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Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 27: Europe Begins to Ease Restrictions, Germany Tightens Them

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 27: Europe Begins to Ease Restrictions, Germany Tightens Them

Europe is trying to figure out how to loosen coronavirus restrictions without setting the stage for another surge.
“We must learn from the summer and not repeat the same mistakes,” Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, told lawmakers in Brussels earlier this week. “Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas.”
The number of new daily …

BMW to Shift Engine Production to Austria and England as German Plants Go Electric

BMW to Shift Engine Production to Austria and England as German Plants Go Electric

BMW announced Wednesday that it plans to retool all of its German factories to build electric cars, rather than just gasoline, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
The Bavarian automaker said that it will invest €400 million to retool its Munich factory to produce electric vehicles and components while shifting the manufacture of combustion engines to its Steyr and Hams Hall plants in Austria and England as the Bavarian automaker shifts towards …

Google Adds Real-Time ‘Crowdedness’ Feature for Mass Transit to Maps App

Google Adds Real-Time ‘Crowdedness’ Feature for Mass Transit to Maps App

Google added three new features to its Maps app designed to help travelers stay safe amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The list of new features includes an expansion of its live “crowdedness” information for public transit systems, which displays the real-time busy state of transit lines when users look up directions. Previously, the Maps app only displayed such information for stations.
“If you need to take transit, Google Maps can help you more easily …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 16: U.S. Hospitalizations Reach New High, Germans Should Brace for ‘Severe Measures’ Until Easter

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 16: U.S. Hospitalizations Reach New High, Germans Should Brace for ‘Severe Measures’ Until Easter

On Sunday, Bundeswirtschaftsminister or Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier told the weekly Bild am Sonntag that Germans should brace for severe measures until Easter, another four to five months, in order to stem the spread of coronavirus infections.   Looking ahead to December, Altmaier said “What we can afford to do for Christmas depends entirely on how disciplined and successful we are in fighting the pandemic,” noting that the country reduced …

Hamsters Beware! Grocery Stores Across the Globe Begin to Ration Toilet Paper Purchases as Covid-19 Cases Surge

Supermarket chains in various parts of the world including the Austria, Germany, the United States, and Great Britain are reimposing limits on a variety of quarantine-preferred items such as toilet paper, paper towels, and disinfectant wipes.  The stores are attempting to avoid the pandemic-induced hoarding of such items that was rampant in the spring as the number of new daily coronavirus cases surges across the globe.
A headline in the Austrian …

Auf Wiedersehen Tegel, The Airport That Wouldn’t Die Quietly

Tegel. Just saying the name conjures up an overcrowded and congested airport experience that is Germany’s fourth busiest.  That is, until now.
Amidst the opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brand on October 31, Berlin Tegel Otto Lilienthal will say “Auf Wiedersehen” to its last flight on November 8.
Regular flights ended November 7, but Air France will operate the final flight from the historic airport on November 8, 60 years after …

Lufthansa Group Revenue Plummets by 74%

Lufthansa Group Revenue Plummets by 74%

Deutsche Lufthansa announced financial results for the third quarter of 2020.
The Cologne-based company, which also owns Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, reported third quarter revenue of €2.66 billion ($3.14 billion), down 74% from €10.12 billion in the same period in 2019.
The airline reported a net loss of €1.97 billion loss for the quarter, compared to a €1.3 billion profit in Q3 2019.
Passenger traffic was down by some 80%.  …