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Host Nation Update, July 15, 2021
Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – Three regions above 20 incidence
Stuttgart – The incidence of corona in the southwest is rising again. In the statewide average of the past seven days, a new infection with the corona virus has been detected in 8.1 per 100,000 people, according to data from Wednesday. On the previous day, the value had still been at 7.2. The cities of Ulm (26.8) and Karlsruhe (20.8) and the district of Heidenheim (20.3) are above the 20 mark. The threshold for stricter measures is the 35 incidence. The lowest value was 0.5 in the Schwäbisch Hall district.
Since the end of December, 141,536 cases with evidence of “variants of concern” have been reported to the state health department. These are considered to be viruses with mutations that have a higher risk of infection. In particular, the trend is upward for the delta variant, which is considered highly contagious and was first discovered in India. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 15)
Pressure grows for Corona vaccination – Non-vaccinated to pay for tests in the future
Stuttgart – The state government wants to wait until the end of August, perhaps even the end of September. After that, restrictions on freedom are to be dropped. Until then, all Baden-Württemberg citizens will have been offered vaccinations. Therefore, there will not be any reason to maintain restrictions on freedom. However, this only applies to vaccinated and recovered people with a single vaccination, and also to people who are not allowed to be vaccinated due to illness. The state government will no longer curtail the civil liberties of all citizens to protect those who choose not to be vaccinated.
Of course, non-vaccinated people would continue to have access to the health care system. However, participation in society would be possible only with proof of testing, which the state, would not continue to fund on a permanent basis.
The state government’s goal is to vaccinate 230,000 people per week by the end of the summer vacations. Then, he said, it would still be possible to reach the target vaccination rate of 87 percent of those eligible for vaccination. The real disease outbreak will be among the unvaccinated. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 15)
Vaccination at Stuttgart Airport
This Wednesday sees the start of an open vaccination offer initiated by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs, in cooperation with the Esslingen district and Stuttgart Airport. “Vaccinate and fly,” anyone who is about to embark on a flight can spontaneously get the injection, without making an appointment.
Provided for the campaign are the mRNA vaccines from Biontech/Pfizer and Moderna, both first and second vaccinations are possible. “In order to further advance the vaccination campaign, we need to make low-threshold offers,” said Health Minister Manne Lucha. He also pointed out that for best protection, one should ideally have received the second vaccination already before the vacation. It is recommended to notice the offer if possible with advance to the travel beginning. Who wants the shot before the departure, should calculate meanwhile at least four hours before and deposit the luggage in the lockers beside terminal 1. “Some do the second vaccination elsewhere, a maximum of ten percent skip it,” notes Medical Director Florian Bopp. With these summer vaccination action weeks, he says, they want to give new momentum to the vaccination campaign.
“We’ll also be rolling through the county soon with a vaccination bus with mobile vaccination teams.” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 15)
Incidence level 2 in Stuttgart – Stricter rules for smoking bars
Since Wednesday, the incidence level two applies in Stuttgart, which occurs when the incidence is between ten and 35 cases. Not much has changed compared to stage one. Affected by the stricter corona rules, are inside (smoker) pubs, one is no longer allowed to smoke. According to press spokesman Pascal Murmann, the survivability of the coronavirus “in gas-borne liquid or solid particles has been scientifically proven in studies, so that transmission through smoke particles containing the virus”. The restriction also exists “without exception for shisha and smoking bars.”
After last year’s summer vacations, the return of travelers drove another wave of corona. However, this year, they currently account for only twelve percent of the 164 active infection cases. Every third infection in Stuttgart is due to the delta variant. According to a model calculation, this proportion is likely to be around 90 percent at the beginning of August. The very mobile age group between ten and 39 years is particularly affected. In addition to vaccination, the city is therefore relying on people to continue to exercise a certain restraint in their social contacts. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 14)
Concert in Böblingen – “Skin of Clazz” plays open air at the lake
Böblingen – The percussion band Skin of Clazz will perform on Wednesday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the open-air series “Edition Parkdeck” in the outdoor area of the Congress Hall between the Böblingen lakes. In its current composition with various percussion instruments, saxophone and vocals. Skin of Clazz replaces the typical instrumental line-up of guitar, bass and piano with marimba, vibraphone and xylosynth. (BB.heute.de, July 15)
Sindelfingen Festival – Biennale to end with fireworks
Sindelfingen – The Biennale Sindelfingen festival is to end on Saturday, July 17, with a large fireworks display at the Sommerhofenpark. The cultural festival’s organizing team is hoping for good weather for the civic picnic. After the Corona regulations have been relaxed somewhat in the meantime, the city of Sindelfingen has decided to organize a large fireworks display again. This will start at the end of the citizens’ picnic around 11 pm in the Sommerhofenpark. Be there with picnic blanket without entrance fee.