Local news translated – Wednesday, Feb. 2

Host Nation Update, Feb. 2, 2022

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Corona measures losing support among citizens in B-W
Stuttgart – At the beginning of the third year of the pandemic, Corona is weighing more heavily on the mood in Baden-Württemberg than in the rest of Germany. In addition, citizens’ satisfaction with the crisis management of the state government led by Minister President Winfried Kretschmann has crashed by 15 percent within a year. This is the result of the latest survey conducted by the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research. 

After more than two years with the pandemic,  the vast majority of the population in the state is disillusioned and fatigued. While 44 percent of the citizens surveyed in Germany are confident about the coming months, only 38 percent in the southwest are; half are skeptical (30 percent) or fearful (19 percent) about the future. Currently, only 45 percent give the state government a good report card for its Corona crisis management. At the end of 2020, it was still sixty percent. 

Since last December, the reputation of the Green Minister of Health, Manfred Lucha, has suffered greatly. After eleven years in government, almost a quarter of citizens still do not know him. But 39 percent of those surveyed are currently dissatisfied with his part in the crisis management.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Feb 2)

Latest data on the corona pandemic – Stuttgart reports lowest incidence nationwide
Stuttgart – The current infection situation brings new highs every day. In Germany, the incidence is 1228. In addition to Berlin (1694), nine other states exceed the 1000 mark. That means the majority of Germany. The lowest incidence is in Thuringia (513).

Within seven days, more than one million new infections were reported.  In Baden-Württemberg, 1215 new coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants are recorded in the past seven days. The state exceeds the 1200 mark for the first time. A full 39 of the 44 urban and rural districts exceed the 1000 mark.

Stuttgart reports the lowest incidence in the state (677). (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Feb 02)

Resistance oppose “Strollers”
Stuttgart – Two camps are facing each other: the “strollers” protesting against the COVID policy and the counter-demonstrators who think the pandemic measures are right. That was the situation in several cities in Baden-Württemberg on Monday evening. It remained “largely free of disturbances.  About 50,800 people participated in a total of 332 gatherings. Most were in the streets in Pforzheim (5000 people), large were also the “walks” in Singen with 1500 participants and in Rottweil with 1100. 

“I am vaccinated three times, but am against mandatory vaccination,” says a 77-year-old who does not give her name. The state is behaving in an encroaching manner when it forces medical treatment on individuals, she thinks. “We are normal people, not right-wing radicals,” says a young woman who joins the conversation. “I was for the Corona measures at first,” says a man, “but since the unvaccinated have been blamed for the pandemic, I’ve lost faith in politicians.” He has a sister who has been in a wheelchair since suffering vaccine damage after a vaccination at a young age.

  The message of the members of state parliament is: Constructive criticism about COVID measures is not prohibited, but necessary. However, “there are limits – and that is where hate and agitation spread and lies and conspiracy theories are used”. 

Where do we go from here? According to the State Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the discussed mandatory vaccination has a great influence on the events. “An expansion of the protests could be assumed, should there be a general vaccination obligation.” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Feb 2, 2022)

“Omicron’s” impact on schools:
According to B-W Education Ministry information, due to the current Omicron wave, 946 school classes are currently in quarantine, up from 607 last week. There are 1,471 teachers, 1.07% of the teaching staff, in quarantine. There are 2,277 (1.65%) educators and 31,503 (2.15%) schoolchildren infected. Another 34,686 (2.36%) schoolchildren are in quarantine. (SWR, Feb 02)

NOVAVAX Vaccine available as of February 21
According to information from the B-W Health Ministry, 500,000 doses of the Novavax vaccine will be available for distribution in B-W beginning Feb 21, 2022. The Novavax vaccine is the fifth vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and it uses a protein-based technology that differs from other approved vaccines. The EMA estimates the effectiveness of the Novavax vaccine against symptomatic infection at about 90% with two doses administered about three weeks apart. (SWR, Feb 02)

NON-COVID related news:

Darmsheim Tunnel  – Partial closure on Monday
Böblingen district – The tunnel near Darmsheim will be partially closed for maintenance work on Monday, February 8. According to the Office of Road Construction in the district of Böblingen, the reason is that work is taking place on the emergency call niches and the fire alarm system.

The tunnel will therefore be closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the direction of Grafenau. Traffic in this direction will be diverted via the B 464. Coming from Weil der Stadt, the tunnel can be used without any impairments.(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Feb 2)

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