Local news translated, August 17

Daily Host Nation Stories – August 17, 2020

Long waiting lines for Corona tests at the Stuttgart Airport

Travelers returning from Spain had to stand in a long line at the Corona Testing Center at the Stuttgart Airport this weekend. At times for up to an hour, a spokesperson for the airport said. On Sunday 13 planes arrived from Spain – eleven of those from Mallorca. While there were usually about 1,000 people a day who test at the airport, this weekend saw 2,000 each on Saturday and Sunday. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, August 17)

The holiday island of Mallorca (Spain) declared as Corona risk area

Last year more than 4.5 million Germans traveled to the Balearic Islands. This year, at the peak of the holiday season, there have only been 30,000 Germans tourists, and with the site now declared as a corona risk area, a wave of them are returning home early. There is some frustration with the German authorities’ decision to declare Mallorca a risk area, as many point out that there are less people vacationing there than currently at the North Sea or the Baltic Sea. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, August 16)

Non-Corona related news:

The US will send 1,000 soldiers to Poland

The USA and Poland have strengthened their military cooperation with the signature of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the agreement sealing the expansion of a U.S. troop contingent in the NATO country. At present there are 4,500 U.S. soldiers stationed in Poland. However, there is no permanent military base. The national conservative PiS government in Warsaw has long wanted to have more U.S. troops in its country as a deterrent to Russia. Last month the US announced it was considering withdrawing about 12,000 of the 36,000 soldiers from Germany. Although more than half of those are expected to return to the USA, 5,600 are to be transferred within Europe. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, August 17)

On the hunt for the “Tiger mosquito”

Last year, individual specimens of the mosquito with the striking black-and-white patterned legs were discovered at the Möhringen cemetery (located at 70567 Stuttgart, Schneewittchen Weg 31). Eleven traps were therefore set up at the cemetery and the surrounding area this year. Tessa Orgassa and Christiane Wagner-Wiening, a specialist virologist and epidemiologist at the Competence Center for Health Protection at the State Health Office, are checking every two weeks during the mosquito season between July and September. So far they have found none.

Originally, the tiger mosquito comes from tropical regions. Due to global trade, it has found its way to Europe, which now offers the best living conditions due to climate change. However, in contrast to the Freiburg region where mosquito populations were detected, no large accumulation of the tiger mosquito has so far been discovered in Stuttgart. The Tiger Mosquito is active during the day, and can transmit diseases like “Dengue Fever” or “Chikungunya”. Currently, the State Health department has been notified of a severe infestation in a residential area in Korntal-Münchingen (Leonberg area. Everyone can contribute to the fight. Tiger mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs in small water areas such as rain barrels or bird watering places at local gardens. The expert advises to empty and clean these containers frequently. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, August 17)

Filderstadt offers free fruit to those who want to collect it

The city of Filderstadt, within the district of Esslingen, has for a long time been a pioneer in the campaign against food waste. A fairly new initiative which involves its fruit orchards is proving popular with the public. If farmers are unable to harvest all of the fruit in their orchards, they wrap yellow ribbon around the tree trunks, signaling to the public that free access to that tree’s fruit is permitted. The idea with the yellow ribbons has become popular with the public. At the moment, in the whole district of Esslingen, trees are marked with these yellow stripes. For those who are not interested in a find and seek game, they can inquire about the exact locations by telephone at the city administration 0171/767 43 10 or e-mail umweltschutz@filderstadt.de. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, August 17)