Local news translated – Tuesday, May 12, 2021

Germany is currently under strict lockdown restrictions, which include curfews.
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Baden-Württemberg lifts vaccination prioritization 

The Ministry of Social Affairs and the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians of Baden-Württemberg jointly decide to lift prioritization for all Corona vaccines in family practices. The regulation would apply as of next Monday. Physicians in private practice will then theoretically be able to vaccinate everyone over the age of 16 or 18, provided that vaccine is available. At the same time, the entire priority group 3 listed in the Corona vaccination ordinance will be opened in the vaccination centers, according to SWR. This also includes those who receive a vaccination authorization for professional reasons.(Swr, May 12)

RKI reports 14,909 new infections, incidence below 108. 

Health authorities have reported 14,909 additional Corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. The clear downward trend thus continues; a week ago there were 18,034 new infections. The nationwide seven-day incidence is now 107.8, down from 115.4 the previous day. The number of deaths, however, remains at a high level: 268 more deaths are registered by the RKI, only slightly less than last Wednesday’s 285 deaths.(Robert Koch Institute, May 12)

Digital vaccination certificate to become more than just a certificate of vaccination protection 

The planned digital vaccination certificate in Germany will not only serve as a certificate of complete vaccination protection, but will also be able to display official negative Corona test results. This is according to government circles. In addition, the smartphone app, to be released under the name “CovPass,” will also serve as proof of a survived Corona disease for those who have recovered. The project is reportedly on schedule to be available to the public before the summer vacations. “CovPass” is intended to give those affected the ability to quickly prove, in a tamper-proof manner, that they can once again enjoy certain basic rights, such as when traveling on vacation. The app should be able to store proof not only of the smartphone owner, but of several people. Similar to digital boarding passes in air travel, a parent, for example, could be able to present proof for the entire family from a smartphone.(Ntv, May 12)

RKI warns against impatience and opening too early: Pandemic is not over 

Despite falling incidence figures nationwide in the pandemic, the Robert Koch Institute has urged patience and warned against opening too early. “With all confidence, we must please not forget one thing: This pandemic is not over,” said RKI President Lothar Wieler. It was now mainly the younger people who were falling ill, including many schoolchildren and young adults. And there are still about 1,000 deaths per week. The situation remains serious, he says, even though encouraging progress is being made: “Incidences are falling in all age groups and in all German states,” Wieler says. “However, the vaccination rate alone is still not enough,” he stresses. To end the pandemic, 80 percent of the population would need to either have gone through the infection or be vaccinated. “If we open too early, the virus will spread again.”(dpa, May 12)

Scholz wants binding statement on summer vacation in May 

Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to make a binding statement this month on whether summer vacation is possible. “By the end of May, we (the federal government) should make a clear announcement to citizens whether they will be able to go on vacation again during the school summer vacations, so that they can still plan their vacations,” Scholz told the “Rheinische Post” newspaper. “From my point of view, there is much to suggest that thanks to the growing pace of vaccination and falling infection figures, vacations will at least be possible again in Germany and some other countries,” the SPD candidate for chancellor said. (Ntv, May 12)


Non Corona News

36-year-old man is caught in money exchange trick

Stuttgart – Police on Monday temporarily arrested a man who illegally obtained money in a bakery on Marktstraße in Bad Cannstatt using a money exchange trick.

The 36-year-old entered the store around 6:45 p.m. and wanted to change a 100-euro bill, police said Wednesday. After the employee had handed him the change, he demanded his 100-euro bill back. He returned some of the change to the employee, apparently holding back a bill. The shopkeeper, who had observed the incident, then informed the police, who temporarily arrested the man. After completion of the police measures, the officers released the 36-year-old.(Stuttgarter Zeitung, May 12)

Several thousand euros expensive watch stolen from a woman’s wrist

Stuttgart – An unknown woman first asked a car driver in Stuttgart-Feuerbach for help on Saturday morning and afterwards stole her wristwatch, according to police on Monday.

The suspected perpetrator approached the 32-year-old motorist in Spanish at around 9:30 a.m. on Feuerbacher Weg and asked her for directions. The woman, who had just parked her vehicle, then got out of her car. The unknown woman suddenly grabbed her arm, forcibly pulled it down and then ran away. Shortly afterwards, the lady driver noticed that the unknown person had stolen her wristwatch worth several thousand euros.

The alleged perpetrator is described as about 30 years old and about 1.70 meters tall. She had shoulder-length reddish-brown hair, a suspected Eastern European appearance and a tattoo on the inside of her left upper arm. She was wearing a black dress, black and white athletic shoes and carrying a handbag. Witnesses are asked to contact the criminal investigation department at 0711/ 89905778.