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7:22 am: Australia: Prime Minister Morrison may not go to UN climate summit

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison may not want to attend the UN climate summit in person in Glasgow, Scotland. “We haven’t made a final decision yet,” Morrison told the West Australian newspaper. The twelve-day conference in November is set to be the most important meeting since the 2015 Paris climate summit. Top politicians from around the world, including US President Joe Biden, agreed. Australia has one of the highest rates of carbon dioxide emissions per capita and is one of the largest exporters of coal in the world. The government has so far refused to stick to neutrality by 2050. “I should focus on things here and on Covid-19,” Morrison said.

05.54 am: Corona lockdown will be lifted in Sydney for citizens vaccinated in mid-October

After a week-long lockdown in Sydney, the coronavirus restrictions on vaccinated city residents are set to be eased in mid-October. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Monday that the “Freedom Scheme” will come into effect once 70 per cent of people are fully vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine. She is “absolutely confident” that that goal will be reached on October 11. The order to leave the apartment will then be lifted only in urgent cases in Sydney and New South Wales. It will then allow bars, restaurants and shops to reopen to vaccinated guests. However, for people who are not immunized, the restrictions will remain in place until the beginning of December. Until then, authorities expect a 90 percent vaccination rate.

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05.07 a.m.: RKI reports 3,022 new infections

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 3,022 new positive tests. That’s 714 fewer than on Saturday a week ago, when 3,736 new infections were reported. The seven-day incidence rate increases slightly to 61.7 from 61.4 the day before. Ten more people have died from the virus. This increases the number of reported deaths to 93,403 within 24 hours. In total, more than 4.19 million coronavirus tests have been positive so far in Germany.

5:01 am: Study: Corona reduces life expectancy similar to World War II

In the wake of the Corona pandemic, according to a study, life expectancy in many countries has fallen more sharply than it has in Western Europe since World War II. In some countries, researchers from the University of Oxford’s Leverholm Center for Demographic Sciences report in the “International Journal of Epidemiology” that progress in the past few years has been devastated in short order. Therefore, the decrease in the number of men was greater than in women.

For the study, scientists examined data from 29 countries, mostly from Europe, including Germany, as well as Chile and the USA. In 2020, life expectancy fell in 27 of these countries, and by at least half a year in 22 countries. “In Western European countries such as Spain, England, Wales, Italy and Belgium, this decline in life expectancy at one year at the time of birth was observed during World War II,” co-author José Manuel Oporto said. Life expectancy for males in the United States has decreased – 2.2 years compared to 2019.

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1:54 am: SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach continues his presence in the Bundestag

SPD politician Karl Lauterbach received the direct mandate for the Leverkusen-Cologne IV district, and thus remains in the Bundestag. The health expert, who is all over Germany due to the Corona pandemic, received 45.6 percent of the first votes in the federal elections. The CDU candidate, North Rhine-Westphalian Integration State Minister Serap Guler, received 20.4 per cent. Lauterbach fell to the bottom of the list in the SPD, but remained in the Bundestag due to his direct mandate. Before the elections, he had already expressed his desire to become the next Federal Minister of Health. Lauterbach sees the direct mandate he won again in the federal election as a “vote for our policy on Corona”.

12:17 am: Bolsonaro tests negative for Corona after returning from New York

After several infections with Corona in the vicinity of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the result of the head of state himself tested negative for the Corona virus. The government announced that Bolsonaro will resume his official duties on Monday. The far-right head of state, who has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus, went into isolation after returning from the United Nations general debate in New York on Wednesday. Four members of his entourage on the multi-day trip to the United States have now tested positive for the coronavirus. In addition to Health Minister Marcelo Quiroga, the son of the President, Representative Eduardo Bolsonaro, was infected. About 50 members of the Brazilian delegation have been placed in quarantine as a precaution after returning from New York.

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Two migrants die in pick-up trucks on their way to Austria

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Two migrants die in pick-up trucks on their way to Austria

Police investigate a yellow minibus at the Austro-Hungarian border in Burgenland.  28 people were hidden in the loading area.  Two did not survive the flight

Police investigate a yellow minibus at the Austro-Hungarian border in Burgenland. 28 people were hidden in the loading area. Two did not survive the flight

Source: Agence France-Presse / Robert Jaeger

Police in Austria stopped a pickup truck carrying 28 migrants. Only two people can be released from the dead vehicle. About 125 kilometers from the German-Polish border, a tanker carrying 15 people in the loading area had an accident.

aTwo migrants died in a pickup truck on the Balkan route. As Austrian police announced on Tuesday, officers found two bodies on the back of a delivery truck during a search at the border with Hungary.

In the car, 28 people were crammed into a very small space. The twenty-six surviving migrants, mostly from Syria, were provided with water. The police were looking for the runaway driver.

This isn’t the first death on this migration route: In August 2015, 71 people suffocated in a truck in Austria caused international outrage. Most of the victims, including four children, came from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Almost four years later, Hungarian courts sentenced the smugglers to life imprisonment.

A pickup truck with 15 people on board has crashed in Poland

Four people in Poland were injured in a car accident transporting migrants in the parking lot. A local police spokesman told PAP news agency on Tuesday that the Czech-registered carrier overturned on Autobahn 2 between Buk and Nowy Tomysl. In the cabin of the car were 15 foreigners without documents.

The accident occurred on the highway from Poznan to Frankfurt (Oder), the main route for migrants who want to reach Germany via Belarus and Poland. A Polish police reporter posted a photo on Twitter showing prisoners receiving first aid at the scene.

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The Polish police assume that the foreigners are immigrants who must be taken illegally to the border to Germany. According to information from the RMF.FM station, most of them come from Iraq and Turkey. The truck driver fled after the accident, but was later arrested. He is said to be a Ukrainian citizen.

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Belarus Governor Alexander Lukashenko brings migrants from crisis regions to the external borders of the European Union in an organized manner in order to avenge the EU sanctions. From there, many travel to Germany with the help of smugglers. The Federal Police has now registered more than 5,000 illegal entries on the Oder and Ness rivers.

In Kostrzyn (Küstrin) on the German-Polish border, Polish police stopped a pick-up truck with 34 migrants in custody on Tuesday. The driver was from Romania.

The new cruelty of the Federal Police on the border with Poland

Helicopters, equestrian squadrons, thermal imaging cameras: The Federal Police implements stricter border controls with Poland due to illegal entry. Brandenburg Interior Minister Michael Stubgen (CDU) welcomes the move. But what happens to migrants at the border?

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The virus is raging worse than ever: the fourth wave of corona sweeps Romania

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The virus is spreading worse than ever
The fourth wave of corona is sweeping Romania

from Hedviga Nyarsik

Severe infection curves, hundreds of deaths every day, and overcrowding in intensive care units: Romania is battling the worst wave of corona since the beginning of the epidemic. The health system has long reached its limits. However, people do not want to be vaccinated. This has dire consequences.

The fourth wave of Corona hit Romania with full force. Alarm bells are ringing in Bucharest: President Klaus Iohannis speaks of a “disaster”. With the situation in Italy in the spring of 2020, Valeriu Gheorghita, head of the national vaccination team, compares the situation, which is further complicated by a “very severe wave of infection”: “clinics and emergency rooms are completely overwhelmed.”

The number of infections in Romania has risen rapidly since August. With about 15,000 people a day, the number of newly infected people has quintupled in the past three weeks. According to the US Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the seven-day infection rate is over 500. On Friday, the daily death toll rose to a new record high of 385.

There have long been no free beds in intensive care units in home clinics occupied by more than 1,500 Covid patients: to mitigate the collapse of the health system, the government decided last week to suspend all “non-essential” operations for 30 days. In addition, seriously ill people had to be transported to neighboring Hungary. So, while Corona stations elsewhere in Europe are consistently empty or low, the epidemic in Romania is worse than ever. How can you reach this?

93 percent of all coronavirus deaths were unvaccinated

The question can be answered easily if you take a look at the vaccination rates in the Carpathian country: Romania is one of the countries with the lowest vaccination rate compared to other European countries. Just under 30 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated. The government did everything in its power to speed up the vaccination rate at an early stage. Several vaccination centers opened in January, priority was raised in the spring, and vaccinations were given without prior registration online in large cities such as Bucharest. However, the measures were not able to increase the population’s desire for vaccination. Instead, vaccine doses purchased at a high price remained in place until the government had to sell the units abroad because their shelf life was limited. Millions of Biontech cans have been shipped to Denmark, Ireland and South Korea since June.

Even the violent outbreak of Corona in the summer cannot prompt people in the country to rethink. One Study by the Max Planck Institute According to nearly 54 percent of previously unvaccinated Romanians over 50 years of age do not want to be vaccinated, a significant proportion are still hesitant. Official data shows that more than 70 percent of all infected people and 93 percent of all deceased Corona patients have not been vaccinated.

But it is precisely these official data from the health authorities that many Romanians do not trust. “There were already doubts about vaccines in Romanian society before the pandemic,” said political scientist Alina Barguano of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest. This was demonstrated by the measles outbreak in 2016. Romania is also one of the worst performing countries in Europe when it comes to influenza vaccination. Parguano justified the poor readiness for vaccination with inadequate health care, as well as poor communication from the government and insufficient education about vaccination.

“You still think it’s a joke”

In addition, the skepticism was fueled by the spread of false information. “The difference for countries like Germany is that in Romania it was not contained in the digital space and thus was able to find its way into the serious media,” Parguano says. In Adunatii-Copaceni, 20 kilometers south of Bucharest, for example, 69-year-old Ion Dino said he had seen programs on TV questioning the effectiveness of vaccines. “I’m not saying I’m against it. I’m not entirely convinced that it’s as effective as the flu vaccine.”

Suspicion of vaccination is particularly high in villages such as Adunatii-Copaceni. Only one in seven residents there has been vaccinated against Covid-19. That’s not even half the already low national average. According to Reuters news agency, one person died of or infected with Covid-19 every six minutes in villages around Bucharest in the first 10 days of October. In the capital’s clinics, patients often wait days in corridors for free spaces in intensive care units, receiving only temporary care. Ventilators, beds and protective clothing have been in short supply for months.

“Unfortunately, we are still on a battlefield,” says Adrian Marinescu, medical director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Bucharest, Adrian Marinescu. “Vaccination often makes the difference between the life and death of a person at risk.” Grocer Valerio Nego at Adunatii-Copaceni says people are still not clear about what is going on. He is one of the few vaccinated in the village. “They still think it’s a joke. This is the level of education we have as a nation. We don’t believe it until we die.”

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Volcano in La Palma: great satellite images – lava flow slows down

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The Cumbre Vieja volcano has been spitting lava and soot over La Palma for nearly a month. Air traffic to the island is now possible again.

+++ 8.45 pm: A second lava flow likely won’t reach the sea on the volcanic Canary island of La Palma, contrary to initial forecasts, on Monday. The current has slowed down significantly and is still moving forward at a speed of two meters per hour. News anchor RTVE reports and points to information from the authorities. On Sunday, the current was still flowing toward the sea slopes at 15 meters per hour.

The hot mass, which is 1270 degrees Celsius, is still 160 meters from the sea. It is sure that sooner or later it will reach the Atlantic Ocean and form a new head. The main stream has been flowing out to sea for a good two weeks and creating a new cape there, which was already over 36 hectares in size on Monday. About 50 football fields are suitable for it.

Volcano in La Palma: Stunning Satellite Images – No Air Traffic on Weekend

Meanwhile, flight operations resumed Monday in La Palma after a two-day break. The island’s airport remained operational over the weekend, but the majority of flights were canceled due to an increase in volcanic ash that is dangerous to aircraft.

Update from Monday, October 18, 2021 at 8am: The volcanic eruption in La Palma continues to paralyze air traffic on the Canary Island. An airport spokesman said planes had to stay on the ground for a second day in a row on Sunday due to volcanic ash. So all 38 flights planned for the day have been cancelled. Only four of the 34 flights planned were able to take off on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a second lava flow could reach the sea on Monday and form a new cape there. The Institute of Volcanology of the Spanish Region (Involcan) announced, on Sunday afternoon, that the hot mass of 1270 degrees Celsius is about 200 meters from the sea. The lava flow is flowing towards the sea slopes at a speed of 15 meters per hour.

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La Palma volcano still active: little hope for a quick end to lava flows

First report from Sunday 17 October 2021: LA PALMA – New high-resolution satellite imagery of the Spanish island of La Palma shows lava flows that spewed across the island from the Cumbre Vieja volcano. The images, captured Thursday (October 14, 2021) by a satellite of the US Earth observation company Maxar Technologies, show a huge, dark, heavy cloud of smoke extending over the island from the volcanic crater. Glowing lava flows down the slopes of the mountains towards the coast and destroys everything that stands in its way.

Describing the natural phenomenon on Twitter, Maxar says: “The lava is forming a huge delta on the La Palma coast and has taken about 40 hectares of new land from the Atlantic Ocean.” Through pyroclastic flows with surface temperatures of 500 it flows into the sea at more than 1000 ° C, turning into volcanic rocks and thus increasing the land mass on the edges of the island at the expense of the Atlantic area.

The most dangerous for the inhabitants of La Palma are the poisonous gases that arise when lava enters the sea. During the chemical reaction that occurs once hot, boiling lava meets water, hydrochloric acid is released, among other things. In gaseous form, hydrochloric acid is highly corrosive and extremely dangerous to the respiratory system of humans and animals. In addition, chemical burns can occur on the surface of the skin and eye irritation on contact.

Lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma meets sea water: toxic gases are created

but that is not all. Donald Bruce Dingwill, professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Department of Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, told RND: “The volcano contains many gases, from uranium to fluorine to sulfur, which mostly seep to the top. Some of the gases are also stored in the lava, which is dumped on its way.”

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Once the lava hits seawater, other gases are released, such as bromine, sulfur, and chlorine. Many aerosols are formed. If you stand in the wrong direction of the wind, you will get the entire aerosol.”

The local authorities responded to this threat with a security zone within 3.5 kilometers. Residents inside were asked to stay indoors and keep windows closed to avoid inhaling toxic gases. Incidentally, this process does not harm the environment, said Dingwell. Lava flows into the sea four and a half billion years ago, and this is a “natural process” that does not harm the Earth – unlike the local population.

1,817 buildings in La Palma fell victim to the lava of the Cumbre Vieja volcano

On Twitter, the Institute of Volcanology of the Canary Islands (Involcan) posted its own recordings, filmed from the ground, of lava flows in Cumbre Vieja, making their way through abandoned houses. The description reads: “Our crew was able to film a real lava ‘tsunami’ today.”

The scene is less pleasant for the locals. According to the European Union’s Copernicus Emergency Monitoring Service, 1,817 buildings have fallen victim to boiling lava since the eruption of the volcanic eruption on September 19, 2021. More than 7.3 square kilometers of land has already been damaged, while Cumbre Vieja volcano is scattering more and more lava over The island.

The eruptions intensified last weekend after part of Cumber Vega crater collapsed on Saturday (October 9, 2021) and lava was then able to flow in new directions. House-sized boulders rolled down the crater, and new lava flows found their way to the Atlantic coast in no time at all, destroying settlements on their way rescued from the original runoff.

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The Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma erupted for the first time after nearly 50 years of rest

According to the British newspaper The Guardian, the local authorities in La Palma on Thursday, October 14, directed about 300 people to evacuate their homes in the cities of Tazacourt and La Laguna. Those affected had only a few hours to rescue their belongings and pets.

volcano old summit
Height 1.949 m
Location La Palma, Canary Islands (Spain)
Type Stratovolcano
Recent outbreaks 1971, 2021

Meanwhile, the sulfur dioxide cloud emanating from the volcano is spreading over Europe and reaching heights of up to 5 kilometres, according to the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS). The gas cloud is expected to cross Europe from west to east in the coming days, according to Mark Barrington, chief scientist at CAMS, on Twitter.

Cumbre Vieja volcano first erupted on September 19, 2021 after nearly 50 years of rest. More than 20,000 light earthquakes alerted geologists and local authorities a week before magma erupted inside the volcano. Experts fear the eruptions could last for months. (Mirko Schmid)

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