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Coronavirus in Brazil : Bolsonaro can be celebrated in the crowd without a mask

Without a mask in the crowd: Bolsonaro can be celebrated by supporters

The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro disregarded the health regulations of Rio de Janeiro and allowed himself to be celebrated by numerous people without a mask. The right-wing head of state took part in a motorcycle tour through the metropolis without mouth and nose protection on Sunday and gave a speech in front of his supporters. In doing so, he violated the local regulations in the fight against the corona pandemic, as the news portal G1 reported. Some demonstrators displayed banners criticizing the judiciary and calling for a military coup.

It was only on Friday that the government of the state of Maranhão fined Bolsonaro for provoking a mass crowd of his supporters in the village of Açailândia and for not wearing a mask, contrary to the law. The President played down the corona virus from the start and, with reference to the economic consequences since the beginning of the pandemic, has resisted tough measures to contain the pandemic.

Brazil is a focal point in the corona pandemic: So far, more than 16 million people in the largest country in Latin America have been proven to be infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus, and almost 450,000 people have died in connection with Covid-19. Most recently, scientists had also identified a new variant of the corona virus. (dpa)

Indian states are suspending corona vaccinations for younger people

Several Indian states have their corona vaccinations for 18 to 40 year olds due to low supplies temporarily discontinued. The responsible authorities announced this on Sunday. The states, which include Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, are considered particularly hard hit by the violent second corona wave in the South Asian country.

However, in some areas, people 45 years of age or older also had problems getting their second dose of vaccine. In cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Pune, some vaccination centers remained closed. On notices it was read that the supplies had been used up.

According to government officials, the shortage of vaccine doses is temporary. According to this, around 2 billion vaccine doses should be available between June and December. However, some experts question these estimates, suggesting that four of the vaccines the government is basing their predictions on are still in clinical stages. Criticism of the pandemic management of the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grown louder in the past few weeks.

Most recently, the government asked social networks to remove content that contained the term “Indian variant”. The World Health Authority (WHO) did not use the term in connection with variant B.1.617, which was first recorded in India in any of its reports. However, representatives of the Ministry of Health repeatedly spoke of the "British" and the "South African variants" even at previous press meetings.

India has reported more than 300,000 new cases and 3,000 to 4,000 deaths with a confirmed infection every day since mid-April. Experts assume that the unreported numbers are likely to be much higher. The number of new infections fell last week, but the death rate remained high. According to the Ministry of Health on Sunday, local authorities reported 240,842 new infections and 3741 deaths in one day. (dpa)

More than five million vaccinated: Hungary eases corona measures

Hungary is loosening the Corona precautionary measures after the country exceeded the five million mark on first vaccinations on Saturday. The obligation to wear masks in the open air and the nocturnal exit restrictions have been abolished. Mouth and nose protection only needs to be worn in closed public spaces such as shops or public transport.

However, tourist trips to Hungary are generally not yet possible - except for people who have been vaccinated in a country whose vaccination certificates are recognized by Hungary. Currently these are Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey and Bahrain. A German who has been vaccinated in one of these countries can enter Hungary as a tourist.
Hungary's right-wing national government under Prime Minister Viktor Orban does not make the relaxation of corona measures dependent on the incidence of the virus, but only on the vaccination. Not only vaccines approved by the EU are inoculated, but also vaccines from Russia and China. The 14-day incidence of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in Hungary was most recently 148.03 and was thus in the middle range across the EU. However, the Covid-19 death rate was 133.58 per 100,000 inhabitants within two weeks, the highest in the EU. About 9.8 million people live in the country. (dpa)

It will take years for the losses and structural distortions to be balanced out.

IW boss Michael Hüther

IW: Corona crisis is costing the German economy almost 300 billion euros

According to calculations by the Institut der Deutschen Wirtschaft (IW), the corona crisis cost Germany almost 300 billion euros in prosperity. It will "take years before the losses and structural distortions are balanced," said IW boss Michael Hüther of "Welt am Sonntag", which quoted from the institute's calculations. Accordingly, the economy would have "grown significantly" without Corona.

For its calculations, the IW compared the actual and forecast growth with the so-called potential growth of the gross domestic product (GDP). This shows how strong the German economy would have grown in the past six quarters without the pandemic. Accordingly, the past three quarters alone account for almost 140 billion euros in lost growth.

Almost a third of this loss of added value can therefore be attributed to the renewed lockdown as a result of the second wave, which is only now being relaxed because of the progress in vaccination and the falling incidences, the newspaper reported on the IW calculations. "The vaccination rate is finally increasing, that is a signal to the economy that should not be underestimated"said Huther. "Nevertheless, we must not succumb to the illusion that the crisis will no longer leave its mark." (AFP)

French Corona app downloaded by a quarter of the population

In France, the Corona tracking app has now been downloaded by 16.5 million people, according to the Digital Ministry. That is almost a quarter of the total population. The app with the name "Tous Anti-Covid" ("Alle gegen Covid") is intended to provide access to the "Health Passport" that was last approved by Parliament and which will be launched on June 9th. It will include evidence that the person carrying it is either vaccinated, tested negative, or recovered from infection. The passes should be used, for example, to take part in events with a large audience.(Reuters)

Israel wants to let tourists into the country again

Israel has reopened its borders to tourists. Initially, only small groups from countries that use vaccines accepted by the Israeli government are to be allowed into the country. It is unlikely that the first groups of tourists will arrive before the beginning of June, said a spokeswoman for the tourism ministry. The travel industry had a record year in 2019. 4.55 million visitors came to the country and contributed the equivalent of 5.8 billion euros to economic output. (Reuters)

The trade fair industry and organizers are calling for the lockdown to end in September

The trade fair industry has requested a fixed opening date for its events in September at the latest. Without a reliable perspective, 160,000 jobs would be at risk in the industry, said the managing director of the AUMA trade fair association, Jörn Holtmeier, of “Bild am Sonntag”. Holtmeier criticized: "In Berlin the incidence is now 56 and this week the IFA electronics fair planned for September was canceled because the Berlin Senate cannot bring itself to a clear opening perspective." He called for a nationwide procedure with a fixed opening date in September at the latest.

The President of the Federal Association of the Concert and Event Industry, Jens Michow, also criticizes the lack of open-mindedness: "It is completely unacceptable that neither the federal government nor the states, despite countless inquiries, are unable to provide information about the framework conditions under which concerts, tours and festivals can take place again without restrictions." The association assumes that around 100,000 shows will have to be canceled this year. After having been rescheduled twice, many events have been rescheduled to a third date in autumn this year. They should take place now too.

According to earlier information from the industry association AUMA, the German trade fair organizers lost almost three quarters of their usual sales in the Corona year 2020. Of the more than 360 planned international and regional trade fairs, over 70 percent would have had to be canceled or postponed. Not only the organizers themselves, but also exhibition stand construction, hotels, restaurants as well as taxi drivers and freight forwarders would have suffered as a result. (dpa)

Indoor catering on Mallorca reopened

Another piece of normality has returned to Mallorca: Since Sunday, the restaurateurs of the Spanish holiday island and the other Balearic Islands have been able to serve guests indoors for the first time since March due to the relaxed corona situation - until June 5th but only until 6 p.m. The outdoor areas may remain open in the Balearic Islands until 11 p.m.

However, strict requirements still apply: The restaurants that have terraces are initially only allowed to serve a maximum of 30 percent of the usual number of guests in their interior areas. A maximum occupancy of 50 percent applies to restaurants without an outdoor area - as long as there are no more than 150 guests. A maximum of four people can sit at each table.

There is also a night-time ban on all islands in the region. Between midnight and 6 a.m. you are only allowed out of the house with good reason. It is also important to note the strict mask requirement, which also applies outdoors. However, you can take off the mask on the beach and while bathing.

Most recently, only just under 19 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants with the corona virus were reported within seven days in the Balearic Islands. In Spain, this value is currently only lower in Valencia, Castile-La Mancha and Ceuta. Mallorca and the other islands in the region temporarily had the highest values ​​in the country in winter. The incidence values ​​of the Balearic Islands are still significantly lower than in all German federal states. (dpa)

Ex-Federal President Gauck on tolerance for "lateral thinkers" and "vaccine opponents" (T +)

FDP wants lollipop tests nationwide in daycare centers and schools

The FDP in the Bundestag calls for the nationwide use of so-called lollipop tests in daycare centers and primary schools. "Children, adolescents and their families must finally be presented by politicians with a practical offer for more normality in everyday corona," said the FDP health expert Katrin Helling-Plahr the newspapers of the Funke media group. Lollipop tests, which are already used in schools in North Rhine-Westphalia, are an important step in the right direction. An FDP application submitted to the Funke Newspapers requires enough lollipop tests to be able to test children in daycare centers, elementary and special schools for the corona virus at least twice a week.

The tests are called lollipop tests because students have to suck on the test stick like a lollipop for 30 seconds. Two weeks ago, NRW introduced it across the board at all elementary and special needs schools. The testing is initially done in groups. Only when a group has tested positive are group members tested individually. The samples are examined by laboratories in a PCR test procedure. (dpa)

India's capital New Delhi plans to ease lockdowns

In India, the capital New Delhi is promising some easing of its strict lockdown. Should the number of new corona cases continue to decline next week, will begin lifting the restrictions imposed on April 20 on May 31, announce the authorities. The rate of positive tests in New Delhi has fallen below 2.5 percent from 36 percent last month. (Reuters)

Study: Very high vaccination protection against Indian virus variants at Biontech and Astrazeneca

The corona vaccines from Pfizer / Biontech and Astrazeneca According to a study from Great Britain, they offer a very high level of protection against illness with the virus variant B.1.617.2, which first appeared in India. After a double vaccination, the two preparations protect almost as effectively against a corona disease caused by this variant as against one caused by the British variant B.1.1.7. According to the British news agency PA, this is the result of a study by the government agency Public Health England (PHE).

The vaccine from Pfizer / Biontech therefore protects two weeks after the second dose with 88 percent effectiveness against illness caused by B.1.617.2., compared with 93 percent for the British variant.

At Astrazeneca the effect against a disease caused by B.1.617.2 is 60 percent compared with 66 percent at B.1.1.7. According to the information, both vaccines had a 33 percent effectiveness with B.1.617.2 three weeks after the first vaccination, while it was around 50 percent for the British variant at the time.

The study was conducted between April 4 and May 16 and covered all age groups. The Indian variant is considered particularly contagious and has made a significant contribution to the fact that the number of infections in India has exploded in recent months. In the UK, as of May 19, more than 3,400 cases of the variant have been confirmed. Because of the spread of the variant, Great Britain will be classified by the German federal government as a virus variant area from Sunday.

The British scientific advisory board Sage recently wrote that it was “realistic” that the Indian variant could be up to 50 percent more contagious than variant B.1.1.7, which is already considered very contagious. (dpa)

Moderna wants to apply for admission for children and young people in the EU at the beginning of June

The US pharmaceutical company Moderna plans to apply for approval of its corona vaccine in the EU for children and adolescents between the ages of twelve and 17 in early June. I.The deal would be to vaccinate this age group before the end of August, said Moderna boss Stéphane Bancel the French Sunday newspaper "Journal du dimanche". Otherwise, a fourth corona wave could threaten.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently reviewing the approval of Biontech / Pfizer's corona vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds. In the USA, the vaccine is already approved for this age group. (AFP)