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Australia: German cruise passengers back home secured
3:26 a.m .: The journey home of the approximately 830 passengers of a German cruise ship stranded before Australia because of several Corona cases is secured. “By the end of the weekend, almost all of them will be brought to Germany in three planes,” said Australian Finance Minister Mathias Cormann on Sky News. The sick on board the “MS Artania” of the Bonn tour operator Phoenix would be treated in Australia.
Five passengers and two crew members on board the ship had contracted the novel corona virus. After confirming the cases, the head of state of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, called on Thursday for the ship to leave Australian waters immediately. Most of the 832 passengers are German. There are also around 500 crew members on board.
Local media reported that the cruise ship was allowed to moor south of Perth after a medical emergency in Fremantle on Friday night. Two passengers were brought to a hospital. The emergency was not related to Covid 19 disease.
Dorothee Bär finds it useful to use the tracking app
03:17: Digital Minister of State Dorothee Bär (CSU) supports the use of a so-called tracking app in the fight against the spread of the corona virus. Such software on smartphones “makes sense to contain the virus in a targeted manner,” Bär told the “Handelsblatt”. There are corresponding considerations in the federal government. From a data protection point of view, there is nothing to be said against such an app, since the user agrees to the data usage by downloading it, she said.
“We now have to use the possibilities of digitization to overcome the crisis,” said the Minister of State in the Chancellery. Tracking apps made it possible to identify contact persons for an infected person.
So far, the authorities have had to find out who a person with corona had contact with, which is very time-consuming. The Robert Koch Institute therefore plans to expand the use of cell phone data. However, the evaluation of cell phone data to contain the pandemic is currently a controversial topic in Germany for data protection reasons.
Great Britain: Dogs should be trained to sniff out coronavirus
3:01 a.m .: In the UK, dogs are to be trained to use their extremely strong sense of smell to sniff out infections with the novel corona virus. The charity Medical Detection Dogs (about: dogs in medical diagnosis) entered into a partnership with scientists for this project, she said.
According to the plans, the fine noses of the animals are to be sensitized within six weeks to the smell emanating from Covid-19 – the lung disease caused by the coronavirus – so that they can be used for diagnosis.
“Basically, we’re certain that dogs could spot Covid-19,” said Medical Detection Dogs chairwoman Claire Guest. Currently, methods are still being investigated as to how the odor emitted by corona patients can be captured in order to present it to the dog’s nose.
Dogs are already used to discover other diseases such as cancer or diabetes. Medical Detection Dogs has already carried out various training programs for the animals.
Canada protests against the possible transfer of US soldiers to the border
02:27: The Canadian government has protested the possible deployment of US soldiers to the common border as a measure against the coronavirus pandemic. It is in the common interest of both countries that the border remains “demilitarized”, said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Secretary of State Chrystia Freeland also commented on US plans: sending troops would be “a completely unnecessary step that we believe would damage our relations,” she said. This is not the right way “to treat a loyal friend and military ally”.
However, according to Freeland, the U.S. government has not yet made a decision to send troops to the border. According to information from Canadian broadcaster Global News, the White House is considering sending fewer than a thousand soldiers to border areas with Canada. According to these considerations, you should use sensors to track down people who illegally cross the border.
China reports 55 new infections and five new deaths
1:48 am: In mainland China, the authorities report 55 new infections. Among these cases, the so-called local infection is again for the first time in three days, health authorities say. All other cases are related to travelers from abroad.
A total of 81,340 infections are now known. The authorities had announced 67 new diseases for Wednesday. The death toll rose by five to 3,292 by Thursday.
Macron plans a new initiative with Trump
01:41: French President Emmanuel Macron plans in his own words with US President Donald Trump a new initiative in the fight against the pandemic. Macron wrote on Twitter that he had had a “very good conversation” with Trump.
The joint venture is expected in the coming days.
Italy reports fewer crimes in the corona crisis
12:30 a.m .: According to the government, the number of crimes in the wake of the curfews in the corona crisis has dropped significantly. Around 53,000 crimes were reported from March 1 to 22, 64 percent less than in the same period last year, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday. Among other things, drug offenses, child abuse and sexual crimes have decreased. All of Italy has had a curfew since March 10th, only for shopping, in some cases for work or for health reasons, you are allowed out of the house.
Spain has taken similar measures. There, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said in a speech to the nation a few days ago that crime in the Corona crisis in Spain had decreased by 50 percent.
Trump holds out government participation in airlines
00:25: According to President Donald Trump, the US government could participate in stumbling airlines as part of a rescue program. The U.S. could not allow the airlines to go bankrupt because of the epidemic, Trump said at the White House on Thursday (local time). If the government supports airlines with loans or direct aid, they can also participate in them, he said. “If we don’t do that, we won’t have airlines,” Trump said.
Airlines are particularly hard hit by the pandemic. The huge stimulus package of the US Congress also provides billions in aid for airlines. It was initially unclear whether this would involve loans, direct help or a mixture of both.
Merkel does not want to know about the relaxation of the corona measures
00:10: Chancellor Angela Merkel thinks it is far too early to talk about relaxing the measures to contain the corona pandemic. “I want to say very clearly that it is not the time to talk about easing these measures at the moment,” she said in the evening in Berlin. At the moment, it still only takes four to five days for the number of infected to double. This period had to be stretched much further, “towards ten days”. The aim of the measures is that the health system is not overloaded.
The incubation period lasted at least five days and could last up to 14 days, said Merkel. Since the measures decided last Sunday only came into force in large parts of Germany on Monday, one is not yet in the area where one can see whether they worked.
USA officially pass China in infections
00:05: The USA has replaced China as the country with the most coronavirus infections. That goes out Figures from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore forth. According to this, 82,404 infections have been confirmed in the USA, which is almost a doubling compared to the start of the week. In contrast, there are 81,782 official cases in China, but it is questionable how resilient the figures from China are. The number of official infections has been stagnating since the end of February.