ViiV Healthcare and Shutterstock Studios Launch First Online HIV Photo Gallery!

On December 1st, 2020, ViiV Healthcare and Shutterstock Studios announce the launch of their jointly produced new online photo gallery “HIV in View”.

The collection of images, curated with the support of people living with HIV, was brought together by photographers from across the global Shutterstock network. The collection includes an up-to-date stock of high-resolution images that realistically depict life with HIV today.

Joint commitment for a contemporary perception of AIDS!

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The people who were photographed for the collection are HIV infected from Great Britain, Kenya, Uruguay, and Portugal. They all pursue one goal: to change the perception of life with HIV and to dispel outdated stereotypes. As of today, World AIDS Day, the picture gallery will be freely accessible to everyone and can be used for projects, campaigns and communication materials – in the hope that it will raise public awareness and break down prejudices that still exist.

Doreen Moracha, 28 years old from Nairobi, Kenya, declared one of the first people to be photographed for this project and an HIV advocate:

I am proud to be one of the first to be photographed for the ‘HIV in View’ gallery. In this way I can help set a change in motion in the way in which people living with HIV and their stories and experiences are presented to the public. Until the world sees HIV for what it really is, we cannot break through prejudice. But if my pictures help to show just one person what it really means to live with HIV today, then I know that we have taken one step further in the right direction.

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Living with HIV today is very different from what it was ten years ago. Advances in prevention, treatment and care mean people infected with HIV can live longer and healthier lives. A person who starts treatment at the age of 20 has a good chance of celebrating their 77th birthday these days. Yet despite these advances, people living with HIV face stigmatization on a daily basis that affects their quality of life, health and wellbeing. The often negative perception of HIV should be counteracted with education. The key to eliminating the stigma is sharing the real picture and experiences of people living with HIV.

Deborah Waterhouse, CEO of ViiV Healthcare:

At ViiV Healthcare, our mission is not to leave anyone living with HIV behind, and we can achieve this by reducing HIV-related stigma. For too long, obsolete representations of what it means to live with HIV have been shown to the public. Working with Shutterstock, we learned that there is still a lot of catching up to do here. With the launch of the ‘HIV in View’ gallery, people all over the world can now download authentic photos for free. As a company, we are also committed to using images of real people living with HIV whenever possible on all of our platforms. We also want to encourage others to dispel prejudice. Because life with HIV has changed and we want to show that so that the public can perceive it that way.

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Michael Carfagnini, GM, Global Shutterstock Studios:

Through the work of ViiV Healthcare in the fight against the stigma of people living with HIV, we have received a unique opportunity to contribute with impressive visual presentations. There is always a need for authentic and modern images that reflect the reality of living with HIV. At Shutterstock, we want to support creatives around the world with our content and services, such as our new Shutterstock Studios offering. Shutterstock Studios enables brands and agencies to authentically tell their unique stories. The topic of ‘Living with HIV’ proves the efficiency and flexibility of our global network, as the project was a real challenge for our employees due to the corona pandemic. Worldwide travel, photography and videography were only possible to a limited extent and with numerous restrictions. The involved teams from Shutterstock and ViiV Healthcare have shown what we can achieve with passion in creative projects. We noticed the same enthusiasm among our contributors and the people who were photographed.

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Shutterstock’s HIV in View gallery is produced by Shutterstock and created in collaboration with ViiV Healthcare. All images can be downloaded free of charge from Shutterstock’s Viiv partner site and used in all communication materials.

The “HIV in View” collection

The HIV in View collection is provided free of charge under Shutterstock’s standard license for use in projects, campaigns and communications. Users who require the extended license will be charged the higher license fee, with 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization RED, which supports the fight against AIDS.

More information about the extended license model.

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Donald Trump’s controversial corona advisor Scott Atlas is stopping

He doubted the usefulness of masks in the Corona crisis and publicly messed with other well-known scientists. Now Scott Atlas is stopping – apparently for strategic reasons.

The controversial corona advisor to incumbent US President Donald Trump, radiologist Scott Atlas, has submitted his resignation. In a letter to Trump that Atlas posted on Twitter Monday night (local time), he wrote, “I’ve worked hard and focused on one thing – saving lives and helping Americans get through this pandemic.”

The radiologist had worked for the US government since August. According to consistent media reports, his contract would have expired after 130 days this week anyway. He now used his declaration of resignation to defend himself against criticism. He always relied on the latest scientific findings and did so “without any political consideration or influence.”

Dispute with star immunologist Fauci

Atlas has spoken out against strict containment measures and questions the usefulness of masks. In doing so, he drew criticism in particular from another member of the Corona working group in the White House: the prominent immunologist Anthony Fauci has publicly disagreed with Atlas’ points of view.

In mid-November, after the tightening of corona requirements in states like Michigan, Atlas wrote on Twitter: “It only ends when people get up.” The tweet was also explosive because just a few weeks earlier a group of suspects had been arrested who, according to investigators, wanted to kidnap and possibly kill Michigan’s governor Gretchen Whitmer because of previous corona measures. Atlas later wrote that he did not want to incite violence.

The radiologist wrote in his resignation letter that he wished the “new team” only the best – and apparently meant that of President-elect Joe Biden. Trump still does not recognize his election victory. Biden has made fighting the pandemic a priority. His inauguration is scheduled for January 20th.

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Corona situation in Europe: This neighboring country criticizes Germany

Countries like France and Italy are cautiously loosening corona measures, none of them want to risk a relapse to extreme numbers of infections. A neighboring country criticizes the course of the Germans.

After almost a month of strict curfews, France has relaxed its corona rules a little. In the first phase of the gradual lifting of the lockdown, non-essential stores are now allowed to reopen their doors. However, strict conditions apply to this. Around eight square meters of sales area must be available for each customer. Hairdressers can now also receive customers again.

According to the health authorities, France has already survived the peak of new infections in the second corona wave. On Friday, around 12,450 new infections were reported within 24 hours. At the beginning of November there were sometimes well over 60,000 cases. In the country of 67 million people, more than 51,900 people have died since the outbreak of the pandemic.

“Support nearby stores”

For weeks the economy had been calling for all stores to be reopened. Prime Minister Jean Castex wrote on Twitter: “Let’s support our local businesses!”

People in France can now do sports and take walks in the open air. Instead of the previous one hour per day, three are now allowed, and the radius increases from one to 20 kilometers around the place of residence. Extracurricular activities can also take place outside again.

Almost deserted Eiffel Tower in Paris: France is cautiously relaxing the corona restrictions. (Source: Myriam Tirler)

The easing of the rules follows about a month of strict restrictions, many of which remain in place. In France, leaving the house will only be allowed in the future for a valid reason – for example to go to work or go shopping. A certificate must be carried with you. As President Emmanuel Macron said in his TV address on Tuesday, one should still refrain from meeting friends and family and all unnecessary exits. Castex also warned that it was too early to speak of an end to the lockdown.

Italy and Ireland: Both countries are hopeful

The situation has also eased somewhat in Italy. The country reported 28,352 new corona infections yesterday, Friday, around 700 fewer than the previous day. The number of confirmed infections in total rose to 1.538 million, as the Ministry of Health announced. In the past few days, however, the increase in hospital admissions and intensive care unit occupancy has slowed. For this reason, Italy will loosen the regulations in five regions from Sunday, including Lombardy.

Ireland, which was one of the first European countries to impose a lockdown in the second corona wave, is also reporting good news. After a six-week lockdown, the country is easing its protective measures. From next week, all shops, restaurants and fitness studios are allowed to reopen, as Prime Minister Michael Martin announced. From December 18, travel between the counties should be allowed again to enable a “different but special” Christmas.

Spain: dispute over the festival of love

In Spain, on the other hand, the debate about the corona rules for Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the very important Epiphany on January 6th is coming to a head. After some of the 17 regions had demanded uniform regulations for the whole country, the left central government promised a quick solution. “There won’t be 17 different Christmass,” Health Minister Salvador Illa promised on Thursday in the parliament in Madrid. At a meeting with the regional governments next week, an agreement will be reached, said Illa.

As part of the corona emergency, which has been in force since the end of October and until May – unlike in spring – each of the so-called autonomous communities is to decide on the measures to be taken to contain the pandemic. Before the holidays, however, some regions, including Andalusia and Castile-La Mancha, are demanding not to repeat the mistake made in the summer when the economy was given preference over fighting the virus and the measures were relaxed too quickly .

The Andalusian regional president Juanma Moreno warned of an “enormous risk of infection at Christmas”. “There was too much partying in the summer and that cost us dearly,” complained several regional politicians in unison. It doesn’t do much good for the overall situation in Spain to be very strict in some regions while others want to relax the rules.

Belgium: criticism of Germany

Belgium is recording a decline in the corona numbers, but the country is only easing its pandemic requirements slightly. From December 1st, all shops will be allowed to reopen under strict hygiene regulations – instead of just grocery stores and stores with absolutely essential goods as was previously the case. Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced this on Friday evening. Most of the conditions will remain in place, probably initially until mid-January. Strict contact restrictions also apply over Christmas.

Italy: As here in Rome, people all over Europe are hoping for an end to the Corona crisis.  (Source: AP / dpa / Cecilia Fabiano / LaPresse)Italy: As here in Rome, people all over Europe are hoping for an end to the Corona crisis. (Source: Cecilia Fabiano / LaPresse / AP / dpa)

Belgium, with its 11.5 million inhabitants, had the highest number of corona cases per capita in Europe at times and therefore imposed strict requirements at the beginning of November. Infection, clinic and death numbers are now falling. However, the situation remains tense, said De Croo. It is important to keep pressing the numbers. The successes should not be jeopardized. “We would not survive a third wave,” said the Prime Minister.

Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke, who has criticized the planned relaxation of the Corona rules over Christmas in Germany, is also worried about this. “If there is something that the virus likes, it is fixed, especially with changing participants, we have to avoid that,” said Vandenbroucke on Friday evening after a report by the Belga agency. “That’s why I think our neighboring countries are not doing what is appropriate.”

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo had advised against traveling to red zones abroad and announced checks at the Belgian borders to see whether travelers had filled out the required form. Then random checks should be carried out to determine whether the required quarantine time is being adhered to. “We can see that the numbers in our country are developing well,” said De Croo. “The last thing we want is to get the virus back into Belgium.”

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Saxony-Anhalt: Aids aid concerned: Fewer HIV tests due to the corona pandemic

People in Saxony-Anhalt are still getting HIV. Without treatment, AIDS can develop. Because of the corona pandemic, there are fewer HIV tests.

Magdeburg (dpa / sa) – The state association of Aids-Hilfen fears a possible spread of HIV in view of poor test conditions. “Fewer people went to tests this year,” said the state manager of Aids-Hilfen, Sven Warminsky, in Magdeburg. There are various reasons for this. Among other things, the health authorities were closed or at full capacity because of the corona pandemic. Ordinarily people could get tested for HIV free of charge in the authorities, but they couldn’t have done it. In addition, many prevention offers were canceled due to the corona.

“What worries me is the next year,” said Warminsky. In view of the reduced number of tests, the number of HIV infections could rise again in 2021. According to the Robert Koch Institute, more people in Saxony-Anhalt tested positive for HIV in 2019 than in the previous year. In total, an estimated 1,100 people were living with HIV or AIDS in Saxony-Anhalt at the end of 2019. At the end of 2018 there were around 1000 affected.

“We advise everyone to come to us for the tests,” said the country manager. The contact points of the Aids-Hilfen in Halle and Magdeburg also offer free HIV tests. People could also be tested for sexually transmitted diseases there. In addition, there is the option of visiting the family doctor or buying a self-test to take at home.

Especially in view of the corona pandemic, it is important to get tested, said Warminsky. People with HIV belonged to the risk group if they were not yet receiving therapy. Therefore, it makes sense to know whether there is an infection. When the pandemic broke out in spring, there was noticeably more need for advice. In some cases, the contact points were overwhelmed.

“We have massively expanded our digital offering,” said Warminsky. In addition to advisory services by video phone call, there was also the opportunity to chat with the advisors via messenger. Response times have also been extended. In the meantime, protective screens have been built on-site and the supply of masks has been increased so that tests can be carried out in the advice centers. Aids-Hilfe bore the costs for this itself.

According to the Deutsche Aidshilfe, HIV is most often transmitted through unprotected sex or drug use. HIV therapy with drugs can suppress the virus in the body. HIV cannot then be transmitted even during sexual intercourse. An infection with HIV shows up by various symptoms like fever or rash. December 1st is World AIDS Day.

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Red warning level in the Corona warning app

Corona warning app on a smartphone

The app is supposed to report clear risk contacts.

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Düsseldorf Much of the population accepts the measures taken to contain the coronavirus, whether it is wearing a mask or observing the minimum distance. Only a small group remains skeptical, they are not convinced. The problem: This small group is enough for the virus to spread more and more. So the group of skeptics shouldn’t get any bigger.

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With serenity into the Covid-19 catastrophe

Twice as many corona infections every day, twice as many deaths In Germany, the government would tighten the corona measures. Switzerland reacts differently.

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In Switzerland, calm is the order of the day, but the corona situation is still dramatic. Most recently, there were 351 infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, in Germany less than 140. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 41 people have died per 100,000 inhabitants in Switzerland, in Germany 16. These are top values ​​in a European comparison – and yet politics Authorities and society relaxed.

Bars, restaurants and cinemas are open in many places, there is a lot of activity in markets, gambling in casinos, sweating in fitness centers, and brothels are also open. The federal government lifted the maximum number of 1,000 spectators at major events on October 1st. Shopping malls all over the country have started the holiday season, in one case with a raffle in which hundreds rushed to get a few tickets.

“Weighing up health and money”

“Switzerland puts thrift above life,” was the headline of the US magazine “Foreign Policy”. The author Joseph de Weck, a Swiss historian, is outraged by a sentence from Finance Minister Ueli Maurer who said that Switzerland could not afford a second lockdown. “It shows that it is perfectly fine for Switzerland to have a debate about an alleged weighing of interests between health and money,” he told the broadcaster SRF. Maurer stands by it. In a video interview on the website of his party, the right-wing SVP, on November 10th, he said that scientists only see health, but after all you have to make money.

Actually, the cantons should act. Federalism is a sacred cow in Switzerland. The cantons defend their sovereignty with tooth and claw. They only held back at the beginning of the corona pandemic. In the spring, the federal government briefly took over the reins and closed all shops, clubs and restaurants for four weeks. But after the initial relaxation, the crisis team disbanded in June and left responsibility to the cantons again. With fatal consequences.

Economists are calling for a second lockdown

In October the number of infections exploded, despite weeks of warnings from scientists. Dozens of economists wrote an open letter at the beginning of November: “As difficult as it is and as painful as it will be, Switzerland needs a second lockdown, coupled with extensive fiscal support measures to avert further damage from the corona pandemic.”

In the canton of Geneva, the situation almost spiraled out of control, with well over 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. It was not that bad in any region in Europe. At the beginning of November, the cantonal government reacted with a lockdown: All shops, service providers and restaurants were closed. With the result that the people of Geneva are sometimes moving even more, for example to go to the hairdresser’s in the neighboring canton of Vaud. Other cantons also tightened the reins much too late. This week restaurants, bars, cafés, fitness centers, ice rinks, indoor swimming pools and casinos will also close in the city of Basel.

“It looks like a trend reversal”

The Federal Office of Public Health remains relaxed: “The development actually makes me cautiously optimistic, it looks like a trend reversal,” said boss Anne Lévy to the “Sonntagsblick”. The seven-day incidence has fallen from more than 450 per 100,000 (from November 9th to 15th) to around 350 new infections within a week. Calculated over 14 days, Switzerland is one of the leaders in Western Europe, ahead of Italy, Great Britain and France. Lévy makes of it: “We are not much worse off than other European countries.”

David Nabarro, the Covid officer of the World Health Organization (WHO), which is based in Geneva, cannot believe it. “I am surprised that it is not treated as a national emergency,” he told the newspapers of the media company CH-Media.

But the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” pays the Swiss strategy respect: “No lockdown, no panic – the Federal Council is keeping its nerve in the corona stress. That deserves respect,” she writes in a comment. “If the majority of the population is as calm as the Federal Council, then it will be fine.”

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December these corona rules will probably be tightened

The partial lockdown is to be extended. The day before the Corona summit, the federal and state governments spoke about further corona measures. The federal government is proposing some tightening.

In order to contain the corona pandemic, the partial lockdown in Germany is expected to be extended until shortly before Christmas. The Prime Ministers of the federal states agreed on Monday evening that the measures, which had previously been limited to the end of November, should initially be continued until December 20. A final decision is to be made on Wednesday when the country representatives meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).

On Tuesday there were negotiations between the heads of the state chancelleries of the federal states with the head of the chancellery, Helge Braun (CDU). The unified draft resolution of the federal states for the consultations with Chancellor Merkel is available to t-online. There were also some federal proposals on Tuesday.

Federal Government proposals for the negotiations:

  • The one that has been in force since the beginning of November Partial lockdown will be extended until December 20th. Closed businesses and facilities, especially the catering trade, will remain closed. The aid for the affected companies will be extended.
  • To support this, a preference for the Christmas holidays on December 16th.
  • The federal government is in favor of stricter conditions for the retail trade out. In the shops it should be ensured that there is no more than one customer per 25 square meters of sales area. So far, no more than one customer may be per 10 square meters of sales area.
  • In countries or regions with many corona infections, the schools From grade 7, concepts such as alternating lessons are implemented. Lessons should also start in staggered form, so that the arrival of the students in the morning is equalized.
  • The federal government wants to control compliance with the corona requirements more strictly across the board. Accordingly, there are also provisions for those who are not suspect Controls, especially in the border area, to check compliance with the quarantine regulations.

The federal states want these measures:

  • The one that has been in force since the beginning of November Partial lockdown will be extended until December 20th. Closed businesses and facilities, especially the catering trade, will remain closed. The aid for the affected companies will be extended.
  • To support this, a preference for the Christmas holidays on December 19th.
  • The Mask requirement will be expanded and will in future also apply in front of retail stores and on parking lots.
  • The Contact restrictions will be tightened from December 1st. Private get-togethers with friends, relatives and acquaintances are to be limited to your own household and to one other household, but to a maximum of five people. Children up to 14 years are excluded. Exception: Schleswig-Holstein wants to adhere to the previous contact restrictions due to the low number of infections in the state.
  • An Christmas and New Years Eve the contact restrictions are relaxed. From December 23 to January 1, meetings of a maximum of ten people in a household with non-household family members or persons are permitted. Children up to 14 years are excluded.
  • It is recommended to open on New Year’s Eve Fireworks to renounce. Fireworks and firecrackers are prohibited on busy streets and squares.
  • Wherever possible, people should spend several days at home before and after Christmas Self-quarantine to protect the people they want to meet during the holidays.
  • An schools In regions with significantly more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, a mask requirement should also apply in class from grade 7. A mask requirement in grades 5 and 6 as well as in elementary schools can be introduced.
  • The use of Rapid antigen tests should be expanded. They are to be used more intensively to uncover chains of infection in schools. 20 rapid tests per week are provided for people in need of care.
  • Employers should check whether Offices and other workplaces can be closed either due to company holidays or generous home office solutions from December 23rd to January 1st.
  • In the fight against the corona virus, the countries also want to increasingly rely on the further development of the state Warn-App set – it should receive several updates in the coming days. Read more about this here.

A few more open questions

During the consultations, it remained unclear whether the anti-corona measures should always be extended by 14 days from December 20 if the infection rate does not decrease significantly – or whether the course will be discussed again in mid-December. It also remained open whether there will be exceptions for areas with low numbers of infections – the criterion is less than 35 or less than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within 7 days and a downward trend.

What does the Chancellor say about the country plans?

According to dpa information, skepticism was expressed in country circles as to whether the Chancellor would be satisfied with the countries’ proposals. In these circles it was expected that the federal government would want to enforce stricter requirements for regulations on schools and requirements for Christmas than the federal states are willing to resolve. Merkel had failed during deliberations a week ago with a proposal for more extensive contact restrictions and stricter rules in schools due to the veto of the federal states.

The Chancellor wants to make a government statement in the Bundestag on Wednesday after the consultations with the federal states, as government spokesman Steffen Seibert announced.

The federal government has already promised to extend the November aid to provide financial support to companies affected by closings and solo self-employed people such as artists if the partial lockdown is extended. This is likely to cost billions more. “If we extend the Corona measures, the aid must also be extended,” said SPD boss Norbert Walter-Borjans to the editorial network Germany (RND / Tuesday).

Lauterbach: tightening and extension necessary

The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach defends the planned extension and partial tightening of the state corona restrictions. Otherwise, the number of cases could not be reduced sufficiently before Christmas, “so an extension and tightening are necessary,” he told the “Augsburger Allgemeine”. In order to contain the pandemic, more must be achieved, especially in schools and at private meetings.

The federal government’s authorized care representative, Andreas Westerfellhaus, insists that care facilities continue to let in visitors despite the current high number of corona infections. Home residents should decide for themselves whether they would like to receive visitors, he told the “Passauer Neue Presse” (Tuesday). Sufficient medical protective equipment is there. “There is no longer any shortage.”

Step-by-step plans for schools required

The German Association of Cities spoke out in favor of step-by-step plans in schools in all countries as the infection rate increased. “It is important for the cities that there is clarity, especially in their own federal state, when face-to-face teaching needs to be reduced,” said City Council President Burkhard Jung. Many cities are concerned that infections and necessary quarantine orders in schools are increasing.

“The cities want good education for young people even during the pandemic,” said Jung. “We want to keep the schools open as long as possible. But we also need practical scenarios so that schools can react appropriately to high numbers of infections.”

(In a previous version of the article it was wrongly stated that the Chancellery and the federal states had reached an agreement on resolutions during the preliminary talks on Tuesday. The possible resolutions on Christmas holidays, the retail trade and alternating classes at schools are proposals by the federal government.)

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December these corona rules will probably be tightened

The partial lockdown is to be extended. The day before the Corona summit, the federal and state governments spoke about further corona measures. The federal government is proposing some tightening.

In order to contain the corona pandemic, the partial lockdown in Germany is expected to be extended until shortly before Christmas. The Prime Ministers of the federal states agreed on Monday evening that the measures, which had previously been limited to the end of November, should initially be continued until December 20. A final decision is to be made on Wednesday when the country representatives meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU).

On Tuesday there were negotiations between the heads of the state chancelleries of the federal states with the head of the chancellery, Helge Braun (CDU). The unified draft resolution of the federal states for the consultations with Chancellor Merkel is available to t-online. There were also some federal proposals on Tuesday.

Federal Government proposals for the negotiations:

  • The one that has been in force since the beginning of November Partial lockdown will be extended until December 20th. Closed businesses and facilities, especially the catering trade, will remain closed. The aid for the affected companies will be extended.
  • To support this, a preference for the Christmas holidays on December 16th.
  • The federal government is in favor of stricter conditions for the retail trade out. In the shops it should be ensured that there is no more than one customer per 25 square meters of sales area. So far, no more than one customer may be per 10 square meters of sales area.
  • In countries or regions with many corona infections, the schools From grade 7, concepts such as alternating lessons are implemented. Lessons should also start in staggered form, so that the arrival of the students in the morning is equalized.
  • The federal government wants to control compliance with the corona requirements more strictly across the board. Accordingly, there are also provisions for those who are not suspect Controls, especially in the border area, to check compliance with the quarantine regulations.

The federal states want these measures:

  • The one that has been in force since the beginning of November Partial lockdown will be extended until December 20th. Closed businesses and facilities, especially the catering trade, will remain closed. The aid for the affected companies will be extended.
  • To support this, a preference for the Christmas holidays on December 19th.
  • The Mask requirement will be expanded and will in future also apply in front of retail stores and on parking lots.
  • The Contact restrictions will be tightened from December 1st. Private get-togethers with friends, relatives and acquaintances are to be limited to your own household and to one other household, but to a maximum of five people. Children up to 14 years are excluded. Exception: Schleswig-Holstein wants to adhere to the previous contact restrictions due to the low number of infections in the state.
  • An Christmas and New Years Eve the contact restrictions are relaxed. From December 23 to January 1, meetings of a maximum of ten people in a household with non-household family members or persons are permitted. Children up to 14 years are excluded.
  • It is recommended to open on New Year’s Eve Fireworks to renounce. Fireworks and firecrackers are prohibited on busy streets and squares.
  • Wherever possible, people should spend several days at home before and after Christmas Self-quarantine to protect the people they want to meet during the holidays.
  • An schools In regions with significantly more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, a mask requirement should also apply in class from grade 7. A mask requirement in grades 5 and 6 as well as in elementary schools can be introduced.
  • The use of Rapid antigen tests should be expanded. They are to be used more intensively to uncover chains of infection in schools. 20 rapid tests per week are provided for people in need of care.
  • Employers should check whether Offices and other workplaces can be closed either due to company holidays or generous home office solutions from December 23rd to January 1st.
  • In the fight against the corona virus, the countries also want to increasingly rely on the further development of the state Warn-App set – it should receive several updates in the coming days. Read more about this here.

A few more open questions

During the consultations, it remained unclear whether the anti-corona measures should always be extended by 14 days from December 20 if the infection rate does not decrease significantly – or whether the course will be discussed again in mid-December. It also remained open whether there will be exceptions for areas with low numbers of infections – the criterion is less than 35 or less than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within 7 days and a downward trend.

What does the Chancellor say about the country plans?

According to dpa information, skepticism was expressed in country circles as to whether the Chancellor would be satisfied with the countries’ proposals. In these circles it was expected that the federal government would want to enforce stricter requirements for regulations on schools and requirements for Christmas than the federal states are willing to resolve. Merkel had failed during deliberations a week ago with a proposal for more extensive contact restrictions and stricter rules in schools due to the veto of the federal states.

The Chancellor wants to make a government statement in the Bundestag on Wednesday after the consultations with the federal states, as government spokesman Steffen Seibert announced.

The federal government has already promised to extend the November aid to provide financial support to companies affected by closings and solo self-employed people such as artists if the partial lockdown is extended. This is likely to cost billions more. “If we extend the Corona measures, the aid must also be extended,” said SPD boss Norbert Walter-Borjans to the editorial network Germany (RND / Tuesday).

Lauterbach: tightening and extension necessary

The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach defends the planned extension and partial tightening of the state corona restrictions. Otherwise, the number of cases could not be reduced sufficiently before Christmas, “so an extension and tightening are necessary,” he told the “Augsburger Allgemeine”. In order to contain the pandemic, more must be achieved, especially in schools and at private meetings.

The federal government’s authorized care representative, Andreas Westerfellhaus, insists that care facilities continue to let in visitors despite the current high number of corona infections. Home residents should decide for themselves whether they would like to receive visitors, he told the “Passauer Neue Presse” (Tuesday). Sufficient medical protective equipment is there. “There is no longer any shortage.”

Step-by-step plans for schools required

The German Association of Cities spoke out in favor of step-by-step plans in schools in all countries as the infection rate increased. “It is important for the cities that there is clarity, especially in their own federal state, when face-to-face teaching needs to be reduced,” said City Council President Burkhard Jung. Many cities are concerned that infections and necessary quarantine orders in schools are increasing.

“The cities want good education for young people even during the pandemic,” said Jung. “We want to keep the schools open as long as possible. But we also need practical scenarios so that schools can react appropriately to high numbers of infections.”

(In a previous version of the article it was wrongly stated that the Chancellery and the federal states had reached an agreement on resolutions during the preliminary talks on Tuesday. The possible resolutions on Christmas holidays, the retail trade and alternating classes at schools are proposals by the federal government.)

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Udo Walz’s husband († 76) had to say goodbye digitally

On Friday noon, the star hairdresser died in the hospital at the age of 76. His husband was in quarantine and was therefore unable to personally say goodbye to Walz. The alternative was “terrible” for the 50-year-old.

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Udo Walz’s husband was only able to say goodbye from afar before the death of the famous hairdresser last Friday. “I saw Udo five days ago via tablet,” said Carsten Thamm-Walz to “Bild”. “They do that now in the hospitals with the people who want to say goodbye and are no longer allowed to come. It was terrible.” The reason for this is the special safety precautions due to the corona pandemic.

Udo Walz was put into an artificial coma after a diabetes shock and died in hospital two weeks later. Thamm-Walz could not visit him in the hospital because he said he was in quarantine due to corona risk contact. So sadly he could not watch by his husband’s side for the last few hours. The couple had been together for decades and had been married since 2008.

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Carsten Thamm-Walz and Udo Walz: The two had been a couple since 1994.  (Source: imago images / Future Image)Carsten Thamm-Walz and Udo Walz: The two had been a couple since 1994. (Source: imago images / Future Image)

“Udo didn’t want a permanent grave site”

Walz ‘salons should continue to exist, as Thamm-Walz said: “Of course I would like to keep the jobs for the benefit of my employees. That would be in Udo’s sense.” His husband wanted his ashes to be blown across a meadow or to be buried anonymously under a tree. “I’ll decide that. But he will definitely be buried in Berlin. But Udo didn’t want a permanent grave in a cemetery.”

Since he knew that so many people wanted to say goodbye, he thought that he would have a big party next year on Walz’s 77th birthday, to which he would invite all his friends. “Then everyone can say goodbye to Udo accordingly. I hope that will work again in July.”

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Angela Merkel urges responsibility, Donald Trump goes golf

The meeting of the leading economic nations is overshadowed by the pandemic. While Chancellor Merkel the participantscallsThe outgoing US president has other plans to overcome national solo efforts in the face of the crisis.

The heads of state and government of the leading economic powers will continue their G20 summit this Sunday and will primarily discuss climate change. Finally, a joint declaration will be adopted, which will focus on the fight against the corona pandemic.

It is expected that the heads of state and government will commit to a fair worldwide distribution of vaccines. In addition, the G20 is likely to set itself the goal of jointly stimulating the global economy and promising poorer countries further debt relief.

When it comes to climate change, the group, which unites 85 percent of global economic power, is unlikely to come across a common denominator, as it has in recent years. The reason for this was and is the withdrawal of US President Donald Trump from the Paris UN climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gases. All other G20 countries stand by the agreement.

Merkel: The fight against Corona needs “global effort”

In a video message to the participants of the G20 summit on Saturday, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) called for even greater efforts in the fight against the corona pandemic. A global challenge can “only be overcome with a global effort,” said Merkel in a pre-recorded video message. As the host, the Saudi Arabian King Salman warned: “We have a duty to face the challenge at this summit together and to send a strong message of hope.”

The summit is also likely to be the last major international appearance by US President Donald Trump. However, he left the meeting early. After less than two hours in the video line of the heads of state and government, he drove from the White House to his golf club in the neighboring state of Virginia, as journalists reported. In the first hour of the summit, Trump spoke up with news about alleged electoral fraud in the US and news about the health of his son Donald Trump Junior, who, according to media reports, has been infected with the corona virus.

“Can control the virus and its consequences”

In the fight against Corona, Merkel campaigned for support for the international vaccine initiative Covax and for strengthening the World Health Organization (WHO). “If we stand together worldwide, we can control and overcome the virus and its consequences,” she said. “It’s worth making more effort for that.” Merkel’s remarks could also be understood as a point against Trump, who advocates a protectionist policy of “America first” and is hostile to international organizations.

The Chancellor expressly called on the G20 partners to provide financial support for the Covax initiative. In order to contain the corona pandemic, access to vaccination must be possible and affordable for every country. “The funds promised so far are not yet sufficient for this,” said Merkel. The aim of the initiative is to distribute two billion vaccine doses by the end of next year.

Macron is not only demanding access to vaccine for the rich

There are warnings that poorer countries may not get enough vaccines. French President Emmanuel Macron called for it to be avoided “that only the rich have access”. The purchasing power of the countries should not decide on the distribution.

According to Merkel, so far 5 billion US dollars (around 4.2 billion euros) have been raised for Covax. Germany is contributing over half a billion euros. A total of $ 11 billion will be needed for the initiative by the end of 2021. 150 countries participate in it, including China, but not the USA.

Putin offers access to vaccine “Sputnik-V”

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered the international community wide access to the “Sputnik-V” vaccine developed in Russia. His country supported the decision of the G20 summit to make vaccines available to the entire population of the planet, said the 68-year-old. Critics complain, however, that Russia simply skipped important test phases before the approval of “Sputnik-V” in August.

China’s head of state and party leader Xi Jinping wants to strengthen cooperation with other countries in the research, development, production and distribution of vaccines in the fight against the pandemic. China wants to support developing countries by making vaccines accessible and affordable as a “public good”.

Finally, the G20 also want to discuss the fight against climate change on Sunday. They had had a particularly difficult time with this topic recently, not least because Trump withdrew from the Paris UN climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gases.

Because of Corona, the summit is only digital

The summit was supposed to be a major event with thousands of guests in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. It would have been the first top G20 meeting in the Arab world. Due to Corona, the heads of state and government are conferring via video.

On the sidelines of the summit, the organization Reporters Without Borders criticized the host Saudi Arabia as one of the “most successful jailers for journalists” worldwide. The kingdom restricts the freedom of the press like hardly any other country. 34 journalists are currently in prison for their work there. The French organization also referred to the brutal murder of the anti-government journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018.

Saudi Arabia is repeatedly criticized for human rights violations. Members of the Bundestag from several parliamentary groups had asked Merkel before the summit to discuss the human rights situation in the Gulf state at the video conference.

Together, the members of the G20 represent more than 85 percent of global economic output and two-thirds of the world’s population. In addition to the EU, the G20 includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, France, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and the USA.

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