Good morning, dear readers,
in spring everything will be better, just like last year. This thought might have helped some through the dark season.
Accordingly, the signs that this Corona winter is gradually coming to an end were already noted yesterday. Up to 20 degrees, sunshine – that makes the pandemic dilemma a bit more bearable this weekend. If the situation has to be gone, then at least the weather can be mild.
But spring embodies another hope in this crisis. It is the hope that the number of cases will decrease and, as a result, less severe disease courses and deaths in this pandemic. If you look at the development of new infections in the past year, the soothing turning point came in mid-March – and with it the prospect of easing and an approach to normal conditions until summer.
Can the curves and diagrams from last year serve as a template for this year? Could it be enough to last just another month? A realistic assessment of the current situation also includes recognizing the possibility that it will not be as easy as hoped. The downward trend in the number of new infections in Germany is currently continuing just as slowly as the country is making progress with vaccination. On Saturday yesterday, the R-value even increased the ratio for the virus spread per person.
Between lockdown and relaxation
The virus is no longer what it used to be. It changes, mutates, could spread faster and maybe even usher in a third wave of infections. “In April there could be very high case numbers again in Germany,” warns mathematics professor Anita Schöbel in an interview with RND editor Saskia Bücker. Germany is once again in a critical phase “in which we have to be careful not to immediately lose what we have fought for”.
While representatives from science, sport and culture sketch a step-by-step plan for the implementation of major events, the Association of Education and Upbringing (VBE) warns against reopening schools. So how will politics react to the emerging demands for easing? Is Germany ready to break free from the rigor of winter? Or do we have to continue practicing renunciation?
If so, then please at least in the sun.
quote of the Day
I have the last word so often. Now this process is coming to an end – and the next one is coming. And that’s where I’ll have the last word. If someone chooses to publish my final words, it will be a big book.
Alexey Navalny on Saturday in a court in Moscow
In addition to global research on coronaviruses and how to combat them, there are of course many other fields in which research is carried out. But because of the pandemic, research trips have been canceled and the export of finds is strictly prohibited, even for research purposes. Two scientists who are currently researching found ceramics in Egypt tell how the Corona crisis is affecting their work – at least there is no chance for adventure.
The industry is suffering from the pandemic – and this year the Oktoberfest is not under a good star either. And yet there is hope that the largest festival in the world can take place. After all, it is still six months until the planned start on September 19th. Landlord Peter Reichert took over a large Oktoberfest tent in the middle of the crisis – and that in times when the catering industry is in great need. He explained to editor Hannah Scheiwe where he gets his motivation from.
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The police therefore checked access roads and turned away 42 cars, as reported by the “Ostsee-Zeitung”.
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In the Football Bundesliga RB Leipzig will chase FC Bayern Munich in the title race at 3:30 p.m. With a win at Hertha BSC, the team of coach Julian Nagelsmann would move up to two points on Munich. FC Augsburg will meet Bayer Leverkusen at 1.30 p.m., and Werder Bremen will make a guest appearance at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at 6 p.m.
The Catholic reform movement Maria 2.0 is planning several campaigns in different places in Germany for Sunday. As early as 2019, the movement caused unrest in the Catholic Church with its women’s strike. Now the reformers are getting new momentum, which is also due to the headwind from the Vatican.
The three-day online event DLD All Stars, which comes closest to a digital version of the annual conference in Munich, begins today at 3 p.m.
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