“The pandemic is more of an excuse” (Junge Welt newspaper)

Catalan doctors call for better working conditions (Barcelona, ​​10/14/2020)

You are calling for a nationwide strike by doctors in Spain this Tuesday. The background to this is a decree that the local government passed in September. What exactly are you criticizing about the regulation?

According to this decree, doctors should be able to work in departments for which they are not trained. In addition, those who are still awaiting approval can also be appointed as doctors. In addition, we are forced to be deployable within a province, depending on where personnel are needed. If clinic management deems it necessary, nurses should take over the tasks of doctors and provide basic care in hospitals.

In view of the pandemic, is such a decree not logical?

We don’t believe that it was only issued because of the pandemic. The rule is initially only valid for one year, but can be extended. The pandemic is more of an excuse for longer term changes.

What to ask Snot concrete?

The first thing the government must do is withdraw the decree. After all, there are enough doctors in this country – but not many who want to work the way the government wants. A general practitioner only has an average of three minutes per patient. Many of us get very low wages, and some colleagues work our way from one fixed-term contract to the next, and that for decades. When you then see how the job offers outside Spain are for doctors, it is not surprising that some are emigrating. In addition, the work density is far too high and sick colleagues are not replaced enough. To put it briefly: In Spain, a lot more money has to be invested in the health system.

What does the responsible Ministry of Health say about your demands?

We are not heard. The Ministry of Health has not met with the unions since the beginning of the pandemic. There are no talks at the moment. The Minister of Health meets with many, preferably with entrepreneurs, but not with us.

They also demand that adequate protective materials and corona testing be provided for medical staff. What is the status in this regard, a good six months after the start of the pandemic in Spain?

Protection material is currently available. But we don’t know how long the supplies will last. That is why we must now ensure that the necessary things do not go out, as it was at the beginning of the pandemic.

Regarding the corona tests: There are very many people who get some regularly. Professional footballers, for example, are tested every day. But the medical staff who work with infected and high-risk patients every day are only tested if they show symptoms. This situation urgently needs to be changed.

It has recently been reported that follow-up of contacts made after an infection is discovered has to be done by GPs in addition to their daily work. In the FRG, the health authorities are responsible for this.

The government hired doctors to save money. There is protest against this, as the practices are overwhelmed with it. Follow-up helpers have been hired in some cities, but in many places this is still the job of GPs.

They are planning a strike at a time when the reported new infections are also increasing rapidly in Spain. Do you understand those who think this is the wrong time?

We don’t see any other solution to make us heard. The strike is limited to a single day because we are in the middle of the pandemic. We are the first to have an interest in maintaining health care, not in a collapse that puts patients at risk. For weeks we have been holding rallies in front of the health centers and hospitals. But so far there has been no reaction. To get our demands through, we have to strike now.

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Corona: 11,409 new infections and 42 other deaths in Germany

DAccording to the Robert Koch Institute, the health authorities opened early Tuesday morning 11,409 new corona infections within one day reported.

On Tuesday a week ago, the number was 6868. With 14,714 new infections, a new high since the start of the corona pandemic in Germany was reached on Saturday. The number of deaths topped 10,000 over the weekend.

The current values ​​are only partially comparable with those from spring, as significantly more tests are now being carried out and more infections are discovered as a result.

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A total of have spread nationwide since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the RKI 449,275 People infected with the virus (as of October 27, 12:00 a.m.). The number of Deaths related to the virus rose by 42 as of Monday a total of 10,098. The RKI estimates that around 326,700 people have now recovered.

The reproduction number, in short R value, was included in Germany according to the RKI management report on Monday 1,37 (Previous day: 1.45). This means that ten infected people infect almost 14 other people. The R-value depicts the infection rate about one and a half weeks beforehand.

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In addition, the RKI gives a so-called in its management report Seven-day R. on. The value relates to a longer period of time and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, this value was included on Monday 1,30. It shows the infection process from 8 to 16 days ago.

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Im Coronavirus-Hotspot Baesweiler at Aachen in North Rhine-Westphalia, the key figure for new infections continued to rise. On Monday, the Aachen city region reported a value of 554 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week for Baesweiler. On Friday the code number for Baesweiler was still 328. In the city with around 27,000 inhabitants, a strict catalog of measures applies. The Muslim communities there suspend Friday prayers until October 31. The city region explained that the voluntary waiver of prayers is very helpful.

A spokesman for the city region pointed out that the infection number of 554 in Baesweiler was a mathematical variable. There are currently 144 active corona infections there. The entire city region, to which nine other municipalities belong in addition to Aachen, had given a value of 199 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one week on Monday.

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The number of new infections in Italy jumped the number of 21,000 within 24 hours on Sunday, as the Ministry of Health announced. Several cities and regions in the country had previously imposed night curfews to prevent young people in particular from gathering outdoors.

The number of new infections in France topped the 50,000 mark for the first time at the weekend. In total, at least 52,010 people were infected with the novel corona virus within 24 hours, as the health authorities announced on Sunday evening. There were more than 45,000 on Saturday. 116 new deaths have also been reported since Saturday. At least 34,761 people have died in connection with the coronavirus since the pandemic began in France.

The numbers could grow to 100,000 new infections per day, warns the head of the scientific committee that advises the French government. “There will probably be more than 50,000 cases a day,” says Jean-François Delfraissy for RTL. “We suspect (…) that it will go more in the direction of 100,000 per day.”

According to the information, more than 2570 people are currently being treated in intensive care units. At the height of the pandemic in the spring, there were more than 7,000 patients. In the past 24 hours, 1,298 people infected with corona were admitted to hospitals, and a total of 16,454 people with symptoms were in clinics on Sunday.

As the second European country after Spain France passed the one million detected corona infections mark on Friday. The French government wants to get the situation under control, among other things by extending the curfew to two thirds of the population. Since Saturday, 46 million French people have not been allowed to leave their homes between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The regulation initially applies for six weeks.

Despite exit restrictions, new corona infections remain in Czech Republic at a dramatically high level. 7,301 confirmed cases were added on Sunday, as the Ministry of Health in Prague announced on Monday. That was the highest number on a Sunday since the pandemic began. There is generally less testing on weekends. The number of deaths in connection with Covid-19 disease registered since March rose to more than 2200. The Czech Republic has a population of just under 10.7 million.

The dutch Health officials announce 10,343 new cases of infection, a new record. In total, more than 300,000 cases are known.

Corona worldwide

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Worldwide have been shown to have more than 43.3 million People infected with the coronavirus. The number of deaths related to the virus rises to over 1.15 million. Since the first known cases in China in December, the virus has spread to more than 210 countries and territories. Most infections register that USA, India, Brazil, Russia and France.

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The US disease centers CDC announce another 63,195 positive tests and 380 new deaths. So far, a total of 8.6 million positive tests and 224,601 deaths have been recorded in the USA.

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Colombia became the eighth country worldwide to cross the threshold of one million coronavirus infections. As the Ministry of Health in Bogotá announced on Saturday, they ran out within a day 8800 New infections recorded. The total number of infected people increased 1.007.711. Colombia has the third highest number of coronavirus infections in South America after Brazil and Argentina. Spain was the first EU country to register more than one million infections with the novel corona virus on Wednesday. France crossed the threshold on Friday.

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Corona: 11,409 new infections and 42 other deaths in Germany

DAccording to the Robert Koch Institute, the health authorities opened early Tuesday morning 11,409 new corona infections within one day reported.

On Tuesday a week ago, the number was 6868. On Saturday, 14,714 new infections, a new high since the start of the corona pandemic in Germany, was reached. The number of deaths topped 10,000 over the weekend.

The current values ​​are only partially comparable with those from spring, since significantly more tests are now carried out and more infections are discovered as a result.

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A total of have been nationwide since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the RKI 449,275 People infected with the virus (as of October 27, 12:00 a.m.). The number of Deaths related to the virus rose by 42 as of Monday a total of 10,098. The RKI estimates that around 326,700 people have now recovered.

The reproduction number, in short R value, was included in Germany according to the RKI management report on Monday 1,37 (Previous day: 1.45). This means that ten infected people infect almost 14 other people. The R-value depicts the infection rate approximately one and a half weeks beforehand.

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In addition, the RKI gives a so-called in its management report Seven-day r on. The value relates to a longer period of time and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, this value was included on Monday 1,30. It shows the infection process from 8 to 16 days ago.

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Im Coronavirus-Hotspot Baesweiler at Aachen in North Rhine-Westphalia, the important indicator for new infections rose further. On Monday, the Aachen city region reported a value of 554 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week for Baesweiler. On Friday the code number for Baesweiler was still 328. In the city with around 27,000 inhabitants, a strict catalog of measures applies. The Muslim communities there suspend Friday prayers until October 31. The city region explained that the voluntary waiver of prayers is very helpful.

A spokesman for the city region pointed out that the infection number of 554 in Baesweiler was a mathematical variable. There are currently 144 active corona infections there. The entire city region, to which nine other municipalities belong in addition to Aachen, had given a value of 199 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one week on Monday.

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The number of new infections in Italy jumped the number of 21,000 within 24 hours on Sunday, as the Ministry of Health announced. Several cities and regions in the country had previously imposed night curfews to prevent young people in particular from gathering outdoors.

The number of new infections in France first passed the 50,000 mark on the weekend. In total, at least 52,010 people were infected with the novel corona virus within 24 hours, as the health authorities announced on Sunday evening. There were more than 45,000 on Saturday. 116 new deaths have also been reported since Saturday. This means that at least 34,761 people have died in connection with the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic in France.

The numbers could grow to 100,000 new infections per day, warns the head of the scientific committee that advises the French government. “There will probably be more than 50,000 cases a day,” says Jean-François Delfraissy for RTL. “We suspect (…) that it will be more in the direction of 100,000 per day.”

According to the information, more than 2570 people are currently being treated in intensive care units. At the height of the pandemic in the spring, there were more than 7,000 patients. In the past 24 hours, 1,298 people infected with corona were admitted to hospitals, and a total of 16,454 people with symptoms were in clinics on Sunday.

As the second European country after Spain France passed the one million proven corona infections mark on Friday. The French government wants to get the situation under control, among other things by extending the curfew to two thirds of the population. Since Saturday, 46 million French people have not been allowed to leave their homes between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The regulation initially applies for six weeks.

Despite exit restrictions, new corona infections remain in Czech Republic at a dramatically high level. 7,301 confirmed cases were added on Sunday, the Ministry of Health in Prague announced on Monday. That was the highest number on a Sunday since the pandemic began. There is generally less testing on weekends. The number of deaths in connection with Covid-19 disease registered since March rose to more than 2,200.

The dutch Health officials announce 10,343 new cases of infection, a new record. In total, more than 300,000 cases are known.

Corona worldwide

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Worldwide have been shown to have more than 43.3 million People infected with the coronavirus. The number of deaths related to the virus rises to over 1.15 million. Since the first known cases in China in December, the virus has spread to more than 210 countries and territories. Most infections have it USA, India, Brazil, Russia and France.

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The US disease centers CDC announce another 63,195 positive tests and 380 new deaths. So far, a total of 8.6 million positive tests and 224,601 deaths have been recorded in the USA.

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Colombia became the eighth country in the world to cross the threshold of one million coronavirus infections. As the Ministry of Health in Bogotá announced on Saturday, they ran out within a day 8800 New infections recorded. The total number of infected people increased 1.007.711. Colombia has the third highest number of coronavirus infections in South America after Brazil and Argentina. Spain was the first EU country to register more than one million infections with the novel corona virus on Wednesday. France crossed the threshold on Friday.

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Corona Baesweiler: incidence value now at 554 – cards, numbers, graphics

DAccording to the Robert Koch Institute, the health authorities opened early Monday morning 8685 new corona infections reported within one day. Experience has shown that the number of cases on Sundays and Mondays is lower, also because fewer tests are carried out on weekends. On Monday a week ago, the number of new infections within 24 hours was 4,325.

With 14,714 new infections, a new high since the start of the corona pandemic in Germany was reached on Saturday. The number of deaths topped 10,000 over the weekend.

According to government spokesman Steffen Seibert, a good 1300 corona patients are currently in Germany The intensive care unit treated. About half of them are artificially ventilated. Here the numbers have risen significantly in the past few weeks.

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Overall, according to the RKI since the beginning of the pandemic nationwide 437.866 People infected with the virus (as of October 26th, midnight). The number of deaths related to the virus rose 24 as of Monday to a total of 10,056. The RKI estimates that around 321,600 people have now recovered.

The reproduction number, in short R value, was included in Germany according to the RKI situation report on Sunday 1,45 (Previous day: 1.36). This means that ten infected people infect almost 15 other people. The R-value depicts the infection rate about one and a half weeks beforehand.

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In addition, the RKI gives a so-called in its management report Seven-day R. on. The value relates to a longer period of time and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, this value was included on Saturday 1,39 (Previous day: 1.38). It shows the infection process from 8 to 16 days ago.

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Im Coronavirus-Hotspot Baesweiler at Aachen in North Rhine-Westphalia, the key figure for new infections continued to rise. On Monday, the Aachen city region reported a value of 554 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week for Baesweiler. On Friday the code number for Baesweiler was still 328. In the city with around 27,000 inhabitants, a strict catalog of measures applies. The Muslim communities there suspend Friday prayers until October 31. The city region explained that the voluntary waiver of prayers is very helpful.

A spokesman for the city region pointed out that the infection number of 554 in Baesweiler was a mathematical variable. There are currently 144 active corona infections there. The entire city region, to which nine other municipalities belong in addition to Aachen, had given a value of 199 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one week on Monday.

Crown in Europe

The number of new infections in Italy jumped the number of 21,000 within 24 hours on Sunday, as the Ministry of Health announced. Several cities and regions in the country had previously imposed night curfews to prevent young people in particular from gathering outdoors.

The number of new infections in France topped the 50,000 mark for the first time at the weekend. In total, at least 52,010 people were infected with the novel corona virus within 24 hours, as the health authorities announced on Sunday evening. There were more than 45,000 on Saturday. 116 new deaths have also been reported since Saturday. At least 34,761 people have died in connection with the coronavirus since the pandemic began in France.

According to the information, more than 2570 people are currently being treated in intensive care units. At the height of the pandemic in the spring, there were more than 7,000 patients. In the past 24 hours, 1,298 people infected with corona were admitted to hospitals, and a total of 16,454 people with symptoms were in clinics on Sunday.

As the second European country after Spain France passed the one million detected corona infections mark on Friday. The French government wants to get the situation under control, among other things by extending the curfew to two thirds of the population. Since Saturday, 46 million French people have not been allowed to leave their homes between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The regulation initially applies for six weeks.

Also Czech Republic reports another high with 15,252 new infections and for the first time more than 15,000 cases within one day. This increases the number of detected infections to 238,323, as the authorities say. The number of deaths rose by 126 to 1971. In the country with just under eleven million inhabitants, the new virus is currently spreading fastest in Europe. The government again imposed an extensive lockdown on Wednesday because the health system had reached its capacity limits.

Corona worldwide

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Worldwide have been shown to have more than 43.1 million People infected with the coronavirus. The number of deaths related to the virus rises to over 1.15 million. Since the first known cases in China in December, the virus has spread to more than 210 countries and territories. Most infections register that USA, India, Brazil, Russia and France.

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In the USA According to a Reuters count, the number of new infections increases by at least 60,413 to around 8.67 million. According to this, at least 333 people died after being infected with the virus. The number of corona deaths increases to at least 225,313.

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Colombia became the eighth country worldwide to cross the threshold of one million coronavirus infections. As the Ministry of Health in Bogotá announced on Saturday, they ran out within a day 8800 New infections recorded. The total number of infected people increased 1.007.711. Colombia has the third highest number of coronavirus infections in South America after Brazil and Argentina. Spain was the first EU country to register more than one million infections with the novel corona virus on Wednesday. France crossed the threshold on Friday.

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Surrogacy in Ukraine: the business of babies

REPORT – Illegal in France, surrogacy attracts more and more homosexual couples, sterile, too old or too in a hurry to bear a child. The Ukraine, one of the poorest countries in Europe, has become the El Dorado for clinics and intermediaries who, through surrogate mothers, allow the birth of these babies in troubled waters.

In Kiev last May, in the hotel of the largest reproduction center, a hundred babies, born to surrogate mothers during confinement, were stored.
In Kiev last May, in the hotel of the largest reproduction center, a hundred babies, born to surrogate mothers during confinement, were stored. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP

Louba buries his gaze on the ground. His fingers grip an overly short white T-shirt that hugs the rounded shape of her belly. The 27-year-old Ukrainian with jet black hair has been carrying the baby of another couple for six months. “It’s a girl. For Italians ”, she smiles. Founded in 1995, the Feskov clinic, with which she signed her surrogacy contract (Surrogacy), ensures that no direct contact is established between her and the “sponsors” of the baby.

Louba will never see the child growing up inside her. Soon, she will give birth behind a curtain and pocket, in the process, a sum of around € 11,000. In addition, each month of pregnancy will have brought her € 350, an attractive amount, compared to € 270 which is the median salary in this region of eastern Ukraine, close to Russia. The sponsoring parents, for their part, will have paid between € 40,000 and € 60,000 excluding travel expenses to receive a freshly born 3-day-old being in their arms.

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Venezuela: Leopoldo López fled the country and arrived in Spain | Latin America

He didn’t let himself be seen, so there are no photographs or statements. One of the main leaders of the Venezuelan opposition, Leopoldo López, who last year carried out a military coup against the government of Nicolás Maduro, fled the country and arrived at Madrid, Spain, at noon on Sunday.

On Twitter, Juan Guaidó, who led the failed uprising with him, ridiculed Maduro and his security apparatus, which did not detect the escape. “Mature, you don’t control anything”, he wrote in a tweet. “By deceiving the repressive apparatus, we managed to get our Commissioner for the Government Center, Leopoldo López, out of the country”.

López had been at the Spanish embassy in Caracas since last year, taking refuge there in order not to return to prison – he was found guilty of the violence of the 2014 protests against the Government, in which more than 40 people died, and sentenced to almost 14 years of prison, having in 2017 passed to the regime of house arrest.

His party, Popular Will (center-right), confirmed the escape, but no details were given on the operation that took place despite the security services’ surveillance of the Spanish embassy in the Venezuelan capital.

It is known that López left the embassy on Friday and took the plane that took him to Madrid on Saturday in Colombia. And the Venezuelan opposition, cited by the newspaper The country, says that following the escape, two people were arrested, a Venezuelan embassy official and an employee of the López family.

The Venezuelan security services also made a “reconnaissance” in a building where employees of the Spanish embassy reside.

The arrests and searches led the Spanish Government to clarify that López left by “personal and voluntary decision” and to condemn “arrests of personnel at his embassy” and “searches at personnel’s homes, or acts that suppose the breach of the obligations of the Convention Vienna on Diplomatic Relations ”.

It is known that from the airport – where journalists were waiting, but did not leave through the usual passenger door – López went to the family’s home. His wife, Lilian Tintori, and his father, businessman Leopoldo López Gil, already live in Madrid.

The opponent left a message to supporters on Twiter: “Venezuelans, this decision was not easy, but rest assured that you can count on this server to fight wherever you go”.

In prison and under house arrest, Leopoldo López maintained his political activity, having coordinated the work of Juan Guaidó, alongside those who emerged in the attempted failed military revolt. Guaidó took the lead in the revolt against Maduro and his government, and as president of the National Assembly with a majority of the opposition he proclaimed himself President, invoking the Constitution, being recognized at the time by more than 50 countries, including Portugal.

The anti-Maduro movement, however, lost momentum. And in a statement, Vontade Popular said that López will announce in the next few days what he intends to do to “coordinate new initiatives and promote freedom in Venezuela”.

His escape comes a month after Venezuela’s legislative elections, which the opposition will boycott.

López saw his political activity stopped by Spain while he was at the embassy. Madrid Foreign Minister Josep Borrell (now head of EU diplomacy) said Spain would not allow its embassy to be used as the center of the opposition.

Borrell also said at the time that Spain did not hand over López to the Venezuelan authorities, but that if the opponent wanted to apply for political asylum he would have to do so in Spanish territory and not at the embassy.

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Another blow to Venezuela’s opposition

Leopoldo López is considered capable of suffering among his followers. But now the pressure has become too great. According to sources from his personal environment, he left Venezuela on Saturday. His whereabouts were initially unclear. It was later said that López was on the Caribbean island of Aruba. His destination is Spain, where his family has been living for some time, including his father Leopoldo López Gil, who is a member of the European Parliament for the Spanish People’s Party (PP).

The Spanish Foreign Ministry said López’s escape was “the result of a voluntary and personal choice”. Sources confirmed this version and denied speculation that López’s departure from the ambassadorial residence was the result of an upcoming change of Spanish ambassador. There was no pressure from the Spanish Foreign Ministry, said a spokesman for the von López family. Meanwhile, the interim president Juan Guaidó, who is recognized by numerous governments, emphasized that López had outwitted the Venezuelan security forces. It is unclear how López managed to leave the embassy unnoticed and leave Venezuela. The episode could have diplomatic consequences. However, it is also possible that the government of President Nicolás Maduro had an interest in fleeing López, as it can be less dangerous to it outside of Venezuela.

López had been imprisoned for almost three years and under house arrest for around two years since 2014 because he led the first major protests against the Maduro government in 2014. Last year he managed to escape during the mutiny of the armed forces. The uprising failed. After the attempted uprising, however, he was hunted again by the secret service. López had therefore been in the residence of the Spanish ambassador in Caracas since April 30, 2019.

One of Maduro’s most dangerous opponents

Even in custody and later in house arrest, López was always one of Maduro’s most dangerous opponents. He became a symbol of the resistance against Maduro and was in the background one of the chief strategists of the opposition forces – including Guaidó himself, whose political mentor he is considered to be. López and the “People’s Will” party he founded stand for change through public pressure. For some time now, this wing of the opposition, which is considered to be radical, has stood for an unconditional rejection of the election processes demanded by the government. However, the strategy has not delivered any concrete results since Guaidó was proclaimed interim president and is now increasingly criticized by other sectors of the opposition.

Critics include former presidential candidate and opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who signaled his willingness to take part in the upcoming parliamentary elections at the end of August after Guaidó had excluded the opposition from participating. In order to convince the opposition to participate in the election and thus to give the election a certain legitimacy, Maduro pardoned more than a hundred political prisoners of the opposition at the end of August. López was not on the list, however. The Venezuelan government denies that a pardon for López was ever up for discussion. Under whatever circumstances – for many López supporters, his escape from Venezuela dampens the small hope of change even more.

In fact, the political situation in Venezuela currently seems hopeless. Even the path that Capriles is striving for to participate in the parliamentary elections seems hopeless. Neither Capriles nor a mission sent to Venezuela by the European Union has succeeded in creating better conditions for the parliamentary elections. Fundamental conditions such as fairness, independence and transparency of the election are not guaranteed because the government controls the electoral authorities and the courts. The EU would be ready to send an observer mission to Venezuela. To do this, however, the elections would have to be postponed for at least six months. However, Maduro categorically rules out a postponement.

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Spain: Sánchez survives vote of no confidence (neue-deutschland.de)

How deep the corona crisis is in Spain can be seen very clearly in orphaned airports. Even when taking off from Donostia-San Sebastián, the restaurant is barricaded in a region that got through the first wave lightly. In the meantime, the situation in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa has worsened massively after the summer of tourism. Due to the high number of infections, the region is now facing restrictions such as in neighboring Navarre, which was cordoned off on Thursday. Soon the situation should be like in Catalonia and Barcelona, ​​where a ghostly atmosphere and dead silence welcomes the visitor on the Ramblas, which are otherwise besieged by tourists. Bars, pubs and restaurants are closed to prevent a complete lockdown like in spring. The number of new infections is high. It is worrying that admissions to hospitals and transfers to intensive care units have increased by more than 50 percent in one week. It is feared that the Catalan healthcare system will soon again reach its capacity limits.

In distant Madrid the situation is more dramatic, intensive care units have long been overloaded. Despite everything, bars, cafes and restaurants in the European hotspot are still open, although the region is officially on alert. Instead of agreeing the necessary measures, there is a dispute between the right-wing regional and social democratic central government. Result: Spain has set a sad record with more than one million infected people since the outbreak of the pandemic in Europe and also has the highest excess mortality. Instead of taking countermeasures, parliament debated a motion of no confidence by the far-right Vox party, which had no prospect of success.

Instead of staying away from parliament, as parties had called for in order not to give the ultras a stage for propaganda, speeches were fought on Wednesday and Thursday. The Vox boss Santiago Abascal, formerly a member of the right-wing People’s Party (PP), was able to talk about a “social communist government” and his “national duty” to “stop the process of the destruction of Spain”. His discourse even struck PP boss Pablo Casado. He said: “Up to here and no further.” Instead of abstaining, he also announced his no. Abascal was amazed at this. But he affirmed that he would not break his alliances out of “responsibility”. In Andalusia, Madrid and Murcia, the PP with the Ciudadanos Party (Cs) can only rule with the help of the Ultras.

The head of the left-wing party Unidas Podemos (UP) and Vice Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias thinks that the delimitation of the PP comes far too late and has practically no meaning. He accused PP and Cs of having given Vox “wings” through the alliances. “You have supplied the monster with oxygen, which is now mauling you,” he said, looking for Vox to become the third strongest party. PP and Cs lost many votes to the Ultras.

The debates are actually completely different. There is the dramatic situation that the minority government made up of Social Democrats (PSOE) and UP has not yet succeeded in submitting a budget for 2020 and therefore has to continue the budget of the previous PP government. Internally, the coalition is divided above all on social issues, which also need various supporters.

This is dramatic in view of the social and economic situation in the country. Aid funds from the Brussels “reconstruction fund” are also linked to the budget in order to be able to counter the dramatic development. Spain is the country that, because of its late acting in the corona crisis and because of its difficult economic structure, which is heavily dependent on tourism, has been affected by the consequences like no other country in Europe.

As the hoped-for economic recovery failed to react quickly to the second wave, Spain, above all Madrid, became a European hotspot with catastrophic economic consequences. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the economy to shrink by eight percent in 2020 for the euro area, and by up to 13 percent for Spain. With the infections flaring up again, the IMF now sees a downside risk “especially for the coming year”.

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Vehicle production in Spain rose 12.2% in September

The month of September was not good in Spain in terms of sales, with a fall of 13.5% compared to the same month of 2019 with a total of 70,729 units enrolled. However, Spanish factories did close a good month, reaching production volumes prior to the pandemic. In total, according to data from the Spanish Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers (Anfac), a total of 262,589 units, a 12.2% more.

The good figure for the ninth month of 2020 allows to reduce by five points the collapse in the accumulated of the year, reaching the 1,537,231 units, resulting in a drop in 27,7%. The break between the months of March and June will weigh down the whole year. Since Anfac They point to the good performance of foreign markets as the main reason for the increase in production. Despite the fall of the Spanish market in September, data such as the daily production record of Volkswagen Navarra or a new historical record of Seat sales for the month of September, despite falling significantly in Spain, augured good news.

Thus, sales in markets such as italiano, which went up a 9,5% last month, or German, the main market for Seat, which grew a 8,4% They have boosted the Spanish car industry. Despite falling, the good reception of the vehicles’made in Spain‘ in countries like France (-3%) or the United Kingdom (-4.4%) also contributed to the increase in production. It should be noted that, in the absence of data for September, four vehicles manufactured in Spain were among the 10 best sellers in Europe in August: Opel Corsa, he Peugeot 2008, he Renault Captur and the Volkswagen Polo.

It is not strange, in that sense, that exports rose by 20,1% last month up to a total of 235,133 units shipped, although, again, in the accumulated of the year the figure is a 24% worse than in 2019 with 1,317,052 units. France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Turkey they were the main destinations for Spanish vehicles.

Production by segments

Of the total, 206,638 vehicles assembled in the country in September were passenger cars, a 13.1% more, while 166 were off-road vehicles, which returned to occur after months of hiatus. In the first nine months of the year only 5,870 SUVs were manufactured in Spain, a 80.8% less. On the other hand, the manufacture of commercial and industrial vehicles until September stood at 322,503 units, a 25.2% less.

By type of vehicle, the evolution of the sector has improved the production share of alternative vehicles, counting electric, plug-in hybrids, conventional hybrids and gas hybrids, growing this year to 5,6% from the 2,34% with which it closed last year. Until September they have left the local assembly lines 27,949 electrical cigars, a 153.1% more, to which are added 44,137 plug-in hybrids, 4,054 conventional hybrids (-38.2%) and 13,423 natural gas hybrids (-57%).

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Covid-19: patient who spent the most time in intensive care in Spain dies a month after discharge

Ángel Mateos was the Spanish patient who spent the most time in an intensive care unit due to covid-19 infection: in all, 172 days were spent in hospital. A month after leaving intensive care, he lost his life, although the Igualada Hospital in Barcelona, ​​where he was hospitalized, does not clarify whether the death was due to complications due to the new coronavirus.

Mateos worked for 20 years at Hospital de Igualada as an auxiliary, reveals the The world. He was hospitalized on March 16 in intensive care with severe respiratory failure, which culminated in bilateral pneumonia, and suffered several complications, including kidney failure and sepsis. The unit was discharged on September 3, after overcoming all problems.

It is like a phoenix bird that rises again and again from all complications “, said Santi Abreu, head of the anesthesiology and intensive care service.

When he left intensive care, the doctors stressed that he had won the first fight: he was transferred to another hospital unit, specialized in rehabilitation, as the prolonged hospitalization had made him lose muscle mass and he needed to re-educate his body to gain strength.

Yesterday, Wednesday, the Hospital de Igualada made public the death of Ángel Mateos, with a publication on Twitter. “Ángel, fighter, leave us a great void, we will always remember”.

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