Daily Host Nation Stories July 29, 2020
EU removes Algeria from unrestricted entry list
The European Union has removed Algeria from the list of countries from which unrestricted entry into the EU is possible due to excessive infection rates. This was reported by the German Press Agency with reference to diplomatic circles. In principle, entry is thus still permitted from Australia, Canada, Morocco, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
All EU states except Ireland had decided in mid-March to ban non-essential travel to the EU in order to contain the coronavirus. The list is updated every two weeks based on the current infection figures. Serbia and Montenegro were already removed in mid-July. No new countries were added. Germany is applying stricter rules. (Ntv, July 29)
Currently about 7000 infected people in Germany
Currently, about 7000 people in Germany are infected with the coronavirus. This is the result of calculations by ntv.de with reference to the federal states and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). A total of 206,467 people have been diagnosed with the virus so far – that is 717 more than the day before. 9128 people with an infection have died – 5 more than on Monday. 190,333 people are considered to have recovered, partly based on estimates by the RKI. Thus there are still 7006 acutely infected people. (Robert Koch Institute, July 29)
Study reveals every fifth hospital patient died
According to a new study, one-fifth of the corona patients who were admitted to German hospitals in spring did not survive. A joint analysis by the Scientific Institute of the AOK (Wido), the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi) and the Technical University of Berlin shows that the mortality rate of 53 per cent was particularly high in patients who required ventilation. The study was based on data from around 10,000 patients. According to the Divi Intensive Care Register, 258 Covid-19 patients are currently still undergoing intensive care treatment, almost half of whom are being ventilated as of July 29. (Ntv, July 29)
Violators of covid restrictions threatened with harsher penalties
Stuttgart – In view of the renewed rise in infection figures, Minister President Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) has threatened citizens with harsher penalties for breaking the rules. If the infection numbers continue to rise, the government will have to become tougher with the sanctions, he said in Stuttgart on Tuesday. “The virus can’t be taken as a joke.” Kretschmann appealed to the public to obey the rules. One must expect that there will be more chains of infection and that the virus will be imported more often by people returning from vacation. However, the decisive factor is whether there will be an exponential curve of infections. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 28)
Travel warning for Spain as infection rates go up
Berlin – Due to the sharp rise in corona infections in Spain, the Federal Foreign Office is now advising against tourist travel to several regions of Germany’s most popular holiday destination. The regions affected are Catalonia with the tourist metropolis of Barcelona and the beaches of the Costa Brava, as well as the regions of Aragón and Navarre to the west and inland. The Balearic Islands with the popular holiday island Mallorca or the Canary Islands are spared. The Federal Foreign Office justified the move on Tuesday in its travel advice for Spain, citing “high infection rates and local barriers”. The ministry initially refrained from reactivating the formal travel warning for the heavily affected regions. Such a step would have enabled holidaymakers to cancel bookings free of charge. The dissuasion of travel is virtually one alarm level below this. However, despite the high infection figures, the three most severely affected regions are not initially considered risk areas by the German government. In future, returnees from such areas must undergo a corona test in Germany. In the European Union, this currently only applies to Luxembourg.
The Catalan health authority announced on Monday evening that 724 new infections have been registered in the past 24 hours. Regional President Quim Torra called on people to be extremely careful. “The situation is very critical,” he said. The next ten days are “the most important of this summer”, he said. One was almost in a situation like in March again. If the numbers continued to rise, more drastic measures would have to be taken. Initial restrictions would then no longer be ruled out. With more than 270,000 confirmed infections and over 28,400 deaths, Spain is one of the countries in Europe most severely affected by the pandemic. On Sunday, Great Britain reacted to the new wave of infection with a much more drastic measure than Germany and imposed a two-week quarantine obligation on returnees from all over Spain. This policy is a hard blow, as in normal times the Spanish tourism industry accounts for twelve percent of the Spanish gross domestic product. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 28)
First German Corona patient no longer has antibodies
Stockdorf – A Webasto employee, who is regarded as the first German Corona patient, did not carry any protective antibodies against re-infection just three months after he became infected. “Since April, I have had no more neutralizing antibodies,” said the unnamed man in an interview published by Webasto on Monday. However, he said that his illness with the novel lung disease Covid-19 has had no after-effects whatsoever, he said he was “very lucky”.
The Stockdorf-based company employee had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on January 27. At that time, he was mainly concerned about his pregnant wife and his little daughter, who, like other family members or friends, had not been infected by him. “This is still incomprehensible to me today, because I unconsciously had this virus in me for a full week and I was normally together with my family and friends.” However, they all tested twice, all tests came back negative.
The first German corona patient was in hospital for 19 days. but today he is doing fine. It is believed he was infected during a one-hour meeting with a colleague from China. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 29)
Corona Research – Opportunities and risks of genetic vaccines
The corona pandemic is reinvigorating discussion around genetically based vaccines. What opportunities do they offer – and what are the risks? In conventional vaccination, an organism is vaccinated with weakened pathogens that are only capable of reproducing to a limited extent (live vaccination) or with inactivated pathogens or components thereof. The immune system reacts to these foreign bodies and forms protective antibodies and stores the immune response in its “memory cells”. This enables the immune system to react more quickly and effectively when there is renewed contact with the pathogen, so that the viral disease or at least severe courses of the disease are prevented – the body becomes immune. How long and to what extent this immunity lasts depends on many factors. This succeeds with most viral infections, but not with all – for example not with HIV viruses. (Tagesschau.de, July 28)
Parking and cycling paths compete for limited space
Vaihingen – The turmoil at Rohrer Höhe is great. Recently, a leaflet has been circulating there with the headline: “Waldburgstraße is to become a bicycle road – your parking spaces are in danger and nobody has asked you.” The whole thing is marked with many exclamation marks.
The background to this is a feasibility study on rapid cycle connections in Stuttgart, which is to be discussed by the Committee for Urban Development and Technology this Tuesday, 28 July. The draft states that the establishment of 13 fast cycle connections in the Stuttgart area is “technically feasible” and at the same time “an economic measure to promote cycle traffic in the region.” The measure covers a length of 102 kilometers and costs an estimated 125 million euros. This corresponds to 1.2 million euros per kilometer.
One of these fast cycle paths runs from Böblingen over the bridge over the A8 through the Waldburgstraße and then further along the Krehl-, Freibad- and Volmoellerstraße to the Vaihinger Bahnhof. From there towards Kaltental. “The guided tour along the Waldburgstraße should be in the form of a bicycle route. In spite of bus traffic, it is important to adjust the traffic here to the cyclists. Alternatively, the maximum speed limit should at least be reduced to 30 kilometers per hour,” the feasibility study says.
Many residents of Waldburgstrasse are not very enthusiastic, because they fear for the loss of their parking space, which has to make way for the bicycle road. And not only Vaihingen’s residents are affected. The 13 routes in total also lead through Möhringen, Plieningen, Birkach, Degerloch and Sillenbuch. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 28)
Culinary tour through Waldenbuch
Waldenbuch – The City of Waldenbuch is expanding the range of its themed city tours and has hired Gudrun Berberich, a gourmet expert, for culinary tours of the Old Town. In addition to historical delicacies, she also serves stories from the local gastronomic scene. Sunday was the premiere. The chocolate factory “Ritter Sports” must not be missing, which is the famous Waldenbuch product. A brief insight into the company history, which began in 1912 in Bad Cannstatt, must therefore be given.
The culinary journey back in time starts in 1575, when the old town hall on the market square was still the place to stop for a snack. Today the vault is only opened on special occasions. But there are gastronomic contemporary witnesses that are still in operation. For example the Gasthaus Krone – today a star restaurant – where Goethe and Schiller once carved their names on the tabletop. A few meters away at the Gasthof Traube, which is run by the Glasbrenner butcher’s family, childhood memories of the times when slaughtering was still carried out there are brought back to life.
Because the culinary diversity is not only reflected in the restaurants. Products such as the newly created Schönbuch Gin and the offers of the mills are also part of it. The guests already know that the success story of the Seitenbacher Müslis began in Waldenbuch. But the fact that the mill shop of the same name near the Schützenhaus also sells game meat from its own production is one of the things they book as additional insights from the gourmet tour.
The tour ends – after the thirst for knowledge has been quenched – with ravioli filled with porcini mushrooms and Iberico filet in the local Osteria. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 28)
“La Dolce Vita” from July 31 until August 30
According the motto “La Dolce Vita” Waldenbuch offers from July 31 until August 30 a “short holiday in Italy” for excursionists and those who stayed at home. 20 companies and 9 restaurants are taking part in the campaign with very different ideas – from culinary forays into Mediterranean cuisine, discount campaigns to open-air cinema with Italian films. Stadtmarketing and GHV Waldenbuch, in cooperation with the Lucky Eventlocation, are organising a “pop-up beach bar” on the chessboard for the first time. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 17-22 o’clock you can sip cocktails and enjoy a wonderful end of the summer day in a deck chair. Please find out in advance if the beach bar is open and stick to the given hygiene measures. You can find more information about the event on https://bit.ly/3erIiQm