Corona virus live ticker: +++ 08:01 Corona vaccine: Dietmar Hopp brakes Donald Trump from +++


The biotech company Curevac will continue in Germany at one vaccine against that Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 to research. The main owner behind the Tübingen research company rejects corresponding takeover offers from the USA.

  • On vaccine should helping people around the world in solidaritysaid the entrepreneur Dietmar Hops With.
  • Hopp is the one with 80 percent greatest Shareholders to Curevac, which works with various government institutions.
  • Also from the Federal Ministry of Health It was said that they were interested in “that vaccines and active substances against the coronavirus are also being developed in Germany and Europe.”

Read more about the struggle for Curevac here.

+++ 07:50 Schleswig-Holstein freezes island tourism +++
As announced, Schleswig-Holstein has blocked all Schleswig-Holstein North and Baltic Sea islands and the Halligen in the North Sea for tourists since 6:00 a.m., as the responsible police control centers confirmed.

The background to this is the fight against the spread of the novel corona virus. When the decision was announced after a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Daniel Günther asked holidaymakers to go home. During the course of Monday, the CDU politician wants to announce further regulations for tourism in all of Schleswig-Holstein.

The North Sea islands affected by the measures include Sylt, Amrum and Föhr, the Nordstrand peninsula and the Halligen Hooge and Langeneß. The popular holiday island of Fehmarn is closed to tourists in the Baltic Sea until further notice.

+++ 07:20 Coronavirus in pigs? Greifswald researchers start tests +++
In research, the fight against the corona virus is in full swing. Scientists around the world are working to better understand the pathogen and its peculiarities. At Greifswald, the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) recently started special animal experiments to research Sars-CoV-2.

  • “It is important to know whether the virus could cause difficulties in livestock farming,” said the scientists.
  • First pigs, chickens, ferrets and Nile fruit bats were selected, a bat species, as FLI President Thomas Mettenleiter said. These experiments are currently the most urgent research project on the island of Riems.
  • Results are expected at the end of April at the earliest.

The FLI is the German Federal Research Institute for Animal Health and has the mandate to maintain the health of food-producing animals and to protect people against zoonoses – infectious diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans.

+++ 06:46 Ardern: Could be worse than the 2007 economic crisis +++
After consulting with the Treasury Department, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern believes that the economic impact of the Corona virus could be greater than the Great Depression of 2007. “At this point, we cannot be sure of the impact, but we can be sure that they will be significant, “says Ardern.

How the Corona crisis is already affecting the economy:

  • China: Activity in Chinese industry weakened dramatically in the first two months of the year due to the corona crisis. Industrial production plummeted 13.5 percent in January and February after a 6.9 percent increase in December, the National Statistics Service said. Economists had expected a decline of 3.0 percent by consensus.
  • Europe: According to industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, the pandemic will lead to massive slumps in car sales in Western Europe. Compared to the previous year, sales would drop by 11 percent to 12.7 million cars, study director Dudenhöffer said.

+++ 06:07 Steinmeier: “We will defeat the virus” +++
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on people in Germany to exercise prudence and consideration in the fight against the corona virus. “We will defeat the virus,” the head of state told the news portal “T-Online”. “But what kind of society we will live in and what kind of world it depends on how we act today.” The main thing now is to slow down the spread of the virus.

“Drastic and immediate cuts in our daily life, our day-to-day work are necessary for this, we have to do without old habits such as hugs, the kiss of greeting, shaking hands for a while,” said Steinmeier. “Our self-restraint today can save lives tomorrow.” He called for all targeted options to be examined “without a ban on thinking” and to be implemented if necessary.

+++ 05:41 infections in Japan increase after music event +++
Japan’s Ministry of Health has identified 15 new herds of coronavirus infections across the country. According to the ministry, the largest cluster is in the Osaka area, with more than 50 people affected. The infection occurred at a music event. Hokkaido, Aichi and Wakayama Prefectures and Tokyo City each report more than 10 infected people.

+++ 05:29 EU wants coordinated economic response +++
Finance ministers of the European Union want to agree on a coordinated economic response to the coronavirus pandemic later today. “Our Eurogroup on Monday will focus on responding to Covid-19,” said Eurozone Finance Minister Mario Centeno of Portugal. “Most of the first policies come from the capitals, but I will get our group to agree on a comprehensive and coordinated EU economic response to this health crisis,” he says.

+++ 05:18 African countries cancel flights, close borders +++
Several African governments are closing their borders, canceling flights and imposing strict entry and quarantine requirements to curb the spread of the new corona virus. The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a national emergency and warns that the outbreak could have “potentially permanent” effects on the continent’s most developed economy, which is already in recession. “Any foreigner who has visited high-risk countries in the past 20 days is denied a visa,” he says. South Africans who visited affected countries would be quarantined upon return to their homes and gatherings of more than 100 people would be banned, Ramaphosa says.

The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, says his government is suspending travel from any country with reported Covid 19 cases. “Only Kenyan citizens and foreigners with valid residence permits are allowed to enter if they go into self-quarantine,” he says in a television speech. The ban will come into force within 48 hours and remain in force for at least 30 days. Schools should close immediately and universities by the end of the week, he adds. Citizens would be encouraged to make cashless transactions to reduce the risk of dealing with contaminated money.

In West Africa Ghana From Tuesday, anyone who has been in a country with more than 200 coronavirus cases in the last 14 days, prohibit entry, unless it is a traveler with official residence or a Ghanaian national. Ghana has registered six cases of viral disease so far. President Nana Akufo-Addo said universities and schools will be closed from Monday until further notice. Public gatherings are prohibited for four weeks, he said, although private burials are allowed for groups of fewer than 25 people.

Arranged in southern Africa Namibia the closure of schools for a month after the first two cases were confirmed on Saturday.

Djibouti, which has not yet had a confirmed case of COVID-19, will stop all international flights, government officials say. Tanzania, which also has no cases yet, cancels flights to India and suspends school championships. The virus has so far taken root in at least 26 countries on the continent.

+++ 05:11 United Airlines expects $ 1.5 billion in revenue losses in March +++
The American airline United Airlines announced that it would generate $ 1.5 billion less in revenue in March than the year before. United assumes that the situation will worsen as a result of the virus until the summer travel season and announces further measures to deal with the economic consequences of the outbreak. United said in a statement that it would reduce executive salaries by 50 percent in April and May and cut flight capacity by about 50 percent. “Even with these cuts, we expect flight capacity to fall in the 20-30 percent range – and that’s if it doesn’t get worse,” said United CEO Oscar Munoz and President Scott Kirby in the memo.

+++ 04:52 The Czech Republic limits freedom of movement +++
The Czech Republic is tightening restrictions to combat the Corina virus outbreak. Until March 24th, citizens are prohibited from getting around to work, shopping and doing a few necessary things. According to Prime Minister Andrej Babis, the restriction of freedom of movement has been in force since midnight. He encourages people to work from home or to take vacation, if possible. Public transport would be maintained. Interior Minister Jan Hamacek says the aim of the measures is to slow the spread of the virus in order to avoid an uncontrollable increase in infections and deaths. “Nobody forbids you to go for a walk, but drinking a beer with 20 people is irresponsible and dangerous.” The country, with a population of 10.7 million, has confirmed 253 cases of the virus so far and has not yet recorded any deaths.

+++ 04:33 further declining numbers in South Korea +++
The number of daily corona infections recorded in South Korea continues to decline. However, given the rapid spread of the coronavirus, health authorities around the world are expressing increasing concern that infected people could enter from abroad. Local accumulations of infections in the country itself continue to pose an increased risk.

According to the information, there are 74 new infections. On Saturday, the number had dropped to below 100 for the first time in more than three weeks. The total number of confirmed cases increases to 8,236. The number of deaths related to the coronavirus remains at 75.

+++ 04:22 New York closes restaurants and shops +++
The city that never sleeps comes to rest: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio closes shops, restaurants, theaters and cinemas from Tuesday to slow down the spread of the Corona virus. Restaurants, bars or cafés could continue to offer delivery or take-away, the mayor said. More than 50,000 restaurants in New York are affected. According to the National Restaurant Association, they have annual sales of more than $ 51 billion and employ more than 800,000 people.

+++ 03:52 for the first time more corona cases outside of China +++
Last Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) located the new epicenter of the corona pandemic in Europe. While the number of active infections in China continues to decline and for the first time since January 29, 2020 it has dropped below 10,000 acute infections, the numbers in Europe and in the rest of the world continue to rise significantly. Consequence: For the first time since the onset of the corona crisis, the number of infections outside of China has now exceeded that of the corona cases on mainland China.

While just over 80,000 cases have been confirmed in China and the number of new infections has decreased sharply, more than 86,000 infections have now been confirmed in the rest of the world, and the trend is rising. More than a quarter of these infections are in Italy, which China replaced last week as the country with the most active corona cases.

The number of corona deaths outside of China has now exceeded the official Chinese death toll. Globally, there are also more active corona cases than healed patients.

+++ 03:32 Söder: Border closure is an important building block +++
CSU boss Markus Söder describes the border closure as an important building block for the protection of the population in Germany. The aim of all measures is to slow the development of new infections, says the Bavarian Prime Minister. “We have to do everything we can to prevent the bad outbreak.” But it is also clear that guaranteed protection is not possible. There will initially be no formal curfew in Bavaria.

+++ 03:11 fever measurements before Berets of the White House +++
As of today, security measures in the White House are being tightened. Anyone entering the government headquarters in Washington will have their temperature measured, a White House spokesman said.

+++ 02:53 Biden: “We are at war” +++
Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden sees the United States in a severe crisis with the spread of the corona virus. “We are at war with the virus,” said the ex-US vice president during a TV debate with his party’s rival, left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders. “This is like a war. It’s like being attacked from abroad.” The crisis must be solved now and here. Revolutionary ideas do not help, said Biden with regard to Sanders’ agenda. People wanted results immediately, not in several years.

+++ 02:35 China reports 14 more deaths +++
In China, 16 new infections are reported for Sunday. There were 20 cases on Saturday. This increases the number of illnesses to 80,860. At the end of Sunday, the death toll from the outbreak in China was 3,213, 14 more than the previous day. The central province of Hubei accounts for all new deaths, including 13 in the provincial capital Wuhan alone.

+++ 02:12 Colombia and Argentina close schools and borders +++
Colombia closes its border with Venezuela as well as all schools and universities. The government announced that this will initially apply until April 20. According to President Alberto Fernandez, Argentina will also close all borders for the next 15 days and will stop school until the end of the month.

+++ 01:54 Tui largely suspends travel activities +++
The tourism group Tui suspends most of its travel activities due to the coronavirus crisis. Management no longer has the confidence to forecast business development in the current year, which is why the outlook from mid-February was withdrawn, according to a statement. “In the rapidly changing environment, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees around the world remain of paramount importance. That is why the Tui Group (…) has decided to do most of all travel activities, including package tours, cruises and Hotel operations, to be suspended until further notice, “it says.

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In order to mitigate the effects of the crisis on the annual result, the costs are now to be reduced significantly. In addition, the group wants to apply for state guarantees for support until normal business operations can be resumed. According to the information, Tui currently still has funds and available credit facilities of around 1.4 billion euros.

+++ 01:15 casinos and hotels in Las Vegas close +++
The luxury hotels and casinos “Wynn” and “Encore” suspend operations in Las Vegas for two weeks from Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. (local time). After that, the company would reassess the situation, reports the operator Wynn Resorts. A limited number of employees and managers remain in the hotels to secure and maintain the facility. The company claims to continue paying all full-time employees during the temporary closure.

+++ 00:53 Trump calls to stop panic buying +++
US President Donald Trump is calling on Americans to stop panic buying because of the spread of the corona virus. “You don’t have to buy that much. Just don’t hurry, just relax,” Trump said after a phone call with bosses from major retail chains. His interlocutors had promised to ensure the supply of the population. They would keep their stores open during the crisis.

+++ 00:35 Klöckner: Are not dependent on imports for basic food +++
Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner from the CDU netont with regard to the planned controls and entry bans at the German borders that Germany is not dependent on deliveries from abroad for basic foodstuffs. “In Germany we are particularly well positioned with basic foodstuffs such as potatoes, cereals, milk products, pork or cheese”, says Klöckner of the “Bild”. “Our level of self-sufficiency here is over 100 percent.”

+++ 00:08 JP Morgan stops buyback of own shares +++
The major US bank JPMorgan stops buying back its own shares because of the Corona virus outbreak. The capital will instead use the capital to lend to individual customers, companies and governments.

+++ 23:53 Czech Republic massively limits freedom of movement +++
The Czech government drastically restricts people’s freedom of movement in the fight against the corona virus. Prime Minister Andrej Babis announced. Citizens were asked to stay at their place of residence from midnight on Monday and to avoid interpersonal contacts. Exceptions apply, among other things, to the way to and from work, the completion of urgently necessary errands such as the purchase of food, visits to the doctor and walks in the park.

+++ 23:23 Maas warns: return when traveling abroad endangered +++
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas from the SPD warns against trips abroad. “We currently advise against unnecessary trips abroad,” writes Maas. “The risk that you will no longer be able to start your return journey due to the increasing restrictions is currently high in many destinations.”

+++ 23:01 VW prepares partial production stop +++
After declaring a state of emergency in Slovakia due to the coronavirus crisis, Volkswagen will probably temporarily stop production at its plant in the capital city of Bratislava. The carmaker is preparing the move on Monday, the head of the Slovak company said. There have been 61 confirmed coronavirus cases in Slovakia.

+++ 22:44 government wants more protective equipment to be produced +++
According to Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the federal government is considering boosting the production of protective equipment. “We are thinking about creating additional capacities,” says the SPD politician in the ARD. “We can do a lot more,” he added in view of the need for medical protective equipment.

+++ 22:27 Slovakia and Serbia call emergency +++
Slovakia and Serbia declare a state of emergency because of the coronavirus crisis. As of Monday morning, only grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations and post offices will remain open, said Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini. The likelihood is high that the Volkswagen plant near Bratislava will stop car production from tomorrow or the coming days. There have been 61 confirmed coronavirus cases in Slovakia.

+++ 22:19 Denmark wants to pay most of the salaries in a corona emergency +++
The Danish government wants to provide financial support to workers whose jobs are at risk due to the coronavirus crisis. Under certain conditions, the state would temporarily pay 75 percent of the salaries of employees in the private sector if they were otherwise threatened with dismissal. Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen pleaded in a press conference to the companies in her country not to dismiss workers. The government had previously negotiated with unions and employers’ organizations. The aid is limited to around 3000 euros per employee per month and should be paid retrospectively from March 9 to June 9, the Ministry of Finance said.

+++ 22:07 US Federal Reserve cuts key interest rates to almost zero percent +++
The US Federal Reserve has cut interest rates due to the corona virus to a target range of zero to 0.25 percent. This was surprisingly announced by the central bank in the evening

.Note: You can read about the most important developments from the previous day on the current situation relating to the worldwide coronavirus epidemic here.


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