Local news translated, June 25

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WHO Europe warns of rising corona levels

After months of declining infection rates in Europe, coronavirus is back on the rise on the continent, according to the World Health Organization’s regional office. Thirty countries in the European region have reported rising case numbers again over the past two weeks, said WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge at his weekly online press conference in Copenhagen. These are the first increases in weekly new infections in Europe in months. However, countries such as Germany, Spain, Poland and Israel have reacted quickly to the dangerous outbreaks, which are linked to schools, coal mines, and food producers, Kluge said. (Bote.de, June 25)  

Germany to pay WHO more

Germany and France have assured the World Health Organization of their support in the fight against the coronavirus. The German government will increase its financial contribution to more than half a billion euros this year, said Health Minister Jens Spahn at a meeting with his French colleague Olivier Veran and WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva. This includes the supply of medical equipment, such as protective masks and respirators, to be distributed to countries in need. This was the highest annual amount that Germany had ever paid to the WHO and a clear signal of support. Veran expressed similar sentiments. U.S. President Donald Trump terminated relations with the WHO and accused it of being too much under the influence of China. (NTV, June 25)

Virus from turkey slaughterhouse leaks over, two students infected

The corona outbreak in a poultry slaughterhouse in Wildeshausen in the district of Oldenburg is spreading to the region. In Cloppenburg, two pupils whose father works in the affected farm fell ill. A spokesman for the Cloppenburg district confirmed a report in the “Nordwestzeitung” newspaper. As of Wednesday evening, 35 infections had been detected in the staff of the turkey slaughterhouse of the Wiesenhof Group; 31 of the infected were contracted workers. Tests for the more than 1,100 employees continued. The results are expected today or on Friday. (Nordwestzeitung, June 24)

Lauterbach: “People behave incautiously”

Health expert Karl Lauterbach considers a further Germany-wide lockdown to be ruled out despite rising numbers of new corona infections. “A nationwide lockdown, as we had it, will not happen again. Such measures cannot be repeated. But there will be restrictions then,” he said. “The probability of a second wave is increasing. People are currently behaving increasingly carelessly. When you walk through big cities in the evening, you get the impression that younger people especially behave as if corona had never existed.” (NTV, June 25)

Germany is on thin ice in respect to the pandemic

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier warns against reckless behavior in view of the dangers posed by the coronavirus. “The corona pandemic is not yet over,” he said at an event at Bellevue Palace for security reasons. “The development in the hotspots shows that we are still on very, very thin ice.” (Boerseonline, June 25)

Migrants sue against corona deportation regulation

Thousands of migrants are suing against a German special deportation regulation in the corona crisis. This is the result of an information from the Federal Ministry of the Interior to a parliamentary group in the Bundestag available to the German Press Agency. According to the Dublin rules, normally the country on whose soil protection seekers first entered the European Union is responsible for asylum applications. Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are also part of the system. If these people move on to other European countries such as Germany, they can usually send them back there within six months, after which they themselves become responsible for their asylum application. (T-online, June 25)

Pompeo negotiates with EU over entry ban for US citizens

According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the US is discussing ways to reopen the borders safely for travelers with some European and other countries. “We are working to find the right way to do this, the right timing for it, the right tactics,” the American chief diplomat said at a press conference. He is confident that a solution will be found in the coming weeks. “Under no circumstances do we want to cause problems elsewhere.” Earlier, it had been leaked that the EU is aiming to reopen its borders to non-Europeans as of July, but only if it can control the pandemic. This could mean exclusion for Americans. (NTV, June 25)

People shop more in the city center again

Despite corona and mandatory masks, customers are gradually returning to the city centers. This is shown by frequency measurements in pedestrian zones, but also by surveys among retailers. “Things are slowly starting to pick up again,” said Rolf Pangels, general manager of the German Textile Trade Association. This assessment is supported by figures from Hystreet, a company specializing in measuring customer frequencies in city centers. “There are now a number of cities in which visitor frequencies in the shopping streets have returned to or almost reached pre-crisis levels,” reported Hystreet managing director Julian Aengenvoort. This applies to shopping streets in Aachen and Dresden, for example. Flensburg or Kiel. (NTV, June 25)

Non-corona news

Police officer allegedly made racist remarks during riots in Stuttgart

After the riots in Stuttgart on Sunday night, an audio file currently circulating on the internet said to contain a policeman’s racist remarks about the events is causing a stir. The public prosecutor’s office has taken up the matter. The man describes the situation in Swabian dialect: “Colleagues were thrown massive stones, bottles.” Voices can be heard in the background. “These are riots like in America,” says the man. “This is war. We are really at war tonight …there’s something coming.” But the man is threatened with repercussions because of another statement. When he tells whom the officers would face that night, he says: “Only Kanaks.”

According to the “Stuttgarter Zeitung,” the public prosecutor’s office has taken up the matter. The Stuttgart police department for official offenses is checking the relevance of the recording in terms of criminal or service law. “There is no reason to assume that it is not genuine,” said a police spokesperson quoted. The voice of the officer has been identified, the paper writes. Now it was to be clarified whether the police committed any misconduct. How the recording was able to find its way into the internet is also the subject of investigation. (Focus, June 25)

13-year-old robbed by trio

A 13-year-old boy was the victim of a robbery in Waldenbuch on Wednesday around 4 p.m. The youth was on a sidewalk in front of a furniture store on Bahnhofstraße where he was approached by three men who allegedly demanded money; they pushed him and tore his wallet out of his hand, stealing ten euros. Afterwards, the perpetrators ran away in the direction of the “Glashütte” district. The three suspects are described as follows:

  • Suspect 1: 20 to 23 years old, 180 centimeters tall, slim, curly black hair, black sweater, black t-shirt, gray sweatpants, black and white Nike shoes, tattoo on neck, silver chain around neck.
  • Suspect 2: 20 to 23 years old, 170 centimeters tall, solidly built, black hair, full beard, prominent eyebrows that are almost on each other, black sweater, jeans, black shoes, white possibly baseball cap from Nike.
  • Suspect 3: 20 to 23 years old, 175 cm tall, blond hair, red Nike t-shirt, black jeans, flip-flop.

The criminal investigation department of the Ludwigsburg police headquarters is investigating this case and asks witnesses who can provide information about the three suspects to call 07031 13-00. (BB24, June 25)

Degerloch homes tagged with graffiti

Taggers recently marked several houses on Rubensstraße in Stuttgart-Degerloch. Some graffiti are real works of art in contrast to the unimaginative scribblings in Degerloch. (Stuttgarter NAchrichten, June 25)