The essentials in brief:
– Germans more pessimistic than ever since 1949
– The US Senate is launching trillions of aid for businesses and citizens
– Slovakia allows state access to cell phone data
7.54 a.m. Russia suspends almost all international flights from this Friday due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government in Moscow instructed the state agency Tass. However, Russian planes can still fly abroad to bring back stranded Russian citizens or if the government grants special permits.
6.58 a.m. According to a survey, the corona crisis makes Germans more pessimistic than any other event since the Federal Republic of Germany was founded in 1949. Only 24 percent are hopeful about the next twelve months, as the survey published on Thursday by the Allensbach Institute on behalf of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". Even after the wall was built in 1961 and after the attacks of September 11, 2001, the mood was not as depressed as it is today.
6.31 a.m. The Robert Koch Institute reports 36,508 confirmed corona infections in Germany in the morning. So far, 198 people have died from COVID-19 disease.
5.40 a.m. – The Senate in Washington has thedecided in the history of the United States. In a rare act of bipartisan unity, the Chamber of Congress voted for the measures of around two trillion dollars (around 1.85 trillion euros). The massive aid for the population and the economy was initiated with 96 yes and zero votes against. The package of measures has yet to be approved by the House of Representatives and signed by President Donald Trump.
5.40 a.m. – In an extraordinary fast-track procedure, the Slovakian parliament approved 91 amendments to 43 against an amendment to the law, which the state Access to otherwise protected cell phone data the citizen allows. This means that the state health authority will be able to use cell phone location data to track where people infected with the new coronavirus are and who they are meeting with.
5.38 a.m. – The number of confirmed infected in Thailand has risen to over 1000 cases. The government has now closed all crossings at national borders and also stopped air and ship traffic into the Kingdom, an official announcement said on Wednesday evening. Only Thai citizens and diplomats are allowed to enter the country.
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