Local news translated – April 23, 2021

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Daily Host Nation Update, April 23, 2021

Further increase in BW corona incidence

Stuttgart – The so-called seven-day incidence of new corona infections in Baden-Württemberg has continued to rise. Over the past seven days, authorities registered an average of 184.4 infections per 100,000 inhabitants as of Thursday (4 p.m.), according to the state health office. On Wednesday, the value was still at 182.9.  Only four of the 44 urban and rural districts are still below the 100 incidence. The number of confirmed cases rose by 3,795 to 421,299, and 14 more people died from or in connection with infection with the coronavirus. This brought the total number of deaths to 9,160. 366,756 people are considered recovered (up 2,790).  According to the RKI vaccination rate monitoring, around 2.3 million people in Baden-Württemberg (20.6 percent of the population) have at least one initial vaccination. Fully vaccinated are at 749,362 people (6.8 percent). (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 23)


New Corona Infection Protection Act – what applies in Baden-Württemberg

Stuttgart – While Hesse’s Minister President Volker Bouffier described the new Infection Protection Act in the Bundesrat as “constitutionally problematic” because of the rigid exit restrictions. The state’s adjusted Corona ordinance is expected to be passed as early as Friday, and go into effect at 0100 on Saturday. From a 7-day incidence of 100, uniform federal rules take effect in counties and cities. If incidence levels are above 100 for three days in a row, there will then be a curfew between 10 p.m. and five a.m., with the usual exceptions such as emergencies, professional work, nursing visits or walking the dog.  This eases Baden-Württemberg’s curfew, which begins at 9 p.m. And, there is one important exception: walkers and joggers are still allowed to walk alone until midnight.  Above the 100-day incidence, private meetings are limited to members of a household and a maximum of one more person. Children under the age of 14 are excluded – that is, up to 13.   Gastronomy, museums, recreational facilities, cinemas and theaters also remain closed above the 100 incidence. Food delivery remains permitted, including take-out sales. Grocery stores, direct marketers, beverage stores, health food stores, drug stores, pharmacies, opticians, bookstores, florists, pet supply stores and garden markets will remain open. If the incidence exceeds 100 for five days in a row, overnight tourist stays may be prohibited, and the provision of body-related services and sports may be restricted.  Employees must work in a home office when possible. However, the exceptions are generous, as this obligation does not apply in the case of confined space, interference by third parties or “insufficient technical equipment”. New: Employers must provide information to a public authority if it requests a reason why home office is not possible.

Even above the 100-strong incidence, funeral services are to be permitted in future with up to 30 people instead of 15 as before. It is also clarified that professional meetings, participation in strikes, official appointments, voluntary work or the exercise of political mandates are not private gatherings, i.e. are not subject to their contact rules. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 22)


Model project with mass tests – Daycare centers are largely corona-free

Böblingen district – Daycare centers seem to be largely free of corona. This is shown by the results of the model project that the district office has conducted since April 8 at from a total of 26 daycare centers in the district. Each municipality was able to name a daycare center, which was then provided with sufficient test kits to test both the teachers and the children prior to their visit to the daycare center. The first results of this large-scale sample are now available.  By April 20, a total of 3992 children had been tested, of whom 410 were under the age of three and 3582 over. Of these, only three children were positive, but no daycare centers had to be closed as a result. In one positive case, only individual kindergarten teachers had to be quarantined. The other two positive cases are currently still being clarified with the health authorities. During the test period, the number of children present was 7255, which corresponds to a test rate of 63.17 percent; accordingly, one third were not tested at all. Those who put the stick in their nose had to do so twice a week. However, If the incidence rate in the Böblingen district remains as high as it is at present (Thursday: 176.9), stricter bans are to be expected after the so-called federal emergency brake comes into force. From an incidence of 165, there should then only be emergency care in schools and daycare centers. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, April 23)


Maichingen: Corona rapid test station at the community center or “Buergerhaus”

On Friday, April 23, a new rapid test station opens at “Bürgerhaus Maichingen” – in addition to the rapid test center at Breuningerland and the test station in the city center at the town hall, it is already the third station in Sindelfingen. Testing will initially take place on Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.   Like the rapid test station in front of Sindelfingen’s town hall, the new station in Maichingen is also connected to the rapid test center at Breuningerland and thus to the five large rapid test centers in the district. Testing will initially take place on Fridays, between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and on Wednesdays, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.   Test dates can be booked online. The booking system can be reached at www.coronaschnelltest-sindelfingen.de. It is also possible to book appointments via the city of Sindelfingen’s Corona hotline, which is staffed between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It can be reached at 07031/94-611 or -621.  (BB.heute.de, April 23)


Police detects more than 1000 speeding violations

Böblingen district – Ludwigsburg police headquarters took part in the Europe-wide “Speedmarathon” campaign on Wednesday. This 24-hour action traditionally takes place during the ROADPOL- control week speed in April, which is carried out this year from April 19 to 25. During the speed control day, police and local authorities simultaneously monitor compliance with road traffic speed limits in many European countries.  On Wednesday, 160 police officers set up 34 checkpoints in the districts of Böblingen and Ludwigsburg, as well as on highway sections within the jurisdiction of the Ludwigsburg police headquarters. According to a police press release, they checked 8510 vehicles and detected 1088 speeding violations. 638 drivers got away with a warning fine. 450 were clearly too fast and must count on a report. In addition, 27 of them will be banned from driving. (BB.heute.de, April 23)


Weather forecast in the Stuttgart region

On Friday, the sun will shine abundantly, the highs can reach up to 16 degrees, says the meteorologist. Saturday night is expected to be starry, with lows just above 0 degrees. Sunshine will continue on Saturday, with some veil clouds providing some shade in the afternoon. It should be even warmer than the previous day, the thermometer may rise to 18 degrees.  Sunday will again be bright to sunny, the meteorologist predicts again veil cloud fields and highs up to 18 degrees. During the day, fresh gusts will blow from the northeast on Sunday. As beautiful as the day is, temperatures will drop significantly at night. All nights should be frosty.   The next week is still somewhat uncertain to assess in terms of weather for Baden-Württemberg, but for the meteorologist there are a few indications that from Tuesday and Wednesday the weather will change slightly and showers and somewhat cooler temperatures are to be expected. But until then, a sunny weekend is in store. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Apr 23)