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Host Nation Update, July 7, 2021
RKI counts 985 new infections, more than last week
Health offices in Germany have reported 985 new Corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). A week ago, there were 808 infections. The nationwide seven-day incidence rises to 5.1 from 4.9 the previous day. 48 additional deaths related to Covid-19 were also registered. A week ago, there were 56 deaths.(Robert Koch Institute, July 7)
European soccer championships spreading COVID.
The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) has counted more that 2,500 COVID-19 infections in connection with the European Cup championships. Scotland was the most affected with 1,991 cases. Finland registered 436 cases, with most of those coming after Finland’s team played in St. Petersburg, Russia. Denmark, France, Sweden, Croatia, and the Netherlands have all reported cases tied to the championship. Germany had no cases reported in connection with the games. (SWR, July 7)
Mark Dominic Alscher, a general manager at the Robert-Bosch-Hospital (RBK) in Stuttgart is concerned about the increase in infections from the Delta variant of concern (VoC), particularly considering the growing level of vaccination fatigue. About 10% of vaccination appointments at RBK are no-shows, and about 30% of the available appointments do not get booked at all. The RBK’s mobile teams report that many pop-up vaccination events get canceled because the local communities report no need for them. Alscher believes that the vacation period is one factor working against the vaccination effort, and he suggests implementing shorter intervals between doses to enable people to get vaccinated before going on vacation. He also supports unconventional solutions, such as putting up a vaccination tent on Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz in the evening and night hours to provide low-threshold vaccination opportunities to people meeting there. The RBK is itself taking extra measures, and beginning this week, will offer vaccinations without an appointment between 07:00 and 20:00. (Stuttgarter Zeitung, July 7)
Easing and Vaccinations
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) said that further easing measures depended on the level of vaccinations. He said that the rules for mask wear, social distancing and hygiene measures would remain in place for while still. Wearing a mask indoors is not too much to ask from vaccinated people, he said, although the restrictions on gatherings and event attendance should be lifted for that group. Being vaccinated should make a difference, he added. Spahn reckons that by the end of July, everyone should have had the chance to receive at least one dose. Spahn noted that Germany would soon reach a vaccination level of 90% for people over 60. They must work harder to get 12 to 59-year-olds vaccinated, and that group must be offered low friction options for getting vaccinated. (DLF, July 7)
SUV injures ten-year-old girl and drives on
After a 10-year-old girl was struck and injured by an SUV while crossing Zimmerstraße in Sindelfingen at around 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday, police are looking for witnesses to the incident and the driver of the crashed vehicle. The suspect had not taken care of the girl after the accident.
The Sindelfingen police department is now asking witnesses who observed the accident and can contribute information to the clarification, or the driver of the accident, to report to telephone 07031 / 6970.(BBheute, July 7)
Italy fans celebrate with auto-parade
After the victory of the Italian team against Spain at the European Championship, there was reason for fans to celebrate. In Böblingen, a motorcade with about 150 vehicles and about 250 people moved in the area of the Schlossbergring next to and partly on the roadway. In the course of the celebrations, there was an assault and resistance against police officers. In the process, a police officer was slightly injured.
In Leonberg, around 100 fans gathered in the outskirts of Leonberger Straße and Brennerstraße at the start of the game. Several bengalos were set off by unknown persons from the crowd, but they did not injure anyone or cause any damage to property.
In Ludwigsburg, a motorcade with about 350 honking vehicles took place after the end of the game. Numerous celebrating fans gathered in Wilhelmstraße and the police cordoned off the area for about an hour. The police reported two disturbances of the peace. Several drivers were also warned because their passengers were leaning out of the window while driving.
In Vaihingen an der Enz, about 100 fans met in Grabenstraße after the end of the game. A motorcade with 30 vehicles took place. There were no significant disturbances.(BBheute, July 7)