Long traffic jams at the German-Polish border again: what commuters now need to know

03/27/2020 08:09


Long traffic jams at the German-Polish border again: what commuters now need to know

On Friday night there was increased traffic on the German-Polish border.

Görlitz – On Friday night there was a traffic jam at the German border crossing towards Poland. The reason is the tightened entry and exit conditions imposed by Poland. What does that mean for commuters?

Traffic jam at the German-Polish border crossing in Görlitz. © Danilo Dittrich

From Friday, the Polish government will pull the reins again. The new regulation will come into effect at midnight, stipulating that Polish commuters have to be in quarantine for 14 days after entering Poland, which means that many people have to cross the border again at night before the new regulation comes into effect. For this reason, a long traffic jam formed on the German side in front of the Polish border crossing, which means that border controls will be tightened accordingly over the next two weeks, and commuters will have to prepare for even longer waiting times.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg want to keep workers in Germany

The drivers were checked with protective suits and masks. © Danilo Dittrich

The traffic jam that formed on Friday night has since cleared up somewhat.
However, if the Polish workers stay within Germany and do not return to Poland, they will receive an allowance of 65 euros per day, as the governments in Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania announced on Thursday. For each family member there will be an additional 20 euros per day. The money is used to pay for sleeping accommodation and a meal allowance. The measure is intended to give key workers the opportunity to continue working here and to escape local quarantine for the time being.

Update, March 27, 9.28: No traffic jam at the border at the moment

As the police directorate Görlitz reports on TAG24 demand, the traffic near the border is quiet. There are currently no traffic jams, but it is not clear to what extent Polish officials actually control all commuters as strictly as requested by the Polish Minister of Health. Normally, all commuters entering Poland would automatically and immediately go into quarantine for two weeks, but crossing the borders is not a problem for trucks.

Cover photo: Danilo Dittrich

French President prepares “important initiative” with Trump – Observer

The President of France announced this Friday that he is preparing with the counterpart of the United States and other countries a “new important initiative” in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a message on the social network Twitter, Emmanuel Macron wrote about a “very good conversation” with Donald Trump and added “in the face of the Covid-19 crisis, with other countries, we are preparing for the next few days a new important initiative”. Macron gave no details.
Very good discussion with @realDonaldTrump. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are preparing with other countries a new strong initiative in the coming days.
– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) March 26, 2020The White House indicated that the two leaders agreed on “the importance of close cooperation through the G7, G20 and P5 [cinco países-membros permanentes do Conselho de Segurança da ONU] to help multilateral organizations, notably the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, quickly eliminate the pandemic and reduce the economic impact. ”Two international summits on joint efforts against the disease took place on Thursday , an extraordinary G20 and a European summit. Created in 1999, the G20 is made up of finance ministers and heads of central banks from the 19 largest economies in the world and the EU. The new coronavirus, responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic, has already infected over 505,000 people worldwide, from about 23 thousand died. After appearing in China in December, the outbreak spread worldwide, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic situation.

The European continent, with almost 275,000 infected and 16,000 dead, is the one where the highest number of cases is currently emerging, and Italy is the country in the world with the most fatalities, with 8,165 dead in 80,539 cases recorded until this Friday -market. Spain is the second country with the highest number of deaths, registering 4,089, among 56,188 confirmed cases of infection. The most affected countries after Italy, Spain and China are Iran, with 2,234 reported deaths (29,406 cases), France, with 1,696 deaths (29,155 cases), and the United States, with 1,178 deaths. The United States on Thursday became the country with the most cases of infections in the world, surpassing Italy and China, with more than 85,000 cases. Several countries have adopted exceptional measures, including the quarantine regime and the closure of borders.

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              The Chancellor intervened in the debate about easing the ban on contacts and urged patience. The development of the Corona crisis cannot yet be assessed. While NRW is postponing its Abitur exams, high hopes rest on the Bosch Group.

After the UN call, several ceasefires accepted around the world

Children in Yemen in front of a house destroyed by bombing, March 19, 2020. – CHINA NEW / SIPA

Even if the world would have done well for this pandemic, the coronavirus will have had at least one, but only one, positive effect. The UN welcomed the proclamation of a ceasefire in several countries in conflict on Thursday, after the call by its secretary general, Antonio Guterres, to stop the fighting in the face of the spread of the coronavirus. Above all, the movement is in the process of being supported by resolutions at the Security Council and the General Assembly.

More than 5 years of war in Yemen

Suddenly, cease-fires have been raised in recent days by belligerents in the Philippines, Cameroon, Yemen and Syria. Martin Griffiths, the UN envoy to Yemen, a country ravaged by war for more than five years, on Thursday hailed the “positive responses” from the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government in favor of a ceasefire to better fight the Covid-19 and allow a humanitarian break. He demanded that they attend an “urgent meeting” to make it happen.

UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths: “I was heartened to see the positive responses to the Secretary-General’s call for a ceasefire from both the Government of Yemen and Ansar Allah. I expect the parties to adhere to their words and put the interest of the Yemeni people above all. “- UN Special Envoy for Yemen (@OSE_Yemen) March 26, 2020

On the same day, UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric welcomed “the temporary ceasefire announced on March 25 by the Southern Cameroon Defense Forces”. The day before, he had already welcomed the temporary ceasefire announced on March 24 by the Communist Party of the Philippines with the government of that country. Last Thursday evening, the spokesperson “welcomed the declaration of the Syrian Democratic Forces of March 24” supporting the idea of ​​a cease-fire and their “commitment to avoid military action” in the northeast of the country .

Difficult negotiations in the Security Council

This movement moved to the UN Security Council. According to a diplomat requesting anonymity, “a draft resolution has circulated between the five permanent members”. “Some countries in the UN are thinking of a text to support Guterres’ call,” said another diplomatic source. According to concordant sources, France is behind the initiative. On the night of Thursday to Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on Twitter about the preparation of a “major new initiative” in the face of the pandemic, after a conversation with his American counterpart Donald Trump.

However, nothing has been decided yet. On Monday, a draft “declaration” on the Covid-19, carried by Estonia, collided with a wall, for lack of consensus between the 15 members of the Security Council. Between Russia reluctant for the Security Council to take up a health issue and the United States, which could insist on a mention emphasizing that the virus comes from China, the process is proving delicate for the adoption of a resolution within an enclosure where divisions have been legion for years.




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The morning situation: USA now has the most corona infected people worldwide

Good morning, dear readers, the number of people infected worldwide is increasing in the corona crisis. According to the Johns Hopkins University, it has now exceeded half a million people. The USA is the sad new leader in the number of sick people. There are now more people with Sars-CoV-2 there than in China. The headlines for the start of the day: The United States has the highest number of infections worldwide According to the latest figures from the American Johns Hopkins University, the United States is now the country with the most Coronavirus infections worldwide and have thus replaced China. According to this, 82,404 infected people have been confirmed in the USA, which is almost double the start of the week. In China, the number of reported infections is currently almost 82,000, but the spread of the virus has slowed down there. China has recorded around 3,300 deaths from the virus, according to the US experts, and it has been proven that more than half a million people worldwide have been infected with Sars-CoV-2. Such an infection has been confirmed in more than 510,000 people around the world, according to the university. Around 23,000 people have meanwhile been proven to have died of the novel lung disease Covid-19. The website of the US researchers is updated regularly with incoming data and therefore usually shows a higher level than the official figures of the World Health Organization (WHO) .Corona fear causes online food trade to boomThe fear of the corona virus is causing a boom in online Grocery store in Germany. In a survey by the German Press Agency, all surveyed online providers reported a greatly increased demand. As a result, those who order groceries or hygiene items online today have to wait up to two weeks for delivery.More than 1,700 crimes against refugees and their accommodationsThe authorities have registered more than 1,700 crimes against refugees and asylum seeker accommodation last year, according to a media report. The Funke media group’s newspapers reported 1620 attacks on refugees, citing an answer from the federal government to a small request from the left-wing faction. 229 people were injured in the attacks. 128 further attacks were directed against refugee accommodation, 118 of which were according to the federal government to the right-wing extremists.
Indy 500 postponed to August Sports fans must be particularly brave this year. After all, not every major event is canceled: the legendary Indy 500 car race, for example, may not take place on May 24 as planned due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there is already an alternative date: the organizers have postponed the event with traditionally several 100,000 visitors announced on the circuit in Indianapolis on August 23. The 500-mile race has been held since 1911. It is part of the IndyCar series, the U.S. counterpart to Formula 1.Basketball superstar Curry interviews corona experts Even ex-President Barack Obama followed the interview: Basketball superstar Stephen Curry has the director of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases and advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump in the corona crisis, Anthony Fauci, asked a lot of questions about the pandemic on Instagram in a livestream. The 32-year-old Golden State Warriors player wanted to know, among other things, when it would be possible to talk about major sporting events again, but also asked about correct behavior and whether the measures were not excessive. Fauci’s answer to this was clear: “No. We are not exaggerating.” The virus is very contagious and dangerous, which is important today: the Federal Council wants to decide on Corona aid The State Chamber wants to finally decide on the huge aid program in the Corona crisis. It includes measures to save jobs and companies, to support hospitals and to ensure the livelihood and housing of citizens. According to reports, the Federal Council wants to wave through all the laws in a meeting without any speeches. The first aid should reach those affected before April 1st. 50 billion are to be given to smaller companies and the self-employed alone, and corporations can slip under a € 600 billion protection umbrella. together at 10.30 a.m. It should also be about how goods can be guaranteed despite increased border controls. It also deals with the supply of truck drivers on the federal highways, the economic consequences for air traffic and for transport companies. The trial against the alleged murder of a little boy in Essen continues the process against the father of a two-year-old. The man is accused of being responsible for the child’s death in July 2019. The boy had died of heat shock in his nursery. It was completely dry, the door handle was removed, and we wish you a good start to the day! Stay healthy! Your stern editorial team

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In the Netherlands, 546 people have now died of the disease. The virus has been detected in 8603 people. The number of hospital admissions “seems to be increasing less rapidly,” according to the RIVM. This is especially true for North Brabant. Hospitals in North Holland and South Holland are gradually filling up. Read all about the latest figures in the Netherlands here. View the map of the Netherlands here. The number of patients in the intensive care (IC) departments of Dutch hospitals has risen to 873; that is 112 more than on Thursday. The Dutch Association for Intensive Care (NVIC) reports that the number of available beds on the ICs is’ small ‘. The other main points: Brazil is going to block foreign air passengers Ireland calls on residents to stay at home More than a hundred thousand infections in America Turkey calls residents on’ voluntary quarantine’Tourists in Zeeland have to leave their holiday homeThe police may use drones with a speaker in North Holland 299 new corona deaths in France Cabinet: 100,000 entrepreneurs will receive a ‘corona gift’ of 4,000 euros Four passengers on Dutch cruise ship Zaandam died Entrepreneur from Brabant designs car wash for shopping trolley Two Months of respite for immigrants for corona crisis Donald Trump wishes infected Boris Johnson a quick recovery After France, Belgium will also remain locked for 2 weeks longer, according to Flemish media WHO: more than half a million infections, 25,000 deaths worldwide Dutch sailing cruise ship Costa Lumin os died Mayor Aboutaleb closes campsites around Rotterdam Record number of corona deaths in Italy in one day: 919 State of New York sees number of corona deaths rise by 134 to 519 Rutte demands: stay inside this weekend Pharmaceutical Roche shares recipe for corona test with government Figures Germany: 46,600 infections, 285 deaths Sweden with more than 50 people Worldwide condom shortage threatens France extends lockdown by 2 weeks to 15 April Three months of no rent for national museums because of corona crisis Dutch people on cruise ship Maasdam disembarked this weekend United Kingdom death toll rises to 759: 31 percent increase in one day MBO schools may offer alternative exams Grapperhaus is strict: ‘We owe it to the vulnerable to be strict’Mountain bike routes popular, but warning sounds:’ Care is already overloaded ‘Even equipment from veterinary clinics is on its way to ic’sPrincess Máxima visits ailing flower growers e Amsterdam: take a look at a museum onlineTurkey isolates the place Kendirli and four surrounding villages Anger in Southern Europe about ‘numb’ The Netherlands Delivery of Philips respirators in the US, but ‘the Netherlands also gets enough’ In the Netherlands, 546 people have died so far from the virus supermarket: man throws over the elderly British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the corona virus British Health Minister also infected with corona virus Corona virus also in the Kremlin Beached Dutchmen report en masse for repatriation Hospitals in Paris region overcrowded within 48 hours Additional police patrols in Hasselt due to corona outbreak Police officer outside embezzling bottles of hand gel Fear of corona wave in Louisiana after Mardi Gras Rotterdam mosques also available for sheltering corona patients Australia deploys army to enforce corona measures Pope gives special blessing to an empty Saint Peter’s Square Macron: US and France prepare i initiative against corona for Nicaragua reports first corona death Another sixty patients have moved from Brabant Criminal turns up for corona crisis ‘US has the most corona infections worldwide’ Inspection: not prescribe chloroquine as a preventive agent Financial-economic: Retailers baffled at list of emergency aid exceptions , 12 billion’AH: shop closed for a while to fill compartments, health care workers priority in the queuePetrol price seeks bottomKnot: ‘Hopefully corona crisis will remain limited to hibernation’Corona: we eat more minced meat,’ steak cheaper ‘Damrak: AEX loss on corona concerns, Detacher Brunel cancels dividend to corona crisis ECB President Lagarde in self-isolation to keep corona virus NS flexible for cardholders and seniors From the sports world: NBA big earners donate part of millions of salary Australian football association takes crucial measure Paris Saint-Germain honors healthcare staff with special shirt Top athletes see their pe Change retirement: ‘A huge impact’Frank de Boer in the US:’ The worst is yet to come ‘From the entertainment world: Now’ Beau corona ‘talk show on RTL 4 Rammstein singer Till Lindemann in intensive care by Corona Bolshoi theater shows for the first onlineOerol gets modified version due to corona crisisAnouk moves fans to tears with new number from quarantinePrincess Maria Teresa dies of corona virusCharles infected: panic at Queen’s palaceBrazil will block foreign air passengers from Monday to prevent the spread of the corona virus. The Brazilian Ministry of Justice announced this on Friday.The measure lasts for thirty days and does not apply to foreigners living in Brazil. A number of states and major cities in the country have been locked down by governors and mayors over the outbreak of viruses. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro called fear of the corona virus “hysterical” this week and wants drivers to reverse corona measures. On Friday, the president said in a speech that the hunger that the current measures could create may eventually be more deadly than the corona virus itself. 3,417 cases of the lung virus have been reported in Brazil and 92 patients have died. Infections in America have risen to more than 100,000 More than 100,000 people in the United States are infected with the coronavirus. At least 1,475 patients have also died from the virus, Johns Hopkins University reports. Based on official sources, there are a total of 101,657 infected in the country, an increase of more than 18,000 from Thursday. The number of deaths increased by 345 in the same period. New York City has the most infections, where more than 25,000 inhabitants have the lung virus. 366 of them have died from the effects of the virus.US President Donald Trump signed a decree on Friday that obliges automaker General Motors to produce respirators to fight the pandemic. He did so after previously being urged by the Governor of New York State and the Mayor of New York City. They quickly fear without sitting down. Health Minister Alex Azar later determines the number to be made by GM, and has signed an order authorizing ministers for Homeland Security and Defense to call for reservists from the military and coastguard. It is one of the measures being taken to tackle the corona crisis: reservists must serve up to two years of active duty and the number working simultaneously should not exceed one million. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar calls on residents to stay at home until April 12 to delay further spread of the coronavirus in the country. They should only leave their homes to run errands, take a short walk or visit family when absolutely necessary. Nearly all shops in Ireland close, all public gatherings are banned and people over 70 years of age with chronic conditions have been told not to leave their homes at all. “I appeal to every man, woman and child to make these sacrifices out of love for one another. Show that you care about your family and friends: stay at home, ”said the prime minister at a news conference. According to Varadkar, the government cannot do much more than impose these strict measures. Drones may be deployed in North Holland for control distance. In a part of North Holland, drones will be deployed if necessary this weekend to help people remember the rules surrounding keep away from each other to contain the coronavirus. The Noord-Holland Noord Safety Region confirmed reports of this by NH Nieuws on Friday.If there are signs that people are breaking rules, one of five drones can be used. “A company has it available. We can deploy them as soon as necessary, “said a spokesman. Last weekend many people ignored RIVM advice. Because of the nice weather they flocked to the beach and forest, which caused anger at the cabinet. Should that happen again, the drone can approach the group and send a pre-recorded message. “That may be that people are called up 1, Keep 5 meters apart. Or that no groups larger than three should be formed, “said the spokesman, who says that the project is being done in collaboration with the police. This is a first for the Netherlands, according to the spokesperson. It has happened before in Belgium, Spain and China, he knows. Turkey is calling residents to ‘voluntary quarantine’. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on the more than 80 million inhabitants of the country to go into ‘voluntary quarantine’ to to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. They should leave their homes alone to meet their basic necessities or in emergencies.Erdogan announced the end of all international flights and said that in the 30 major Turkish cities, councils are being formed to take additional precautions if necessary. The number of infections with the lung virus rose on Friday by 2069 to a total of 5,698. That said Minister Fahrettin Kocavan of Health during a press conference. Seventeen people have died in the last 24 hours, the death toll since the outbreak is now at 92. Nearly 300 coronavirus deaths in France The number of coronavirus deaths in France has risen by 299 in the last 24 hours and is now 1995 in total. French health authorities announced Friday. That is a lot lower than on Thursday, when 365 people died from the effects of the virus. According to director-general Jérôme Salomon of the French health service, 15,732 infected people are currently in hospital, of whom 3,787 are in intensive care. That is 412 more than a day earlier. In France, 32,964 people have been tested positive for the lung virus. But the number of infections is likely to be a lot higher, as only people who are at high risk of dying from the virus will be tested. The French government announced earlier on Friday that the lockdown in the country has been extended by two weeks until April 15 in an attempt to further contain the corona virus. Two of the main events on the French fashion calendar, the men’s fashion week in Paris and the haute couture shows scheduled for June and July have been canceled due to the corona virus. The organizers brought that out on Friday. “Important decisions are needed to ensure the safety and health of (fashion) homes, their employees and everyone who works in our industry,” the Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion (FHCM) said in a statement. Reason to cancel the events, “given the current circumstances”. Tourists in Zeeland must leave their holiday home Tourists in Zeeland must have left their holiday home by Monday at the latest. This was announced on Friday by the Zeeland Safety Region. The closure of the holiday parks is one of the additional measures that the tourist province will take to prevent the spread of the corona virus. The ban applies to all tourist stays at recreation parks, camping sites and mini campsites, but also for bed and breakfast, Airbnb places and marinas. . The ban will take effect on Monday at noon. “We emphatically do not want to overtake the tourists present, but offer an opportunity to leave quietly,” says the Zeelandveilig website. Sanitary facilities at holiday parks and camping sites will also close on Monday. In addition, there is a ban on the use of beach huts to prevent large numbers of people from going to the beach. “The increase in the number of visitors to the province in combination with the pressure on care is a matter of great concern,” reports the Safety Region. The measures in Zeeland apply until 10 May at the latest. “The measures have major implications for the tourism sector and all entrepreneurs involved. We understand that these measures hurt in Zeeland. ”Cabinet: 100,000 entrepreneurs receive a corona gift of 4,000 euros The cabinet expects more than 100,000 entrepreneurs to be entitled to a one-off gift of 4,000 euros. These are entrepreneurs in the sectors most affected by the measures that the government is taking to curb the spread of the corona virus. The government is already allocating EUR 500 million. “But it is not the case that this counter closes when that amount is reached,” said State Secretary of Economic Affairs Mona Keijzer. The fee is tax-free. Companies with a maximum of 250 employees and self-employed persons without personnel can turn to the counter of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) for the amount. “Take a café. That should no longer be open. This was immediately affected and has no more turnover ”, says minister Eric Wiebes (Economic Affairs) as an example. “To accommodate those entrepreneurs, there is a fee of € 4,000 tax-free at that counter.” In addition to food and beverage outlets that had to close, most event and travel organizations can also rely on them. This also applies to hairdressers, fitness centers, cinemas, theaters, museums and certain sports companies. With special codes, they can check the RVO website to see if they are active in the selected sectors and are eligible. “I say to entrepreneurs: if you can broadcast it for another week or two weeks, do not report,” says Keijzer. “We want to keep it as simple as possible.” Only companies that are about to fall over should register now, in order to prevent the system from being overloaded. The counter is open until 26 June. “With entrepreneurs who have submitted the application, we try, provided that all systems continue to run, to transfer the money within a working week if you are eligible for the scheme,” says Keijzer. “We are talking about alleviating the emergency. That’s why we do everything we can to transfer the money. ” That is only possible if not “everyone crawls en masse behind the computer” to register, says Keijzer. That is a ‘recipe for problems.’ The cabinet promises to check for fraud as much as possible. This mainly happens afterwards. Belgium stays locked for two weeks longer The Belgians have to stay at home for two weeks longer. Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès’ government extends the period of the country’s lock to the weekend of April 18 and tightens enforcement of the corona virus restrictive measures. This has been decided on the advice of the National Security Council, Belgian media report. The ‘lockdown’ would initially be lifted on Monday, April 6, the day that the Easter holiday in Belgium starts. Since March 18, only essential shops are open, people are working at home en masse and a ban on gathering and unnecessary travel. The borders are closed to tourists and day visitors. Mayor Aboutaleb closes campsites around Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has closed all campsites in the Rotterdam-Rijnmond region to prevent the spread of the corona virus. Recreation is irresponsible, says the mayor of Rotterdam. “My appeal is: stay at home. Only together can we prevent the further spread of the virus. It is irresponsible to come to these places for recreation. Take the measures seriously, “says Aboutaleb, who is also chairman of the Rotterdam-Rijnmond security region. The police are going to enforce the emergency regulations of the security regions. The police warn that groups of three or more people who are in the public space and are less than 1.5 meters away are punishable. In the event of a violation, fines can run up to 400 euros, and the police will also check entrepreneurs to ensure that they comply with the rules. For example, supermarkets must take measures so that customers can keep 1.5 meters apart. If entrepreneurs fail to comply with the emergency ordinance, their case will be closed. Record number of corona deaths in Italy in one day: 919 The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Italy rose by 919 to 9134, authorities have reported. This is the largest increase in a day since the lung virus was first detected in the country on February 21, with the number of infections increasing by nearly 6,000 in the past 24 hours and now reaching 86,498. Italy is thus passing China where the virus first appeared at the end of last year. The United States already passed China on Thursday, with the worst-hit region being Lombardy. There, 5402 people have died so far and the number of infected is 37,298.France extends lockdown by 2 weeks to April 15France extends lockdown in the country by two weeks to April 15 to further contain the corona virus. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced on Friday.In France, strict restrictions on the freedom of movement of residents apply. Dutch people on cruise ship Maasdam en route to San Diego The eighteen Dutch passengers on the cruise ship Maasdam are allowed to disembark in San Diego on Friday and Saturday. They are then taken directly to the airport for their return flight. The Holland-America Line shipping company reports that thanks to the port and health authorities for their permission, according to the shipping company, everyone is safe and in good health. No infections with the coronavirus have yet been found among the 842 guests and 542 crew members. As a precaution, the vans with which the passengers are transported are disinfected after each trip. “Guests who have booked through a tour operator can count on the tour operator for their flight and guests who have booked directly are the responsibility of the Holland America Line” The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs had heard from the shipping company that the Dutch travelers would first be brought back to the Netherlands from Hawaii, where the ship docked last Friday, the spokesperson said. However, the local authorities did not let passengers disembark because of the coronavirus.Amsterdam gives tips: view a museum onlineTo avoid busy scenes like last weekend in the Vondelpark and other places in the city, the municipality of Amsterdam comes with a row of tips to get through a weekend indoors. Watch a theater performance or concert from the couch, visit a museum online with the children, or watch a film that has been (partly) shot in Amsterdam, such as Alles is Liefde, Hitman’s Bodyguard, Public Works, or – if you want to see what the city looked like in the seventies – the James Bond classic Diamonds Are Forever. Listen to a podcast about Amsterdam, read how you can support the local catering industry or “see how you can do corona proof volunteer work”, the Fear of longer waiting times for non-acute care due to corona crisis There is great fear that the waiting lists for non-acute care in hospitals will become much longer in the near future. According to ZorgDomein, the platform for data exchange between healthcare providers, the number of referrals from general practitioners to hospital care has fallen by 75 percent since the start of the corona crisis. That amounts to 450,000 regular care requests per month that are moved to a later date. Postponing regular care frees up capacity for the admission of corona patients and prevents new infections as much as possible. According to ZorgDomein, this accumulation of regular care inevitably leads to increasing waiting times in the aftermath of the corona crisis. The organization advocates central coordination, uniform data exchange and continuation of the collaboration between hospitals and independent clinics in the Netherlands.New York fears ‘astronomical’ number of corona cases The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, says that President Donald Trump must face reality that the number of cases of the new coronavirus will become “astronomical”. The hospital system will face unprecedented strain, De Blasio said. Trump said in an interview on Fox News on Thursday that he did not think the state of New York, which has become the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., needed 30,000 respiratory masks. Governor Andrew Cuomo had asked for this to be able to treat corona patients with respiratory diseases. Cuomo and De Blasio have asked Trump to use his authority to compel manufacturers to make respirators and provide capital to factories. Such a shortage has already led to difficult decisions about who will live or die in Italy and China. Belgium reports 69 new deaths and cat with coronavirus The coronavirus has claimed 69 lives in the past 24 hours in Belgium. The number of deaths has thus increased to 289. 1,049 new infections were detected. 490 people have been admitted in the past 24 hours, the Belgian health authorities report. According to virologist Steven Van Gucht, the virus has also been detected in a cat. She would have received it from her owner who was infected with the corona virus. “It is an isolated case,” Van Gucht emphasized during his daily briefing about the new figures. “There are no indications that this is common.” According to him, the cat “became the victim of the human infection.” There are no reasons to believe that the reverse can happen. “We consider the risk to humans to be very small.” The report about the cat came from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Liège. A week after the owner became ill, the cat also developed symptoms, including breathing difficulties. The virus was found in the animal’s feces. 3,042 people are now in hospitals, but 183 patients have also been declared cured and sent home. A total of 7,284 confirmed cases have been counted in Belgium. Research conducted at the University Hospital of Brussels in non-Covid-19 patients shows that 10 percent of people admitted without corona complaints still carry the virus. Virologist Marc Van Ranst thinks that this is a representative figure for the entire population and that one in ten Belgians is infected without symptoms, he said in the Flemish VTM News. “That is of course good in the sense that it provides free antibodies, and provides immunity to the public. In itself, that is encouraging news. “Arrests in France for respiratory theft Two staff members of a hospital east of Paris have been arrested for being suspected of theft of respiratory equipment. The men aged 29 and 42 offered the device for 450 euros on the French Marketplace, Le Bon Coin.When the police discovered the offer on the internet, the provider had already made an appointment with a potential buyer, right in front of the hospital in Champigny -sur-Marne from which the equipment had disappeared. The police have arrested the police there, French media reported. The corona virus and the scarcity it causes in health care are causing a wave of “corona crime.” For example, medical protection masks are stolen all over the world. Scammers also offer face masks or equipment for money without delivering. Cybercrime is also flourishing due to the many homeworkers. “Electricity consumption 10 percent lower due to the corona crisis.” The electricity consumption in the Netherlands is one tenth lower than usual due to the corona crisis. Martien Visser, professor of Energy Transition at Hanze University Groningen, reports this: “Home use will be higher due to all that working from home, but all those air-conditioned offices are on the back burner,” says Visser. “This is actually a very small decrease, because there is quite a lot going on in Dutch society.” Many shops, industry and public spaces are also closed. Visser has mapped power consumption by releasing an analysis of figures from the European organization of electricity network operators ENTSO-E and the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). It showed that electricity consumption was 7 percent lower than normal on working days last week and about 10 percent this week. Visser also notices that electricity prices are going down. Gas prices were already low because there was less demand because of the mild winter. In addition, CO2 prices have fallen due to the corona crisis. Companies may only emit CO2 if they have the emission rights for it. Since the industry and airlines are no longer running at full speed, demand for these rights has fallen, and so has the price. Water company Vitens sees ‘no crazy jumps in consumption’ that can be traced to the corona crisis. People do open the tap at other times. Normally there is a peak in consumption during the week around 08:00, because many people take a shower. That peak has shifted to 8:30 am. A spokesperson suspects that some people who work from home use the saved travel time to sleep longer and therefore jump in the shower later. Spain reports nearly 800 corona deaths in a 24-hour period Spain has counted nearly 800 corona deaths in a 24-hour period. The number of coronavirus deaths has risen to 4,858, authorities report Friday. On Thursday, the limit of 4,000 deaths was exceeded, and the number of infections continues to rise, from nearly 8,000 to more than 64,000. Spain is the most severely affected country in Europe after Italy. Another heavy prison sentence for ‘corona spuger’ Again, someone who threatened to infect others with the corona virus was sentenced to a large prison sentence. A 19-year-old man from Heerlen who spat on a bus driver and said he had the virus has to be imprisoned for eight weeks. He also has to pay a fine of 450 euros, the court in Roermond ruled on Friday. The man spat on the driver last Tuesday because he wanted to take the bus, but did not have enough balance on his OV chip card. In the discussion that followed, the Limburger spat and threatened.The Public Prosecution Service is taking strict action against people who are criminally abusing the current corona crisis. “This type of behavior is not tolerated,” said Gerrit van der Burg, president of the Board of Attorneys General earlier this week. The Public Prosecution Service wants to send a clear signal to society. “We depend on people with vital professions such as the police, aid workers, enforcers of the emergency ordinance and shop staff. They deserve our protection and respect. ”Criminal offenses include threats of infecting rescuers, agents and store personnel, corona-related chat tricks, incitement by distributing fake news, and defrauding by trading fake medicines. A man from Tilburg is Thursday to sentenced to eight weeks in prison for coughing security guards in their faces after a flashy theft of beer cans, saying he had corona and HIV. Last Wednesday, the police judge in Den Bosch sentenced a 28-year-old man to ten weeks in prison, two of whom on parole, because he coughed in the face of other people in line for a coffee shop and then spat at an officer. “Beware, corona, corona!” He called out. Last week, a “corona oyster” from Noordwijkerhout received the same sentence from the court in The Hague. Fire Bergamo still expects more infections The badly hit northern Italian city Bergamo still expects more infections with the corona virus, just like the region. The peak is yet to come, the health authorities of Bergamo Province said. The situation in the region’s hospitals remains extremely critical, a director of a health agency said on German radio. The clinics are full of intensive care patients and have reached the limit. A bright spot is the care provided by general practitioners elsewhere. Bergamo is one of the corona fires in the Italian region of Lombardy, which is suffering greatly from the corona crisis. On Thursday, the number of new patients turned out to have risen more sharply than in days before. Rapid increase in corona in Aruba, population must stay at home The number of infections in Aruba has increased by nine in the past 24 hours to 28 cases. Due to the rapid rise, the government has taken measures and the entire population, a total of 106,000 people, can no longer leave the house as of Sunday morning, Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes announced. It is a system of ‘shelter in place’, in which people stay at home as much as possible, but are still allowed to shop for food and medicines and can exercise outside. Residents of Bonaire are allowed back under conditions A total of 225 residents of Bonaire living in the Netherlands and in stranded abroad, have reported in recent days with the request to return. No corona infections have yet been reported on Bonaire (20,000 residents). It has been agreed in consultation with RIVM that residents may come back in phases. But anyone returning must be quarantined on the island and will be taken care of. This has been announced by the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland. Since three days again domestic infection in China For the first time in three days, someone in China has been locally infected with the corona virus. The National Health Commission reports Friday. 55 cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed in the country in the last 24 hours, 12 fewer than a day earlier. According to the authorities, all new patients had been abroad in the past three days, but a domestic infection was found on Thursday in a man from Zhejiang Province. Five people died of the lung virus in the past twenty-four hours. They all died in the central province of Hubei, where the virus first appeared in December. In China, 81,340 cases of the virus are known to date and 3,292 patients have died. The number of new infections in the country has fallen drastically since the government introduced drastic measures. China says it is open and transparent China is open and transparent about the corona virus. Chinese President Xi Jinping assured his US colleague Donald Trump in a phone call, Chinese state media reports say, in the United States and elsewhere, there has been much criticism that the Chinese authorities have overseen the outbreak in the city of Wuhan late last year for far too long. kept. Trump repeatedly spoke of the Chinese virus, but in the conversation Xi offered the Americans help to fight the corona pandemic. He also said that China wants to continue to share “all information and experience” about the virus with the United States. According to him, cooperation is the only right choice and both countries can take advantage of it. Text continues under the tweet. Trump expressed ‘much respect’ for China after the conversation. On Twitter, he talks about close collaboration. “China has been through a lot,” said the President. Observers speak of a conciliatory tone between the leaders after weeks of mounting tensions, and the Chinese seem to be largely controlling the outbreak. In the United States, the number of infections is increasing rapidly. Meanwhile, more infections have been reported than in China. “US and France prepare initiative” French President Emmanuel Macron and his US colleague Donald Trump are preparing a “new initiative” in the fight against the corona pandemic. Macron wrote on Twitter on Friday. Macron had a “very good discussion” with Trump on Friday about the global corona crisis, the French president said. “In response to the Covid-19 crisis, we are preparing a new strong initiative for the coming days together with other countries.” Papal blessing for empty St. Peter’s Square. Pope Francis will lead the prayer celebration “Prayer for mankind” from 6 pm. He will then give the blessing Urbi et Orbi, a blessing for Rome and the world. Normally, the Pope pronounces that blessing at Easter and Christmas in front of a packed Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City. But on Friday, the square will remain empty to counteract further spread of the virus.The pope’s decision to make an exception and give a special Urbi et Orbi underscores the seriousness of the situation worldwide but especially in Italy, observers said US state of Louisiana fears corona wave after Mardi Gras The US state of Louisiana is preparing for a large increase in the number of corona virus infections. The Mardi Gras festival likely triggered the outbreak there, killing nearly a thousand people in a short period of time, with the state governor expecting a shortage of respirators in five days and a shortage of beds in ten days. “This is not a gamble, this is actually ahead of us,” said Governor Edwards. Remarkably, many ICU patients infected with the virus require respiration: 80 percent, compared to the usual 40 percent. New York City is also severely affected by the outbreak with more than 20,000 infections. The number of corona cases in the United States has now surpassed that of China and Italy. With nearly 84,000 cases, the United States is now the hardest-hit country.Australia Deploys ArmyAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced stricter measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The Australian military is being deployed to enforce the new rules, and people entering the country must first be quarantined for two weeks. Prime Minister Morrison also said he wanted to hibernate the economy to get through the crisis. He will publish details of this later, after consultation with the federal states. Australia is afraid of further spread, after the number of infections rose to more than three thousand. Thirteen people have now died from the consequences of the virus: Coronahufters, the crisis debate in the House of Representatives, and a rare military action. That and more in the latest corona update. Listen to the podcast here, below or via your own podcast app.

55 new cases in China, the country closes to foreigners

China reported 55 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, including 54 “imported” from abroad, as the country prepares to temporarily close its borders and drastically cut international flights. For the first time in three days, a case of contamination of local origin was identified in the east of the country, according to the official assessment. Five deaths were also recorded in Hubei, the immense central province placed in quarantine at the end of January and whose restrictions have been progressively lifted since Wednesday. China, from which the global pandemic started in December, has among its priorities today to prevent the Covid-19 from returning to its soil from abroad. The country has a total of 595 “imported” cases, 90% of which are Chinese returning to the country, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Temporary border closures Beijing announced on Thursday evening that it will temporarily close its borders to most foreigners and drastically reduce its international flights. The measure will come into effect at 12:00 a.m. local time (Friday 4:00 p.m. GMT). These restrictions close the door of Chinese territory to tourists and foreigners domiciled in China but currently outside the country. Business travelers seem to be spared. However, holders of service and diplomatic passports will still be able to enter Chinese territory. The country has also announced a drastic reduction in international flights, again due to the Covid-19. From Sunday, a Chinese company will only be able to make a single weekly connection from China to a third country. A foreign company can only maintain one service a week to China. The new coronavirus has infected at least 81,340 people in China and left 3,292 dead, according to data communicated by the authorities.

Macron and Donald Trump prepare “important initiative for the next few days”

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on the night of Thursday to Friday that he was preparing with the US President Donald Trump and other countries a “major new initiative” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Very good discussion with @realDonaldTrump. Faced with the COVID-19 crisis, with other countries, we are preparing for the next few days a new important initiative,” tweeted the French head of state after an exchange with his American counterpart. , without further details.


          Very good discussion with @realDonaldTrump. In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, with other countries, we are preparing for the next few days an important new initiative.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) March 26, 2020

For its part, the White House said that the two leaders had agreed on “the importance of close cooperation through the G7, the G20 and the P5 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, editor’s note) to help multilateral organizations, including the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, quickly end the pandemic and minimize its economic impact. ”

Remote Summits

Two international summits devoted to joint efforts against the disease were held on Thursday, an extraordinary G20 and a European summit.

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The new coronavirus has already killed more than 23,000 people worldwide, two-thirds of them in Europe, where nearly 275,000 cases are officially diagnosed, according to a count by AFP on Thursday evening.

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The United States and France are among the countries most affected by the epidemic. It is growing exponentially on American soil. The country, which had initially observed the spread of the virus from afar, may soon become the epicenter of the pandemic.

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