaro considers virus to be “fantasy” and calls for a return to normal

A combination of picture shows Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro adjusting his protective face mask during a press statement to announce federal judiciary measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brasilia, Brazil March 18,

Collage shows how Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is fighting with a mouthguard during his speech


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro downplayed the corona virus again and criticized the exit restrictions. Bolsonaro called it “fantasy” and in a television speech accused the media of spreading a feeling of fear and urged people to return to normal. “If I get the virus, I only get a ‘gripezinha (small flu) or a ‘resfriadinho (small cold),” said the president.

Meanwhile, thousands of Brazilians protested in more than a dozen cities. It was the eighth consecutive day of the so-called panelacos, in which people hit pots and pans; “Liar” and “Bolsonaro out” calls were also heard from the open windows. The president refuses to take measures such as school closings. Many Brazilians have voluntarily quarantined. The number of deaths in the country rose from 34 to 46 on Tuesday, according to government figures, and the number of confirmed cases to 2,201 from 1,891.

05:39 – situation in German intensive care units still relatively relaxed

According to information from intensive care physicians and the German Hospital Society (DKG), the situation on the German intensive care units is still relaxed overall, but varies greatly from region to region. When asked by the German Press Agency, the DKG referred to the intensive care register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI). The online database shows the availability of intensive care beds in around half of the clinics in the country. The DKG is not yet aware of any specific problems in the intensive care units as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

DIVI President Uwe Janssens, chief physician for internal medicine and intensive care medicine at St. Antonius Hospital in Eschweiler, said to the dpa: “At the moment it is still possible. We are slowly feeling that more patients with Covid 19 disease are coming in . ” However, these are not necessarily all seriously ill. Gernot Marx, spokesman for the Intensive Medicine Working Group at DGAI and Chief Physician of the Clinic for Operative Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital Aachen, is certain: “But the big wave of seriously ill people will come, estimated in eight to ten days.”

5:28 am – Italy: Up to five years in prison for disregarding the quarantine

The Italian government has drastically increased penalties for violating the exit restrictions due to the Corona pandemic. Anyone who tested positive for the corona virus and deliberately failed to comply with the quarantine requirement and left the apartment could be sentenced to prison from one to five years, according to a government decree published in Rome on Tuesday evening. So far, a penalty of EUR 206 has been threatened for offenses, and detention of up to three months was also possible.

From here you can read the news from March 24th

+++ Read the complete chronology of the Coronavirus developments from March 24th here. +++

More than 32,000 people infected in Germany – sharp increase in the United States

A last look for Tuesday at the current figures in Europe and worldwide. The United States is particularly worried about the WHO. Here the number of infected and dead people increases very rapidly.

Here is an overview:

  • Italy 69,176 infected 6,820 dead
  • USA 53,660 infected 703 dead
  • Spain 39,885 infected 2,808 dead
  • Germany: 32,986 infected 157 dead
  • France: 22,622 infected 1,102 dead
  • Worldwide: 417,582 infected 18,612 dead

Here you can read all previous reports

+++ You can read all developments from March 24th here. +++

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