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Covid watch: Bayern announce wage cuts for unvaccinated players

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Bayern Munich have announced that players who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 will be subject to wage cuts.


Media reports suggest that the record German champions have announced the cuts for unvaccinated players such as Joshua Kimmich, as professional football in Germany is suffering from a rising number of positive infection cases and quarantine orders.


Reports speak of the club threatening to exclude affected players from regular training as a next step.


The news comes after Werder Bremen head coach Markus Anfang resigned after he was accused of having forged his vaccination papers, with investigations continuing.


Faked documents can be penalized with up to five years in prison.


Due to health regulations and federal state law, employees can’t count on receiving their regular salary payments if they are in quarantine.


This regulation is in effect in the state of Bavaria, which affects Kimmich and Bayern teammates Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and Michael Cuisance.


As an unvaccinated person, German international Kimmich missed several games after having to quarantine following close contact with a positive case.


Health regulations force unvaccinated contacts into isolation for at least seven days. Kimmich was put into quarantine when fully vaccinated Niklas Sule tested positive while with the national team.


Five players had to leave the Germany camp before the kick-off of a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Following which a person in Kimmich’s close circle of contacts also tested positive, reports Xinhua.


The midfielder missed Bayern’s Bundesliga encounter against Augsburg and will also not play in next week’s Champions League tie against Dynamo Kyiv.


Reports speak of the Bayern players being caught by surprise, as they hadn’t expected such drastic steps to be made.


Kimmich’s refusal to receive the jab is causing ongoing annoyance among teammates and head coach Julian Nagelsmann.


The Bayern coach renewed his appeal to get vaccinated and admitted to being annoyed by the disturbance.


Statistics show Bayern’s average point haul without Kimmich has dropped to 1.9 from 2.4. While Bayern have already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, the club fears the loss of players in the advanced stages of the competition.


This weekend, Bayern lost their second Bundesliga match of the season. Many at the club accuse Kimmich and others of having triggered disturbing in-house troubles. Reports speak of a majority of team members standing in favor of the clubs’ actions.


Several federal states are expected to demand that games are played behind closed doors, as infection rates in Germany are rising. RB Leipzig has to play its Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain without fans, while the state of Bavaria has reduced the permitted stadium capacity to 25 percent.


–IANS


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Maharashtra announces new Covid norms, says no to Centre missive

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IN THE latest tussle between the Centre and Maharashtra over Covid norms, the Union Health Ministry Wednesday conveyed to the state government that its revised guidelines for international travellers, following the emergence of the Omicron variant, are “in divergence” with Central norms, and urged it to “align” them for “uniform implementation”.

However, Maharashtra Chief Secretary Debashish Chakraborty told The Indian Express that the state will not “amend or revise” its guidelines — for now. Later, official sources indicated that there “might be some changes” Thursday with revisions to some restrictions.

“Under the Disaster Management Act and Epidemic Diseases Act, the state government holds the power to put in additional conditions to prevent the spread of the virus. So the state, acting in accordance with its authority, has decided not to mend or revise the current guidelines issued for international passengers,” he said.

According to Chakraborty, the Centre’s communication is “an advisory, not a compulsion”. “There are basic requirements that need to be observed, which we are following. In future, if any changes need to be made, considering the local situation and convenience of international passengers, we will consider them,” he said.

Earlier Wednesday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary Dr Pradeep Kumar Vyas that four specific guidelines passed by the state for international travellers are “in divergence with the SoPs and guidelines issued” by the Ministry.

According to the Centre, the four key points of divergence are:

* Mandatory RT-PCR testing of all international travellers at Mumbai airport, irrespective of country of origin. The Centre has mandated such testing only for those from “at risk” nations.

* Mandatory 14-day home quarantine for all international passengers who test negative upon arrival. The Centre had specified seven days.

* Mandatory RT-PCR test for passengers planning to take connecting flights after disembarking at Mumbai; further travel is subject to a negative RT-PCR result. The Centre does not have such a norm.

* Requirement of negative RT-PCR test 48 hours prior to date of journey for domestic passengers travelling from other states to Maharashtra, irrespective of vaccination status. The Centre has not issued such a guideline.

“I would, therefore, urge you to align the orders issued by the state with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health…so that uniform implementation of the guidelines may be ensured across all states. I would also advise that such modified orders of the state government are given wide publicity to obviate any inconvenience to travellers,” Bhushan wrote.

Maharashtra has also mandated institutional quarantine of seven days for all passengers coming from “at-risk countries”, which is not part of the Centre’s latest guidelines.

This is not the first time that the Centre and Maharashtra have differed over issues linked to Covid, particularly after Maharashtra flagged the issue of vaccine shortage and lack of adequate medical oxygen supply several times.

On April 7, the then Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, responding to remarks from Maharashtra’s Ministers on vaccine shortage, had said that there were “deplorable attempts” by the state government to “distract attention from their failures and spread panic among the people”.

On April 17, Union Railways and Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal had posted on Twitter that he was “saddened to see” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s “gimmicks” on oxygen, claiming that Maharashtra had received the maximum quantity of oxygen in the country.

On Sunday, following reports from across the world on the emergence of Omicron, the Union Health Ministry specified five steps for international travellers arriving from countries tagged as “at risk”:

* They will have to submit a sample for a Covid test at the point of arrival, and wait for the result before leaving or taking a connecting flight.

* If they test negative, they will have to follow home quarantine for seven days. This will be followed by a retest on the eighth day of arrival. They will have to self-monitor their health for the next seven days.

* If travellers test positive, their samples will be sent for genomic testing at the INSACOG laboratory network.

* Those testing positive shall be sent to a separate isolation facility and treated as per standard protocol, including contact tracing.

* The contacts of positive cases will be kept under institutional or home quarantine and monitored strictly by the state government concerned as per protocol.

Apart from all countries in Europe, including the UK, there are 10 other nations currently listed as “at-risk” by the Health Ministry: South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

Additionally, for travellers from countries other than those at risk, a sub-section — currently two per cent of the total flight passengers — will have to undergo post-arrival random testing at airports on arrival.

A senior officer from Maharashtra’s Covid task force said that since “the virus has already spread to over 10 countries, we can’t restrict the screening to countries at risk”, and that “an RT-PCR for all travellers will ensure better safety”.

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Ahead of ‘Money Heist 5’ season finale, The Professor, Tokyo, entire cast gather at red carpet in Madrid

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‘Money Heist’ Part 5 Volume 2 streams on Netflix from 3rd December 2021.

The global hit series ‘Money Heist’ returns for its final season on 3rd December 2021. Ahead of the release of its last five episodes, the entire cast and crew of the show gathered at the red carpet for a promotional event in Madrid on Tuesday night.

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India logs 9,765 fresh Covid cases, 477 deaths in last 24 hours | India News

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NEW DELHI: India registered 9,765 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours, the ministry of health and family welfare said on Thursday morning.
With 477 more fatalities, India’s total death toll now stands at 4,69,724.

The recovery of 8,548 people in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of the recovered patients to 3,40,37,054. Consequently, the recovery rate stands at 98.35 per cent, the highest since March 2020.
The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been less than 50,000 for 158 consecutive days now.

India’s active caseload currently stands at 99,763. An increase of 740 cases has been recorded in the active Covid caseload in a span of 24 hours

With the administration of 80,35,261 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid inoculation coverage has reached 124.96 crore as of Thursday morning.
India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.
– With inputs from agency

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