Hungary does not want to follow the EU recommendations to relax travel restrictions. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a Facebook video. According to this, his country will not adopt the EU list of safe third countries – with the exception of Serbia. “Because that would be against the health interests of the Hungarian people,” says Orban.
+++ 00:24 Infection explosion in southern states: Trump ally introduces mask requirement +++
In view of the increasing number of infections with the novel corona virus, the US state of Texas is introducing a mouthguard requirement. Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, who is considered a close ally of President Donald Trump, ordered a mask requirement for all districts where at least 20 corona infections were detected. The number of corona infections is currently increasing dramatically in the southern US states. Florida reported a new daily record with more than 10,000 new infections for the first time. Abbott also banned meetings with more than ten participants. In addition, distance rules apply from now on. In Florida, the authorities reported a new record for new infections. The most populous district in Miami-Wade introduced a mask requirement in public spaces in response.
+++ 23:58 “loss of control threatens”: Israel withdraws easing +++
Israel is imposing new restrictions on a record number of new corona infections. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said meetings should be restricted again. Only up to 50 people are allowed to come together in festival halls, bars and clubs. Before, there were up to 250 people. In other closed places, including prayer houses, only up to 20 people are allowed to gather. “We have to go back to the policy of restrictions to make the curve flatter again,” said Netanyahu. Otherwise there would be a loss of control. At the same time, he announced an economic aid program for the coming six months. The number of new infections with the coronavirus in Israel has reached a new high. According to the Ministry of Health, 966 new cases were registered within 24 hours. This is the highest one-day value registered in Israel since the pandemic broke out. The previous high was 819 on April 3.
+++ 23:09 Northern Italy rages over southern Italian advertising video +++
In Italy, many northern Italians are upset by a tourism promotional video from Calabria in southern Italy. The background to the outrage on television and on the Internet is the slump in tourism in the Mediterranean country caused by the Corona crisis. Although the nerves in many holiday areas are already bare, some of those responsible from the coastal area Riviera dei Gelsomini had a video made at the tip of the boot in which the north is badly done. Pictures of mass tourism and industrial chimneys in the north are compared to empty, bright sandy beaches and romantic cultural sites in the south. The three-minute film was already on YouTube for a few days. Then the president of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia, scolded the spot. “To write in the subtitles that people die of fine dust in our country: it is not correct,” said the right-wing politician.
+++ 22:31 census should only take place in 2022 +++
The census planned for the current year is to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The preparatory work could not have been carried out as planned, the Federal Ministry of the Interior said on request in Berlin. Therefore, it is planned to postpone the census by one year. For this, the census law has to be changed, which still has to be decided by the cabinet and then by the Bundestag and Bundesrat. The count not only takes into account the population, but is also intended to provide data on employment and housing situation. The last census was in 2011.
+++ 22:01 Sweden is reviewing its crisis management +++
Sweden, which is heavily criticized for its special way in coping with the corona pandemic, has announced a review of its crisis management. The government in Stockholm commissioned the state-funded Swedish Defense Research Agency (FOI) to do the analysis. On Wednesday, the agency submitted a report complaining of Sweden’s lack of preparation for the Corona crisis – despite several “warning shots”. The northern European country now has a much higher death rate than its Scandinavian neighbors. According to official information, more than 70,000 infections have been detected since the pandemic began, and more than 5400 people have died.
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