Saturday October 31, 2020
Due to the dramatic increase in the number of new corona infections, Belgium is tightening the lockdown measures again. From Monday onwards, essential shops do not have to close again, as Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced. Further restrictions also apply to private households: when the tightening comes into force, only one guest will be allowed to visit them. The government encouraged workers to work from home whenever possible. “It’s a lockdown, but a lockdown that allows factories to operate and schools to cautiously reopen,” said Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke.
+++ 03:23 USA has the next record number of new infections +++
A few days before the US presidential election, a record number of new infections with the corona virus was recorded in the country for the second day in a row. As announced by the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, 94,125 new cases of infection were recorded within 24 hours. In addition, 919 other deaths were registered. The latest count broke the previous day’s record with more than 91,000 reported new coronavirus infections. A total of 9,034,295 million people have been infected with the coronavirus in the United States since the pandemic began. The total number of deaths rose to 229,544.
+++ 02:42 patients should be distributed throughout Germany +++
The federal and state governments want to distribute intensive care patients suffering from Covid-19 between the federal states if capacities are scarce. “If a situation develops that makes it necessary to relocate beyond neighboring countries or regions, a so-called cloverleaf principle applies,” says the concept of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, which is available to the newspapers of the Funke media group. Only the two most populous federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria therefore form their own regions. Read more about this here.
+++ 02:11 Johnson is considering partial lockdown for England +++
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a new strict partial lockdown in England in the fight against the corona pandemic. The Times reported that Johnson would announce the new corona measures on Monday. Accordingly, everything should be closed – apart from vital shops and educational institutions such as schools, kindergartens and universities. The new restrictions could apply from Wednesday through December 1st. Every part of the country in Great Britain with its almost 67 million inhabitants decides on its own measures in the Corona crisis. So far, Johnson had opposed calls for the reintroduction of nationwide corona measures. Now, however, in view of the skyrocketing number of cases, concerns are growing that the hospitals could be overloaded.
+++ 02:04 MV expels its tourists +++
MV expels its tourists, they have to leave the state by November 5th at the latest. This was announced by Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig after a cabinet meeting. In principle, from November 2nd onwards, no more guests should be accepted for tourist purposes for the rest of the month. “Of course, for the guests who are already there, they have time to return,” said Schwesig. This therefore applies to all bookings made up to and including Friday. Those who book accommodation later have to leave by next Monday. Read more about this here.
+++ 01:43 Brinkhaus: Nobody can guarantee easing in December +++
Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus does not want to guarantee that the partial lockdown will end by December. “The plan is that we will loosen up in December. Nobody can guarantee that,” Brinkhaus told the newspapers of the Funke media group. “But the fact is: Without doing something, we will certainly not have a good December. We have to fight.” With a view to further tightening, up to and including curfews, he said: “A lot will depend on whether everyone goes along. Then we have a good chance of being able to do without further tightening. But if people do their thing across the board, we can get one Problem.”
+++ 01:23 Czech Republic extends state of emergency +++
The Czech Parliament approves the extension of the state of emergency until November 20th. This creates the legal framework for the government to restrict the freedom of movement of citizens or production operations in factories if necessary.
+++ 00:54 Poland closes all cemeteries +++
The cemeteries in Poland will be closed on All Saints Day today, Sunday and Monday. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki justified the measure with the rapid increase in infections. The government also calls for people to work from home wherever possible.
+++ 00:17 Slovakia tests the entire population +++
After an initial pilot test last weekend, nationwide corona tests for the entire population are starting today in Slovakia. In order to prevent the virus from spreading rapidly, Prime Minister Igor Matovic wants to subject all citizens aged ten and over to free rapid tests this weekend and next. Matovic sees the mass tests as a model for other countries if they are successful. The Eastern European country with around 5.4 million inhabitants had weathered the first corona wave well, but since September, as almost everywhere in Europe, the number of infections has been rising steadily. A nationwide night curfew and other restrictions have been in place since last weekend.
+++ 23:52 Corona escalation, but USA want to allow cruises again +++
Since mid-March, cruises from US ports have been banned due to the corona pandemic, now things should slowly start again. The CDC health authority announced on Friday that it would be relaxing its strict “No Sail Order” and presented a set of rules for a gradual return to operations. In light of new corona escalations in parts of the United States, the timing of the CDC measure is surprising. According to US media reports, Director Robert Redfield would actually have liked to extend the ban, but the industry is said to have succeeded in attracting a US government task force led by Vice President Mike Pence to their side through increased lobbying.
+++ 23:20 British accelerate vaccine testing +++
According to a media report, the British Medicines Agency MHRA has initiated an accelerated test procedure for corona vaccine candidates from Mainz-based company Biontech and its US partner Pfizer as well as the British pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca. Astrazeneca as well as Pfizer and its German partner Biontech are among the leading companies in the race for a vaccine against the coronavirus, along with the US biotech group Moderna.
+++ 22:56 France reports almost 50,000 new cases +++
The number of new infections in France rises to 49,215 within 24 hours. That is an increase of around 1500 more than the day before. The number of deaths rose by 256 to a total of 36,565.
+++ 22:20 after infection: Spahn wants to come back to the ministry on Monday +++
According to Health Minister Jens Spahn, Germany will accept corona patients from other EU countries as long as this is possible. This applies to countries such as the Czech Republic or Belgium, but also others who would ask for help. The Federal Foreign Office announced that two corona intensive care patients each from the Netherlands and Belgium are currently being treated in German clinics. Spahn, infected with the corona virus, also said he would be back to work in his ministry on Monday. “I’m – toi toi toi – quite well. The symptoms have receded.”
+++ 22:00 highs: Spain shies away from a hard lockdown +++
Despite new infection records, Spain wants to contain the pandemic without a new lockdown with an extremely strict curfew. A total lockdown, as it existed for months in the Corona hotspot in the spring, is not provided for in the new emergency decree, said Health Minister Salvador Illa. “And I am convinced that, thanks to the current measures, a total curfew will not be necessary,” said the minister to journalists in Madrid on Friday. With 25,595 new infections within 24 hours, the highest value since the outbreak of the pandemic was recorded. The total number of infections with the Sars-CoV-2 virus is thus approaching the 1.2 million mark in the country with 47 million inhabitants. In Western Europe, only France has a higher value.
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