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Engine drivers union: Significantly fewer trains run
03.15 a.m .: The train drivers’ union GDL demands to significantly reduce the number of trips for train passengers in the corona crisis. “We don’t have to get hot air out of hell,” said GDL Chairman Claus Weselsky. “We have to get down to at least 50 percent.”
Passenger numbers have dropped significantly. For this reason, the railroad must now build up personnel reserves in order to be able to maintain a reliable basic offer in the next few weeks, said Weselsky. “Engine drivers and train attendants also get sick.”
Trump apparently asked South Korea for medical equipment
03:05: US President Donald Trump has asked South Korea to deliver medical equipment to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, according to the President’s Office in Seoul. The request was made during a phone call to President Moon Jae In on Tuesday evening (local time in Seoul).
Moon promised his greatest possible support if there was enough equipment. Trump wants to ensure the possible approval by the American drug approval authority (FDA) on Tuesday, it said.
The White House only said that both presidents had spoken about the measures taken by both countries against the corona pandemic. Trump has emphasized that he wants to work with leaders around the world to “save lives and restore economic growth”.
Panama imposes curfew
2:37 am: In view of the increasing number of Corona cases, Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo has imposed an unlimited curfew. It will come into force on Wednesday morning explained the head of state of the Central American country in a speech to the nation. People are only allowed to leave their homes to buy medicines and groceries at certain times, depending on the last number of their ID numbers. the Ministry of Health said.
In the meantime, 443 infections with the novel corona virus and eight deaths have been confirmed in Panama.
China Announces 47 New “Imported Cases”
02:05: China has again reported 47 so-called imported coronavirus cases. In total, China already has 474 such diseases that have been identified in people who have entered the country. However, according to the Beijing Health Commission’s official figures on Wednesday, there were again no local illnesses.
Another three people died in the central Chinese province of Hubei, from where the Sars-CoV-2 virus began to spread worldwide in late 2019.
There, the local government announced on Tuesday that part of the restrictions would be lifted from Wednesday. After a two-month blockade, people are allowed to leave the province again. The exception is the metropolis of Wuhan, which was particularly badly affected. From April 8th it should be possible to leave the city again.
Heil leaves an appointment for the start of the basic pension
01:26: Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil has not decided in view of the corona crisis whether the basic pension can start at the beginning of 2021 as planned. “That is my goal and I will continue to work on it,” the SPD politician told the newspapers of the Funke media group. When asked how big his doubts were, he replied: “I want the basic pension to come. However, no one can say how long this crisis will last and how long proven processes must be restricted.”
From 2021, the pensions of around 1.3 million people with small salaries are to be improved. Long-term low earners who have at least 33 years of contribution periods for employment, education or care should be able to receive the basic pension. In the starting year, it should cost 1.4 billion euros. The federal government passed the basic pension bill in February. For the plans of the black-red coalition to become law, the Bundestag and Bundesrat still have to agree.
Linnemann: The economy has to be started again after Easter
01:03: Union faction vice Carsten Linnemann (CDU) has called for an end to the economic break after Easter in the coronavirus crisis. “For the entire economy and our state, the damage will be sustainable and cannot be compensated for decades if we do not gradually start up the economy again after Easter at the latest,” said Linnemann of the “Bild” newspaper.
For some companies, the limit has already been reached. The time until then must be used to contain the virus and prepare the health system for the epidemic, said the head of the middle class and economic union.
UN Security Council meets for the first time via video
00:41: For the first time in its history, the UN Security Council met via video conference. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the diplomats conferred from home. However, there were technical problems during the more than four-hour session, as subsequently reported from diplomatic circles at the UN headquarters in New York. The consultations had to be interrupted several times because the Internet connections broke down or the power of participants failed.
Also, due to technical problems, it was not possible to simultaneously translate the meeting held in English into the other official languages of the United Nations.
Among other things, the meeting dealt with the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In any case, it was intended as a test for the use of video switches. The meeting was therefore not on the official Security Council agenda. The most powerful body in the United Nations had not met since March 12 because of the corona virus.
Italy: Up to five years in prison for disregarding the quarantine
00:23: The government in Italy has drastically increased the penalties for violating the exit restrictions due to the corona pandemic. Anyone who tested positive for the corona virus and deliberately failed to comply with the quarantine requirement and left the apartment could be sentenced to prison from one to five years, according to a government decree published in Rome on Tuesday evening.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had already threatened higher fines of 400 to 3000 euros. So far, a penalty of EUR 206 has been threatened for offenses, and detention of up to three months was also possible.
Italy’s police have controlled more than two million people since the March 10 bans were imposed. There were more than 100,000 ads for violations, the Ansa news agency reported. The number of people who tested positive for the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen in Italy rose to more than 69,000 by Tuesday.
Stoiber: Germany will quickly overcome the crisis
00:09: The former Bavarian Prime Minister and CSU Chairman, Edmund Stoiber, is, according to a media report, convinced that Germany will quickly overcome the economic slump caused by the corona crisis. In an interview with the “Bild” newspaper, Stoiber recalled that Germany lost five percent of its gross national product in the financial crisis ten years ago. That had already been caught up a year later. Stoiber: “That makes me optimistic that we will also master this crisis.”
White House: 60 percent of all new coronavirus cases from New York
00:02: The metropolis of New York is increasingly becoming the source of a fire in the corona crisis in the USA: US Vice President Mike Pence said in the White House that 60 percent of all new cases in the USA now come from the greater New York area.
Pence called on New Yorkers who have left the city to enter a 14-day self-quarantine. “We have to consider the New York City area as a high-risk area.”