In Brief: Charité coronavirus study begins in 24 Berlin schools

Students, teachers and staff at 24 Berlin schools will be tested every three months. Charité researchers hope to learn more about COVID-19 immunity.

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Updated on Tuesday, June 16, at 11 a.m.

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and Kate Brady

A study on the coronavirus in schools has begun in Berlin.

Eight teams from Charité Hospital are testing students, teachers and staff at 24 city schools. They are using nasal and throat swab tests as well as drawing blood from the subjects to check for antibodies.

The group will be tested every three months in hopes of learning more about whether people become immune to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, a Neukölln health official told public broadcaster rbb residents of an entire apartment block in his district are quarantined after 54 of them tested positive for COVID-19.

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The European Union has called for Germany to increase its EU spending by 42%.

Germany is already the EU’s biggest contributor, paying in around 31 billion euros every year.

But faced with a recession due to coronavirus, plus the financial gap left by the U.K.’s exit from the EU, Brussels reportedly wants to see that increased to 44 billion euros.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly voiced her support for more spending on the EU.

The European Commission has already proposed a 750-billion-euro stimulus package, which the bloc’s 27 leaders are set to discuss via videoconference on Friday.

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Starting today, college students in Germany who’ve lost jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic are eligible for up to 500 euros in state aid a month.

Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek told reporters the students can apply for the grants via a standardized online form. The money does not have to be paid back.

An estimated, two-thirds of students in Germany work part-time.

 

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