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Host Nation Update, July 26, 2021

Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – Incidence continues to rise

Stuttgart –The number of Corona new infections in the southwest continued to rise on Sunday. According to the state health department, the seven-day incidence climbed statewide to 12.4, up from 12.2 on Saturday. An increase in the number of cases has been recorded by the health authorities since the beginning of July. Meanwhile, 26 of the 44 urban and rural districts in the southwest are above an incidence of 10. In the Hohenlohekreis is the value with 32.0 according to the data highest, in the district of Schwäbisch Hall with 1.5 lowest.

The number of confirmed infections in Baden-Württemberg since the start of the pandemic increased by 63 to 504,306, according to official data. 10 377 people have died from or in connection with infection with the coronavirus. This number did not increase from the previous day. An estimated 491 434 infected people are considered recovered (up 118).  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 26)


Baden-Württemberg – These new Corona rules apply today (Monday, July 26)

Stuttgart- On July 26, a new Corona ordinance goes into effect in Baden-Württemberg. Most of the changes primarily affect public events, such as soccer matches or concerts. There are also new regulations for clubs and discotheques.  

For public events, venues may occupy 50 percent of their capacity in incidence level one (incidence under ten) and incidence level two (under 35). However, a maximum of only 25,000 people may be present at an event. These rules also apply to sporting events.  Outdoors, masking is mandatory at incidence level one at events with more than 300 people. In incidence levels two to four, this applies to as few as 200 people. In both cases, the requirement to wear a mask does not apply if seating is at least 1.5 meters apart. At events in closed rooms, the mask requirement still applies.   

There are also new regulations for clubs and discotheques. These may continue to open at incidence level one. However, the much-criticized one-person-per-ten-square-meter rule no longer applies. From now on, occupancy at 30 percent of the permitted capacity is authorized.  There are also new regulations in regards to tourism. For example, excursion boat trips, tourist bus tours, cable car rides and zeppelin flights are authorized without restrictions at incidence level one.

At incidence level two, 75 percent of seats may be occupied without testing requirements.  At 100 percent occupancy, passengers must be vaccinated, recovered or tested. (3Gs). Regulations for city festivals and public festivals have been added to the ordinance. Different rules apply depending on the incidence level. However, beer tents and open-air stages at such festivals are still prohibited.  

At incidence levels one and two, no restrictions on persons apply and there is no testing requirement. At incidence level three (under 50), there is a restriction of no more than one person per ten square feet and mandatory testing. If a county is in incidence level four (under 100), a restriction of no more than one person per 20 square feet applies. Testing is also mandatory in this case. Vaccinated and recovered persons are always exempt from mandatory testing. Furthermore, organizers must document the contact information of visitors regardless of incidence level.  

In addition to the major changes, the ordinance also revises a few minor points. For example, individuals returning or picking up media from a library will no longer be required to present a negative rapid test or provide contact information.  

There is also some minor relief for retailers. For example, patrons of outdoor-only markets will no longer be required to file their contact information. Furthermore, the square footage limit no longer applies to these markets in incidence levels three and four. Effective immediately, flea markets and farmers markets will be subject to the same regulations as retail markets.  According to the state government, the Corona ordinance will be revised again in September. The new relaxations are then to apply mainly to vaccinated persons.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 26)


Debates about mandatory vaccination – Strobl contradicts Kretschmann

Stuttgart- Mandatory vaccination as an option in the ongoing fight against Corona mutants? Baden-Württemberg’s Minister President Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) has put this idea into play. “We are not planning mandatory vaccination, however, I cannot rule out mandatory vaccination until the end of time,” It was possible, he said, that variants could arise, and would make it necessary.  This meets with clear opposition from the coalition partner. Interior Minister Thomas Strobl (CDU) told our editorial board on Sunday, “We don’t need mandatory vaccination now.” Politicians had always said there would be no mandatory vaccination, he said. “In principle, I still think that’s right – and we’re sticking to that now.” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 26)


Last Friday – Sonic boom over Stuttgart and region

Stuttgart- A thunderclap out of the blue at 10:12 a.m. on Friday morning startled the south of Stuttgart. The Bundeswehr said a training flight at an altitude of eleven kilometers, triggered a sonic boom. However, apparently this is not the whole answer to the story.  

The powerful rumble with a shock wave that opened ajar windows caused worried expressions in Möhringen and Vaihingen: Was there an explosion on the American installation? The emergency phones were ringing off the hook at the Stuttgart police station: “There were 24 calls in a short time,” says police spokesman Stephan Widmann. The police stations in the region received many inquiries from Gerlingen and Sindelfingen (Böblingen district) as well as from Filderstadt (Esslingen district).   

The German Armed Forces Aviation Office, based in Cologne, quickly solved the mystery surrounding the bang when asked: “The evaluation of the radar data shows two German Armed Forces Eurofighter fighter aircraft from Neuburg on the Danube,” a spokesman said. The base in question is that of Tactical Air Force Squadron 74 in Bavaria, about 150 kilometers from Stuttgart.  “The aircraft briefly flew supersonic speeds as part of a training flight,” the Bundeswehr spokesman said. The fighter jets had been at an altitude of 11,064 meters above sea level – and about ten kilometers southeast of Stuttgart.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 26)


Fire in Böblingen – Columns of smoke over the Häckselplatz (shredding site) close by the LTA

Böblingen- On Sunday morning, there was another outbreak of fire at the Böblingen shredding site. A column of smoke was visible from afar off.

The Böblingen fire department was able to extinguish the chaff with the help of a wheel loader of the waste management company. In order to ensure the water supply, a shuttle service to the residual waste power plant was set up with the fire department’s water-carrying vehicles. The operation lasted several hours.  (BB.heute.de, July 26)


Leinfelden / Steinenbronn: Ten injured in two traffic accidents

Leinfelden-Echterdingen/Steinenbronn- In the night to Sunday there were two traffic accidents on the L1208 between Leinfelden-Echterdingen and Steinenbronn.

Shortly after the Leinfelden sports center in the direction of Steinenbronn, a VW Golf left the road and overturned. Several people were injured.

500 meters further on, after a right-hand bend, there was a head-on collision between a Peugeot and a Mercedes. Here, one person was trapped in the vehicle and several people were also injured.  The rescue service, which was on the scene with six ambulances, an emergency doctor and an incident commander, had to treat a total of 10 injured people. The Leinfelden-Echterdingen fire department was on site with several vehicles.