Friday, October 9, 2020, 17:26 Cologne is prepared for increasing numbers of infections The current situation
: As of today, Friday, October 9th, 2020, there have been a total of 5726 (previous day 5,592) confirmed corona virus cases in the area of the city of Cologne. The incidence figure in Cologne is currently 49.8. 84 people are currently in inpatient quarantine in the hospital, 28 of them in the intensive care unit. Another deceased person who tested positive for the corona virus was reported to the health department. It is a 62-year-old from Cologne. So far, 126 Cologne citizens who tested positive for Covid-19 have died. 684 Cologne residents are currently infected with the corona virus. Decisions of the crisis team
In the event of a 7-day incidence of over 50, the city of Cologne has agreed with the regional health center and the district government on the following additional measures, which will come into force on Saturday, October 10, 2020:
- Only five people allowed to meet or gather in public spaces, rather than the previous ten.
- After 10 p.m. there is a ban on alcohol consumption in public spaces
- On weekends (Friday 8 p.m. to Monday 6 a.m.) there is also a ban on selling alcohol at HotSpots
- It is compulsory to wear a face-to-face mask in public spaces, where many people meet and the distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained. Everyone who walks in the city, i.e. in pedestrian zones and shopping streets, has to wear a mask.
- There is a new square meter rule in retail: it will be increased to ten square meters per customer.
- Private celebrations outside your own apartment are limited to a maximum of 25 people.
- We strongly advise against private celebrations in your own apartment. Dinner with a few friends is possible, but no parties. Ten people make sense here as the maximum number.
Oberbürgermeisterin Henriette Reker: “For the time being, we are foregoing a curfew, so restaurateurs and guests have a special responsibility. Just because a few violate the rules doesn't mean we want to punish everyone else. But should we find that this responsibility is not being met, a curfew is another measure we will take. I appeal to the common sense of all Cologne residents not to hold or participate in large celebrations so as not to endanger the normality that has been regained in some areas. Eating or getting together in small groups in restaurants and pubs should be possible. We should now refrain from parties and company celebrations. To keep it possible, we have to stick to the rules. We won't be able to stop the virus completely at the moment, but we can control it. " Number of Covid-19 tests
From February 25 to October 8, 2020, 343,661 Covid-19 tests were carried out in Cologne, 5,841 with positive results (1.67 percent). Events this weekend
Attendance at events this weekend has to be reduced because the 7-day incidence number is exceeded from 35. Events with fewer than 1,000 people attending have to be approved by the health department. (Implied is that events with more than 1000 people attending will not take place). Cases of infection in schools and daycare centers
There are currently 70 infected students at 48 schools and 14 infected employees at twelve schools. Furthermore, there are three infected children in two daycare centers and seven infected employees in six daycare centers. A total of 920 contact persons are currently under quarantine. In Cologne there are a total of 297 schools with 152,049 pupils, 685 daycare centers with 41,986 daycare children and 918 day care workers or large day care centers who care for 3,397 children. Cases of infection in care homes
There are currently 18 positive residents in 22 facilities. There are also 19 infected employees. Download the Corona Warning App now
Information on the Corona Warning app is available for download at https://www.coronawarn.app/de/
Oberbürgermeisterin Henriette Reker: "The Corona Warning App creates a good opportunity to interrupt chains of infection even faster. And that is exactly what it is all about if we want to prevent the virus from spreading. The Corona warning app is a valuable companion here and I hope that many Cologne residents will download and use it. It depends on every single user. We are all entering a time of responsible vigilance and we continue to bear great responsibility, not for ourselves, but also for others! " New corona protection regulation: obligation to register for events
Regardless of the incidence, registration for private parties has been mandatory since October 1st. Private celebrations for outstanding occasions (e.g. wedding celebrations) outside of your own private area must - if at least 50 participants are expected - be notified to the city at least three working days in advance. In addition, a person responsible for the celebration must be named. A guest list must be kept for the event and updated during the event. It is important in this context that the city does not carry out an approval process, but only the registration takes place. For parties at the beginning of October, the protection of trust applies to the registration period. However, the organizers are requested to register the events as soon as possible. Registrations for celebrations and events
Private celebrations can now be registered using the online form. This is available here
Notices of a private party and related queries can also be directed to: [email protected]
Inquiries and concepts (§ 2b Corona Protection Ordinance) for all other events to: [email protected]
Further information at: https://www.stadt-koeln.de/leben-in-koeln/gesundheit/infektionsschutz/corona-virus/corona-anmeldung-von-veranstaltungen Corona Test available at the airport also for returnees from non-risk areas
For those returning from non-risk areas, there has been no free test option since the new Corona test regulation came into force. However, you can have yourself tested for a fee: in the practices of the resident doctors, with a referral from the family doctor directly in the laboratories, in the infection protection center of the university clinic and in the infection protection centers operated by the city of Cologne at Cologne / Bonn Airport and at the main train station.
An obligation to quarantine and to test applies to persons entering the country who have been in a risk area designated by the Robert Koch Institute at any time in the last 14 days prior to arrival: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html
You are entitled to a free test and can have it taken within ten days of entering the country: in the practices of the resident doctors, with a referral from the family doctor directly in the laboratories and in the infection control centers of the university clinic, at Cologne / Bonn Airport, at the main train station and in the health department at Neumarkt.
The quarantine and test requirements also apply to children. The health department recommends a pediatrician test for babies. Returnees can also be tested abroad before they return to Germany, at most 48 hours before arrival in Germany. Only if the test result is negative may the quarantine at home, which is prescribed for a period of 14 days, be ended prematurely. In addition, the test station at the airport was opened to employees in the following critical infrastructure sectors:
- RheinEnergie AG: power plants, cross-network control room, operational hazard reporting point, fault clearance services, drinking water supply, district heating and gas supply
- Cologne transport company: traffic control room, tram / bus service
- NetCologne: Operational units for interference suppression (Internet and telecommunications)
- Cologne ports and freight traffic: signal boxes, drivers and shunting personnel
- Inpatient youth welfare
A certificate from the employer must be presented as access authorization.
The urban test center at Cologne / Bonn Airport is open every day around the clock, the urban test center at the main train station daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the infection control center at the university clinic Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (appointment required) and the infection protection center in the health department at Neumarkt from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The access authorizations have been extended for the infection protection center in the health department.
In addition to employees of the critical infrastructures, access is possible for:
- Employees from nursing homes, outpatient care services and facilities for the disabled - People with a red warning display from the Corona warning app
- Educators / teachers (every 2 weeks)
- People with referral from general practitioners
More information is available at www.corona.koeln
in German under the keyword “Corona-Virus - Ein- und Rückreise aus dem Ausland”. The health department recommends regular ventilation with the window wide open
In view of the cooler weather, social life will increasingly move indoors again in the coming weeks. The health department recommends ventilating indoor rooms regularly for at least 15 minutes through wide-open windows in order to remove potentially virus-containing aerosols from indoor rooms. All important information and the latest figures are available on the Internet
The City of Cologne has compiled the most important information about the corona virus at www.corona.koeln
and links to other information pages. Current figures on index cases, deceased and released from quarantine as well as patients in hospital are published there daily, including on weekends. The city of Cologne's citizen hotline answers general questions about the Corona virus under the service number 0221 / 221-33500. It is available Monday to Friday from 07:00. to 18:00.
Corona Protection Ordinance of October 1, 2020
Current information on the Corona Protection Ordinance of October 1, 2020 is available on the website of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia at https://www.mags.nrw/coronavirus Note to the editors:
From now on we will publish the current incidence number, the confirmed Cologne cases and the number of patients in inpatient treatment on the website of the City of Cologne.
City of Cologne - Office for Press and Public Relations
So my dad's been running on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS for the last couple of years, after I got fed up supporting Windows for his computer. At the time, it was like an experiment, can he survive on Ubuntu, and how long can it go before we run into some serious issues. He was using Windows all his life prior to that, but for the most part I was living with him so getting support was really easy ("what do you mean you don't know how to do it? just look at the damn screen and click the damn button" :)
But, after I moved out supporting Windows was no fun. So few years ago I built him a new machine and decided to just put Ubuntu on it. Everything went really well so far. No virus or any type of break-in. The only thing worth pointing out was when /boot ran out of space (due to old kernel versions after update?), and I had to google the command to remove those old versions. But after I become aware of the issue, it didn't occur again since I do the cleanup from time to time. (I told him to decline any and all updates, and I'll do it when I am over every now and then, worked great so far).
Fast forward to 2020, he calls me about an issue, and I realize after some troubleshooting that Chrome isn't updating. Probably because 16.04 is no longer supported I assume? also for a while now ubuntu itself isn't updating. "sudo apt-get update" is returning a bunch of errors about EOL.
While there might be a workaround for the Chome update issue, I just don't have a lot of time to work on this right now. So I think time is ripe for updating his LTS from 16.04 to something newer, if the process is straightforward. Going to visit him this weekend so hopefully can get this one.
BUT, and that's a big BUT, I don't actually run Ubuntu at home. :) So I don't have first hand experience of how the OS upgrade looks like. (yes, I can put it in a VM and go through the upgrade myself to see what it's like, but, that requires too much effort. Asking here is easier. :)
- Is it just a matter of running a command, and everything should go smoothly?
- Are there anything I should watch out for? (things to do before upgrade, etc).
- Can I upgrade directly to the latest LTS (20.04), or do I need to update them one at at time?
- Is 20.04 stable enough? Or am I better off with to go with the latest 18.04?
- 16.04 is still using the old UI, which my dad has gotten use to. is the new UI similar, or does it require some training and re-learning?
He pretty much only uses Browser and Office (like word/excel). He does have a printer and scanner attached and those are working. (and I probably forgot how I set it up a few years ago. But it is still working today). Can I expect those to continue to work after the upgrade? or would it require some tweaking? (HP 1200 laser printer attached to a network print server device, and USB Epson scanner).