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Frankfurt Airport Reports ‘Historic Low’ in Passenger Traffic for 2020

Frankfurt Airport Reports ‘Historic Low’ in Passenger Traffic for 2020

Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for the calendar year 2020.
Passenger traffic at Frankfurt fell to a “historic low” amidst the travel-induced downturn in the coronavirus pandemic, the company said, but Fraport expects an improvement before the end of the year.
“We expect Frankfurt’s passenger traffic to rebound noticeably in the second half of 2021,” said Stefan Schulte, Fraport’s CEO.
Passenger traffic was 18.8 million passengers for …

Germany Tightens Travel Restrictions and Extends Lockdown

Germany Tightens Travel Restrictions and Extends Lockdown

Travel to and within Germany became more difficult Monday as the country, which is already under a hard lockdown, announced further restrictions and limits on travel.
The action follows a continued surge in new coronavirus infections.
Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel said that the country was entering the most difficult phase of the pandemic in the coming weeks, when she addressed the nation in her weekly podcast over the weekend.
The additional restrictions include longer …

World Leaders Express Shock at Storming of Capitol by Supporters of President Trump

Seeing echoes of their own fascist past in some cases, world leaders reacted in horror to televised scenes of supporters of President Trump storming the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop a joint session of Congress from certifying the election of Joseph Biden as president.
From Europe to Asia to Latin America, politicians and citizens alike watched the events of January 6 unfold in horror.
The action temporarily halted the certification …

Coronavirus News – Jan. 6: In England, 1 in 50 Has Been Infected, Germany Extends Lockdown

Coronavirus News – Jan. 6: In England, 1 in 50 Has Been Infected, Germany Extends Lockdown

The world surpassed the 86 million mark for coronavirus infections, as the United States crossed 21 million. Over 1.8 million people have died from the virus as of Wednesday.
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German Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel announced the country’s national lockdown will be extended until at least the end of January.
Health officials in England said that one in 50 people there has had the coronavirus.
The positivity rate in …

Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 27: Inoculations Begin in EU, Vaccine ‘Key to Getting Out of This Pandemic’

Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 27: Inoculations Begin in EU, Vaccine ‘Key to Getting Out of This Pandemic’

Germany along with several other EU countries began inoculating the elderly against the coronavirus Sunday, .  Trucks with police escort fanned out across the country with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, manufactured in Mainz at a BioNTech plant.“The vaccine is the key to getting out of this pandemic,” said Jens Spahn, Bundesminister für Gesundheit, or federal health minister.
Officials in Lichtenfels as well as several other cities in Bavaria were forced to temporarily …

Germany to Enter ‘Hard’ Lockdown as Cases Continue to Surge

Germany to Enter ‘Hard’ Lockdown as Cases Continue to Surge

Saying “there was an urgent need for action,” Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel announced that Germany would enter a “hard” lockdown.
Non-essential shops will be shuttered, schoolchildren will largely receive instruction online, and workplaces are being encouraged to close.  Bundesfinanzminister Olaf Scholz pledged financial support for businesses affected by the lockdown.
Shops and services deemed essential will remain open and available including grocery stores, apothecaries, opticians, filling stations, and bicycle repair shops.  Personal care …

Coronavirus News – Dec. 9: U.K. Kicks off Vaccinations, Biden Sets Ambitious Goals, Merkel Pleads

Coronavirus News – Dec. 9: U.K. Kicks off Vaccinations, Biden Sets Ambitious Goals, Merkel Pleads

At 6:31 a.m. local time on Tuesday, a 90-year-old named Margaret Keenan received the first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Britain.  The second person to receive it was 82-year-old William Shakespeare, a mere 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the Bard’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.
After her country saw a record number of deaths, Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel pleased with Germans to meet fewer people and to stay at home over the …