Local news translated – Tuesday, Mar 16, 2021

Germany is currently under strict lockdown restrictions, which include curfews.
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Daily Host Nation Update, Mar 16, 2021

Seven-day incidence continues to rise – now 83.7
The number of new infections reported within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) was 83.7 nationwide on Tuesday morning, higher than the previous day (82.9). (Robert Koch Institute, March 16)

Pandemic officer criticizes suspension of vaccination with Astrazeneca
Christoph Spinner, pandemic officer of the clinic on the right of the Isar of the Technical University of Munich, is critical of the suspension of vaccinations with the Astrazeneca product. Safety is, of course, paramount. Whether the vaccination should have been suspended should, at least, be questioned, the chief physician of the University Hospital told the German Press Agency. “Astrazeneca is the second most important vaccine for us.” The figure of seven cases of special thrombosis of the cerebral veins in 1.6 million vaccinations in Germany, as mentioned by Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn, is very low. “The events are very rare,” says Spinner. And: “We are currently vaccinating people with pre-existing conditions as a priority.” Some of these patients would have an increased risk of thromboembolism from the outset. “The benefits of vaccination outweigh the benefits,” the physician emphasizes, which is also confirmed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in a recent statement. “By the way, a severe Covid-19 disease also causes regular thromboembolic events – for this reason alone, vaccination makes perfect sense.” (Ntv, March 16)

Travel Association calls for the opening of hotels in Germany
The German Travel Association (DRV) is calling for hotels to be opened in Germany if the incidences allow it. “We are very pleased that the good development in Mallorca and the other islands has now been taken into account and that the travel warning has been lifted. This is logical,” DRV President Norbert Fiebig told the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe. “We argue that there should be openings wherever the number of infections or possibilities is allowed – including in Germany.”(Funke Mediagruppe, March 16)

More than 2.9 million fully vaccinated in Germany
The number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in Germany has risen to more than 9.6 million. This is according to the current vaccination rate monitoring of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). According to this, the rate of first vaccinations is now almost 8.1 percent, and the rate of second vaccinations is 3.5 percent – this corresponds to more than 2.9 million fully vaccinated persons. Full vaccination protection exists only after two vaccinations among currently vaccinated praparates. According to the RKI, Thuringia is ahead in the ranking after second vaccinations with 4.11 percent, while Bavaria pushes Berlin into second place. Saxony-Anhalt comes last with a rate of just under 3.20 percent.(Ntv, March 16)

Number of intensive care patients on the rise
The number of COVID-19 intensive care patients in Germany has grown a further time following the increase reported yesterday. German hospitals are currently providing intensive care to 2851 Covid 19 patients, according to the latest Divi Intensive Care Registry. Compared to the previous day, this is an increase of 18 patients. According to the data, 1604 patients require invasive ventilation, which is six fewer than the previous day. According to the data, a total of 4619 beds are still available in German hospitals.(Aerzteblatt, March 16)

Söder calls for mandatory testing for people returning from Mallorca
Bavaria’s Minister President Markus Söder has appealed to the German government to introduce mandatory testing for Mallorca returnees: “It would make a lot of sense to consider having mandatory testing there.” He said Bavaria would make appropriate organizational preparations at its airports and provide sufficient testing facilities. The Robert Koch Institute no longer classifies Mallorca, which is popular with German tourists, as a risk area, and booking payments rose considerably after that, especially for the Easter period. Söder said openings like those in Mallorca worried him. He was skeptical whether there could already be major hotel openings at Easter in Germany. For Whitsun and the summer, however, he was “very optimistic. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, March 16.)

Non Corona local news

Perpetrator from Leinfelden-Echterdingen on the run
Stuttgart – Police used a helicopter to search for unknown perpetrators on Tuesday night. They allegedly tried to break open an ATM in Leinfelden-Echterdingen (Esslingen district). According to a police spokeswoman, the helicopter flew over a large radius – and also searched over Stuttgart city center for the perpetrators, who were still on the run Tuesday morning. “The manhunt has unfortunately not been successful so far,” the police spokeswoman said.

A witness reported the crime at a nearby bank around 3 a.m. that night, and at around 5 a.m. the helicopter continued flying in the direction of Stuttgart. According to initial findings, the perpetrators are said to be two men who, however, unsuccessfully tried to tamper with the ATM. Officials were not yet able to provide further information on the crime in Poststraße or on the perpetrators in the morning. The police had taken up the investigations, also the forensics was in use. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, March 16)

19-year-old is sexually harassed in suburban train
A 33-year-old man sexually harassed a young woman on Monday evening while traveling in an S-Bahn from Böblingen to Weil der Stadt. The 19-year-old was initially in an S-Bahn of the line S60 in the direction of Weil der Stadt. When she got up from her seat to leave the train at Renningen station, a 33-year-old man allegedly abruptly touched her while she was getting off. Shortly after the crime, the young woman alerted the police via the emergency number. The suspect was finally arrested at Weil der Stadt station by several patrols of the state police and then handed over to the federal police. The latter took the man, who was 1.9 per mille intoxicated and already known to the police, into custody. Witnesses, as well as any other injured parties, are asked to contact the federal police at 0711 / 870350.(BBheute, March)

For additional host nation news, please visit the below English language websites:

https://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/germany/s-1432
https://www.welt.de/english-news/