Instead of 30,000 as last year, only 388 young seals were hunted in Canada this year. Frankfurt Book Fair takes place. The news about the corona virus in the live ticker.
Edited the live ticker Klaudia Lagozinski.
EU Commission: Aid fund without hard requirements
3:28 pm: Unlike the rescue programs in the financial crisis, the EU Commission wants to massive aid fund in the crisis, recipient countries do not commit to tough conditions and budgetary requirements. "This is not an adaptation program with a different name," said Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni. There would also be "no troika" to monitor it.
The EU Commission proposed a reconstruction plan of 750 billion euros on Wednesday in order to quickly get Europe out of the recession. Above all, affected countries such as Italy and Spain are to be supported, which have little national budgetary leeway to launch economic stimulus programs. Two thirds of the funds should flow as grants, the rest as loans.
Gentiloni made it clear that the help is limited in time. At least 60 percent of the money flowing as non-repayable grants should be agreed for specific projects by the end of 2022, he said. The rest then by the end of 2024. Loans could only be applied for "by the end of 2024 at the latest." (afp)
Acceptances for Berlin Corona emergency clinic completed
3.18 p.m .: The formalities for the operation of the Corona emergency hospital on the exhibition grounds in Berlin are fulfilled. "The series of approvals only confirms what we have always said: The Jafféstrasse treatment center was and is operational in an emergency," said a spokesman for the health administration on request. The “Tagesspiegel” (online) previously reported that the first 84 beds could now be occupied.
When it opened around two weeks ago, it was already clear that the beds would not be needed at the moment. 500 infected people could be treated successively in the converted exhibition hall if the Berlin hospitals reached their capacity limits due to the pandemic. As of Wednesday evening, according to the health administration, 4.4 percent of the Berlin intensive care beds were occupied by Covid 19 patients. (dpa)
Johnson consultant Cummings will probably go unpunished
14.55 p.m .: Prime Minister Boris Johnson's closest advisor, Dominic Cummings, probably goes unpunished for his violations of the curfew. The police said that Cummings had violated corona rules when he visited a castle near his parents' house with his wife and son. However, it will not take any legal action because of this. It was a minor violation of the regulations because Cummings complied with the distance rules. A government spokesman said the case was closed. At the end of March, Cummings had driven his coronavirus-infected wife and son in a car 400 kilometers through England to Durham to his family and had taken the trip to the castle there. That had sparked a heated debate. (rtr)
Beer sales slumped by a good 17 percent in April
2.49 p.m .: The crisis caused beer sales to collapse with closed bars and cancellations of large popular festivals. In April 2020, the German brewing industry sold 17.3 percent less alcoholic beer than in the same month of the previous year, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on the basis of the beer tax. (dpa)
Frankfurt Book Fair without exhibitors from overseas
2.43 p.m .: According to Director Juergen Boos, the 72nd Frankfurt Book Fair from October 14 to 18 will take place as a "special edition with its own format". It will take place on the exhibition grounds, decentralized in the city and virtually at the same time, and will have a “European character”, said Boos. All European publishing groups, including those from Spain, Italy and France, prepared their trade fair appearances. In contrast, there will be no participants from Latin America, Asia and the USA. Intensive discussions about his appearance are currently being held with the host country Canada, Boos said. He currently strongly believes in a virtual concept for the country. If a second wave of corona came, all face-to-face events would be canceled. The Supervisory Board of the Book Fair had decided yesterday that the fair should take place with a special hygiene concept. (epd)
USA: Another 2.1 million new applications for unemployment benefits
2.39 p.m .: The number of unemployed in the United States continues to increase dramatically. In the week ending May 23, more than 2.1 million people applied for unemployment benefits, the US government said. Since the pandemic in the United States escalated in March, almost 41 million people have lost their jobs at least temporarily. There has never been such a slump in the job market in US history. The unemployment rate for May, which will not be announced until the beginning of June, should be more than 20 percent, according to analysts. (dpa)
Retirement homes in Spain: Free football streams
14.13 p.m .: Residents of old people's homes in Spain should be able to watch all football matches in the first and second division free of charge until the end of the current season. The media company agreed on this Media Pro, which has the broadcasting rights, and representatives from La Liga, as reported by the Europa Press news agency. The "emotions surrounding football" should offer a little variety to older people who suffered from loneliness due to restricted visits. (dpa)
Corona virus compared to women – outcry in Indonesia
14.13 p.m .: Indonesian security minister Mohammad Mahfud took up a comparison between the corona virus and women and received harsh criticism from women's organizations and users on the Internet. His remark fell when he campaigned in a video posted on Youtube for the gradual easing of restrictions the Indonesian government is planning.
“I recently got a meme from my colleague Luhut Pandjaitan that said, 'Corona is like your wife. At the beginning you try to control them, then you become aware that this is not possible. Then you learn to live with it, '' he said in English. Pandjaitan, Minister of Marine and Investment, was also criticized for this, but only Mahfud had spoken this “joke” in public. Memes are pictures and clips that are widely distributed on the Internet. "This statement not only reflects the government's incompetence in combating the pandemic, but also shows the misogynistic attitude of officials," said the Indonesian women's organization Women's Solidarity Society. (dpa)
Study: The media mostly question men as corona experts
02.02 p.m .: In the German media reporting on the pandemic, men in particular appear as experts. This emerges from two scientific studies published by the MaLisa Foundation. In the TV formats examined, only one in five experts was female (22 percent). According to this, only around seven percent of women were mentioned as experts in the online reporting. The foundation also said that as a doctor, questions about Covid-19 in particular were heard by men. This is particularly explosive, since half of all doctors in Germany are female. (epd)
Lithuania and Estonia want to act differently in the second wave
2.00 p.m .: Lithuania and Estonia no longer want to impose a nationwide lockdown on a second wave, nor do they want to completely shut down the economy. In such a case, targeted measures would be taken at local epicentres, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Jüri Ratas said in radio interviews.
"Many countries would behave a little differently since we had painful lessons in dealing with the pandemic across Europe and around the world," Skvernelis said on Lithuanian radio. Should there be another outbreak, the government will focus on the hot spots. There is already a plan for that. Ratas said similarly: "The general principle must be that not Estonia comes to a standstill, but the virus." In the two Baltic States, governments reacted early to the spread of the virus with strict measures. (dpa)
England introduces infection tracking system
1:32 pm: The UK government has introduced an infection tracking system in England. Health Minister Matt Hancock today appealed to people to abide by the associated rules. This is a "civic duty," he told BBC radio. With the "Test and Trace" system, 25,000 employees – supported by another 27,000 employees in clinics and test facilities – determine the contact persons of infected people. Anyone who may have been infected is asked to isolate themselves, even if they have no symptoms. There are no fines for violations; Hancock emphasized, however, that it was "in the interest of everyone" to stick to it. According to the government, the employees should be able to check the contacts of 10,000 infected people per day.
Britain is the country with the most corona deaths in Europe. According to the National Statistics Office, 46,000 people had died there as a result of an infection with the new corona virus by mid-May. The official government figure is 37,460 dead. (afp)
Death rate increased in Europe since March
1:19 p.m .: The WHO sees you Link between an increased death rate in Europe and the coronavirus. In total, around 159,000 more people have died in 24 European countries since the beginning of March than would have been expected in a normal year. A "significant proportion" of this has to do with the disease Covid-19 caused by the coronavirus. "We clearly saw that the peak of deaths was linked to the peak of the pandemic," said Katie Smallwood of the WHO emergency team. (rtr)
Seals in Canada are corona winners
1:17 p.m .: Tens of thousands of young seals on the coasts of Canada are among the winners of the global pandemic – because the hunt for them failed to materialize. In Newfoundland and Labrador, 388 young seals were killed this year, and in 2019 there were over 30,000 animals in the same period, as the animal rights organization International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) announced. In 2020, no commercial seal hunt had taken place in some coastal areas. (epd)
German theaters write Merkel
1:12 p.m .: In a letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), 23 directors and drama directors of German theaters have called for proportionate federal funding so that local authorities will not save on culture in the future despite the crisis. Many theaters and artists "have water up to their necks, both in the short term and, above all, in the broader perspective," it said. They are very concerned about the continued existence of cultural life, wrote the director of the Hamburg Thalia Theater, Joachim Lux, on behalf of 22 other large houses. Around to secure the future of small and large theaters and artists, the federal government now has a duty.
In addition, the theater makers want additional funding instruments so that the international exchange of European theaters is not interrupted. A third demand is about individual artists who would not receive enough corona funds. (dpa)
Half a million driver's license exams failed
1:05 p.m .: In Germany, around 500,000 practical and theoretical driving school tests fell into the water. This was the result of calculations by the TÜV association. Even after the restart of the driving schools, longer waiting times have to be expected due to the distance rules, because significantly fewer learner drivers can take the theory tests at the same time than usual. The TÜV organizations are now building up additional testing capacities. The goal is to limit the lead time for an appointment to the usual two-week period. Since Monday there have been theoretical and practical driving license tests nationwide again. Many federal states had previously made it possible to carry out examinations under strict conditions. (afp)
Förderbank EIB gives 2 billion euros
1.00 p.m .: The European development bank EIB has committed two billion euros to combat the corona virus. "Aid for treatments, vaccines and cures are a priority in the short term," says EIB chief Werner Hoyer. The development bank had previously pledged 141 million euros, primarily for research and development in the EU and the rest of the world. (rtr)
Tax aid for restaurateurs decided
12.50 p.m .: The Bundestag has spoken out in favor of tax relief urgently demanded by restaurateurs. He decided to lower the sales tax rate for food in the catering trade from 19 to 7 percent. The regulation in the Corona Tax Assistance Act introduced by the government coalition will apply from July 1 of this year to the end of June 2021. Catering companies, supermarkets, bakeries and butchers should also benefit from the tax reduction if they sell finished meals.
The opposition criticized above all that beverages are exempt from the tax cut. "Instead of helping the small corner pub", the government had merely fulfilled a long expressed wish for the hotel and restaurant associationssaid left MP Stefan Liebich. (afp)
Bundestag extends continued payment of wages for parents
12.49 p.m .: The Bundestag today decided to extend the continued payment of wages for parents who cannot work due to corona-related daycare and school closures. Each parent can take the wage replacement payment for ten instead of six weeks. Single parents should be supported for up to 20 weeks. Entitlement to continued payment of wages also applies on a daily basis, for example if emergency care in the daycare center is not available on all weekdays. The duration of the claim is extended accordingly.
According to a regulation in the Infection Protection Act, parents receive continued wages of 67 percent of net income up to a limit of 2,016 euros per month if they are unable to work because daycare centers and schools are closed. (epd)
FC Bayern donates another 350,000 euros to amateur clubs
12:31 pm: FC Bayern supports other amateur clubs in the Free State in the crisis. According to the club, more and more supporters are refusing to refund the tickets already paid for the games that are now taking place without spectators and are making the money available to FC Bayern Hilfe e.V. This now considered the clubs of the Bavarian League South and North, each of the 35 clubs receives 10,000 euros. (dpa)
South Korea is tightening corona restrictions again
12.04 p.m .: South Korea is tightening again given the significant increase in cases of infection the restrictions for people in the metropolis of Seoul and the surrounding area. With immediate effect, public facilities including museums, theaters and multi-purpose halls in the greater Seoul area will be closed again by June 14, Health Minister Park Neung Hoo said on Thursday after a crisis meeting chaired by Prime Minister Chung Sye Kyun. "The next two weeks are critical." (dpa)
Mouthguards now belong in the first aid kit
11.46 a.m .: Don't look away in an emergency: Failure to provide assistance is punishable even in Corona times. However, those who help injured people after an accident can hardly keep their distance. Motorists should therefore add a mouth guard and disinfectant to their first aid kit, advises the R + V Info Center. Disposable gloves have long been part of every first aid kit. Now it makes sense to equip him with a mouthguard and disinfectant, Katharina Donner, consultant doctor at R + V Krankenversicherung, recommends: "If you put on a mouthguard in contact with other people and thoroughly disinfect your hands after the help, the risk of infection is reduced. " (dpa)
Austrian Airlines will take off again on June 15
11:32 am: Austrian Airlines (AUA), part of Lufthansa, plans to resume flight operations on June 15 after a break of almost 90 days. For the time being, European destinations and Tel Aviv will be served from Vienna, the airline said. A total of 37 destinations are to be flown to in the first two weeks, which corresponds to around 5 percent of the offer compared to the previous year. Additional destinations are to be added in the following weeks. The airline had ceased its scheduled flight operations in mid-March and sent the majority of its 7,000 employees on short-time work. (rtr)
Nissan closes its factories in Barcelona and Indonesia
11:32 am: Japanese car maker Nissan closes its factories in Spain and Indonesia in view of its first negative annual results in eleven years. Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida said that production in Europe will in future be concentrated at the British plant in Sunderland. In Southeast Asia, production will be relocated from Indonesia to Thailand. Global production will be reduced by 20 percent. In April, Nissan's global production fell 62 percent year over year. Sales fell 42 percent as a result of the pandemic in April. (dpa)
Disability officer: enable visits
11:24 a.m .: The State Government Commissioner for People with Disabilities, Claudia Middendorf (CDU), has called on residential facilities to allow residents to visit. According to the current restrictions, visits are possible subject to compliance, Middendorf said. "Many relatives of residents in dormitories have recently turned to me for help and reported that they are currently not allowed to visit their parents, children or partners," said the commissioner. Many institutions would refuse visits despite the easing. The right to self-determination and participation should not be disregarded. "In my view, there is no longer any reason to continue to expose people in residential facilities to social isolation," warned Middendorf. (dpa)
Fire in Corona tract in hospital in Bangladesh
11.20 a.m .: At least five people with symptoms of Covid 19 died in a fire in a corona isolation wing of a hospital in Bangladesh. The fire department found the charred bodies of a woman and four men in the ruins of the recently built wing, a spokesman for the local fire department said. The private hospital is considered one of the best in Bangladesh. The fire broke out on Thursday night. According to initial knowledge, the fire brigade assumes that the new wing was not built to be fire-proof. (dpa)
Every fifth German rides a bike more often
11:13 am: In the corona crisis, almost 20 percent of Germans replace trips by car or public transport by the bike. This is the result of a representative survey carried out by the polling institute Civey on behalf of the Daily level. Young people in particular have therefore warmed up to the bike as an alternative. With increasing age, the willingness to get on the saddle decreases instead of taking the car or the bus. (dpa)
111-year-old Chilean woman survives coronavirus infection
10.55 a.m .: A 111-year-old Chilean woman has survived an infection with the coronavirus and is the oldest Covid-19 survivor in the country. Juana Zuniga, who turns 112 in July, was one of 25 people infected in an old people's home in Chile's capital Santiago, the National Service for the Elderly (Senama) said yesterday. According to the home, the elderly patient has chronic respiratory problems, but is otherwise in good physical shape. She had shown no symptoms of the virus.
Zuniga was treated in an isolation ward for 28 days after her infection in April and has been cured since May 10. The most difficult thing was getting them out of their familiar surroundings, said home manager Maria Paz Sordo. Zuniga is said to have lived with her sister all her life and made a living from her own business. After the sister's death, she moved to the old people's home in 2014. (dpa)
Current figures from Russia
10 a.m .: According to official information, 4,124 people in whom the coronavirus has been detected have now died in Russia. The crisis center said 174 new deaths had occurred within 24 hours. In addition, 8,371 new infections were registered. The total number of proven infections has increased to 379,051. (rtr)
Court overturns alcohol ban in Düsseldorf's old town
9.19 a.m .: The Düsseldorf administrative court rejected an unusual measure taken by the city during the crisis. In the middle of May, Düsseldorf had banned the sale and drinking of alcohol outside the home in the old town for the evening. At the weekend, the ban started in the afternoon. The court now granted a retailer's urgent request and declared the regulation illegal (Ref .: 7 L 903/20). "According to the court," neither the sale nor the consumption of alcohol outside the home "led directly to further infections and the spread of the disease". The city's argument that one prevents such spontaneous gatherings of people does not move: The city itself assumes that many visitors will come anyway. (dpa)
Woidke: No regular operation in schools before August
9.06 a.m .: According to Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD), there will be no regular operation in Brandenburg's schools until the beginning of the new school year at the beginning of August at the earliest. Hygiene concepts had to be implemented beforehand and discussions had to be held with the school authorities. "We are on a very, very good path," says Woidke. But even in regular operation not everything can be completely normal againsaid the head of government. (dpa)
EU reconstruction fund: "Strong signal from Brussels"
9.02 a.m .: The Federal Association of German Industry (BDI) describes the EU Commission's proposals for a 750 billion euro reconstruction fund as a "strong signal from Brussels". "The Commission has recognized the dimension of the crisis and the need for decisive action," says BDI chief executive Joachim Lang. "Now the Member States and the EU Parliament have to pull together." The volume is adequate, it is important now to mobilize the funds quickly. (rtr)
Hungary allows football matches with an audience
9.00 a.m .: From tomorrow, the Hungarian government will allow the first time since the pandemic broke out Outdoor sporting events with an audience. Strict conditions apply, as determined by the government decree that appeared in the Hungarian official gazette on Thursday night. A minimum distance between the spectators must be guaranteed. The competitions and games must also take place in areas that are not or only partially covered. For football stadiums, this means that practically only every fourth seat can be allocated, wrote the portal "444.hu". Hungarian league football has been suspended since March because of the pandemic. (dpa)
Easyjet plans to cut 4,500 jobs
8.57 a.m .: The British airline Easyjet wants to cut almost a third of its jobs. 4,500 jobs should be cut, the company says. Before Easyjet, the competitors British Airways, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic had already announced massive job cuts. Due to the global travel restrictions in the wake of the pandemic, Easyjet had suspended flight operations in late March. From June 15, the company plans to offer at least a small number of flights again. (afp)
Another worker on cruise ship commits suicide
8.42 a.m .: Desperation is evidently growing among the crew of the cruise ships stuck because of the pandemic. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a 32-year-old Filipino allegedly committed suicide last week. The man had worked as a cleaner on the "Scarlet Lady" cruise ship. In May alone, at least six crew members died on ships whose deaths were not due to the corona virus. Five of them allegedly committed suicide. The company expressed sympathy for the death, but did not provide any details. The death of the crew member had been reported by the special blog Cruise Law News. Tens of thousands of crew members have been stuck on cruise ships for more than two months, not knowing when to return home. Bringing them back to their home countries poses logistical problems for the cruise lines. (afp)
Approval for the French Corona warning app
8.40 a.m .: The controversial French app "StopCovid" has received the green light from parliament. After the National Assembly, the Senate also approved a corresponding submission by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's mid-government, as the upper house of parliament reported today. The app will be launched soon and will use Bluetooth signals to record which smartphones have come close to each other. Users should be warned if it later turns out that they are next to infected people. There was against the app privacy concerns – also from President Emmanuel Macron's warehouse. (dpa)
Another record increase in Corona cases in India
8:04 a.m .: Despite almost two months of curfew, India has once again set a daily record for infections. The Ministry of Health announced today that 6,566 new cases had been added in 24 hours. The total number rose to 158,333, the number of deaths by 194 to 4,531. The curfew is limited until Sunday. The government is preparing new guidelines to be presented at the weekend. The largest corona hotspot is the metropolis of Mumbai with more than 33,000 cases and almost 1,200 deaths. At the beginning of the month, some blocking measures against the spread of Sars-CoV-2 were relaxed – so that shops and manufacturing companies were allowed to reopen. Bans on rail, air and car traffic were also relaxed. (ap)
France hopes to find agreement on EU reconstruction funds
8.00 a.m .: French finance minister Bruno Le Maire hopes a quick agreement in the EU over the planned 750 billion euro reconstruction fund. It should be achieved in the coming weeks, he told France 2. (rtr)
German economy will shrink by 6.6 percent in 2020
8.00 a.m .: The Ifo Institute believes that a strong recovery is possible after the corona-related record slump in the German economy. The gross domestic product is expected to fall by 6.6 percent this year, the updated forecast said. The next year it should go up by 10.2 percent. The basis for the forecast is the latest Ifo Institute survey of 9,000 companies. The low point is therefore likely to be reached in the current second quarter. (rtr)
An additional 86 million children are at risk of poverty
7.50 a.m .: Save the Children and Unicef warn of more child poverty as a result of the pandemic. According to an analysis, the number of Children in households affected by poverty increase by 86 million worldwide by the end of the year. That would be an increase of 15 percent, said Save the Children and Unicef. If families were not quickly protected from the economic risks, a total of 672 million children in low and middle income countries would live below the national poverty line by the end of the year, around two thirds of them in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The analysis is based, among other things, on projections by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
Save the Children and Unicef urged governments to rapidly and extensively expand social protection systems and programs to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on children in low-income households. (epd)
Number of deaths in the U.S. rises to over 100,000
6.50 a.m .: The number of pandemic deaths recorded in the United States has exceeded 100,000. According to the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the number of corona deaths rose to around 100,400 by Wednesday evening (local time). The number of registered infections was almost 1.7 million.
After the increase in the number of fatalities in the USA had recently slowed down significantly over the past few days, it has now accelerated again: The Johns Hopkins researchers counted 1,401 further deaths within 24 hours. However, the majority of the US states have already started to relax measures against the spread of the virus. In many places, restaurants were reopened and companies started working again. This is from President Donald Trump welcomes who is pushing for a rapid revival of the US economy – apparently not least in view of his chances in the presidential election in November. (afp)
Drug Commission warns of approval for remdesivir
6.02 a.m .: The chairman of the drug commission of the German Medical Association, Wolf Dieter Ludwig, warns of a quick Approval of the drug Remdesivir against Covid-19. "We still know far too little about the side effects," says Ludwig. “The only thing Remdesivir has shown so far is that it reduces the duration of the illness by four days. "At the beginning of last week, the head of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Guido Rasi, said that his authority could grant conditional marketing authorization for remdesivir in Europe" in the coming days ". At the request of the NDR, the EMA now admitted that the manufacturer of remdesivir, the pharmaceutical company Gilead, had not yet submitted an application for approval. (dpa)
Spahn warns of social polarization
5.41 a.m .: Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) has warned of similar social polarization in Germany in the corona crisis as caused by the refugee crisis in 2015/16. At the beginning of the pandemic, Germany "had a feeling of belonging," but now it is necessary to take care of the social climate, Spahn said Augsburg General. Spahn called on people to listen to the different opinions of fellow citizens and to "understand why someone has a different position than yourself". (afp)
Germany: 353 new infections in the last 24 hours
5.12 p.m .: According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of confirmed cases in Germany increases by 353 to 179,717. A further 62 people died as a result of the virus infection within 24 hours. According to the RKI, the total number of deaths in Germany is 8,411. (rtr)
South Korea reports strong jump in new infections
4.47 a.m .: South Korea has reported 79 new infections – the highest number within 24 hours for more than 50 days, the disease control agency said today. 40 new infections were reported on Wednesday. South Korea has registered a total of 11,344 corona cases. 269 people have died from the virus. Health Minister Park Neung Hoo called on residents of the Seoul metropolitan area to avoid unnecessary gatherings. Companies should also not let sick employees work. It remains to be seen whether the new infections will cause those responsible to move away from the gradual reopening of schools. (ap)
Flixbus starts operating again
3.30 a.m .: After a standstill of two months From Thursday on, domestic buses will again operate on domestic connections from the provider Flixbus. Initially, the vehicles should head for almost 50 stops, which corresponds to around 10 percent of the usual destinations. Flixbus appealed to customers to only travel when they are symptom-free. For economic reasons, however, there are no plans to block seats. Competitor Blablabus announced today that it would initially only offer every second place after its planned start of operations in late June. (dpa)
Berlin Senate is likely to decide on new easing
3.30 a.m .: The Berlin Senate will hold a special session on Thursday to further relax restrictions on the pandemic. It is planned, among other things, to ensure freedom of assembly in its original form and to remove the current limit of 100 participants in demonstrations. This is expected to take effect from June 4, with distance bids still to apply. Most recently, there was talk of allowing gyms or cinemas to reopen after weeks of closure. After the opening announcement for theaters in Brandenburg, the Berlin theaters also hope for such decisions. (dpa)
Britain closes embassy in North Korea
3.06 a.m .: Great Britain closes its embassy in North Korea. "The British embassy in Pyongyang was temporarily closed on May 27, 2020 and all diplomatic staff have left the DPRK for the time being," Ambassador Colin Crooks wrote on Twitter. The decision was made because "entry restrictions made it impossible to rotate staff and keep operations running," the UK State Department said. However, diplomatic relations remained. (rtr)
Quarantine around Santiago de Chile extended
2.46 a.m .: In view of the increasing number of coronavirus infections, the Chilean government has extended the stringent exit restrictions in the metropolitan area around the capital city of Santiago until June 5. A total of around 8 million people live in the region – this corresponds to a good 40 percent of the total population of Chile. Previously, the number of infections detected had increased by 4,328 to 82,289 in just 24 hours. This puts Chile in third place in South America after Brazil and Peru. 841 patients have died in connection with Covid-19. The Medical Association had recently warned that the country's intensive care units were almost full. (dpa)
Las Vegas casinos are slated to open again
2.08 a.m .: In the US state of Nevada with the gambling paradise Las Vegas, the casinos and hotels are supposed to reopen after weeks of closings. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced June 4 as an appointment. According to the authorities, the casino operators must comply with hygiene requirements and distance rules and offer protective masks to guests. Swimming pools and water parks can also start operating again, but only with small groups of people. To curb the virus, arcades, restaurants, cinemas and shopping centers were closed in Nevada in mid-March. (dpa)
Brazil: More than 25,000 killed by Covid-19
1.02 a.m .: The number of deaths in Brazil rises to over 25,000. According to the Department of Health, 1,086 more people died in 24 hours from the effects of Covid-19 in the Latin American country, bringing the total to 25,598 fatalities. The number of confirmed infections increases by 20,599 to 411,821. (rtr)