Local news translated – Monday, Dec 20, 2021

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HN Update, December 20

Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – Seven-day incidence on the rise again
Stuttgart – The seven-day incidence in Baden-Württemberg rose slightly on Sunday. As the state health office in Stuttgart announced, the value of Corona new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week was 345.6. On Saturday, it was 345.4, on Friday still 353.1. 

The number of COVID patients in intensive care units in the country also increased over the previous day – by 3 to 613. The hospitalization incidence, the number of hospitalizations of Corona-infected people per 100,000 people per week, remained at 4.66. The actual number of hospitalizations is usually higher than reported in the incidence. The state health department reported 2322 more Corona cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 972,401 since the pandemic began. So far, 136 cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in the Southwest, according to the data. The number of coronavirus-related deaths increased by 10, as it did the previous day, to now 12.5 (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Dec 20)

Corona regulation Baden-Württemberg: Stricter rules for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
In the current alert level II, contact restrictions for vaccinated and recovered persons will also apply in the future.

– Contact restrictions (vaccinated/ recovered): in alert level II, meetings with only vaccinated or recovered persons are permitted with 50 persons (indoors) or with 200 persons (outdoors).

– Contact Restrictions (Non-Vaccinated/Recovered): To the extent that a non-vaccinated or non-recovered person attends, a restriction of one household and one person from another household applies.

– Contact restrictions (persons under 18): minors are not counted. That is, they are not counted when determining the number of persons and households allowed.

– On New Year’s Eve (Between 3 p.m. on December 31 and 9 a.m. on January 1), gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited in public places.

– For the use of physical and occupational therapy, obstetrics, speech therapy and podiatry, as well as medical chiropody and similar health-related services, 3G applies at all levels. A negative rapid test is sufficient.

– Access to municipal administrations: At alert levels, visitors* who have not been vaccinated or recovered will be required to present proof of antigen or PCR testing. This rule will not apply until January 1, 2022, and agencies may make exceptions.

According to the Ministry of Social Affairs, the new Corona regulation is initially valid until January 17, 2022, but will be continuously reviewed and adapted to the current infection situation. (www.heidelberg.24.de, Dec 20, 2021)

United Kingdom classified as virus variant area
The federal government has classified the United Kingdom as a virus variant area. To protect against the rapid spread of the Omikron variant, entry from the country will be drastically restricted starting Monday. A two-week quarantine period will then apply to those entering the country – including those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered – and this period cannot be shortened by negative tests. Airlines will essentially only be allowed to transport German citizens or persons living in Germany from the UK to Germany. A

virus variant area is the highest Corona risk category. It is expected to be in effect until Jan. 3, 2022, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which said an extension is possible.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Dec 20)

Vaccination opponents protest against Corona policy
Stuttgart. Between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, a total of about 500 people were out and about to take a stand against government action on the pandemic. From a Police point of view: 16 mask violations, and three charges of resistance against the officers. The rallies at Marienplatz and Schillerplatz, on the other hand, proceeded without major incidents.

Overall, the police were satisfied with the course of operations. The rally at Marienplatz was under the motto “All together against division”, at Schillerplatz the slogan was “For human rights and against further tightening of corona measures”.  Both had been organized by private individuals who, according to their own statements, did not come from the cross-thinking (Querdenker) group.  However, the megaphones used adorned the stickers of the Querdenker and also the speeches conveyed the usual arguments and the clear position that vaccination against COVID is very harmful and in the long run leads to death.

One speaker equated vaccinating children with child abuse. In addition, there were calls for an end to pandemic-related restrictions and a consistent rejection of mandatory vaccination. Especially the discussion about a general vaccination obligation has mobilized many opponents on the net and on the streets in recent weeks. This Saturday, however, there were significantly fewer critics of the Corona measures on the streets in Stuttgart than recently. One speaker was therefore disappointed by the sparse crowd. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Dec 20)

NON-COVID related news:

False alarm in Herrenberg – Laboratory error: No bacteria in the water
The Herrenberg public utility company gives the all-clear. Due to an error of the testing laboratory, coli bacteria have been indicated in the drinking water, which in reality were never present. The drinking water in Herrenberg no longer needs to be boiled.