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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Today in History for April 2nd

Highlights of Today in History: Pope John Paul II Dies at 84; President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war on Germany; Juan Ponce de Leon lands in Florida; Falkland Islands seized from Britain; Hans Christian Andersen Born. (April 2)

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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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Coronavirus: Fitness coach beats balcony blues with free workouts in Germany | AFP

Every morning, Mexican fitness coach Pato Cervantes offers a free workout session for a neighbourhood in Hamburg, in northern Germany. He gets people to exercise who are confined to their houses because of the novel coronavirus.

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Two French patients evacuated to Germany by helicopter | AFP

For the very first time, two French coronavirus patients are evacuated by military helicopter. They are flown from Metz to a hospital in Essen, Germany. IMAGES

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Czech carmaker suspends production, prints face masks instead | AFP

Czech carmaker Skoda Auto switches to printing respirator masks of the highest class amid the virus spread. Shuttered over the coronavirus infection, the unit of Germany’s Volkswagen produces 60 sophisticated face masks a day. Its prototype and model department is using a design by the Czech Technical University. The certified FFP3-class respirator masks are made of polyamide powder and some silicone and can be reused after disinfection. The components printed at Skoda are equipped with a filter at a Prague company. They are primarily designed for doctors and nurses. For now, Skoda is responsible for financing the production of the gear whose costs reach five euros a piece. The Czech Republic registered 1,775 cases of the virus, ten cured patients and six deaths on Thursday morning.

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Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate almost empty as Germany tightens measures over coronavirus spread | AFP

The area surrounding Branderburg Gate in Berlin is almost empty, as Germany tightens measures to control the spread of COVID-19, banning gatherings of more than two. IMAGES

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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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Here’s the latest for Monday March 16th: Coronavirus headlines Democratic debate; Asian markets dive; Germany partly closes border; White House protecting Trump and staff from virus.

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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: ministers meet elected officials over epidemic | AFP

Faced with the progression of the new coronavirus, several ministers meet with elected officials in Paris. France is one of the main centres of the virus in Europe, along with Italy and Germany. IMAGES

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Schools in Rome close amid COVID-19 outbreak | AFP

Italy shuts all schools and universities in a bid to stop the deadly coronavirus from spreading, as Germany warned the outbreak had turned into a global pandemic. More than 90,000 people have been infected and around 3,200 have died worldwide from the virus, which has now reached some 80 countries and territories. IMAGES

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Today in History for February 27th

Highlights of this day in history: Germany’s Reichstag burns, giving the Nazis under Adolf Hitler a pretext to seize absolute power; A cease-fire ends the Persian Gulf War; Actress Elizabeth Taylor born; Children’s TV host Fred Rogers dies. (Feb. 27)

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Remaining parties to Iran nuclear deal meet to try to save accord | AFP

In Vienna, the remaining parties to the faltering Iran nuclear deal hold their first meeting since Britain, France and Germany launched a dispute process over Tehran’s successive pullbacks. IMAGES

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Rescue teams remain at the scene of the Volkmarsen carnival procession incident | AFP

Several dozen people, including children were injured Monday when a car drove into a carnival procession in central Germany, police said, adding that the driver had been arrested. IMAGES of aftermath

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Here are the top stories for Friday, Feb. 21st: Possible Trump pick for intelligence director says ‘no thanks;’ US, Taliban peace agreement draws near; Germany reels after mass shooting that killed 9; Bear roams in Southern Calif. neighborhood.

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Here’s the latest for Thursday, February 20th: Roger Stone sentenced; Germany mourns Hanau shooting victims; Mexican authorities arrest two suspects in child fatal kidnapping; Portuguese lawmakers vote on euthanasia legislation.

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