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Corona: The events from 2 to 08 November

11:17 p.m.: More than 50 million cases worldwide

According to data from the Reuters news agency, more than 50 million people have been infected worldwide and over 1.25 million have died from the virus.

9:14 p.m.: France has problems recording corona cases

France's Ministry of Health is initially only announcing part of the current Corona numbers due to problems with data collection. These include 38,619 new infections and 271 more deaths in hospitals. On Saturday, the number of new infections reached a record of 86,852. The missing information from today should be submitted on Monday.

8:24 p.m.: WHO meeting from Monday

In the midst of the second wave of the corona pandemic, a week-long meeting of the World Health Assembly begins in Geneva on Monday. The body of the more than 190 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) will hold virtual discussions on important public health issues until November 14th; the first part of the discussions took place in May. The dominant topic is likely to be the corona pandemic and global vaccination campaigns. The WHO has received both criticism and praise for its handling of the pandemic.

8:08 p.m.: John Hopkins University reports more than 50 million infections worldwide

According to the John Hopkins University, there are now more than 50 million confirmed infections with the coronavirus worldwide. The number of deaths related to the virus has been 1.25 million since the pandemic began, according to university data on Sunday.

On Saturday alone, the number of new infections reported rose by a good half a million. Most recently, the pandemic is spreading strongly in countries in the northern hemisphere, including Europe and North America, probably due to the cooler weather. In the US, almost 130,000 new infections were reported for Saturday.

University numbers in the US are updated more regularly and are therefore often slightly higher than official data. According to the US experts, almost 50.1 million confirmed infections were reported worldwide as of Sunday. According to the World Health Organization, there were 49.6 million infections and 1.25 million deaths.

6:35 p.m.: Spahn defends German test strategy

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) rejects criticism of the corona test strategy in Germany. This stipulates that only people who have direct contact with infected people and who have Covid-19 symptoms are tested.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has been recommending for months that contact persons of an infected person without symptoms should not be tested, but stay at home, according to Spahn. "In a phase like now, those who have symptoms have to be tested first," says the CDU politician, referring to the high number of infections and the overloaded laboratories. If the capacities are not used to full capacity, you can be tested without symptoms.

In Bavaria, however, it has so far not been the case that everyone can claim a free corona test. The Bavarian state government wants to discuss this strategy again in the coming week.

6.30 p.m.: Over 32,000 new infections in Italy

32,616 new infections and 331 deaths related to the coronavirus are reported from Italy. This means a decrease compared to the previous day, but according to the Ministry of Health, fewer tests were carried out today. A total of 935,104 infections and 41,394 deaths have become known since the beginning of the pandemic.

18:22: France's health minister dares not a predictor for Christmas

France's Minister of Health Olivier Véran is cautious about Christmas in the Corona crisis. He did not want to make a forecast of how the situation would look by then, he told the channel France Inter. He sincerely hoped that the strict exit restrictions would then be relaxed. But it is still too early to say this now. "Everything in good time," said Véran. Either way, Christmas will be "something special" this year.

Strict restrictions have been in place in the country with around 67 million inhabitants for a good week - people are only allowed to go outside with good reason. There are indications that the measures taken are having an effect, explained Véran. But one has to wait before the situation can be assessed. An inventory will be possible at the end of next week.

In some parts of France, intensive care units are currently reaching their limits. On Sunday morning, a Covid-19 patient from the Hauts-de-France region in northern France was brought to Germany for the first time, as the regional health authority announced.

5.49 p.m.: Report: More than 50 million infections have already been registered worldwide

According to a count by the AFP news agency, more than 50 million infections with the novel corona virus have already been detected worldwide. Of the 50,010,400 registered corona infections, 1,251,980 ended fatally. The pandemic broke out in China in December last year, and numerous countries in Europe and other regions of the world are currently struggling with a second wave.

5.40 p.m.: Kretschmer is considering stricter corona regulation

After the Leipzig "lateral thinking" demonstration against corona restrictions, in which conditions were severely disregarded, Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) announced a discussion about possible consequences, "because what happened there is extremely dangerous not just those who were there, but all of us ”. It must be considered whether the Saxon corona regulation should be tightened, said Kretschmer in an online statement. He has no understanding "of recklessness and hubris in a time when an open look shows the dangers of the virus". It had to be discussed how the day of the demonstration went, how the court decisions should be viewed and what legal options there are now.

Interior Minister Roland Wöller (CDU) defended the police action and certified her a prudent action. Accusing the police of failure is absurd and unjustified. Wöller also criticized the Saxon Higher Administrative Court (OVG), which had approved the demonstration in the city center, which was initially moved from the city to the exhibition center. With its decision, the OVG "approved the largest corona party with more than 20,000 participants", this is not understandable.

5:06 p.m.: Corona case in the Saxon cabinet - quick tests for members

Saxony's regional development minister Thomas Schmidt (CDU) has tested positive for the corona virus. This was announced by Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) in Dresden. The government wanted to meet on Sunday to discuss the cornerstones of the upcoming double budget. In the morning the news had arrived that Schmidt had set off for a corona test with "severe symptoms". The rapid test was positive. According to Kretschmer, the cabinet interrupted its meeting and had everyone present take a quick test. So far, all other colleagues have tested negative.

4.47 p.m.: Carnival association distributes "session starter sets" for the home

Under the motto "Rethink Carnival", the Düsseldorf Carnival Association Prinzengarde Blau-Weiss has brought around 500 members so-called session starter sets to their front door. One set consists, among other things, of the new session order, streamers, balloons, a blue and white protective mask and a four-pack of Altbier, as the association announced.

The aim is to give the members an atmospheric 11.11. Making it possible at home in a small circle, explained Blau-Weiss President Lothar Hörning. 50 Prince Guards brought the sets to the members living in Düsseldorf and the surrounding area. Among them was the new mayor of Düsseldorf, Stephan Keller (CDU).

4.28 p.m.: Queen shows herself with a mask for the first time - other royals do not

The British Queen Elizabeth II appeared in public for the first time wearing a corona mask. The 94-year-old visited the tomb of the unknown soldier in Westminster Abbey and laid flowers there. In keeping with the occasion, the mask was black, with an elegant white stripe on the edge.

The Queen herself recently had to take severe criticism for not wearing a mask at an appointment. Other royals, high-ranking politicians and veterans left it with the current honor of the fallen and appeared without a face mask. This corresponds to the official rules, said a palace spokeswoman. At the event, enough distance was maintained.

4:02 p.m.: USA with maximum number of new infections - over 126,000 cases

On the day of Joe Biden's election victory, the United States recorded a high number of new infections with the coronavirus every day. On Saturday (local time) 126,742 new infections were registered, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The value was over 120,000 for the third day in a row. In addition, 1,040 deaths were registered in association with the virus on accordingly on Saturday.

In the USA with its 330 million inhabitants, more than 9.8 million infections with the coronavirus have been detected since the beginning of the pandemic. More than 237,000 people have died so far - more than in any other country in the world.

The newly elected US President Biden wants to present a panel of experts to combat the pandemic this Monday, as he announced in his victory speech on Saturday evening (local time).

3.44 p.m.: There is still no clarity about the mask requirement in Munich primary schools

School will start again on Monday after the autumn break - but it is unclear whether primary school students are required to wear a mask in class. Actually, this applies from Monday throughout Bavaria and for all students, regardless of the number of Corona cases. However, Munich is taking a special route and has applied for an extension of an exemption, according to which elementary school students do not have to wear a mask on site.

There is currently no decision on this, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Munich on Sunday. At first, no one could be reached at the city for comment. Munich's Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) said on Friday that of more than 47,000 primary school students in Munich, only 9 were infected - and none of them would have been infected at school.

More on: "Start of school after the autumn break: Which corona rules apply?"

3:39 p.m.: Steinmeier worried about the sharpness of the corona discussion

In a video message at the opening of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned against a division in society in the debate about corona measures. "I worry that the conversation between opponents and supporters has become more difficult," said Steinmeier. This crisis is "a test for our society, for our democracy".

3.15 p.m.: Leipzig's mayor attacked federal, state and judiciary after "lateral thinking" demo

After the "lateral thinking" demonstration, the Mayor of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung, voiced harsh criticism of the federal government, the state and the Saxon Higher Administrative Court. "I'm pissed off how the municipal level has been left alone again," said the SPD politician.

In a pandemic, restrictions on freedom of assembly should also be possible because of the fundamental right to the physical integrity of the individual, said Jung. That must be clarified at the federal level. He criticized the state government for a "half-tumbled corona protection ordinance" that forbids tourist overnight stays and bus travel - but neither for those attending the meeting. In addition, he was "outraged" by the decision of the OVG to allow the rally.

Because of the massive violation of the mask requirement, the "lateral thinking" rally should not have started, said Jung. The public order office and the Leipzig police were ultimately overwhelmed on Saturday. The demo should have been dissolved earlier, said the city chief.

3:02 p.m.: Patient advocates urge care when awarding vaccines

Patient advocates urge caution in the upcoming discussions about the award of a corona vaccine. "Who should receive the vaccine first, must be discussed and decided in the Bundestag," said the board of the German Foundation for Patient Protection, Eugen Brysch, the Catholic News Agency (KNA). The federal and state governments would also have to stipulate bindingly how the serum could reach people in nursing homes. "That will not work with a few centers," warned Brysch.

Since a vaccine that is being researched at high pressure will not initially be sufficient for all German citizens, priority must be given. According to the Infection Protection Act, the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) at the Robert Koch Institute is responsible for giving recommendations for prioritization. Stiko, the German Ethics Council and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina have developed the ethical and legal framework for this. They want to present these framework conditions on Monday.

2:52 p.m.: 0.63 percent infected in mass tests in Slovakia

In Slovakia, millions of people took part in corona mass tests on the weekend. On Saturday alone, 1.3 million people were tested, Prime Minister Igor Matovic told journalists on Sunday. At 0.63 percent, the proportion of those who tested positive was significantly lower than it was a week ago. This proves the success of the restrictions imposed by the government, explained the founder and head of the populist-conservative movement Ordinary People, OLaNO.

Within two days, from Saturday morning to Sunday evening (8 p.m.), all residents over ten years of age in around two thirds of the country are to be subjected to a rapid antigen test for the second time. Exceptions were those districts that showed particularly few infections in the first round last weekend.

1:23 p.m.: The highest level in intensive care units is almost reached

The number of corona patients in intensive care units in Germany has almost reached its spring high again. The German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) reported that 2,904 Covid-19 patients are being treated in intensive care. Of these, 1,605 (55 percent) are ventilated invasively. According to DIVI, the previous high was reached on April 18 with 2,933 Covid-19 patients in intensive care units.

In fact, the situation in the clinics is currently even worse than in spring, said Uwe Janssens, President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI), the German Press Agency. There are significantly more infected patients on the other wards - some of whom will still end up in the intensive care units. The entire infection situation is not comparable to that in April.

Unlike the peak on April 18, this time there will be no slowdown, the increase will rather continue for the time being, said Janssens. The reason is that the respective number of new infections is only reflected with a delay in severe courses and finally in the occupancy of the intensive care units. "In four weeks we will see the consequences of the peak values ​​now." Some centers are already at the limit, and Covid 19 patients have to be brought to other clinics.

12.55 p.m.: Repairs to economic aid required

There are calls from several federal states to improve the extraordinary economic aid in the corona pandemic. Otherwise, up to 90 percent of the companies that should benefit from the aid threatened to go away empty-handed, said Schleswig-Holstein's Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) of "Bild am Sonntag". The North German heads of government discussed this with Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) on Friday. Together they called for readjustment.

Günther criticized the fact that companies indirectly affected by the lockdown (e.g. beverage suppliers and cleaning companies) should only receive help if they have lost at least 80 percent of their sales with the companies affected. "Numerous companies are threatened with an existential crisis." He suggested that assistance be given to those companies that had a significant drop in sales compared to the same month last year.

Several Baden-Wuerttemberg ministries demanded a quick clarification of open questions about the procedure relating to the November aid for companies closed because of the partial lockdown.

12.42 p.m.: Possible further tightening of measures

According to Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff, the federal and state governments could possibly aim for further tightening at the next Corona peak meeting on November 16. "In view of the very high numbers at this point in time, I do not believe in any easing," Haseloff told Reuters, referring to the meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 prime ministers. "The question is whether we need to sharpen the protection of particularly vulnerable groups," adds the CDU politician.

12.29 p.m. Learning platform with the link Sh.itslearning

The somewhat ambiguous internet link to a school platform makes people smile in Schleswig-Holstein. The learning management system itself is called "its learning".The Internet link "Sh.itslearning" for the north is a descriptive domain name as a combination of the country code SH and the provider's domain, said the ministry spokesman.

"The fact that the address can also be read as' Shit’s‘learning" may be a thigh throb for some, but is not of importance for the success of the project, "said a spokesman for the Ministry of Education. As of October 30, 260 schools and more than 125,000 pupils and teachers in the country were already connected to this system. The "Lübecker Nachrichten" had previously reported.

Schleswig-Holstein's SPD state chairman and education politician Serpil Midyatli tweeted, "The unsuccessful name for the new learning portal in Schleswig-Holstein is somehow symptomatic of the performance of the education minister during the pandemic".

A little later, the head of department Karin Prien (CDU) countered that the government had introduced a powerful learning platform in record time during the corona pandemic. Others worked their way "on penny-pinchery humor and the URL of a service provider's website".

12.15 p.m.: Leftists decide on a decentralized federal party conference

Because of the corona pandemic, the Left wants to appoint its new board of directors at a decentralized federal party conference in February of next year. The party announced that the board made a corresponding decision on Saturday. "For the first time, the Left will hold a federal party conference not in one, but in many places across Germany," said Federal Managing Director Jörg Schindler.

Distributed conference locations are planned, from which the delegates can then join together in smaller groups to take part in the federal party conference.

The Left had canceled its planned party congress in Erfurt at the end of October because of the pandemic. There should actually be a successor to the party leaders Katja Kipping and Bernd Riexinger. Both have been in office for eight years. The new dual leadership is likely to be formed by the left-wing group leader in the Hessian state parliament, Janine Wissler, and Thuringia's party leader Susanne Hennig-Wellsow.

12.07 p.m.: Journalists' union appalled by attacks

The journalists' union DJU was horrified at attacks against journalists during the riots in the vicinity of a large demonstration against the corona measures in Leipzig. At least 38 media representatives were prevented from doing their jobs, nine of them by the police, the union said. Several journalists had been physically attacked, some of them massively.

The rally of the initiative "lateral thinking" with about 20,000 participants was broken up by the police on Saturday afternoon because the demonstrators did not adhere to the requirements to protect against infection. However, many participants refused to leave the city center and riots broke out. "Compared, for example, to the anti-corona demonstrations in Berlin yesterday, we observed a completely new dimension in terms of the extent of violence," said DJU chairwoman Tina Groll.

The police's strategy was "passivity". The officials had not fulfilled their task of enforcing the freedom of the press and protecting journalists. "They partially prevented them from doing their work themselves," criticized Groll.

11.21 a.m.: Churches should build bridges

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on the churches to make a contribution to social cohesion in the Corona crisis. The disputes over the corona policy are becoming more acute, said Steinmeier in a video message at the opening of the digital conference of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). He is glad that the churches are constantly trying to build bridges in the public and private debate. "Do not let up in this endeavor," he said to the church parliament. "I am concerned that the conversation between opponents and supporters has become more difficult," said the Federal President, referring to the restrictions to contain the pandemic. This crisis is a "test for our society, for our democracy," said Steinmeier. He asked whether it would be possible to stay together or whether divisions were deepening. "We need the voice of the church now and in the future," he added.

The EKD Synod advises on reforms at the digital and shortened conference. In view of the loss of members and the associated financial losses, it is a matter of setting priorities and savings initially for the next ten years.

10:48 a.m.: Face-to-face teaching required for lower levels

At the start of school after the autumn break, the state parents' association for Bavarian secondary schools adopted a position paper on how to deal with the Corona crisis. In it, the parents' representatives demand, among other things, that pure face-to-face teaching be limited to the lower grades and that staggered teaching times be considered. According to the position paper, a distinction must be made between the age groups in order to guarantee permanent classroom teaching.

For higher grades, hybrid lessons, i.e. an alternation between digital and face-to-face lessons, could be the right solution. This could also straighten out the situation in the overcrowded buses and trains, said the parents' representatives. Shifted lesson times could also help in this case. The state parents' association of Bavarian secondary schools also criticized the fact that many schools still lack the right IT structure. The money for it is there, but the acquisition is too slow. The equipment of the students at home has not been clarified either. "We expect concepts from the Bavarian Ministry of Culture," said the parent representatives.

10:23 a.m.: Olympic test of gymnasts succeeded

Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), rated the Olympic gymnastics test for the 2021 Summer Games, which was held in Tokyo under strict hygiene requirements, as a success. "This event gives us confidence to organize further events under the current conditions on the way to OlympiaW," said the fencing Olympic champion from 1976 in a video message.

2,000 spectators were allowed in the 8,700-seat Yoyogi sports hall. The 30 world-class athletes from Japan, China, Russia and the USA had to go into a 14-day quarantine in their home countries before traveling to Tokyo. They were tested daily for an infection with the coronavirus on site. "This competition in difficult conditions for everyone involved can be an important help for the Olympics. It keeps the feeling for our hopes and dreams alive," said Japan gymnastics idol Kohei Uchimura.

9:52 a.m.: Russia reports over 20,000 new infections

Russia reports 20,498 new infections within one day. That is slightly below the record set on Friday of 20,582 new cases. 286 other people died from or with the virus. In Russia there are a total of 1.77 million infections and 30,537 deaths.

9:31 am: "Vaccinate medical staff first"

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) wants to first use an urgently awaited vaccine against Corona to protect the health system itself. "The question of who will be vaccinated first is being discussed with the Standing Vaccination Commission, the Leopoldina Science Academy and the Ethics Commission," said Merkel in a video in which she answered questions from the public. "But I think I can reveal so much that I say that right at the front are of course nurses, doctors and also people who belong to a risk group. But there are quite a few in our country."

The federal government hopes that the first vaccines will be approved quite soon. "Then of course not enough vaccine will be available," said the Chancellor and emphasized: "Nobody will be forced to be vaccinated, it is a voluntary decision."

Preparations for a vaccination campaign were in progress. The federal states planned their own vaccination centers. One still has to see how much vaccine will be available and how long this vaccine will immunize. The main task is to make the population as a whole immune to the virus. If 60 to 70 percent of the population are immune - through vaccination or an illness they have suffered - the virus is "more or less defeated," said Merkel. "Then we can lift all restrictions as well," she said.

9 am: "Scientists have no prince to serve"

According to the Berlin virologist Christian Drosten, individual freedom and responsibility for the community cannot be separated from each other, especially in the corona pandemic. "The more thoughtless and selfish I act, the sooner the state has to restrict my freedom in order to effectively protect the community as well as the well-being of other people," said Drosten according to the speech manuscript in front of the German Literature Archive in Marbach near Ludwigsburg. This year, the virologist gave the speech on the birthday of the poet Friedrich Schiller, it was recorded on video.

The researcher asked whether a "pandemic imperative" was needed in view of the wave of infections: "In a pandemic, always act as if you had tested positive yourself and the person you were talking to belonged to a risk group." People are used to linear developments and are therefore sometimes overwhelmed when the number of cases increases explosively.

Drosten admitted that scientific work for political decision-makers is a "real imposition". While politicians want to create the most long-term framework possible, scientists also have to accept errors and setbacks in gaining knowledge. "The fact that political decision-makers had to keep improving or correcting the measures on the basis of new scientific findings - just think of the mouth and nose protection - did not find a positive response everywhere," he said.

As a virologist and scientist, he is not a politician and, like Schiller, "does not serve any prince," stressed Drosten. In the pandemic, scientists in particular are obliged to take society as a whole with them and communicate responsibly.

8.40 a.m.: Fire letter for help to the cultural scene

With an urgent appeal to her country colleagues, Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters advocated maintaining the planned aid for self-employed solo workers from the cultural scene. The CDU politician advertises in a letter that the regulations for those affected should be implemented as planned at the federal level. "It is essential and, as you know, expected in the entire cultural sector that this regulation now comes in this form," says the letter available to the German Press Agency.

According to the agreement, self-employed soloists such as artists or musicians can apply for funding of up to 5,000 euros directly and without bureaucratic effort for the corona-related restrictions in November. A tax advisor is only necessary beyond this limit.

This means that there is now "finally a separate sponsorship specifically for self-employed people," stressed Grütters. Such a regulation has been demanded by those affected and by associations as well as some culture ministers of the federal states since the beginning of the crisis in March. So far, freelance artists have not been able to claim a fictitious entrepreneur's wages and are therefore dependent on the Hartz IV basic security they have opened.

8:20 a.m.: Over 3,000 new infections in Bavaria

More than 3,000 new corona infections were reported in the Free State on Sunday morning. As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced, citing information from the health authorities, 3,021 new cases of infection were recorded within one day. Since not all health authorities report on the weekend, the number of cases on Sundays is always lower than during the week.

According to the latest figures from the RKI, a total of 130,635 infections have been registered in Bavaria since the start of the pandemic. The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the Free State rose to 2,913 - eight more than the previous day.

In detail, the city of Munich reports 421 new cases, Nuremberg 29, Augsburg 332, Regensburg 60, Ingolstadt 24, Würzburg 33, Fürth 67, the district of Fürstenfeldbruck 38, the district of Dachau 18, district of Passau 129, district of Rottal-Inn 44, district of Ansbach 65, Aichach-Friedberg district 15, Cham district 37, Miltenberg district 5, Bamberg district 29.

No new infections were registered in the districts of Rosenheim, Freising, Tirschenreuth and, among others, in Munich.

8:06 am: The existence of the Viktualienmarkt stallholders is threatened

The Viktualienmarkt is Munich's figurehead, but Corona threatens the existence of the stallholders. "The market with which Munich advertised all over the world is dying," said Elke Fett, spokeswoman for the market seller, the "Abendzeitung". Although the stands are likely to open in this part of the lockdown, there are hardly any visitors. "Nobody likes to come here in public anymore, people are afraid of infection. You are no longer welcome by car, there is nowhere to park. In addition, the offices in the area are all empty now."

Before Corona, she had a daily turnover of 2,000 to 3,000 euros, said Fett, now it is between 150 and 180 euros. Soon she could no longer pay the rent.

Your hopes now rest on Christmas. "In December we are the only market in Munich that can be open at all. There are no Christmas markets," she said. "So we dealers make the most beautiful Christmas Viktualienmarkt that has ever existed." A kind of substitute Christmas market. "Each of us decorates our stand as beautifully as it has never been before. So that people can enjoy coming to us. (...) The Viktualienmarkt survived two world wars, it will also survive Corona."

6:23 a.m.: Over 16,000 new infections in Germany

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 16,017 new infections. That is less than the high of 23,399 that was recorded on Saturday after the 20,000 threshold was first exceeded on Friday. However, the numbers are usually lower on Sunday, as the health authorities often do not provide all the data on the weekend. Last Sunday there were 14,177 new cases. The total number of detected infections rises to 658,505. According to the data, another 63 people died from or with the virus. The number of deaths increased to 11,289. Around 419,300 people are considered to have recovered.

6 a.m .: Giffey for initiatives against loneliness in old age

Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey (SPD) has spoken out in favor of increased initiatives against loneliness in old age. Society should not care "that people - especially when they get older - get lonely," said Giffey of the German press agency. In times of Corona, social cohesion is more necessary than ever. In the first Corona months it was particularly noticeable how isolation and a lack of social contact could affect. For a week, more contact restrictions have been in effect in Germany.

3.30 a.m.: Biden wants to convene a Corona Expert Council

The newly elected US President Joe Biden wants to present a council of experts on Monday to contain the corona pandemic. He will spare no effort in the fight against the virus, said Biden in his victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware. The "leading scientists and experts" would help him develop an "action plan" that could be implemented from the day he was inaugurated on January 20, Biden said.

Biden was declared the winner of Tuesday's election by the US media on Saturday.

More on: "Victory speech: Biden calls for unity and reconciliation"

2.30 a.m.: Portugal imposes nocturnal curfew

To contain the coronavirus, Portugal is imposing local night curfews. Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced that 121 of the 308 municipalities will be affected, including the capital Lisbon and Porto. The curfew will apply when the 15-day state of emergency comes into force on Monday from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. In addition, people are not allowed to leave their homes between 1 p.m. and 5 a.m. on the next two weekends.

1:45 a.m.: Bundeswehr wants to help with vaccine storage

The Bundeswehr wants to help with the storage of a possible corona vaccine. "In addition to the previous administrative assistance from our soldiers with their helping hands, we can also imagine providing logistical support, for example by storing vaccines in suitable locations," said a spokesman for the Defense Ministry for "Bild am Sonntag". "The storage of the vaccines to be cooled requires special care, and it has to be planned carefully."

According to information from the newspaper, the vaccine against the corona virus is to be temporarily stored in several barracks and from there to be delivered to 60 vaccination centers nationwide. For this purpose, appropriate refrigerated containers are to be rented at the locations. The Ministry of Defense announced that it was currently in the coordination process with the Federal Ministry of Health.

01:00 a.m.: Kretschmann: Stricter corona requirements possible

Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann has not ruled out a further tightening of the corona requirements. "When the intensive care units fill up, it's already too late.We cannot wait until our capacities are exhausted, "said the Green politician to the newspapers of the Funke media group." If there is a threat that this red line will be crossed, we cannot avoid tougher measures at all. "Kretschmann cited another example as an example Minimization of contacts: It depends on each individual whether we can "relax or have to tighten" in December.