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The ski resorts of Ischgl and St. Anton have already been quarantined.

8.59 a.m.: The curfew in Italy must be extended

According to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the curfew in Italy due to the coronavirus pandemic must be extended beyond April 3. It is inevitable to extend the measures imposed, such as the closure of schools and businesses, Conte told the newspaper "Il Corriere della Sera" from Thursday. In Italy, there are drastic nationwide restrictions on the freedom of travel and assembly, which are said to last until April 3.

8.55 a.m.: Three more dead in the Heinsberg district 

According to a report by the Kölner Stadtanzeiger, three people died of the corona virus in the Heinsberg district. The report refers to the local health department. "We feel with the families", said District Administrator Stephan Pusch. 

In all three cases, the cause of death was pneumonia caused by the corona virus, the health department said, according to the newspaper. The dead are two men who died on Tuesday, aged 83 and 87 years. An 85-year-old woman died on Wednesday at the Aachen University Hospital. All three people had previous illnesses. 

8.42 a.m.: Kramp-Karrenbauer: Bundeswehr can help with goods transport

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to deploy soldiers, if necessary, to transport goods in order to guarantee supplies to shops and companies. "If we should have transport problems because so many truck drivers are stuck at the borders and are no longer available, the Bundeswehr has vehicles and drivers who can take care of the population", she says in an interview with the "Financial Times".

Tourists at Gran Canaria Airport: Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has announced that he will bring another 20,000 tourists back over the weekend. (Source: Reuters)

8.25 a.m.: Maas: Bring another 20,000 tourists back over the weekend 

The federal government wants to bring another 20,000 tourists back from Egypt alone at the weekend. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on ARD that around 7,500 travelers were brought back on Wednesday. The question of the financial participation of the tourists in the return campaign had initially been postponed so that there would not be delays. The federal government chartered the aircraft at its own expense, especially from Lufthansa. "We will decide at a later date how we handle the costs."

7.58 a.m.: Swiss pharmaceutical company tests arthritis drugs for the treatment of corona patients 

The Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is testing its arthritis drug Actemra for the treatment of severe pneumonia in coronavirus patients. The clinical study, in which 330 people worldwide are taking part, is scheduled to begin in early April. In China, the agent, which can help to contain inflammation, is already allowed to be used in some seriously ill coronavirus patients. Sanofi and Regeneron are also testing arthritis drugs for treating people infected with coronavirus.

7.51 a.m.: Federal Finance Minister Scholz’s corona test was negative 

According to his own statements, the coronavirus test by Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz was negative. "The voice is still battered, the cold is going back a bit and the test was negative", tweeted Scholz. He will no longer work from the home office, but will be in the Chancellery for consultations. The corona crisis challenges everyone. "We’ll get through this together. Our country can do that."

7.43 a.m.: Altmeier hopes for clarity in helping the self-employed 

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier is hoping for clarity in the next few days with regard to the planned additional help for self-employed and small businesses, for example to be able to pay rents even in the crisis. "Of course we want to help those who urgently need it"says the CDU politician im "Deutschlandfunk".argumentative essay on drinking age However, this should not be done with a watering can, but should be targeted. "In any case, I hope that all of this will lead to the legislature being able to take the necessary decisions in the next week."

6.34 a.m.: Australia closes borders

Australia is closing its borders in the fight against the further spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that the only exemptions from the entry ban are its own citizens, people with permanent residence and their close family members.

5.57 a.m.: Ansbach: number of coronavirus cases tripled

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has tripled in the district and city of Ansbach within one day. There are twelve new proven cases of Sars-CoV-2, the Ansbach district office announced on Wednesday evening. This increases the number in the Central Franconian region to 18. A day earlier there were a total of six cases. A little more than 40,000 people live in the city of Ansbach, and according to the Bavarian State Office for Statistics, the district has just under 184,000.

In the city of Mitterteich in the Upper Palatinate, the authorities had meanwhile imposed a curfew on Wednesday. According to the information, the virus was found noticeably often here. The city of Mitterteich has almost 6,600 inhabitants. The corona virus was detected in 25 people there.

3.55 a.m.: Sudden increase in infected people in South Korea

South Korea has seen a surge in new coronavirus cases. The Centers for Disease and Disease Control (KCDC) reported 152 new cases, bringing the total to 8,565. The country had registered fewer than 100 new infections for four days in a row by Wednesday.

2 a.m.: Berlin-Schönefeld Airport: Passenger suspected of Corona brought to the clinic

A machine apparently landed at Berlin Schönefeld Airport on Wednesday that had a passenger suspected of having a coronavirus infection on board. The passenger was taken to the hospital, as reported by rbb24, citing an airport spokesman. The Eurowings plane came from Palma de Mallorca.

2 a.m .: No new infections in Wuhan for the first time

For the first time since the coronavirus outbreak in late 2019, the central Chinese city of Wuhan has not reported any new infections. In mainland China, 34 new infections are confirmed for Wednesday, more than twice as many as 13 the previous day. All new cases are imported, increasing pressure on the authorities to screen travelers. Overall, the number of diseases rises to 80,928. According to official figures, the death toll from the outbreak in China stood at 3,245 at the end of Wednesday, eight more than the previous day. The central province of Hubei accounts for all eight deaths, including six in the provincial capital Wuhan.

1.55 a.m.: Saxony – extensive blocking of public life has begun

Because of the spread of the corona virus, the state of Saxony is now largely regulating public life. In the night of Thursday at midnight, a general decree comes into force that obliges almost all public and private institutions to close. Trade fairs and public festivals are forbidden, theaters, cinemas and concert halls must remain, and swimming pools and fitness studios are also no longer allowed to operate.

"We have decided to take drastic measures that will reduce public life to a minimum. This is necessary to slow down the spread of the virus", Health Minister Petra Köpping (SPD) justified the measures. The regulation is expected to apply until April 20th. The other federal states have issued similar orders and have already put them into effect.

1.50 a.m.: Because: Should avoid curfews at the moment

Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) has spoken out against curfews in the current situation of the corona crisis. "We should avoid curfews in Germany right now"Weil told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Thursday). If the current restrictions are consistently adhered to, experts believe that a curfew would not have any significant additional health effects, so Weil.

"That is why we cannot and will not accept the fact that corona parties continue to be celebrated and people sit close together in street cafes." According to the Prime Minister, the police in Lower Saxony will ensure that safety distances are observed in restaurants. "Anyone who takes the virus lightly and does not implement the well-founded requirements must expect their restaurants to be temporarily closed."

In Weil’s opinion, the cooperation between the federal government and the states in the Corona crisis works well. "Federalism is able to cope with this historically unique threat."

1.53: Bavaria – Landtag wants to approve aid package worth billions

The state parliament on Thursday (from 9 a.m.) free a billion dollar aid package for the Bavarian economy. To this end, the supplementary budget for the current year was changed in a hurry and in agreement with all parliamentary groups – and this budget is to be finally decided on Thursday.

Because up to ten billion euros are to be financed through new debts, the debt brake in the Bavarian constitution is suspended for one year. This is according to the constitution "in the event of natural disasters or exceptional emergency situations" possible.

Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) wants to explain the entire measures of the state government in the fight against the corona crisis in a government declaration – in front of a shrunken state parliament: only about a fifth of all members of parliament take part in the plenary session to minimize possible risk of infection, in each case according to the size of the parliamentary group .

1.50 a.m.: Trump brings the first major aid package on the way 

US President Donald Trump has implemented a billion-dollar aid package approved by Congress to cushion the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic. Trump signed the law on Wednesday evening (local time). The measures envisaged therein should cost around 100 billion US dollars.

Among other things, the aid package extends the non-nationwide statutory wage payment in the USA in the event of illness. In addition, the assumption of costs for tests for possible infection with the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus is guaranteed and payments for the unemployed and food aid are expanded. The package, which is supported by both major parties, was approved by the House of Representatives last week and the Senate approved it on Wednesday afternoon.

The government, meanwhile, is already working on a larger stimulus package that will pump up to a trillion US dollars (900 billion euros) into the economy. Negotiations with Congress about the release of the funds are currently in full swing.

1.38 a.m.: Japan’s Hokkaido region ends the emergency

In Japan’s Hokkaido region, the state of emergency due to the epidemic will end on Thursday. "We will end the state of emergency on March 19th as planned and enter a new phase on the 20th to overcome the coronavirus infection crisis"said the prefecture governor Naomichi Suzuki. Hokkaido reported 154 infections on Wednesday, while a total of 907 in Japan carry the virus.

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party is considering an economic package worth more than 30 trillion yen ($ 278 billion) in response to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Japanese daily reports "Sankei".

1.27 a.m.: US automakers want to produce medical devices

US automakers are offering their help in the production of medical devices. General Motors (GM) and Ford explain that they are in talks with the American government on how they could support the production of ventilators, for example, to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

General Motors (GM), Fiat Chrysler and Ford are initially closing their production in North America by the end of March due to the Corona crisis. The three companies and the industry union UAW announced this on Wednesday. This will protect the health of union members, their families and residents of the places where the factories are located, said UAW boss Rory Gamble in a joint statement with Ford.

Earlier this week, Britain approached automakers such as Ford, Honda and Rolls Royce to be used in the manufacture of healthcare equipment including ventilators. In China, the production of masks and medical protective clothing was partly taken over by other manufacturers such as Apple partner Foxconn or GM’s joint venture with Chinese partners.

1.26 a.m.: Cash registers guarantee reimbursement of all additional maintenance costs

The statutory health insurance companies have assured the reimbursement of all costs that arise in the area of ​​care due to the Corona crisis. The long-term care insurance has sufficient reserves to offset the corona-related additional costs in the almost 27,000 nursing homes and care services in Germany, said the vice-chairman of the central association of statutory health insurers (GKV), Gernot Kiefer, the newspapers of the Funke media group (Thursday editions). The reimbursement of additional costs as a result of the corona pandemic will be "unbureaucratic" guaranteed.

The nursing staff in homes and outpatient services are in crisis "incredibly challenged", emphasized the GKV vice. To protect themselves, they could neither work in the home office nor keep a physical distance. That is why protective equipment such as gloves and breathing masks as well as additional disinfection are extremely important. "We are there to ensure that this is also financed"said Kiefer.

He also announced that in order to relieve the care industry of care allowance recipients, no more checking home visits should take place for the time being. In addition, nurses in the day care facilities should continue to be financed, even if the facilities were closed. The nursing staff released in this way should continue to be deployed in nursing care, for example by supporting the care of home residents.

1.10 a.m.: Telekom sees networks prepared for more use in a virus crisis

Deutsche Telekom sees its networks equipped for a higher data volume and more phone calls in the coronavirus crisis. The networks are stable and secure, the Bonn-based company explained on Thursday. "The company is recording a significant increase in data traffic and the number and duration of telephone calls, especially in the fixed network." But these are not critical for the network.