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Voluntary services should become more attractive

Around 41 percent of young people between the ages of 16 and 21 fancy doing voluntary service, as reported by the German Red Cross (DRK). Ten years after the introduction of the Federal Voluntary Service, the DRK draws a positive balance and advises that the…

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Basic rights for those vaccinated and recovered – without those who have tested negative?

The parliamentary group of the two Union parties supports the draft of an ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Justice for the re-recognition of basic rights for people vaccinated against Corona and those recovered after Corona. Details still need to be clarified. The Federal Council…

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Hospital society slightly optimistic

The chairman of the board of directors of the German Hospital Association, Gerald Gaß, has announced that the burden on clinics in Germany has lessened slightly in view of the third Corona wave. New infections have been constant for 14 days, Gaß explained. Since April…

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Oktoberfest canceled, Bayreuth Festival to take place

The Oktoberfest in Munich, after being skipped in 2020, will also be canceled in 2021, in view of the Corona pandemic, the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has announced after a conversation with the Mayor of Munich, Reiter (SPD). There was no time for…

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Von der Leyen and Maas demand for journalists to enjoy protection

On the occasion of International Press Freedom Day, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has criticized the fact that journalists were subjected to reprisals. “Journalism is not a crime and must not be a risk, sometimes life-threatening. We must ensure that information remain a public good,”…

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Corona pandemic: German parliament votes for emergency brake

by Thorsten Koch This Wednesday, the Bundestag voted on the amendment to the Infection Protection Act, passing it after deliberations. The law includes the power to impose restrictions on contacts and closings, for which only the Federal States were previously solely responsible. First of all,…

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Longer bankruptcy protection?

The Grand Coalition is debating whether to extend insolvency protection for commercial companies in view of the Corona pandemic. So far, the regulation applies until the end of April. The SPD would like a longer period of validity. A spokesman for the Union parties’ parliamentary…

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Survey: people for stricter Corona measures

Survey data published on Friday suggest that the Corona measures are supposed to be tightened, to judge from public opinion. 43 percent of those asked in the framework of the representative survey for the ZDF Politbarometer – instead of 33 percent at the end of…

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Merkel for a quick implementation of the Corona emergency brake

by Thorsten Koch Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a faster implementation of the Corona emergency brake, which is to be valid throughout Germany, and warned against overstressing the German health system. In the Bundestag she said: “The situation is serious, very serious.” The third…

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Towards an “emergency brake” against the third Corona wave

by Thorsten Koch The third wave of the corona pandemic is “perhaps the toughest for us,” Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned. Merkel hopes for tests and vaccinations in order to effectively combat the infections. In particular, vaccination is suitable to break the wave, said Merkel….

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Laschet wants ‘bridge lockdown’ of two to three weeks

A “bridge lockdown” proposed by CDU chairman Armin Laschet could minimize the Corona incidence value to 100 if it was maintained for two to three weeks. This way, easing of limitations in the face of the pandemic would be conceivable. Laschet said during the Morning…

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Prospective candidacy for Chancellor : Markus Söder front-runner in poll

According to a survey from the end of March, conducted by ARD-DeutschlandTrend, more and more people feel that the steps against the Corona pandemic are not extensive enough – 32 percent or twelve percent more than at the beginning of March. 38 percent regard the…

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The number of intensive care patients has risen

The number of intensive care patients suffering from Covid-19 in German clinics has again risen to just over 4,000. This results from data from the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. From the beginning of February to mid-March, the number had fallen…

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General medical practitioners also vaccinate

The vaccinations against the Coronavirus began with numerous general practitioners on Tuesday. A total of 35,000 practices expressed their wish to take part in the vaccination campaign, initially. Up to 1 million vaccine doses are currently available for this purpose.

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Air force delivers ventilators to Brazil

The Bundeswehr has delivered 80 ventilators to Manaus, Brazil, after Germany was asked for help in the wake of the Corona pandemic. Brazil is currently suffering from numerous new infections with the Coronavirus.

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11,000 soldiers deployed in Corona aid

The Bundeswehr is currently providing assistance against the Corona pandemic with a strength of 11,000 soldiers. Around 3,000 soldiers are deployed in old people’s and nursing homes. In addition, numerous soldiers help the health authorities with vaccinations and with the follow-up of contacts with people…

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Steinmeier appeals to sense of community in Easter address

The German Federal President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has appealed to citizens, in his Easter address, to take responsibility and prove social cohesion in the face of the Corona pandemic. “Let’s all get together,” he said. In the fight against the pandemic, it is not a question…

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Merkel calls for a quiet Easter

In a video podcast, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Germans to minimize their contacts with other people during the Easter holidays. Thus, a quiet Easter in a small group would be possible. Citizens should avoid unnecessary travel so that the health system would not…

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Clinics soon at their limits due to Corona variant B.1.1.7

According to figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Saturday, 18,129 new infections with the Corona virus and 120 new deaths with Corona were reported within one day. The seven-day incidence – infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one week – was 131.4 nationwide. New…

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Corona vaccination rate in Germany over 12 percent

More than 10 million people in Germany have now received primary immunization against the Coronavirus. The quota is thus about 12 percent. Around 217,000 vaccinations were given on Good Friday alone. Around 146,500 people received one dose for the first time that day, and more…

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Bedford-Strohm welcomes the possibility of face-to-face church services

The President of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Bedford-Strohm, has expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to hold face-to-face services in churches at Easter. Chancellor Angela Merkel had sent a strong signal by withdrawing from the strict Easter rest resolution. Both the…

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Test obligation: air travel during Easter holidays only with a negative result

Since March 30, vacationers and other passengers are allowed to travel by plane only if they can show a negative Corona test result. This restriction will initially be valid until May 12th. The test must not be older than two days. Both PCR tests and…

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Corona easing: consultations concluded between the Federal Government and the governments of the Federal States

by Thorsten Koch In a consultation which dragged on for hours, the Federal Government and the State Governments agreed that there should be a step-by-step plan that results in easing the lockdown. The measures against Corona are to be extended until March 28th. An extension…

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Coronavirus: general medical practitioners should also be allowed to vaccinate

According to a paper by the Federal Ministry of Health, general practitioners are to be included in the vaccinations against the Coronavirus from the second half of March. This makes it necessary to change the vaccination ordinance at federal level. From April it will be…

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Opening perspectives in case of fewer infections

by Thorsten Koch The Federal and State Governments have described four opening steps in a working paper. This is limited to the event that after March 28 – until then, the corona measures are to be extended -, the number of Covid infections will decrease….

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