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Host Nation Update, July 16, 2021
Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg
8.2 people per 100,000 inhabitants were newly infected with the coronavirus within a week. On Wednesday, the value had been 8.1, it had risen steadily before. Among the 44 urban and rural districts in Baden-Württemberg, the incidence is highest in Ulm, at 26.0, and lowest in the Schwäbisch Hall district, at 1.0. In Stuttgart, the seven-day incidence on Thursday is 15.1, up slightly from the previous day (14.6). (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 16)
Minister of Education expects return to mandatory school attendance
Stuttgart – Despite the danger posed by the delta variant of the coronavirus, Minister of Education Theresa Schopper assumes that there will be mandatory attendance at schools again after the summer vacations. With the summer vacations not ending until mid-September, there is still time to monitor infection levels.
Schopper expects that many unvaccinated children and adolescents will contract the more aggressive Delta variant. “Delta will spread in schools, there’s no need to fool yourself.” However, she said, it is becoming apparent that there are only mild courses among schoolchildren. The minister therefore does not consider it necessary for schools to be closed again when incidences “skyrocket.”
Attendance is also mandatory for teachers, Schopper made clear. “We assume that all teachers will be available because they all had an offer for vaccination.” Those who do not excuse themselves with a doctor’s note must come to school, she said. It is true that for data protection reasons, it is not authorized to ask which teachers have been vaccinated. However, the feedback from the schools is that most teachers have been vaccinated. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 16)
Fight against Corona – Boeblingen testing sites will be reduced
Böblingen district – The sharp decline in incidence figures, associated loosening of restrictions and the fact that many people have been vaccinated in the meantime mean that demand at the rapid testing centers in the district is in sharp decline. “At peak times, we had more than 160 rapid testing sites countywide,” said Anna Leher, head of the Böblingen health department. “Now we are refocusing operations on the original Böblingen model, namely the large rapid testing centers in Böblingen, Herrenberg, Holzgerlingen and Sindelfingen.”(BB.heute.de, July 16)
Non-Corona related news:
Lörrach district – Numerous roads closed due to flooding
Freiburg – Numerous roads have been closed in the district of Lörrach. Heavy thunderstorms and heavy rain caused flooding in the district, as the police announced on Friday.
Rescue workers reportedly have problems getting to the communities. Focal points were the communities of Inzlingen and Grenzach-Wyhlen, it said. “Road users are asked to avoid these areas and, if possible, to refrain from participating in road traffic,” the statement added.
German Weather Service (DWD) expect partly heavy continuous rain in the southwest until Saturday. Also on Friday, the weather experts expect further rain and partly heavy thunderstorms. Thunderstorm-like heavy rain with 40 liters per square meter cannot be ruled out in some places. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 16)
Severe Thunderstorms and flooding in the Eifel region – B-W sends rescue helicopters
Stuttgart/Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler – Because of the severe flooding in Rhineland-Pfalz, the Ministry of the Interior of Baden-Württemberg has sent a helicopter and crew to the particularly affected district of Ahrweiler. As the ministry announced on Thursday, the crew consists of three people. In addition, two firefighters from the high-altitude rescue service in Stuttgart were sent to Rhineland-Pfalz.
The rescue workers have been in action since the morning and have already rescued several people from the floods, he said. The rescue of people trapped by water is also the main task of the emergency forces, the ministry further announced. After continuous rain and flooding, several people have died in the Eifel district of Ahrweiler, according to police. Numerous people were still missing. The deployed helicopter of the police helicopter squadron Baden-Württemberg is equipped with a winch, so that as soon as possible with the airborne winch rescue of the people in distress can be started. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 16)