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Host Nation Update, July 6 , 2021
Air filtration devices in schools
Minister President Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) announced that B-W will spend €60 million in subsidies to install mobile air filtration devices in schools. The subsidies will cover half of the estimated €120 million cost to install filters in rooms that are not easily ventilated and in all classrooms for grades one through six. Children in these grades have not yet been offered an opportunity to be vaccinated. Kretschmann noted that the filters are additional measures designed to complement the hygienic and protective measures already in place, such as regular testing and mask wear. (SWR, July 6)
No German region now above incidence of 25, 40 regions with incidence of zero
Across Germany, no region has an incidence above 25 anymore. Even the frontrunner (Eichsfeld in Thuringia) is now no longer above this mark and reported exactly 25 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants to the RKI in the last seven days. Overall, 40 of the more than 400 counties and independent cities now report an incidence of zero new infections in the last week. The second highest incidence is currently recorded in Frankfurt am Main with 20.4. 31 counties in Germany still exceed an incidence of 10, most of which are located in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg – for example Munich (10.0) or Heilbronn (15.8). (Ntv, July 6)
Merkel appeals to the states for a safe start of the school year
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged the states to ensure a safe start to school after the summer vacations. It is very important to keep schools open, Merkel told the CDU federal executive committee. She also mentioned in this context the funding programs for air filters in classrooms. Appropriate testing for children are also important, Merkel says, and she pleads for the 16 states to act together as much as possible. The main topic in the summer, however, is “vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate.”(Ntv, July 6)
Non Corona local News
Police searching for eleven-year-old boy
Police in Winnenden (Rems-Murr district) are looking for a missing eleven-year-old boy. The child from a foster home has been considered missing since Monday evening at 5 p.m., according to a police spokesman. The search continued on Tuesday morning. The task forces searched into the night with several squads and a helicopter. “We have so far no closer clues as to where he might be,” the spokesman continued in the morning. So far, the police search of possible points of contact has failed.
Officers must assume in such situations that the welfare of the child could be at risk.
The police are mainly looking for the boy in the Winnenden area. Several patrols are on duty, according to a police spokesman. During the night, children stand out, but during the day, the search is made more difficult as many children are on the move, explains a police spokesman. In addition to the officers in Winnenden, the surrounding police stations are also on the lookout for the boy. A corresponding photo is available to them. So far, however, the police have refrained from a public search.
He is reportedly about 1.50 meters tall, slim, has short hair and was wearing black sweatpants at the time of his disappearance on Monday. Witnesses should contact the police with any information.(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 6)
Woman was sexually harassed on the S5 train
Stuttgart – On Sunday, June 27, there has been a sexual assault on an unknown woman in the S-Bahn of the line S5 in the direction of Schwabstraße. The police stated in a press release that they are now looking for the injured party. According to the police, a 26-year-old man is suspected. According to previous knowledge, he had already behaved conspicuously at the train station in Ludwigsburg. In the suburban train he allegedly had bumped into a woman and touched her indecently around midnight. When she defended herself, the suspect apparently left the S-Bahn at the main station. The police are investigating . (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 6)
Train accident in the Rems-Murr district
Another person has died in a train accident in the Rems-Murr district. This time it happened in Winnenden, in the early morning of Saturday. As the police announced only on Monday, an 18-year-old had been on track 1 of the station. At shortly before 5 o’clock, he wanted to cross the track bed in the direction of track 2. According to police, he stumbled at the exact moment a commuter train pulled in. The train hit the young man, who died at the scene of the accident. The CID is now trying to clarify the exact circumstances of the accident.
Only at the beginning of June, a 14-year-old girl was hit and killed by a train in Oppenweiler in the same district. In this case, too, the police assumed that it was an accident; apparently, the victim had crossed the tracks to shorten a path. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 5)
Man threatens passers-by in Königstraße
Stuttgart – Police officers provisionally arrested a 22-year-old man suspected of blackmailing an 18-year-old and threatening passers-by in Stuttgart-Mitte on Sunday night. According to police, the suspect allegedly bumped into an 18-year-old man while walking past at around 0:20 a.m. on the lower Königstraße at the height of the Theaterpassage there. This initially led to a physical confrontation, in the course of which the 22-year-old threatened his opponent with a large screw and demanded cigarettes.
Passers-by noticed and tried to calm the man down. The suspect then allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened the passers-by. They managed to disarm the man and hold him until the police arrived. After the 22-year-old sustained a cut to his arm, presumably as a result of the scuffle, he was taken to hospital by ambulance. The officers released the suspect after taking charge of the case.(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 5)
Soccer fans celebrate in Stuttgart
Piero Cuna, who has lived in Germany for 37 years, feels the Italian national pride here in particular. When the Italian squad plays (Squadra Azzurra), his restaurant is crowded. The projector and screen are set up, and the 150 guests allowed into the restaurant stand on the tables and cheer the game on. The landlord has goose bumps when he thinks about the atmosphere. The German-Italian, who comes from Lecce, a city in the southern Italian region of Puglia, is convinced that national pride is even greater outside of Italy than in the country itself.
When the Squadra Azzurra plays against Spain this Tuesday, all three Stuttgart players will be sitting spellbound in front of the TV with their entire family. The children in particular are in European Championship fever, says De Cato. They love the celebrations, including the motorcade. For De Cato, it’s “just a great feeling” to see so many happy people in Italy jerseys. Especially because the country suffered so much during the pandemic, says the Leonberg resident. After “drama, suffering and bad news,” Italy would “get something back” through the European Championship title
The wish is that on July 11, Italy will become European champion. This will then be celebrated with fireworks.
The game vs Spain kicks off tonight at 9 p.m., if Italy win, celebrations around the city are expected to take place with car horns and loud singing. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 6)