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Host Nation Update, July 19, 2021

Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – Incidence value just below ten mark

Stuttgart – The seven-day incidence in the southwest rose on Sunday to just below the ten mark. It increased from 9.7 to 9.9 infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one day, according to the state health office. The figure had been rising steadily in recent days. Among the 44 urban and rural districts in Baden-Württemberg, the incidence is highest in the district of Heidenheim, at 26.4, and lowest in the district of Sigmaringen, at 0.8. 

The number of confirmed corona infections in the southwest since the start of the pandemic rose by 48 to 502,911. Meanwhile, 10,339 people have died from or related to corona virus infection, and no new deaths were reported on Sunday compared with the previous day. An estimated 490 568 infected people are considered recovered (up 90).  17.5 percent of the operable 2314 intensive care beds are currently vacant, according to the release. This value is important for assessing the utilization of the healthcare system. The situation in hospitals, in addition to the incidence, is also expected to play an increased role in the assessment of necessary measures in the fight against the pandemic. However, such intensive care beds are not only needed for Covid 19 patients with severe courses, but also for people with other serious illnesses. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 18)


Floods in Baden-Württemberg – The situation in the state is easing

Stuttgart – Jörg Lutz has heard one sentence particularly often in recent days: “I’ve never experienced anything like this before,” said the people of Lörrach to their mayor. On Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, the city was hit by torrential downpours. Again and again the sky darkened, and the rain pushed towards the city like a gray wall.  Lutz himself was still heading downtown on Friday; he had an appointment. “I got a hundred meters, there was already the first street flooded, and the first motorist tried desperately to get out of his car,” he says. The OB declared a state of public emergency in the city of just under 50,000 inhabitants. On Sunday at 12 o’clock Jörg Lutz lifted it again. The sun was finally shining again in southern Baden.

Compared to West Germany, “we got off lightly”. But “the shock is still in all our limbs”. The damage cannot yet be estimated, says Lutz. But they are probably considerable. The school was flooded, a bank branch and the supermarket were flooded, the nursing home was under water, as were countless cellars and underground garages. 

At least no one was harmed. Not much was missing. Lightning struck the open-air swimming pool, “thank God only a tree,” says Manuel Müller, the commander of the Lörrach fire department: the open-air swimming pool was fully occupied at the time. His colleagues had to deal with 203 calls, including an extremely large number of emergency calls, because people were stuck in their cellars, could not free themselves from their cars and were washed away with them – and in one case a young man was almost sucked into a manhole.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 18)


Stuttgart wine village opens – OB Frank Nopper: “The most beautiful in all of Germany”.

Stuttgart – At the opening of the Stuttgart Wine Village, the joy was palpable that the traditional wine festival, after its banishment to the digital format last year due to corona, has now been revived in the city center, even if only in the form of a single booth on the corner of Dorotheenstraße/Schillerplatz.   “We are totally happy that we can have at least this one booth “, Bärbel Mohrmann, managing director of the organizer Pro Stuttgart e.V., confessed on Saturday afternoon at the opening, which Lord Mayor Frank Nopper put a highlight on with his speech. In view of the 345 wineries on the territory of the state capital, wine is “a Stuttgart elixir of life” and the Stuttgart wine village in its original form is “the most beautiful wine village in the whole of Germany”.  The Württemberg Wine Queen Tamara Elbl explained that it was “insanely good, it makes me happy to be here live, because wine is best enjoyed in community.” “The Stuttgart wine village lives! We connect this with the hope to enjoy a long, great Stuttgart wine village together in 2022.”  (Info: The Stuttgart wine village from lasts until September 5, 2021. The wine village booth on the corner of Dorotheenstraße/ /Schillerplatz is open from Thursday to Saturday each from. 11.00 am to 10.00 pm. (Stgt Nachrichten, July 18)


Small sports plane crashed near Steinenbronn (BB district)

Steinenbronn – “A sports plane has just crashed near Steinenbronn.” This is what an eyewitness reported to the police at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday. The crashed aircraft was a single-engine “Piper PA-28” aircraft that had taken off from Stuttgart Airport around 9:40 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the police report. Five minutes later, the witness reported the crash via the emergency call.  According to the police, the emergency services found the wreckage of the aircraft and several deceased persons at the crash site. Meanwhile, investigators believe there were three fatalities, believed to be the pilot and two passengers. Investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing.  Whether technical defects or a medical emergency with the pilot could have caused the crash would have to be determined by investigations in the coming days, a police spokesman said.  The recovery of the third fatality lasted until Sunday afternoon. In addition, emergency personnel were busy recovering wreckage from the trees. On Sunday afternoon, the Technical Relief Organization used a truck to transport away parts of the crashed aircraft. The emergency services even had to use an excavator to dig out parts of the plane from the ground. In addition, the fire department said it had to put up a pasture fence around the wreckage overnight to keep animals back from the forest. (BB.heute.de, July 19)