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Slovenia: Arrested illegal migrants showing coronavirus symptoms


Seven illegal migrants who were detained in Slovenia on Monday are showing signs of COVID-19 (coronavirus) infection.

The migrants were captured by police near the Croatian border, in the vicinity of ​​Ilirska Bistrica. They were travelling in two taxis.

The migrants had fevers and showed other signs consistent with coronavirus infection. They were swabbed, and the results will be known tonight.

Sandi Curk, the head of the regional civil defense headquarters, reported that the migrants are being held in a facility in Postojna, where they will be separated from other migrants, according to an article at the Nova24TV website.

Coronavirus infections have also been detected in recent days by six volunteer paramedics from Postojna and Pivka who have been assisting with border control along the Slovene-Italian border. 250 Red Cross volunteers are currently working at the border, and another 800 are being held in reserve.

On Monday, Slovenia reported that they have conducted 6,712 COVID-19 tests and that 253 came back positive. One patient has died thus far, and two others are in intensive care.

The link between immigration and the coronavirus epidemic has been emphasized by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. On Friday, Orban said that “we are fighting a two-front war. One front is called migration, and the other one belongs to the coronavirus,” as previously reported by Voice of Europe.
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It looks like there will be an ongoing trend among Muslims to urge Coronavirus attacks. This guy is just starting with Egyptian government officials but we all know that this will soon apply to anybody who doesn't agree with Islam.
NY-Based Muslim Brotherhood Activist Urges Egyptians to Infect Government Officials with Coronavirus
Bahgat Saber, a New York-based Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood activist, said in a video he uploaded to his Facebook page on March 1, 2020 that any Egyptian who has flu-like symptoms or coronavirus should deliberately go to Egyptian police stations, public prosecution offices, courthouses, embassies, and consulates and shake hands with government officials in order to exact revenge against President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi's government, which he said is deeply corrupt, and avenge the people Sisi has oppressed. He added that if he gets coronavirus, he plans to go to the Egyptian consulate in New York and infect the people working there.
BTW, why isn't this guy in jail and awaiting deportation? He had loads of livestream videos throughout Manhattan but since there are so many Hillary supporters in NYC I can't see any District Attorneys willing to take him on.
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Balkan countries fight coronavirus amid lack of doctors and medical supplies

The main Serbian hospital treating patients infected with coronavirus looks like an abandoned building, but it isn’t.

With its rundown facade, peeling walls and rooms crammed with metal beds, the downtown Belgrade clinic for infectious diseases has for decades been a symbol of Serbia’s depleted health system that now has to cope with a major virus outbreak.

“If coronavirus doesn’t kill you, that hospital surely will,” said Bane Spasic, a middle-aged man who recently visited the place for a minor infection.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t hit Eastern and Central Europe with such a force compared to Italy, Spain and France, health officials throughout the region are sounding alarm about the lack of medical staff, facilities, equipment and enough hospital beds to handle several virus outbreaks simultaneously.

The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most of those infected, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or people with existing health problems. The vast majority of those infected recover

The countries in the region have taken a range of restrictive steps, from cutting off travel links to closing down schools and universities. But there are fears that the relatively low number of tests being carried out doesn’t reflect the true scale of the outbreak.

The massive exodus of doctors and nurses to the West, mainly Germany, appears to be a major hurdle in the fight against the outbreak. Now, the medical staff are being called to come out of retirement, graduate medical students are asked to volunteer and officials are promising special bonuses to the overloaded staff.

The government in Slovenia has suspended specialist studies for new doctors and interns so they can join the effort to combat the epidemics. Graduated doctors who still don’t have their licenses will be appointed wherever their help may be needed.

The small country of Slovenia was hit hard by the spreading of the virus from neighboring Italy with 273 confirmed cases and one death, according to the latest figures from Tuesday.

The medical systems in Serbia, Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia, Northern Macedonia and Romania have all been hit hard by the massive exodus of doctors and nurses over the past several years. The medics have moved to richer countries for better pay, but they are also driven away by the ailing health systems which offer them hours of overwork, modest salaries and chronic shortages of basic medical supplies to treat people.

In Bulgaria, the government has announced financial support for all medics involved in the treatment of coronavirus patients. An additional 500 euros will be paid to every medical worker with their monthly salaries. In Albania, Prime Minister Edi Rama said that starting from March all medical staff will be paid 1,000 euros more a month. Albania’s average monthly salary is 450 euros.

Serbia’s president, Aleksandar Vucic, announced last week that all medical workers were getting a 10% increase in salaries as they face a looming struggle against the coronavirus.

Faced with low wages and tough working conditions, about 6,000 Serbian doctors and nurses are believed to have left the country in recent years. This has prompted the government to cancel an agreement with Germany on the hiring of nurses from Serbia.

A state of emergency was declared throughout Serbia, including a nationwide dusk to dawn curfew for all citizens and a ban for all those older than 65 from leaving their households.

Epidemiologist Predrag Kon, who is part of Serbia’s anti-virus team, has explained that the idea of the imposed state of emergency has been to stretch the epidemic as long as possible to avoid choking the clinics and putting too much burden on the health system at once.

Zlatko Kravic, the head of the general hospital in Sarajevo, said he was concerned about Bosnia’s ability to respond to the major crisis because of the shortage of medical staff.

“We will need more doctors, our current staffing levels will need to increase by at least a third,” he said, calling on doctors to come out of retirement and “contribute to our fight against this 21st-century menace.”

In Croatia, which also faces a major shortage of medical workers, the struggle against the epidemics is compared to the country’s war for independence from Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

“I believe we are used to all kinds of situations,” said Alemka Markotic, the head of Zagreb’s hospital for infectious diseases.
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Give us ‘Halal’ Sanitizers: Muslims demand alcohol free sanitizers amid Coronavirus

In a rather quizzical demand that has emerged in the wake of Wuhan virus or colloquially known as Coronavirus scare. Muslims around have started to demand Halal Sanitizers, yes you heard it right, Halal Sanitizers! For Muslims, the divide between black and white exists in the form of two words viz. Haram and Halal. Haram means prohibited and Halal stands for permissible. In a Muslim household pork and alcohol consumption is considered Haram and its use is forbidden by all means. But religion has a strange way of associating itself with every aspect of human life. Now, in the face of a pandemic staring mankind, even small preventive measures like using a hand sanitizer is not free of religious segregation.

Traditionally, consumers and Islamic jurists have identified ethanol as non-Halal (Haram, forbidden) substance, and hence Halal certified products are usually alcohol-free. Face masks and hand sanitizers are being highly endorsed by doctors around the globe to neutralize the effect of coronavirus. But people from the Muslim community are stepping out in search of non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Some 61 percent of Malaysians are practicing Muslims and that means consuming alcohol is a no go and therefore the aversion to hand-sanitizers.

According to media reports, locals are selling so-called ‘Halal hand sanitizers’ in Malaysia, as Muslims choose these over the alcohol-based ones under the impression that usage of only these would be permissible in Islam.

Many of them are marketing the product as “Muslim friendly”, since ethanol is used as a substitute for alcohol. But get this, ethanol is also one of the components used when creating alcoholic beverages. As an industrial raw material, ethanol is also involved in the manufacture of adhesives, toiletries, detergents, explosives, inks, chemicals, hand creams, plastics, paints, thinners, textiles, vinegar amongst others.

As per Islam, consumption of alcohol is prohibited. However, they need to understand that in the case of sanitizer, alcohol is being used as a medicine to kill the virus which is not prohibited in Islam.

The layman needs to understand that alcohol-based sanitizers help destroy the protein envelope that surrounds the novel coronavirus. When the protein envelope is killed, naturally, the virus dies down too. However, there must be at least 60 percent alcohol content in hand sanitizers for them to be effective against the virus.
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Seeing a surge of searched for halal, non-alcoholic hand sanitizers & some online vendors selling them. No, it doesn't get absorbed via the skin; it evaporates. They are not effective. Please stop using religion to market pseudoscience. #COVID19
Hence the myth of non-alcoholic/Halal sanitizers is purely a hoax and people should not fall in the trap of opportunists in time of a pandemic. Pseudoscience as such should not be promoted in any way whatsoever.
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Afghanistan refuses to accept deported migrants from Europe amidst coronavirus fears


Claiming that it is a measure to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Afghanistan has declared that it will no longer accept Afghans who are deported from Sweden. It is asking all other European countries to suspend deportations as well.

The Swedish police announced on their website that deportations of Afghans will have to cease due to the Afghan government’s decision, according to a report by Fria Tider. They also announced that deportations are becoming more challenging as the number of available international flights are rapidly decreasing as a result of quarantine measures.

Negotiations with the Afghans are continuing regarding when deportations may resume. However, in the meantime, Sweden may be forced to consider releasing detained Afghan migrants back into the public.

“Afghanistan’s decision means that the [Swedish] police will have to reconsider whether there is still legislative support to keep returnees in custody,” the Swedish police’s statement read. “If there is no longer any legislative justification, this may result in the release of some detainees who are now in custody.”

Denmark, Finland, and the United Kingdom have already halted deportation flights to Afghanistan at the government’s request. Kabul claims that there are currently over 10,000 Afghans returning daily from Iran, where the coronavirus outbreak has been heavy, and that they therefore no longer have the resources to accept citizens returning from Europe as well. They are requesting that all European countries halt deportations.

Germany has not yet made such an announcement, but it may also halt its flights, according to a report by Deutsche Welle. Germany is currently harboring more than 24,300 Afghan citizens whose asylum applications have been rejected. Only approximately 40% of applications by Afghan refugees are approved by the German authorities. Bavaria has the highest incidence of deporting Afghan asylum-seekers, whereas Bremen has yet to deport any.

On March 12, a German flight carrying Afghan deportations was sent to Kabul, carrying 39 men, including 22 who had been convicted of a criminal offense. The men had been brought from nine different German states.

Even if Afghanistan were to resume accepting deportations, however, the German authorities no longer have the resources to deal with them as the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold. “Given the priority protection tasks of the state police and the federal police for the population in connection with preventing the regional spread of the coronavirus, further restrictions on return measures may occur,” the Interior Ministry told Deutsche Welle.

As Deutsche Welle pointed out, “Now the coronavirus pandemic seems to be able to do what the ongoing protests by European human rights defenders have failed to do: prevent people seeking asylum from being deported to a war zone.”
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African woman ignores France’s lockdown to curb spread of virus; purposefully coughs in faces of police officers when detained

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To stop the spread of the China virus, the French government has implemented a strict 15-day lockdown which prohibits its citizens from leaving their homes unless it’s for so-called ‘essential travel’ – travel to buy groceries, travel for work, travel for ‘imperative family reasons, and travel for individual exercise or taking one’s pets for a walk.

Despite the policy which has been put in place for the common good of the French people, many anti-social types are simply ignoring it.

One video currently circulating throughout social media depicts an African woman in Château Rouge, in the 18th arrondissement, who becomes aggressive and belligerent after she’s approached by police for refusing to respect the mandatory lockdown.

When being detained, she can be seen hurling a torrent of abusive language at the police officers.

“Let me have the coronavirus! You will have it too!” the African woman shouts at the police as she purposefully and savagely coughs in their faces.
In the Netherlands the 23 old Asaad C is is being imprisoned because he spit in the face of an officer. He said..."I have got corona, and so have you now."

Not a very wise thing to do, because he is in jail now for 10 weeks.
The man is being tested, and he has no corona.
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Pat Condell: “The Virus That Shames China”
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Belgium: Illegal migrants released from detention facilities due to coronavirus problems

Belgium’s Department of Immigration (DVZ) has announced that they are releasing 200 illegal migrants back into the general population due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

Many countries from which migrants have been flowing are now refusing to accept repatriations from Europe, allegedly due to the stresses of the coronavirus on their institutions or because international transportation has become more difficult. Migrants who entered Europe illegally, whose countries will not take them back, and who are considered most at risk for having major complications from an infection are therefore being allowed to leave detention and reenter Belgian society, as explained in a report at SCEPTR.

According to DVZ spokesman Geert De Vulder, migrants with chronic illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease are among those being released. He stressed that they are only considering those who have not committed crimes for release. He said that under the circumstances, the authorities have no other option.

The migrants are being released from detention facilities in Steenokkerzeel, Bruges, Merksplas, and Vottem.

One of the countries where many migrants have been coming from is Afghanistan. Kabul has already refused to accept repatriated citizens from Sweden and has asked all European countries to stop sending detained Afghans back home for as long as the coronavirus crisis continues. The government claims that their immigration authorities are already stretched to the limit in dealing with Afghans returning from Iran since the epidemic broke, which have been numbering more than 10,000 every day, according to a previous report by Voice of Europe.
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Wake up and be quick!

According to Aletta coordinator and medical microbiologist Alex Friedrich, the Coronavirus will spread for at least another year and a half, because no vaccine will be available sooner. Friedrich provides his view of the situation; what does he think of the Dutch measures, what is the current strategy of the Northern Netherlands to combat the virus and what do the Netherlands still have to expect?

The world is dealing with a pandemic spread of a virus that is novel in the human population, so no one on the planet has any immunological protection. According to Friedrich “The spread of the virus continues 24/7, there is no night or weekend for a virus. That is why we need to take measures to protect primarily older adults, vulnerable populations and employees of hospitals and nursing homes."

Dutch measures
According to Alex Friedrich, the Dutch measures came too late for the South of the Netherlands: “Social distancing, self-isolation when you are sick, no restaurants, bars and pubs, no schools, no universities, keeping a 1.5-meter distance, this will slow the whole thing down. These measures might still be on time for the Northern Netherlands, but too late for the Southern Netherlands.” Friedrich explains that the country is currently separated in two parts by the rivers: “The spread south of the rivers is currently very difficult to limit, it just goes on and people will get seriously ill there and people will die, also young people. Not only 80-year-olds, also 50- and 40-year-olds, that will happen.”

The search and contain strategy is now being applied in the Northern Netherlands. “With this strategy, we want to track down all cases, contact them and mandate them to stay home. From today, Wednesday March 18, we will test more, the GGD will indicate who should be tested and we will carry it out together with Certe – the regional center for medical diagnostics. We are going to test the residents of Groningen city and the provinces around us.” This strategy was not on the agenda last week, Friedrich explains: “Back then it was 'we let it go' because the South did that too, but the situation in the North is different so we shouldn't do that. We have also discussed with the GGD that they should test a lot. I assume that we, at the moment, test at least 3,4,5 times more per inhabitant in the north than in the south. We do not see all cases, but we test more, so the numbers are more reliable. In the South you mainly see the numbers of people who end up in intensive care, you do not have to test there, you notice that anyway. If you test then you only confirm it, but then you will of course be too late and you will no longer be able to prevent it.”

Screening capacity in the Netherlands
One thing Friedrich doesn't want to hear is that we don't have enough screening capacity in the Netherlands. “We are the country with most medical microbiologists per inhabitant in Europe. They are everywhere, in almost all hospitals. We must now scale up the capacity for those people who can protect us so that we can identify who is infected. When we stop screening, we become blind. We cannot see the tide approaching behind the dike, with your screening you have to look far above the dike for what is coming.”

Italian conditions in the Netherlands
The healthcare system in Italy is extremely overloaded, to what extent is such a scenario possible in the Netherlands? Friedrich thinks there is no difference: “I just think we are lucky to have understood earlier that something is going on. Italy was blind for four weeks and we only for two.” According to Friedrich, the Netherlands was still two weeks late because we followed the policy that only people who had been to the official risk areas (e.g. China) were tested. "But of course you have to test broader, even if someone has never been to China but has certain symptoms. The epidemic is spreading faster than official case definitions.”

“We cannot compare the Netherlands to China, but we can compare it to Northern Italy,” explains Friedrich, “Northern Italy is richer than many regions in the Netherlands. We are not talking about Palermo, we are talking about Milan, the Lambardie region. There they have 1000 intensive care beds for the 10 million inhabitants, which is comparable to the Netherlands. But the Netherlands have 17 million inhabitants. I don't think the Northern Netherlands will have soon such situations as Italy, but the Southern Netherlands might, but we will see that in two or three weeks.”

The Netherlands has the least number of respiratory hospital beds in Europe
As long as we don't have a means to treat the Coronavirus, everyone who catches a life-threatening COVID-19 infection should be kept alive for two weeks on the ventilator. In Italy this is around 3% of all confirmed cases. In the Netherlands, to date 176 (7%) of 2,460 cases, but that is due to the fact that the south / west screens less. According to Friedrich, the Netherlands has the lowest number of respiratory beds per 100,000 inhabitants in the EU, “Belgians and Italians have twice as many per 100,000 inhabitants and Germany four times as much. Lower Saxony has 7,900 intensive care beds with 7.9 million inhabitants, in the Netherlands we have 17 million inhabitants and 1150 beds. The absorption capacity of our health care system is lower than everyone else, so we need to make sure that the virus does not spread among our population and at the same time massively increase ventilation capacity, now. And that is why we are also hunting the virus, especially in the Northern Netherlands, to see where it is. We don't let the virus enter the hospitals as best we can. We are going against it with full force. And screen, screen, screen to find people who are positive so they will stay home and can't spread it.”

Measures until at least May
Friedrich suspects that the effects of the measures are not going to be enormous: “In the Northern Netherlands, yes, but not in the Southern Netherlands. I think the measures will continue until at least May, till the end of April in any case. Maybe the hospitality industry will open for another week in the meantime, but I think it will just continue like this at first. Maybe the measures will take longer than May, but we don't know yet, that depends on how good we are able to cushion it now.”

Protect others by protecting yourself
“Be careful, watch out for each other and remember that the transfer is also done by hands,” Friedrich says. “It has to come to your mouth, nose or eyes. You touch it, you don't lick your hands, but you might pick up your sandwich and that's how it gets in your mouth. So be hygienic, do what grandpa and grandma always said but what we always laughed about and we played down. Be careful with unheated food, such as salads that can be secondary contaminated by contaminated employees. You need to protect yourself and by protecting yourself you protect those who can die.”
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Eric Zemmour: Immigrants pose a danger by refusing to follow coronavirus restrictions, need to be controlled

Well-known French conservative intellectual Eric Zemmour believes that France’s community of immigrants threaten the country with chaos by refusing to abide by government restrictions put in place to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and need to be controlled by force if necessary.

Appearing on the French talk show Face à l’Info on Tuesday, Zemmour praised the government for convincing the public with rational arguments to abide by the draconian quarantine restrictions that have been deemed necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But he said that immigrants do not feel bound by the same restrictions, as evinced by the increase in immigrant crime, such as looting, since the crisis began.

As a result they pose a mortal danger to French society and need to be controlled, according to a report by RAIR Foundation USA, which also produced English subtitles for the video of Zeemour’s remarks.

Zemmour blamed French President Emmanuel Macron for not taking more strident measures to control the immigrant populations. “They [immigrants]don’t want to respect the quarantine,” he said. “This could end very badly. There is already looting in the supermarkets. . . . Here it’s not about convincing, it’s about coercion.”

Zemmour added that such chaos was an inevitable consequence of bringing together large numbers of people from different cultures, who hold different values. French citizens are abiding by the decrees since they understand that it is for the common good, while immigrants are simply exploiting the situation for their own self-interest.
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An Iranian cleric makes Coronavirus patients smell liquid to "cure" them.

Stupidity has no cure.

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Germany: Merkel in quarantine after her doctor tests positive for virus


BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gone into quarantine after being informed that a doctor who administered a vaccine to her has tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Merkel, 65, was informed about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news conference Sunday announcing new measures to curb the spread of the virus, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

He said that Merkel had received a precautionary vaccine Friday against pneumococcal infection.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever or coughing. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. About 93,800 people have recovered, mostly in China.

Seibert said in a statement that Merkel would undergo “regular tests” in the coming days and continue with her work from home for the time being.

Merkel had earlier expressed her gratitude to Germans who were following the rules on social distancing, saying it was important to remain at least 1.5 meters (about five feet) apart to reduce the likelihood of infection.

Merkel on Sunday thanked “the overwhelming majority” of Germans who were following rules on social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“I know that it means sacrifice,” she said, citing the economic and social costs that the lockdown is having. “I’m moved by the fact that so many are abiding by these rules. This way we show care for older and sick people, because the virus is most dangerous to them. In short: we are saving lives with this.”

Merkel said the lockdown had already affected her profoudly, too.

“My life has also fundamentally changed and now consists largely of phone calls and video conferences,” she said.

The development illustrated how even world leaders aren’t free from the risk of infection.

“With a certain distance the risk of infections is reduced almost to zero,” Merkel told reporters. “Whether you are half a meter apart or 1.5 meters apart makes a huge difference.”

Seconds later, she was informed that her doctor had tested positive for COVID-19.
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Iran said to expel Doctors Without Borders team that came to fight virus

Assistant to Iranian health minister tweets country doesn’t need ‘foreign forces’ to set up hospital beds; aid group had planned field unit for 50 patients

Iran has reportedly kicked out a team from the medical aid group Doctors Without Borders that arrived to set up a field hospital amid an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus that has already killed at least 1,800 people in the country.

Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to Iran’s health minister, tweeted his thanks Monday to the international medical organization, known by its French acronym MSF, but noted the country does “not have a need for hospital beds set up by foreign forces,” the Saudi Al-Arabiya network reported.

On Monday the Geneva-headquartered MSF said in a statement it was in the process of setting up a 50-bed inflatable treatment unit staffed by nine emergency workers in Isfahan, the second-worst-hit province in Iran. The equipment was airlifted from France and was supposed to have been installed on the grounds of the Amin Hospital in Isfahan.

“We hope our assistance will relieve at least some of the pressure on the local health system,” Julie Reversé, MSF’s representative in Iran, said in the statement. “We heard the Iranian authorities’ calls for more support to help them cope with the outbreak and, as a medical organization already present in the country, we offered to help with what we believe can provide the most value: assisting with treating the most severe cases.”

Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, said Sunday his country would never accept any aid to fight the novel coronavirus from the United States, which he called “charlatans.”
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Some Germans intent on spreading coronavirus, man arrested for licking ticket machine

From "corona parties" to a man arrested for licking a ticket machine, some Germans appear intent on spreading the virus despite the majority of the country following the rules issued by authorities.

Others don't believe the virus is such a bad as long as it kills the "right" people, with left-wing German hip-hop group K.I.Z. telling their audience that people are scared of a virus that only kills "old, white men".

Man arrested for licking ticket machines
German public service broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, reports that a 33-year-old man was arrested in the Bavarian capital Munich on Monday for licking underground metro ticket machines with the intent of spreading the coronavirus.

In videos shared by the man online, the 33-year-old can be seen licking subway ticket machines and handrails as well as the handrail of an escalator. He said he wanted to spread the coronavirus, according news agency AFP, citing the police in Munich.

He was taken into police custody and charged with grievous bodily harm. A spokeswoman for the police said it is unclear whether the perpetrator is actually infected with COVID-19. He has since been administered a test, she said.

'Corona parties'
There are reports that young people in Germany hosting "corona parties". The New York Times writes that the parties have caused alarm in the country and usually feature students drinking large amounts of alcohol and then chanting "Corona, corona", some of which had to be broken up by the police.

Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said that he understands given the harsh restrictions that people need to "have a need for fresh air" but chastised those hosting corona parties, which he referred to as "bad jokes."

Left-wing German rap group says 'only old, white men die'
The German left-wing hip-hop band K.I.Z is known for controversial lyrics but many have expressed outrage at their latest remarks.

At a concert in Dortmund, the group was playing in front of a mostly female audience for World Women's Day when one of the musicians in the group said, “People are scared of some stupid virus. The truth is: Only old, white men die!" His remarks elicited cheers from women in the crowd.

The disease is known to target elderly men but given the large scale of deaths in Iran, South Korea, and China, the virus does not seem to discriminate based on skill color.

Restrictions on public life have been imposed throughout all of Germany, including the closure of all schools and a ban on meetings of more than two people, as the authorities try to gain control over the spread of the coronavirus in the country. Germany's citizens, which are known for their law-abiding ways, have been praised by authorities to mostly adhering to restrictions put in place.

Germany has just over 29,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 123 casualties.
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The real question is... what is it we are being distracted from? Nobody makes a fuss when thousands of people dies of flu every year, worldwide about 10 times what we see for corona.

So either we have all collectively gone mad, or we are being manipulated, controlled and caged. Which is it?
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peterpin wrote:The real question is... what is it we are being distracted from? Nobody makes a fuss when thousands of people dies of flu every year, worldwide about 10 times what we see for corona.

So either we have all collectively gone mad, or we are being manipulated, controlled and caged. Which is it?
You can't compare flu with the coronavirus, and we are not mad but sensible if we take precaution
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Netherlands: Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche preventing widespread tests for coronavirus

Dutch laboratory’s dependency on the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche has prevented the Netherlands from being able to test its citizens en masse for the COVID-19 virus.

Roche, an industry leader in the pharmaceutical world, says that it’s unable to provide enough test material. Aside from that, however, the company refuses to help laboratories by making the formulation of the essential liquid that’s used in the test available, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports.

Most Dutch laboratories are dependent on the Roche machines and as a result are dependent on the test materials supplied by the Swiss pharmaceutical company. This is due to something called a vendor lock-in, which requires whoever’s using Roche machines to also use Roche materials.

As of right now, Roche is experiencing a shortage of these test materials. One of these test materials – a liquid called a lysis buffer, the exact recipe of which is only known by Roche – that is in short supply could easily be made by the Dutch labs themselves.

Prominent Dutch physicians and microbiologists have called on Roche to share the much-needed formula with Dutch laboratories so that they can begin testing their population for the virus on a massive scale.

Journalists from Follow the Money have reached out to Roche, asking one of its pharmacists whether the Swiss pharmaceutical giant would be willing to share its formula. Roche didn’t want to answer that question, leading many to believe that the company would like the formula to remain a secret, despite the lives that could be saved if it were to share it.
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‘We are collapsing’: Virus infects thousands of front line medics in Spain

MADRID (AP) — By the time Patricia Núñez’s cough started, she was already familiar with the dreaded dry hacking sound tormenting patients who had for weeks been filling the Madrid emergency ward where she works.

“We were fed up of hearing it at the hospital, so it was just a matter of time before I would contract it,” said Núñez, a 32-year-old nurse who tested positive for the new coronavirus about a week ago.

Speaking via video call from her home, Núñez said she is eager to recover, so she can relieve overworked colleagues dealing with a rising wave of patients and dwindling numbers of healthy nurses and doctors.

“The worst thing is that you need to stay at home, worried about infecting relatives, while knowing that you are dearly needed at work,” she told The Associated Press.

The coronavirus is waging a war of attrition against health care workers throughout the world, but nowhere is it winning more battles at the moment than in Italy and in Spain, where protective equipment and tests have been in severely short supply for weeks.

Spain’s universal health care system is a source of national pride and often hailed as a reason for its citizens’ legendary longevity, but the outbreak is exposing its shortcomings, some of which are the result of years of budget cuts.

The country’s hospitals are groaning under the weight of the pandemic: Video and photos from two hospitals in the Spanish capital showed patients, many hooked up to oxygen tanks, crowding corridors and emergency rooms. At the 12 de Octubre University Hospital, patients could be seen on the floor as they waited for a bed in recent days. The hospital says the patients have since been accommodated elsewhere.

On Wednesday, the number of medical personnel infected was nearly 6,500 nationally, health authorities said, representing 13.6% of the country’s 47,600 total cases and about 1% of the health system’s workforce. At least three health care workers have died.

“We are collapsing. We need more workers,” said Lidia Perera, a nurse who works with Núñez at Madrid’s Hospital de la Paz, which has 1,000 beds.

This week, 11 of the hospital’s 14 floors are devoted to caring for those suffering from COVID-19, and there is still not enough room: The patients with less serious cases of the disease are being put in the hospital’s gym or in a large tent outside.

“If you had told me three months ago that I would be working in these conditions in Spain, I wouldn’t have believed you,” Perera said, adding that staff at La Paz are only being tested for the virus if they have symptoms. “If they did (regular testing), they might end up without any workers.”

Widespread infections among health workers reflect the universal difficulty of stemming the spread of the pandemic. But sick health workers do double damage: They add to the toll while also hampering the ability to respond to the crisis. On top of that, they raise the specter of hospitals becoming breeding grounds of infection.
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