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Christina Felschen
Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in front of 3,500 spectators

Despite the pandemic, thousands of people came to the ESC final round in the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. All participants and spectators had to meet one another beforehand Corona test undergo. Thousands of fans had to stay at home because the The number of spectators is strictly limited has been. Several million people always watch the spectacle in front of the television.

Last year, the competition was canceled for the first time in its history due to the pandemic.

Christina Felschen
Entry from the UK is now drastically restricted

Airlines, bus and train companies have been allowed to travel since midnight no longer carry travelers from Great Britain. In addition, a two-week period applies Quarantine obligationwhich cannot be shortened even by negative tests. Because of the spread of the particularly contagious Corona variant, which was first discovered in India, the federal government decided yesterday to classify Great Britain as a so-called virus variant area.

On the other hand, there are easing for entries from France. After the neighboring country has been downgraded from a high incidence to a simple risk area, commuters at the German-French border no longer need a corona test, as the French Secretary of State for Europe Clément Beaune announced. For all other travelers, the quarantine obligation does not apply if they can show a negative corona test that is less than 72 hours old, are fully vaccinated or have survived a Covid 19 disease.

Alena Chamber
Fine for Brazil's President for violating Corona requirements

After bathing in the crowd without a mask, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has to pay a fine for violating the Corona requirements. "The law applies equally to everyone," wrote left-wing governor of Maranhão state Flavio Dino on Twitter. Gatherings of more than a hundred people are prohibited in the state and masks are compulsory. The president is now threatened with one Fine between the equivalent of 300 and 230,000 euros.

Bolsonaro was on Friday at an official ceremony in Açailandia, around 500 kilometers from São Luis, the capital of Maranhão in northeastern Brazil. Videos of his appearance on his Twitter account showed him in the midst of a crowd of several hundred people - without a mask.

Alena Chamber
US vaccines will also be produced in South Korea in the future

The US companies Moderna and Novavax want to manufacture their vaccine in South Korea in the future. Both companies agree on a corresponding agreement with the government in Seoul. South Korean President Moon Jae-in is under pressure to have vaccine available in the country faster. On Friday, Moon and US President Joe Biden concluded a comprehensive partnership between the two countries for Covid-19 vaccines.

Tina Grudge
Indian government bans the term "Indian variant" in online media

Given the worldwide fear of the virus mutant, which was first discovered in India, goes New Delhi against the spread of the term "Indian variant" in the online media: The Indian government asked online platforms to delete all content with the term "Indian variant". The mutant B.1.617 was also detected in Germany and 43 other countries.

The order for the deletion of the content with the term "Indian variant" came from the Indian Ministry of Information and Technology on Friday. It is "completely wrong" when content circulates that an "Indian variant" is spreading in other countries. The reason given was that the World Health Organization (WHO) did not associate variant B.1.617 with a specific country.

Tina Grudge
Travel ban imposed due to Corona situation in Sri Lanka

With a new travel ban tries the government in Sri Lanka to take countermeasures in view of the increasing number of cases. Since Friday evening (local time), passenger trains and buses are no longer allowed to run, the measure applies until Tuesday morning. Only specialists in systemically important services such as healthcare, the food and energy industries and those who need medical treatment are allowed to be on the move.

The Sri Lankan medical associations, however, do not go far enough with the previous restrictions: They have called on the government for a two-week lockdown for the entire country. The medical associations argue that the actual number of infections is more than three times as high as that of the detected infections. In Sri Lanka, public gatherings, parties and weddings are already banned, and schools and universities are also closed.
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Tina Grudge
India sees stabilization in parts of the country

In parts of Indiawhich is particularly affected by the pandemic, the situation stabilizes according to official information. However, it is still too early to give the all-clear, says a member of the Indian government's Corona crisis team. "While it has stabilized in many parts of the country and the burden has decreased overall, we still have a long way to go with this wave," says crisis manager Dr. V. K. Paul.
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Federal government classifies Great Britain as a virus variant area

Because of the Spread of the Indian variant, which is considered particularly contagious classifies the Federal Government of Great Britain as a so-called virus variant area. The classification applies from midnight on Sunday night for Great Britain including the Isle of Man as well as all Channel Islands and British overseas territories, as announced by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Entry from Great Britain to Germany will be drastically restricted. On the other hand, there are easing measures for commuters on the German-French border.

When entering the country now applies a ban on rail, bus, boat and air travel from the UK. Entrants must show a negative test, and they cannot shorten their quarantine with the help of negative tests.

Thanks to the massive vaccination campaign, the number of infections in Great Britain has been falling significantly for weeks. At the same time, however, the strong spread of the Indian coronavirus variant B.1.617.2 is causing concern, especially in the north-west of England and in London. That is why the RKI classified Great Britain as a corona risk area again a week ago.

After Downgrading France On the other hand, the German entry conditions for cross-border commuters are made easier from a high-incidence area to a simple risk area. From midnight on Sunday night, commuters from France no longer need a test.

For other travelers from France, the quarantine requirement does not apply. However, they must have a negative test less than 72 hours old, be fully vaccinated, or have recovered.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, the federal government decided on Friday evening, downgrade several European countries, including France and Croatia, from high incidence areas to risk areas. No longer count as risk areas Finland, Ireland, Jamaica, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia and Spain.

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More than 50 million vaccine doses given in England

In England, more than 50 million vaccine doses have now been injected. That comes from the latest figures from the British health authority NHS. According to this, around 31.5 million people in England have received their first vaccination dose since the vaccination campaign began in December, and just under 18.7 million have already received the second. 56 million people, almost 85 percent of the UK population, live in England.

Compared to continental European countries, the UK vaccination campaign well advanced. It is one of the largest and most important national efforts in history, Health Secretary Matt Hancock wrote on Twitter.

According to the NHS, are more than 40 percent of adults in England already fully vaccinated. From the weekend of Pentecost, 32-year-olds can also book vaccination appointments there.

How many people in Germany, Europe and the world have now been vaccinated? Which vaccines are used where? And what effects is the vaccination campaign already having on the number of infections? You can find answers to questions about vaccination in this overview: