Local news translated – Dec 9, 2020

Daily Host Nation Update December 9, 2020 

Federal Government: “Turnaround still not in sight”

The German government is not seeing any improvement in corona infections. The numbers are simply too high. “A reversal of the trend is still not in sight,” says a government spokeswoman. There are “sad peaks” in the number of dead and intensive care patients. “We must not accept this.” The coronavirus spreads mainly where people meet. That’s why contacts must be reduced. Further measures may therefore be necessary. The federal government is open for another meeting with the states. ( Ntv, December 9)

Nightly curfew in Munich – 7-day incidence over 200

In Munich, a night-time curfew is now in effect. The Bavarian state capital has exceeded a 7-day incidence of 200, which, according to the tightened corona regulations in the Free State, will lead to a curfew between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., the city reports. Today the 7-day incidence is 205.4 infected persons per 100,00 inhabitants. The schools will switch to distance learning from Thursday onwards from grade 8 upwards. The corona case numbers are “too high, especially for our hospitals, which have to cut back on more and more regular services in order to be able to care for the growing number of Covid-19 patients,” says Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter of the SPD. (Ard, December 9)

Physicians appeal to protect vulnerable people

Germany’s intensive care physicians appeal to the population to keep contacts to a minimum at Christmas. “Even if it hurts not to see the grandmother and grandfather, the uncle or other persons at risk: Please don’t do it,” intensive care physician Prof. Uwe Janssens told ntv and RTL. “Please protect these vulnerable, vulnerable groups of people. You will be able to do so next year,” says the President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi). He added that anyone who reduces contacts also shows solidarity with nurses and all others who work in the health care system. (Ntv, December 9)

Reports shows Germans gaining weight during pandemic

Since the lockdown in the spring, the average number of Germans that gained weight has been steadily increasing. This is the result of a study by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on the topic of “Gesundheit in Deutschland aktuell” (Health in Germany at the moment). According to the study, the corona pandemic and its containment measures have had a negative impact on the health of the population, even outside the area of infection. Body weight and body mass index (BMI) had increased since the introduction of the containment measures. For the study, around 23,000 people aged 15 years and older were interviewed by telephone. The survey took place between April 2019 and September 2020. (Robert Koch Data, December 9)

Opposition party blames Federal government for current crisis

Left-wing faction leader Dietmar Bartsch accuses the German government of being too hesitant in its action in the pandemic. “We have missed months. The federal government slept during the summer,” Bartsch said on ARD television. What is needed now, he said, is a medium-term strategy that gives people security and makes it possible to plan ahead. Above all, joint action by the states was important in the current situation. Going it alone, as for example by Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder, would spread chaos. “We have dramatic developments – precisely then you need a cool head and not shaky hands on the panic button,” Bartsch continued. (Ard, December 9)

German Armed Forces secure vaccines 

The German Armed Forces will temporarily store the corona vaccines in their barracks for security reasons. An application for administrative assistance to this effect has been submitted by the Ministry of Health, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told the Funke media group. She assured that the delivery and storage of the vaccine would be made possible in the military barracks wherever it seemed reasonable. The Bundeswehr has also offered its support to the states. “The German Federal Armed Forces can help here on request of the countries with up to 26 inoculation centers as well as up to 26 mobile inoculation teams, says Kramp-Karrenbauer. Currently more than 9,000 soldiers are deployed nationwide in the fight against the pandemic. (Ntv, December 9)

Green party member demands hard lockdown everywhere

Anton Hofreiter, co-chairman of the Green parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, has called for a tough lockdown for almost all of Germany. “After Christmas at the latest, in my opinion, there must be a very tough lockdown almost everywhere and now additional measures are needed even before Christmas,” Hofreiter said in the “ntv Frühstart.” According to this, the “time window for the lockdown around Christmas must be kept as short as possible” or even “the lockdown must be left out altogether, depending on the region.” Hofreiter also criticized the Chancellor’s crisis management. Although Angela Merkel had “demanded the right thing” in the critical moments of the pandemic, her government had “failed to prepare itself sufficiently in each case.” (Ntc, December 9)

The number of infected students and teachers is increasing

In Germany, the wave of infection is having an increasing impact on the school system. As current data from the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany show, almost one sixth of all schools were affected by the effects of the pandemic last week. In more than 4300 facilities, only limited instruction could take place in the school building. A total of 109 schools had to be temporarily closed due to proven risks of infection. The number of pupils who tested positive increased slightly last week to a total of 19,202. Almost 214,000 of the total of 10.032 million pupils were in quarantine as a precautionary measure. A more significant increase was therefore recorded among teachers. Throughout Germany, 3533 teachers were infected and around 13,500 were absent due to quarantine. (Ntv, December 9)