Coronavirus in Germany: Merkel does not currently want to initiate any relaxation of the measures – knowledge

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As part of a telephone press conference Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on Thursday evening on current issues relating to the coronavirus pandemic. The current restrictions on public life from their point of view, they have to remain. Economic aid measures in the EU should above all using the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) to be hit (more on this in the news blog below).

The number of infected people is increasing also in France further on. There is now for the first time a youth among the fatalities. A total of 3,375 patients with severe illnesses are currently in French intensive care units.

Johns Hopkins University now measures more than 500,000 infected people worldwide. The number of deaths was 22,993 on Thursday evening, according to the university. Europe is the most affected continent, with 268,000 infections, according to the AFP news agency.

The current figures for Germany: Johns Hopkins University (JHU) reported on Thursday evening 43,646 infected for Germany – and 239 dead. A separate count of the daily level with all data from the counties showed up to Thursday morning more than 41,457 infected. The official figures for Germany come from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Accordingly, as of Thursday there is 0:00 a.m. 36,508 infected. The number of Dead by 50 to 198 increased.

Angela Merkel on her situation in quarantine

The Chancellor is currently in domestic quarantine because of contact with a coronavirus infection. There she was “very, very busy,” says Merkel. She spends a lot of time in front of “different devices” to take part in video conferences and telephone switching. That is “interesting” even if she lacks personal contact, for example at cabinet meetings. However, the work can also be done so well.

Social distance: Angela Merkel first has to forego contact with her cabinet colleagues.

Social distance: Angela Merkel first has to forego contact with her cabinet colleagues.

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Angela Merkel on the situation in the EU and in Europe

The Chancellor is happy about “many signs of European solidarity”. Germany, for example, receives seriously ill people from Italy and France for treatment. Apart from the coronavirus crisis, Merkel is relieved that EU accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia have started. In addition, the EU Commission was asked enable the admission of refugee children from Greece as quickly as possible.



Angela Merkel on the future course of action of the EU

Now the finance ministers are challenged, explains the Chancellor. In the next two weeks, proposals for further crisis measures are to be developed. Then you want to confer again and discuss the suggestions.

Everything, just not standing in the rain: the EU is looking for solutions to the economic crisis.

Everything, just not standing in the rain: the EU is looking for solutions to the economic crisis.

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Angela Merkel on Corona Bonds

Angela Merkel continues to have little interest in EU countries’ joint debts. It sees the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) as “the means we have created for crisis situations”. The Chancellor emphasizes the responsibility of the individual member states.



Angela Merkel on the EU summit

The Chancellor especially thanks the EU Commission. She has shown maximum flexibility and will review the planned relief measures in a short time.



Home office summit: The EU heads of state and government met via video conference.

Home office summit: The EU heads of state and government met via video conference.

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Angela Merkel speaks

In a conference call, the Chancellor speaks about today’s video summits of the EU and the G20. It emphasizes the importance of joint action in both institutions. Crisis management from the IMF and World Bank will be supported.



USA now with the most coronavirus cases worldwide

The number of coronavirus infections continues to rise sharply in the United States. According to the New York Times, there are currently 81,321 confirmed cases. The United States is now overtaking China and has now more cases than any other country in the world. The pandemic in the United States has already claimed more than 1,000 lives, the New York Times reports.



Angela Merkel comments on the EU summit

Of the Video summit of EU leaders has been delayed and thus also the Chancellor’s statement. Now it should be so far. We’ll be here on the blog.



Malta sends retirees, pregnant women and the sick to home quarantine

Malta is sending because of the Covid 19 pandemic elderly people over 65, pregnant women and people with previous medical conditions in home quarantine. The order applies from Saturday morning, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday evening. Around 118,000 people are affected by the measure, more than a fifth of the population. Malta closed schools and universities two weeks ago and later all restaurants and bars. All shops that do not offer essential goods should also no longer open from Monday. So far, according to official information 134 coronavirus cases registered. There were no deaths. (dpa)



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The death toll in Turkey is increasing

In Turkey, the number of virus deaths and infections continues to rise. 16 people died of Covid-19 lung disease within one day, a total of 75 patients had died as a result of an infection with the coronavirus, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter. The number of people infected with the virus rose from 1196 to 3629. (Reuters)



In the mirror of the crisis: Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU).

In the mirror of the crisis: Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU).

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Kramp-Karrenbauer comments on exit strategy

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) lists aspects that could be part of an exit strategy from the far-reaching restrictions. “There are many indications that the special isolation of risk groups, comprehensive tests and also the collection, tracking and evaluation of data on risk groups, infections, diseases and cures can help us find viable ways to gradually remove the restrictions, “says Kramp-Karrenbauer in the” World “interview. Freedom and “social and economic life” are very important. “At the same time, our health system must be able to withstand the wave of infections.” (Reuters)



Young people among the fatalities in France for the first time

The number of deaths from Coronavirus infection has risen sharply in France. There were 365 new cases within 24 hours, Health Director Jer̫me Salomon said in Paris on Thursday. The number is now 1696. For the first time in France, a young person is among the fatalities РThe 16-year-old Covid-19 patient died in the Paris region, says Salomon.

According to the information, there are currently 3375 patients with severe illnesses in intensive care units. The number of confirmed infections has increased by around 4,000 cases to 29,155. (dpa)



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Italy calls for a stronger response to the crisis

Before the official statement by Chancellor Angela Merkel, the first details of the video summit had already been released. So have Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte rejected the previously negotiated joint declaration as insufficient, it said on Thursday evening from Italian government circles.

Conte called for “really innovative and appropriate financial instruments” to tackle the economic consequences of the Corona crisis, and that within ten days. The five presidents of the EU institutions should submit a joint proposal within the deadline.

According to the information given at the summit, Conte made it clear that he did not want to publicize debt. Each country is responsible for its own debts and will continue to do so. But Europe must act together and find a strong answer to the crisis. Otherwise you could not explain it to the citizens. The video summit, in which Chancellor Angela Merkel also attended, was more than two hours longer than planned in the evening. (dpa)



Over 100 deaths in one day in the UK for the first time

Britain has recorded more than 100 deaths from the novel coronavirus for the first time in a 24-hour period. As the Ministry of Health in London announced Thursday evening, Since the previous day, 115 people have died of Covid-19 lung disease. The number of deaths in the United Kingdom rose to 578. It has been proven that around 11,700 people were infected with the virus. However, the actual number of infected people is likely to be much higher. The UK has so far carried out only a few tests compared to Germany and has long hesitated to introduce drastic measures to contain the pandemic. (dpa)



The end of the video conference was delayed

Heads of state or government had begun their discussions today on how to respond to the coronavirus crisis. It was unclear whether there would be agreement on how to proceed against the economic consequences of the pandemic. Until recently, the member states had fought over the corona bonds rejected by Germany to support financially weaker countries. The end of the conference was delayed by more than an hour and a half. (with dpa)