Daily Host Nation Stories July 27, 2020
A half year of Corona in Germany
January 27th was the zero hour of the Corona crisis in Germany. Exactly half a year ago today, an employee of the automotive supplier Webasto in Stockdorf near Munich tested positive for the virus. It was the first case in Germany. (Robert Koch Institute, July 27)
RKI reports 340 new infections
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the health authorities in Germany have reported 340 new corona infections within one day. This means that at least 205,609 people in Germany have been demonstrably infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus since the beginning of the corona crisis, as the RKI reported on Monday morning. According to the RKI, 9121 people infected with the virus have died in Germany so far – no new deaths have been reported since the previous day. By Monday morning, 190,400 people had survived the infection according to RKI estimates. (Robert Koch Institute, July 27)
Mass infection in Lower Bavaria – 174 harvest workers infected
Dingolfing – After a corona mass infection on a large farm in Mamming, Lower Bavaria, almost 500 people are in quarantine and are no longer allowed to leave the farm. A security service monitors the ban on going out. A total of 174 harvest workers tested positive for the Sars-Cov2 during the screening, as the District Office of Dingolfing-Landau announced on Saturday evening.
“In order to prevent further spread, we unfortunately have to take this step to protect the population,” explained District Administrator Werner Bumeder. Previously, seven employees in the company had already been infected – this was the reason for the row test.
The CSU politician appealed to the citizens to remain calm: “According to our information, this is a closed circle of people. On the farm, infected employees were separated from non-infected employees. This was first reported in the local media. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 26)
Keep snotty-nosed kids at home
Möhringen/Sillenbuch – The advantages of a nature kindergarten in the Corona crisis are obvious: regular airing is done by itself because the children are usually outside. Only a few toys need to be disinfected, because the girls and boys are mainly occupied with what nature provides. And there is usually plenty of space, at least in the Möhringen Nature Kindergarten, which is connected to the grounds of the youth farm. Antje Fydrich lists these advantages. She is responsible for press and public relations at the facility.
Nevertheless, the past weeks and months have been a challenge for the honorary board, the educators and of course the parents and children. Lockdown, emergency care, slow reopening, up to regular operation under pandemic conditions – these are the stages that the Möhringen Nature Kindergarten has also passed. There were constantly new announcements and requirements that had to be implemented within a very short time.
At the moment, things are almost back to normal at the Balinger Strasse site. The nature kindergarten is offering the usual opening hours again. “But we can only do that as long as all the educators are healthy,” warns Fydrich. Of course there is a hygiene plan. The sanitary facilities, the kitchen and doors must be cleaned and thoroughly disinfected more often than usual. Parents are required to enter the premises only briefly to drop off or pick up their kids. The children will again receive a freshly cooked lunch every day. But they are not allowed to create their own food – and they do not have to do the dishes. “Actually, it is part of our educational concept that the girls and boys wash, dry and put away their dishes themselves. But at the moment that’s not possible,” says Antje Fydrich. Instead, everything goes into the machine and is cleaned at high temperatures.
The next wave of colds can be expected in the autumn. How do the people in charge handle it when a child has a snotty nose? In nature kindergarten, the rule is that anyone who has “respiratory symptoms”, i.e. symptoms affecting the respiratory tract, must stay at home. “This includes snotty noses,” says Fydrich. This is currently already being handled in this way and has led in some cases to “sniffy” parents. “But we want to be particularly careful and sensitive.” After all, experience has shown that nature kindergarten children are more resilient and the facility is therefore not too badly affected by the usual colds. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 23)
Coronavirus in Germany – The fear of the second wave
The drastic emergency measures against the spread of the corona virus put Germany in a ghostly silence. Four months later, more than 205,000 people have been infected with Sars-CoV-2. Are we just at the beginning of the second wave of infection? Is there a threat of another lockdown? Authorities are worried.
On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) registered a record number of new infections worldwide within 24 hours. In Germany, the number of registered new infections rose to a high three-digit figure for two consecutive days at the end of the week. On Sunday there were “only” 305 new cases.
The pandemic has left deep scars in the country. 2.85 million people are unemployed – around 640,000 of them as a result of Corona. 6.8 million were recently on short-time work. The second quarter was a disaster for many companies. According to figures from the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, half of them do not expect a noticeable improvement until 2021 – or even later. There are some alarming signs, such as: Hyperactivity, emotional problems, headaches and difficulty in falling asleep increased in children and adolescents, according to a study by the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf. The German Medical Association is particularly concerned about “collateral damage”. President Klaus Reinhardt says that many people have not sought medical help at all or have done so too late for fear of infection. “In the emergency rooms alone, around 30 percent fewer patients with heart problems were treated. The complications after a heart attack have increased significantly because many went to a clinic too late.”
Risk summer vacation. Virologists are anxiously awaiting the end of the holiday. In many countries the corona development is dramatic. Not only because of excess parties in Mallorca, where the restaurants had to close again, and there is great concern. All holidaymakers abroad can now be tested for the virus free of charge on their return. After an infection outbreak at meat company Tönnies. Health and safety at work is now central, Heil said. “Not only in the meat industry, but also in other areas, so that the workplace does not become a source of infection.”
President Reinhardt hopes that the infection rate will remain comparatively low – achievable through hygiene and distance. “Then we could also prevent a new nationwide lockdown. Society and the economy would hardly be able to withstand such a lockdown to the same extent. According to the economic researcher, it will remain uncomfortable for the time being one way or another. “In the job market, the worst is yet to come.” Because the normal movement on the job market has come to a standstill, new hires have failed to materialize, and insolvency figures are expected to rise in the fall, the number of unemployed will peak in the winter at around three million. “Even without a big second wave, the crisis is far from over.” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 26)
Exhibitionists harass women – witnesses wanted
Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen/-Mitte – Several cases of sexual harassment were reported to the police in Stuttgart from Saturday to Sunday. During the night from Saturday to Saturday, a 32-year-old man exposed himself and masturbated in front of two women aged 19 and 21 at Zuffenhausen station at about 2.45 a.m., according to police reports. The man was arrested shortly after the crime.
On the same evening at the subway station Börsenplatz, an unknown person appeared in front of a 22-year-old woman in the same way. The perpetrator is said to have been an approximately 30 year old man, 1.80 meters tall. He had short brown hair, wore a dark blue T-shirt with the inscription “Superdry” and shorts.
There was another sexual harassment on the night of Sunday. In front of a restaurant in the Fritz-Elsas-Straße, a 43-year-old man had exposed himself to a 19-year-old woman at about 2.45 a.m. and performed sexual acts on himself. Witnesses are asked to contact the criminal investigation department at 0711/89905778. (Stuttgarter Zeitung, July 27)
Man survives eight meter fall
Stuttgart – A 47-year-old worker in Stuttgart fell eight meters into the depths and suffered severe injuries. According to the police, the man was engaged in demolition work on a company building on Saturday morning when he fell for reasons unknown so far. (Stuttgarter Zeitung, July 26)
Education associations complain about the digital delay
Educational associations in the country complain about considerable delays in the digitalization of schools in the southwest. A survey of public schools in the country, initiated by the associations, showed that most schools do not see themselves in a position to provide distance learning at the current state of digitization, or only to a limited extent. There are therefore also problems with digital learning in face-to-face teaching. Today, Monday (10.00 a.m.), the associations want to present the results of the nationwide survey on digitalization. The initiative comes from the Association of Vocational School Teachers, the Education Union GEW, the Primary School Association, the Education and Training Association VBE and the Association for Community Schools.
According to the associations, there is a lack of equipment, fast Internet and WLAN access in many places. Schools are far from being equipped with 1-to-1 digital devices. “A close look at school reality shows that even the alleged leaders in this field are at best one-eyed among blind people,” criticized Volker Arntz of the Association for Community Schools. “Devices alone are not enough, we also need a timely and high-quality empowerment of all those involved for digital work in our schools,” demanded GEW state chair Doro Moritz.
From the point of view of the opposition, the state government and Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs Susanne Eisenmann (CDU) has also overslept the digitalization of schools in recent years. Failures and wrong decisions would now take their revenge in times of distance learning. The FDP education policy spokesperson, Timm Kern, criticized the southwest of Germany for broadband and fast Internet in schools in the state parliament last week. Only 5.2 percent of the 5300 schools in the state have a connection with more than one gigabit per second. The Ministry of Education does not consider itself responsible: “The broadband connection of schools is by law a matter for the school authorities, the federal government and the Ministry of the Interior. (Focus, July 27)
Construction until October on the A-81 near Ludwigsburg-Süd
Ludwigsburg – In the coming weeks, the Stuttgart Regional Council (RP) will be repairing the road surface on the A 81 Autobahn in the direction of Heilbronn. The construction site begins approximately 900 meters after the Ludwigsburg-Süd slip road and is 4.1 kilometers long. Drivers will have to be prepared for traffic jams, all three lanes will be narrowed during the construction work, the speed limit is 80 km/h. At times, the speed limit may be 60 km/h, the RP reports.
Among other things, three new emergency stop bays are being built. The preparatory work has already started this week, and construction will begin on Tuesday, 28 July – probably until the end of September. In the first construction phase, the two left lanes will be rehabilitated, in the second construction phase the right lane. In addition, as of Sunday, July 26 July, the Ludwigsburg-Süd Autobahn entrance and exit in the direction of Heilbronn will be closed. The closure will also last until the end of September, a detour (U 7) is signposted. Work is also underway on the road between Ludwigsburg and Moeglingen. For eleven weeks, drivers in the direction of Ludwigsburg will have only one lane available. Those driving in the opposite direction are no longer allowed to turn off at Pflugfelden. Speed on the construction site will be limited to 50 kilometers per hour. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 27)
Kulturwasen: Enjoying ballet at sunset
On Saturday evening, the premiere of “Response I” will be transmitted via satellite to the Kulturwasen in the opera house (where 249 guests are allowed to sit) for about 2800 more dance fans. The comeback after the Corona break is a deeply emotional moment, which is not only proven by Detrich’s touching welcome speech (“I am the happiest ballet director in the world, all other ballet houses like in New York and Paris are still in lockdown”). This calls for a celebration! To ensure that the picture quality on the 240 square metre LED screen is right for an audience in cars and on couches, the detour via space has been accepted. The professionals among the Kulturwasen visitors have brought cushions to make it even more comfortable on the loungers, as well as their own headphones. While photo drones or birds fly over you, you sink into haunting dance scenes and are not surprised that a couple gets so close despite all the distance that exists that evening. The presenter Sonja Santiago mentioned that these dancers are a couple in private. The videos from the quarantine are also well received. During a guest performance in Friedrichshafen in March, ten employees of the ballet company, including eight dancers, fell ill with Corona. 120 tour participants had to go into two-week quarantine. Organizer Christian Doll is pleased that there is little honking. At the end, the car audience creates a sparkling light spectacle with all the lights a car can give off. At the front of the pits there is enthusiastic clapping and the wish is heard that there should be live broadcasts at every ballet premiere in the future. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 26)
Only a few event managers offer open air cinemas
Ludwigsburg/Kirchheim under Teck. In recent years, an average of 1500 visitors flocked to the summer night open-air cinema in the courtyard of the Ludwigsburg Karlskaserne barracks every evening.This year, however, the open-air cinema experience will be more of an exclusive event. Only 500 people are allowed on the grounds in Ludwigsburg, many other possibilities to watch films outside are not available. There will be no screen at the castle in Esslingen this year. Also cancelled are all events in front of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart and in the Fellbach town hall courtyard. Of course, the Corona pandemic also plays a role in open-air cinema, despite ample space and fresh air – but not the leading role. A hygiene and safety concept is indispensable, but without mandatory masks, floor markings, signs and, for the first time this year, seat reservations are not possible.There are plenty of opportunities to do so this summer: Because there is less space in the courtyard of the Karlskaserne art center, the movie theater – instead of the usual 18 days – lasts almost the entire month of August. With the significantly longer season. In addition, classics and Oscar-winning films such as “A Star is born”, “Joker” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” are also shown. The organizers have not yet published the complete program because they want to remain flexible. Thus, open-air cinema fans can look forward to entertaining cinema evenings from 6 to 30 August, with Fischer particularly recommending the French comedy “Das Beste kommt noch” to the audience on 8 August. As in Ludwigsburg, Corona plays at least one important supporting role. Instead of 1000 spectators, a maximum of 500 guests per evening will be allowed on the premises. (Suttgarter Nachrichten, July 26)