Local news translated – Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Germany is currently under strict lockdown restrictions, which include curfews.
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Daily Host Nation Update, April 27, 2021

Host Nation Update, April 27 2021


Lufthansa continues to fly to and from India 

Lufthansa is maintaining its flight connections to India for the time being despite the dramatic corona situation on the subcontinent. “With our flight offer, we also maintain, among other things, a low minimum connectivity and thus give German citizens in particular the security of being able to perform socially or economically important tasks or to get home,” explained a company spokesman in Frankfurt. In addition, the cargo capacities would be used for necessary transports. Lufthansa says it currently flies ten connections a week between Frankfurt and India. (Ntv, April 27)


Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – Seven-day incidence in southwest nears 200 mark

Stuttgart – The number of new Corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a week could soon exceed 200 in the southwest. The so-called seven-day incidence was on Monday (as of 16:00) at 197.4, as the State Health Office in Stuttgart announced on Monday. On Sunday, the value had been at 196.3. Compared to the previous day, the authority recorded 1,800 new corona infections and 30 new deaths related to the coronavirus.  This increased the number of proven cases to 431,492. The number of deaths is now 9,256. In four counties, the seven-day incidence is currently below the value of 100. In 32 of the 44 urban and rural districts in Baden-Württemberg, however, the value exceeds the threshold of 165, above which, for example, schools and daycare centers must close.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 26)


Vaccinated people in Bavaria no longer need a negative test 

Fully vaccinated people in Bavaria will be treated the same as those tested negative for Corona as of Wednesday. This was decided by the cabinet in Munich. The Free State is thus implementing this point earlier than the federal government. In practice, it means that people with full vaccination protection will not have to show a negative Corona test when visiting a hairdresser. However, privileges such as access to currently closed facilities, such as swimming pools, are not provided. Those who have been vaccinated twice and “have almost zero risk must be restored to their core fundamental rights,” says Minister President Markus Söder. (Ntv, April 27)


Number of Covid intensive care patients drops slightly 

The number of Covid-19 patients receiving intensive care treatment has dropped slightly. According to the current status of the DIVI intensive care registry, 5,063 infected patients are currently receiving intensive care treatment – 59 fewer than the previous day. 2,873 patients require invasive ventilation. This is also a decrease of 32 patients compared to the previous day. However, occupancy is on the rise. According to the registry, there are currently 3,761 intensive care beds still available in German hospitals, an impressive 274 beds fewer than on the previous day. This means that the percentage of vacant beds in relation to total capacity has fallen by one percent within just one day – to 14.1 percent. (Ntv, April 27)


Federal emergency brake in Stuttgart and region – However, Wilhelma and Blühendes Barock reopen

Stuttgart – On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, the time has come: Wilhelma, the Blühende Barock of the State Parks and Gardens in Ludwigsburg will be allowed to welcome visitors again, just in time for the trees to blossom. As in the previous opening phases during Corona, only the outdoor areas are accessible. For this reason, Wilhelma only charges the discounted winter rate: 15 euros for adults, 5.50 euros for children; under-six-year-olds have free admission. Tickets must be purchased online and are then valid for access within a specified time period. The ticket offices will remain closed until further notice.

A maximum of 4,000 visitors per day are authorized, and they must wear surgical or FFP2 masks throughout the site. For children aged six to 14, an everyday mask will suffice. A new requirement is that guests over the age of six must present a negative rapid test that is no more than 24 hours old. “The more cautious we are, the more optimistic the prognosis is that this time the opening will be of longer duration,” says Director Thomas Kölpin. Only rapid tests from official sources are accepted, not self-tests. An ID card, passport or driver’s license must be presented for matching. Access is through the main entrance only; side entrances are closed.  For the time being, catering at Wilhelma is only permitted as street vending. This applies to the catering establishments as well as to the zoo store.  

Ludwigsburg’s Blühende Barock. Not only the garden show, but also the fairy tale garden will reopen on Wednesday. “However, the passage here is only possible in one-way traffic. A visit is possible from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. In total, only up to 4,000 people are authorized on the grounds at any one time. Anyone who wants to visit the park must be able to show a current rapid test – regardless of whether they want to buy a day ticket or have an annual pass. That’s why only three entrances will be open: at Schlosshof, Schorndorferstrasse and Mömpelgardstrasse. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 27)


Non Corona local News


Stolen mopeds and e-scooters

Officials report that in the period between Friday, April 23, and Monday, April 26, an unknown person stole two mopeds parked in front of an apartment building in Wallensteinstraße. The vehicles are Peugeot and Malaguti mopeds with the insurance plates 681UND and 636UND and a total value of about 500 euros.

Also unknown perpetrators got in the period between Sunday, 7 p.m., and Monday, 7 p.m., in an as yet unknown manner into the basement of an apartment building in Balthasar-Neumann-Strasse and stole there an e-scooter of the brand Ninebot Electric Scooter Pro 2 with the license plate 473 DHA worth about 500 euros. Police are looking for witnesses in both cases, who are asked to call 0711/8990-3700. (Stuttgarter Zeitung, April 27)


Pink Moon over Stuttgart

Stuttgart – Early risers became witnesses of a sky phenomenon on Tuesday morning. Around 5:30 a.m., the so-called supermoon was in the sky over Stuttgart. On social networks, many proudly posted their moon photos.

While the moon makes its rounds on the elliptical orbit, it is sometimes closer to the Earth and sometimes further away. The full moons that are close to Earth are called supermoons. According to astronomers, this phenomenon occurs again and again.

On average, the moon is 384,400 kilometers away from Earth – but last night it was only 357,378 kilometers away. The fact that the supermoon appears brighter to the observer than an ordinary full moon is, according to experts, mainly due to the fact that the moon’s surface appears larger due to its proximity and thus also throws more light onto the Earth.(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 27)