‘Corona parties’ The state of Bavaria is one of the worst-hit in Germany, according to official figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) disease control centre.But the virus is spreading fast elsewhere too, prompting Chancellor Angela Merkel to appeal to citizens in a TV address on Wednesday evening to limit social interactions.Germany reported an overnight increase of more than 2,800 official cases on Thursday, bringing the total to more than 10,000.Borders have been shut to stem the contagion, while across the country shops have been closed, restaurants forced to operate restricted opening hours and people urged to work from home.But not everyone seemed to have got the message.In Berlin, reports of young people gathering in parks for so-called “corona parties” prompted city mayor Michael Mueller to promise a total lockdown if residents did not start behaving themselves.Bavarian premier Markus Soeder has threatened similar action, in line with lockdowns already seen in Italy, Spain, France and Belgium.”If large numbers of people are not restricting themselves voluntarily, then in the end the only instrument left to react to this is a Bavaria-wide curfew,” Soeder said.For the people of Mitterteich, the unprecedented situation will take some getting used to. “It’s strange, because our streets were never so empty,” said Andreas Degner. “It’s an unsettling feeling, I must say.”But he was determined to look on the bright side.”I’m going to watch films, read… I’ll find something to do. I’ll have enough time.” But they appeared to be taking it on the chin.”It’s good that we are the first town to have this curfew, and it’s also great that it’s being done so consistently,” resident Sandra Wedlich said.She said she worried about her mother and husband who were in the at-risk groups for the virus. “He wanted to go out today and I told him ‘no'”.The drastic measures come after Mitterteich emerged as a coronavirus hotspot, accounting for around half of the roughly 40 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tirschenreuth.Officials believe many of the infections are linked to a recent beer festival. The streets are deserted and the church square empty in the small Bavarian town of Mitterteich, the first in Germany to go into total lockdown over the spiraling coronavirus outbreak.The 6,500 residents are forbidden from leaving their homes without a valid reason, giving a foretaste of what could lie ahead for the rest of the country where many have defied confinement measures.The people of Mitterteich, located in the district of Tirschenreuth in southern Bavaria, woke up to a different world on Thursday morning. The benches stood vacant outside the town’s picturesque 17th-century church. Apart from the odd delivery van and police car, the cobbled streets remained clear, filled only with the sound of birdsong.On the outskirts of town, police in high-visibility jackets stopped people in their cars as they attempted to drive in and out, granting entry only to residents.According to district administrator Wolfgang Lippert, residents could only leave home if they have to go to work, see a doctor or go grocery shopping. Topics :
QLD Greens candidate, Kirsten Lovejoy, said renters have been “screwed over” and has introduced a radical policy that’s been labelled “ludicrous” by the property industry. Picture: Chris McCormackLANDLORDS couldn’t charge the rent they wanted to and it could take up to 12 months to evict a tenant under a Queensland Greens proposal to transform rental laws.The proposals, which were labelled, “ludicrous” by industry bodies, could also mean tenants could enforce unlimited lease terms.The proposal released by Greens candidate for McConnel, Kirsten Lovejoy, said existing laws were unfairly weighted in favour of landlords.“Renters have been screwed over for so long that they just assume this is the way it is — unfair rent hikes and evictions, unsafe and unhealthy dwellings, unable to own a pet or hang a picture, all the while not knowing if they will have to move when their lease is up in twelve or six month,” Ms Lovejoy said.“Our plan will fix the rigged system that puts the profits of real estate agents and investors over the rights and dignity of everyday Queenslanders,” she said.The Greens blueprint included proposals such as a right to remain in the property if it’s sold.“Under our plan renters will have the right to remain in their home even if the property is sold. Because as Darryl Kerrigan said in The Castle, ‘it’s not just a house, it’s a home.’” Ms Lovejoy said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoReal Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA) Queensland representative, Zoran Solano, said the proposal lacked an appreciation of existing rental laws.“Tenants have a lot of rights and they exercise their rights regularly, so I don’t think tenants are being screwed over at all. There are a lot of people out there who believe tenants have now got more power than landlords,” he said.Stakeholder concerns could be warranted given the Greens could hold the balance of power after the State Government election due to be held sometime in the next six months.Mr Solano said proposals that were a disincentive to investors would punish the property market and the Greens were trying to address a problem that didn’t exist.Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) CEO Antonia Mercorella said the Green’s proposals would decimate landlords’ rights and it was unworkable and “ludicrous’’.“It’s simply unrealistic to expect that landlords will continue to invest in real estate if they are faced with untenable arrangements that don’t allow them to protect the value of their asset and strip them of fundamental rights,” she said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at@kieranclair or on Facebook at Kieran Clair — journo
Press Association The club said he had a “small fracture”, but could not put an exact timescale on his recovery. It is understood that, depending on how quickly the injury heals, the 20-year-old could be out for anything from three to six weeks. Everton have confirmed that England midfielder Ross Barkley has a fractured toe. Barkley suffered the injury during the Toffees’ FA Cup third-round win over QPR last weekend, a match in which he also scored. He missed the 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Norwich at Goodison Park. England as well as Everton will be hoping the midfielder recovers as soon as possible. He has made a huge impression this season, having been given regular first-team opportunities by Martinez, with his exciting performances and eye for goal earning him three England caps so far. He is firmly in the reckoning for a place in Roy Hodgson’s summer World Cup squad. Should his recovery take longer than expected, he could miss England’s friendly with Denmark at Wembley on March 5.