Germany will review its lockon measures for coronavirus next week to see what impact they have on infections following a recent rise in cases, Chief of Staff Angela Merkel said.
The German chancellor is in further talks today with regional leaders on measures – including resigning schools and allowing sports teams to train – but no decision will be made until at least May 6.
This is time to give time for the current measures to look into the data, aide Helge Braun said. He spoke as Germany reported 1,478 new cases of the virus on Thursday, meaning the daily total has increased every day this week.
Merkel has previously warned that severe measures will have to come back as infections begin to rise uncontrollably.
Meanwhile, France is thankful for plans for regions with lower infection rates to start rapidly reducing measures, because the Italian Prime Minister said his country could follow suit as well.
In Spain, Minister of Health Salvador Illa was also announcing time lags when older people and children could be outdoors in an attempt to protect vulnerable elderly people from the virus – which can be carried by children, though 39; t generally have no severe symptoms.
Germany reported 1,478 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, meaning the total daily infection has now risen every day this week. Angela Merkel's chief of staff said the country's lockdown is being looked at next week in light of data
Germany reported another 173 deaths by the virus, less than 202 deaths reported Wednesday
A worker at a Mercedes factory in Germany adjusts a badge on the front of one of their cars after production could be resumed, in order to increase the country's measures
Leaders in Spain and Italy both face rebellions over their plans to reduce closing measures by regional ministers who indicate that blankets are unfairly approaching places where the virus is less concentrated.
The Spanish government is facing possible parliamentary defeat over its four-step plan, in order for executives to force the prime minister to call for an emergency and surrender her powers to deal with the crisis on her own.
To overcome that problem, France has proposed turning the country into & # 39; red & # 39; and & # 39; green & # 39; splitting zones when the lockdown was lifted on May 11, with green zones – where the virus's impact was less severe – allowed to lift measures faster.
There are fears of a second wave of coronavirus in Europe – all the region least affected in the world with confirmed cases of 1.4 million and nearly 130,000 deaths – as final measures are granted.
But with some of & # 39; largest economies of & # 39; In a continent that is suffering record-breaking suffering, leaders have been left with little choice but to relax measures before a vaccine becomes available.
Here's the latest on how European leaders handle their lockdowns …
There will be no end to social distance measures until at least May 10, Angela Merkel's chief of staff said, even as the German chancellor met with regional leaders to discuss plans to further reduce deployment measures.
Ministers are expected to discuss when it might be possible to reopen schools and nurseries, and restart sports events, but no firm decisions will be made until at least May 6, Merkel aide Helge Braun said.
This is to allow time for the effect of & # 39; initial relief of lockdown restrictions last week in & # 39; e data.
A woman walks out of a shopping mall in Berlin to & # 39; Germany one of & # 39; the first European countries to start reducing lockdown measures
German police arrest a mob at an illegally occupied home while wearing masks to protect against coronavirus
A man with a painter's overalls and a face mask is dragged from an illegally occupied home by police in Berlin, Germany
He spoke as Professor Tobias Welte, a top government adviser, denied that a rise in infections this week was due to relaxing restrictions.
German unemployment totally starts in April due to coronavirus
The unemployment total in Germany rose unusually sharply in April, official data showed Thursday, highlighting the impact of & # 39; the coronavirus pandemic on & # 39; e European top economy.
The unemployment total rose to 2.6 million in April from 2.3 million in March, according to data compiled by the federal labor agency BA.
And in seasonally adjusted conditions, unemployment jumped this month to 5.8 percent from 5.0 percent the previous month, the agency said.
& # 39; The coronavirus pandemic is likely to lead to the most serious recession in Germany of & # 39; e period after World War II, & # 39; BA chief Detlef Scheele said in a statement. & # 39; The labor market is also under pressure. & # 39;
Minister of Economy Peter Altmaier on Wednesday denied government forecasts of a record 6.3 percent year-on-year drop in gross domestic product.
On & # 39; top of & # 39; e April's increase in unemployment, some 750,000 companies would apply to place 10.1 million workers on shorter-hour schemes that were not funded by the government, the BA said Thursday.
Berlin was known in German as & # 39; Kurzarbeit & # 39; and was credited with saving hundreds of thousands of jobs during the 2009 financial crisis, Berlin expanded access to the program, to & # 39; the scale of & # 39; threat of & # 39; e coronavirus became clear.
Requests for the scheme do not mean that workers will, in fact, be placed on shorter hours.
& # 39; Nevertheless, this is a never-before-seen figure compared to the last decade, and a multiple of & # 39; e notifications that were seen during the Great Recession in 2008-09, & # 39; said the BA.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, he said that cases in & # 39; are generally still going down, despite an apparent rise in & # 39; e daily data.
He pointed to the & # 39; weekend effect & # 39; which has been observed across Europe – where less case data is recorded over the weekend, because people are away from their desks, causing a backlog that is deleted by the week.
This leads to an apparent peak in infections midweek, although in fact the numbers may have remained average or even decreased.
For example, Germany reported an average of 2,040 cases last week, even while daily figures are declining.
By comparison, the country reported an average of 1,236 cases this week, even though the daily figure has been rising.
Professor Welte admitted that it is too early for the effects of lifting the & # 39; lockdown to turn into & # 39; see daily infection data because of the coronavirus incubation period – which can be up to 14 days.
He said, & # 39; The end of lockdown started about a week ago, usually with coronavirus it is a very long time frame.
& # 39; From infection, to severe infection, to access to the ICU is usually around 14 days. We are still in this window.
& # 39; We will see next week what was the result of shutting down & # 39; a shutdown. & # 39;
Scientists from four well-respected research groups – including the Max Planck Society and the Leibniz Association – take a look at & # 39; the strategy of & # 39; e German government ahead, described what they think is the best response.
They dismissed the idea of & # 39; link immunity & # 39; to say that there is not enough evidence that a person infected with coronavirus cannot be infected a second time.
Angela Merkel chaired a meeting of regional executives on Thursday to discuss further exclusion measures, but her staff said social distance remains in place until at least May 10
A woman with a face mask buys flowers at a market in Muenster, western Germany, after allowing it again
Long-term effects of infection, such as trauma to the heart and lungs, are also poorly understood, they told Die Welt.
Likewise, trying to eradicate the disease, while still circulating freely in parts of the world, also impractical, poses them.
Instead, the strategy should be to contain the virus to spread it by the locals through increased testing and contact tracking.
Such strategies have proven highly effective in places such as South Korea – site of one of & # 39; earliest outbreaks outside of China – where & # 39; zero domestic infections were reported Thursday.
The country has never introduced a complete lockdown of the kind seen in Europe.
Only if the number of cases has dropped to such a level that they can be adequately contained with tests and traces of contacts should social distance be stopped, German scientists said.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday that some Italian regions & # 39; s may re-establish faster coronavirus than others, but warned local authorities against solitary action.
He spoke as right local administrations, who are not part of the central government, in opposition to his slow approach to lifting restrictions, which Conte claims is important to a second wave of infection to prevent.
For example, in Calabria, in the Italian south, which is largely devoid of the least of coronavirus, ministers have announced that bars and restaurants can immediately reopen, as long as they have open tables – a month ahead of the proposed schedule of & # 39; government.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives at Rome's Senate with a face mask, suggesting that some regions may close faster than others after his blanket approach was criticized
Italy reported 2,086 cases of coronavirus on Thursday, almost the same as the 2,091 reported Wednesday.
Italy also reported 323 coronavirus deaths on Thursday, down to 382 reported on Wednesday
& # 39; D & # 39; will not be a plan based on sudden initiatives by individual local authorities, but rather one based on scientific findings, & # 39; said Conte.
Autonomous movements through lonely regions & # 39; s would be considered illegal, he added, and opened the way for confrontations with regional chieftains set to defy & # 39; s central government.
Italy has registered 27,682 coronavirus deaths, the highest number in Europe, and has some of the # & # 39; s most difficult measures in & # 39; Entering a world that is not sure the fragile economy is tipping into a deep recession.
Conte acknowledged that the economy was facing an unprecedented downturn and confirmed the latest & # 39; Treasury forecast for a 15% contraction in & # 39; the first half of the year.
Data released on Thursday showed the economy's 4.7% shrinkage of 4.7 percent from & # 39; e previous three months thanks to & # 39; e storage
However, the decline was less pronounced than expected, with a Reuters demand predicting a fall of 5.0 percent.
People shop at an Esselunga supermarket in the Famagosta district of Milan in order to shut down the country's exit
A cafe owner in Rome is working in his store to prepare the country for # 4 coronavirus restrictions from May 4, allowing stores to allow a take-out service
Employees of the Italy Open company spray disinfectant to prepare the office for a part reset when unlocked is granted
France and Spain, which also announced quarterly economic data on Thursday, saw dips of 5.8 per cent and 5.3 percent, respectively – the largest quarter decline on record in both countries.
Conte said a new stimulus package to support the economy, which is being presented in a few days, would include $ 15 billion ($ 16.3 billion) for businesses and $ 25 billion directly for wage-earners and the self-employed.
Recognizing that slow withdrawal of restrictions was causing upset, Conte said he had to take caution to prevent potentially catastrophic resurgence of infections.
& # 39; I will say this clearly, with the risk of not appearing popular. The government cannot immediately ensure a return to normalcy … we are still in this pandemic, & # 39; he said.
Public Health Minister Jerome Solomon will announce the first & # 39; red & # 39; and & # 39; green & # 39; disclose country map and explain what final measures will apply in each area.
It comes after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Tuesday that lockdown measures will be lost at different rates in different locations, depending on how well they deal with the virus.
While the exact criteria for marking a department & # 39; green & # 39; if & # 39; red & # 39; not yet public, ministers said it would depend on three things – local transmission rates, availability of ICU beds, and whether effective testing and contact monitoring measures are being implemented.
Volunteers distribute face masks and brochures to commuters outside a Vincennes metro station on the & # 39; edge of & # 39; the French capital Paris, around the country sketching more details about how the lockdown will end
France reported 1,607 new cases of coronavirus until 2pm Wednesday, well below its daily peak of 7,578 on March 31
France reported 427 deaths by coronavirus until 2 a.m. Wednesday, a slight increase on & # 39; e 367 from & # 39; the previous day
It is also not public how closure measures will differ between zones, but ministers have suggested that parks and gardens will allow reopening in green zones, while they should remain in red zones.
In the same way, schools and colleges may reopen in green zones from May 18, while remaining in red zones for longer.
While the zones themselves will be revealed Thursday, lockdown measures for green zones will only begin from May 11.
Underlining the importance of reducing the & # 39; lockdown were French economic data, released Thursday, which revealed that the economy was 5.8 percent in & # 39; t first quarter of 2020 contracts compared to the last quarter of 2019.
The fall is the largest drop-on-quarter drop since records began in 1949. It was predominantly expressed in services that involved face-to-face interaction, such as hotels, restaurants, retail stores, transportation and construction.
Public Health Minister Salvador Illa is set to announce time slots to ensure that the elderly are kept separate from children when they are both allowed outside for the first time since the lockdown began on Saturday.
OAPs are expected to be told they can walk in the morning before children get their chance to go out for lunch with one of their parents.
Runners and others enjoying their first chance to practice individual sports for the first time in seven weeks are likely to be told to choose morning- or late-night time slots when the other two groups are back inside.
Mr. Illa will explain the details on Thursday after a morning TV address set for 11am was reset.
Spanish Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos has already secured time slots for various sectors of the & # 39; population, saying measures are being taken to create a & # 39; explosive & # 39; mix of young and old.
An older couple wearing face masks runs through Madrid, while Spain is preparing to announce time closures when older people and children outside will be allowed to protect vulnerable elderly people against coronavirus
Spain reported just 518 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday – the lowest daily total since March 3
Spain also reported just 268 coronavirus deaths on Thursday, its lowest daily death rate since March 20
It comes after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez outlined a four-step plan to begin Spain's lockdown on May 4, with each new stage condition to certain criteria being met before it could begin.
However, it is far from certain that his plans will cast a vote in parliament if business groups and opposition leaders raise criticism of his plans, El Mundo reported.
Regional leaders are said to be angry that they are not discussing the plans, which they say are dictated by central government and do not reflect local concerns.
Adding to the pressure, official data released Thursday showed that the economy shrank 5.2 percent in the first quarter, the worst figure since the holding of & # 39; e record began in the & # 39; 1970s & # 39; s.
However, Spain's daily coronavirus data provided some positive news, as the number of new infections confirmed Thursday stood at just 518 – the lowest figure reported since March 11.
The number of deaths was 268, the lowest figure reported since March 20.
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