Brexit and free trade: Britain’s door opener (neue-deutschland.de)

The global trend towards bilateral agreements is continuing with great speed. Great Britain and Japan have now agreed on a free trade agreement that will apply after the current Brexit transition phase has expired. The EU had already made such a deal with Japan in 2019. This year, EU agreements with both Mexico and Vietnam followed. The contract with the South American Mercosur states, which is still a problem, is already ready to be signed.

The countries of the world already have over 300 bilateral trade agreements. The most important reason for the trend: Since the height of globalization, the World Trade Organization, which aimed at multinational contracts and a level playing field without customs barriers, has lost its importance. More and more states are reacting to the economic and social upheavals that followed free world trade with protectionism, isolating themselves more and more. The US trade conflict with China is only the tip of the iceberg.

Brexit is accelerating the trend: The agreement with Japan is only the first deal that Britain wants to conclude with a large economy. Trade talks with the US, Australia and New Zealand are ongoing. And above all, the big agreement with the EU is still pending. For Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Japan deal is likely to be one thing above all – a door opener in further negotiations.

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Vocabulary and ventilation in Corona times: feeling sick in the stomach

Whe once lived in Great Britain knows that the English – and especially the Scots – must be related to the Eskimos. She doesn’t care about the cold. At temperatures and rainfall that cause Europeans to use thermal underwear with frost protection inlays, islanders get their shorts out of the closet and even get sunburned in a snowstorm. Any form of heating that goes beyond a glow in the fireplace sees the hardened Albion as a sign of continental effeminacy. And the unified ice floe is also nothing to do with modern bells and whistles such as double glazing. The sliding windows from Queen Victoria’s times are indeed much prettier, especially in winter when the ice flowers bloom on their wafer-thin panes.

Against this drafty background got to the English are fascinated by the fact that the German armored glass windows hold as tight as the members of the mafia. The British EU refugees also have a lot of fun with the fervor with which we Germans are now devoting ourselves to the art of proper ventilation. Controlling them was vital even before the outbreak of the epidemic, at least in triple-glazed passive houses.

Now, however, what the window hinge has to offer is really being revealed in this country. The Guardian correspondent, who has been living in Germany for a long time, recently took this as an opportunity to inform her readers on the island about the fundamental difference between “shock ventilation” and “cross ventilation”. She also made her compatriots familiar with the German word “air movement” – although it remains to be hoped that there is no fear of another attack by the air force in Great Britain, which is supposed to prevent Brexit at the last second. Such lightning associations are much easier for the Englishman than for us. Which German thinks of shock troops and ricochets when it comes to shock and cross ventilation?

But there is also the risk of misunderstandings in the internal German discourse. That is why so many politicians are now saying that we have to explain the pandemic to the people much better. The first thing we would suggest is to ventilate the vocabulary. Foreign words like incidence and resilience smell a lot like pestilence. You should also be careful with abbreviations. Anyone could still understand the AHA rules. But now we have come to AHALC. If the Prime Ministers meet with the Chancellor a few more times, it will not be far to AHALCUVWXYZ. How easy it was to understand the ban on accommodation! However, the courts lacked understanding.

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It should also be borne in mind that some terms have a psychosomatic effect. There is hardly any other explanation for the fact that the toilet paper is sold out again, hardly that there was again talk of the distant possibility of a “lockdown”. One could have had the slightest hope that with this word all those who were careful in English class would think of a locking in the lower area, commonly known as intestinal obstruction. But the roller hoarders seem to fear the exact opposite. And then ventilation (push, by no means cross!) Would really be necessary. To make matters worse, there is also talk of an “exponential” danger. With this word, many Germans feel queasy for decades after school. That can hardly be ironed out, not even with Söder’s water lily parable.

Is the renewed shortage of toilet paper, which forced supermarkets to ration toilet paper again, further evidence of the “German fear” that is proverbial in the Anglo-Saxon world? We find that reassuring. Because then neither globalization nor digitalization, nor framing, nor gender mainstreaming, nor even the cancel culture would have succeeded in driving out all national idiosyncrasies from us.

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Brexit “Real Progress” in Trade Talks

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The British Minister of Commerce reiterated that the UK could carry out Brexit without a trade agreement.

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London Britain and the EU are making “real progress” in their Brexit talks, according to British Trade Minister Liz Truss. An agreement is possible, said Truss on Friday. At the same time, however, she affirmed that the United Kingdom could implement Brexit without precise regulations for trade if Britain’s independence is not preserved.

The clock is ticking as the UK and the EU negotiate their future relationship. At the end of the year, the transition period, during which the UK still applies EU rules, expires. After that, chaos threatens. That could hit the economy hard. New tariffs on many products would then be the order of the day. Issues that are particularly contentious are rules on fair competition, dispute settlement procedures and fishing quotas in UK waters.

In the end, neither side wanted to make major compromises, which is why talks stalled. However, daily talks were agreed on Thursday. From an EU perspective, negotiations can take place until mid-November. Then an agreement should be in place so that parliaments have enough time to ratify it this year.

The UK signed the first major post-Brexit trade deal with Japan on Friday. However, the world’s third largest economy is a much smaller trading partner than the EU.

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Barclays significantly better than expected – shares shoot up

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The major British bank earned around three times as much as analysts expected on average.

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London The major British bank Barclays got through the summer much better than expected in the corona pandemic. Pre-tax profits rose to 1.1 billion pounds (1.2 billion euros) from 246 million in the same quarter last year.

The bottom line was that the money house earned 611 million pounds sterling (677 million euros) in the third quarter, as it announced in London on Friday. That was around three times what analysts expected on average. During the crisis, earnings did not fall as sharply as experts feared. A year earlier, Barclays had slipped into the red for high compensation payments to aggrieved borrowers.

The numbers also give tailwind to Barclays boss Jes Staley, who is holding on to his post. “I think we’ll be here for a few more years,” he said on a conference call with analysts.

Staley has headed the bank since 2015. Most recently, there has been speculation about his early departure as he has been targeted by British regulators for his connections to the late US banker and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The investigation launched in February continues. In addition, Staley was on fire because he stuck to investment banking, which had been ailing for a long time, against the opposition of large shareholders.

But in the summer months Barclays, like the competition, again profited from the flourishing business with bonds, stocks and foreign exchange. The division’s income increased by 29 percent.

Less money set aside for bad loans

Above all, Barclays put significantly less money on bad loans in the third quarter than in the first half of the year. Impending loan defaults burdened the quarterly results this time with 608 million pounds.

In the first half of the year, Barclays had put 3.7 billion pounds into loan loss provisions. The management around Barclays boss James Staley is now seeing the first signs of recovery. The prospects remained uncertain, it was said.

The corona pandemic has the UK firmly under control, and there are lockdowns in more and more parts of the country. Barclays is now anticipating a 10.3 percent slump in British economic output this year; in June it had only expected a decline of 8.7 percent. The bank is considering further cuts and the cost of these renovations could weigh on future results.

In view of the strong numbers, investors took it anyway: The shares rose by around 7.5 percent. The industry index also climbed by 2.5 percent at times. “In addition, between the lines of the quarterly reports published so far, you can read that the classic lending business is doing comparatively well,” says a stockbroker. “Although there are provisions for bad loans, it will probably not be as catastrophic as initially feared.”

More: Authorities worldwide have tightened their money laundering penalties. So far, British banks have had to pay the largest sums.

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Britain and Japan sign free trade agreements

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The British Minister for International Trade, Liz Truss and Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi signed the treaty in Tokyo on Friday.

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Such Japan and Great Britain have agreed on a bilateral free trade agreement that will apply after the current Brexit transition phase has expired. Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and the British Minister for International Trade, Liz Truss, signed an agreement to this effect in Tokyo on Friday.

In doing so, they paved the way for the agreement to come into force on January 1st. Both states want to ensure continuity in trade and investment after London leaves the European Union. The agreement, which largely corresponds to Japan’s existing free trade agreement with the EU, must first be ratified by the parliaments of both countries.

Japan, the third largest economy in the world before Germany, had negotiated such an agreement with Great Britain, since the free trade agreement between Japan and the EU did not cover the UK after the end of the Brexit transition phase on December 31.

The bilateral agreement provides for tariffs on Japanese cars to be gradually reduced to zero by 2026 – this is also what the existing trade agreement between Japan and the EU provides. Japanese tariffs on British agricultural products will also remain at the same level as laid down in the trade agreement between Japan and the EU.

Japanese companies welcome the agreement, but at the same time they are concerned about whether London will really get an agreement with the EU after the end of the transition phase.

The British voters had voted in 2016 with a narrow majority to leave the EU. Great Britain then left the EU at the end of January 2020, but is still a member of the EU internal market and the customs union during a transition period until the end of the year. Only then does the economic break come. Talks are currently underway again about a Brexit trade agreement with the EU in order to avoid a hard break with tariffs and trade barriers at the turn of the year.

“It is of the utmost importance that the supply chains between the UK and the European Union remain intact even after the UK leaves the European Union,” said Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi. Japan has high hopes that an agreement will soon be reached in the negotiations between London and Brussels on a Brexit trade agreement.

The deal with Japan is the first deal that London has made with a major economy after the end of the Brexit transition period. In addition to the negotiations on a Brexit agreement with the EU, London’s trade talks with the USA, Australia and New Zealand are still ongoing. The trade agreement between Japan and the EU entered into force in 2019.

More: Johnson ends the forced break in trade talks with the EU

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Victory, defeat and a promise (neue-deutschland.de)

Lucien Favre is usually a very level-headed man in all the wild waters of life. This desolate and mysteriously defenseless appearance on Tuesday evening also made the Borussia Dortmund coach run out of skin. “We weren’t there at all,” Favre complained after BVB’s 3-1 (0-2) at the start of the Champions League at Lazio Rome, before the police escort went to the airport at midnight: “You have to defend, run absent. That was bad. Many weren’t good. “

The mood in Leipzig was completely different, namely much better. RB trainer Julian Nagelsmann lovingly stroked little Angelino’s bald head with both hands and grinned a little mischievously. After the 2-0 (2-0) win against Istanbul Basaksehir, he thanked the double goal scorer in a special way. The Spaniard had Leipzig not only secured the important victory at the start in the hammer group H, in which Manchester United won the parallel match 2-1 (1-0) at Paris Saint-Germain, he also showed unexpected striker qualities.

They were also relieved in Munich. After a positive test for the corona virus in offensive player Serge Gnabry was made public on Tuesday, Uefa allowed the kick-off for Bayern’s duel with Atlético Madrid in the evening on Wednesday after enough new negative test results from the team. According to the Uefa corona protocol, at least 13 players including a goalkeeper must be available for this. “The game is going as planned,” said a spokesman for the European Football Association in the afternoon.

On the other hand, BVB is sobered after the first international endurance test – and that in the week before the Revier derby against Schalke 04 next Saturday. “If we do this, it won’t work. It’s going to be a completely different fight, ”said licensed player boss Sebastian Kehl. Players out of shape, no impact in the duels, hesitant, much too tame demeanor: The highly talented were boiled off by Lazio and the former Dortmund transfer flop Ciro Immobile, who took sweet revenge after five years. “You shouldn’t present yourself like that,” said Kehl, “that was really desolate.” As after the 2-0 defeat at FC Augsburg, the Dortmund officials had no real explanation for such a drop in performance for the second time in the young season. It is this kind of title-preventing defeat that has plagued BVB for years – against physically strong teams that play with determination. “We missed everything,” said Marco Reus, frustrated before the flight home. The mentality debate that flares up every year is already peeking around the corner.

There can be no question of that in Leipzig. Especially the 1.71 meter small whirlwind Angelino played big and delighted fans and coaches alike. “He embodies a player I love because he is able to play several positions,” said Nagelsmann. The loan player from Manchester City was recently noticed in the Bundesliga with two headed goals. He has a special mentality, said Nagelsmann: “This is a player who always wants to win, like such a playful child.” Angelino benefited from the fact that he played further ahead. “We worked a lot on that,” said the left foot. At 1-0 he put the ball in front of himself with the heel and completed the turn. “It’s going to be world class,” enthused Nagelsmann.

For team-mate Yussuf Poulsen, Angelino is not yet considered a center forward, “but he is a winger,” said the Dane. Allegedly, a purchase obligation for the flexible footballer should take effect after twelve missions. “There is a possibility that he will stay with us longer,” suggested Leipzig’s sports director Markus Krösche. For the next appearance at Manchester United, Nagelsmann then asked for a further increase. This is essential for Dortmund against Schalke and then Zenit St. Petersburg. SID / nd

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Talks with the EU are de facto over

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The British prime minister is threatening a no-deal Brexit.

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London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues to demonstrate harshness in the Brexit dispute with the EU over a trade agreement. After a telephone conversation with the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, he let it be known via a spokesman on Tuesday that the talks with the EU were de facto over because the EU was not prepared to change its negotiating position.

On Monday evening, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier announced via Twitter that the international community was ready to intensify the free trade talks in London this week, “on all topics and based on treaty texts”.

The British Cabinet Minister Michael Gove, who stated at the time of the publication of the tweet in Parliament that everything was currently boiling down to a no-deal, reacted promptly: The fact that Barnier is now ready to discuss treaty texts shows the “strength and determination of our Prime Minister”.

He welcomed the Frenchman’s constructive step. When asked by an MP whether he was less pessimistic, Gove said: “She is absolutely right. It seems that the EU has moved. “

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So on Monday evening it looked like the free trade talks would continue in the coming days. On Tuesday, EU negotiator Barnier and his British colleague David Frost also sought conversation. A government spokeswoman for the German press agency confirmed that they spoke on the phone. The European Union must show a willingness to compromise, it said again from Downing Street.

Johnson had already declared the talks over on Friday if the EU did not fundamentally change its approach. He was annoyed that the EU heads of government had unilaterally demanded concessions from London in their summit declaration, without signaling any concessions themselves.

The transition phase ends at the end of the year, during which the UK still has free access to the EU internal market and exports from the EU to the UK are not subject to any restrictions. If no commercial contract is concluded, duties and fees would place a heavy burden on the trade.

The CSU European politician Manfred Weber described the British threat to break off negotiations as “political theater”. The EU should not go to this level, said the group leader of the European People’s Party (EPP). Brussels is still open to negotiations and is examining what is still possible.

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Coronavirus: Over 21,000 new infections in the UK – highest alert level in Manchester

Dhe health authorities in Germany reported 6868 new corona infections within 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch Institute on Tuesday morning. The value is well above the 4122 cases reported on Tuesday last week. The number of new infections reached 7830 on Saturday for the third time in a row, a high since the start of the corona pandemic in Germany. However, the current values ​​are only partially comparable with those from spring, because significantly more tests are now carried out – and thus more infections are discovered.

According to experts, the newly reported infections are an indication of how strong the virus was in society about a week ago because of the time between infection, test, result and report. That is why it will take some time before political measures can be reflected in the registration figures.

“Currently, an accelerated increase in the number of transmissions can be observed in Germany,” wrote the RKI in its management report on Tuesday. “It is therefore urgently appealed that the entire population is committed to infection protection.” The RKI includes, among other things, distance and hygiene rules outdoors, indoor ventilation and, where necessary, mouth and nose covering. The seven-day incidence – the number of new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days – has risen to 48.6 on a national average.

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There is also an increase in Covid 19 patients treated in intensive care. According to the RKI management report, 879 corona infected people are currently (20.10., 12.15) treated in intensive care, 411 of whom are ventilated. Two weeks earlier (October 6th) there were 449 (219 ventilated). However, around 8,900 intensive care beds are currently still free in the German clinics.

According to the RKI, at least 373 167 people in Germany have been proven to have been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus since the beginning of the Corona crisis (as of October 20, 12:00 am). The number of deaths in connection with a corona infection was therefore 9836. That was 47 more than the previous day. According to estimates by the RKI, there are around 298,300 recovered.

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The reproduction number, in short R value, was 1.25 in Germany according to the RKI situation report on Tuesday (previous day: 1.35). This means that ten infected people infect an average of 12 to 13 other people. The R-value depicts the infection rate about one and a half weeks beforehand.

In addition, the RKI gives a so-called seven-day R in its management report. The value relates to a longer period and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, this value is now 1.23 (previous day: 1.25). It shows the infection process from 8 to 16 days ago.

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In Austria 1524 new infections were reported within 24 hours. 333 new corona cases were registered in the capital Vienna, 292 in Tyrol, 243 in Upper Austria and 155 new corona cases in Vorarlberg. All over Austria, 889 Covid-19 patients are being treated in hospitals, 145 of them in intensive care units. 914 people died as a result of the corona virus.

The country is tightening measures to contain the virus. This included upper limits of six people for private meetings in buildings and twelve people outdoors, said Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) in Vienna. Yoga and dance courses, birthday parties, weddings and club meetings are also affected. In addition, mouth and nose protection should be worn at all times at cultural and sporting events such as Bundesliga games and operas in the future. For officially approved events, the visitor limit is 1000 indoors and 1500 outdoors, said Kurz.

Corona in France, Ireland and the Czech Republic

France registers significantly more new infections again. The Ministry of Health puts the confirmed infections in the past 24 hours at 20,468, after 13,243 on Monday. However, the numbers tend to be lower on Monday because there is less testing on Sunday. The total number of corona cases reached 930,745 with the figures from Tuesday. If the current trend continues, the one million mark could be crossed before the weekend. The death toll increased by 262 to 33,885.

In Czech Republic The steep rise in new infections, serious illnesses and deaths causes the government to speak to the people’s conscience. “I urge you to respect the existing orders,” said Health Minister Roman Prymula in parliament. “We find out that this is not the case.” Therefore, stricter rules should be considered. Prymula does not say what it could be. Other ministers have already brought a kind of lockdown into discussion. The government has scheduled an emergency meeting for Wednesday morning. Schools, theaters, cinemas and sports facilities are already closed in the Czech Republic, and restaurants are only allowed to sell food outside the home. Shops are still open.

In the country, the number of reported new corona infections has tripled since the beginning of the month. In the past week, there was an average of just under 76 cases per 100,000 people per day, after just under 24 two weeks earlier.

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In Ireland a six-week lockdown begins at midnight on Wednesday. Non-essential shops will then remain closed, restaurants can only offer take-away food and citizens are only allowed to be within five kilometers of their place of residence, announced Prime Minister Michael Martin. In contrast to the first lockdown at the beginning of the outbreak, however, schools and important businesses such as construction remained open.

In Great Britain More than 21,000 new corona infections were registered within 24 hours. This increases the total number of infections to more than 762,000 and the number of deaths to almost 44,000, according to government figures on Tuesday. Statistics from the National Statistics Office even show around 59,000 deaths. For this purpose, the experts evaluated all death certificates on which a corona infection was noted.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in the midst of a bitter dispute over “lockdown funding” tougher corona restrictions for Greater Manchester. In the recently introduced three-stage warning system, the English metropolis will fall under the highest alert level from Friday, as Johnson announced on Tuesday. Accordingly, pubs and other places that do not offer food have to close.

In Bulgaria masks are also mandatory on the streets from Thursday. “We assume that the infections will decrease if everyone strictly follows the rules,” says Health Minister Kostadin Angelow. Bulgaria reports 1024 new infections in the last 24 hours, more than ever since the outbreak of the pandemic in March. There are 30,527 infections and 1008 deaths in the country of seven million people.

In the EU and its most important European partner countries, more than 200,000 people have now died in connection with Covid-19 disease. As the ECDC figures showed, there have been just under 4.8 million confirmed corona infections in the European Economic Area (EEA) including Great Britain so far 200.587 reported Deaths. Most of the deaths were recorded in the United Kingdom (43,579), Italy (36,474), Spain (33,775), France (33,392), Belgium (10,392) and Germany (9777).

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Worldwide the number of detected coronavirus infections has the 40 million mark exceeded. This is the result of a Reuters survey based on official data. Accordingly, more than 1.1 million people died from or with the virus. The virus spread has recently accelerated significantly: it took just 32 days to go from 30 million cases to 40 million worldwide, after 38 days for an increase from 20 to 30 million cases and 44 days from ten to 20 million would have.

Within 24 hours are in the USA 60,061 new infections have been registered. According to the CDC disease protection authorities, a total of 8.189 million people have been shown to have contracted the coronavirus. The death toll rose by 513 to 219,499. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) numbers do not necessarily reflect the data that individual states report.

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Argentina The fifth country to break the one million coronavirus cases mark. The Ministry of Health reports 1,002,662 detected infections, including 12,982 positive test results in the past 24 hours. Another 451 people died from or with the virus. The United States, India, Brazil, and Russia also have more than a million cases.

The coronavirus is also spreading in Brazil further out. The Ministry of Health reports 23.227 New infections. This increases the total number of infections to just under 5.3 million. The number of deaths rose by 661 to 154,837 within 24 hours. Brazil has the highest number of infections and deaths in the coronavirus pandemic after the US and India.

If reports with 46,790 infections within 24 hours, the fewest new corona infections in around three months. Most recently, fewer cases were registered on July 23. As a result, almost 7.6 million people in India have been shown to have been infected with the virus, according to the Ministry of Health.

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Corona, numbers and data: 53,000 new infections in the USA, 30,000 in France – record values ​​in Europe

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53,000 new infections in the US, 30,000 in France – record levels in Europe

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Europe is rushing into a state of emergency

The number of infections is rising significantly not only in Germany, but also in neighboring countries. Many states have therefore drastically tightened the corona rules again. The EU summit in Brussels was all about the pandemic.

Spain has long been superseded as Europe’s hotspot: the Czech Republic, Belgium and the Netherlands have long reported the highest numbers of infections by a large margin. The numbers from Germany also continue to cause concern. An overview in graphics and numbers.

Dhe Corona situation in Europe is getting worse. More and more countries are reporting record numbers of new infections. In Germany, the reports from the health authorities on Saturday remained, as expected, below the record values ​​that the Robert Koch Institute had reported in the past few days. Nevertheless, RKI reported early Sunday morning 5587 New infections an extraordinarily high number compared to the 3483 infections last Sunday.

The number of new infections reached 7830 for the third time in a row on Saturday. In its situation report from Saturday evening, the RKI points out that now more than half of all counties have an increased spread of the coronavirus of more than 25 detected infections per week and 100,000 inhabitants.

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Since the beginning of the Corona crisis, according to the RKI, at least 361.974 People in Germany have been proven to be infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus (as of October 18, 12:00 am). The number of deaths in connection with a corona infection was therefore 9777. That was ten more than the previous day. The RKI estimates that there are around 291,900 recovered.

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The reproduction number, in short R value, was included in Germany according to the RKI situation report on Sunday 1,44 (Previous day: 1.40). This means that an infected person infects just under 1.3 other people on average. The R-value depicts the infection rate about one and a half weeks beforehand. In addition, the RKI gives the so-called seven-day R with 1.35 in its current management report. The value relates to a longer period and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations.

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In Europe several countries reported record levels of new infections. France reported almost 30,000 new infections on Sunday. The cases are over 29.837 The Ministry of Health announced that it has risen to a total of 897,034. Another 85 people died from or with the virus. The total death toll in France is 33,477.

When the 10,000 mark was exceeded for the first time, the number of new corona infections in Czech Republic reached a record high. In the EU country were on Friday 11.105 positive tests recorded within 24 hours, according to data from health officials on Saturday. That was the highest recorded value on a day since the beginning of the pandemic. The previous high of almost 9700 new infections had been registered the day before. In the Czech Republic, more tests were recently carried out, after the positive rate was previously 14 percent. The country has a total of almost 10.7 million inhabitants so far 160.112 confirmed infections and 1283 Coronavirus-related deaths. In Prague, a field hospital is now being built on the exhibition grounds in order to be able to care for additional patients in the event that the hospitals are overloaded.

In relation to its inhabitants, the Czech Republic is by far the EU country most severely hit by the virus. According to the EU authority ECDC on Sunday, the 14-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants was 828.4. Also badly hit in Europe Belgium (proportionately 700.8 new infections in 14 days) and the Netherlands (509.5). Follow only afterwards France (388,8), Great Britain (338,2), Slovenia (327,5), Island (325.4) and Spain (312,4).

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Slovenia has now announced that it will give up contact tracking in view of the high number of new infections. Also reports record values Poland. Arrived within 24 hours 9622 Cases added, as emerged from data from the Ministry of Health on Saturday. That was the highest recorded value on a day since the beginning of the pandemic. On Thursday, the ministry announced that the number of new infections registered daily had exceeded the 8,000 mark for the first time. Overall, Poland recorded so far 167.230 confirmed infections and 3524 Coronavirus-related deaths. The country has around 38 million inhabitants.

In the EU and its most important European partner countries, more than 200,000 people have now died in connection with Covid-19 disease. As the ECDC figures showed, there have been just under 4.8 million confirmed corona infections in the European Economic Area (EEA) including Great Britain 200.587 reported Deaths. Most of the deaths were recorded in the United Kingdom (43,579), Italy (36,474), Spain (33,775), France (33,392), Belgium (10,392) and Germany (9777).

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Worldwide there is according to Johns Hopkins University at least 39.67 million People infected with Covid-19 (as of October 18, 09:20 a.m.). Thereof 1.109.838 People died from the virus.

The USA vrecord according to the CDC disease protection authority now more than eight million Coronavirus infections. On Sunday were 53,157 new infections reported. The number of dead rises by 593 218.511.

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Nine US states have highs in new infections. Wisconsin reported about 3747 confirmed cases within 24 hours. In some areas of the state, according to the authorities, only ten percent of the intensive care beds in clinics are free. “We are at a very critical point,” explains Governor Tony Evers.

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