Perfectly isolated: Putin in his residence at a video conference in early October Image: dpa
Hospital beds for corona patients are becoming scarce in Moscow. Meanwhile, the Russian President is sitting in his residence near the capital – and only allows guests who were in quarantine.
Russland’s “Valday Club”, a prominent discussion forum, has been discussing “the lessons of the pandemic” since Tuesday in Moscow at its annual meeting. The corona threat is very present, the “second wave” is also sweeping in Russia. The traditionally most important “Waldaj” speaker, Vladimir Putin, will only be there via video this year. Russia’s 68-year-old president relies on distance and isolation to protect himself. Putin has not been abroad since January; since March he has been working almost exclusively from his Novo-Ogaryovo residence, west of Moscow. Video conferencing has replaced receptions by members of the government, governors, and business leaders. Putin leads them out of a windowless room with beige walls. A screensaver shows the Kremlin. In order to counteract dark bunker associations, the state television program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin ”, which celebrates the president’s harshness and humor every Sunday evening, recently took a tour of the room. Highlights: Putin’s pen and two microphones.
However, personal contacts cannot be completely avoided. In conversations, distance and negative corona tests are not enough to protect Putin. The “tunnel” of a Russian manufacturer, in which visitors to Novo-Ogaryovo and the Kremlin are sprayed with disinfectant, caused a stir in the summer. But that’s only the last step. Anyone who is supposed to get close to Putin allegedly has to be quarantined for 14 days beforehand. Correspondingly, dozens of World War II veterans were housed in a health department near Moscow in June, then driven to Moscow for the military parade on the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II and placed on Putin’s grandstand. The director then no longer considered masks necessary.
David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament; Michel Barnier, EU chief negotiator for ‘Brexit’; Charles Michel, President of the European Council. And, from this Monday, Ursula Von der Leyen. These are some of the recognized names of community institutions that have had to quarantine well for suffering from coronavirus –As was the case with Barnier last March– either for prevention as potential risk contacts of confirmed positives in their environment.
The president of the European Commission appeared on Twitter at around nine in the morning to announce that the car is weak because she had been informed that last Tuesday she participated in a meeting with a Portuguese official who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. “I tested negative on Thursday and I was tested again today,” he explained. The result of this last test also ruled out the condition, although “I will continue with my self-isolation until tomorrow night (for today), as provided by current regulations,” confirmed the German (already at two in the afternoon) from apartment in which you reside, enabled within the headquarters of the European Commission. In Belgium, a seven-day quarantine is required, which Von der Leyen would count from the date he had the risk contact.
The German participated on September 29 in a meeting of the Council of State of Portugal in Cascais. One of the attendees, Antonio Lobo Xavier, reported Sunday that he had the pathogen. Immediately the communication and testing protocol which led to the testing of several members of the Portuguese Government (with confirmed negatives from the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, among others). The European_ Commission was also informed urgently, the same Sunday night.
As a result of self-isolation, Von der Leyen will not participate this Tuesday in the plenary session of the European Parliament, nor will he preside over a EU-Ukraine summit, where she will be replaced by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell; the meeting of the College of Commissioners will be chaired in his place by Vice-President Frans Timmermans. And he has canceled a scheduled trip to Greece.
The commissioner responsible for Innovation, Mariya Gabriel is also isolated by a positive on your computer. Something that other colleagues have gone through in recent weeks, such as the head of the Economy, Valdis Dombrovskis, Timmermans, or the Health Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides. To date, 159 European Commission officials have tested positive out of more than 32,800.
Connecticut changed its guidelines for the quarantine list on Monday in search of toughening standards; Governor Ned Lamont says enforcing the order in more than 3/4 of the US states has become too challenging
It is unclear if Governor Andrew Cuomo will do the same on Tuesday; At this point, Connecticut and New Jersey would reach the threshold to enter the list, but Cuomo says it is not practical to include them
As of Tuesday, 35 US states and territories hit the threshold in New York; more could land there later in the day, as seven US states have recently set records for COVID cases in a single day, again
NEW YORK – Connecticut has changed its travel quarantine rules to toughen the standards by which a US state or territory would meet the criteria. Governor Ned Lamont said the previous rules meant that more than three-quarters of the United States was on the quarantine list at any given time, and that was becoming too difficult to enforce.
Will Governor Andrew Cuomo follow on Tuesday? A spokesperson said New York is reviewing its metrics and should have more information later in the day. Cuomo could simply say that this is the reality of the situation in the United States.
At least seven US states have recently set new records for single-day increases in coronavirus cases, prompting some to establish new restrictions as concerns mount about potential “super-spreading events” during the upcoming season. Christmas. The world situation is not much better; the world surpassed 40 million cases on Monday.
Currently, the quarantine list in New York applies to US jurisdictions that have at least a 10 percent positivity rate on a seven-day moving average or more than 10 new cases per 100,000 people during a moving average of seven days. Under Lamont’s new plan, the same new average case threshold applies, but must be met, along with a state with a 5 percent average positivity rate, to make the list.
Lamont said he expected the number of affected states to drop from 33 under his new scheme.
Currently 35 US states and territories are on the list, which will be updated later on Tuesday: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana , Michigan. , Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming and Wisconsin.
The quarantine notice, or order, depending on the state you are in, has been in effect since late June, when the three governors of the three states implemented it to protect their COVID-19 progress from the tide of state travel. . People traveling to the tri-state area, even if they call it home, must self-isolate for 14 days after arriving from one of the listed US access points.
As the United States battles its latest resurgence of the virus, Connecticut and New Jersey would qualify for the quarantine list Tuesday under Cuomo’s guidelines. Both states average more than 10 new cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period (Connecticut, 11.2; New Jersey, 10.3). New York averages seven new cases per 100,000 residents amid its ongoing battles, double the number it was seeing at the end of August. But it still has a low infection rate overall.
Cuomo has consistently said that it is not practical to impose travel restrictions in New Jersey and Connecticut, given their proximity to New York and the number of people who cross the borders every day for work and other activities. In a conference call Monday, he acknowledged that rising rates in New Jersey, where cases have doubled in the past month, are particularly concerning, but said he would work with Gov. Phil Murphy, as he has all along, to help solve cases.
According to data from Johns Hopkin on Monday, New York has the third lowest infection rate in the country. Only Massachusetts and Maine have lower positivity rates. The state with the highest, Iowa, has a seven-day moving average positivity roughly 50 percent higher than New York (50.58 percent).
New Jersey and Connecticut, despite their increases, both still rank among the 10 states with the lowest transmission rates in the United States.
Just work from home because of the increasing number of infections? That doesn’t work, say labor lawyers. Photo: Paul Hanaoka / Unsplash
Düsseldorf The number of infections in Germany is rising again rapidly: Many employees are therefore considering working more from home again – after all, home office worked surprisingly well in many companies in the spring.
But can employees just stay at home? What applies if you have worked with a sick colleague? And what are the working hours at home? The Handelsblatt clears the chaos in the corona jungle – eight questions, eight answers:
Can I simply work from home because of the increasing number of infections?
No. Workers have no right to stay at home preventively, for example because they are afraid of infection, say lawyers. Those who refuse face a warning or even termination. Because in this country there is still no right to work from home. The Ministry of Labor is currently working on such a regulation.
There are two exceptions to the obligation to come to the office. First: If employees have agreed with their employer to work from home for about a year at the start of the pandemic, the company is also bound by it. Second: Even parents who cannot find care for their under twelve-year-old children could not be forced to return to the office, says Viersen labor lawyer Sebastian Schröder.
Which regulations apply to risk groups?
The same companies can, through their right to issue instructions, generally require their employees to come to the office. However, companies have greater duties of care towards employees who belong to a risk group.
Companies need to take precautions to protect their health. The corona protection standards published by the Ministry of Labor provide guidance. Companies are therefore obliged to allow a minimum distance of 1.50 meters between workplaces and to ventilate them regularly. You have to set up disinfectant dispensers and equalize the break times. Personal meetings should also be reduced to the bare minimum.
“If the employer is not willing or able to do this, nobody has to come back to the office,” says Schröder.
Read on now
Get access to this and every other article in the
Web and in our app for 4 weeks free of charge.
Read on now
Get access to this and every other article in the
Web and in our app for 6 weeks for the price of 1 €.
France declared a health emergency, the Netherlands went into a partial lockdown. The second wave of the pandemic is being handled very differently by the countries.
The second corona wave is rolling mercilessly across Europe. The federal government declares one EU region after another a risk area. Only Greece, Cyprus and Latvia are now considered “risk-free”. In the neighboring countries, the situation is sometimes much more devastating than in Germany. In the Czech Republic, the number of infections compared to the population is eleven times as high as in Germany, and in Belgium, nine times as high. All European countries are trying to counteract this with measures – some more, others less determined. An overview:
France – curfew in Paris and Marseille
A travel warning from the federal government for tourist trips will apply to the entire national territory of France in Europe from Saturday. Only individual French overseas territories such as the island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean are not yet considered risk areas.
The government in Paris is trying to curb the spread of the virus with night curfews in large cities. In Paris, Lyon or Marseille it applies from Saturday between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. At this time, only people are allowed on the street who have a valid reason – for example, they are on their way to work. You have to prove this with a form. Anyone who does not adhere to it must expect a fine of 135 euros. The bars in the regions with the highest corona warning level have been closed for some time, and there are stricter hygiene rules in restaurants.
Paris: On October 11th, activists from the Extinction Rebellion group demonstrated in front of the Eiffel Tower. (Source: Hans Lucas / imago images)
In a TV interview, French President Emmanuel Macron blamed celebrations for the high number of corona cases. Private celebrations such as weddings in ballrooms or other public places are therefore no longer permitted throughout the country.
Netherlands – pubs closed for four weeks
The government in The Hague tightened the corona measures considerably on October 13 and ordered a “partial lockdown”. Pubs, cafes and restaurants have to close for four weeks, the sale of alcohol is prohibited after 8 p.m. Citizens are only allowed to receive a maximum of three guests per day in their apartments. In addition, they should only use buses and trains in urgent cases.
Mark Rutte: The Prime Minister announced a general mask requirement. (Source: Xinhua / imago images)
Prime Minister Mark Rutte also announced a general mask requirement for all public spaces such as shops, museums or libraries, so far this was only an urgent recommendation. Meanwhile, the relocation of seriously ill Covid-19 patients to neighboring Germany was being prepared again because in Dutch hospitals – as in spring – the places in intensive care units are becoming increasingly scarce.
Belgium – curfew in planning
In Belgium, due to the drastically increased number of corona infections, all restaurants and pubs are to close for four weeks. The Belgian news agency Belga reported on Friday evening, citing information from a crisis meeting of representatives of the central government and the communities and regions. In addition, there should be a curfew nationwide from midnight to five in the morning.
Belgium is one of the countries most severely affected by the corona pandemic in Europe. The authorities of the country with a population of eleven million recently reported almost 6,000 registered cases within 24 hours on a seven-day average. According to current figures, around 550 infections per 100,000 inhabitants have been reported in the past 14 days.
Austria – first place in lockdown
With the 7,000-inhabitant community of Kuchl in Salzburger Land, a place will be under quarantine again for the first time in months from Saturday. With a few exceptions, entry and exit is no longer permitted until November 1st. The place and the region have top values for new corona infections in Austria. In addition, the Alpine republic has now set its corona traffic light for four districts in three western federal states to red for the first time because of the very high risk. The Innsbruck region in Tyrol is also affected. In Austria there is a widespread mask requirement, curfew hours are brought forward to 10 p.m. in some cases. At private events without assigned and marked seats, only ten people are allowed instead of the previous 50.
Spain – 46 municipalities partially cordoned off
Spain was caught by the second wave as one of the first countries in Europe from mid-August. The measures to contain the pandemic are much stricter than in Germany. But there is also a patchwork quilt there because the competence for combating the coronavirus lies with the regions.
Nationwide in Spain there has been a general mask requirement outside of your own four walls since the beginning of August. Since then, there has also been a far-reaching ban on smoking in public. In more than 700 municipalities there are further restrictions – for example on access to bars, restaurants, concert halls or shopping centers such as on the vacation island Mallorca, which is popular with Germans, or the limitation of participants in meetings to only six people, such as in Catalonia.
Demonstration in Madrid: Nursing staff protested for better conditions in the pandemic fight. (Source: alterphotos / imago images)
46 municipalities with a total of 5.7 million inhabitants are partially cordoned off across the country. They may only be left or entered for a valid reason. The most prominent case is Madrid, which has the highest corona numbers. There, this measure was implemented by the central government against the will of the regional government. Catalonia has just taken drastic measures with the tourist metropolis of Barcelona. All bars and restaurants here were completely closed from Friday.
Italy – mask compulsory indoors and outdoors
The Mediterranean country, which was hit by the first corona wave earlier than other European countries, adopted strict and tough countermeasures from the start. In view of the second wave, many rules are also stricter than in Germany. There is a general mask requirement – inside and outside. In your own four walls this is not necessary. But the government advised everyone to wear mouth and nose protection when visiting. Anyone caught outside without having to pay a fine of up to 1,000 euros.
To set an example, Rome has also strictly banned private parties this week. Only family gatherings such as weddings and funerals are allowed but must be limited to 30 participants. In addition, the government of Giuseppe Conte urgently advises the approximately 60 million citizens to forego social evening groups at home with more than six invited guests. Accommodation bans, however, do not exist. Today, unlike the lockdown in spring, travel is also possible without hindrance. Rome does not want to weaken the ailing tourism industry any further. In addition, experts say that the majority of infections currently happen among relatives and friends.
Following the logic of similar cases, the situation created by the coronavirus within the Bidasoa Irun was going to lead to the postponement of the match against him Barça, scheduled for this Saturday in Artaleku, but the official confirmation was missing.
Early in the afternoon yesterday, the yellow club formally requested that this meeting not be played “as a consequence of the quarantine that our first team keeps after detecting two cases of COVID-19 last Friday, as well as a third symptomatic case” and little more than an hour later he received confirmation from the Federation’s National Competition Committee.
This match joins Puente Genil-Huesca, Ademar-Cangas, Cuenca-Anaitasuna, Cisne-Nava and Granollers-Puerto Sagunto as postponed from matchday nine. They survive the Benidorm-Guadalajara, Villa de Aranda-Logroño and Sinfín-Atlético Valladolid. Precisely the Pucelano team will receive Logroño today (20.30, LaLigaSportstv application) in which it will be the first of the sixteen postponed games that it will recover. It corresponds to the fifth day, the first in which there was a problem of this type, excluding days one and two, which were postponed before starting the league.
In the meantime, both players who tested positive continue to improve and there have been no more health problems in any other member of the staff. The next appointment for Bidasoa Irun is on the 24th at the Atlético Valladolid field.
Vincenzo Spadafora said on Thursday that the Juventus forward could have broken the rules by flying back to Italy from the Portugal national team camp after testing positive for the virus earlier this week.
But Cristiano Ronaldo responded on Friday in Instagram, saying that he had done everything by the rules. “A gentleman here in Italy, whose name I will not mention, said that I did not obey the protocol, that is a lie”Ronaldo argued. “I followed all the protocols and I will continue to comply with them, my conscience is clear. Everything I did was authorized”.
“Don’t let what you can’t do stand in the way of what you can do”
Cristiano, 35, tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday while he was with his national team and flew back on a private jet the next day. “They said I violated Italian law, and this and that … all are lies, I did everything correctly”.
Spadafora responded in an interview with the Italian news agency Ansa.
“The fame and ability of certain players does not give them the right to be arrogant, disrespectful to institutions and lie,” he said. “On the contrary, the more known you are, the more you should feel the responsibility to think before speaking and setting a good example”, the minister closed.
Also, the authorities have increased the number of flights on previously open routes – to Switzerland, Belarus, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Maldives.
Russia suspended flights with other countries at the end of March due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus. In August, against the background of a decrease in the number of infected, flights to other countries began to resume. Now from Russia you can fly to Turkey, Great Britain, Tanzania, Switzerland, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, the Maldives, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and South Korea. At the same time, some of the routes are subject to restrictions.
Read on RBC Pro
So, to enter Japan, foreigners need to present a negative coronavirus test, passed no earlier than 72 hours before departure. Another check for COVID-19 is required at the airport itself, and then a two-week quarantine must be observed. In Cuba, certificates of the absence of coronavirus are not required, but after arrival, tourists must pass a PCR test.
Source: JHU, federal and regional virus control headquarters
Source: JHU, Federal and Regional Anti-Virus Headquarters
Berlin Employees who travel to a designated risk area and then have to go into quarantine are not entitled to compensation for loss of earnings. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to anchor this regulation in the Infection Protection Act.
The draft bill for the third law for the protection of the population in an epidemic situation of national scope is available to the Handelsblatt.
So far, Paragraph 56 of the Infection Protection Act regulates that employees who have to go into quarantine receive compensation for the loss of earnings – in the first six weeks in the amount of the lost net pay. The employer must make advance payments and pay out the money, but can then submit an application for reimbursement to the competent authority.
Now, Paragraph 56 is supplemented by a passage according to which no compensation will be given to anyone who “does not take an avoidable trip to an area outside the Federal Republic of Germany that has been published by the Robert Koch Institute on its website as an area at risk”, a quarantine or a ban on practicing the profession could have avoided.
Accordingly, the claim for compensation does not apply to trips abroad, but not to trips to a risk area within Germany. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) currently classifies almost 150 countries or at least individual regions in these countries as risk areas. From Saturday, France, the Netherlands and parts of Poland will be added.
New quarantine regulation
So far, travelers who return from a risk area have to go into quarantine for 14 days. This week, however, the federal cabinet passed a sample quarantine ordinance, which the federal states are to implement “largely uniformly” in their state regulations by November 8th. This is what Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the state minister-presidents decided on Wednesday evening.
According to the model ordinance, returnees from risk areas will have to go into quarantine for ten days and inform the health department after their arrival. With a negative corona test result, the isolation can be ended at the earliest five days after entry.
However, the employers had also pushed for legal clarification on continued wages, which the heads of government of the federal and state governments had already promised at the end of August. The employers’ association Gesamtmetall expressly welcomes the fact that politicians are now implementing their promise and creating legal certainty for companies: “Better late than never,” said Managing Director Oliver Zander to the Handelsblatt.
With the new version of the Infection Protection Act it is clear: “Anyone who consciously undertakes an avoidable trip to a risk area does so at their own risk and thus has to bear the possible financial consequences themselves.”
Hoped for signal effect
Only in this way could “a corresponding signal effect be effectively achieved, which also corresponds to the urgent appeal of the Federal Chancellor and the country leaders to refrain from traveling to risk areas,” says Gesamtmetall’s statement for the association hearing on the law. So employers hope that the risk of loss of earnings will deter employees from avoidable travel.
But when can a trip to a risk area be avoided? According to the planned revision of the law, if it was started at least 48 hours after the announcement of a risk area and there were no “compelling and urgent reasons” for the trip.
According to the justification of the law, exceptions should be handled restrictively. According to this, only “special and extraordinary circumstances” such as the birth of their own child or the death of a close relative would justify a trip. Private celebrations, vacation trips or postponed business trips are not included.
Gesamtmetall welcomes the legal clarification, but regrets that the regulation will only come into force after the announcement, probably at the end of November – and thus only after the autumn break. “We consider a retroactive entry into force, for example from October 2020, to be legally feasible,” said Zander.
More: Study – Travel restrictions are effective against the spread of corona