Local news translated – Monday, Feb. 29

Host Nation Update, Feb. 29, 2022

Editor’s Note: Off-Post COVID rules are regularly updated and consolidated on the Stuttgart Citizen’s Local Coronavirus Rules Explained page.

Current data on the COVID pandemic – Incidence in Stuttgart below 1500 again for the first time
Stuttgart – The 7-day incidence of COVID infections in Germany continues to decline. This is good news, as it is the basis for further relaxation of the rules. In Baden-Württemberg, the number of infected people is falling steadily, and thus the state continues to drop down the table of incidence figures nationwide. Behind Saxony-Anhalt, Bavaria and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the state has the fourth highest incidence.  Incidence figures are also continuing to fall in the Stuttgart region. For example, the state capital reports a figure below 1500 for the first time, while Ludwigsburg remains the only district below the 1000 mark.  The number of reported deaths in which corona infection was at least partly responsible for death continues to rise. It is not likely to reach the level of the December delta wave. Nationwide, measures to contain the spread of coronavirus are no longer tied to incidence, but to situations in hospitals. In Baden-Württemberg, there are three levels: Basic, Warning, and Alert levels. Despite methodological weaknesses, the relevant factors are the daily rate of the last COVID 19 patients admitted to hospital and the number of intensive care beds occupied by COVID patients.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 1)

Free COVID Vaccinations without appointment at Sindelfingen Messe Center
Sindelfingen. The district vaccination center (KIS) at “Messe center” Sindelfingen updates its opening hours: Starting, Feb. 21, it will be closed on Mondays, Tuesday through Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m., and on weekends (Saturday/Sunday) from 1 to 7 p.m.

Vaccination at the KIS is possible with or without an appointment. The type of vaccine can be chosen freely. From the end of February, the Novavax vaccine is also expected to be available. The KIS is located at Schwertstraße 58, 71065 Sindelfingen, there is ample parking. (BB.heute.de, Feb 27)

NON-COVID related news: 

Economy in Baden-Württemberg -Daimler, Bosch: The move away from Russia has begun
Stuttgart – It was three years ago when German-Russian economic relations still seemed fine: On April 3, 2019, Mercedes-Benz inaugurated its new production facility at the Moscovia passenger car plant, 40 kilometers from Moscow. In attendance: then Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, Economics Minister Peter Altmaier – and President Vladimir Putin, who ceremoniously signed a car. The Stuttgart-based company had invested a good 250 million euros in the site, which employs around a thousand people and has an annual capacity of 25,000 vehicles. 

Now Putin is putting the plant at risk. After his invasion of Ukraine, anything seems possible..” Information on the results would be provided as soon as possible. Currently, the plants would continue to operate. “We are constantly reassessing the situation.” However, he said it was “too early to accurately assess the full extent of this escalation for our business.”  As for the joint venture with Russian truck maker Kamaz, they are already a step ahead. “In light of the events of the last few days, we have decided to suspend our business activities in Russia with immediate effect until further notice,” says a Truck spokesman. This decision will be reviewed regularly, he adds.

It is also reported that the Mercedes-Benz Group, as the former truck parent company, is legally examining how to part with the cooperation that has existed since 2012 and the 15 percent stake in Kamaz as quickly as possible. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 1)

War in Ukraine -Böblingen school expects 300 refugees from Odessa
Böblingen – The war in Ukraine has also reached the district of Böblingen. 16-year-old Viktor is the first unaccompanied young person to flee from a Ukrainian war zone and find shelter with a Renningen family. Viktor was picked up from the Polish border after his odyssey. “He is traumatized and not yet responsive,” reports Heidi Pussel. Together with teacher Andreas Rysavy and other educators, the Ehningen resident is organizing support for war refugees from the port city of Odessa on the Black Sea, which has now started.

For it is precisely there that the Böblingen Waldorf School has maintained partnership relations for years.  Another 300 people – families and unaccompanied youths – are still on their way, according to the information network of the Böblingen initiative. Many would be stopped at the border. Some would come by car, others by train.  This private relief action for people from Odessa has been running since Thursday last week, and more and more helpers from the Böblingen district are joining in.  The Russian teacher of the Waldorf School Böblingen, who has maintained close contact with the partner school in Odessa for many years, received calls for help from the families living there. She first forwarded them to the families whose children were last in Odessa in 2019 for a student exchange. The request for support was also passed on by parents in their private networks, so that in the meantime the circle of helpers extends far beyond the Waldorf School, according to the initiative.  In the district, meanwhile, the hosts are preparing their guest rooms, lending and donating beds and clothing to each other, as well as play materials and books. They all hope that the Ukrainians will arrive unharmed in the course of the week. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Feb 28) 

Donation campaign in the Böblingen district – Holzgerlingen bakery sells “Ukrainians” instead of “Berliners”
Böblingen district – Berliners in the Ukrainian national colors – with this, the Wanner bakery from Holzgerlingen wants to set a sign for peace. Instead of “Berliners”, the bakery sells “Ukrainians” and donates one euro per piece sold to “Caritas Ukraine Aid.” A matter of the heart for Lilian Kienzle, who runs the company together with her brother Alexander Wanner. “Peace is our highest good,” she says. “We then thought about how we could best show our solidarity,” she says.  Her brother Alexander Wanner finally had the bright idea of decorating doughnuts with the Ukrainian national colors. And so the sweet pieces were already on display on Saturday. For the time being, the campaign is scheduled to run until the weekend, which is just the right time: “This week we sell the most doughnuts in the whole year,” says Lilian Kienzle.  The “Ukrainians” are available in all branches of the Wanner bakery and confectionery in the Böblingen district. In principle, however, the bakery sells doughnuts until Easter – so an extension of the campaign is possible. The feedback on social media and from the stores has been sensational, says the bakery owner. On her Instagram channel alone, the promotion has already received around 900 likes, and in the stores the “Ukrainians” were already sold out in the early afternoon.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Mar 1)

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