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Regional News • Europe • Germany
German Federal government orders mandatory search for Covid-19 mutations
Jens Spahn
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Until now Covid-19 samples in German laboratories have rarely been tested for possible new virus variants. This is now to change with a search obligation for laboratories.

The German government is obliging laboratories to specifically search for highly contagious mutations of the coronavirus. This is provided for in a regulation on gene sequencing presented by Health Minister Jens Spahn. Accordingly, the goal is to examine at least five percent of positive samples for gene mutations in the future. "We want a better overview of the virus variants circulating in Germany," said the CDU politician.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Germany: Bavaria introduces mandatory FFP2 masks in public transport and supermarkets
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In Bavaria, from next Monday onwards, there will be an obligation to wear FFP2 masks in public transport and in retail. This was decided by the cabinet on Tuesday in Munich, as Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) said.

Söder said the "normal community masks" are in the Corona pandemic to protect others. FFP2 masks also protect the wearer himself. The goal, he said, is to improve safety in public transportation and commerce.

"Availability in trade is sufficiently guaranteed, so there is no shortage of FFP2," the prime minister stressed.

Regional News • Europe • European Union
EU finalizes contract for Covid-19 vaccine
EU finalizes contract for Covid-19 vaccine
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The EU Commission has ended talks with the pharmaceutical companies Biontech and Pfizer on the supply of a corona vaccine. The vaccine developed by them prevents in more than 90 percent of cases a disease caused by the corona virus Covid-19, the pharmaceutical companies had announced.

According to the German Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn, the EU has also already concluded agreements with the pharmaceutical companies Astra Zeneca and Sanofi, which are also working on corona vaccines.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Germany reports almost 20,000 new Covid-19 cases

The Robert Koch Institute reports a new peak in new corona infections: 19,990 cases were added within one day.

According to the RKI management report, the reproduction figure was 0.81 in Germany on Wednesday (previous day: 0.94). The RKI also stated that processing times are increasing as well as the number of samples is still growing.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
German capital airport BER opens after nine years of delays
German capital airport BER opens after nine years of delays
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After a delay of nine years, the new airport of the German capital Berlin the BER has been opened. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, only a few thousand passengers per day are expected at the new airport in the coming weeks.

Berlin will now close the inner city airport Tegel. The last plane is scheduled to take off there on November 8.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Two policemen shot at Breonna Taylor protests

Protests resumed in Louisville after none of the three police officers involved in the operation would be directly accused of Breonna Taylor's death in March.

In protests that followed the judicial decision, two police officers were shot in Louisville. Their injuries are not life-threatening, according to acting police chief Robert Schroeder. One suspect has been arrested.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
K-pop group BTS will be debuting next music video in Fortnite
K-pop group BTS will be debuting next music video in Fortnite
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Epic Games has announced that the choreopgraphy video for the single "Dynamite" by the K-pop group BTS will be first shown in the online game Fortnite.

On September 25th players will be able to see the video ingfame on Fortnite’s party royale island. In addition, two new ingame emotes that were "choreographed by BTS" will go on sale starting September 23rd.