Daily Host Nation Stories for June 12, 2020
Virus spreads again “if we are too careless”
The Federal Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, is confident about the handling of the corona crisis in Germany, but also warns against too much carelessness: “We still have a development at a low level, new infections every day, but on a scale that we can easily handle,” he told RBB. But he restricted his comments: “But we can also see, whether at family celebrations or church services, the virus is still there. And if we make it too easy for it, if we are too careless, then it spreads again very quickly.” (NTV, June 12)
Böblinger outdoor pool opens on Monday, June 15
Under strict rules and conditions the bathing operation starts again. The outdoor pool opens its doors on Monday, June 15. This season, however, the number of visitors, measured by the size of the grounds and the pools, is limited to 660 guests, each for two time windows.
“I am glad and happy that our outdoor pool can reopen. In this way, we are taking another important step towards relaxation. It was a joint effort on the part of our municipal utilities and their pool team to prepare and implement the opening in the course of the statutory order quickly and in a concentrated manner. My sincere thanks to all those involved! Of course, this outdoor pool summer will be different. There are special distance, hygiene and entrance regulations. But the main thing is: We can go swimming outside again – let’s all deal with it in a responsible manner,” says Lord Mayor Dr. Stefan Belz.
The municipal utilities department opens the pool in two shifts. This means that, in total, more guests have the opportunity to enjoy a break in the open-air pool. In addition, the Stadtwerke uses the break between opening hours to clean and sanitize the pool.
Rules for the sunbathing area, pools, showers, changing rooms, sports facilities and playground:
- When entering and leaving the pool, when going to the changing room, shower or toilet or at the kiosk, a mouth and nose protector must be worn.
- Generally, the minimum distance of 1.50 meters must be maintained everywhere.
- The collective changing rooms and showers remain closed.
- The single cabins and showers are available in a limited number and in compliance with the distance rules. Hair blow-drying is prohibited.
- A distance of approx. 1.50 m should be maintained within the pools, as well as when entering and leaving the pools. Separate entrances and exits are indicated.
Throughout the entire spa, numerous signs, barriers and markings point out all important rules. In addition, there are regular loudspeaker announcements in which the bathers are informed about their particular personal responsibility and the request to observe the personal hygiene and distance rules. (BB24 news, June 11)
Public transportation in Stuttgart, region will soon be running again at night
With the easing of corona rules, the Stuttgart public transportation association “VVS” is also adjusting its timetable services. Regional train services will be the first to resume night services, starting in the night from 13 to 14 June. The Stuttgart trams will thus start operating in the night from 18 to 19 June, the Stuttgart S-Bahn, as well as the regional bus services and the secondary lines, in the night from Friday, 19 to Saturday, 20 June. The VVS continues to appeal to its passengers to observe the mandatory wearing of masks in the vehicles and at the stops and stations, as well as the hygiene regulations. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 11)
Baden-Württemberg launches campaign for holidays in their own state
“You have reached your destination”
With this slogan, the Ministry of Tourism advertises that this year you will spend your holidays in your own country. “The south is so close,” it says on the posters with images from the Black Forest, Lake Constance and other beautiful regions of the country. The budget for the campaign, which is in the hands of Tourismus Marketing GmbH Baden-Württemberg, is 750,000 euros.
Mainau instead of Mallorca, Ravenna Waterfall instead of Niagara Falls, Titisee instead of Titicaca Lake: the south is so close. If the Ministry of Tourism has its way, the people of Baden-Württemberg are supposed to holiday here this year.
Because of the corona crisis, long-distance travel is out of the question for many people, especially since it is often unclear what happens abroad in the event of illness. The tourism industry hopes that Germany and Baden-Württemberg can score points with a good healthcare system, functioning security concepts and responsible restaurateurs and hoteliers.
The campaign is deliberately aimed at all those who might previously have been drawn to faraway places, explains TMBW boss Andreas Braun: “This year, many people in Baden-Württemberg are rediscovering their own homeland and are keen to get to know more of the state. The posters at more than 2,300 locations in 22 cities between Mannheim and Friedrichshafen are intended to inspire this.”
Wolf is convinced that people need a vacation: “The past few weeks have been exhausting, the need for vacation is great. (Stuttgarter Zeitung, June 12)
Scholz: Second wave can most likely be avoided
The German Minister of Finance, Olaf Scholz, sees great chances to avoid a second wave of coronavirus infections in Germany. The SPD politician describes the chance as “very, very great that we will get past this major problem.” Life in the “new normality” with the virus must be organized in such a way that there is no second wave. (NTV, June 12)
Lufthansa to offer corona tests at airports
According to “Spiegel,” Lufthansa wants to offer corona tests for travelers at German airports. Still in June or at the beginning of July at the latest, the airline will operate test centers at the airports in Frankfurt and Munich together with partners, where passengers can be tested for the virus before departure. The results of the tests will be available within four hours. (Spiegel, June 12)
EU urges caution: “Must be vigilant”
According to the EU Commission, the epidemic in Europe is not yet over. Governments must continue to focus on testing and monitoring, says Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides in a video conference with EU health ministers. “This is not over yet. We must be vigilant.” After EU states have eased restrictions on public life and there have been mass demonstrations in many places in recent days, a new wave of infection is feared. (NTV, June 12)
Cash payment does not increase risk of infection
Paris – According to the French central bank, paying with banknotes does not increase the risk of corona virus infection. “Scientific analyses by recognized European laboratories have confirmed in recent weeks that banknotes do not pose a higher risk of infection in everyday life than other surfaces,” the Banque de France said on Thursday.
Studies have shown that the virus survives ten to a hundred times longer on stainless steel – door handles, for example – than on a banknote, the central bank explained. Further analyses had shown that the virus is more difficult to spread on porous surfaces than on smooth surfaces such as plastic.
Consequently, the use of banknotes in everyday life does not present a particular risk of infection as long as the recommendations of the World Health Organization are also complied with. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 11)
Corona Regulation in Baden-Württemberg loosened
Despite the loosening of restrictions, however, many violations have been recorded. Baden-Württemberg is registering fewer and fewer infringements of the Corona Regulation, although a lot of checks are still being carried out. Thus, on March 31, 438 offenses and 24 criminal offenses were registered. On April 30, there were 310 administrative offenses and 26 criminal offenses, on 29 May only 89 administrative offenses. The number of checks on persons at the end of May was 3567. In Heidelberg, for example, the majority of reports from the police and representatives of health and public order offices were filed in April. Since mid-May, significantly fewer reports have been received there – currently still two to four per day. Karlsruhe also experienced a peak at the beginning. In the meantime, the number of reports has decreased due to relaxation, the city announced. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 12)
Anti-Semitism in Baden-Württemberg- Jews feel massively threatened
Jews feel massively threatened by increasing anti-Semitism – also in Baden-Württemberg. This is the result of the “Zivilgesellschaftliches Lagebild Antisemitismus,” published by the Amadeu Antonio Foundation on Wednesday. According to this, anti-Semitic conspiracy myths are widespread.
According to the information provided, Jews are particularly exposed to hostility on the internet. “The internet has made anti-Semitism much more visible,” said the chairman of the Jewish religious community in Baden, Rami Suliman. He emphasized, however, that anti-Semites had “never been away.” In schoolyards, “Jew” was a swear word. According to the state government’s anti-Semitism commissioner, Michael Blume, anti-Semitic crimes had recently risen enormously, by 40 percent between 2017 and 2018 alone.
As a result, many Jews no longer wear religious symbols in public, and many conceal their identity in certain situations. The Foundation calls for the promotion of commitment against anti-Semitism and the expansion of early warning systems and research. The non-Jewish majority society must show solidarity and send clear signals that it will not leave those affected alone. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 12)
Holzgerling- Murder suspect is now in Germany
A 30-year-old allegedly killed three people in Bühlenstraße on March 18. Due to the present extradition request, the suspect of the triple murder in Holzgerlingen was returned to Germany by land on Wednesday. Italian security forces took the man from a prison to the Italian-Austrian border crossing at Brenner.
There, detectives of the Ludwigsburg police headquarters took over the suspect and brought him to the police custody in Stuttgart. The suspect was brought before a judge on the basis of the existing arrest warrant in the middle of the week, who executed the warrant. The suspect has so far remained silent on the accusations.
On March 18, police had found two dead men and one dead woman after an emergency call in Bühlstraße in Holzgerlingen. At first, there was no trace of the perpetrator, but two days later the special commission “Bühlen” of the Böblingen criminal police directorate was successful in its search.
In close cooperation with the target investigators of the State Office of Criminal Investigation of Baden-Württemberg, the Coordination Unit Target Investigation of the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation, as well as the target investigators from France, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, the 30-year-old Bosnian suspect, who was on the run after the triple homicide discovered in Holzgerlingen, was found by a special unit of the Italian police and arrested in the area of the French-Italian border. This was preceded by intensive analyses of digital traces, which enabled the investigators to trace the escape route of the suspect. (BB24news, June 10)
Work in the Engelberg tunnel starts Monday
On Monday, June 15, preparations will begin for the traffic routing of the second construction phase. The preparations include the renewal of the asphalt of the two central reservation crossings at the north and south portals and the dismantling of the ventilation partition wall at the south portal.
From this second construction phase onwards, traffic interventions will be carried out during the day. However, there will be no lane closures during the day in any construction phase. The closure of individual lanes will only take place at night and thus during the low-traffic hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (BB24news, June 12)