Local news translated – Friday, Mar 12, 2021

Germany is currently under strict lockdown restrictions, which include curfews.
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Daily Host Nation Update, Mar 12, 2021

RKI reports 12,834 new cases – incidence on the rise

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 12,834 new infections. That is 2254 more than on Friday a week ago. The seven-day incidence rises compared to the previous day from 69.1 to 72.4. The value indicates how many people per 100,000 inhabitants have been infected with the coronavirus in the past seven days. According to the new data, 252 more people died in connection with the virus. This brings the number of reported deaths within 24 hours to 73,062. In total, more than 2.53 million people have tested positive for the virus so far. (Robert Koch Institute, March 12)

RKI chief appeals: Keep third wave as shallow as possible

In view of an approaching third Corona wave, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is calling on citizens to continue to adhere to protective measures. “Together, we must keep this third wave as flat as possible,” says institute head Lothar Wieler. It is important to prevent a situation like the one before Christmas, when there were many cases of illness, severe courses and deaths, as well as a heavy burden on the health care system. (Robert Koch Institute, March 12)

Hotels and restaurants call for openings around Easter

Hotels and restaurants in Germany are calling for openings around the Easter holidays. “61 percent of our establishments are in favor of opening before Easter,” said the general manager of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga), Ingrid Hartges, to the “Rheinische Post”. “23.8 percent of establishments are in favor of opening directly after Easter on April 6, in view of the ever decreasing lead time.” From the next federal-state round, Dehoga expects a concrete roadmap as to when, and under what conditions, restaurants and hotels will be allowed to welcome guests again. “The endless lockdown is not a solution – not for the entrepreneurs, not for the employees,” says Hartges.(Rheinische Post, March 12)

More than 2700 infected patients in intensive care units

The number of COVID-19 intensive care patients in Germany has minimally decreased again after the slight increase reported yesterday. German hospitals are currently providing intensive care to 2754 Covid-19 patients, according to the latest Divi Intensive Care Registry. Compared to the previous day, this is a decrease of five patients. According to the data, 1557 patients require invasive ventilation, which is one more than the previous day. According to the data, a total of 4493 beds are still available in German hospitals. (Ntv, March 12)

In Saarland, share of South African mutant up to 15 percent

In Saarland, the share of the more aggressive coronavirus mutant detected in South Africa reaches up to 15 percent of infections, according to Health Minister Jens Spahn. This virus variant had previously spread in the French region of Moselle near the border.(Ntv, March 12)

Study: Vaccination possible for all those willing to be vaccinated by the end of July

Despite all the problems with vaccine supply, scientists have calculated that it would be possible to provide all adults in Germany who are willing to be vaccinated with full vaccination protection by the end of July. According to the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) of the Hans Böckler Foundation, which is close to the trade unions, the vaccine doses promised by the German government in the coming weeks and the capacities of vaccination centers, general practitioners and company doctors would be sufficient. If the vaccines were delivered at the currently planned pace and administered in full immediately, the presumed nearly 53 million adults willing to be vaccinated could mathematically even be fully immunized by the end of June.(Ntv, March 12)


Non Corona News

Finally able to look at art on-site again!

Stuttgart – The Stuttgart State Gallery was closed for three and a half months, but now everything is happening very quickly: since Tuesday of this week, the museum reopened its doors and will even be able to show its large Impressionist exhibition, which had to be closed after the first big rush. After a long period of anxiety, hope, and speculation, the exhibition venues in the country now have clarity: with fewer than one hundred new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, museums and galleries are allowed to reopen – but only with advance notice. In addition, visitors must leave their contact details. In regions where the so-called incidence value is below 35, the exhibition houses can even be visited again without prior notification.(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, March 9)

Porsche Museum reopens

Stuttgart – The wait is over: The Porsche Museum will be able to welcome visitors again as of March 16. This was announced by the museum in a press release. The makers were not idle during the forced break and, according to director Achim Stejskal, have exchanged exhibits, modernized the show and installed interactive stations.

Registration under specific conditions:

The current Corona Ordinance of the State of Baden-Württemberg stipulates that advance notice must be given of a visit to the Porsche Museum – depending on the current incidence value. If the seven-day incidence is between 50 and 100, prior notification is required by calling 08 00/3 56 09 11 or e-mailing info.museum@porsche.de. This is not required for a seven-day incidence of less than 50. Wearing an FFP2 mask or medical mask is mandatory throughout the museum building. The Porsche Museum is always open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. On the website, the museum provides information on the currently applicable corona measures.(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, March 12)

Sindelfingen: New train station area will be significantly more expensive

It is to become Sindelfingen’s calling card, especially for S-Bahn passengers: The station area redesigned under the title Mobility Point. The designs already presented in 2018 became waste paper after the region decided in 2019 to introduce the 15-minute interval also for the S 60.

Now the administration presents the revised plans for the mobility point. Despite a slimmed-down design, the city has to add more than half a million euros. (bbheute, March 12)

Stuttgart: Woman stabs passenger – passengers rush to the help victim

Stuttgart – Excitement on Thursday morning in a city train of the line U7 in Stuttgart. There, a mentally disturbed woman stabbed a fellow passenger and seriously injured her.

There, according to spokesman Johannes von Gillhausen, an apparently “mentally deranged” woman allegedly stabbed a 51-year-old female passenger with an unspecified pointed object at around 9:45 a.m.. The victim, who was apparently attacked indiscriminately by the 32-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries, the police spokesman added. Other passengers came to the aid of the injured and prevented any further actions. At the Löwentorbrücke stop on Heilbronner Straße, the alleged perpetrator was arrested and taken to a psychiatric facility – the victim was taken to a hospital.

The stop had to be temporarily closed after the incident – police were on site, witnesses were questioned and the video surveillance was checked. This led to obstructions in light rail traffic. In the meantime, work at the scene has been completed and the rail line has been reopened.(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, March 12)

BMW reports massive drop in profits for 2020

The weeks-long standstill in the spring has ruined BMW’s 2020 balance sheet. The only thing that slowed the decline was an upturn in business in China, where economic and public life, affected by the virus pandemic, returned to normal more quickly than in the rest of the world. Net profit fell 23 percent to 3.9 billion euros, while sales fell five percent to just under 99 billion euros, according to the automaker.

According to the report, BMW sold significantly fewer cars than in the previous year despite growth in the second half of the year. Global deliveries totaled 2.3 million vehicles, down 8.4 percent from 2019. The group registered a significant decline for Europe, down 15.5 percent to just under 914,000 vehicles, as well as for the U.S., down 18.1 percent to just under 308,000 vehicles. In China, however, the Group’s largest sales market, 7.4 percent more vehicles were sold than in the previous year, with more than 778,000 units.

In order to cut costs, BMW scaled back its investments in property, plant and equipment by almost a third, and spending on research and development was also below the previous year’s level. The focus of development is now on vehicle networking and automated driving as well as e-mobility, the Munich-based company explained. Five fully electric models from BMW and Mini are expected to be available on the market this year alone. At the same time, internal combustion engines are gradually moving into the background. As electrification progresses, up to 50 percent of current drive variants should be eliminated by 2025, the automaker said. (Ntv, March 11)

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