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The TV address took place on Wednesday 18, 11 days ago, an eternity in Covid time...

Merkel: Coronavirus is Germany's greatest challenge since World War Two - DW

Merkel urged Germans to follow these measures, underling that successful defeat of the virus depended on every person doing his or her part.

"I truly believe that we will succeed in the task before us, so long as all the citizens of this country understand that it is also THEIR task," she said. "I also want to tell you why we also need YOUR contribution and what each and every person can do to help."

Earlier in the day, German health experts warned that the total infections could reach as high as 10 million individuals in the next months if citizens do not follow the measures to slow the spread of the virus.


More relevant than ever, in Germany and elsewhere.
by Bernard on Sun Mar 29th, 2020 at 01:32:44 PM EST
And so far Germany is still an outlier among the larger states in Europe by having a widespread testing regime and a case mortality rate of less than 1%...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Mar 29th, 2020 at 01:54:17 PM EST
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Now the deaths are rolling in. 15 people dead in a Wolfsburg nursing home. The president of the RKI saying "capacity may be exceeded". I expect thousands to die.

At the other end of the rainbow, the Euro problem will come to a head. I think this will be it.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Sun Mar 29th, 2020 at 08:15:53 PM EST
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At least those deaths were all contained in one space with limited uncontrolled access and egress, so perhaps the knock-on further infections elsewhere will be less. Once Covid-19 gains access to a care home, all within it are at risk, depending on their age and condition.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Mar 29th, 2020 at 10:04:58 PM EST
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As for the Euro, we shall see. At the moment this is still a public health crisis which is not a primary EU competency. If anything, it argues for greater EU competency and cohesion in health care - something which may be easier to achieve with the UK out.

As for the economic/financial consequences, it all depends on how long the crisis lasts. A lot of debt will be added to national balance sheets - the EU has only a small budget of its own, and is statute barred from  borrowing, so it cannot magic up large resources without taking from one member state to give to others. (A v. difficult thing to do when all members are nursing big losses and deficits).

But provided the ECB allows borrowing on a massive scale, and keeps interest rates near zero, those balance sheet numbers need not have devastating impacts on the real economy. I realise that is a big proviso...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Mar 29th, 2020 at 10:16:31 PM EST
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