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Coronavirus worldwide: Mallorca's party mile is partially opening again

Carsten Luther
Japan's export economy is normalizing

Japanese foreign trade is recovering from the slump in the first corona wave about a year ago. Even more: in April exports rose by 38 percent compared to the same month last year, the fastest they have been in over a decade - mainly because of the higher demand from China and the USA. However, the development looks stronger than it actually is, as it relates to the extremely low level a year ago. Nevertheless, the data show that foreign trade is normalizing.

Exports to China, Japan's largest trading partner, rose 33.9 percent in April compared to the same month last year. In particular, systems for chip production, hybrid cars and copper scrap were in demand. Exports to the United States even increased by 45.1 percent. Cars, auto parts, and marine engines in particular were shipped to the United States.
Carsten Luther
Colombia opens its borders, Panama will close again immediately

In the Hope for a revival of the economy does Colombia have the Borders with four of its five neighboring states reopened despite pandemic: Panama, Peru, Ecuador and Brazil - just not Venezuela. Not everyone was happy about it. Panama closed the common border with Colombia again shortly afterwards. Ecuador doesn't want to go along with it either.

Panama's foreign ministry said the decision of the neighbor jeopardizes progress in containing the pandemic and in securing the border. It was therefore decided to temporarily close the land, sea and river borders for travelers from Colombia from Thursday. Ecuador's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced one Reopening of the border can only be decided jointly. The land borders should remain closed for the time being due to the pandemic.
Alexander Eydlin
Harry and Meghan announce Corona aid project in India

The former British Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have announced an aid project with which they want to help on site in view of the Corona situation in India. Together with the non-governmental organization World Central Kitchen, the couple want set up a relief center in the Indian metropolis of Mumbaito help those in need.

"Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives, millions are infected, and there is great concern that the crisis is worse than it is reported," said a statement on the website of Archewell, the couple's nonprofit.

There has been one in India in the past few weeks there has been a massive increase in the number of infections and deaths, the numbers have only been falling for a few days. Reason are political and religious mass events as well a corona mutation, which is probably more contagious than the variant of the virus that has so far been widespread in India.

According to official figures, there have been 276,110 new infections in the country in the past 24 hours alone. On Monday, the number fell below 300,000 for the first time in almost a month. India's Ministry of Health also reported 3,874 new deaths. A maximum of 4,529 deaths had only been recorded the day before.

Since the pandemic began, more than 283,000 people have died in the country and more than 25 million have become infected. However, experts assume a very high number of unreported cases.

In India, the pandemic is developing into a humanitarian catastrophe. Oxygen bottles have run out in many hospitals in the past few weeks, and Covid 19 patients could not be ventilated. Here a doctor reports on the situation on site:
Alexander Eydlin
Partial opening of Ballermann in Mallorca

The Ballermann party mile in the Mallorcan capital Palma, which is particularly popular with German tourists, is partially reopening. The Beer King, a popular beer garden on the party mile, is taking off after a long lockdown today resume operations.

As of Sunday, Mallora, like the other Balearic Islands, will lift the test requirement for vaccinated domestic tourists. "The Balearic Islands are the safest tourist destination in the Mediterranean," said the Prime Minister of the Francina Armengol region. However, the mandatory test remains for entry from abroad.

The Balearic Islands are still the region with the strictest corona rules in Spain. There is still a night curfew, the indoor areas of restaurants must remain closed at least until Sunday. The local incidence was most recently 18 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week and is thus significantly lower than in all German federal states. In Spain it is only lower in Valencia.


Tina Grudge
New vaccination record achieved in the USA

In the United States are meanwhile more than 125 million people fully vaccinatedas announced by the CDC. A total of 349 million doses were delivered and about 277 million administered. Around 159 million people have been vaccinated at least once. There are 328 million people in the United States.
Tina Grudge
Serbia wants to give the Czech Republic 100,000 doses of vaccine

According to information from Prague, Serbia wants to give the EU member state the Czech Republic 100,000 BioNTech vaccine doses free of charge. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš wrote on Twitter that it was an "unbelievable gift". He had previously received Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić to conclude a three-day visit to Prague.

According to a report by the news portal Seznamzpravy.cz Czech Republic is still waiting for the delivery of around 80,000 doses of vaccine that Slovenia, Austria and Hungary wanted to give the country out of solidarity. They were now expected until the end of June, it was said. The Czech Republic had rejected a compromise proposal on the solidarity-based distribution of vaccines in the EU and was left out of the subsequent redistribution itself.

In the country with just under eleven million inhabitants, just under 4.3 million individual vaccine doses have now been administered. More than 1.1 million people are fully vaccinated.
Tina Grudge
Sex workers in Amsterdam are allowed to work again

After a month-long break, in Amsterdam the sex workers return to work. For the first time in more than five months, sex workers could be seen again behind the shop windows known for the city on Wednesday. Many of the women complain that they did not receive any state bridging aid and that they recently had to work illegally.

Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands; under the impression of the second wave of infections, however, it had been banned. Unions sharply criticized the ban. Many sex workers have this into illegality and forced to work under unsafe conditions.

Tina Grudge
Lithuania decides to relax first

In Lithuania allowed from next week Shopping centers remain open again even on weekends and the Gastronomy in the outdoor area serve their guests an hour longer in the evening until 10 p.m. This was decided by the government in Vilnius. For outdoor events, the maximum number of participants has been doubled to 300. For indoor public events, where no more than a third of the seats may be occupied, the limit is 150. The number of participants allowed for private celebrations has also been increased slightly.

For those who have been vaccinated, tested and recovered, the government decided to further ease the lockdown rules, which will continue until May 31. You should go with Introduction of the Green Pass enter into force in Lithuania on May 24th. Under strict requirements, it should then be possible to attend larger events and restaurants indoors with a certificate.
Tina Grudge
British study to test effectiveness of third vaccination

With a new study, British researchers want the Effectiveness of a booster vaccination check against the coronavirus. In doing so, overall seven different vaccines Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced. The first results are expected in September. The scientists hope this will provide clarity for a refresher program planned for autumn. This should guarantee the most vulnerable people the best possible protection over the winter.

The 2,886 test subjects received the vaccine at the earliest ten to twelve weeks after the second dose, the ministry emphasized. Participants could also received a different vaccine than the one they received for the first two vaccinations. The start of the study is planned for the beginning of June, when Minister Hancock will receive his G7 colleagues for a personal meeting in the city of Oxford. Researchers at Oxford University had developed a vaccine together with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.