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Host Nation Update, July 21, 2021
HN Update, July 21, 2021
Coronavirus in Baden Wuerttemberg – Incidence fluctuates just below the ten mark
Stuttgart – After a brief decline over the weekend, the so-called seven-day incidence in the southwest has risen slightly again. It was on Tuesday (as of 4 p.m.) at 9.6 new Corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week, as the state health office announced in the evening. On Sunday, the value was still at 9.9, on Monday at 9.5. Among the 44 urban and rural districts in Baden-Württemberg, the incidence is highest in Ulm with 22.9, and lowest in the district of Sigmaringen with 0.8. The number of confirmed Corona infections in the southwest since the start of the pandemic increased by 261 to 503 240, according to the agency. 10,354 people have now died from or related to coronavirus infection – eight new deaths were reported Tuesday. An estimated 490,772 infected people are considered recovered (up 138). (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 21)
Vacation in Croatia – The Corona time bomb is ticking at the Adriatic Sea
Belgrade/Split – Not even the rain was able to stop the sun-hungry Adriatic tourists. Traffic jams stretching for kilometers and sometimes waiting times of several hours were reported by Croatia’s traffic police from the country’s border crossings, toll stations and ferry ports over the weekend. Rarely has the return of the seemingly endless tin caravans during the peak travel season caused so much satisfaction in the host country. The utilization of the island ferries is already at 68 percent of the record year of 2019, reported relieved Jelena Ivulic of the state-owned shipping company “Jadrolinija” in Split: “The ferries are full, we work around the clock. Considering the circumstances and epidemiological situation, we are satisfied.” However, the joy of returning crowds of visitors is paired with growing Corona concerns: because of rising infection rates in Dalmatia, the EU health agency ECDC unexpectedly downgraded Croatia’s entire coastline from green to orange zone late last week. She was “shocked,” was the dismayed reaction of Barbara Markovic of Croatia’s Private Accommodation Association in Split to the surprise departure from the green zone: “I had expected this to happen in mid-August, but not so quickly.” She said the start of the season was “promising, better than good. “But what comes now is uncertain. If the epidemiological figures don’t improve, we won’t see the post-season.” In 2020, summer business had also started better than expected. But when infection numbers spiked in August, partly due to lax compliance, Croatia quickly slipped into the red zone: by mid-August, guests were already packing their bags and the season was effectively over. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 20)
Cultural event in S-Vaihingen
Vaihingen – For 16 months, the cultural sector has been lying fallow. Twice in a row, the new Vaihingen town festival had to be canceled. Many in the town long for something to be offered once again. This wish is taken up by the Heimatring. Together with musicians and artists from the region, it has developed the event “Culture to go – Music, Streetacts, Gastro”. On Saturday, July 24, 12 to 20 o’clock, five places in the district are played. Local restaurateurs form the framework of the event, which takes place because of Corona with a detailed hygiene concept and outdoors.
The event is planned so that visitors walk in loops from the Stadtpark, via the Hauptstraße/Siegmundstraße underpass to the Vaihinger Markt and on to the Schwabengalerie. From there, the route continues to Schillerplatz and Fanny Leicht Park. Along the way, various acts ranging from circus artists to dance groups to jazz musicians. Throughout the event, there will be programs at all five stations, so a visit is worthwhile both at lunchtime and in the early evening hours. Visitors do not pay admission, but are encouraged to give donations. These will be passed on in full to the artists. A large number of sponsors cover the costs of the cultural event. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 21)
Live music at Böblingen Schoenbuch brewery grounds
Böblingen – Since June 11, the cultural network “Blue House” has been organizing the open-air series “Blue Open” in the courtyard of the Schönbuch Brewery. Under the open sky, the Böblingen cultural association has been presenting live music, comedy and cabaret almost every weekend since then.
These include the improv theater group Artgenossen, which will perform in Böblingen on Saturday, as well as the Bluefonque band led by bass ace Alvin Mills and Grönemeyer keyboardist Rainer Scheithauer. The musicians want to rock the stage on Friday together with US singer Charles Simmons. It starts at 7 p.m. Further information and advance booking under www.kulturbh.de in the net. (BB.heute.de, July 21)