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HN Update, June 30, 2021
RKI reports 808 new infections
Health offices in Germany have reported 808 new Corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. This is according to figures from the morning, which reflect the status of the RKI dashboard as of 4:12 am. By comparison, the figure a week ago had been 1016 infections. The RKI gave the seven-day incidence with 5.2 nationwide (previous day: 5.4).Germany-wide, according to this information, 56 deaths were recorded within 24 hours. A week ago, there were 51 deaths. The seven-day R value was 0.79 on Tuesday evening, according to RKI data (previous day: 0.79).(Robert Koch Institute, June 30)
45.5 percent of the German population still unvaccinated
The declining vaccination rate means that by the end of June, 45.5 percent of the German population will still be completely unvaccinated. Nationwide, only up to 5.9 million doses per week are currently being administered, down from 5.5 million last week. The ten-million forecast made by Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz in March has not been reached so far. Nevertheless, the German government expects to deliver on its vaccination promise sooner than planned. The promise to be able to offer everyone a vaccination by the end of the summer in September will already be fulfilled in the first half of the summer, probably as early as July, government sources in Berlin said on Tuesday. Still in July, it will be possible to offer 17 to 18 million initial vaccinations with an mRNA vaccine, they said. (Ntv, June 30)
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Thunderstorm in Stuttgart
The storm damage in the Schlossgarten surprised many passers-by and cyclists on Tuesday. Now the first damage reports are available. During the storm on Monday, at least 15 old trees were uprooted in the Upper Palace Garden and in Rosenstein Park. In addition, branches had broken off on numerous trees, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Finance said. The authority is responsible for the gardens, since the plants are in state areas.
The park maintenance teams of the Wilhelma garden were immediately called upon. Securing the premises and sawing off branches that threatened to fall. In addition, large parts of Rosenstein Park and several paths in the palace gardens were closed off for safety reasons.
In the city area, many trees were also damaged. Where damage to tree tops or hanging branches were discovered, the danger zones were closed off, according to the Garden, Cemetery and Forestry Office. Citizens are asked not to enter these areas under any circumstances, as branches could fall.(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 30)
Incident at Stuttgart main Train Station
Central Stuttgart – A 29-year-old man allegedly kicked and injured a policewoman at Stuttgart’s central train station on Tuesday morning. The psychologically conspicuous man was finally admitted to a special clinic.
According to the police, a train attendant had encountered the 29-year-old during the journey in an ICE train from Ulm to Stuttgart without a valid ticket and alerted the police. At Stuttgart main station, a patrol of the Federal Police escorted the previously unknown man out of the long-distance train at around 9 a.m. to establish his identity. The suspect abruptly started to flee on platform 1.
However, the police officers were able to catch up with him after a few meters and detain him. The 29-year-old then kicked a female federal police officer several times in the leg and put up such resistance that he had to be carried to the police vehicle with the support of another patrol. After conclusion of the police measures the uninjured, however psychologically conspicuous man was admitted into a special hospital. The female officer suffered skin abrasions and bruises in the incident. The suspect is now being investigated on suspicion of assault and resisting law enforcement officers, among other things.(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, June 30)
Germany lose to England and are eliminated
The German national soccer team has been eliminated in the last 16 of the European Championship. Joachim Löw’s team lost 0:2 to England at Wembley. Raheem Sterling scored the opening goal for the home team in the 75th minute in a match that was generally lacking in highlights but was still exciting. Harry Kane, who had been so unlucky up to that point, completed a counterattack ten minutes later to make the final score 2:0.(Stern, June 30)
Bundeswehr (German Army) ends Corona deployment in Stuttgart
Wunstorf – After the end of the Bundeswehr mission in Afghanistan, the last German soldiers are back in Germany. In the afternoon, three Luftwaffe transport planes landed at the Wunstorf air base in Lower Saxony, a dpa correspondent reported.
According to information from the Bundeswehr, a total of 264 men and women were on board the three aircraft that took off together. Among them were 20 men from the Special Forces Command (KSK), which had been deployed to Afghanistan to secure the field camp in Mazar-i-Sharif, which had been evacuated the previous day.
The last German soldiers of the NATO mission “Resolute Support” had made an overnight stopover in Georgia. With reference to the Corona pandemic, the Bundeswehr refrained from a large reception in Wunstorf.
On the previous evening, the mission had ended after almost 20 years. The soldiers had been flown out of the field camp in the north of the country on four military aircraft. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer had declared: “A historic chapter is coming to an end, an intensive deployment that has challenged and shaped the Bundeswehr, in which the Bundeswehr has proven itself in combat. A deployment in which members of our armed forces were wounded in body and soul, in which people lost their lives, in which we had to mourn the fallen.”(Canstatter Zeitung, June 30)