Statistics on the corona crisis: the thing with numbers

To assess how fast corona is spreading and what helps, you need numbers. But they’re sometimes treacherous.

Covid-19 illnesses:Interactive map from John Hopkins University in Baltimore as of March 21 Photo: Marius Bulling/imago

Johns Hopkins University has what everyone covets: Figures on the coronavirus pandemic. Worldwide and quasi-permanently updated, graphically prepared. Even for Germany, figures from the private university in Baltimore, Maryland, are more likely to be used than those from the German federal authority for infectious diseases, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

Tracking chains of infection: still no corona app

A lot is going wrong with corona containment: too few staff in health offices, too few tests – and the cell phone app is a long time coming.

Infected people should be able to remember who they met, when and where, until the app arrives Photo: Christophe Ena/dpa

For a relaxation of the Corona restrictions, the federal government had originally once defined clear conditions: In order to avoid a resurgence in the number of infected people after the first wave had flattened out, it would have to be possible to trace new cases as comprehensively as possible, a strategy paper from the Interior Ministry said at the end of March. In addition to a significant increase in testing capacity, what is needed above all is an "efficient and well-coordinated contact search by hand and by Big Data (location tracking and so on).

New rules in the us congress: angry republicans

The US Senate almost completely abolishes the blocking minority for personnel decisions. Opposition blockades become more difficult.

Pleased that he will be able to get his nominations through the Senate more quickly in the future: US President Barack Obama. Picture: ap

After years of blockade policy, the U.S. Senate organized a small revolution on Thursday: The chamber has – for all personnel decisions except the confirmation of judges to the Supreme Court – abolished the "filibuster system". In the future, a simple majority (51 of the 100 votes) will suffice in some cases to reach a decision in the Senate.

United nations migration pact: vienna follows trump and orban

The Austrian government rejects the UN migration pact out of concern for its sovereignty – and drifts further to the right.

Kurz’s government rejects 17 of 23 goals of the migration pact Photo: AP

Austria’s right-wing populist government is leading the country into international isolation. It will not sign the United Nations migration pact, Vienna said Wednesday. The legally non-binding agreement is intended to lay down principles for dealing with refugees.

Urban development in new york: patron saint of greenwich village

The new inhospitability of cities: the criticism and, above all, the visions of urban activist Jane Jacobs are more important today than ever before.

The neighborhood where Jane Jacobs lives today Photo: Stefan Falke

In Greenwich Village, the day begins more serenely than elsewhere in Manhattan: at Mucho Gusto Cafe, regulars calmly flip through the Times over chai pumpkin lattes; a young man in combat boots, a knee-length pleated skirt and a bulky fox fur collar strolls down Hudson Street carrying an expensive briefcase; and a team of pugs, French bulldogs and a royal poodle pantingly pull a dogwalker behind them. But the incessant stream of cyclists riding briskly toward the skyscrapers of Midtown then lends the leisurely morning its New York purposefulness.

Price of hepatitis c medicine sovaldi: the end of a long dispute

The manufacturer of the new hepatitis C medicine and the health insurers have now reached an agreement after all. The drug is to become more than 200 euros cheaper.

Patented active ingredient: In Germany, generic manufacturers cannot use sofosbuvir for cheaper drugs. Picture: ap

In the dispute over the price of the drug Sovaldi for the treatment of hepatitis C, the German health insurance companies and the U.S. pharmaceutical company Gilead have surprisingly agreed after all. In the future, health insurers will have to pay 488 euros for one tablet of Sovaldi. So far the price per tablet had lain with 700 euro.

Psycho column: empty looks, empty rooms

Psychological problems take place in the mind, so it’s hard to depict them appropriately. But you could try anyway.

What’s missing? The mentally ill person Photo: photocase/time.

How can you recognize someone who is depressed? Quite simply: by their drawn-in knees. After all, depressed people do nothing day in and day out but sit with their knees drawn up in the corner of an empty room next to the electrical outlet, squat on the windowsill looking outside at a tree, or stare into the water crouching on a dock. Depression may not have a face, but knees don’t lie!