Host Nation Update, Friday, January 31, 2022
Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – Incidence continues to rise – more COVID patients in intensive care units
Stuttgart, Germany – The seven-day incidence number of new Corona infections in B-W continues to grow slowly. The value rose from 1123.3 on Saturday to 1154.3 on Sunday The agency reported 11,078 new cases of infection and 4 more deaths linked to the virus. The highest number of new Corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week continues to be in the district of Emmendingen with 1658.9.
The number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic in Baden-Württemberg is now 1,355558, while the number of deaths rose to 13 653 on Saturday.
Intensive care units in the state are currently treating 275 Covid sufferers, 12 more than the day before. The number of Corona-infected people hospitalized within a week and per 100,000 population dropped from 5.2 to 5.0. The state health department expects the number of COVID patients in the state’s hospitals to increase. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Jan 30)
Demonstrations pro and contra Corona policy expected on Monday
In view of high Corona incidences, recently changed guidelines and the debate about mandatory vaccination, numerous demonstrations are again expected in the southwest on Monday. On the contrary, also supporter of the COVID measures gather for counter-demonstrations.
In Karlsruhe, Arbeiterwohlfahrt, Diakonie and the German Federation of Trade Unions want to commemorate the many full-time and voluntary workers, some of whom worked beyond their limits during the pandemic. “We commemorate the more than 800 fatalities in the city and district and the people who to this day suffer from serious health impairments caused by the virus in Karlsruhe alone,” the announcement says. Those who come to the marketplace at 6 p.m. should, bring candles. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Jan 31)
NON-COVID related news
Commemoration of Nazi victims in Stuttgart
Stuttgart – People laid flowers at the entrance to the memorial “Sign of Remembrance” in the north of Stuttgart where a wreath, colorful stones and pictures with peace doves were place.
“We remember” to mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp 77 years ago. The horror for thousands of people also began in Stuttgart. Between 1941 and 1945, trains to Riga, to Theresienstadt, to Izbica and also to Auschwitz started at the inner Nordbahnhof. Peter Wolf from the alliance of the Mauthausen Committee, which organized a commemorative event on Saturday with the motto: “Remember. Remember. Fight.” An offer to the people of Stuttgart to deal with the past. He says, “The Holocaust didn’t just happen in Auschwitz, it happened right at our doorstep.”
About 100 people came to hear speeches by Elke Banabak, executive director of the Initiative “memorial site Hotel Silber”, and by Erhard Korn, chairman of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Baden-Württemberg. He recalls the sheer horror that took place in the concentration camps, but also “in Vaihingen/Enz, where some Auschwitz prisoners were taken for armaments production at the end of 44, in Sachsenheim, Leonberg, in the Engelberg tunnel, Stuttgart, where concentration camp prisoners had to remove bomb debris. Auschwitz was everywhere at the end of the war.”
A quote was chosen from social philosopher Max Horkheimer for the gathering. “Nowhere in civilized countries is there so little reason for patriotism as in Germany, and nowhere is there less criticism of patriotism by citizens than here, where it has done its worst.” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Jan 30)
Weather service warns of storm and slippery roads
Stuttgart – After the storm caused chaos in northern Germany at the weekend, the next low with the sonorous name “Odette” is already in the starting blocks.
It is still located over the Atlantic near Ireland, but this time it will not only hit northern Germany. “Odette” will also cause stormy conditions in the Stuttgart region on Monday.”Already in the night to Monday, the low picks up speed,” says Kai-Uwe Nerding, meteorologist at the German Weather Service (DWD), “it then reaches its peak roughly between 12 o’clock and 19 o’clock.”
In Stuttgart and the region, gale-force winds with wind speeds of up to 70 km/h are to be expected, and gusts with speeds of between 75 and 88 km/h are quite possible in exposed areas. It will only be stormier in the Black Forest and in the Swabian Albs.
There, severe gusts of up to 100 km/h are expected, on the Feldberg even hurricane-like gusts with up to 117 km/h. On Monday evening the storm then flattens out, but on Tuesday morning new trouble threatens – in the form of snow.
“In the night to Tuesday, it will snow in the Stuttgart area, so we have to expect snow-covered and slippery roads on Tuesday morning,” said the DWD meteorologist. And it continues just as unsettled, because after a short period of calm, the storm is expected to reach the Stuttgart area on Tuesday afternoon.
Only on Wednesday the weather situation calms down, the precipitation decreases – and it gets even better: “On Thursday the thermometer in the Stuttgart area even reaches the 10 degree mark” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Jan 31)
Manhunt in Rhineland-Palatinate – Unidentified men shot two police officers during traffic stop
Kusel – Two police officers were shot dead during a traffic control in Rhineland-Palatinate on Monday night. (the closest U.S. bases to this are are those of Kaiserslautern and Ramstein)
According to police, the officers were on a routine patrol in the district of Kusel when they conducted a traffic control at around 4:20 am. In the process, the fatal shots were fired. The police officers were still able to sent a message. When the reinforcement arrived at the scene, it was already too late for the 24-year-old police woman and her 29-year-old colleague.
The police are currently searching for the escaped perpetrators, however a description of the perpetrators, nor the escape vehicle is available. People are asked not to take any hitch-hikers in the district of Kusel. At least one suspect is said to be armed. Witnesses who noticed anything suspicious are asked to contact the police in Kaiserslautern at 0631/3692620. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Jan 31)