Local news translated – Thursday, Apr 29, 2021

Germany is currently under strict lockdown restrictions, which include curfews.
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Daily Host Nation Update, Apr 29, 2021

Mutation from India detected in Baden-Württemberg
The Indian corona variant B.1.617 was detected in two travelers returning from India. “Both infected persons were isolated.. Close contacts are in quarantine. No subsequent cases have been reported so far. In addition, there had been five further detections of the mutant in the laboratory. The health authorities and the state health office are investigating this, it said. So far, it has not been scientifically proven whether the variant is particularly contagious. However, a violent wave of infection is raging in India. Therefore, “great caution” is required, the ministry explained. (SWR, April 28)

No tightening of the “federal emergency brake”
In view of the slight reduction in new infections, there will be no tightening of the “federal emergency brake” in Baden-Württemberg for the time being, government spokesman Rudi Hoogvliet told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur. However, he said, the state government remains “in a guarded position” and continues to monitor developments “closely from day to day.” Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) had announced that he would possibly tighten the exit restrictions in the event of a further increase.

Seven-day incidence drops for second day in a row
Stuttgart – The number of new Corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a week has fallen slightly in the southwest for the second day in a row. The so-called seven-day incidence was on Wednesday (as of 16.00 clock) at 188.8 (Tuesday: 191.9), as the state health office in Stuttgart announced. At the weekend, it had still looked as if the statewide value would soon exceed the threshold of 200 new infections in a week. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 28)

Corona outbreak in Stuttgart nursing home – after residents were vaccinated
In a nursing home in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, there are several corona cases, although the affected residents are all vaccinated against the virus. In a notification to relatives, the facility speaks of “an outbreak event” in one of the living areas.

The infections were detected after a test mobile checked the entire living area using PCR tests at the end of last week. Shortly before, there had already been positive rapid tests in the house.  The affected house, the Filderhof, is operated by the city of Stuttgart. So far, three people have been tested positive, says the health department. All three had been vaccinated. They showed only weak symptoms of the disease. How they could have been infected is currently unclear, as strict hygiene measures apply in the house. Most likely “the infection occurred via a person from the staff”.  The affected are now isolated and visits in the living area are severely restricted. This Wednesday, the Corona mobile is to drive up again for further tests, “in order to find follow-up cases if necessary,” says the city.  Apparently, even after the vaccination campaigns at the beginning of the year, there are still infections in nursing homes. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 28)

“Booster” vaccinations probably necessary as early as fall
Berlin virologist Christian Drosten assumes that the first booster vaccinations will be necessary in risk groups as early as fall/winter 2021. In an interview with ntv, medical journalist Christoph Specht explains the background. “As we get older, the immune system ages with us,” he says. “An older immune system cannot hold an immune response as long. We know this from the flu vaccine. It lasts a few months in older people – and it could be similar with the Corona vaccine.” High-risk groups in particular were already vaccinated last winter, he said. It is therefore likely that the vaccination protection has already weakened again. Then a “booster” vaccination is needed.

Non Corona News

Night Curfew slows down car posers
Late hours on the Boeblingen Airfield are more restful than they have been for a long time. There, lovers of fast cars had conquered the streets little by little, especially on weekends. At the police station, the phone was ringing off the hook with noise complaints of the local residents. That seems to be over for the time being. At least as long as the curfew remains in force. Residents and police officers were especially excited about the past weekend with the first Friday and Saturday night, when people were not authorized to be on the streets late at night. (BB.heute, April 29)

Significant increase in the number of Muslims
More than five million Muslims live in Germany – almost one million more than five years ago. Their origins and religiosity have become much more diverse, as a study shows. The number of Muslims with a migration background in Germany has increased by around 900,000 in the past six years. According to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), it is thus currently between 5.3 and 5.6 million. This corresponds to a population share of between 6.4 and 6.7 percent.

According to the current study, people with a migration background from Muslim-majority countries of origin are significantly more religious than people without a migration background. Their share is reported at 82 percent. More than two-thirds of them observe special dietary rules, and just under 40 percent pray daily. According to Anja Stiels, a sociologist at the BAMF, there are hardly any differences across generations or ages. “However, women tend to be more devout than men.”

More than 4,500 interviews with people from Muslim-majority countries of origin were conducted for the study. This makes it the largest nationally representative study of Muslim life in Germany.(ARD, April 28)