Local news translated, July 24

Daily Host Nation Stories July 24, 2020

Highest increase since mid-June: RKI reports 815 new infections

In Germany, the health authorities recorded a total of 815 further infections with the coronavirus in the course of Thursday. This is the highest daily increase since June 19, according to current data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). At that time, 894 new infections were registered within 24 hours in connection with the outbreak at the Tönnies slaughterhouse. Currently, the number of cases is spread over a whole series of smaller incidents. Regions in North Rhine-Westphalia continue to be the hardest hit: According to the RKI, 341 more cases of infection were detected there. In Baden-Württemberg there were 166 new infections. The worst affected district is currently Vechta in Lower Saxony with 41 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days. The region is thus approaching the critical upper limit again. (Robert Koch Institute, July 24)

Police checking for face masks on city trains in Stuttgart

Stuttgart-Mitte – In a joint action on Thursday morning, the police and employees of Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB) checked how many people at the main station and Charlottenplatz city train stations and on the city trains wore mouth-and-nose protection in accordance with the Corona Ordinance.

As reported by the SSB, from 6.45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the main station and Charlottenplatz city railway stations, the emergency services took a look at a total of 17,863 passengers on the platform and in the city trains. A total of 117 passengers without masks were on the train, i.e. around 0.7 percent of all passengers observed. SSB staff and police officers then approached the people who didn’t wear masks and explained to them the purpose of this measure.

Incidentally, the willingness to wear a mask in the vehicles was somewhat greater. Only 0.5 per cent of the passengers did not have a mask on their mouths or noses here, and 1.6 per cent at the platforms. Since the introduction of madatory masks, the SSB has reminded passengers in its passenger to wear a mask for everyday use when using public transport. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 24)

Masks are mandatory in Austria again

Due to the increasing number of corona infections, Austria is again making masks mandatory as of July 24. In supermarkets and other grocery stores, mouth and nose protection must again be worn, as well as in banks and post offices and when visiting hospitals, nursing homes and doctors’ surgeries. In the end, mandatory masks were only required in public transport and pharmacies. However, Austria has been experiencing a significant increase in new infections for several days now. (Merkur, July 24)

Ten crew members of Aida Cruise Lines test positive

Two cruise ships of Aida had entered the overseas port in Rostock-Warnemünde last Saturday. On Wednesday, the cruise company had flown in the 750 crew members from the Philippines and Indonesia. With passengers on board, the ships were to set off on short cruises without going on land. However, ten of 750 crew members tested positive for corona virus. The Hanseatic city of Rostock has already imposed a quarantine for both ships. (Ostsee Zeitung, July 23)

Possible new outbreak at Tönnies slaughterhouse

There might be a new corona outbreak in the slaughterhouse of the Tönnies company in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. A spokeswoman for the district of Gütersloh has confirmed to “Der Spiegel” that “20 people from the working environment of the Tönnies company” have a positive test result. The affected workers had been working at the plant over the past few days, she said. At 11 a.m., the district’s crisis committee will meet. In a press release, the Tönnies company reported that 30 employees tested positive in the first week of work after the temporary closure. As a precautionary measure, all 30 employees who tested positive have been quarantined. (Der Spiegel, July 24)

Study shows virus exposure risk higher in offices than in the cinema

The concentration of aerosols relevant for the transmission of corona viruses is significantly lower in movie theaters than in an office room. This is the result of a study conducted by the Hermann Rietschel Institute of the Technical University of Berlin for the Hauptverband Deutscher Filmtheater HDF Kino (Association of German Film Theatres), which is available to the German Press Agency. If you only breathe in a movie theater, the number of inhaled aerosols is significantly lower than in an office where people talk, even in the case of a film with excess length. According to the study, this is also related to the ventilation system in cinemas. The HDF Kino association therefore demands that the distance regulation of 1.50 meters be reduced, as the safety of visitors is guaranteed. Only if cinemas are able to increase their capacities, there will be more new films with which the cinemas could survive the crisis. (Presseportal, July 24)

Local authority association for corona tests also at train stations and port facilities

The managing director of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, Gerd Landsberg, wants to test travel returnees for coronavirus infection not only at airports but also at railway stations and seaports. “We just have to expand the testing capacities considerably, wherever the travelers return,” he said in an interview with “NDR”. According to Landsberg, the tests should be voluntary and free of charge for the travelers. The federal and state health ministers will discuss the day’s handling of travel returnees. There are plans for mandatory tests for returnees from risk areas. (Ntv, July 24)

Non-Corona news

The new district leader of Stuttgart- Zuffenhausen is Saliou Gueye

Stuttgart – The city district of Zuffenhausen gets a new district leader again. In the election on Thursday evening, Saliou Gueye prevailed over two competitors, one of whom had reminded the city councils that this time they had the chance to get a woman to become the head of the district office in Zuffenhausen.

The 52-year-old Gueye, born in Senegal and long at home in Europe and Germany, received 33 of 58 votes. 23 members of the municipal council voted for Karin Buschkühl (53), who has been working as deputy district leader in Zuffenhausen since June 2017. Cellestina Nieter (58), who works in the municipal building law office and is concerned with the misappropriation of residential space, came away empty-handed in the election. Two voters abstained.

Gueye won in the first round of voting because he achieved an absolute majority of at least 30 votes. He studied urban and regional planning at the University of Dortmund and graduated as an engineer. He then took the European Master Degree in Humanitarian Assistance at the University of Louvain-La-Neuve in Brussels. After working as a youth adviser for the City of Dortmund, he worked as a consultant in the Africa Department of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation from 2001 to 2002. This was followed by positions as a member of the Migration Department of the Arbeiterwohlfahrt Schleswig-Holstein (Workers’ Welfare Association of Schleswig-Holstein) and as a neighbourhood manager in Neckarstadt West with the City of Mannheim. From 2007 to 2013 he was Commissioner for Integration and Migration at the City of Ludwigsburg, and from 2013 to 2016 he was head of the “International City” coordination office at the City of Ulm. In 2016 he was head of the Department of Social Affairs, Civic Involvement and Families at the City of Schorndorf. Since November 2016, Gueye has been head of the municipal development cooperation unit at the City of Ludwigsburg.

In his application speech, Gueye said that he would place the concerns, interests and ideas of the Zuffenhausen residents at the center of his responsibilities. He wants to reach the people in the district emotionally and commit himself to peaceful living together for everyone, regardless of their gender, religion or nationality and regardless of their age. In addition, he wants to strengthen trade and economy, to support attractive businesses in the Unterländer Strasse. It is good news that Woolworth is now settling there. Gueye has a new homepage for the district in mind, which will be available in several languages. He believes that a district with people of different origins and languages has a special flair.

Gueye will replace Gerhard Hanus, who will retire on October 1, 2020. (Stuttgart Nachrichten, July 24)

Tram kills a pedestrian in Stuttgart

Stuttgart – A person was hit by a tram at a stop in Stuttgart and fatally injured. The person had been caught under the train on Thursday afternoon for reasons still unknown, a police spokeswoman said. According to initial findings, an accident is to be assumed. Details were not known at first. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 24)