Local news translated – Jan 8, 2021

Daily Host Nation Update January 8, 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.

COVID fatalities continue to rise according to RKI

The number of reported deaths related to the coronavirus has reached a new high. Within one day, German health authorities transmitted 1,188 new deaths to the Robert Koch Institute, according to RKI figures released Friday morning. In addition, 31,849 new infections were reported. The previous high of 1,129 new deaths had been reached on December 30. For new infections registered within 24 hours, the highest value of 33,777 had been reported on December 18 – but this included 3,500 subsequent reports. (Robert Koch Institute, January 8)

Unknown rioters at vaccination center in Rostock

Unidentified people have rioted at the vaccination center in Rostock, which is a city on the north coast of Germany. As a police spokesman said, according to an initial overview, among other things, several mobile heaters were knocked over. Since these were probably not filled with fuel, fortunately no fire had broken out. The devices stood in a tent, which is built in front of the fixed rooms of the vaccination center. The case had come to the attention of a police patrol shortly after midnight and the investigation is ongoing. (Ntv, January 8)

Union calls on nursing staff to be vaccinated “as soon as possible”

The service union Verdi has urged hospital and nursing staff to get voluntarily vaccinated against the coronavirus. “We as Verdi call on healthcare workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as soon as possible,” Verdi board member Sylvia Bühler told the Rheinische Post. She referred to an increased occupational risk of infection in the hospital and nursing sector. “After weighing up all the opportunities and risks, it is advisable, if only for reasons of self-protection and the protection of one’s own family, to be vaccinated, unless there are serious health reasons against it,” Bühler said.  (Handelsblatt, January 8)

School opening on January 18 not guaranteed according to B-W Minister President

Baden-Württemberg will decide next Thursday whether elementary schools and daycare centers can reopen on January 18. In the interest of children, they would like to reopen on that date, said Minister President Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) in the state parliament in Stuttgart on Friday. “But we cannot guarantee it today.” For this, one needs “more reliable figures on the infection situation,” which are not yet available. “Therefore, we will make this decision next Thursday.” For most students, the extended Corona lockdown means there will be only distance learning in January instead of face-to-face. There could be exceptions only for younger children. (Canstatter Zeitung, January 8)

Government insists on “consistent implementation of federal-state resolutions”

The German government has called for the Corona resolutions on tightening and extending the lockdown, which were reached jointly with the federal states, to also be implemented. “In the current situation, from our point of view, a consistent implementation of the federal-state resolutions is essential, also in view of the even more contagious virus variant,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert. Seibert was responding to questions about the approach in the states to schools. For example, the Berlin Senate had decided to gradually offer alternating instruction at schools again from January 11. “In the view of the federal government, it should not now be a matter of interpreting the resolutions as broadly and extensively as possible, but rather of doing everything we can to uphold these resolutions and thus achieve their purpose,” Seibert said. The federal and state governments had agreed to extend the measures taken in the states in December with the suspension of compulsory attendance at schools until the end of January. (Stern, January 8)

Non Corona News

Koalas coming to Wilhelma by the end of 2021

Koalas will move into the zoological-botanical garden Wihlelma at the end of 2021, which is constructing a newly designed Australia World. “There will be two males and two females,” reveals Wilhelma Director Thomas Kölpin. Although quite a few months will pass before then, he makes no secret of his anticipation. “These animals are very popular,” says Kölpin.  The Wilhelma will spend around five million euros on the project. “Our savings alone are not enough for this, of course,” says Kölpin, who can, however, look forward to an opulent subsidy from the Wilhelma Sponsors’ Association. (Canstatter Zeitung, January 8)

An abundance of Roman history in Bad Canstatt

There is a lot of history in Hallschlag for those interested–an important Roman road and the excavations of the “Alte Burg” or the Reiterkaserne (cavalry barracks). Information boards at Altenburgplatz now draw attention to the history of the district. Passers-by can now find out about the Roman fort, road, excavations, and the Steig cemetery just a few meters away. In addition, a district map was installed on which all the panels are located. The square at the end of Altenburger Steige, between Steigfriedhof and Römerkastell, has even more evidence of past centuries: Roman pavement and benches made of travertine recall the history of settlement. History can also be experienced a few meters further in the direction of the Steigfriedhof at the junction with the Sparrhärmlingweg. Last year, the Four-Way Goddess Stone was placed at this spot to draw attention to the crossing of important long-distance roads 2000 years ago: From here, one could set out in all four directions. (Canstatter Zeitung, January 8)