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106-year-old woman in Brandenburg recovers from coronavirus

A 106-year-old in Brandenburg is one of the oldest patients to have recovered from Covid-19.

106-year-old woman in Brandenburg recovers from coronavirus
File photo shows an older woman in a care home. Photo: DPA

The woman, who did not want her name to be published, was released on Tuesday, said the Oberhavel-Kliniken in Oranienburg, Brandenburg, Berlin’s neighbouring state, on Thursday.

“The patient has a very good general condition for old age, so that her immune system was able to successfully fight the virus with our support,” explained chief physician Harald Pannwitz to the Berliner Zeitung.

The 106-year-old was also reported to have been admitted to the Oranienburg clinic because of abdominal cramps and diarrhoea, but did not have any significant respiratory problems. However, when a test confirmed Covid-19, she was immediately placed in isolation.

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The clinic's internal department is pleased with the success of the treatment, and how calmly and professionally they handled it, said Pannwitz. 

“The staff of the entire department, but especially on the Covid-19 ward, have been working under difficult conditions for many months,” he said.

A few days ago, a 97-year-old woman from Bernau, Brandenburg was discharged from a Berlin clinic after a successful recovery from Covid-19. 

The woman from Bern had originally been taken to the hospital on suspicion of a stroke.

As of Friday, Brandenburg had reported 427 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, and 102.8 cases per 150,000 people in the past seven days. This puts it under the critical value of 150.

Neighbouring states Berlin and Saxony are reporting much higher values, or 220.1 and 210.1 respectively. 

Vocabulary

Released – entlassen worden 

Good general condition – guter Allgemeinzustand

Department – (die) Abteilung

Stroke – (der) Schlaganfall

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COVID-19

Court turns down AfD-led challenge to Germany’s spending in pandemic

The German Constitutional Court rejected challenges Tuesday to Berlin's participation in the European Union's coronavirus recovery fund, but expressed some reservations about the massive package.

Court turns down AfD-led challenge to Germany's spending in pandemic

Germany last year ratified the €750-billion ($790-billion) fund, which offers loans and grants to EU countries hit hardest by the pandemic.

The court in Karlsruhe ruled on two challenges, one submitted by a former founder of the far-right AfD party, and the other by a businessman.

They argued the fund could ultimately lead to Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, having to take on the debts of other EU member states on a permanent basis.

But the Constitutional Court judges ruled the EU measure does not violate Germany’s Basic Law, which forbids the government from sharing other countries’ debts.

READ ALSO: Germany plans return to debt-limit rules in 2023

The judgement noted the government had stressed that the plan was “intended to be a one-time instrument in reaction to an unprecedented crisis”.

It also noted that the German parliament retains “sufficient influence in the decision-making process as to how the funds provided will be used”.

The judges, who ruled six to one against the challenges, did however express some reservations.

They questioned whether paying out such a large amount over the planned period – until 2026 – could really be considered “an exceptional measure” to fight the pandemic.

At least 37 percent of the funds are aimed at achieving climate targets, the judges said, noting it was hard to see a link between combating global warming and the pandemic.

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They also warned against any permanent mechanism that could lead to EU members taking on joint liability over the long term.

Berenberg Bank economist Holger Schmieding said the ruling had “raised serious doubts whether the joint issuance to finance the fund is in line with” EU treaties.

“The German court — once again — emphasised German limits for EU fiscal integration,” he said.

The court had already thrown out a legal challenge, in April 2021, that had initially stopped Berlin from ratifying the financial package.

Along with French President Emmanuel Macron, then chancellor Angela Merkel sketched out the fund in 2020, which eventually was agreed by the EU’s 27 members in December.

The first funds were disbursed in summer 2021, with the most given to Italy and Spain, both hit hard by the pandemic.

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