Daily Host Nation Update December 11, 2020
Baden-Württemberg introduces movement restrictions in response to COVID-19 infection rate
The state government of Baden-Württemberg has introduced new restrictions on movement which go into effect December 12 and impact the USAG Stuttgart community.
Stuttgart bans alcohol sales for immediate consumption
The state capital of Stuttgart is banning pubs from selling alcoholic beverages for immediate consumption because of the continuing high Corona numbers. The ban applies in the city center at all times of the day and night. This was announced by the Office for Public Order by means of a general decree on Thursday, December 10. (Press release Stuttgart, December 10)
COVID infections and fatalities continue to rise
The numbers of daily new infections and corona deaths in Germany continue to sore. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 29,875 new infections with the corona virus within one day and 598 new deaths on Friday morning. This surpassed the previous record of 23,679 new infections on Thursday and 590 deaths within 24 hours on Wednesday. Meanwhile, more than 1.27 million infections with the novel coronavirus have been detected in this country. A total of 20,970 infected people died, according to the RKI. Because of the further increase in the number of cases, there are calls from many quarters for a tightening of the corona lockdown. It is expected that the prime ministers of the states and Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss this over the weekend. (Robert Koch Institute, December 11)
Politician warns against corona tourism
Rhineland-Palatinate’s Minister President Malu Dreyer is calling for a coordinated federal-state approach to new lockdowns, for example in the retail sector. “This is necessary because otherwise we would experience a corona tourism between states with and without lockdowns, which would be counterproductive,” the SPD politician told the “Rheinische Post” newspaper. She added that it was important to agree on a common line for all of Germany. “Mandatory protective measures” for retirement and nursing homes would also have to be established nationwide. (Ntv, December 11)
COVID-19 ranks 7 among the 10 leading causes of death in 2020
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are now among the top ten causes of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). They ranked seventh last year, the WHO reported. Also new among the top ten causes of death is diabetes, in ninth place, with a 70 percent increase in cases since 2000. Using the global Corona death toll as a comparison, Covid-19 will also be added in 2020.
In turn, more than 1.5 million people worldwide have already died this year from or with Covid-19, a disease caused by the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus. If other causes of death remain about the same this year as in 2019, Covid-19 will rank seventh among the 10 leading causes of death, a WHO spokeswoman said.
Heart disease remained the leading cause of death, as it has for the past 20 years. Nearly nine million people worldwide died from it in 2019, just over two million more than in 2000. Overall, heart disease accounted for 16 percent of global deaths. The most common causes of death after heart disease were strokes; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; deep respiratory infections; neonatal complications; tracheal, bronchial and lung tumors; Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; diarrheal diseases; diabetes; and kidney disease. (DPA, December 9)
How to eat healthy when working from home
A conscious start to the day
An initial “hunger check” can be helpful in the morning. Instead of always eating the same breakfast as if by remote control, employees should adapt their first meal of the day to their hunger. And even if you work from your desk at home, you should consciously take time for breakfast and not spoon your cereal in front of the computer parallel to work.
Choosing the right snacks
You don’t have to deny yourself small snacks between meals. According to the IFGB, however, it is important to snack consciously: Walnuts, cashews and almonds, for example, boost performance. Figs, cherry tomatoes and carrots are also good snacks.
Defuse sugar bombs
Fruit yogurts or fruit smoothies can contain lots of sugar. That’s why it’s best to mix in natural yogurt or add vegetables to the smoothie. It’s also best to bake cookies yourself or with your family – that way you have control over how much sugar goes into the cookies.
Drink enough Water
If you like to forget to drink at work, place a carafe with one to two liters of water or unsweetened tea visibly on your desk. If that’s not enough, you can use an app or your computer to remind yourself to drink regularly. Another trick: According to the IFBG, glasses with a wide diameter can unconsciously lead people to drink more. Foods like tomato or cucumber also contain a lot of water and also vitamins. (Dpa, December 11)
Syphilis infections on the rise in Germany
The number of syphilis diagnoses in Germany last year reached an all-time high since the introduction of the Infection Protection Act in 2001. A total of 7889 cases of the sexually transmitted disease were reported, about seven percent more than the year before, according to a report by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). According to the report, Berlin has the highest number of cases in relation to the number of inhabitants among the federal states. There, the district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in particular stands out with almost 93 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (Berlin total: 39.7). The city-state of Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia are also above the national average of 9.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In many other cities, the RKI observes a comparatively high prevalence, including Cologne, Munich and Frankfurt am Main. (Robert Koch Institute, December 10)
Stuttgart-Vaihingen Schwabengalerie loses Media Markt
The Schwabengalerie, a retail mall the center of Stuttgart-Vaihingen, has experienced many ups and downs in recent years. The fashion store Bonita is set to close at the end of the year. The electronics retailer Media Markt will be leaving come March. Leaving Kaufland as the only so-called anchor tenant in the Vaihingen shopping center (i.e. a business that attracts a particularly large number of customers.) Nevertheless, center manager Franz Jebavy is optimistic. Regarding the soon-to-be vacant retail space, “despite the difficult situation in Corona times, we expect to find a new tenant relatively soon that optimally complements the tenant mix,” said Jebavy. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, December 11)
Pig farmers demand higher prices for their meat
Farmers across Germany had demanded higher prices for their produce in recent days with tractor blockades of discount central warehouses. The German Farmers’ Association demanded on Wednesday that the cooperation between agriculture and trade requires “new framework conditions and a fundamental change.” The demand paper was directed at Aldi, Lidl, Edeka and Rewe. So far, Lidl and Rewe have increased the prices for ten pork products on Thursday. The additional revenue is said to go directly to the farmers who supply the meat. Rewe executive Moog said, “We are counting on our upstream to put the extra money through to farmers and piglet producers. Where possible, we will enter into contracts to ensure this happens.” (Ntv, December 11)