The essentials in brief:
- China closes its borders for foreigners
- The G20 countries want to invest $ 5 trillion in the global economy
- In the United States, the number of
The messages in detail – all times in CET:
10.20 p.m. – The EU finance ministers should work out details for a special credit line within two weeks. It is about supporting Member States that are particularly vulnerable.
10:01 p.m. – In Italy, hopes have been dashed that the coronavirus epidemic may be on the decline. On Thursday, both the number of fatalities and those newly infected rose again. According to the authorities, 712 people died of the virus-induced lung disease Covid-19 within 24 hours.
7.50 p.m. – The leadership in China has announced the closure of its borders for foreigners. The measure will come into force on Saturday, the Foreign Ministry said in Beijing on its website. A reason for the closure was initially not given. However, observers in Beijing assume that a second wave of infection caused by foreigners with the pathogen Sars-CoV-2 should be prevented. The borders remain open only for diplomats and for specialists and business people deemed to be particularly necessary, as well as in humanitarian emergencies.
6:27 pm – The G20 countries are investing a total of $ 5 trillion in the global economy in the corona virus crisis. It is about "restoring trust, maintaining financial stability, reviving growth and emerging stronger from the crisis," said the 20 leading industrialized and emerging countries after their video conference.
5:33 p.m. – The EU heads of state and government call toto stop the coronavirus pandemic. Following a video conference with the G20 leaders, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel said in a joint statement that "rapid, massive and coordinated global action is being announced the health and economic front are necessary to save lives and avoid another economic crisis ".
17:26 – The state hospitals in new York Governor Andrew Cuomo estimates that the pandemic will likely overwhelm them. Try to expand capacity wherever possible. In New York State, the number of deaths from corona infection increased by 100 to 385 within 24 hours. Across the United States, the death toll rose to over 1000. Almost 70,000 people are officially infected.
5:19 p.m. – In Portugal the number of fatalities rose by 17 to 60. As the health authorities said, this is an increase of almost 40 percent in 24 hours. The number of people infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus rose by 18 percent to more than 3,500.
5.15 p.m. – The government in Afghanistan has ordered the release of up to 10,000 prisoners to slow the spread of the coronavirus. President Ashraf Ghani's decree was aimed at women, young offenders, critically ill patients and prisoners over 55, said Attorney General Farid Hamidi. The government is responding to an increase in corona infections in the country.
5:08 p.m. – The Russian president Wladimir Putin called for the G20 video summit to temporarily suspend international sanctions on important goods. Putin said after the summit that medicines, food, technology and equipment could be delivered regardless of trade wars and sanctions. Like other countries, Russia suffers from sanctions. The United States, the EU and other countries have imposed sanctions on the country for the Ukraine conflict.
4.32 p.m. – China the equivalent of around $ 344 billion in the fight against the spread of the corona virus. The foreign ministry in Beijing said that it was mainly a matter of fiscal policy measures. $ 141 billion has already been spent on tax breaks and liquidity support.
4:23 pm – The EU heads of state and government have started their discussions on the response to the pandemic. They started a video conference under the direction of EU Council President Charles Michel. It is unclear whether there will be agreement on how to proceed against the economic consequences of the pandemic. Until recently, the member states had fought over the corona bonds rejected by Germany to support financially weaker countries.
4:05 pm – The German doctors are preparing Life and death decisions to have to meet when the pandemic no longer has sufficient capacity. Seven medical associations therefore adopted a catalog with recommendations for action, as announced by the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. President Uwe Janssens said that the criterion should be the clinical prospect of success, i.e. the likelihood that the patient will survive the treatment. The principle of equality applies.
3.49 p.m. – The G20 countries have decided to join forces in the fight against the corona virus. A statement by the 20 largest industrialized and emerging countries after a video conference of the heads of state and government said that lives had to be protected and jobs and prosperity had to be secured. This would pump $ 5 trillion into the global economy. Saudi King Salman, host of the video channel, initially called for greater efforts in the research for a vaccine. Among others, US President Donald Trump, his Chinese colleague Xi Jinping and Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the conference.
3.31 p.m. – Because of the corona crisis, everyone should Iranians Cancel your vacation in the middle of the Persian New Year holidays and return immediately to your hometowns. That was the order of the Iranian Interior Ministry. According to the new instructions, only locals are allowed to enter their cities. The two-week Persian New Year holidays are currently running in Iran. Many Iranians use the time for vacation. According to government figures, the death toll has risen to 2,234 and the number of people infected to almost 30,000.
3:29 pm – As the first country in the Arab world Saudi Arabia more than 1000 infected people reported. The Ministry of Health in Riyadh said that 112 new cases had been added within a day, bringing the total to 1012.
3:27 pm – Spain extends the curfew until at least April 12. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in parliament that he was convinced that "the only effective option against the virus is social isolation." The largest opposition party, the conservative People's Party, supports the measure. After Italy, Spain is the country most affected by the pandemic in Europe. The death toll increased by 655 overnight to 4089.
03.05 p.m. – Uganda's pop star and politician Bobi Wine has written a song explaining the symptoms of the disease caused by Covid-19 and making his fans aware of keeping a distance from others. So far there have been 14 confirmed cases in his home country.
03.05 p.m. – China's president Xi Jinping campaigns for international cooperation in the fight against the corona crisis. It is important to maintain global industrial supply chains, Xi said at a video conference of the G20 states, according to state media. He urged the other countries to cut tariffs, dismantle trade barriers and facilitate the exchange of goods. The People's Republic wants to help stabilize the global economy.
2.36 p.m. – In Italy has one over centenarians survived a corona infection. The man, born in 1919, was released from the Rimini hospital, said the city's vice mayor, Gloria Lisi. Italy is the hardest hit country in Europe with more than 7,500 deaths. In total there are almost 75,000 cases of infection. The mortality rate is particularly high among people over 80 years of age.
2:21 pm – The chair of the G20 countries called for solidarity in the Corona crisis. "It is our responsibility to shake hands with developing countries," said King Salman of Saudi Arabia at the G20 video summit. The members of the group of states should provide an "efficient and coordinated response" to the challenges of the pandemic, he said.
2:04 p.m. – The Austrian capital Vienna Given the risk of infection with the corona virus, donated a taxi voucher of 50 euros to all citizens over 65 years of age. Around 300,000 older people can benefit from the measure.