US News Lots of cancellations and new infections: Corona back on sport
Robert Koch Institute reports more than 5,000 corona infections for the first time since April
© Robert Michael / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa Smears from people tested are in a tray at a corona test station. The number of newly registered corona infections is more than 5,000. The entire population must be committed to infection protection, appeals to the RKI. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the health authorities in Germany have reported more than 5,000 new corona infections within one day for the first time since April. According to the RKI, the total was 5,132.
The second Corona wave in Germany and Europe is increasingly affecting sport again. A flood of cancellations, new infections and restrictions shaped events in several sports on Tuesday.
Just two hours before the planned kick-off, the infection prevented the two-time German handball champions Rhein-Neckar Löwen from playing in the European League. The Mannheim health department forbade the duel with RK Trimo Trebnje because the test of a player from the Slovenes was positive.
The EuroLeague game scheduled for Thursday by basketball master Alba Berlin against Baskonia Vitoria had to be canceled after the number of infected Berlin players had risen to six due to five further positive test results.
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The expectations were already screwed into the immeasurable beforehand: Today's meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) with the Prime Minister of the federal states is of "historical dimension" , said Chancellor Helge Braun on Tuesday. The top politicians meet in Berlin at 2 p.m. and then want to personally advise for the first time on how they can get the dramatically worsened corona situation under control again in the next few weeks.
Several DM competitions were also canceled on Tuesday. The modern pentathletes canceled their title fights scheduled for the weekend in Neuss, as did the speed skaters their competitions scheduled for the coming week in Inzell. These should be made up for by the German Speed Skating Association (DESG).
In football at Bundesliga club FSV Mainz 05, the general meeting scheduled for next Tuesday has to be canceled by order of the authorities. The Mainz league rival TSG Hoffenheim can only play its Europa League opening game on Thursday against Red Star Belgrade without a spectator in coordination with the responsible authorities.
At the Champions League starter RB Leipzig, another test with midfielder Amadou Haidara, who had been isolated since the previous week, now gave a positive result after a previously inconclusive result. The Dutch honorary division partner AZ Alkmaar even reported 13 corona cases two days before the Europa League game at SSC Napoli, which, however, still wants to travel to Italy with a 17-strong roster on Wednesday, subject to an official cancellation.
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Geneva (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) fears considerably more deaths worldwide after the rapid increase in corona infections. © Reuters / DADO RUVIC A 3D-printed coronavirus model is seen in front of the words coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on display in this illustration Currently around 5000 people with or from the coronavirus die every day, said the leading WHO -Scientist Soumya Swaminathan on Wednesday.
Politicians have already reacted to the developments. In Greece, the government immediately withdrew the approval granted at the beginning of the week for test runs with fans in football stadiums around 24 hours before the first emergency test at the Champions League match between Olympiacos and Olympique Marseille.
Meanwhile, the Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora did not rule out a premature termination of Serie A because of the increasing number of cases and asked the league to work "on a plan B or C for the championship". Record champions Juventus Turin has already suspended the operation of its junior teams.
Spadafora's attention should currently also be particularly on the current Giro d'Italia of professional cyclists. At the beginning of the last week of the tour, the "Giro bubble" revealed cracks again through further positive tests with a driver and a supervisor, after eight corona cases had occurred in the Giro convoy in the previous week.
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The corona numbers in Germany are increasing rapidly. Chancellor Angela Merkel has now brought the talks planned for Friday with the heads of government of the federal states forward to Wednesday. © AXEL SCHMIDT / REUTERS The corona pandemic is intensifying in Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel now wants to bring forward the Corona summit with the heads of government of the countries planned for Friday in view of the situation.