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Curfew for senior citizens in Moscow
02:05: As of Thursday, almost 1.9 million elderly and sick people in the Russian capital Moscow must stay at home because of the corona virus. According to the city administration, the curfew is valid for a good three weeks. This affects residents of the city who are older than 65 or chronically ill. “You should only go to shops or the pharmacy if you need to,” said Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. However, this is only allowed with a respirator.
Those affected will receive a total of 4000 rubles (about 46 euros) if they comply with the requirements. The city set up a hotline for a delivery service when medication, food or help is needed. “The best thing you can do is go to your dacha, especially because it’s supposed to be warm,” said Sobjanin. The people in the small cottages in the country should be supplied with wood and coal.
Number of “imported cases” in China continues to rise
1:54 am: In China the number of “imported cases” with the corona virus has risen again. According to the Beijing Health Commission, 67 other illnesses in people who entered China were detected. In total, China already has 541 such cases. However, as the official figures showed, there were again no local illnesses.
In the central Chinese province of Hubei, from where the Sars-CoV-2 virus began to spread worldwide in late 2019, another six people died.
Volkswagen expects return to normal production in Germany by summer
1:35 a.m .: The German carmaker Volkswagen expects its production, which has been shut down in Germany due to the corona crisis, to return to normal levels by summer. “We expect normalization to return to normal in Germany in the summer,” said VW Brand Board Member Jürgen Stackmann of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.
The corona virus would not abruptly disappear until then. But the standstill could not last longer than until summer, and society and the economy could not stand this, said Stackmann. VW is already “preparing for the moment when it starts again”.
VW had temporarily stopped production until April 3 last week. “We’ll see if it will take longer next week,” said Stackmann.
In the United States, Volkswagen has suspended production at its Tennessee plant for another week due to the coronavirus crisis. “The health and safety of workers remains our top priority,” said plant manager Tom du Plessis. All employees would continue to be paid in full for the time being. The company currently plans to reopen the factory on April 5.
US expert Fauci warns of the second wave of the new corona virus
01:03: According to a leading US expert, the new type of corona virus could become an annually recurring problem similar to normal flu. It is worrying that the number of known infections is currently increasing in the southern hemisphere, where it is slowly getting colder, said the director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci. It is therefore conceivable that the virus will spread there and then come again from there to the northern hemisphere next winter.
“We have to be prepared,” said Fauci. For this reason, it is essential to work flat out to develop a vaccine and conduct clinical trials to find effective drugs to treat Covid-19 diseases.
Central Council of Sinti and Roma warns of racism
00:51: The Central Council of German Sinti and Roma has warned against an intensification of racist efforts in Europe in the wake of the corona crisis. Right-wing extremists and nationalist politicians in several countries in Central and Southeastern Europe wanted to use the crisis “to legitimize and implement their racist positions as government actions,” the organization said.
The Central Council referred to Bulgaria as an example. There, right-wing politicians called on the government to set up control posts in all neighborhoods inhabited by Roma. As a result, national and local authorities have already closed off several Roma neighborhoods. In this way, Roma would be excluded from any medical care in violation of fundamental rights and their supply of food and all other everyday goods would be cut off.
Central Council President Romani Rose urged the governments of Bulgaria and other Eastern European countries, as well as the EU, “not to allow Roma to be used again as scapegoats by nationalists and racists”.
Coronavirus cluster in nursing home: districts under quarantine
00.17: Because of the high number of coronavirus infected in a nursing home in the city of Jessen in Saxony-Anhalt, two districts are quarantined from Thursday morning: Jessen and Schweinitz. The district administrator of the district of Wittenberg has issued a general order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, announced the spokesman for the district. As of Thursday, 7 a.m., the districts will be closed.
Persons are only permitted to enter or enter if they have their main or secondary residence there and immediately go to quarantine at home. “You can leave the house to get something to eat or go to the pharmacy in the shortest possible way,” said the spokesman.
The reason for the disposition was the critical development in a nursing home, said the spokesman. Since the beginning of the week, eleven residents and five employees of the retirement home have been tested positive for the new corona virus. Three infected residents had to go to the hospital.
In the two districts in Jessen there are a total of 41 Corona people. A party in a car dealership is the trigger of the cluster.
Scholz on Corona crisis: “Biggest economic challenge in the history of the Federal Republic”
00:03: Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz relies on being able to sell possible state holdings in companies in the corona crisis, some of them at a later profit. “Of course, the state does not want to keep the shares in the long term, but to ensure that the company is maintained in the crisis,” said the SPD politician to the Rheinische Post. “When the situation has normalized, we want to sell it again. We are betting that the economic recovery will be so great that we will sell it partially at a profit to cover losses in other areas.”
The Bundestag had decided on Wednesday to set up a multi-billion dollar rescue fund for large companies in need. Companies are to be strengthened with capital and guarantees through an “economic stabilization fund”. If necessary, the state should be able to participate in companies, as in the financial crisis more than ten years ago. It is currently unclear which companies could slip under this rescue package. It has a total volume of EUR 600 billion.
Scholz described the corona crisis as “the greatest economic challenge in the history of the Federal Republic”. Looking ahead after the epidemic subsided, he said: “If the virus is no longer rampant like today, we will have to consider whether a targeted stimulus package is needed to stimulate the economy.”