Local news translated – Monday, Mar 29, 2021

Germany is currently under strict lockdown restrictions, which include curfews.
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14 of the 16 federal states above emergency brake limit
Originally, the federal government and the states had agreed that an emergency brake would apply from a seven-day incidence of 100. Measured against this, 14 of the 16 federal states would have to revoke the relaxations they had made – the exceptions being Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein. (Ntv, March 29)

Lauterbach for compulsory home office and curfew
SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach is again calling for a “final hard lockdown.” “We can’t let it go like this,” he tells Westdeutscher Rundfunk radio. Otherwise, the incidence figures would rise above 200 in a few weeks. The SPD politician also argues for an obligation to home office and to perform regular corona tests in companies. He also advocates a temporary evening curfew. Cell phone movement data shows that many people still meet privately in the evening. This is understandable, he said, but must be limited for a time. The health politician criticized the inconsistent approach of the federal states and the efforts observed in many places to make relaxations possible with more tests.(Rundfunk Radio, March 29)

Expert compares Corona situation with “ticking bomb”.
Unlike at Christmas, the Corona situation before Easter is more explosive in the view of Saarbrücken pharmacy professor Thorsten Lehr. Above all, the virus variant B.1.1.7, which is now prevalent in Germany, is spreading more strongly in families. In addition, he said, the numbers are currently on the rise. “This is a ticking bomb we are sitting on,” Lehr said. Unlike at the end of 2020, many people from the high-risk high-age group are now vaccinated, he said. However, the proportion among those over 70 is only just over a quarter, Lehr says. “It also takes a few weeks for the effect to really kick in.” Therefore, he says, the all-clear cannot yet be given here. “So we have a little mitigation through vaccination, but an exacerbation through mutants.”(Focus, March 29)

Epidemiologist expects more severe corona cases in younger people
The president of the German Society for Epidemiology, Eva Grill, expects more severe cases of the disease in younger people as Corona numbers grow. “The problem is that if the number of cases continues to rise, the proportion of the virus variant B.1.1.7 will also continue to increase,” Grill told Deutsche Presse-Agentur. The mutant first discovered in Great Britain is both significantly more infectious and more dangerous, “since it is probably associated with more severe courses of the disease.” Among the very old, the number of new deaths is declining, explains Grill, who is a professor of epidemiology at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. “This suggests that we are increasingly succeeding in protecting the most vulnerable groups through vaccination.” But even among 60- to 69-year-olds, he said, the risk of death among those infected is still about four percent. This means that a sharp increase in the number of cases will also lead to more people falling ill and becoming seriously ill. (Dpa, March 29)

Dispute over curfews: Palmer in favor, Lindner against
In view of rising incidences and case numbers, night-time curfews are currently being discussed as a measure. Tübingen’s mayor, Boris Palmer of the Green Party, is in favor: “I wouldn’t mind at all saying: from 8 p.m. on, it’s really quiet,” he says in an online interview with the “Bild” newspaper. Referring to the model project currently underway in Tübingen, Palmer says that during the day, people can sit orderly in outdoor restaurants or shop with a mask on. “And at night, everyone is at home – why not.”

FDP leader Christian Lindner is firmly opposed to them: “The curfews that are always being talked about are not only a disproportionate encroachment on freedom, they are also epidemiologically ineffective,” he tells the Phoenix television station. Curfews are “a symbolic measure that achieves nothing, and I am therefore extremely critical of them.” (Ntv, March 29)

Non Corona local News

Scammers on the phone
A fake Microsoft employee gained the trust of a man in Ehningen on the phone on Thursday and gained access to his laptop via Teamviewer. Using the victim’s personal data obtained during the phone call, he gained access to his account and stock portfolio and caused an estimated five-digit financial loss.(Bbheute 24)

Attempted theft ends in violent scuffle – Witnesses wanted
Stuttgart-Mitte – A so far unknown thief tried to steal from a 51-year-old man in a bookstore in the Klett-Passage in Stuttgart-Mitte on Sunday afternoon. However, the latter resisted to the best of his ability, resulting in a fierce scuffle. In the end, the thief managed to escape, without the loot. The police are looking for witnesses.

According to officials, the 51-year-old customer wanted to pay at the cash register at around 1:25 p.m. with several bills, including a 50-euro bill. When he turned away briefly, the unknown apparently took the bill in passing. However, the customer noticed this, chased the unknown person and demanded the bill back. This led to a fierce scuffle. But the thief was able to move to another area of the bookstore, where the 51-year-old watched him get rid of the bill and then flee.

The 51-year-old described the alleged thief as follows: About 20 to 25 years old, about 1.75 to 1.85 meters tall with light complexion and gray hair. He was wearing blue jeans, probably a gray top, a backpack, and one leg was either plastered or splinted. Witnesses who observed the incident are asked to call the criminal investigation department at 0711/8990-5778. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, March 29)

Böblingen: Driving from “Stadtgrabenstrasse“via Elbenplatz towards Herrenberg is no longer possible
The Elbenplatz reconstruction is progressing. With the start of the second construction phase, which began two weeks ago, a decisive traffic change has also come into effect: Exiting Stadtgrabenstraße is now only possible to the right in the direction of Friedrich-List-Kreisel – and no longer to the left into Herrenberger Straße or Poststraße. This regulation is to remain in force even after completion of construction work. (BB.heute.de, March 29)

Engelberg tunnel construction is about to start – Now it’s getting tight
Leonberg – After delays of a year the major construction site at Engelberg tunnel will begin tonight. In the tunnel of the A81 near Leonberg, the lanes will be made narrower and partially relocated, in order to be able to complete the work. For almost four years, the areas of the tunnels that run for around 450 meters will then be reinforced from the inside with concrete and steel components. The modified traffic routing for the construction site will be put into operation on Easter Sunday, April 4.  Before it can actually start, the construction site in the Engelberg Tunnel must first be set up. This is to be done at night, when a reduction in lanes is less problematic. The actual start of construction will then follow after Easter. (Bbheute, March 29)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/