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15:58 Several demonstrations in Berlin

In Berlin, opponents of the coronavirus restrictions are demonstrating at several locations. Four rallies took place simultaneously on Alexanderplatz square alone, wit protesters also gathering on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. Local broadcaster RBB reports that the total number of participants is rather low and far less than a week ago.

15:48 Munich demonstration site full

In Munich, the demonstration against coronavirus restrictions on the Theresienwiese has drawn far more than the 1,000 allowed participants. After the reserved site had filled up, the police sent those waiting away. Hundreds of them then roamed the sidewalks along the area where the October Festival is usually celebrated in autumn.

15:30 Wieler opposes mandatory vaccinations

The head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) expressed his opposition to mandatory coronavirus vaccinations. “We have no reason to consider obligatory vaccinations,” said RKI President Lothar Wieler in Schwerin. He stated that citizens are definitely wise enough to know that a safe vaccine would benefit their health.

14:47 Spain extends state of emergency

Spain is planning to extend the state of emergency that was declared due to the coronavirus pandemic by about a month. It will continue for "another month or so" until the gradual easing of the coronavirus restrictions has ended, said Prime Minister Sánchez in a television address. According to him, this will be the last time the state of emergency is imposed.

14:47 Maas calls on Poland and Czech Republic to open borders

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has called on Poland and the Czech Republic to reopen their borders completely. During a meeting with his Luxembourg colleague Jean Asselborn on the Moselle Bridge near Perl to mark the reinstatement of unhindered border traffic between the two countries, the German Foreign Minister said he would like to see border controls with Poland and the Czech Republic ceasing "in the foreseeable future". Mass pointed out that border controls with Denmark would be ending in the coming days. From June 15 there will be no more checks on the borders with Austria, Switzerland and France.

14:17 Bavaria rejects Scholz proposals

Bavaria does not want to be compelled by the Federal Government to participate in a billion-euro municipality protection package. Federal Finance Minister Albrecht Füracker said that a "forced obligation of the states" according to federal rules without prior agreement was a "disgrace". The Free State will "definitely not" participate in the proposals of Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz. Federal aid was desirable – "but only after clear agreement with the states".

13:10 Brazil: Hundreds of indigenous people infected

Thirty-eight indigenous tribes have now been affected by the spread of coronavirus, reports Brazil’s Association of Indigenous People, Apib. The virus is allegedly reaching all indigenous regions at "an alarming speed". According to Apib, more than 440 indigenous people have become infected with the virus, 92 of whom have already died as a result. Tribes in the state of Amazonas, such as Parque das Tribos, whose head Messias Kokama died of Covid-19, have been particularly hard hit. However, infections have also occurred among the tribes in the south of the country. According to the non-governmental organization Survival International, the epidemic has also enabled illegal loggers and gold pickers to advance into indigenous areas "with government backing".

13:07 Czech Republic extends entry ban

The state of emergency in the Czech Republic is due to end in the night from Sunday to Monday. However, the entry ban for tourists from Germany and other countries will remain in place on a different basis, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior made clear. The new regulation on "protection against the introduction of Covid-19" will apply indefinitely from 18 May.

12:26 Heinsberg district: DPD facility closes due to coronavirus cases

The parcel delivery company DPD has temporarily closed its site in Hückelhoven in the district of Heinsberg, which has hundreds of employees, due to a coronavirus outbreak. So far, 42 employees have been tested positive for the virus, a company spokesman said. However, not all samples have been analyzed yet. As a result, all 400 employees have been quarantined for two weeks. The first cases were announced this week and reported to the health department. The authorities then set up mobile test stations. The depot is now to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

10:57 Russia: 9200 new infections and 119 more deaths

According to official information, 9200 new infections have been reported in Russia within 24 hours. This is less than the previous day, when 10,598 new cases were reported, according to the Coronavirus Working Group. A total of 272,043 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. A further 119 people died in the past 24 hours as a result of an infection. The total number of deaths has risen to 2537.

08:00 Here's what happened last night

  • CoViD-19 numbers for Germany: Robert Koch Institute reports 620 new cases of CoViD-19 (173,772 total) and 57 new deaths (7,881 total) due to the virus
  • Customers return slowly to shopping in the city
  • RKI: Temperature measurements at airports "ineffective"
  • Border controls to three countries are relaxed
  • Italy allows trips abroad from June 3