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Corona news update on Saturday: RKI reports more than 31,000 new corona infections and 702 deaths


The health authorities recorded 31,300 new infections - and 702 more deaths. The government's rail commissioner expects corona costs of more than 13 billion euros. The overview

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The government's rail commissioner expects corona costs of more than 13 billion euros

6.44 a.m.:

According to the Federal Government's Rail Commissioner, Deutsche Bahn will


more than 13 billion euros in corona costs.

A loss of 13 to 14 billion euros was calculated as the worst scenario at the beginning of the pandemic, Enak Ferlemann (CDU) told the »world«.

"It is now clear: it will not result in our best scenario, but in the worst."

If the lockdown lasts longer, it could be even more expensive, warned Ferlemann.

"If we should still have massive restrictions throughout January, February and March or if measures are still necessary next autumn, then we have to examine what effects this has."

More than ten million people infected with corona in India

6:39 a.m.:

India became the second country in the world after the USA to exceed ten million coronavirus infections.

That emerges from the data published on Saturday by the Indian Ministry of Health.

However, the increase in both the number of infected and deaths appears to be slowing.

According to the information, 27,022 new infections have been registered since Friday - the total number rose to 10,004,893.

The number of deaths rose by 338 to 144,789 within 24 hours.

Federal Agency: Currently no wave of insolvencies due to Corona

6:15 a.m.:

Despite the closure of numerous companies in the corona lockdown, the Federal Employment Agency sees no further wave of insolvencies rolling towards Germany.

"Our figures do not give anything like that at the moment," said the chairman of the Federal Employment Agency, Detlef Scheele, in an interview with the German Press Agency.

By November 2020, just under 1.2 billion euros in bankruptcy money had been paid.

In the same period of the previous year it was 723 million euros.

The 2020 figures also include the bankruptcy of a large retail chain that was not due to the pandemic.

This should mean the bankruptcy of Galeria Kaufhof.

However, several larger companies went bankrupt in 2020, to whose difficulties the corona problem at least contributed - including the restaurant chain Vapiano and Germany's largest hairdresser chain Klier.

For companies overindebted as a result of the pandemic, the obligation to file for insolvency remains suspended at least until the end of January - mainly because the disbursement of state corona aid has been delayed.

National player Rüdiger presents caregivers: "Do an incredible job"

05.17 a.m.:

National soccer player Antonio Rüdiger


with a special gesture his appreciation for the nursing staff working at the limit on COVID-19 stations.

This week, the 27-year-old bought the nursing staff of 13 clinics a lunch.

“The people who work there are doing an incredible job.

For me these are all men and women of honor.

With this campaign I would like to say thank you, «said Rüdiger in an interview with Spox and Goal.

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National football player

Antonio Rüdiger

- currently under contract in the Premier League

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“Thanks to the many hospital staff who put themselves and their health behind to help other people.

My main concern was the gesture, "said the 27-year-old:" However, you shouldn't just thank the employees this year, but every year - and not just during a global pandemic. "

The defender of the English top team Chelsea FC selected the clinic based on cities and regions with particularly high incidence values.

A total of 420 hospital employees received a pizza donated by Rüdiger and a thank you letter.

Survey: Large majority want to adhere to Corona rules for Christmas

5 a.m.:

A large majority of Germans want to adhere to the specified contact restrictions at Christmas to combat the corona pandemic.

In a survey carried out by the YouGov opinion research institute on behalf of the German Press Agency, 83 percent said they wanted to follow all the rules.

Only one in ten wants to deviate from it, 7 percent did not provide any information.

The willingness to adhere to the restrictions increases with age.

For 18 to 24 year olds it is 72 percent, for people over 55 even 91 percent.

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Moderna is based

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Moderna corona vaccine receives emergency approval in the United States 

1:46 a.m.:

The US FDA has granted the 


vaccine from the pharmaceutical company Moderna emergency approval.

The FDA announced on Friday.

At the beginning of next week, the use of the preparation could begin, government officials had said in the previous days.

They expected that almost six million vaccine doses could be distributed in the country immediately after approval.

  • You can read the detailed notification on the approval of the vaccine here.

Tough lockdown in Italy from December 21st to January 6th

12:47 a.m.:

In view of the rapidly increasing corona numbers, the Italian government is imposing another hard lockdown for the entire country.

This will apply from December 21st to January 6th, announced Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Saturday night.

  • All shops that are not necessary for daily needs and all restaurants will remain closed, according to him.

  • Travel between different regions is prohibited

  • You may only leave your own apartment to a limited extent.

Conte spoke after a cabinet meeting where the new rules were decided.

De facto, exceptions to the rules should only be possible for professional or health reasons.

Religious celebrations are allowed until 10 p.m.

However, the hard lockdown from December 28th to 30th and January 4th is to be relaxed somewhat.

Then shops should be able to open briefly and move around without giving reasons.

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Source: spiegel

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