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The airline Ryanair wants to give up three locations in Germany by winter. In Spain, around 13 percent of restaurants and bars have already had to close permanently due to the corona crisis. According to a study in New Delhi, a quarter of the population has antibodies against the coronavirus. Read the archive of our news blog.

Tuesday July 21st

+++ The Irish airline Ryanair apparently wants to close its base at Hahn Airport in Hunsrück on November 1st. The locations in Berlin-Tegel and Weeze in North Rhine-Westphalia are also to be given up before winter, reported the German press agency, referring to an internal letter from the company. Ryanair was in economic difficulties because of the coronavirus crisis devices.

+++ Quite a few students have lost their part-time jobs due to the closings in the corona pandemic. But their applications for Corona aid funds are rejected in many cases - according to the Federal Ministry of Education, almost 26,000 of the 65,000 applications processed so far. There are different opinions about why that is.

The chairman of the party "Die Linke", Kipping, is promoting a four-day week in the corona crisis. The topic is also being discussed in Austria as an instrument for overcoming the Corona crisis. What are the advantages and disadvantages of reducing working hours and where is the whole thing already being tried out? An overview.

+++ The corona pandemic has significant effects on the restaurant and bar landscape in Spain. According to the Spanish Gastronomy Association, due to missing guests during the crisis, around 40,000 bars, restaurants and hotels to close permanently. This corresponds to about 13 percent of the gastronomic establishments in Spain. By the end of the year, the association expects the number of closed businesses to rise to 65,000. The hotel and catering industry is one central sector of the Spanish economy.

Even after the cafes, restaurants and bars have reopened, guests do not come back enough. (Ricardo Rubio / Europa Press / dpa)

The German hospitality industry also has the corona crisis firmly under control. The DLF business editorial team has created an overview of the effects of the pandemic in this country: Corona crisis in the hospitality industry - slump in sales threatens thousands of jobs (Deutschlandfunk, Wirtschafts talk, July 20, 2020)

+++ In Austria applies from Friday Again a mask requirement in supermarkets as well as bank and post office branches. Chancellor Kurz said this should protect particularly vulnerable customers. But the mask also has one symbolic effect: "The more it disappears from our everyday life, the more carefree it becomes." Austria introduced strict corona restrictions in mid-March, but has now loosened them significantly. But now the number of infections is rising again. Yesterday the number of Covid sufferers in Austrian hospitals exceeded the mark of one hundred patients for the first time since the end of May.

+++ The Berlin Senate has quite a few Relaxation of the corona restrictions decided. In the restaurant, for example, they will be able to return soon - probably from Saturday up to six guests at one table sit, even if they do not belong to a household and cannot keep a distance of 1.50 meters. In principle, however, distance rules cannot be dispensed with, explained Senator for Economic Affairs Ramona Pop (Greens). On the contrary, the number of infections is only low because people behave responsibly. "If you don't do that, you not only endanger yourself, but also others." There is also further relaxation in the sports sector.

+++ The Ministry of Health in Brandenburg currently sees no need, a Fines for violations of the mask requirement in the country to introduce. The continued low number of infections is mainly due to the responsible behavior of the population, said Minister Nonnemacher (Greens). One relies on insight and a sense of responsibility, she added. But it is clear that the virus is still there. Nobody should be negligent now.

The chairman of the BVB / Free Voters faction, Vida, spoke out in an interview in favor of penalizing those who refuse to wear a mask in Corona times. The AfD parliamentary group in Potsdam, on the other hand, had previously unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit and a corresponding urgent application against the mask requirement.

+++ India is apparently more affected by the coronavirus pandemic than previously thought. The evaluation of blood samples from more than 20,000 people in New Delhi show that already a quarter of those tested had antibodies in their blood, so was already infected. The official figures so far spoke of less than one percent of the population. According to the Indian Ministry of Health, many people do not even notice that they are infected. However, there are in India too fewer corona tests than in richer countries.

In New Delhi, a quarter of the population already has antibodies against the coronavirus. (AFP / Money SHARMA)

+++ In the fight against the rapid spread of the coronavirus Israel appointed a central corona officer. The 70-year-old professor Gabi Barabasch should take over the post, reported the Israeli media unanimously. The doctor and epidemiologist is an advocate of a strict line in the fight against the coronavirus. He has criticized the previous policy of the Ministry of Health as having failed and himself pronounced against rapid easing.

+++ According to one more unpublished study of a German-Chinese joint laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan Former corona sufferers permanently so many antibodies in the bloodthat she is a likely to fight off re-infection. Almost 330 people with mild to severe symptoms, who were among the first to be infected worldwide, were examined. Immediately after the infection, a lot of antibodies had formed, the concentration had reached a peak and then fell again.

Also other studies had revealed that the Antibodies decrease after a Covid 19 illness. Some experts suggest that this leads to lower immunity.

+++ The Health authorities have in Germany 522 new infections with the corona virusreported.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, at least 202,345 people have demonstrably been infected since the beginning of the Corona crisis. 9,090 people died from or with the virus, four more than the day before. The RKI estimates the number of those who have recovered at 188,100.

+++ After days of deliberation, they have Heads of State and Government of the European Union on their Summit in Brussels one Breakthrough achieved. They agreed on the aid program to overcome the economic consequences of the corona crisis and at the same time on the largest budget and financial package in EU history.

Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel (dpa / AP / EPA Pool / Stephanie Lecocq)

The Economic stimulus program against the consequences of the pandemic 750 billion euros. Of which should only 390 billion euros as non-repayable grants The remaining 360 billion euros are earmarked for loans. The EU financial framework until 2027 will be around 1074 billion euros. Countries against the Violate the rule of law, can they Funds cut in the future become. However, this requires a qualified majority decision in the Council of Member States.

Additional information about the results in Brussels:

- The heads of state and government have agreed on this

- Financial framework provides millions for East Germany

- EU wants to pay off debts with the help of new levies and taxes

- Praise and criticism after the agreement in Brussels

- Heads of state and government assess results differently

- Criticism from German MEPs

+++ The coronavirus pandemic has the Let federal and state tax revenues collapse in June. you fell 19 percent compared to the same month last year. That goes from the Monthly report of the Federal Ministry of Finance emerge. In the first half of 2020, tax revenue fell by a total of 9.1 percent. The report states that the economic effects of the Corona crisis and the related tax measures continued to have a significant impact on tax revenue.

+++ In Brazil are already more than 80,000 peoplein connection with one Coronavirus infection died. This comes from data from the Ministry of Health in Brasília. Accordingly, the number of deaths rose to 80,120. Most recently, around 1,000 deaths were reported daily, and last week Brazil broke the two million confirmed infected mark. Only in the United States have more infections and deaths been recorded in the pandemic. The actual numbers in Brazil are likely to be much higher, also because the country tests very little. At the beginning of the pandemic, President Bolsonaro called the coronavirus a "minor flu".

+++ The Florida Teachers Union has the US state sued. She gave the reason for the coming month planned resumption of classes. That would make the Health of teachers and students at risk, it was said to justify. Florida has a particularly high number of corona infections in the United States.

Monday 20th July

+++ The World Health Organization is encouraged about first tests with two possible vaccines against the coronavirus. Emergency Operations Director Ryan said it was good news. At the same time he said in Geneva that still a long way to go be. Extensive investigations would now have to follow under real conditions. - Ryan commented after Oxford University scientists announced that their experimental vaccine was used in hundreds of subjects protective immune response triggered. Chinese researchers also reported success.

Since bars and pubs have often only opened under strict Corona conditions and clubs have often not opened at all, people have been meeting in public spaces. Most of the time it is a peaceful get-together - but sometimes there are evictions or even violent riots, like last weekend in Frankfurt am Main. Is this danger increasing? Experiences from selected major German cities.

+++ The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, warns that the Cancellation of corona restrictions reversed could be made. Hundreds of people did not adhere to the distance rules at the weekend and gathered in large groups in front of bars and restaurants - some did not wear masks. The police must enforce the regulations, Cuomo demands. If this still does not happen, the opening of bars and restaurants must be reversed.

+++ The Florida Teachers Union has sued the state over scheduled resumption of classes next month. The Florida Education Association's educators argue that would do the trick Health of teachers and students endangered.

+++ In Spain the number of infections is increasing again. The new cases per day have grown to 27 per 100,000 inhabitants, said the authority for health emergencies. At the end of the contact restrictions in June, there were only eight cases. Since then, 201 new corona hotspots have been registered in Spain, especially many in the Catalan cities of Barcelona and Lleida.

+++ Scientists from Great Britain and China report Advances in the development of vaccines against the coronavirus. The journal "The Lancet" reports that two tried and tested agents have proven to be well tolerated and provided one Immunization against the lung disease Covid-19. Antibodies against the coronavirus would be formed after administration. More details.

The search for a vaccine against Sars-CoV-2 is in full swing worldwide (picture alliance / Bildagentur-online / Tetra-Images)

+++ Bangladesh has approved a large-scale test of a potential Covid-19 vaccine from Chinese company Sinovac Biotech. The Phase III test should begin next month and involve 4,200 volunteers, the director of the Bangladesh Medical Research Council, Mahmood Uz Jahan, told Reuters news agency. Half of them will be vaccinated. Sinovac was looking for test subjects outside of China because the number of corona cases there has decreased. There are more than 207,000 confirmed infections and around 3,000 deaths in Bangladesh.

+++ The driver service agent Over provides the health authorities in the USA with data on drivers and passengers in order to trace contacts of people infected with corona. As Uber managers explained, the information could help identify candidates for a quarantine to detect. It may only be used by authorities. Although the service has been available for months, it has not been used in many virus hotspots, for example in Texas and Florida. Massachusetts, on the other hand, notifies Uber or competitor Lyft when a person suffering from Corona has used a car service. Uber itself blocks access to its platform for customers with proven corona infection for at least 14 days.

+++ Chinese state media give the Hong Kong protesters the fault on the increase in the number of corona infections in the metropolis. According to the state news agency Xinhua, the unofficial primary code of the democratic opposition parties to determine their candidates for the election on September 6th and the protests of July 1st against the new security law triggered the third corona wave in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Free Press reported (HKFP) on Monday.

Have the protests against the new security law in Hong Kong triggered a third wave of corona? (dpa / picture alliance / MAXPPP)

+++ That Federal Ministry of Education has increased funding for research into the coronavirus. The originally planned funds of 15 million euros were tripled announced Minister Karliczek in Berlin. Almost 90 projects are now to be funded with 45 million euros - including studies on the effectiveness of the treatment of Covid 19 patients with blood plasma from people who have already survived an infection, and the influence of genetic factors such as blood type on the severity of the disease . In addition, studies on ethical, legal and social issues in connection with the pandemic are to be supported.

+++ The aid organization White ring warns of an increase in domestic violence as a result of the corona pandemic. The federal chairman Ziercke told the "Rheinische Post" that from experience one knows that Tensions in violence could discharge if people were sitting together in a small space. In addition, people are exposed to psychological stress such as fears about health or job loss. The organization's experience has shown that such acts of violence are not necessarily quickly reflected in statistics. It often takes time for victims to seek help to get out of the situation. - With a nationwide campaign the White Ring is currently drawing attention to domestic violence.

+++ The WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan believes it is conceivable that "by mid-2021 we will have a vaccine that can be used on a broad basis." She told the German Press Agency that there are currently more than 20 vaccine candidates in clinical trials. We are therefore confident that a few of them will work: "It would be very bad luck if all of them fail. It is possible that we will have results in early 2021. We could finally have a vaccine this early in the New Year. Then we would have to it can be manufactured and mass produced. "

+++ The human rights organization Human Rights Watch has to the critical against the background of the corona pandemic Situation in Egyptian prisons pointed out. By the middle of last week, at least 14 inmates had allegedly died of an infection with the corona virus in various prisons, the organization said. She relies on testimony and letters that have been smuggled out of prisons. Health care there is inadequate. Inmates would not be tested for the pathogen, nor would possible symptoms be monitored.

+++ The health authorities in Germany to have 249 new infections reported with the coronavirus. According to the Robert Koch Institute, this has at least been the case since the beginning of the Corona crisis 201,823 people proven to be infected. 9,086 people died from or with the virus, two more than the day before. The Number of recovered is estimated by the RKI at 187,800, an increase of 300 people.

Because of the corona pandemic, the tourism business has got into a serious crisis.Travel dates have been canceled or postponed. There is also great uncertainty in the current holiday season. In Germany, the rule remains that customers can get their money back on request and do not have to accept vouchers. You can read everything else here.

+++ The Confederation of German Employers' Associations expects a complete recovery of the local economy in the year after next. BDA President Kramer told the "Augsburger Allgemeine" that he was assuming that one 2022 will return to the level of performance from the time before the corona pandemic could record. After all, the demand for goods and services in the German economy has not fundamentally collapsed, and demand will stimulate production again after the end of the pandemic. Kramer called on companies not to neglect training at the moment.

+++ In France From today, it is mandatory to wear a mask in public interiors and thus also in shops.

+++ The German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) sees the economic situation rather pessimistic. The association's president, Schweitzer, said in an interview that second quarter is "simply a catastrophe" for the economy been. The economic slump caused by the corona pandemic is deep and the way out does not lead as steeply back up as many would have hoped in the spring. Schweitzer spoke out in favor of additional government aid worth billions. +++

+++ That too Employers' association assumes that it will take a long time until the German economy has fully recovered from the consequences of the corona pandemic. BDA President Kramer told the "Augsburger Allgemeine" that he was assuming that one will not return to the level of performance from the time before the corona pandemic until 2022 could record. The demand for the goods and services of the German economy has not fundamentally collapsed. Demand will boost production again after the end of the pandemic. +++

+++ The EU special summit, which advises on billions in aid for the European economy damaged by the corona pandemic, goes into overtime again. Even in the night, the 27 heads of state and government could not agree, now is supposed to Negotiations continued in the afternoon become. Among other things, what is disputed is which portion of the aid should be given as a loan and which portion is paid out as a non-repayable grant. It is also about the question of how countries that receive aid are checked to see whether they actually keep their promises to reform. +++

+++ In South Africa is the number of people officially identified with or died from Covid 19 disease to over 5,000 to rise. On the African continent, South Africa is hardest hit by the corona pandemic. So far, around 364,000 infections have been registered; this puts the country in fifth place worldwide. The USA is still hardest hit with more than 3.7 million registered infections. +++

Sunday 19th July

+++ The British Prime Minister Johnson has a second statewide lockdown practically impossible in Great Britain. It is a means like nuclear deterrence. "I certainly don't want to make use of it"the head of government told the Sunday Telegraph. Nor do he think Britain will have to rely on it again, said Johnson. With more than 45,000 deaths, the UK is considered the most severely affected country in Europe by the coronavirus pandemic.

Determining the number of unreported cases is difficult. With a view to the corona pandemic, this is due, among other things, to the fact that many infections are mild. And if you do not even notice that you have become infected, you usually cannot be tested and do not isolate yourself. We have compiled important information on the number of unreported cases.

+++ At the EU summit in Brussels on Corona aid for the member states there were many individual and group discussions today - but an agreement has not been reached. The plenary session with all heads of state and government has been postponed several times. Luxembourg Prime Minister Bettel said he had rarely seen positions so diametrically opposed on so many points. Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron did not rule out the failure of the special summit, which had already been extended by one day. The main controversial issue is the form in which the planned total of 750 billion euros should be paid out.

+++ Bavaria want everyone Returnees from vacation one at its airports free corona test to offer. The state will set up test centers at the airports so that you can be examined for the virus there, says Bavaria's Prime Minister Söder (CSU) in the summer interview published by ZDF in advance.

+++ Almost 100,000 people in three other cities in Catalonia shouldn't leave their homes for the time being. The authorities are expanding the existing recommendation for four million Catalans, including residents of the capital Barcelona. Apartments should only be left for absolutely necessary errands. The health authorities of Catalonia had recently reported over 1,200 infections in one day. But there is no compulsory curfew.

Much is now known about the acute symptoms and effects of an infection with the coronavirus. But what are the long-term consequences of the COVID 19 disease once the actual infection is over? The research is still at the very beginning, but there are initial findings. An overview.

+++ After a major corona outbreak of employees at a chicken slaughterhouse in Lohne, Lower Saxony sees the district no cause for closure of the company. It is a matter of discretion, said the district administrator of the Vechta district, Winkel (CDU). "We could not find a specific focus of the infection," said Winkel. There is a major outbreak that can be traced back to a cardboard warehouse where some employees met during the breaks. But the company's hygiene concept is good. The majority of those affected were probably infected in their free time.

+++ The Society for Threatened Peoples (GfbV) after the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Chinese region of Xinjiang warned that the Re-education camps to become "death camps" in the region. The human rights activists called for the camps to be dissolved immediately and for more transparency in the fight against the corona pandemic in Xinjiang. Released reported that the medical care there completely inadequate according to the GfbV. Since thousands of people often live in a small area in the camps, the risk of infection is particularly high. China's authorities have set up the camps since 2017, according to human rights activists forcibly assimilate Muslim nationalities.

+++ In the opinion of the responsible professional associations, the Corona financial aid for the self-employed is too bureaucratic and therefore only helpful to a limited extent. A spokesman for the association of founders and self-employed people said in Berlin that it was completely unrealistic that expenses for the cost of living could not be claimed. The emergency aid from the federal government in March showed this deficiency. In addition, there is the condition that the applications have to be submitted by tax advisors, which for many is an additional financial expense.

+++ After hundreds of new infections in the past two weeks, the authorities in Hong Kong are sounding the alarm. Prime Minister Carrie Lam said the situation was "really critical". "There are no indications that the situation will be brought under control." On Sunday, the authorities reported 108 new infections within one day - a new high for Hong Kong.

+++ There are 202 confirmed new infections in Germany. According to the Robert Koch Institute, at least 201,574 people have been demonstrably infected since the beginning of the crisis. 9,084 people died from or with the virus, one more than the day before. According to estimates by the RKI, the number of those who have recovered is 187,400. This means that around 5,100 people are acutely ill in Germany.

+++ 66 employees at a poultry slaughterhouse in Lower Saxony are positive been tested for the corona virus. A Wiesenhof company in Lohne is affected, as the Vechta district announced. In total, more than 1,000 people were tested.

The Wiesenhof poultry slaughterhouse in Lohne (dpa)

+++ Chancellery chief Braun believes that Corona is under control in Germany. But that was a snapshot, he told "Bild am Sonntag" - the virus was still in the country. Braun explained that major cultural events and football games with fans in the stadium could probably be allowed again in the fall. You have to stick to the mask requirement until a vaccine is approved.

+++ In the Australian city Melbourne face masks are mandatory from Wednesday. The reason for this is the significantly increasing number of infections in the state of Victoria. In future, every resident of Melbourne and neighboring Mitchell Shire will have to wear mouth and nose protection when leaving the house. If you are caught without, you face a fine of the equivalent of a good 120 euros.


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