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"A ward on the second floor of the hospital caught fire. One person died. Five people were injured, including three seriously," the Berlin Fire Department said on Twitter.(HT Archives. Representative image)

Fire in Berlin hospital leaves 1 person killed, 5 injured

ANI | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Berlin
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 02:26 PM IST
It took more than 100 firefighters and over three hours to put out the blaze, according to the statement. As reported by local broadcaster N-TV, it remains unclear at this time what had caused the fire.
The World Health Organization and the EU's health watchdog have both deemed the AstraZeneca vaccine safe, but several countries have restricted its use over clotting fears.(Reuters)
The World Health Organization and the EU's health watchdog have both deemed the AstraZeneca vaccine safe, but several countries have restricted its use over clotting fears.(Reuters)

Germany imposes restrictions on AstraZeneca Covid-19 jabs for people below 60

AFP | | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2021 01:03 AM IST
Under-60s can still decide to take the vaccine but only following "consultation with the doctor carrying out the vaccination ... and with an individual risk analysis," said ministers of Germany's 16 states as well as the federal health minister in a policy statement.
Vials labelled "Pfizer BioNtech coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine" placed on displayed EU flag.(Reuters)
Vials labelled "Pfizer BioNtech coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine" placed on displayed EU flag.(Reuters)

No progress in BioNTech vaccine talks, says Taiwan

Reuters | , Taipei
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2021 12:22 PM IST
Taiwan complained last month that the firm had pulled out of a deal to sell it 5 million doses at the last minute, possibly due to Chinese pressure. BioNTech responded by saying it did plan on providing the vaccine.
Medical staff takes the temperature of an elderly man arriving at a local vaccination centre as the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany.(AP file photo)
Medical staff takes the temperature of an elderly man arriving at a local vaccination centre as the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany.(AP file photo)

Rising Covid-19 cases might force Germany into a harder lockdown

Bloomberg | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2021 07:44 PM IST
German cases topped 28,000 on Saturday, more than three times the rate at the start of the month, underscoring the challenge facing authorities as they attempt to curb the pandemic’s spread.
Merkel has said she won't run for a fifth term.(Reuters Photo)
Merkel has said she won't run for a fifth term.(Reuters Photo)

Chancellor Merkel's bloc dips in polls 6 months before German vote

AP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Berlin
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2021 05:33 PM IST
An opinion poll published Sunday by weekly Bild am Sonntage put the Union bloc’s support at 25%, just ahead of the environmentalist Greens with 23%.
Coronavirus infections have risen sharply in Germany in recent weeks, driven by a more transmissible variant of the virus and moves to ease some restrictions.(AP)
Coronavirus infections have risen sharply in Germany in recent weeks, driven by a more transmissible variant of the virus and moves to ease some restrictions.(AP)

Germany must suppress Covid-19 now or risk losing control, says Merkel aide

Reuters | , Berlin
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2021 07:07 AM IST
If the number of infections rises rapidly again there is a growing danger that the next virus mutation will become resistant to the vaccine, said Merkel's chief of staff.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Friday that cases are rising too rapidly and the virus variants are a dangerous driver of this trend.(AP Photo)
German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Friday that cases are rising too rapidly and the virus variants are a dangerous driver of this trend.(AP Photo)

Germany raises Covid-19 warning for France after latest spike in infections

Bloomberg | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2021 09:07 PM IST
France is now rated a high-incidence virus area, Germany’s health authority RKI said in an update on travel recommendations. The move means that travelers from France require a negative Covid test before entering.
Germany's death toll from the virus stands at 73,301, with a reported 2,558,455 infections. In picture - Street in Cologne, West Germany.(AFP)
Germany's death toll from the virus stands at 73,301, with a reported 2,558,455 infections. In picture - Street in Cologne, West Germany.(AFP)

German Chancellor Merkel, state governors to meet on Covid-19 measures

AP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2021 04:12 PM IST
The news agency reported that Merkel and the state governors will meet virtually at 11 a.m. (1000 GMT). The leaders had met for hours on Monday and into early Tuesday to discuss new measures on the pandemic as infection rates in the country are going up again.
"President Biden has been very clear, he believes the pipeline is a bad idea, bad for Europe, bad for the United States, ultimately it is in contradiction to the EU's own security goals," Blinken said(Reuters file photo)
"President Biden has been very clear, he believes the pipeline is a bad idea, bad for Europe, bad for the United States, ultimately it is in contradiction to the EU's own security goals," Blinken said(Reuters file photo)

At NATO, United States warns Germany over Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Reuters | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Brussels
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2021 02:37 PM IST
Germany is pushing for the pipeline's completion, despite sustained US opposition over more than a decade. Speaking on his first visit to NATO, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was due to meet his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to discuss the issue.
Medical staff takes the temperature of an elderly man arriving at a local vaccination centre as the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany.(AP)
Medical staff takes the temperature of an elderly man arriving at a local vaccination centre as the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany.(AP)

Germany extends coronavirus lockdown till mid-April as cases rise

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2021 08:06 AM IST
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the measures early Tuesday after a lengthy video call with the country's 16 state governors, nearly three weeks after the two sides last agreed on a plan paving the way to relax some rules.
"The number of murders has reached an unbearable extent, which is why we will not be able to avoid imposing sanctions," Maas told reporters as he arrived in Brussels for a meeting with his EU counterparts. (Representative Image)(Reuters)
"The number of murders has reached an unbearable extent, which is why we will not be able to avoid imposing sanctions," Maas told reporters as he arrived in Brussels for a meeting with his EU counterparts. (Representative Image)(Reuters)

Number of murders in Myanmar has reached an unbearable extent, Germany says

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 22, 2021 02:50 PM IST
According to the EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, the EU will on Monday impose sanctions on 11 individuals linked to the February 1 coup in Myanmar.
Four-week lockdown extension proposed in Germany to avoid health-care overload(Photo by Sangga Rima Roman Selia on Unsplash)
Four-week lockdown extension proposed in Germany to avoid health-care overload(Photo by Sangga Rima Roman Selia on Unsplash)

Four-week lockdown extension proposed in Germany to avoid health-care overload

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2021 01:45 PM IST
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel proposes plan to extend and slightly tighten existing curbs, especially for travellers, in Germany through April 18 amid an upward curve of Covid-19 infections in Europe’s biggest economy ahead of Easter holiday break
A medical assistant shows a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for residents and staff at a nursing home for seniors in Froendenberg, western Germany.(AFP)
A medical assistant shows a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for residents and staff at a nursing home for seniors in Froendenberg, western Germany.(AFP)

Germany mulls extending curbs into April as Covid-19 worsens

Bloomberg | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 09:44 PM IST
Draft plans, seen by Bloomberg, include mandatory quarantine and coronavirus tests for all people returning from a trip to another country, independently of infection rates at their travel destination.
Germany uses the incidence rate as a gauge of Covid-19’s spread.(AP Photo)
Germany uses the incidence rate as a gauge of Covid-19’s spread.(AP Photo)

German Covid case rate hits 2 month high with leaders set to meet

Bloomberg | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 05:47 PM IST
The national seven-day rate of cases per 100,000 people rose to 103.9 on Sunday, German health agency the Robert Koch Institute said on its website, the most since Jan. 26.
Here's how postcards help Germans connect amid travel restrictions in Covid-19(Photo by Anastasiia Pyvovarova on Unsplash)
Here's how postcards help Germans connect amid travel restrictions in Covid-19(Photo by Anastasiia Pyvovarova on Unsplash)

Here's how postcards help Germans connect amid travel restrictions in Covid-19

AFP |
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2021 05:41 PM IST
  • While many Germans have embraced digital technology in the coronavirus era, others have turned to more traditional forms of communication like postcards to keep in touch with loved ones during Covid-19 restrictions
Germany is officially in the grip of a third wave of the pandemic, with more than 16,000 new infections reported on Saturday.(AFP)
Germany is officially in the grip of a third wave of the pandemic, with more than 16,000 new infections reported on Saturday.(AFP)

Germany: Violent confrontation ensues between police, anti-lockdown protesters

ANI | , Berlin
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 10:09 AM IST
Some protesters even tried to break through a police barrier, prompting the police to use a water cannon to disperse the demonstrators outside the area authorised for the rally.
German scientist, CEO and co-founder of BioNTech, Ugur Sahin.(Reuters)
German scientist, CEO and co-founder of BioNTech, Ugur Sahin.(Reuters)

Can get most Germans vaccinated by the end of summer: BioNTech founder

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2021 07:40 AM IST
  • BioNTech founder Ugur Sahin said he was optimistic the problems would prove temporary, adding it was possible to ensure 70% of Germans were vaccinated by the end of September, at which point he said the virus would pose few problems.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel(AP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel(AP)

'Germany ready to order Sputnik V vaccine if EMA approves it': Angela Merkel

AFP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2021 06:18 AM IST
"On the Russian vaccine, I have been of the opinion for some time that we should use any vaccine that has been approved by the European medicines regulator," she said.
Countries across the bloc on Friday resumed using AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine after temporarily suspending it to investigate a possible blood-clot issue. (Representatve Image)(Reuters)
Countries across the bloc on Friday resumed using AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine after temporarily suspending it to investigate a possible blood-clot issue. (Representatve Image)(Reuters)

Germany gripped by ‘third wave’ as EU tackles vaccination woes

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2021 06:32 PM IST
“The numbers are rising, the share of mutations is large and there are some fairly challenging weeks ahead of us,” Health Minister Jens Spahn said Friday at a news conference in Berlin, adding that there isn’t enough vaccine supply in Europe at the moment to halt the surge.
A prerequisite, however, is that there is more detail on how many doses could be delivered, Spahn said.(via Reuters)
A prerequisite, however, is that there is more detail on how many doses could be delivered, Spahn said.(via Reuters)

Germany could imagine signing deal for Sputnik V shot: Health minister

Reuters | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Berlin
PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2021 04:40 PM IST
"I can also well imagine that we conclude contracts - and conclude them quickly," he told a weekly news conference, adding that Germany was in close contact with Russia on questions to do with the vaccine.
Cologne's archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki holds a report on abuse by clergy he was handed over during a news conference, in Cologne, Germany. (Reuters)
Cologne's archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki holds a report on abuse by clergy he was handed over during a news conference, in Cologne, Germany. (Reuters)

German archbishop offers to quit after criticism over handling abuse cases

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2021 10:51 PM IST
The findings on Thursday prompted the archbishop of Hamburg to offer his resignation to Pope Francis.
Labour Minister Hubertus Heil from the centre-left Social Democrats said he put forward a package of measures worth some 700 million euros.(REUTERS)
Labour Minister Hubertus Heil from the centre-left Social Democrats said he put forward a package of measures worth some 700 million euros.(REUTERS)

Germany to boost incentives for firms offering vocational training by $830 mln

Reuters | , Berlin
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 05:07 PM IST
Even before the coronavirus crisis hit in 2020, workers and trainees faced huge reskilling challenges due to the digitalisation of business models, automation of production steps and electrification in the automobile industry.
Aliye Tuerkyilmaz a member of a multilingual team of five street workers shows an information flyer as she poses for a photo in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Three times a week, Aliye Tuerkyilmaz hits the markets and busy shopping streets of Neukoelln, the German capital’s crowded immigrant neighborhood that’s studded with minarets, kebab stores and hookah lounges. The 48-year-old Turkish immigrant hands out flyers informing about the coronavirus pandemic and tries to connect with other immigrants in one of the four languages she speaks. Tuerkyilmaz belongs to an multilingual team, a group of five street workers trying to explain the dangers of COVID-19 to those who are often not reached through other efforts by the authorities. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)(AP)
Aliye Tuerkyilmaz a member of a multilingual team of five street workers shows an information flyer as she poses for a photo in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Three times a week, Aliye Tuerkyilmaz hits the markets and busy shopping streets of Neukoelln, the German capital’s crowded immigrant neighborhood that’s studded with minarets, kebab stores and hookah lounges. The 48-year-old Turkish immigrant hands out flyers informing about the coronavirus pandemic and tries to connect with other immigrants in one of the four languages she speaks. Tuerkyilmaz belongs to an multilingual team, a group of five street workers trying to explain the dangers of COVID-19 to those who are often not reached through other efforts by the authorities. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)(AP)

Multilingual team helps Berlin immigrants fight coronavirus

AP | , Berlin
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 01:56 PM IST
  • The hope is that they will be able to break through the lack of communication, which not only has to do with language barriers but also a deep distrust of German authorities fed by a sense of nonacceptance
A woman receives the AstraZeneca vaccination against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at a drive-through site, in Milan, Italy.(REUTERS)
A woman receives the AstraZeneca vaccination against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at a drive-through site, in Milan, Italy.(REUTERS)

Germany, Italy, France hit pause on AstraZeneca Covid vaccine amid safety fears

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2021 10:55 PM IST
The World Health Organization appealed to countries not to suspend vaccinations against a disease that has caused more than 2.7 million deaths worldwide.
The European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization say the data available do not suggest the vaccine caused the clots.(AP)
The European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organization say the data available do not suggest the vaccine caused the clots.(AP)

Germany suspends AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine amid blood clotting concerns

AP | , Berlin
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2021 08:27 PM IST
  • AstraZeneca has said there is no cause for concern with its vaccine and that there were fewer reported thrombosis cases in those who received the shot than in the general population.
European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.(Reuters)
European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.(Reuters)

Germany expects EU to impose human rights sanctions on China

Reuters | , Berlin
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2021 07:17 PM IST
According to diplomats, the EU is set to sanction four Chinese officials and one entity.
In Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Greens -- led by popular state premier Winfried Kretschmann -- won 32.6%, a gain of 2.3 points, according to official preliminary results. (Representative Image)(AFP)
In Baden-Wuerttemberg, the Greens -- led by popular state premier Winfried Kretschmann -- won 32.6%, a gain of 2.3 points, according to official preliminary results. (Representative Image)(AFP)

Germany’s future could hinge on Greens after successes in states

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2021 04:54 PM IST
The Greens cemented their decade-long hold on Baden-Wuerttemberg with a third straight victory in the industrial southwest and also saw the biggest gains in neighboring Rhineland-Palatinate.
So far, the Union bloc of Merkel's CDU and Bavaria's Christian Social Union leads polls by a distance from the Greens and Social Democrats, despite softening support.(AFP file photo)
So far, the Union bloc of Merkel's CDU and Bavaria's Christian Social Union leads polls by a distance from the Greens and Social Democrats, despite softening support.(AFP file photo)

German Chancellor Merkel's party faces election 'wake-up call'

AP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Berlin
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2021 04:30 PM IST
Final results showed that Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union was handily defeated in Sunday’s elections by two popular incumbent state governors: the Green party’s Winfried Kretschmann in Baden-Wuerttemberg and the center-left Social Democrats’ Malu Dreyer in Rhineland-Palatinate.
The two elections Sunday gave voters a first opportunity to express their discontent at the ballot box over missteps in Merkel’s pandemic strategy.(AP)
The two elections Sunday gave voters a first opportunity to express their discontent at the ballot box over missteps in Merkel’s pandemic strategy.(AP)

Merkel’s party slumps to historic low in German state elections

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2021 10:57 PM IST
The results are a major setback for new CDU leader Armin Laschet, who wants to run to replace Merkel after September’s general election but is hampered by his relative unpopularity.
While new CDU leader Armin Laschet is in pole position to succeed Merkel, defeat in Baden-Wuerttemberg could help his Bavarian rival Markus Soeder in his bid to become the conservative candidate for chancellor in September.(AP)
While new CDU leader Armin Laschet is in pole position to succeed Merkel, defeat in Baden-Wuerttemberg could help his Bavarian rival Markus Soeder in his bid to become the conservative candidate for chancellor in September.(AP)

German voters could punish CDU in regional elections over handling of Covid-19

Reuters | , Berlin
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2021 04:37 PM IST
Chancellor Angela Merkel, in power since 2005, is not seeking re-election in September and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is already missing the "Merkel bonus" she has brought them with four consecutive national election victories.
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