The situation in Germany vis-à-vis the Wuhan Coronavirus is evolving rapidly. MissPiggy has translated two articles with the latest news.
The first report is significant, because it wasn’t all that long ago that Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the borders of Germany would not be closed.
From the German-language version of RT:
Germany closes borders with Austria, France and Switzerland
Germany has decided to close its borders with Austria, France and Switzerland as of Monday, as reported by the Bild newspaper. This was decided at a telephone conference between Angela Merkel and the prime ministers of the southern states.
The federal government has decided to close Germany’s borders with Austria, France, and Switzerland starting Monday at eight o’clock. This was reported today by the newspaper Bild am Sonntag. The decision is said to have been made during a telephone conference between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and the Premiers of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria and Saarland.
Despite the closing of the border, the free movement of goods is to be maintained. Commuters should also be able to cross the border.
The drastic measure was not triggered solely by the attempt to prevent the corona pandemic from spreading further, but apparently also to limit hamster-like [i.e. hoarders] purchases by foreigners in regions close to the border, which are said to have already caused supply problems.
Now the federal police, together with the respective state police, are to implement these measures.
The second article from inSüdthüringen.de concerns an outbreak of the coronavirus at a “refugee” facility in Thuringia, and the difficulties it is causing for the local municipality:
Suhl — After the illness of a resident with Covid-19 and the quarantine imposed on Saturday night for all 533 residents of the country’s first reception facility (EAE) in Suhler-Friedberg, Thuringia, the migration minister, Dirk Adams (B90/Greens) and the president of the Thuringian State Administration Office, Frank Roßner visited the facility (outside the fence) on Saturday afternoon to assess the situation.
The site of the first reception facility has been guarded by a large police force since Saturday morning. According to Wolfgang Nicolai, head of the Suhl State Police Inspectorate, they were summoned from all over the state. “As expected, there were initial problems,” says Nicolai.
Several residents had to be prevented from leaving the facility — but without the use of physical force, which could also be used in an emergency under the Infection Protection Act. In the facility itself, the situation is tense.
Among other things, there is said to have already been a call for a hunger strike because of the “confinement” and several residents were prevented from going to the dining room. “At the moment the situation is calm, but we are prepared for the situation when this may not remain the case in the next few days and possibly weeks,” Nicolai said. The country has pledged its support to deal with the situation in the form of the deployment of supra-regional forces.
As residents of the EAE told our newspaper, they feel abandoned. The infected man is believed to be an Afghan who entered via Sweden and Hamburg and did not arrive at the EAE until Friday morning. During the day, his condition deteriorated sharply; he looked bad, coughed heavily and had a fever. In the evening the ambulance service arrived and examined him, a young man said.
“We try to stay calm”
The fear, especially among families with children in the institution, is very great. “We want protective masks, but we don’t get any. And we want a medical examination with a test to get clarity so that healthy people can go out as normal,” he says. The tension is very high. “We’re trying to stay calm, but I don’t think we’ll see it that way if we’re locked up here for even longer.”
Mayor André Knapp and the Suhler district doctor Marion Peterka as well as the spokesman for the SRH Central Hospital Suhl emphasize that the infected person was not taken to the hospital — apparently a mistaken assertion from the other residents because of the ambulance at the door. “Since the symptoms weren’t strong, no inpatient admission was necessary,” says Marion Peterka. The person concerned had been taken to the sheltered quarantine station of the facility. There he was asked by an interpreter about his contacts — and whether he had been in the city on Friday. There is no feedback on this yet, Peterka said.
She mentions the “precarious situation” at the EAE concerning the staff — from guards to medical staff, including a doctor, to kitchen staff — who were also initially quarantined. The staff only protect themselves with normal surgical masks. Currently, the quarantine of the facility is expected to remain in place for at least two weeks. A number of volunteers have offered help and want to talk to the residents in the EAE, said Migration Minister Dirk Adams. This commitment is highly appreciated, as is the work of the city and the police.
Adams had discussed the situation with the crisis unit at City Hall in the early morning and took initial measures. These include providing residents with free supplies of stimulants, such as tobacco and chocolate, which they cannot currently buy themselves. In the afternoon a Suhler civil protection truck arrived on-site. As Adams went on to say, Thuringia opted out of the federal government plan to take in refugees. The EAE has halted admission and transfer until further notice. In addition, surgical masks procured at short notice will soon arrive as respiratory protection in order to equip the residents with them, said Frank Roßner, who certifies the “professional approach” of the city of Suhl.
The city, meanwhile, had already announced its coronavirus phone hotline — which is scheduled to start on Monday — on Saturday. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. specially trained staff will answer questions about the coronavirus by calling 03681/794040. In addition, the Lord Mayor announced that all public facilities such as CCS, Ottilienbad, Tierpark, all museums, music school, etc. would be closed. In addition, the requirements and regulations for events are to be further tightened. “I appeal to all Suhlers to keep calm and to restrict social contacts as much as possible. We are doing our best to deal with the situation.”
So police from all over the state had to be summoned to deal with the orcs at one invader center; but without using force to restrain them. Since there are hundreds if not thousands of invader centers across Germany, what will be the state response when infections spread at these centers and the orcs decide they will flee to uninfected regions, carrying their plagues with them?
Notwithstanding, the highly sceptical journalist with the pseudonym Eugen Prinz lists 5 questions in his sceptical article at PI-News which are not answered by the official statement.
They include: what is going to happen to “refugee” family reunion policy; what is going to happen to the long-standing policy of secretly flying in “refugees” by night to German aiports, whence they are bussed to asylum reception centres; what about the policy of bringing in unaccompanied minors from Greece; what happens if a “refugee” utters the magic word “asylum” at a German border?
Because the German text just refers to “intensified checks”
Eugen Prinz points to a person and military leader that gave the name to this blog: Prince Eugene of Savoie defeated the Turks at Belgrade ,so quite close to the Gates of Vienna, in mercenary service of the Habsburgs in 1714.
As schoolkids, we used to learn a song praising his military achievements!
The contributor Lorbas at PI News points out under the article by Eugen Prinz that only 3 of the total of 9 German national borders have been closed and that flights from China continue to arrive.
“Dänemark, Polen, Tschechien, Österreich, Schweiz, Frankreich, Luxemburg, Belgien und die Niederlande grenzen an Deutschland.
Lediglich die Grenzen zu Österreich, Schweiz und Frankreich werden geschlossen.
Weiterhin gibt es Flüge aus China nach z.B. Frankfurt/Main.”
Maybe the objective is to kill of all of the old people who are more likely to support the AfD anyway. Supposedly closing the border to future orc invasion is likely just meant for public consumption to dissuade low information voters from voting AfD since the current bunch of morons has things under control.
Nah, that is way too much narrative thinking and probably backwards: the pandemic will likely remove many more old system party voters. There is some thought, however, that the handling of the coronavirus might finally fix the so far intractably doomed finances of the German pension system. Or perhaps there was. The news out of the Netherlands is that half of the ICU cases are under 50.
I think your comment about old people and the AfD while true is secondary.
Primary will be the silent murder of geriatrics who are what neoliberals call a “burden on public budgets”, given Germany’s (by the globally uniquely bad standards of the USA) “socialised medicine”.
Mer-kill will have ordered number-crunching reports from minions as to the benefits to herself and the Capital interests she works for of the mass silent geriatric death she can hand off to the Coronavirus by not taking any meaningful anti-epidemic steps.
Once millions of State pensioners (all employees in Germany receive a pay-as-you-go pension based on years of contributions) are dead from Corona at 65 rather than 75 and hence are not a Financial Burden, Germany will have achieved what Wall Street always wants, a Lean State, i.e. spending only on profitable things like weapons or surveillance, rather than bedpans and walkers.
The first two surveys I found report that the popularity of the AfD decreases with age. One quoted 17 percent of the AfD’s supporters are “older” people (age 60+), the same ratio as the general population. The other found 13% are between 60 and 69, and only 7% for 70 and above. At best, culling the elderly will not decrease support for the AfD and will probably somewhat increase it.
Because Poland closed long ago own border with Germany..
Read the above for an assessment of the so-called German border controls, and check the saying of the usual careerist, yes-man, cop Dieter Romann, head of German Federal Police;
“We don’t close borders. North Korea does”
Strange therefore how Romann’s Wiki bio (German only) says it is an open secret that he rejects Mer-kills “refugee” policy. May he is just going with the country-shopping welfare migrant flow?
Note that the border is still open with Belgium, Poland, the Czech republic and the Netherlands. And the article says nothing about asylum seekers not having a valid reason to travel. Roughly 10 000 of them continue to arrive each month, many by air. And I also just checked. There are still regular, scheduled flights between China and Germany. Spare me days.
The restrictions for the aforementioned countries specify citizens and goods only