Local news translated – Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021

Germany is currently under strict lockdown restrictions, which include curfews.
Click here for details on how the Baden-Württemberg ordinance impacts the USAG Stuttgart community.

Daily Host Nation Update, Feb 2, 2021

Coronavirus in Stuttgart Incidence value again below 70 in Stuttgart
The seven-day incidence value, which is important for assessing the fight against corona, has fallen below the 70 mark. This was announced by the state capital on Monday evening. The value is now at 69.7 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past week. This value was reached on Saturday, on Sunday evening the city then reported an incidence value of 70.5. In absolute numbers, the new incidence value means that 443 people have been infected and their positive test result has been recorded. The value is falling steadily after a sharp increase in the second week of January. After being around 80 at the beginning of January, two weeks later it was back up to 122.7 new infections per 100,000 population. At a value of more than 50, an emergency mechanism comes into effect. The first districts in Baden-Württemberg are now below this level. A value of 35 or more is referred to as a pre-warning level. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Feb 2)

Corona: incidence rate of 50 is within reach within the Böblingen district
The seven-day incidence; the cases in the last seven days per 100,000 inhabitants: For almost a year, this value has always been in the spotlight. The 50 mark was set in connection with the lockdown measures to ensure that the health care system, especially intensive care units, would not be overburdened and that contact tracing could still be performed by the authorities. On Nov. 9, 2020, Boeblingen County had its highest incidence rate ever, 190. “It is good news that we are now also very close to an incidence of 50 again in the district of Böblingen,” said a pleased District Administrator Roland Bernhard. “The trend has been noticeable for weeks and shows that the measures have been successful. “The closure of schools, restaurants and stores, but also the general contact restrictions have had an effect. In addition to the fact that the number of cases has decreased significantly, the infected people have significantly fewer contacts that we have to notify and that could potentially be new cases.” In November 2020, there were more than 2,000 contacts the office had to contact per week, but currently the figure is around 400 contacts per week. To track the contacts, the district office had more than 100 employees on duty at peak times, along with federal soldiers. (BB.heute.de, Feb 2)

Curfew in Stuttgart – How long does it take for the ticket to arrive?
During controls, the police ask whether there is a reason to be on the road. So far, not many fines were issued due to recorded curfew violations. The city explains why. If a car is parked in a no-parking zone, the ticket is immediately stuck behind the windshield wiper. With speed cameras, it takes a little longer. However, the matter is settled quite quickly in both cases. Even in the case of Corona violations, a fine will be issued at some point. In this case, however, it can take a little longer. Only six penalty notices have been issued since the curfew began in Stuttgart. There are several factors such as intensive research work and follow-up investigations. The fact that police catch someone outside between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. and the person initially cannot give a good reason for still being on the road is not enough to just issue a fine. Another reason why the process can take some time is that the legal situation is constantly changing. This has not yet affected the curfew. That regulation has remained the same since it was introduced in December. However, the departments that deal with fines have to keep an eye on the legal situation with regard to other ordinances and violations. The curfew, which carries a fine of 75 euros, is one measure in the lockdown to reduce the number of infections. The measures appear to be working. The seven-day incidence rate at the weekend was below 70 for the first time. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Feb 2)

Manufacturers are left sitting on thousands of cloth masks
Gone are the colorful sights in city centers, supermarkets, and buses and trains; almost everywhere you now have to wear OP or FFP2 masks. Many tailors and textile producers from Stuttgart and the region were able to help
themselves through the Corona crisis by producing simple mouth-nose coverings. With the new mask requirement, however, that is over. According to the German Textile and Fashion Industry Association, for example, every second textile and fashion company in Germany produced face masks in May 2020. Of these, the majority were simple fabric models. Kübler alone, a manufacturer of workwear and protective clothing headquartered in Plüderhausen in the Rems-Murr district, has produced more than 350,000 reusable mouth-nose coverings. More than 80 percent of these were sold. For the time being, however, the demand for everyday masks is over. The decline took place in two steps. When the inexpensive disposable masks from Asia became available again, the sales figures of the local tailors and textile producers went down. And, since January 25, only OP or FFP2 masks may be worn in trains and buses, in supermarkets, at the doctor’s office and at the workplace. The family-owned company Artex in Filderstadt (Esslingen district) had the right instinct: The subsidiary of the insulation specialist Arnold has entered the production of FFP2 masks. And the company Albstoffe from the Zollernalbkreis district sells colorful covers for FFP2 masks – as a “fashion update”. Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Feb 2

Non Corona News

Stuttgart’s new mayor soon in office – Nopper’s inauguration eagerly awaited

Stuttgart – Three more days, then the office of the Lord Mayor in the Stuttgart city hall will be occupied again. On February 4, at 6 p.m., the city council will elect Frank Nopper (CDU) as office administrator. Nopper’s first announcements in office are eagerly awaited. The mayor must act without his own majority in the council. The Greens, Left Alliance and Social Democrats, often referred to as the ecosocial alliance, have had 31 seats since the 2019 municipal elections. In closed meetings, the Greens, Left Alliance and SPD want to define their goals until the next municipal elections in 2023. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Feb 2)

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