Local news translated – April 20, 2021

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Daily Host Nation Update, April 20, 2021

High demand for vaccination appointments

Since Monday, people over 60 in Baden-Württemberg have been eligible for vaccinations. The Ministry of Social Affairs in Stuttgart reported a daily record of more than 50,000 vaccinations last Friday.  On Saturday, there was a peak in vaccinations with Astrazeneca: almost 19,000 people have been vaccinated with this vaccine. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 20)

Rapid test obligation when visiting hairdressers

Anyone wishing to perform hairdressing services must have proof of a daily negative COVID-19 rapid test, vaccination documentation, or proof of confirmed infection as defined in Section 4a of the Corona Ordinance.

Section 4a(1) lists the requirements for such a rapid test. According to this, either trained personnel must take and evaluate the sample or instruct and monitor the test subject and evaluate the result. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 20)

Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – Incidence slightly decreased 

Stuttgart – The seven-day incidence in the southwest has dropped somewhat – from 173.4 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days to 170.5, according to the state health office. On Monday, however, the case numbers are usually lower, partly because there is less testing on the weekend. Compared to Monday a week ago, the figures were almost 27 cases higher.  According to the State Health Office (as of 16.00), 12 (minus 1) of the 44 urban and rural districts had an incidence above the 200 mark and only 5 below the 100 mark. Baden-Württemberg ranks fourth among the German states – only Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia have higher values.  According to the data, 2082 intensive care beds are occupied out of 2410.  Since the end of December, 65,797 cases with evidence of “variants of concern” have been sent to the state health department. These are viruses with mutations that have a higher risk of infection, such as those discovered in Great Britain (B.1.1.7) and South Africa (B1.351). Their proportion in the southwest is now 93 percent. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 20)

Calw County: Stricter Corona Rules

Since the 7-day incidence in Calw County remains well above 100, contact restrictions (one household and only one other person from another household, children under 14 are not counted) are in effect immediately. Exit restrictions apply from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (exceptions for good cause continue to apply). Home Depo stores are closed. Garden centers remain open. Retailers may not offer “Click&Meet; however, “Click&collect” and delivery services are authorized. Body-related services must close, however, medically necessary treatments are still authorized. Hairdressers may remain open, however a negative Corona rapid test is required to visit. Museums and exhibitions, memorials, and zoological and botanical gardens are closed. (BB.heute, April 19)

Böblingen district: Mayors against curfew

Mayors from the Böblingen district appeal in an open letter to reconsider the effectiveness and proportionality of the curfew.

“We interpret the curfew as a kind of “collective punishment” that affects everyone in order to supposedly better monitor the misconduct of individuals – namely those who do not comply with the contact restrictions. This is an open admission by state policy makers that they cannot even come close to monitoring and enforcing the Corona ordinance across the board. Through this collective restriction of basic rights, we will achieve a further decline in the already crumbling acceptance for the measures among the population,” reads the letter, which went to Prime Minister Kretschmann. Susanne Widmaier (mayor in Rutesheim), Daniel Gött (Deckenpfronn), Christian Walter (Weil der Stadt), Ekkehard Fauth (Aidlingen) and Florian Glock (Magstadt) speak out “resolutely against the imposition of the curfew. The population rightly expects effective and proportionate measures and not blind actionism.”   The letter goes on to say, “We know from science that the danger of becoming infected lurks indoors, but only to a limited extent outdoors. A curfew would therefore be counterproductive, as it can be assumed that meetings with several people will now simply take place indoors instead of outdoors. Given these facts and findings, the curfew is disproportionate, unlawful, and it will once again contribute to further damaging the already reduced trust in sensible, relevant policies.” (BB.heute.de, April 19)

Merkel: Vaccination certificate discussion to include variants

In the debate about the rights of vaccinated people and a European vaccination certificate, German Chancellor Angela Merkel points out that mutations must also be taken into account. It is possible that vaccinated people are not safe against new virus variants, she says in a speech to the Council of Europe. (Ntv, April 20)

Survey: Schoolchildren learn only 4.3 hours during lockdown 

According to a survey of parents, schoolchildren in Germany again spent significantly less time than usual learning during the latest lockdown. They spent an average of 4.3 hours a day on school activities, according to the Ifo Institute in Munich, citing a survey of 2,100 parents. That was three hours less than in the normal school day, but 45 minutes more than during the first school closures at the beginning of 2020. (Ntv, April 20)

More than 20 percent of Germans vaccinated for the first time 

In Germany, every fifth person has received a first-time vaccination. This is according to the latest figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). According to the figures, 381,095 vaccinations were administered nationwide on Monday, bringing the total number of doses vaccinated to about 22.38 million. According to RKI monitoring, 16.7 million people in Germany are now vaccinated for the first time, a rate of more than 20.2 percent. The rate after second vaccinations is about 6.7 percent, or more than 5.5 million fully vaccinated people. (Ntv, April 20)


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First display against motorcycle noise goes into operation

Bikers in the Böblingen district are encouraged to ride considerately and quietly. For this reason, the district administration has purchased a location-independent display that uses warnings to alert two-wheelers when they are riding too loudly. The display cost around 15,000 euros, of which the state transport ministry subsidized 4,000 euros.  The first application is in the district of Deufringen at the entrance to the village from the direction of Gechingen. Over 25,000 two-wheelers are registered in the BB district, an increase of eleven percent in five years. Noise displays are a preventative measure and have been proven to help reduce motorcycle noise and make riders more aware of the issue.  In 2016, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport tested motorcycle noise displays as a preventive noise reduction measure on several pilot routes and had them developed to series production readiness. Motorcycle noise displays can be used to encourage motorcyclists to drive in a moderate manner and thus reduce noise pollution by addressing them directly and individually. (BB.heute.de, April 20)

Brutal cruelty to animals in Besigheim

Besigheim – Police are investigating reports of animal torture in Besigheim. A total of 19 chickens, a rooster, a sheep and a lamb were killed and dumped into the river Enz near the bridge to Kronenstraße.

The background of the crime is still completely in the dark. Anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area of the Enz and the bridge to Kronenstraße on Friday night or Sunday night or who can provide information on the identity of the unknown person or persons involved are asked to call the Ludwigsburg police department’s trade and environment department on 07142 /405-0. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 20)