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Yosemite National Park closes due to corona virus
07:59: The Yosemite National Park in the US state of California has been closed to visitors due to the corona crisis. Until further notice, only employees would have access, said the park administration. Yosemite National Park is one of the most visited parks in the country. California is one of the US states most affected by the corona pandemic. More than 1180 people have been infected with the novel virus, 23 people have died. A general curfew was imposed on the 40 million people on Thursday.
US television series help out with respirators in corona crisis
05:59: In view of the shortage of protective clothing for medical personnel, the US television industry is helping in the fight against the corona virus in North America: The “Grey’s Anatomy” hospital series from ABC, for example, donates gloves and respiratory masks that would otherwise have been used during filming , as the producer Krista Vernoff reports.
The ABC series “Seattle Firefighters”, which runs in the USA under the title “Station 19”, donated 300 protective masks to the fire brigade in Ontario, Canada. It had previously become known that the firefighters used the respirators several times due to shortages. “You were incredibly grateful,” said Vernoff. Other ABC productions also helped with respiratory masks and protective suits.
United States largely close borders with Mexico and Canada
5:22 am: Due to the spread of the corona virus, the United States has largely closed its borders to Mexico and Canada for passenger traffic. The measure has been in effect since midnight (local time / 5:00 a.m.CET) and affects all unnecessary travel. The regulation should remain in force for 30 days and then be reviewed. The exchange of goods is not affected, according to US President Donald Trump.
The United States had previously imposed an entry ban for foreigners from the Schengen countries, Great Britain and Ireland. Even foreigners who come from Iran and China can no longer enter the United States. The border closures to Mexico and Canada also affect migrants who come illegally to the United States, particularly across the southern border, and are picked up by border guards there.
Colombia imposes a curfew of almost three weeks
04:31 – In Colombia, the fight against the spread of the coronavirus is subject to a curfew of almost three weeks. The restriction on freedom of movement comes into effect on Tuesday night and should last until April 13, President Ivan Duque announced. So far, 158 cases of infection have been confirmed in the South American country.
South Korea reports increasing numbers of cases
04:07: South Korea has been experiencing a change in the number of new and increasing numbers of new infections with the corona virus for days. Health authorities reported more cases in the past 24 hours on Saturday than in the same period before. On Friday, 147 people had tested positive for the Sars CoV-2 pathogen, after 87 additional cases on Thursday. The total increased to just under 8,800. The number of deaths associated with the virus rose by eight to 102.
Almost 250 arrests for curfew violation in Argentina
02.24 Already on the first day of the extensive curfew due to the rampant corona pandemic, almost 250 people were arrested in Argentina for violating the order. Among the detainees were a doctor infected with the coronavirus, an alcoholic policeman and a jogger, the official news agency Télam reported. There are currently 158 confirmed coronavirus cases in Argentina. So far, three people have died of Covid-19.
Because of the rapidly spreading corona virus, the Argentine government had largely curfewed on Friday night. People are not allowed to leave their homes or apartments until March 31. Only errands in nearby grocery stores and pharmacies are permitted. Anyone found outside for no reason can be prosecuted for crimes against public health. Police patrolled the streets to enforce the curfew.
Some professions are exempt from the curfew: doctors, nurses and police officers, employees in the food, pharmaceutical and petro industries, employees of supermarkets and pharmacies, and employees of logistics companies can continue to work.
Cuba closes its borders
02:02: Cuba closes its borders for visitors from abroad for a month to contain the new corona virus. The measure will apply from Tuesday, President Miguel Diaz-Canel announces. Cubans and foreign residents are still allowed to enter, but would have to be quarantined for 14 days. Cuba is one of the last countries in the region to close its borders, while the virus is spreading increasingly in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Again, no new corona infected people in China
01:31: China reports no new infection with the coronavirus domestically for the third day in a row. However, the number of people who entered the country from abroad increased by 41, according to the National Health Commission. It rose to 269. With 14 newly introduced cases, most were in Beijing. This brought the total number of confirmed infections in China to 81,008. The number of deaths increased by seven to 3,255. All new deaths have been registered in Hubei Province, the center of the virus outbreak in China.
BMW stops US production due to corona crisis
01:09: The German carmaker BMW stops production in its large US plant in South Carolina because of the coronavirus crisis. “The health and safety of our employees is our top priority,” the company said. At the same time, the corona pandemic has an immense impact on global demand for cars. The production will therefore be adjusted accordingly. The U.S. factory at the Spartanburg site in South Carolina is scheduled to close for three weeks from April 3.
Vice President Pence employees tested positive for coronavirus
00:59: An employee of US Vice President Mike Pence has tested positive for the corona virus. Neither Pence nor US President Donald Trump had “close contact” with the employee, said a spokeswoman for the Vice President. Pence is responsible for coordinating government policies against the spread of the coronavirus.
Three billion euros of immediate Corona help for Germany’s clinics
00:22: According to a media report, the Federal Cabinet plans to provide billions in aid for Germany’s hospitals in view of the spreading coronavirus epidemic. A volume of initially three billion euros is planned, newspapers of the editorial network Germany (RND) reported in the night to Saturday, referring to coalition circles. Details are still open. The corresponding bill should be available this Saturday.
The background is therefore that hospitals have to forego predictable treatments and operations due to the corona crisis. The proceeds from this could put the houses in trouble. The aim is to prevent bankruptcies as a result of the corona pandemic. The aid program for hospitals is part of a comprehensive package to deal with the corona crisis. Coalition circles put the total volume according to the RND at 150 billion euros.
First death after corona infection in Brandenburg
00:05: A person infected with the coronavirus died in Brandenburg for the first time. An 81-year-old man was different in a clinic in Hennigsdorf late Friday evening, the Oberhavel district said. The man had previously been brought to the hospital with the most serious previous illnesses and was given palliative care. Whether he died of Covid-19 or another illness is therefore unclear – as is the question of where he had contracted Sars-CoV-2. Thuringia, Saxony and Berlin also reported the first dead person with a coronavirus infection in their countries on Friday.
Baden-Württemberg wants to take in Corona patients from France
00:01: Seriously ill corona patients from France can be cared for in clinics in Baden-Württemberg, according to the “Schwäbische Zeitung”. For this, the Ministry of Health asked the hospitals in the southwest to report vacant ventilation beds. “Prime Minister Kretschmann has pledged to support Baden-Württemberg,” it is said from a letter to the clinics that the newspaper is available. “It’s about people who will die without ventilation in the coming days,” a spokesman for the health ministry is quoted as saying.
The southwest now has enough free ventilation spaces, around 2300. Currently 80 percent of them are occupied, but with fewer than 20 corona patients. The coronavirus can trigger the lung disease Covid-19. For many people, the disease is rather mild, but if the course is severe, patients must be treated in the hospital. Southern Alsace, which borders Baden-Württemberg, is particularly hard hit by the corona pandemic. According to the responsible prefecture, the intensive care units of the hospitals are fully booked there.