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Corona around the world: GB and WHO of the surveillance system – policy



Britain plans to work with the World Health Organization to develop an „epidemic radar” system. The system should enable it to recognize new coronavirus variants faster and better track emerging diseases globally. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: „The world should not be surprised again by the virus that is spreading among us uncontrollably. We need to build a disease surveillance system that is fit for the 21st century.” The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said he is pleased with this collaboration as the UK is seen as a strong example of pathogen monitoring and sequencing. (21.05.2021)

Second Corona wave: Argentina’s government orders strict lockdown

In light of the second wave of the Corona pandemic, the Argentine government has issued strict exit restrictions. President Alberto Fernandez announced in a video message posted on Thursday in particularly affected areas of the South American country that a curfew will be imposed between 6 pm and 6 am until the end of the month. Even during the day, Argentines are only permitted to commute near their place of residence. Only essential stores can be opened. Social, religious and sporting activities are prohibited. Schools and kindergartens remain closed.

„We are currently going through the worst moment since the epidemic began,” said Fernandez. „Regardless of everyone’s opinion, we must acknowledge the gravity of the situation and unite our forces to survive this disaster.” The government has also expanded a number of assistance programs for workers, families, and companies.

In fact, Argentina was hit hard by the second Corona wave. On Thursday, the South American country recorded 35,884 new infections every day – one of the highest levels since the epidemic began more than a year ago. In the past few weeks, the number of daily new infections has repeatedly exceeded 25,000. So far, about 3.4 million people in Argentina have been tested positive for coronavirus, and more than 72,000 patients have died in connection with Covid-19. The utilization rate of ICUs is over 70 percent. (21.05.2021)

The countries of the European Union and the European Union Parliament agree on the Covid-19 certification

In time before the summer season, European Union countries and the European Union Parliament have agreed details of a European-wide certification for the detection of coronavirus vaccines, tests, and surviving Covid-19 diseases. This was announced by the Portuguese presidency in Brussels on Thursday evening. This increases the chance of making travel easier in the European Union. Portugal currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.

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Until recently, there was disagreement over the extent to which EU countries could define travel facilities and restrictions on their own. The compromise now states that the sovereignty of member states will not be interfered with, but additional restrictions should be imposed such as quarantine for those who are tested negative, vaccinated, or recovered only if the contagion situation requires it. It is still unclear when exactly the European certification will be offered in individual countries. The Federal Ministry of Health said at the beginning of the week that it is currently assumed that the electronic vaccination certificate could be available „in the second half of the second quarter,” that is, by June 30 at the latest.

In many countries, it is already possible to enter the country without the need for quarantine. In Greece, for example, all that is required is a full vaccination or a PCR test that is 72 hours old or less. As of Wednesday, the Germans no longer apply to a quarantine requirement to enter Austria, but at least one test with a negative result must be taken. In Italy, there is no longer any obligation to self-isolate – but the authorities continue to require a negative result for the Corona test upon arrival. (20.05.21)

Austria is raising the priority of vaccinations for general practitioners

In Austria, giving priority to age groups for vaccination against Corona in doctors’ clinics has been canceled, as announced by the government in Vienna. Health Minister Wolfgang Mokstein said Thursday in Vienna that general practitioners can now freely decide at their discretion who they want to vaccinate. However, the minister made it clear that there would still be a recommendation to proceed according to the age groups. The priority should fall into vaccination centers soon, but this is at the discretion of the federal states. In Austria, about 40 percent of the population 16 years of age and older received the vaccination first, which is about 34 percent of the total population.

Counselor Sebastian Curtis also announced that the government will decide within a week of a possible removal of the muzzle. In Austria, almost all branches have reopened since Wednesday. Accessibility checks and well-known hygiene rules play a major role in this.

In Germany, as of June 7, there should be no prioritization groups for Coronavirus vaccines, regardless of the type of vaccine. In some federal states such as Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, this should apply earlier. (20.05.2021)

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The European Union signs a contract with Biontech for 1.8 billion doses of vaccine

The announced European Union contract has been signed with Biontech / Pfizer to purchase up to 1.8 billion additional doses of the Corona vaccine, and is thus valid. This was announced by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on Thursday. Almost two weeks ago, I announced that the negotiations were over. After that, there were still appeal deadlines, which are now over.

The contract will run until 2023. 900 million cans are strictly ordered, and another 900 million are options. 70 to 80 million children in the European Union will be protected from Covid-19 and vaccinations for adults must be updated. The contract size is estimated at 35 billion euros. For the current vaccination campaign, the European Union has already signed two framework agreements with Biontech / Pfizer for 600 million vaccine doses, which have been delivered since the end of 2020. (20.05.2021)

The Parliament of the European Union supports the suspension of patents on the Corona vaccine

The European Parliament has spoken in favor of temporarily suspending patents on Corona vaccines. And according to a decision that the European Union should support such demands. The same applies to patents on Covid treatments and devices. On Thursday, the Presidium of the House of Representatives announced that the majority of MPs voted in favor of the resolution. Parliament’s decision is not the official position of the European Union. The European Union Commission is responsible for the corresponding negotiations at the level of the World Trade Organization, which require authorization from the states.

With the temporary lifting of patent protection for Covid-19 vaccines, manufacturers around the world can produce vaccines without licensing fees. Critics object that the obstacle is not patents, but production capacity, knowledge and supply of raw materials. While poorer countries and US President Joe Biden support the patent suspension, the European Union is skeptical. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the launch of the patents will not bring an additional dose of the vaccine in the short and medium term.(20.05.2020)

The European Court of Human Rights rejects a case against the curfew

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the Corona curfew that lasts for several weeks is permitted. On Thursday, the Court of Strasbourg ruled in a Romanian case that the curfew does not mean the house arrest of the plaintiff, Representative Christian Vasily Terhesh. The ban is compatible with the right to freedom. The judges unanimously rejected the lawsuit as inadmissible.

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Romania imposed a curfew from late March to mid-May 2020 to contain the spread of the virus. However, leaving the apartment was permitted in exceptional cases, as explained by the European Court of Human Rights. Thus, the plaintiff was able to leave his home at any time of the day for various reasons. It was also not monitored individually, but was a general measure of the entire population. Additionally, the plaintiff did not have to give up all his social contacts or spend in cramped quarters.

The procedures relate to the right to liberty, as documented in Article 5 (1) of the European Convention on Human Rights. This is determined above all in the definition of prison and imprisonment. On the contrary, Article 2 of the Fourth Additional Protocol to the Convention guarantees the right to freedom of movement, that is, to move freely within a country. However, the man did not resort to this freedom, which may reduce the obstacles to a successful lawsuit.

280 thousand new infections in India

India reported 276,110 new infections in one day. This means that the number has remained nearly stable after falling below the 300,000 threshold for the first time since April 21 on Monday. Meanwhile, more than 400,000 new infections were recorded daily in India in the second wave. The number of virus-related deaths in 24 hours increased by 3,874 to more than 287,000, according to the Ministry of Health. Just the day before, a world high was recorded with 4,529 deaths. With more than 25.7 million confirmed infections, the South Asian country has the largest number of infections worldwide after the United States of America. However, experts fear a rise in the number of unreported cases. The health system in the South Asian country is overburdened and supported by international aid.

According to the RKI report, the B.1.617 variant detected in India is increasingly being detected in Germany, but at a low level: RKI writes at a low of 2%, compared to 1.5% in the previous week. It is divided into several sub-variants. Overall, the proportion of B.1.617 is lower than in Great Britain, where the variant is currently found in about six percent of the samples examined, it is said. (20.05.2021)

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Italy: Verona allocates drinking water due to drought



Open the tap and fill it with whatever you want – this is no longer possible in Verona and Pisa. Cities in northern Italy, popular with tourists, are rationing drinking water due to the ongoing drought.

Due to the weather conditions and their consequences for the water supply, Verona’s mayor has signed a decree „limiting the consumption of drinking water for private purposes,” the website of the city of 250,000 people said on Saturday.

Therefore, it is prohibited until August 31 to use drinking water to irrigate gardens and sports facilities, wash cars and fill swimming pools. Failure to comply with the ban may result in a fine of up to 500 euros.

Mayor Michel Conte also signed a similar order in Pisa: from July 11, drinking water may only be used at home in the Tuscany city popular with tourists.

Half a dozen districts have already asked the government in Rome to declare a state of emergency to allow for more aid and civil defense operations. Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced that appropriate steps may follow on Monday.

Like other European countries, Italy has experienced an unusual heat wave in recent weeks, while at the same time there has been no rain. The agriculturally important Po Valley in northern Italy is experiencing its worst drought in 70 years. According to the country’s largest farmers’ association, Coldiretti, drought threatens more than 30 percent of the country’s agricultural production and half of the livestock in the Po Valley. Parma pork is mainly produced there.

The water level in Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda is much lower than normal at this time of year. The Tiber, which flows through Rome, also has low water.

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Another consequence of the drought: Electricity generation from hydropower has dropped dramatically. Hydroelectric power stations are located mainly in the mountains in the north of the country. They usually provide approximately one-fifth of the electricity needed in Italy.

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Russian forces seize strategically important oil refinery



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to: Caroline Schaefer

The Russian Air Force bombed a small town in the Odessa region. The Ukrainian army reoccupied Snake Island: the situation in the news ticker.

This newsfeed is over: All current developments regarding the Ukraine war can be found in the following tape.

+++ 1.30 pm: Klaus Kleiber, a former ZDF mediator and US reporter, commented on the possible further course of the Ukraine war. In Maybrit Illner, Kleber went on what US intelligence recently confirmed: Putin’s goal remains the occupation of all of Ukraine. Kleber named Moldova and Georgia as possible next targets. According to Kleiber, the Baltic states are the „Achilles heel of NATO”. On the other hand, an attack on Poland is not a possible scenario.

+++ 12.45 pm: Michael Podoljak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, described the Russian missile attacks on apartment complexes as „bloody terrorist tactics.” He was referring to the night bombing of a small town in the Odessa region, which killed at least 19 people. Dozens were injured. Attacks are not about errors, but calculations. Contrary to Podoljak’s assessment, a Ukrainian brigadier general assumes that The obsolete Soviet missiles are the cause of civilian casualties.

+++ 12.00 pm: It appears that Russian forces have captured the Lysychansk oil refinery. This was reported by the Russian news agency RIA, on Friday afternoon, citing the Kremlin Ministry of Defense. The information cannot be independently verified.

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Soldier of the Russian army. © Alexey Maishev / Imago Images

+++ 11.00 am: A new mass grave has apparently been discovered in the coastal city of Mariupol. News Portal Reports back Quoting Petro Andryoshenko, adviser to the mayor. There are more than 100 bodies in the tomb. This cannot be verified independently.

+++ 10.30 am: According to the news portal report back It is reported that the death toll from Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi rose to 19. The statement cannot be independently verified.

+++ 10.10 am: According to the Ukrainian army, the death toll from the Russian missile attacks on Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi in the Odessa region has risen to at least 18. This was announced by the military governor of the Odessa region, Maxim Marchenko, on Telegram. Reportedly, at least 39 people were injured. The information cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine war: Apparently the 57th Russian colonel was killed

+++ 09.45 AM: The Russian army suffered great losses. The status report of the Ukrainian General Staff states that 35,750 soldiers have been killed since the invasion began at the end of February. There are also losses at the management level. report from independent According to it, the 57th colonel was said to have been killed. This is apparently Pavel Kislyakov. The 40-year-old was buried in Moscow on Thursday (June 30), according to the report. Kislyakov was the commander of the Russian paratroopers.

+++ 09.00 am: The British Ministry of Defense, citing intelligence, reported that Russian forces had captured the city of Previlia in the north of the Luhansk region. It is a small city with a population of only 7600. From a strategic perspective, the domestic oil refinery is more important. According to estimates from Great Britain, there is currently heavy fighting around the site. Prywillya is located near the city of Lysychansk, which, according to the regional military administration, is threatened by Russian encirclement. The city has been under siege for days, it was said several times. The information provided by the UK Ministry of Defense cannot be independently verified.

Ukraine war: At least 17 dead in Russian missile strikes

+++ 8.30 am: At least 17 people were killed in rocket attacks on the city of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Odessa region. A spokesman for the Odessa Regional Military Administration, Serhiy Prachuk, said on Telegram that three shells landed on a residential property. Among other things, an entertainment center was targeted. The situation on the ground is chaotic and the information cannot be independently verified. a videowhich from the news portal back Shows the extent of the damage. The residential area is like a field of rubble.

+++ 7.30 am: At least 14 people were killed in a Russian missile attack on an apartment building in the Odessa region of southern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian sources. Ukraine’s emergency services reported 14 dead and 30 wounded on Friday. Among the wounded were three children. Rescue work will continue, but it will be complicated by a fire. A spokesman for the Odessa Regional Administration, Serhiy Prachuk, said earlier that the missile hit a nine-storey apartment building in the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi district, about 80 kilometers south of the coastal city of Odessa. The missile was launched from an aircraft flying over the Black Sea. According to Ukrainian sources, the apartment building was partially destroyed in the attack. Rescue workers initially reported six dead and seven wounded. The death toll later rose to 10 and then 14.

First report on Friday, July 1 at 6:30 a.m.: Kyiv – The situation in eastern and southern Ukraine remains extremely dangerous. As Russia displays its military supremacy in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv At least celebrate the restoration of Snake Island in the Black Sea.

The Ukrainian head of state stressed that the withdrawal of Russian forces would allow Ukraine to be in a better situation Volodymyr Zelensky. „Snake Island is a strategic point, and this changes the situation in the Black Sea dramatically,” he said in his daily video address on Friday evening (July 1).

Ukraine news: Snake Island retake – Russian army is currently restricted

Even if this does not guarantee security, the freedom of action of the Russian army is significantly restricted. According to the Ukrainian military, Snake Island allows control of parts of the Ukrainian coast and shipping lanes.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities reported a missile attack on the coastal city of Odessa. As a result, at least ten people were killed. Serhiy Prachuk, head of the local military administration, said the missile hit a nine-storey apartment building. Kyiv believes the missile was launched from a Russian military aircraft over the Black Sea.

Ukraine war: Lysychansk threatened with encirclement

Fighting also continues in eastern Ukraine. In Lysychansk in the Luhansk region, defenders say they are threatened with encirclement. The General Staff said that the refinery, which is located seven kilometers west of the city, erupted into a fight. Russian troops were advancing on the city from the south, and fighting was also continuing on the city’s western and southern borders. The refinery has already been portrayed as completely occupied in the Russian media. The former city of Lysichansk is the last largest city in Luhansk not yet under Russian control.

In neighboring Donetsk, on the other hand, Russian advances near Sloviansk and Bakhmut were repulsed, the General Staff said. Along the front line, Ukrainian positions were constantly bombarded with artillery and aerial bombardment, she said. “The superiority of the occupiers in terms of firepower is very noticeable,” Zelensky said about the situation in the East. Russia depends on its reserves for this. (Cas/dpa)

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