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Politics • European • Germany
Mar 23, 2020 02:52 PM (UTC)
Angela Merkel went into self-quarantine

After getting a vaccination on March 20th, the doctor that gave the German Chancellor Angela Merkel the vaccination got tested positive for the coronavirus. As a consequence the German Chancellor went into self-quarantine.

Health
Mar 22, 2020 10:40 PM (UTC)
Italian company releases 3D printed valve to transform Decathlon snorkeling mask into a ventilator mask

Facing a shortage of ventilators in the fight against the coronavirus, the Italian company Isinnova developed a 3D printable valve that can be attached to a commercially available snorkeling mask from Decathlon. The sports equipment company cooperated with Isinnova by releasing the CAD drawing of the mask, which enabled the development. The company released the plans and instructions on their website for free for non-commercial purposes.

Science • Animals
Mar 22, 2020 10:24 PM (UTC)
Endangered African Black Rhino population is slowly increasing

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) published an update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In the statement, they announced that the number of the endangered Black Rhino population has grown from an estimated 4,845 to 5,630 wild animals between 2012 and 2018. According to the IUCN, the main reasons for the increase are "continuing law enforcement efforts and successful population management measures". Even though the numbers have increased and further population growth is estimated, the Black Rhino stays endangered.

Education • University Education
Mar 22, 2020 10:12 PM (UTC)
Yale University publishes course about happiness online for free

The course with the title "Psychology and the Good Life" was originally taught in spring 2018 by the psychology professor Laurie Santos. Since then it has become the most demanded course at the university with over 1,182 enrolled students. Due to the huge request, Laurie Santos has adapted the course for online learning and published it on Coursera, gathering over 600,000 enrolled students.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
Mar 21, 2020 09:13 PM (UTC)
London has rented 300 hotel rooms so homeless people can self-isolate

In order to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that 300 hotel rooms have been secured to give homeless people a place to self-isolate. All rooms are booked for 12 weeks and an operation to bring homeless people in has already started. The project is supported by the British government.

Health
Mar 21, 2020 05:06 PM (UTC)
UN announces: over 210,000 cases of Covid-19 have been reported

While it took three months between the first reported case of the coronavirus and reaching 100,000 reported cases, only 12 days have been needed to reach over 200,000 reported cases, according to the World Health Organization. In addition over 9,000 people worldwide have died so far from the coronavirus.

Health
Mar 21, 2020 12:24 PM (UTC)
Volkswagen announces donation of 200,000 masks

In a press release, the Volkswagen Group has announced that it'll donate around 200,000 FFP-2 and FFP-3 protective masks. The donation is coordinated with Jens Spahn, the German Federal Minister of Health. In addition to this Wolfsburg, the hometown of the Volkswagen Group will receive medical material donations from the company.

Politics • European
Mar 21, 2020 12:23 PM (UTC)
Italy government uses military to enforce lockdown

After announcing 627 new deaths from the coronavirus, the highest number in a single day worldwide so far, on Friday 20th, the Italian government has now called the military in to enforce the lockdown of the Lombardy region. Attilio Fontana, the Lombardy region president, said that the request for military help has been accepted and "114 soldiers will be on the ground throughout Lombardy", which is according to him still too little since no slowing down in the infection and death numbers can be seen so far.

Health
Mar 21, 2020 09:21 AM (UTC)
WHO announces that over 20 vaccines for the coronavirus are in development

According to the World Health Organization, just 60 days after the gene was first sequenced, over 20 vaccines are under development worldwide. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said at a press conference that "The acceleration of this process is really truly dramatic in terms of what we’re able to do, building on work that started with SARS, that started with MERS and now is being used for COVID-19" and that the first vaccines are already in clinical trials. Even though the process is done in record time, it will take several more months to develop and then produce.

Politics • American • US
Mar 21, 2020 08:44 AM (UTC)
Andrew Yang announces to give 500 households $1,000 each

The Humanity Forward not-for-profit group founded by the former Democratic presidential nominee contender Andrew Yang has announced that 500 households in New York City's Bronx will receive $1,000 each in order to combat the economic difficulties during the coronavirus outbreak. The Humanity Forward organization was funded to provide money directly to the people, following Andrew Yang's repeated calls for a universal basic income during and after his campaign.

Health
Mar 21, 2020 08:42 AM (UTC)
World Health Organization encourages people to stay at home, but stay in contact

The WHO has announced that it recommends using the term "physical distancing" over "social distancing". People should stay at home, but keep in contact with friends and family.

Politics • American • Canada
Mar 21, 2020 08:42 AM (UTC)
New Brunswick stays at 11 cases - no new infections

Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, has announced that the Canadian Province New Brunswick has no new confirmed or presumptive cases of the coronavirus and remains at eleven. She also announced that schools will continue to stay closed until April 10th and that blood donations are needed. She assured that blood could be donated safely and additional precautions are in place, but that blood donations are especially needed during pandemic times.

Politics • Asian
Mar 21, 2020 08:33 AM (UTC)
Taiwan announces to donate 100,000 face masks per week to the United States

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has announced that they'd donate 100,000 masks per week as soon as their production levels have stabilized. In addition to this Taiwan and the United States will increase their cooperation regarding research, development and production of tests, vaccines, medicines as well as medical supplies and equipment.

Politics • American • US
Mar 21, 2020 08:29 AM (UTC)
Cannabis dispensaries in Los Angeles classified as "essential" business during Covid-19 outbreak

The city of Los Angeles writes in their guidelines that "cannabis dispensaries, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services" are still allowed to open during the coronavirus lockdown and forced closure of businesses.

Politics • American • South America
Mar 20, 2020 04:01 PM (UTC)
Brazil closes down all land borders and restricts entry of Europeans and Pacific Asians

According to AFP News Brazil announced on Thursday they would close down all land borders and prohibit people from European and many Pacific Asian countries who are not citizens of Brazil from entering the country.

Health
Mar 20, 2020 03:56 PM (UTC)
Over half of US counties not equipped with ICU beds

According to an analysis by the Kaiser Health Foundation, more than half of US counties are not equipped with ICU beds. In the highly endangered group of citizens 60 and above, around 4.5 million live in counties that have hospitals but no ICU and an additional 2.7 million reside in counties with no hospital at all. Even in the top 10% counties for ICU bed count there might be as many as 450 older people per bed. While the United States have more than three times the amount of beds as Italy, this doesn't say much about the amount of ventilators available and the distribution over all counties.

Health
Mar 20, 2020 12:11 PM (UTC)
Video shows Bergamo hospital from inside

In a video published on March 18th, the insides of a Bergamo hospital are shown. The cameraperson is walking around and shows multiple people attached to venting machines in rooms, but also in the hallway between rooms and a doctor in full protection gear.

Politics • American • US
Mar 19, 2020 10:19 PM (UTC)
Tulsi Gabbard drops out of 2020 Democratic presidential race, endorses Biden

The last competing woman in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries has dropped out of the race. The Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has announced that, after winning a total of two delegates in so far, she'll stop contesting for the Democratic presidential nomination. Instead, she endorsed former vice-president Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination.

Health
Mar 19, 2020 10:12 PM (UTC)
Netflix reduces streaming quality in Europe

Following the coronavirus outbreak, more and more people in different European countries are voluntarily staying at home or forced due to movement restrictions. With this comes a higher internet usage throughout the whole continent. After talks between Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, and the Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the streaming service has announced that it would reduce the data consumption by 25% by lowering the picture quality and therefore "preserve the smooth functioning of the internet during the Covid-19 crisis".

Health
Mar 19, 2020 08:19 PM (UTC)
"Food distribution workers" classified as emergency workers in Minnesota and Vermont

The new status as "essential tier 2 workers" has been given to jobs like store clerks and stockers in Minnesota and Vermont. With the spread of the coronavirus, these jobs are vital to the food supply chain. As a direct consequence, the workers now receive free child care.