Local news translated – Wed., Jan. 5, 2022

Host Nation Update, January 5

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

RKI reports 58,912 new infections

Health authorities have reported 58,912 new Corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute. This is 18,869 more cases than last Wednesday. The nationwide seven-day incidence rises to 258.6 from 239.9 the previous day. 346 more people died in connection with the virus. A week ago, there were 414 deaths. (Robert Koch institute, January 5)

Even milder courses of COVID can lead to organ damage

According to experts, even mild to moderate courses of Corona infection leave damage to organs in the medium term and apparently lead more frequently to thromboses in the leg veins. This is the result of a study by scientists at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). They examined 443 formerly infected persons on average about ten months after their illness. Compared with the normal population, the lung volume of those affected was reduced by about three percent and their airway resistance was slightly increased. Cardiac examinations revealed an average decrease in Pump Strength of one to two percent. At the same time, the level of a special marker protein in the blood, which provides information about the strain on the heart, increased by 41 percent in them. (Dpa, January 5)

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner: Omicron no reason for lockdown

Despite the approaching wave of omicron, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner wants to refrain from a lockdown. “We want to avoid widespread and generalized lockdowns in the future as well,” he told the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” newspaper. Omicron is indeed a challenge that requires a response, he added. “Nevertheless, our goal remains to maintain social life as far as possible and to avoid social damage as far as possible.” Instead, he said, the health system should be put in a position to vaccinate the entire population within a month in the event of future waves. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, January 5)

Demand for vaccinations for children is high

Pediatricians in Germany are currently seeing a high demand for Corona vaccinations for five- to eleven-year-olds. So far, 8.5 percent of children in this age group have been vaccinated, the president of the German Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ), Jörg Dötsch, told Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland. “In most cases, the parents are well informed, they themselves and also their children want the vaccination. The demand in the group of those willing to vaccinate is thus high for now.” The Standing Commission on Vaccination had recommended the Corona vaccination for five- to eleven-year-olds with pre-existing conditions at the beginning of December. However, children without pre-existing conditions can also be vaccinated upon individual request. (Ntv, January 5)

Interior Minister announces harsh action against opponents of Corona policy that are willing to use violence

Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser wants to take strong action against opponents of the Corona measures who are willing to use violence. It is unacceptable to have threats and violence, the SPD politician said in the ARD capital studio. “When people become radical and abusive, then I think a limit has been reached. Then the constitutional state must also take action with all its force.” She explained that only a very small minority at the Corona protests were radical to the point of threatening and using violence. (Ard, January 4)

How do children without smartphones prove vaccination?

Children without smartphones have the same opportunity to prove their vaccination as, for example, seniors who don’t have a cell phone, says Pascal Murmann, deputy press officer for the Ministry of Social Affairs in Stuttgart. “You can also show the vaccination certificate with the QR code on the printed paper. There’s also a QR code on it that can be checked.” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, January 5)

Non-Corona News

Mercedes recalls hundreds of thousands of cars

Stuttgart – Mercedes-Benz says it is recalling hundreds of thousands of cars back to the workshop due to a technical defect. Certain vehicles in the GLE/GLS, C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, E-Class, GLC, CLS and G-Class series with diesel engines may be leaking, the company announced in Stuttgart on Wednesday.  As a result, a rise in component temperature cannot be completely ruled out in individual cases. There are more than 800,000 vehicles worldwide affected by the problem, as the “Bild” newspaper and the “Handelsblatt” previously reported.

A Daimler spokesman did not confirm the number when asked, but named the affected model series of diesel models of the SUV GLE, GLS, GLC and G-Class, as well as C-, E- and S-Class. Due to a leak in the coolant pump, a rise in component temperature cannot be completely ruled out in individual cases, the passenger car subsidiary Mercedes-Benz further explained. The first batch of repairs is scheduled for mid- to late January.

Until it is time for the service, the affected vehicles “must be driven with particular caution and use must be limited to the minimum necessary.” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, January 5)

One in seven full-time employees has a low income

Düsseldorf/Stuttgart – Approximately one in seven full-time employees in the southwest is a low earner and has to get by on a gross salary of less than 2284 euros. This is the result of a study by the Economic and Social Research Institute (WSI) of the Hans Böckler Foundation, which is close to the trade unions. This means that the proportion of low earners among full-time employees in Baden-Württemberg is considerably lower than the national average.

As in Germany as a whole, the proportion of low earners among women in Baden-Württemberg was much higher (22.3 percent) than among men (9.9 percent). Nationwide, according to the study, women, young full-time workers, those with foreign citizenship and those without vocational qualifications in particular often have to live with low wages. Moreover, the proportion of low-wage earners is still significantly higher in eastern Germany than in the west. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, January 5)

The Herdweg crossing and the bike path to Schönaich are almost complete / Final work in the spring

Böblingen: Shortly before Christmas, the approximately one kilometer long segment of the new cycle path parallel to the district road K1057 between Panzer Kaserne and Schönaich was opened for bicycle traffic. Some remaining work as well as the completion of the last, more than 200 meter long section and a new bicycle crossing over the K1057 at the level of the Musberger Sträßle will take place in the course of spring.

“With this new bike path, we are closing a gap that offers significant advantages for bike commuters in particular, but also for everyday bike traffic,” says a delighted District Administrator Roland Bernhard. Zigzagging along graveled forest paths is now a thing of the past. “Now, destinations such as the Böblingen hospital, the Goldberg S-Bahn stop, the industrial park in Sindelfingen East and the Schönaich industrial park can be reached directly via the new bike path. In addition, the connection to the cycling expressway between Böblingen and Stuttgart will be much more attractive. It’s a worthwhile investment and an important contribution to creating transport infrastructure for climate-friendly mobility.” (BBheute, January 5)