The number of asylum seekers in Germany, relying on state support, fell to around 411,000 at the end of 2018, down 12 per cent on the figure at the end of 2017, an official said.
This is according to the Federal Statistical Office reported on Monday.
The figure fell for the third year in a row, after hitting a peak at the end of 2015 of some 975,000.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees, many fleeing conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and North Africa, crossed into Germany in 2015.
Estimates of the total number coming in mainly through the Balkans reached one million.
Breaking down the figures, the office said that 220,000, or 53 per cent, originated from Asia, including 63,000 from Afghanistan, 43,000 from Iraq and 23,000 from Syria.
There were 96,000 benefit recipients from Africa, equivalent to 23 per cent of the total.
Some 83,000 or 20 per cent came from other European countries.
Foreign nationals, who are in fact resident in Germany and are in possession of an official temporary residence permit, are entitled to benefits.
Foreign nationals, who have been accorded official refugee status are not entitled to benefits under the asylum seeker legislation and are not included in these statistics.
Edited by Fatima Sule/Abdulfatah Babatunde
Number of working Italians declines in April amid coronavirus lockdown
The number of Italians with jobs dropped again in April, pushed in part by people who stopped looking for work, Italy’s National Statistics Institute (ISTAT)said Wednesday.
Employment levels in Italy fell in February and again in March due to the economic impact of the global coronavirus pandemic, which started to slow the global economy in February. In March, Italy declared national lockdown due to the coronavirus.
But the ISTAT said the figure dropped mostly because fewer people were looking for work. On a monthly basis, the number of people actually employed in April dropped by 1.2 percent, representing a loss of 274,000 jobs.
The losses were across the board, including female workers (down 1.5 percent), male workers (down 1.0 percent), independent workers (down 1.3 percent), and across all age groups.
Economists are split on what the figures will show for May. Italy carried out methodical easing of lockdown rules starting on May 4 and again on May 18, meaning more shops, restaurants, bars, and other businesses could reopen. That is likely to have created jobs that had been dormant in April, but it may have also increased the number of job-seekers, which would push unemployment figures higher.
Number of COVID-19 cases rise to 316 in Mozambique
Number of people infected with coronavirus in Mozambique rose to 316, as the country registered nine more positive cases in the past 24 hours, said Rosa Marlene, National Director of Public Health on Wednesday at the daily press conference in Maputo.
The new cases are all of Mozambican nationality, among whom four are asymptomatic and five have mild to moderate symptoms, said the health official.
The country now has 109 cases that have fully recovered from the diesease.
She said the most prudent thing is to strictly observe preventive measures regardless of whether or not we know our state of health.
“We encourage everyone in quarantine or isolation to strictly comply with preventive measures in a responsible manner,” said Marlene.
Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections rises to 1,256
Lebanon has reduced general mobilization measures for businesses to reopen given the dire economic circumstances and the companies’ need to generate revenues and cover their expenses.
The government is preparing for airport procedures including social distancing and testing for COVID-19 upon arrival, he added.
Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections rises to 1,242
Lebanon has reduced general mobilization measures and people are gradually returning to their normal lives with malls and beaches opening their doors again.
However, all the businesses that have reopened are adopting precautionary measures. Citizens are required to wear masks and respect social distancing rules.
Lebanon has received donations from several countries in its fight against COVID-19.
On May 28, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) donated surgical face masks, goggles, protective clothing and other medical supplies to the Lebanese army to help combat COVID-19.
Zimbabwe records 26 new COVID-19 cases, raising total number in country to 203
The country has conducted a total of 46,021 tests for COVID-19 since the first case was recorded in March.
Bayelsa records 9 new cases of COVID-19, total confirmed number 21
The Co-chairman of the Bayelsa State Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Nathaniel Inodu, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday in Yenogoa.
“These results are coming from a backlog of 62 samples sent to the UPTH COVID -19 laboratory last week.
“These nine newly confirmed cases bring the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 21. Six out of these nine cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases while three are not epidemiologically linked to any of the previous confirmed cases.
“Two of these fresh unlinked cases are critically ill and were on admission in our public hospitals for other underlying illnesses (one had undergone sessions of dialysis).
”The third unlinked case is a Health Care Professional.
“All nine new cases have since been evacuated for further treatment at our isolation facilities. All their contacts are being line listed and adequately followed up including necessary environmental decontamination.
“Samples have and are still being collected from their high risk contacts while they have all been counselled on self-quarantine. Risk communication and community engagement are ongoing.
“We discharged three cases during the past week. One case was discharged on Saturday, and the two other cases (including the doctor) were discharged just yesterday after all their repeat tests returned negative.
“This makes a total of nine cases that have been discharged from our Isolation facilities. Currently, we have eleven active cases of COVID -19 in the State.
“All cases except the two cases who were previously on admission for other underlying illness are in stable clinical conditions,’’ he said.
Inodu said the state recorded a death last week as the patient who was initially responding to treatment suddenly developed severe shortness of breath.
“All attempts to salvage him proved abortive even with the intensive and delicate procedures that were administered by the attending medical personnel.
“He has since been buried by the Bayelsa State COVID -19 Safe Burial team and witnessed by relatives, friends, and colleagues,” he said.
The Co-chairman said that the State Government Quarantine Facility has since been admitting contacts who were unable to self-quarantine.
Inodu said that they had been very cooperative while enjoying the luxury provided at this centre.
He said that the State Public Emergency Operations Centre (the COVID -19 Situation Room/ War Room of the State response) and the State COVID -19 Task Force were and would remain on REPONSE mode; doing their best to contain and mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
“We now use the UPTH Port Harcourt Reference COVID -19 Laboratory. In the past weeks, we have been sending an average of 25 samples daily to this facility.
“Most of these samples are contacts of confirmed cases. Little wonder our positive figures seem to be on the increase. This is because of our robust surveillance activities and improved testing rates.
“Permit me to seize this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to all the health care workers particularly the frontlines who have been tireless in their resolve and commitment to the COVID -19 response in the State,” he stated.
Number of Ghana’s COVID-19 cases exceeds 8,000
The number of deaths related to COVID-19 remains at 36, while 106 more patients have recovered, bringing the total of recoveries to 2,947, the president said late Sunday.
A total of 218,425 tests have been conducted, Akufo-Addo said.
At least 13 infected persons in Ghana are severely ill, with three of them critical, and one is on a ventilator.
The president extended the closure of the country’s entry points to the end of July, to curb imported cases.
Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections rises to 1,220
Lebanon’s number of COVID-19 infections increased on Sunday by 29 cases to 1,220 while death toll went up by one case to 27, the National News Agency reported.
Director General of Beirut airport Fadi Al Hassan announced on Sunday that the airport will reopen in June.
“We are currently preparing for the opening of the airport by adopting barriers to respect social distancing rules,” he said.
On April 16, China also donated 3,000 testing kits and 200 manual thermometers to Lebanon.
Nepal reports 189 new COVID-19 cases, total number surpasses 1,400
The Nepali government confirmed 189 new cases of COVID-19, increasing the total count of cases to 1,401. It is the fifth consecutive day that Nepal witnessed the largest single day spike of COVID-19 cases.
Bikas Devkota, spokesperson at Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population said at a regular press briefing on Saturday that 185 men and four women were confirmed to be infected with novel Coronavius.
Nepal also reported the seventh death from COVID-19 on Saturday. “A 35-year-old man from Dullu Municipality of mid-western Dailekh district, who died on Saturday morning, was tested positive for novel Coronavirus,” Ministry of Social Development under Karnali Provincial government of Nepal said in a press statement on Saturday.
All the deaths have taken place in the last two weeks as the number of cases is rising rapidly in the Himalayan country.
As the number of cases is rising rapidly, the Nepali government on Saturday decided to extend the lockdown till June 14, and continue to suspend cross-border movement of people and air travels till June 30.
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