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Corona wave spreads in china

Corona wave spreads in china

The delta variant of coronavirus continues to spread in southeast china’s fujian province. Authorities said wednesday that 50 more infections have been discovered in the province.

Since the outbreak of the delta variant last friday, there have been 152 infected people. In two major cities of the province, putian and xiamen, a lockdown had been ordered as a result.

The chinese government is pursuing a "zero covid" strategy. With curfews, mass testing, contact tracing, quarantines and strict entry restrictions, the country has the corona virus largely under control. Recently, however, there has been an accumulation of local outbreaks of the delta variant, despite strict mabnahme.

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Tesla plant not to start until next week

Tesla chief elon musk’s demands for an immediate opening of the e-car plant in california have fallen on granite with local authorities despite the corona crisis.

Alameda county health department won’t allow production to ramp up until next week. Preliminary inspections will be allowed this week, the agency said wednesday. In cooperation with the police, they will make sure that tesla employees keep the safety distance and other requirements, they said.

California attorney general xavier becerra told CNBC that his office will enforce compliance "if necessary.

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Corona: “senseless” eating to survive

Corona: 'senseless' eating to survive

On sundays there was rouladen and klobe. They tasted like nothing. Just like the chocolate and the tea. But the body must be strengthened. And that’s why trixi, michael and julius zapf eat everything that once tasted good to them. "Sense"-off, full of memories. The whole family has corona. The sense of taste and smell is gone. All three are at home in quarantane. "Blob did not have to go to the hospital", says trixi, who got the worst of it.

She’s been battling the virus for two and a half weeks – and still has symptoms. Her husband and son were allowed to leave the house for the first time in 14 days. Trixi not yet.

It all started with signs of a flu-like infection. Since trixi press-zapf works in the old people’s home in rodental, her family doctor took a swab immediately. Because of the symptoms – neck, limbs and extreme headaches – she was written off sick for two days. "On the third day there was a loss of taste and smell, and a dry cough. Then it was clear to me: I have corona!"

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More and more seniors are struggling with their debts

More and more seniors are struggling with their debts

Neuss (dpa) – more and more elderly people in germany can no longer pay their bills. Since 2013, the number of over-indebted consumers aged 70 and older has more than quadrupled to around 470.000 people affected.

This was reported by the creditreform credit information agency in its "debtor atlas 2020". By way of comparison: the total number of all over-indebted people increased by "only" around four percent in the same period of time.

In the past twelve months alone, the number of over-indebted seniors over 70 has risen by 23 percent, according to the study. At the same time, the number of over-indebtedness traps in the 60 to 69 age group rose by 13 percent to around 725.000. "The phenomenon of old-age over-indebtedness is becoming even more significant than in previous years," warned michael goy-yun, managing director of creditreform boniversum.

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Dgb upper franconia worries about training and sunday rest

Dgb Upper Franconia worries about training and Sunday rest

The trade union federation not only speaks out clearly against further open sundays. Regional manager mathias eckardt also sees a need for action on the issues of training, home office or the awarding of public contracts.

All economic players are now aware of the scale of the crisis. "After nearly a decade of upswing with steady employment growth and – thanks to good collective bargaining agreements – real wage increases, the global corona pandemic is causing an unprecedented economic collapse", says mathias eckardt, DGB regional manager in upper franconia. Many are only now realizing the stabilizing effect of a strong welfare state.

An existential issue for upper franconia is currently becoming even more pronounced: the considerable problems in recruiting young talent due to the demographic problem. "In dual training, we have seen a drop of over 20 percent in the number of apprenticeships filled at the chamber of industry and commerce for upper franconia in bayreuth, for example, and more than ten percent among craftsmen, eckardt pointed out the figures.

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Corona crisis: historic slump in trade tax

The corona crisis leads to a historic slump in trade tax – the most important source of revenue for municipalities.

"At the end of the year, municipal budgets will suffer such high losses as we have never experienced before," verena goppert, deputy chief executive of the german association of cities, told the german press agency. "Trade tax has plummeted catastrophically in the past three months."

In the second quarter, trade tax shrank to half the level of the previous year, she said, referring to a survey of cities on the development of trade tax revenue. In the first half of the year, trade tax revenue fell by around 28 percent overall – but this includes months before the outbreak of the crisis.

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Climate gold is at risk

Climate gold is at risk

Bernhard panzer it will be difficult to carry out all the climate protection measures intended for the coming year. Because the corona pandemic is throwing a spanner in the works of many planners. Nevertheless, the planning and environment committee is expected to approve the project for 2021 at its meeting this tuesday evening.

For the coming year, the recertification of the city in the european energy award with gold is planned. This highest level was awarded to the energy team from herzogenaurach for the first time in november 2017. The company had already been awarded the climate protection prize twice before, in 2009 and 2013. Gold was awarded in 2017, among other things, for "energy-efficient, economical and sustainable construction and renovation in building management that goes beyond the legal requirements, and for the city’s CO2 reduction program, which subsidizes, for example, the removal of thermal insulation. This is what it says on the city’s homepage.

Next year’s recertification could be difficult, explained mayor german hacker (SPD) in an introduction to the meeting. Of course, the energy award remains the goal of all efforts. Nevertheless, it is rather difficult to implement the measures that are required for renewed gold under corona requirements. "If necessary, we will lose the title", said hacker. In this case, after the pandemic, it was possible to make a new effort.