Local news translated – Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Germany is currently under strict lockdown restrictions, which include curfews.
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Daily Host Nation Update, May 4, 2021

RKI reports 7,534 new cases, incidence drops to 141.4 

Health authorities in Germany have reported 7,534 new Corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). A week ago Tuesday, the figure was 10,976. The number of deaths, 315, is also lower than the previous week, when the RKI registered 344 deaths. The nationwide seven-day incidence is now 141.4, down from 146.9 the previous day.( Robert Koch Institute, May 4)


“Solution for vaccinated this week”

Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht is confident that vaccinated and recovered people will have their basic rights restored as early as Saturday. “I am very optimistic that we will find a solution this week,” she said . It is time to get back to a bit of normality, she said. Opening restaurants and hotels only to those vaccinated and recovering does not make economic sense, Lambrecht says. Easing contact and exit restrictions, however, is necessary, he said. “These are basic individual rights that a vaccinated or recovered person has. They’re coming back now because the state no longer has a reason to intervene.” Lambrecht does not fear an envy debate. After all, among those who have been fully vaccinated are “primarily people who suffered greatly at the beginning of the pandemic” – the previously ill, those in need of care, and healthcare workers.(Ntv, May 4)


Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – Winfried Kretschmann dampens hopes for travel soon

Stuttgart – Baden-Württembergs Minister President Winfried Kretschmann has dampened the hopes of many people to travel soon, despite a slight decline in the number of Corona infections. “I don’t see that happening for now. For that, the incidences would have to go down drastically before we can envisage something like that,” the Green politician told the German Press Agency in Stuttgart on Tuesday before the start of the last meeting of his green-black state government in this election period.

Because of the ever-emerging mutants, the situation is still uncertain, he said. It is too early to speak of a trend reversal because of the slightly declining numbers, he said. In addition, travel is one of the “very problematic things, because the virus is spread through travel,” it was spread around the world through travel in the first place. “That’s where great caution is needed.”

The number of new Corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a week has recently fallen both nationwide and in Baden-Württemberg. The so-called incidence was 141.4 on Tuesday, according to the Robert Koch Institute (as of 5:08 a.m.), and 173.1 in Baden-Württemberg, according to the state health office (as of 4 p.m. Monday). A week ago, the value in the southwest had been 197.4. For more normality, however, the incidence must be stable below 100 in urban and rural districts, according to federal emergency brake regulations. Only then can restaurants and hotels reopen.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, May 4)


Non-Corona related news:

Weather in Baden-Württemberg – Stormy low brings rain and gale-force winds

Stuttgart – The cold front over the North Sea will bring rain and strong winds that can reach very heavy storms in Baden-Württemberg on Tuesday. While gale-force winds of up to 85 kilometers per hour are expected in the lowlands in the afternoon, the German Weather Service (DWD) predicts gale-force winds of up to 115 kilometers per hour in the mountains and even gale-force winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour at various locations.  According to the meteorologists, it will be very cloudy in the morning. In the course of the day, and it will rain later on. Maximum temperatures are expected between 11 degrees in the higher mountains and 19 degrees at Lake Constance.

In the night to Wednesday, the wind should initially decrease significantly, but increase again in the morning. In addition, lots of rain showers are expected for Wednesday. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, May 4)


New foodservice opens at the Feuersee

For a long time, Ludovico Bellusci and Angelo D’Agostino, two well-known landlords in Stuttgart who have successfully run the Riva and the Trattoria Tabano for years, thought about whether to give their new addition at Feuersee an Italian name in the future. “The Rote Kapelle is an institution,” says D’Agostino, “so after careful consideration we’re sticking with the previous name.” The concept, however, is changing. People will still be able to have breakfast here, the Schönbuch brewery will continue to supply the kegs, and there will still be a large outdoor area facing the lake as soon as the pandemic permits – but the menu will be Italian in the future, even though there are no plans for a purely Italian restaurant. 

In the meantime, the new serving counter is in place, the new jewel of the Red Chapel, named after resistance groups against National Socialism. 

The former aquarium has been removed, and a fish lover has taken over all the fish. The move took days. Instead of the aquarium, the new operators installed an ice cream workshop. From now on there is homemade ice cream to go. Previously, the Red Chapel sold delivered ice cream. A lunch menu has been started. There are grilled panini or gnocchi, for example. “Feuersee is becoming the new Marienplatz,” says the owner. Now “everyone has to be vaccinated quickly” so that it can start again. The many fans of the Red Chapel are looking forward to it.(Stuttgarter Zeitung, May 4)