HN Update, July 1, 2021
Coronavirus-related Host Nation News
Majority in favor of right to work at home even after Corona
Almost two-thirds of Germans are in favor of a continued home office option in certain industries, according to a survey. Regardless of the pandemic, 65 percent of respondents believe the right to home office should be maintained in suitable industries, according to the YouGov polling institute on Thursday. YouGov had polled 1731 people for the representative survey at the end of June. While 17 percent oppose a continued regulation on working from home, the rest did not want to comment on it. In addition, the YouGov survey showed that approval is lower in the eastern states than in the west. (Ntv, July 1)
Quick test center at Schlossplatz to close
Stuttgart – First, the entrance and exit signs are being removed, then the workers carry the barrier grids out of the Corona test site at Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz. Since April, nose swabs have been taken in the large white tent. Hundreds of inner-city visitors passed through every day, cotton swabs were poked so deeply into noses that eyes watered. Especially on holidays and weekends, many lined up for the free, federally-paid quick test. Anyone who wanted to go to a restaurant or beer garden needed the negative test. Now they are removing the test stand at the Schlossplatz. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 1)
Feeling of solitude still high for many during second lockdown
According to a survey, people also felt very lonely during the second lockdown and their life satisfaction decreased compared to the first lockdown. At the same time, however, they suffered slightly less frequently from anxiety and depression symptoms than a year ago, according to a survey by the Berlin-based DIW Institute. “The next few months will now show how the crisis will affect the psyche of the population in the long term.” If economic uncertainty rises again or everyday life is persistently affected by the crisis – for example, by another lockdown – mental health and well-being are also likely to deteriorate again.(Ntv, July 1)
Spahn on Delta Variant
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn expects the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus to account for 70 to 80 percent of new infections in Germany as late as July. It is therefore important to maintain the pace of vaccination, Spahn said in Berlin. So far, two-thirds of all adults in Germany have been vaccinated at least once. In general, 55 percent have now received their first vaccination, while 37.3 percent have been vaccinated twice. Spahn emphasizes that only a complete vaccination protects against delta.(Ntv, July 1)
RKI reports 892 new infections – incidence decreases slightly
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 892 new Corona infections. This is 116 fewer than a week ago Thursday. The seven-day incidence drops further to 5.1 from 5.2 the previous day. The figure indicates how many people per 100,000 population contracted the coronavirus in the past seven days. Sixty-three more people died in connection with the virus, up from 93 a week ago, bringing the total number of reported deaths within 24 hours to 90,938 Overall, more than 3.7 million corona tests have been positive in Germany so far. (Robert Koch Institute, July 1)
Pets often get infected with Corona
Dogs and especially cats apparently become infected relatively often from their owners infected with Corona. This is indicated by two new studies. The Canadian veterinarian Dorothee Bienzle reports that she found antibodies in 67 percent of the cats and 43 percent of the dogs examined, which indicates that they had been infected. The animals had lived with infected humans.
Bienzle, of the University of Guelph in Canada, will present her findings July 9-12 at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). The data have not yet appeared in a peer-reviewed journal.
Twenty percent of dogs had symptoms, 27 percent of cats, he said. In most cases, the disease passed quickly and smoothly, he said. Symptoms range from loss of strength and appetite to coughing, runny noses, breathing problems and diarrhea in the four-legged friends.
The main concern is not the health of the animals – they have had no or only mild symptoms of Covid-19, Broens explained, according to a congressional release. Rather, he said, the concern is the potential risk that pets could become reservoirs of the virus and reintroduce it into the population. Fortunately, however, no transmissions from pets to humans have been reported to date, he said.(Ntv, July 1)
Non Corona-related Host Nation News
Robbery with vacuum cleaner
Karlsruhe – A regional court verdict on a robbery in a supermarket with a vacuum cleaner has been partially overturned by the Federal Supreme Court. Another chamber of the Mosbach Regional Court must now decide anew on the sentence, as the BGH announced in Karlsruhe on Thursday. It must be clarified to what extent the man had assisted in the clarification of the crime and this may have a mitigating effect on the sentence. (Ref.: 1 StR 146/21)
At the end of January, the defendant was sentenced to four years and six months in prison for aggravated robbery in combination with intentional bodily injury. The case had caused a stir because the defendant had used a vacuum cleaner to suck money out of a safe. In total, the man captured about 60,000 euros. The man had explained that he had brought a vacuum cleaner to the scene of the crime in Tauberbischofsheim in the Main-Tauber district. An accomplice, who was the manager of the shopping center at the time, had come up with the idea. Originally, only a fictitious robbery had been planned.(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 1)
50 people harass police officers after arrest
Ludwigsburg – A major confrontation occurred on Wednesday afternoon at the Ludwigsburg train station. Police reported that around 50 people had shown solidarity with a 24-year-old man who, after an assault, had presumably first alerted the police himself and then tried to attack the officers.
The police officers took care of him and provided first aid until the ambulance arrived. Meanwhile, about 50 verbally aggressive people gathered around the scene. They had to be asked several times to keep their distance from the police officers. A police dog was finally able to calm the crowd. The 24-year-old was taken to a hospital. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 1)