Local news translated – Monday, Dec 6, 2021

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Relief for vaccinated and “recoverees” – State of BW significantly relaxes 2-G-plus rule
Stuttgart – In many areas of public life, vaccinated and recovered needed a negative Corona test – the 2G plus rule. The Ministry of Social Affairs has called on the regulatory authorities to show goodwill in the first week and refrain from punishing violations for the time being.

Further, based on scientific expertise, the state government also clarified the 2G-plus rule on Sunday and agreed on some exceptions. This includeds persons with a booster vaccination who are to be excluded from the test obligation with the 2G plus regulation. This also applies to vaccinated persons with a completed basic immunization, of no more than six months since the last vaccination date and it also applies to the recovered whose infection can be proven to have occurred no more than six months ago. Proof of infection must be provided by laboratory diagnostics using nucleic acid detection (PCR test). 

Health Minister Manfred Lucha summarized the innovation as follows: “Anyone who has been boosted or whose full immunization was not more than six months ago is exempt from the 2G-Plus testing requirement.”   At the same time, the ministry points to a transitional arrangement for non-immunized young people. Until January 31, 2022, all unvaccinated 12- to 17-year-olds will still have the opportunity to gain access to all 2G facilities via rapid antigen testing on a daily basis.

The state government anticipates that adolescents 12 years of age and older will have had the opportunity to be vaccinated by the end of this extended period. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Dec 6)

Latest data on the Corona pandemic – Baden-Württemberg reports fifth highest incidence nationwide
Stuttgart – After a slight up and down in recent days, there is a clearer rise in incidence in Baden-Württemberg. The seven-day incidence is currently 533, the previous day, the value was 523. Also in Baden-Württemberg, with the Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis (1030), a district exceeds the 1000 mark. 

Nationwide the incidence rate has risen slightly to 442 (previous day: 439). This value was also reported four days ago, since then there has been a slight up and down. With Saxony (1234) and Thuringia (1041) two federal states exceed the 1000 mark. Baden-Württemberg reports the fifth highest incidence. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Dec 6)

Even vaccinated people must now present a Corona test to enter Switzerland – B-W residents exempted.
Bern – People entering Switzerland will have to present a negative PCR test starting Saturday (Dec. 4). This also applies to recovered and vaccinated, as the government decided on Friday. In addition, a second test, PCR or antigen rapid test, must be made between the fourth and seventh day after entry.

However, those entering the country from Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and other border regions are exempt from the rule. 

Within 14 days, 1151.51 per 100,000 inhabitants were infected with coronavirus throughout Switzerland. A seven-day incidence is not given every day by the Federal Office of Public Health.  In Switzerland, 3G applies to a large extent, i.e. access for vaccinated, recovered and tested persons. Recently, however, event organizers themselves can insist on 2G, i.e. access only for those who have recovered and been vaccinated. In this case, masks do not have to be worn. In addition, the validity of the rapid antigen test is limited from 48 to 24 hours. The PCR test will remain valid for 72 hours. In addition, the mask requirement is extended indoors when unvaccinated persons have access, and working from home is strongly recommended. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Dec 6)

Nursing homes call for help from German Armed Forces
Stuttgart – The State Senior Citizens’ Council of Baden-Württemberg is concerned about free visitor access in retirement and nursing homes. In an interview with our newspaper, the chairman of the council, Professor Eckart Hammer, expressed fears that visiting hours will be restricted due to the stricter protection and hygiene rules that have been in effect for a week and a half. This is because even those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered must present a test.

It is possible, for example, that working people will find it more difficult to make an evening visit to relatives. In a letter to the 180 volunteer local senior citizen councils in the state, Hammer asked that the nursing homes be supported with helpers. The control effort for the homes has increased enormously, he said. “There has to be active access control, each visitor has to be registered individually and the necessary proof of testing has to be kept.” This leads to waiting times and shortens visits, he said. The State Council of Seniors is calling for people to contact homes and volunteer to help with access control, documenting contact information or walking with residents. “It’s imperative that we avoid people in homes being isolated again like they were last winter,” Hammer said. “Our sponsors would like to see the German Armed Forces provide support quickly and without bureaucracy.” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Dec 6)

Böblingen Ost closure from Monday Dec 6 – Saturday, Dec 11
Böblingen – From Monday, December 6, until presumably Saturday, December 11, the Böblingen-Ost Autobahn slip road coming from the thermal spa junction will be closed again from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The same during this period also applies to the opposite direction (coming from the A 81) no passage towards the Böblinger Mineraltherme is possible.  (BB.heute.de, Dec 3)