Daily Host Nation Stories July 15, 2020
Local communities do not expect normal school operation after summer holidays
The Association of Towns and Municipalities does not yet expect classes to be in normal operation for the new school year. “There will be no school operation after the summer holidays as there was before the Corona pandemic”, the chief executive of the association of municipalities, Gerd Landsberg, told the “Passauer Neue Presse”. Special hygiene measures are still necessary. “These include smaller study groups, good ventilation of the rooms, more room capacity and possibly additional staff”, said Landsberg. (Ntv, July 15)
Sellers in drugstores and supermarkets rarely infected
Fewer employees in supermarkets and drugstores may have become infected with the coronavirus than feared at the beginning of the pandemic. The weekly refers to a research among the large German supermarket and drugstore chains. According to this, only 0.1 percent of the approximately 41,000 employees of the drugstore chain dm tested positive. Similar results were reported by competitor Rossmann with 36 cases among 33,400 employees. Only two of these cases were clearly infected at work. The supermarket chains Rewe and Kaufland had also stated that the percentage of infected employees was below the population average. (Zeit, July 15)
Travel warning for Norway lifted
The Foreign Office has now also lifted the travel warning for Norway. This was announced by the agency at noon. Earlier, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry had published a list of countries from which entry is permitted again from today. Among them was Germany. This means that entry from Germany is now permitted again for all purposes, the Foreign Ministry announced. It was possible to enter the country without quarantine either directly or via Denmark or Finland, via Sweden only in direct transit. (Focus, July 15)
British researchers warn of new corona wave
London – Renowned scientists warn of a second wave of corona virus with up to 120,000 deaths in Great Britain. According to them, the peak could be reached next January and February. The study involved 37 scientists, including medical government advisor Patrick Vallance. The researchers from the Academy of Medical Sciences presented various scenarios and called the predicted 120,000 deaths a well-founded “worst case scenario.” “The risk can be reduced if we act immediately,” the researchers said on Tuesday.
They warn, among other things, of a coincidence with a flu epidemic and a higher risk of infection in winter, because people then spend more time in closed rooms. As a result, a second corona outbreak between September and June 2021 could be considerably worse than the first, the researchers emphasize. To protect against the virus, face masks must be worn in supermarkets and other shops in England in the future. According to a government spokesperson, the new regulation is to take effect on July 24. Whoever violates it will have to expect a fine. Children under the age of eleven will not be required to wear masks. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 14)
Loosened Corona requirements for trade fairs
Stuttgart – as of August 1, smaller trade fairs and congresses with up to 500 participants will again be allowed, and as of September 1, there will also be more people. The Ministry of Economics and the Ministry of Social Affairs have now announced some simplifications for the running of the events – for example that no mouth and nose protection has to be worn if the minimum distance between seats or at exhibition booths is 1.5 meters or more. This was preceded by the trade fair organizers’ criticism of the previous rules. They are stricter than those in the retail trade, which is incomprehensible.
In addition to the regulation on mouth-nose covering, the minimum square meter per person was also changed, as the ministries announced on Wednesday. Instead of ten square meters per person, the organizers are now to charge seven square meters. The staff of the exhibition stands will remain excluded from the calculation. It is the responsibility of exhibitors and visitors to ensure that trade fairs do not become a hotspot of infection if they want to avoid the reintroduction of restrictions. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 15)
Alleged sexual assault of teenager in Backnang
Backnang – An unknown man allegedly sexually assalted a 16-year-old girl in Backnang (Rems-Murr district) on Wednesday afternoon. According to the police, the young woman was walking on a footpath between the Karl-Euerle sports field towards the train station around 4:15 pm when a man approached her from behind near the gym. The unidentified man is said to have first held the 16-year-old woman and then touched her bottom and breasts. It took about a minute before the completely shocked teenager fought back with an elbow blow and managed to escape.
Meanwhile, the young woman was unable to give a description of the perpetrator. Therefore, the Waiblingen Criminal Investigation Department is looking for witnesses who have observed the incident and can provide information about the unknown man. The Criminal Investigation Department can be reached under the telephone number 07151/9500. (Stuttgarter Zeitung, July 14)
Court finds defendant not guilty of homicide
Stuttgart – A 37-year-old man has now been discharged because the court considers him not guilty of premeditated murder when he fatally stabbed a 77-year old woman in the west of Stuttgart. The Stuttgart Regional Court ordered that the man with paranoid schizophrenia be placed in a psychiatric hospital for an indefinite period of time. According to the judge, the act was so “absurd and crazy” that the ability to control it “was not excluded as a result of a pathological mental disorder.” The man had been suffering from paranoid disorder since ten years. The defense attorney plead for immediate placement in a psychiatric hospital and spoke out against a prison sentence. The public prosecutor’s office had assumed that the accused was only partially guilty and had suggested a 12-year prison sentence for murder as well as accommodation in a clinic. (Stuttgarter Zeitung, July 15)
Large meteorite described as a scientific sensation
“The find has a mass of 30.26 kilograms, which makes it the largest stone meteorite ever found in Germany,” said Dieter Heinlein, meteorite expert at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The centre reported on the meteorite on Wednesday and described it as a ‘scientific sensation.’ As early as 1989, a resident of the city found the colossus during construction work on the property. The man noticed the high weight and iron content, but the huge meteorite remained in his garden for 31 years. According to DLR, even professionals would not necessarily have recognized it as a meteorite at first glance.
Only in January of this year did the resident report the find to DLR. After material examinations in three different laboratories, the lump turned out to be a meteorite. Now the researchers want to find out when it fell to Earth. This could have happened centuries ago. In July, the international organization Meteorological Society also confirmed the meteorite find. The cosmic body was named after the city of Blaubeuren near Ulm. So far, the “Benthullen” meteorite found near Oldenburg with a weight of 17.25 kilograms was the record holder according to DLR. (Canstatter Zeitung, July 15)
The drinking water in Renningen and Rutesheim has been given the all clear.
This is the all-clear notification for “Drinking water contamination – boil-off requirement”. The warning has been cancelled. Recent measurements have shown that boiling off the tap water is no longer necessary. The boiling-off requirement is hereby cancelled. Chlorination will continue for safety reasons. (Emergency Information for Boeblingen area, July 15)
Stuttgart unveils chewing gum removal machines
The state capital Stuttgart has purchased two new special cleaning machines, so-called chewing gum removal machines. They are to remove chewing gum and other dirt from surfaces. The Technical Mayor, Dirk Thürnau, as well as employees of the Stuttgart waste management company presented the new machines and how they work on Wednesday, July 15. They are part of the “Clean Stuttgart” concept. The aim is to significantly increase the cleaning performance in the city.
The chewing gum removal machines have been in operation since March. The Königstraße and Kronprinzplatz areas as well as the adjacent side streets have already been cleaned. Now the Marienplatz and other squares will follow. The city is investing a total of 610,000 euros.
The cleaning process is based on rinsing with hot water under high pressure (200 bar and more) and steam. The cleaning is carried out without the addition of chemicals. The hot water is sprayed through rotating nozzles. The cleaning stem does not touch the floor covering. The surrounding area is protected from spray water by a surrounding bumper. Chewing gum residues are removed with high pressure and the dirty water rinsed away. (Press release of city of Stuttgart, July 15)