Coronavirus: 200,000 tests per day possible ‘in future’ says German manufacturer | AFP

As Germany looks to pick up the pace of testing for COVID-19, the interior ministry’s target of carrying out 200,000 tests per day should be possible ‘in the future’, says Christian Dreher, head of test manufacturer R-Biopharm. But Dreher also highlights the importance of antibody tests to identify those who have survived the COVID-19 disease.

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German plexiglass firm churns out virus shields | AFP

Touted as a simple but effective shield against coronavirus infections, transparent screens have sprung up at supermarket tills and pharmacies across Germany. For plexiglass manufacturer Claus Mueller, business has never been better — but no one is celebrating.

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German plexiglass firm churns out virus shields | AFP

Touted as a simple but effective shield against coronavirus infections, transparent screens have sprung up at supermarket tills and pharmacies across Germany. For plexiglass manufacturer Claus Mueller, business has never been better — but no one is celebrating.

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Here’s the latest for Thursday, March 26th: Number of coronavirus cases worldwide now at half a million; Jobless claims in the U.S. reaches 3.3 million; U.S. indicts Venezuela’s Maduro and his aides; German bakery makes toilet paper cakes.

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Bavarian city of Freising wakes up to confinement | AFP

The city of Freising in Germany wakes up to its first weekend under confinement. The German region of Bavaria became the first to order a lockdown, as the government decides whether to impose a similar move across the country.

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Germany: Non-medical staff sew masks in hospital as coronavirus cases soar | AFP

Non-medical staff at the German University Hospital of Essen now have to sew face masks instead of performing their usual tasks. Gardeners and administrative staff now work behind sewing machines. According to the German chain WDR, the masks could be used by hospital patients or the fire brigade in case of a shortage.

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Munich streets quiet but not empty after Merkel recommends people stay home | AFP

The city centre is less crowded than usual, but a few Munich residents are still out on Thursday, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again called on Germans to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19. IMAGES

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German expert warns against ‘corona parties’ | AFP

The German government’s central scientific institute asks Berliners not to organise “corona party” – private parties at home – to compensate for the closure of clubs in the German capital. “Stay at home and restrict your social life”, says Lars Schaade, the vice-President of the Robert Koch Institute, at a press conference in Berlin.

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Coronavirus: German police officers control cars at border with Austria | AFP

German police officers control cars at a crossing at the border between Germany and Austria, as Germany on Monday introduced border controls with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland in a bid to stem the novel coronavirus outbreak. IMAGES at the Austrian border

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Coronavirus fears triggers reinforced checks at France-Germany border | AFP

German border agents check incoming traffic from France at the border in the Alsace region as fear of the coronavirus spreading grows. Passengers are asked if they have a fever or feel ill. IMAGES.

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German hospital creates drive-through for coronavirus tests | AFP

In the small German town of Gross-Gerau, you don’t go to the drive-through for a burger and fries. You go to get tested for the novel coronavirus. Designed to minimise exposure to medical staff and patients, the drive-in at the local hospital is one of several unexpected ways healthcare providers are tackling a fast-spreading outbreak that has killed over 500 people across Europe. IMAGES of a demonstrated test AND SOUNDBITES of the managing director of the hospitalN°1PR27U

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Merkel, Steinmeier and relatives pay tribute to Hanau victims | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier as well as relatives pay tribute to the dead of the Hanau shooting by placing white roses in front of a candle at a memorial ceremony for the victims. IMAGES

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Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Charles Michel arrive for second day of budget summit | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and EU Council chief Charles Michel arrive for the second day of a special summit on the bloc’s longterm budget. IMAGES

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Hundreds of Bavarians dress up as “Chinese” to celebrate Carnival in Germany | AFP

Inhabitants of the small city of Dietfurt an der Altmühl parade in “Chinese” costumes to celebrate Carnival, a tradition that’s taken place in the small German town since the 1950s and is based on a loosely historical anecdote. Despite recent debates on “Blackface” displays at other carnivals in Europe, the Dietfurt carnival is not really controversial in the region. In recent years it has even attracted groups of Chinese tourists and the Chinese consul in Munich has visited it in the past.

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Germany’s Merkel condemns deadly shootings in Hanau | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel deplores a double shooting spree in the city of Hanau that left 11 people dead including the gunman and his mother.

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Germany: Police on scene at Midnight shisha bar after deadly shooting | AFP

Forensic police are on the scene at Midnight shisha bar, the first location in a shooting spree in the German city of Hanau that left ten people dead excluding the gunman.

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Macron, Merkel and EU Council chief Michel meet before summit | AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel meet for talks in Brussels just before a key EU summit to work out the bloc’s next seven-year budget. IMAGES

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German gunman calling for genocide kills 9 people

A 43-year-old German man who posted a manifesto calling for the “complete extermination” of many “races or cultures in our midst” shot and killed nine people of foreign background in Germany, authorities said Thursday. (Feb. 20)

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German Interior minister Horst Seehofer visits crime scene in Hanau | AFP

German Interior minister Horst Seehofer visits the crime scene in Hanau where a shooter with suspected far-right beliefs killed nine people at a shisha bar and a cafe. Reports say “several victims of Kurdish origin” were among the victims. IMAGES

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The art of filmmaking | AFP Animé

Videographic on the art of filmmaking. Diversity, politics and revelations from the Nazi era will dominate the agenda when the Berlin film festival launches its 70th edition in the heart of the German capital on Thursday.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Germany: images from scene at Midnight shisha bar after deadly shooting | AFP

Forensic police carry out their investigation at Midnight shisha bar, the first location in a shooting spree in the German city of Hanau that left ten people dead excluding the gunman. IMAGES

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