Social distance: The age of pandemics is only just beginning

VGood news comes from the pharmaceutical companies: Vaccines against the corona virus have been developed and can now go into mass production soon. The logistics for perhaps the largest vaccination campaign in world history are underway. All over the world, in a few months, millions of people will be immunized against the virus every day, and then, in the summer of 2021, by autumn at the latest, the corona crisis will be overcome. That’s what one thinks. This is where the hopes of politicians, entrepreneurs, cinema and theater operators, restaurateurs and artists are directed. But this hope is likely to be deceptive.

Not because the vaccinations may not bring immunity at all, but because the corona pandemic we are currently experiencing will probably only be the first in a long series of virus pandemics and other so-called natural disasters.

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“Diesel leaks out on smaller models”

Skoda boss Thomas Schäfer

“Europe will remain our most important market.”

(Photo: Skoda)

Düsseldorf The Czech Volkswagen subsidiary Skoda is expected to grow under its new CEO Thomas Schäfer with an additional offer in the entry-level segment and with expansion in emerging countries. “Skoda will not become a cheap brand,” said Schäfer after 100 days in office in an interview with the Handelsblatt. The existing range of models will be retained, only something new will be added.

Additional capacities help here. Because the company’s own top model, the Superb, is moving to the Volkswagen plant in Slovakia, other vehicles can be built in Skoda’s own Czech factories. “This will free up capacity for around 150,000 vehicles in our own plants,” announced Schäfer. Above all, Skoda wants to produce more SUVs there.

Outside the Czech Republic, too, new capacities are helping with the planned expansion, such as at the Skoda plant in India. “We can build up to 200,000 vehicles there,” continues Schäfer. In the medium term, Skoda will produce between 1.4 and 1.5 million cars annually. In 2019, the VW subsidiary produced 1.25 million vehicles.

Skoda wants to start manufacturing its own electric cars at its headquarters in Mlada Boleslav. According to Schäfer, no further locations are planned for the time being. “It’s not a trivial task and costs a lot of money,” says the manager. However, diesel technology is being phased out in smaller models: “The high cost of exhaust gas cleaning is no longer economically viable.”

Skoda can no longer catch up with the Corona-related forced break from spring. “In terms of the number of units, we expect a result of around 20 percent below the previous year,” emphasized the new Skoda boss. The company is doing everything in its power to “achieve a return of well over three percent”.

By the end of the third quarter, Skoda was just under four percent. Before the pandemic, the VW subsidiary had around eight percent. Significantly falling infection numbers in the Czech Republic should tend to ease the situation in the Skoda factories for the rest of the year.

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Going to pick mushrooms, he returns with a Bronze Age sword and ax

Excavations are planned at the site of the discovery, in North Moravia, a Czech region which was not known to be very populated at the time.

The sword's cast bronze hilt and pommel are intricately decorated with engravings of circles and rows of crescent-shaped markings.
The sword’s cast bronze hilt and pommel are intricately decorated with engravings of circles and rows of crescent-shaped markings. Ethnographic Museum of Jesenicko

Under the stones, the story … A Czech gone to pick mushrooms has returned from his walk in the forest with a sword and an ax from the Bronze Age in his arms. It was near his home, in a rural area of ​​Jesenicko, in the northeast of the country, that Roman Novák saw a piece of metal protrude from between stones as he peered into the ground. “I hit it and found it to be a blade, part of a sword. I then dug a little deeper to find a bronze ax », He told Radio Prague international.

The walker left to the team from the Silesian Museum, located in the neighboring town of Opava, the task of taking over the operations. Official excavations are now being carried out on this site in North Moravia, near the border with Poland, where no discovery had been recorded so far. “The site was far removed from contemporary towns and known prehistoric settlements», Explains archaeologist Jiri Juchelka of the Silesian Museum, Radio Prague International.

3300 years of history

Archaeologists place the making of the sword in the Bronze Age. Observation of its rich ornaments led to a comparison to the Swedish “Vasby” swords, which it would most closely resemble. The bronze ax could, on the contrary, have been produced locally, according to Jiri Juchelka. But archaeologists have not yet been able to determine the reason for the presence of the two objects in this region of the country.

X-ray analyzes allowed them to detect air bubbles and conclude that the sword was built in the Bronze Age, when it was common to make swords from molten bronze in a mold. . These swords were used for ceremonies rather than for fighting. According to archaeologists, the weapon would belong to the culture of the urn fields, which is characterized in particular by the generalization of cremation as a funeral rite, at the end of the Bronze Age. The ashes were then buried in urns.

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Corona and travel: lawsuit due to cruise cancellation – travel

Cruise canceled due to pandemic: no compensation, only repayment

20. November: Vacationers are not entitled to compensation if their cruise is canceled due to the spread of a pandemic. The operator is entitled to terminate the contract – even if there is no travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office for the countries that are to be visited on the cruise. So did the Rostock District Court (Az .: 47 C 59/20) decided in the case of a cruise in Southeast Asia and Australia: the shipping company had called it off in February 2020 eight days before the start of the corona pandemic. At that time, a cruise ship was already under quarantine, another ship was banned from entering several Asian ports.

If a package tour is canceled, the organizer must repay the money. However, one vacationer also sued for compensation for lost vacation pleasure – after all, there were no travel warnings from the Foreign Office. This argument did not convince the court: there was no doubt that the pandemic was an unavoidable extraordinary circumstance. At the time of cancellation, the shipping company had to reckon with a serious risk that could impair or prevent the proper course of the voyage. Under these circumstances, there was no need for a travel warning to cancel the cruise without claiming compensation.

Iceland is now the only country in Europe without a risk area

20. November: Due to the increasing number of infections, the federal government classifies all of Lithuania and Latvia as corona risk areas. In addition, regions in Greece and Finland are placed on the risk list maintained by the Robert Koch Institute. Iceland, on the other hand, will be deleted again, making it the only country in Europe that is free from risk areas. The changes in the RKI list will be on November 22nd effective.

On the European mainland there will only be regions in Greece (western Greece), Austria (two municipalities on the German border), Estonia, Norway and Finland which Not are classified as risk areas. There are also a number of islands such as the Spanish Canaries, the Portuguese Azores and Madeira, a large part of the Greek islands, the British Isle of Man and the Channel Island of Guernsey as well as the Danish islands of Greenland and Faroe Islands.

A country or region becomes a corona risk area if more than 50 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been registered within seven days. This is usually accompanied by a travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office. Travelers can find out how the infection situation is developing in their holiday destination, which hygiene rules and warnings apply, in the travel advice from the Federal Foreign Office, and the Robert Koch Institute publishes the current list of risk areas. Worldwide, a corona travel warning is now again in effect for almost 150 of almost 200 countries, and only partially applies to ten others.

A travel warning is not a travel ban, but package tours in risk areas can be canceled. Anyone who returns to Germany from a risk area must be in quarantine, but can be freed from it after five days with a negative test.

All of Sweden and Canada from November 15th risk area

13. November: Because of the increasing number of infections, the federal government has quite Sweden and quite Canada classified as corona risk areas. In addition, other regions in Greece (North Aegean and Peloponnese), Great Britain (Kanalinsel Jersey), Norway (Vestland and Viken), Latvia (Zemgale), Estonia (Harju, Hiiu and Rapla) as well as the French overseas territory French Polynesia placed on the risk list maintained by the Robert Koch Institute. The Österbotten region in Finland on the other hand was deleted again – the Nordic country is now the only one in Europe without a risk area. The changes in the RKI list will be on November 15th effective.

New quarantine rules and digital entry registration for travelers from risk areas

8. November: For vacationers and other people who have stayed in a risk area in the ten days before entering Germany, the rules are changing: On the one hand, the paperwork is gone, but not the paperwork – it is only shifting to the digital. So far, exit cards had to be filled out in the same way, which was very impractical for many sides. A digital registration has to be completed at www.Einreiseanmeldung.de since November 8th. The information should be forwarded to the responsible health authorities and automatically deleted after 14 days. With this direct information, the often overloaded offices should be able to monitor compliance with the quarantine regulations more easily (and probably faster).

These are the second rules that have changed: Travelers from regions that the Robert Koch Institute classifies as a risk area (here is the current overview) must continue to isolate themselves immediately – but no longer for two weeks, but only for ten days. During this period, the first symptoms of Covid-19 would likely appear. Despite the digital registration, travelers still have to inform their competent authority about the quarantine obligation. The isolation can be shortened with a negative corona test after five days at the earliest – and no longer immediately after returning home.

But there are many exceptions, for example for cross-border commuters, certain professional groups and also short private visits. The federal states determine which details apply where (here is a list of links to the respective corona regulations).

Night curfew in Italy and partial lockdown in heavily affected regions

6. November: As in England and the Netherlands, for example, there is now a partial lockdown in four regions in Italy – the exit ban at night must be adhered to throughout the country. Only those of the 60 million Italians who have to go to work between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. or have urgent medical reasons are allowed to leave their homes.

Museums are also closed throughout Italy. The government has divided the country into three risk zones: there are red, orange and yellow areas. The red zones also include the Lombardy in the north that Piemont and that Aosta Valley as well as in the south Calabria. Here, people have to stay at home to a large extent; there are exceptions for commuting to work or shopping. Bars, restaurants and shops that do not sell essentials are closed. There were protests across the country against the new measures, including a taxi drivers’ strike on November 6th.

Citizens are allowed to leave their homes in orange zones – but they are forbidden to drive to other places or regions. Exceptions also apply here, for example for commuters. The government rates the popular holiday destinations as orange Sicily and Apulia one. Most of the rest of Italy is a yellow zone with moderate restrictions. The tightening will initially apply until December 3rd.

Austria and Italy are almost completely risk areas

30th of October: In the EU there is only one country, Estonia, in which, according to the assessment of the federal government, there are no corona risk areas: The current list, which was published by the Robert Koch Institute and comes into force from November 1st, has grown again . More and more countries are no longer only affected with certain regions, but completely, namely now too Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Cyprus. Also Italy and Austria are now almost entirely a risk area: In Austria only the two exclaves Kleinwalsertal and Jungholz, which can be reached from Germany, with a total of around 5,000 inhabitants are excluded, in Italy Calabria in the south is the only exception.

For the first time since June, areas in Greece and Latvia have been classified as risk areas. Further regions are added in Denmark, Portugal, Sweden and Lithuania, as well as the small states of Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican. The only region in Estonia that was previously on the list was deleted.

Veil searches in border areas are to be expanded

28th of October: Travel only when it is absolutely necessary, this political motto applies in the fight against the further spread of the corona virus in Germany as well as in many neighboring countries. Additional controls or border closings as in the spring are not currently planned by the German side. In the regions close to the border, however, greater attention should be paid to ensuring that returnees from risk areas adhere to the quarantine requirements: “For this purpose, the veil search is intensified at all German borders within a radius of 30 kilometers to include those who come by car from risk areas to be able to control compliance with the corona regulations, “said Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) image-Newspaper.

Anyone coming from a risk area must in future also register electronically: According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the development of the digital entry registration has been completed. It replaces the exit cards previously used and is expected to be available from November 8th on the smartphone, tablet or PC.

Within Germany, tourist trips are no longer desired at all in November: From November 2nd, overnight stays may “only be made available for necessary and expressly non-tourist purposes”, decided the federal and state governments on October 28th. The ban on staying overnight is part of the package of measures against the further spread of the coronavirus. Visits to relatives should also be avoided, as well as “national day tourist trips”, so the urgent appeal.

ÖBB night trains are canceled for several weeks

28th of October: The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) are temporarily suspending the majority of their night trains to Germany due to the pandemic. Between November 8 and December 2, all Nightjet connections from Austria and Switzerland to Germany will be canceled with the exception of the Vienna-Berlin route, as an ÖBB spokesman said. Due to the increasing number of infections and travel restrictions, the occupancy rate has fallen sharply.

Specifically, it concerns the routes Vienna-Hamburg, Vienna-Düsseldorf, Innsbruck-Düsseldorf, Innsbruck-Hamburg, Zurich-Berlin and Zurich-Hamburg, as well as Vienna-Brussels and Innsbruck-Brussels. Affected passengers have been informed and can rebook on day trains or have the ticket price reimbursed. In December, the resumption is planned in time for the winter holidays.

Denmark closes borders for most German vacationers

October 22nd: Because of the increasing number of infections in Germany, Denmark is restricting vacation travel between the two countries. The Danish government warns compatriots against unnecessary trips to Germany and, conversely, does not want to let many vacationers from Germany into their own country. Exceptions are, for example, Germans who own a holiday home on site, as Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said. A valid reason for entry can be given if a German works in Denmark or wants to visit his family or partner.

Whoever is in the country does not have to leave hastily. The measure is in accordance with the corona traffic light decided in the EU last week. According to this, countries can introduce restrictions for holidaymakers from other member states if the traffic light – as it is now for Germany – is yellow. Other EU countries such as Estonia have already introduced such restrictions for holidaymakers from Germany.

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Corona warning system: the Czech Republic relies on a dog scale – Panorama

While the Corona traffic lights are still constantly on red in many countries, the Czech Republic has got the hang of it. Yes, the new Czech pandemic scale also relies on colors, but not on three, but on five, because the red alert has long been exceeded anyway. A dog’s head also shows how great the risk of infection is. The abbreviated name of the new system is PES, Czech for dog. On the pages of the Ministry of Health, the whole country has been colored dark purple since Monday – and a guard dog bares its teeth threateningly. At first glance it is clear: the greatest danger.

Is the country going to the dogs? Oh no. The dog warning system is more of a pet therapy for a battered nation. Because the idea of ​​Health Minister Jan Blatný, who has only recently been in office, combines the worst, namely Corona, with the very best. No people in Europe are as dog-mad as the Czech. And the love of dogs, as current studies show, has increased even further since the pandemic. Whether it should help against loneliness or provide a valid reason for a walk: the dog is the Czech’s dearest friend. 40 percent keep one, and of the other 60 percent, 59 percent are thinking about a purchase.

Closed schools, curfew, mask requirement

So this 2020 is definitely a dog year. Pediatrician Blatný, who was just now the head of the faculty at the University Hospital in Brno, is suddenly sitting at the bedside of a whole nation. And the fever doesn’t want to and doesn’t want to go down. His two predecessors left him with hardly any measures: the schools have been closed for weeks, exit and contact restrictions apply. Face masks must also be worn outdoors if the distance of two meters cannot be maintained. And the number of cases is still at a high level compared to Germany, in spite of the relaxation, and hospitals are reporting overload. The city of Ostrava crematorium was forced to build a new morgue.

Danger lights with dog

This is what the Czech corona warning system looks like with all its levels. The country hopes to work its way step by step towards the floppy ear.

How can one inspire hope in times like this? Maybe by changing the narrative. By preparing people to take small steps. Not from red to yellow. But from purple to red to orange to yellow. A fangible can only be slowly tamed into a floppy-ear dog. The daily number mass also replaces the new scale. Instead of the many key figures with which people are permanently overwhelmed in this pandemic – numbers of infected people, deaths, incidence values ​​and R values ​​- there is now only one single value between zero and one hundred that summarizes the previous individual parameters. Only recently there was a debate in the Czech Republic about the fact that the mass of data, which a layperson can hardly classify, only depresses people even more.

If you look closely, the Czech Republic is already at the lower purple border. Then comes red. The corresponding dog shows fewer teeth than the Fletsch monster. And that means: instead of two, six people can meet again, and the curfew begins two hours later. Small steps. Some hope. The dog becomes tamer and tamer – and at some point, when everything is going to be okay, he’ll pant you in a friendly manner on the green meadow.

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And Panenka greets you every day (neue-deutschland.de)

Photo: Anne Hahn

Every morning after getting up, the poor sinner Uli Hoeneß looks up with a cup of nettle tea. Far above him, Mr Panenka from Prague hovers through infinity with a glass of beer.

The Czech capital is always worth a visit. I recommend autumn 2021 with wise foresight. Until then, you have to sit on the sofa and spend the free hours studying Czech football.

There are currently three Prague clubs in the top league. In addition to Slavia and Sparta, there are the divine Bohemians. I immediately liked them because of the kangaroo in the coat of arms and the green jersey color, which was not that common in footballers. In addition, the divine Antonin Panenka played until 1981 for the Klokani (kangaroos – and at the same time the club’s nickname), who rose to the football olympics in 1976 on the night of Belgrade in the European Championship final against the FRG thanks to his penalty shot.

After Uli Hoeneß had dumped the ball in the night sky, Antonin Panenka lifted his 911 casually into the middle of the goal, while Sepp Maier was dozing in the left corner of the goal. Unforgettable scenes, I shed tears of joy for my Klokani, while Heinz Florian Oertel maliciously gave the name of the future tax evader Hoeneß the wrong accent on GDR television.

It was the first final of a European championship that was decided on penalties. After a draw there could have been a replay. Shortly before the final, the confident DFB had applied for the penalty shoot-out to give the German players a longer vacation. The players didn’t find out about this excellent idea until they were warming up.

A year after the ČSSR triumph, I stood in amazement in front of the Bohemians Stadium Ďolíček and learned that it translates as Mulde, or better: beloved Mulde. From there in 1981 the path for Panenka led to the west. At that time, Czechoslovak footballers were only allowed to move abroad at the age of 32. Panenka stayed green and moved to Rapid Vienna for four years. Also because there was a Czechoslovak school for his children in Vienna. For this he turned down a higher-endowed Spanish offer. Once green, always green.

»The man with the radar eyes« – that’s what Panenka was called because of his brilliant free kicks, because he found the decisive hole in every opposing wall. The Sympaticus ended his playing career in Austria at the age of 45 and returned to the Mulde. Initially as assistant coach, later as president of Bohemians. He is now honorary president.

In the late summer of 2020, angry Aunt Corona had him cheekily. With a skillful tackle, he freed himself from her grip and will be with us and in Ďolíček in autumn 2021. Before the game we will eat a crispy klobasa and wash it down with Prague beer. We’ll have a second beer at half-time. Meanwhile the last rays of sun warm us in the improvised beer garden in the stadium, we continue to drink beer after the victory. During the beer ceremony, Mr. Ecki Winterberg gives us a lecture lasting several hours about the essence of beer, the Bohemian railway and its Bohemians. Ecki lives in Leipzig and likes the local green club. He loves the Bohemians even more and has been visiting them regularly for decades thanks to a permanentka (season ticket).

Panenka will of course join us for a beer and then set off for Mount Olympus in the Golden Coach. He has to go to bed early. Uli is waiting tomorrow.

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And Panenka greets you every day (neue-deutschland.de)

Every morning after getting up, the poor sinner Uli Hoeneß looks up with a cup of nettle tea. Far above him, Mr Panenka from Prague hovers through infinity with a glass of beer.

The Czech capital is always worth a visit. I recommend autumn 2021 with wise foresight. Until then, you have to sit on the sofa and spend the free hours studying Czech football.

There are currently three Prague clubs in the top league. In addition to Slavia and Sparta, there are the divine Bohemians. I immediately liked them because of the kangaroo in the coat of arms and the green jersey color, which was not that common in footballers. In addition, the divine Antonin Panenka played until 1981 for the Klokani (kangaroos – and at the same time the club’s nickname), who rose to the football olympics in 1976 on the night of Belgrade in the European Championship final against the FRG thanks to his penalty shot.

After Uli Hoeneß had dumped the ball in the night sky, Antonin Panenka lifted his 911 casually into the middle of the goal, while Sepp Maier was dozing in the left corner of the goal. Unforgettable scenes, I shed tears of joy for my Klokani, while Heinz Florian Oertel maliciously gave the name of the future tax evader Hoeneß the wrong accent on GDR television.

It was the first final of a European championship that was decided on penalties. After a draw there could have been a replay. Shortly before the final, the confident DFB had applied for the penalty shoot-out to give the German players a longer vacation. The players didn’t find out about this excellent idea until they were warming up.

A year after the ČSSR triumph, I stood in amazement in front of the Bohemians Stadium Ďolíček and learned that it translates as Mulde, or better: beloved Mulde. From there in 1981 the path for Panenka led to the west. At that time, Czechoslovak footballers were only allowed to move abroad at the age of 32. Panenka stayed green and moved to Rapid Vienna for four years. Also because there was a Czechoslovak school for his children in Vienna. For this he turned down a higher-endowed Spanish offer. Once green, always green.

»The man with the radar eyes« – that’s what Panenka was called because of his brilliant free kicks, because he found the decisive hole in every opposing wall. The Sympaticus ended his playing career in Austria at the age of 45 and returned to the Mulde. Initially as assistant coach, later as president of Bohemians. He is now honorary president.

In the late summer of 2020, angry Aunt Corona had him cheekily. With a skillful tackle, he freed himself from her grip and will be with us and in Ďolíček in autumn 2021. Before the game we will eat a crispy klobasa and wash it down with Prague beer. We’ll have a second beer at half-time. Meanwhile the last rays of sun warm us in the improvised beer garden in the stadium, we continue to drink beer after the victory. During the beer ceremony, Mr. Ecki Winterberg gives us a lecture lasting several hours about the essence of beer, the Bohemian railway and its Bohemians. Ecki lives in Leipzig and likes the local green club. He loves the Bohemians even more and has been visiting them regularly for decades thanks to a permanentka (season ticket).

Panenka will of course join us for a beer and then set off for Mount Olympus in the Golden Coach. He has to go to bed early. Uli is waiting tomorrow.

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Corona and travel: New rules for quarantine travel

All of Sweden and Canada are among the new risk areas

13. November: Because of increasing numbers of infections, the federal government has quite Sweden and quite Canada classified as corona risk areas. In addition, other regions in Greece (North Aegean and Peloponnese), Great Britain (Kanalinsel Jersey), Norway (Vestland and Viken), Latvia (Zemgale), Estonia (Harju, Hiiu and Rapla) as well as the French overseas territory French Polynesia placed on the risk list maintained by the Robert Koch Institute. The Österbotten region in Finland was deleted again – the Nordic country is now the only one in Europe without a risk area. The changes in the RKI list will be on November 15th effective.

A country or region becomes a corona risk area if more than 50 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants are registered within seven days. This is usually accompanied by a travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office. Travelers can find out how the infection situation is developing in their holiday destination, which hygiene rules and warnings apply, in the travel advice from the Federal Foreign Office; the Robert Koch Institute publishes the current list of risk areas.

A travel warning is not a travel ban, but package tours in risk areas can be canceled. Anyone returning to Germany from a risk area must be in quarantine, but can be freed from it after five days with a negative test.

New quarantine rules and digital entry registration for travelers from risk areas

8. November: For vacationers and other people who have stayed in a risk area in the ten days before entering Germany, the rules are changing: On the one hand, the paperwork is gone, but not the paperwork – it is only shifting to the digital. So far, exit cards had to be filled out in the same way, which was very impractical for many sides. A digital registration has to be completed at www.Einreiseanmeldung.de since November 8th. The information should be forwarded to the responsible health authorities and automatically deleted after 14 days. With this direct information, the often overloaded offices should be able to monitor compliance with the quarantine regulations more easily (and probably faster).

These are the second rules that have changed: travelers from regions that the Robert Koch Institute classifies as a risk area (here the current overview) must continue to isolate themselves immediately – but not for two weeks, but only for ten days. During this period, the first symptoms of Covid-19 would likely appear. Despite the digital registration, travelers still have to inform their competent authority about the quarantine obligation. The isolation can be shortened after five days at the earliest with a negative corona test – and not immediately after returning home.

But there are many exceptions, for example for cross-border commuters, certain professional groups and also short private visits. The federal states determine which details apply where (here is a list of links to the respective corona regulations).

Night curfew in Italy and partial lockdown in heavily affected regions

6. November: As in England and the Netherlands, for example, there is now a partial lockdown in four regions in Italy – the exit ban at night must be adhered to throughout the country. Only those of the 60 million Italians who have to go to work between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. or have urgent medical reasons are allowed to leave their homes.

Museums are also closed throughout Italy. The government has divided the country into three risk zones: there are red, orange and yellow areas. The red zones also include the Lombardy in the north that Piemont and that Aosta Valley as well as in the south Calabria. Here, people have to stay at home to a large extent; there are exceptions for commuting to work or shopping. Bars, restaurants and shops that do not sell essentials are closed. There were protests across the country against the new measures, including a taxi drivers’ strike on November 6th.

Citizens are allowed to leave their homes in orange zones – but they are prohibited from driving to other places or regions. Exceptions also apply here, for example for commuters. The government rates the popular holiday destinations as orange Sicily and Apulia one. Most of the rest of Italy is a yellow zone with moderate restrictions. The tightening will initially apply until December 3rd.

Austria and Italy are almost completely risk areas

30th of October: In the EU there is only one country, Estonia, in which, according to the assessment of the federal government, there are no corona risk areas: The current list, which was published by the Robert Koch Institute and comes into force from November 1st, has grown again . More and more countries are no longer only affected with certain regions, but completely, namely now too Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Cyprus. Also Italy and Austria are now almost entirely a risk area: In Austria only the two exclaves Kleinwalsertal and Jungholz, which can be reached from Germany, with a total of around 5000 inhabitants, are excluded, in Italy Calabria in the south is the only exception.

For the first time since June, areas in Greece and Latvia have been classified as risk areas. Other regions are in Denmark, Portugal, Sweden and Lithuania, as well as the small states of Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican. The only region in Estonia that was previously on the list was deleted.

Veil searches in border areas are to be expanded

28th of October: Travel only when it is absolutely necessary, this political motto applies in the fight against the further spread of the corona virus in Germany as well as in many neighboring countries. Additional controls or border closings as in the spring are not currently planned by the German side. In regions close to the border, however, greater attention should be paid to ensuring that returnees from risk areas adhere to the quarantine requirements: “To this end, the veil search is being intensified at all German borders within a radius of 30 kilometers to include those who come by car from risk areas to be able to control compliance with the corona regulations, “said Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) image-Newspaper.

Anyone coming from a risk area must in future also register electronically: According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the development of the digital entry registration has been completed. It replaces the exit cards previously used and is expected to be available from November 8th on a smartphone, tablet or PC.

Within Germany, tourist trips are no longer desired at all in November: From November 2nd, overnight stays may “only be made available for necessary and expressly non-tourist purposes”, decided the federal and state governments on October 28th. The overnight stay ban is part of the package of measures against the further spread of the coronavirus. Visits to relatives should also be avoided, as well as “supra-regional day-touristic excursions”, so the urgent appeal.

ÖBB night trains are canceled for several weeks

28th of October: The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) are temporarily suspending most of their night trains to Germany due to the pandemic. Between November 8th and December 2nd, all Nightjet connections from Austria and Switzerland to Germany will be canceled with the exception of the Vienna-Berlin route, as an ÖBB spokesman said. Due to the increasing number of infections and travel restrictions, the occupancy rate has fallen sharply.

Specifically, it concerns the routes Vienna-Hamburg, Vienna-Düsseldorf, Innsbruck-Düsseldorf, Innsbruck-Hamburg, Zurich-Berlin and Zurich-Hamburg, as well as Vienna-Brussels and Innsbruck-Brussels. Affected passengers have been informed and can rebook on day trains or have the ticket price reimbursed. In December the resumption is planned in time for the winter holidays.

Denmark closes borders for most German vacationers

October 22nd: Because of the increasing number of infections in Germany, Denmark is restricting vacation travel between the two countries. The Danish government warns compatriots against unnecessary trips to Germany and, conversely, does not want to let many vacationers from Germany into their own country. For example, Germans who own a holiday home on site are excluded, as Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said. A valid reason for entry can be given if a German works in Denmark or wants to visit his family or partner.

Those who are in the country do not have to leave hastily. The measure is in accordance with the corona traffic light decided in the EU last week. According to this, countries can introduce restrictions for holidaymakers from other member states if the traffic light – as it is now for Germany – is yellow. Other EU countries such as Estonia have already introduced such restrictions for holidaymakers from Germany.

Cruise Association decides to test mandatory

8th October: Cruise passengers should only be allowed on board with a negative Covid-19 test. The Cruise Lines International Association (Clia), the largest association of the cruise industry, announced that the test should be mandatory for guests and crew members – with immediate effect and binding for ships with at least 250 passengers. When and how employees and guests are tested for the corona virus, the shipping companies should decide themselves.

At the beginning of the pandemic, cruise ships had also become corona hotspots, and all trips were canceled. The cruise business is gradually starting up again. The shipping companies began with short trips without going ashore, but now shore excursions are also being offered again. Distance and hygiene regulations apply on board, passengers must have their body temperature measured. But the risk remains: the Hurtigruten shipping company made headlines when infections arose on one of their ships, which they then tried to cover up.

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National team: Germany wins a friendly against the Czech Republic

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German B-Elf struggles to win against the Czech Republic

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DFB team wins first home game in 2020

The German national team won their first home game in 2020. In Leipzig it is enough with a German B-Elf against the Czech Republic to a narrow victory.

The German national team wins a trivial test match against the Czech Republic. National coach Joachim Löw spares his stars and sends a B-Elf onto the field. In the initial phase, two debutants draw attention to themselves.

Et was a national team that will probably never play together again in this formation. In the 1-0 (1-0) test against the Czech Republic, national coach Joachim Löw spared his most important players and gave professionals from the second and third rows a chance. The team did well within the scope of the possibilities – Germany won after a solid performance, it was only their second win in their sixth international match this year. The Löw team won the first in the Nations League at the beginning of October at a 2-1 win in Ukraine.

“We will probably no longer play together in this constellation. The guys got involved, so I’m happy. You could tell that we really wanted this victory, ”said Löw.

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Germany put pressure on from the start. Especially about the two outer tracks, on which two debutants Ridle Baku and Philipp Max played. Max made his first big appearance in the jersey of the national team in the 13th minute. The PSV Eindhoven left-back brought a ball flat and sharp into the Czech penalty area. There Luca Waldschmidt held out her foot and scored 1-0 for Germany. “The presentation by Max was a great action. He played very, very well, ”said Löw.

Waldschmidt meets the German leadership

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It was to be the only high point in the first half for a long time. Germany played the game against honest Czechs, but did not have any great chances in the empty Leipzig stadium. Until Nadiem Amiri appeared free in front of Jiri Pavlenka two minutes before half-time, but failed because of the guests’ goalkeeper.

Neuhaus is the best German player

That should have been it again for a long time. The game did what it promised for much of the second half. It splashed around like that, the two teams didn’t hurt each other.

“We didn’t play the attacks to the end and were too unfocused on the passes,” said Löw.

The first and only yellow card of the game was seen by Czech captain Tomas Soucek in the 76th minute. A minute later, Florian Neuhaus, who was the best German player, had the decision on his feet. But his shot only hit the post. This almost took revenge, but Kevin Trapp defused the guests’ only chance with a strong save.

“We missed adding the second goal. But in the end there is victory, we can build on that. You could see that we’ve never played in this line-up like this, ”said Neuhaus.

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Lukashenka invited Duda to a dialogue on the future of relations between the two countries

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Lukashenka invited Duda to a dialogue on the future of relations between the two countries

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MINSK, November 11 – RIA Novosti. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko invited his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda to a constructive dialogue on the future of relations between the two countries, the press service of the Belarusian leader said on Wednesday. According to it, Lukashenko on behalf of the Belarusian people congratulated the President of Poland and citizens of this country on the National Day of Independence. “Alexander Lukashenko invited Andrzej Duda to a constructive dialogue on the future of Belarusian-Polish cooperation,” the press service said. “Only by working together can we preserve notable achievements in trade, industrial cooperation, science, education and other spheres. the national interests of both states, and the desires of millions of residents of our countries, “Lukashenka stressed. He also noted that Belarusians and Poles are destined to” live side by side in peace and harmony. ” According to the Belarusian leader, in “today’s difficult circumstances” it is necessary to preserve the good neighborliness of the two countries as the main value that they inherited and should be passed on to their descendants. Earlier, the Belarusian authorities have repeatedly stated that the ongoing protests in the country are coordinated from abroad. Lukashenka accused the West of direct interference in the situation in the republic, noted that the unrest is directed by the United States, and the Europeans “play along” with it. Lukashenko named Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Ukraine among the countries from which protests are coordinated. In October, Lukashenko said that Poland, which criticizes “unfair elections” in Belarus, needs to deal with its presidential elections, which Duda won in July. In August, Lukashenka, speaking at a rally, accused Poland of wanting to “chop off” the Grodno region, which, in his words, is the “western pearl” of Belarus.

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