Germany agrees tougher rules to fight rising infections

first_imgGermany plans to keep fans out of stadiums until at least the end of the year and get tougher on mask-wearing to combat a worrying rise in coronavirus infections, under a draft seen by AFP on Thursday.Chancellor Angela Merkel is holding talks with the leaders of Germany’s 16 federal states to officially agree a package of new measures, which will apply nationwide.The talks are aimed at creating a more coherent approach to the pandemic after daily infection numbers in recent weeks soared to highs not seen since April. Although Germany has weathered the pandemic well so far, the recent rise in coronavirus cases “must be taken very seriously”, the draft agreement reads.”The goal of the federal government and the states is to work together to reduce the infection numbers as much as possible.”The new regulations will include a minimum fine of 50 euros ($59) for anyone caught without a face mask in places where wearing one is compulsory, such as in shops and on public transport.Germany also plans to extend a ban on large events from the end of October until December 31. It will apply to everything from festivals and concerts to large sporting events with spectators. The decision deals a blow to German football clubs that had been hoping to welcome supporters back into stadiums this autumn.It also goes against Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s earlier suggestion that it should be possible to hold Bundesliga football games “with just a few spectators keeping a large distance”. The draft text does however allow for exceptions to the ban in regions with low infection rates “and where it can be guaranteed that participants are exclusively from this region or nearby regions” with similarly low case numbers.When it comes to smaller gatherings, German authorities want to limit parties in private homes to 25 people.The draft urges citizens “to limit the number of people they come into contact with”, to keep a distance of 1.5 meters and to opt for gatherings “in the open air” over indoor ones.Patchwork criticismUnder Germany’s federal system each state has the right to impose its own coronavirus regulations, leading to a patchwork of rules critics say can be confusing.The current penalties on flouting mask rules for instance vary wildly, from 40 euros in Hamburg and 250 euros in Bavaria to no fines at all in Brandenburg.As in other countries, Germany’s surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has been mainly blamed on summer travel and friends and family gatherings.Germany earlier this month introduced free mandatory tests for travellers returning from high-risk areas and free voluntary tests for those coming back from elsewhere.But following concerns that German labs were becoming overburdened, the draft document says it will scrap the free tests for those returning from non-risk areas from September 15.Authorities also plan to step up controls to ensure people adhere to quarantine rules.Germany on Thursday reported 1,507 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 237,936, according to the Robert Koch disease control institute. The country has so far recorded 9,285 deaths.center_img Topics :last_img read more

(updated with stats) Wellington football team falls to Collegiate in first loss of the season

first_imgStatistics of game can be found here: http://www.hudl.com/boxscore/698/8211380/By Aaron Norton, Sumner Newscow – Despite a valiant effort, the Wellington Crusaders racked up their first loss of the season to the Wichita Collegiate Spartans with the final score being 49-21. This takes Wellington’s record to 3-1.Wellington Head Football Coach Tyler Ryan knew going into the game Collegiate would be tough competitors. “They are the best 1-2 team in the state, no doubt,” he told Newscow.Collegiate took the lead early, scoring their first touchdown just minutes into the game. This also led to the first of their seven field goals of the evening.Junior Austin Dunn scored the Crusader’s first touchdown after a 51-yard rush, followed by the only two-point conversion of the game.The Crusaders struggled with passing the entire first half of the game, allowing the Spartans to quickly reach a score of 21.Deep into the second quarter, junior Colin Reichenberger caught a 28-yard pass for the Crusader’s second score of the game.Wellington seemed reinvigorated after the half with Austin Dunn scoring yet another touchdown, and tying the game.Collegiate, once again, took charge in the second half of the game, scoring another four touchdowns, and beating the Crusaders.“I was disappointed,” said Ryan about the loss. “I’ve got to do a better of job of getting these guys to compete for four quarters.”Coach Ryan said the team would focus up on training as they prepare to play against Circle for next week’s homecoming game.Seth Carder scored three times for Wichita Collegiate, including runs of 54 and 34 yards, and rushed for 150 yards. Collegiate quarterback Landon Root threw for 188 yards. Austin Dunn had 180 rushing yards for Wellington. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more