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Ghanaian community in Germany adopts measures and strategies on coronavirus

Members of the Ghanaian community from Karlsruhe, Kiel, Mannheim, Cologne, Freiburg, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Essen, Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Bremen, Frankfurt, Duisburg, Berlin Flensburg and Darmstadt gathered at the weekend through a conference call to discuss how best to support the Ghanaians in Germany during the ongoing pandemic crisis. The confab, third community meeting of the community since the outbreak of …

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Europe’s coronavirus death toll tops 30,000 as young patients die of disease

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has killed more than 30,000 people in Europe, more than three-quarters of the deaths registered in Italy and Spain, according to a new tally by the press agency AFP published on Wednesday. A total of 30,063 deaths have been recorded in Europe out of 458,601 cases, making it the continent hit hardest by the pandemic, according …

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Coronavirus: Germany extends social contact restrictions until April 19

“A pandemic doesn’t take a vacation,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said announcing an extension to Germany’s coronavirus restrictions. German residents have been urged not to travel over the Easter holidays. Germany’s social distancing measures have been extended through the end of the Easter holiday break, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Wednesday following a call with federal state leaders. The extension, which …

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Germany: New laws and regulations from April 2020

Usually, new laws and regulations take effect at the beginning of every month in Germany. It’s not different for April 2020 despite the corona crisis. In fact, as a result of government’s emergency relief measures against the pandemic, there’re several additional changes, ranging from new regulations protecting tenants against eviction to those governing welfare benefits as well as support grants to …

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Germany won’t lift coronavirus restrictions before April 20 – Chancellor Merkel’s top aide

Ministers won’t even consider relaxing the nationwide coronavirus lockdown for at least three weeks, a top German government official has said. Even then, measures could remain in place for some people. Germany is not planning to relax current restrictions on public life before April 20, Helge Braun, the head of the Office of Chancellor (Chancellery), has told a national newspaper. …

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Germany: Corona Social Protection Measures take effect

To protect citizens from existential hardship due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Germany’s Federal Government has put together a package of measures to provide support for the self-employed, workers, families and health workers, among others. A law on the social protection package, passed by both chambers of the federal parliament and signed by the president, enters into …

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TANG: Please help to stop the spread of Coronavirus!

The African Network of Germany (TANG), a network of more than 700 African associations and individual members in Germany, is currently carrying out a campaign to provide information about the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to Africans living in the country. Dr Sylvie Nantcha, chairman of TANG, said the organisation launched the awareness and sensitisation campaign as its contribution to national efforts …

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Nigerian embassy in Germany closed indefinitely

The Embassy of Nigeria in Berlin has announced the indefinite suspension of its consular services due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. A statement, titled URGENT PUBLIC NOTICE, published on the website of the embassy reads, “This is to inform the general public that in consideration of the potential health hazard that the novel coronavirus may pose to the staff of …

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Germany: TANG launches Coronavirus sensitisation campaign in African community

The African Network of Germany (TANG), a network of more than 700 African associations and individual members in Germany, has started a campaign to provide information about the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to Africans living in the country. Dr Sylvie Nantcha, chairman of TANG, said the organisation launched the awareness and sensitisation campaign as its contribution to national efforts to contain …

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Germany adopts unprecedented measures to curb coronavirus pandemic

The federal and state governments have adopted several drastic measures to slow down the increasing infection rate of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country. The measures order unprecedented restrictions on public life in the country. In a national TV address on Monday evening, Chancellor Angela Merkel said the federal government and the governments of the 16 federal states have agreed to …

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Finding humour in racism – A bizarre encounter in Vienna

To mark the European Action Week against Racism (16-29 March), civil society groups, educational institutions and city governments are carrying out activities to protest against racism and celebrate the diversity that enriches European societies. To commemorate the week, our contributing editor Sarah Udoh-Grossfurthner, writing from Vienna, narrates a story that will make you laugh and then feel pity for racists. …

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Berlin establishes Central Office for Hate Crimes

Last year, far more right-wing extremist and racist attacks were registered in Berlin. A new central office to prevent and respond to hate crimes in the federal capital The number of right-wing extremist and racist attacks in Berlin continued to increase in the past year. A total of 390 attacks were registered, as the victim advisory centre Reach Out announced …

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Chancellor Merkel kicks off serious fight against racism in Germany

The 11th Federal Government Integration Summit took place on Monday at the office of the federal chancellor in Berlin. Since 2006, representatives from the worlds of politics, business, education and civil society have been meeting regularly at the summits to discuss key integration policy issues. Chancellor Merkel used the event this year to kick off a long overdue debate on …

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Ghana cancels Independence Day celebrations in Berlin over coronavirus

The Embassy of Ghana in Germany has cancelled the official celebrations of the country’s 63rd independence celebrations originally scheduled for 6 March in Berlin. The Embassy on Tuesday sent out a notice of cancellation to guests invited to the event. In the notice, signed by Mr Louis Obeng, Head of Chancery, the Embassy wrote: “Following confirmation of some coronavirus cases …

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African victims of slavery, colonialism remembered in Berlin

About 100 participants turned out on Saturday in Berlin to commemorate the African victims of slave trade, slavery, colonialism and racist violence. The annual event, which took place for the 8th time in the German capital, demanded an official recognition of the crimes of colonialism and slavery in Africa and the racism that people of African descent suffer across the …

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New laws and regulations in Germany from March 2020

March 2020 brings some changes for people living in Germany as a result of new or amended laws and regulations. Some of these changes include mandatory measles vaccination for children, introduction of repeat doctor’s prescriptions, the prohibition of speed camera warning app on your smartphone and easier immigration for skilled workers from non-EU countries, among others.

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