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Daily Host Nation Update, April 16, 2021
Counties in Stuttgart region approach 200 mark
Stuttgart – The 7-day incidence in Baden-Württemberg is currently back at the level of the end of December. In the Stuttgart region, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the counties continues to rise. Göppingen has now already exceeded the 200 mark for several days in a row. Stuttgart is also on the verge of cracking this value: On Thursday, the 7-day incidence in the district reached a value of 197.7. In the districts of Ludwigsburg and Esslingen, as well as in the Rems-Murr district, the 7-day incidences are currently at about 180 each and are thus also moving towards the 200 mark. Meanwhile, vaccination in Baden-Württemberg is not progressing as quickly as many would like. In order to increase the pace of vaccination in the southwest, Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Social Affairs, Manfred Lucha, has invited associations, politicians and experts to a vaccination summit this Friday. According to the minister, the next steps of the vaccination campaign in the state will be planned there. Because vaccination is the most important step in the long term to be able to return to a normal everyday life. In Baden-Württemberg, the 7-day incidence is currently above the politically relevant mark of 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in 39 of 44 counties. If the value is exceeded three days in a row, the so-called “emergency brake” with significantly tightened restrictions takes effect. Eight counties are currently above the 200 mark, and two of them have even exceeded 300. The Ministry of Social Affairs wants night-time restrictions to be imposed as soon as the 7-day incidence exceeds 150. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 16)
Corona situation in the District of Böblingen – Starting Saturday night, BB will also have a night curfew
Böblingen district – Starting Saturday evening, a curfew is in effect in the district. Between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., people will no longer be authorized on the streets without a valid reason. According to the state’s Corona ordinance, counties that remain well above an incidence level of 100 despite emergency brakes must also consider nighttime curfews, according to a press release from the district office. Last Sunday, the district’s incidence was above 100 on three consecutive days. For a long time, the district had held out with relatively good numbers, but the infection figures had continued to rise in recent days. Now, the night time curfew also applies to Böblingen, as the last district in the Stuttgart region. Meanwhile, there is some criticism coming from the Leonberg city hall. Mayor Martin Georg Cohn rejects the encroachment on the fundamental rights of citizens. “The city of Leonberg is well aware of the precarious situation of the development of the pandemic with regard to the infection incident, however, the associated decisions and measures are to be judged in the light of action under the rule of law and must always withstand judicial review. A sufficient justification of the measures is not present. In addition, the district of Böblingen would have to prove that, as claimed, it is actually a diffuse infection in the region. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 16)
City of Stuttgart enacts mask requirement in the city center due to announced Corona demonstrations
Stuttgart – The city of Stuttgart has ordered for Saturday, April 17, in the entire city center to wear mouth-nose coverings. This obligation applies to the so-called City-Ring as well as the Mittlerer and Unterer Schlossgarten, the Wilhelmsplatz in Mitte and the Marienplatz. On this day, medical mouth-nose protection that meets the requirements of FFP2, KN95, N95 or a comparable standard is mandatory in this area between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., according to a statement. This includes surgical masks. The decree was established due to the backdrop of the Corona demonstrations registered for Saturday. Although the Administrative Court upheld the ban on two of these protest rallies by the city on Thursday. Nevertheless, it is anticipated that people will come to Stuttgart despite the ban. As is known, among the objects of these protests is also the wearing of masks against the corona virus. From the point of view of the police and regulatory authority, it was therefore necessary for infectiological reasons to issue the mask requirement for that day, the spokesman said. He added that the city uniquely decreed this mask requirement due to the rising seven-day incidence, which reached the level of 179.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on Wednesday. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 15)