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Germany removes entry restrictions for eleven non-EU countries
11:00 a.m .: Germany once again grants unrestricted entry to people from eleven countries outside the European Union. According to a cabinet decision on Wednesday, this applies to travelers from Australia, Georgia, Canada, Montenegro, New Zealand, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. For travelers from Japan, South Korea and China, it only applies if these countries also allow people from Germany to enter again. The relief will come into force on Thursday, as the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced.
There are also extended entry options for people from all countries outside the European Union who have an important reason to travel. These can be Germans or people with the right to reside here, seasonal workers in agriculture, seafarers or passengers in transit traffic.
For travelers from high-risk areas, a 14-day quarantine obligation continues to apply if they do not have a negative test result for the corona virus.
Austria issues travel warning for the Western Balkans
10:59 am: The Austrian government issues a travel warning for the countries of the Western Balkans. Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said that the highest level of travel warning would be imposed for all six countries affected due to the significantly increasing number of infections in this region. The countries affected are Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Albania.
New Bundesliga season probably starts in mid-September
10:39: The German Football League (DFL) wants to start the new Bundesliga season either on September 11 or 18. It has not yet been decided. “We are still in talks with the DFB,” said DFL managing director Christian Seifert in an interview with “Welt”. But it is “certainly” that one of the two dates is scheduled for the first match day. The possibility that the European Cup starters would start later in Portugal (Champions League) and Germany (Europa League) because of the final tournaments in August did not rule out Seifert.
466 reported new infections in Germany
10.18 a.m .: The health authorities in Germany reported 466 corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. Since the beginning of the corona crisis, 194,725 people in Germany have demonstrably contracted Sars-CoV-2, as reported by the RKI on Wednesday morning (data status 1.7., 0.00 a.m.).
According to RKI, 8,985 people infected with the virus died in Germany – an increase of 12 compared to the previous day. RKI estimates that around 179,800 people have survived the infection. That is about 700 more than the day before.
The reproduction number, or R-value for short, was 0.83 (previous day: 0.74) according to RKI estimates with data as of June 30, 00:00. This means that an infected person infects less than another person on average. The R value shows the infection process approximately one and a half weeks beforehand.
Since mid-May, the RKI has also been issuing a so-called seven-day R. It refers to a longer period and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, the value as of June 30, 00:00 a.m. was 0.67 (previous day: 0.63). It shows the infection from 8 to 16 days ago.
6.83 million people were on short-time work in April
10.07 clock: It is the highest number of short-time workers ever officially determined in the Federal Republic: Im April According to the Federal Employment Agency, 6.83 million people in Germany were on short-time work. In March the number was still at 2.49 million, as the authority announced in Nuremberg on Wednesday.
However, according to the latest estimates by the Ifo Institute, the number of short-time workers fell in June, after a peak in May.
The number of unemployed is in the June rose again. There were 40,000 more people without a job than in May. The unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage points to 6.2 percent. A total of 2,853,000 people were registered as unemployed.
The first holiday airlines from Germany land on Crete
8.28 a.m .: Greece opened all of its airports on the islands and in the holiday regions of the mainland for international flights on Wednesday. For the first time after the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, charter planes from Germany landed at the airport on the Greek holiday island of Crete in the morning.
Doctors carry out checks at all airports. All travelers to Greece must electronically register at least 48 hours before arrival, indicating where they were before and where they will be in Greece. State television (ERT) reported an algorithm that calculates whether and which travelers have to take a corona test after their arrival. If you test positive, you have to go to isolated accommodation in hotels specially set up for the corona epidemic for 14 days. Greece will cover the costs. The country has a very low coronavirus infection rate compared to other European countries.
At least 45 infected people in a Bavarian catering company
By Tuesday evening, the series test of the employees revealed 45 cases. Health authorities are also testing residents of refugee shelters where employees live. Despite the new hotspot, District Administrator Stefan Frey (CSU) initially ruled out a lockdown in the region. “We are currently a long way from that.” The lockdown in a district presupposes that it is an unspecific outbreak. “This is currently not the case with us.” The infection chains are understandable and limited to specific community facilities – asylum accommodation and the company – said Frey.
The company supplied the LMU Klinikum with 4800 patient and 1600 staff meals every day.
United States buy up worldwide stocks of remdesivir
4.45 a.m .: According to reports from the “Guardian” and other media, the United States has apparently secured almost the entire inventory of the Ebola medicine remdesivir for months. It is said to be more than 500,000 cans of the agent and thus the complete production capacity of the manufacturer Gilead for July and 90 percent of the capacity in August and September.
As of September, there is virtually no remdesivir available for treatments for Covid-19 patients in Europe and the rest of the world. Most recently, the EU Medicines Agency recommended approval of the drug. At the end of April, a study had shown that remdesivir in Covid 19 patients could reduce the time to recovery by an average of four days – from 15 to 11 days. However, it is not yet certain that mortality will also decrease when ingested.
Government crisis in Slovenia due to protective equipment scandal
3.02 a.m .: In Slovenia, the government experienced severe turmoil due to a scandal involving alleged violations of the rules for the procurement of materials for the fight against the corona pandemic. The interior minister resigned on Tuesday and the economy minister was temporarily arrested. The right-wing government under Prime Minister Janez Jansa has only been in office since the beginning of March.
A special police unit investigates possible violations of the law when purchasing protective clothing against the corona virus and respirators. Several apartments were searched on Tuesday.
According to reports by the Slovenian media, Minister of Economic Affairs Zdravko Pocivalsek favored certain companies in the procurement of the medical material, even though their material was unsuitable. Pocivalsek rejects the allegations.
1.4 million corona infected and almost 60,000 dead in Brazil
0.19: Almost 60,000 people died of Covid-19 in Brazil. The number rose in one day by 1280 to 59,594, according to data from the Ministry of Health. The number of infections rose by 33,846 to over 1.4 million.