Local news translated – Tuesday, Mar 9, 2021

Germany is currently under strict lockdown restrictions, which include curfews.
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Daily Host Nation Update, Mar 9, 2021

RKI reports 4252 new infections
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) counts within one day 4252 new infections with the coronavirus and 255 additional deaths. Exactly one week ago, the RKI had recorded 3943 new infections and 358 new deaths within one day. According to the RKI, the number of new infections reported within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) is 67.5 nationwide – slightly lower than the previous day (68.0). Four weeks ago, on February 9, the incidence had still been 72.8. (Robert Koch Institute, March 9)

Mutation B.1.525 detected for the first time in Germany
The corona mutation B.1.525 has been detected for the first time in Germany after a sample that was taken at the testing center at Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER) showed the viral variant, according to a report. The mutation has previously been detected in Denmark, Italy, Norway, Great Britain, Canada, the USA and Nigeria.

B.1.525 is similar to the British variant B.1.1.7. but, like the South African and Brazilian variants, has a mutation in the spike protein. The company believes that because of this similarity, B.1.525 may be more contagious.(Ntv, March 9)

Germany loses thousands of nursing staff during the pandemic
Germany has lost over 9,000 nursing staff in hospitals and in elderly care during the pandemic. This is according to data from the Federal Employment Agency (BA), reported by the newspapers of the “Funke Mediengruppe”. According to the data, nursing care in hospitals has been hard hit. The drop in the number of employees here in the first peak phase of the Corona crisis was 5124. In elderly care, the number of employees in the period from the beginning of April to the end of July fell by 3885.(Funke Mediengruppe, March 9)

Drugstore chain dm wants to sell quick tests from Friday onwards
The drugstore chain dm wants to sell Corona quick tests from Friday. Rossmann also announced it will start sales “in the course of the week”. Originally, the start of sales at dm had been planned for today, but the tests apparently did not arrive as quickly as expected. According to the company’s CEO Sebastian Bayer, “The quick tests are sold individually, and the dispensing quantity is initially limited to five per purchase.” A test, which is performed by nasal swab, is expected to cost less than five euros. (Ntv, March 9)

States want to determine start date for vaccination in practices
Tomorrow, the health ministers of the federal and state governments want to determine the exact date for the start of Corona vaccinations that will be administered in Germany’s general practitioners’ offices. On Monday, the Conference of Health Ministers had already agreed on the beginning of April. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, March 9)

Non Corona News

Fairground in Stuttgart-Feuerbach – Festival in Feuerbach tentatively in the planning
The Musikverein Stadtorchester Feuerbach is preparing for their annual festival in September. Whether it will take place over four days and whether there will be a large marquee is still unclear. Nevertheless, the planning is already underway, as Marion Berger from the MSF explains when asked: “We have now once reserved the date of September 10 to 13 and also booked bands tentatively.” The MSF wants to be prepared, if the pandemic situation allows it. “There will probably not be a big tent, as we are used to,” says Berger. Current plans call for more of a beer garden, with plenty of spacing and a covered stage and bar. “Then, of course, we are very dependent on the weather,” says Berger, who could imagine the festival may take place for only two days. “We just have to wait and see how the situation will be in September.” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, March 9)

Police operations over the weekend: Over 200 people and cars at Flugfeld
On Friday, several callers reported a large crowd of people and vehicles in the area of the airfield and Umberto-Nobile-Strasse in Böblingen and Sindelfingen. This resulted in several police operations between 21:40 to 00:20. The officers noticed a large number of vehicles driving and parking on the streets and cross streets. With constant inflow and outflow, it was apparently more than 100 vehicles and more than 150 people who warned each other of police action. In view of the high volume of traffic, the police had to limit themselves to control and penalize serious violations.

Via social media, a call was made for another meeting at the airfield on Saturday, and at around 9:30 p.m., well over 100 people and their vehicles found themselves there. The task forces subsequently blocked the entrances and exits, carried out checks on people and issued expulsions. Due to the police measures, the event shifted briefly at around 11 p.m. in the direction of a gas station in Herrenberger Straße. Around 50 vehicles then reappeared on the airfield and drifted across the square at around 11:45 p.m., revving their engines and honking their horns repeatedly. After a permanent police presence, the scene dispersed around 1:00 am.

On Sunday at around 7:55 p.m., several callers again reported to the police that vehicles were gathering at the airfield. When emergency personnel arrived, the individuals attempted to flee. While some of them fled on foot, several motorists tried to avoid a police checkpoint via a dirt road. They ignored all stop signs and signals given by the police officers, but were stopped at the intersection of Wolfgang-Brumme-Allee and Flugfeldallee. In the meantime, other emergency forces blocked the entrances and exits to Flugfeld. During the vehicle and people checks, the officers issued expulsions for the area. A total of 74 people and 40 vehicles were checked on Sunday.The Böblingen police station will monitor the area more closely, the police said. (Bbheute, March 8)

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/