Local news translated – Thursday, May 6, 2021

Germany is currently under strict lockdown restrictions, which include curfews.
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Daily Host Nation Update, May 6, 2021

RKI registers 21,953 new cases, downward trend continues
Health authorities in Germany have reported 21,953 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). This continues the downward trend: last Thursday there were 24,736. The seven-day incidence drops slightly from 132.8 yesterday to 129.1. There is still no clear improvement in the death figures. Today, the RKI reports 250 new Covid-19 deaths, up from 264 last week. A total of 84,126 people in Germany have died from or with the virus. (Robert Koch Institute, May 6)

Coronapandemic – Number of cases decreases noticeably
The reported new Corona infections are decreasing in the southwest. The State Health Office reports 2,875 new infections for Baden-Württemberg, about 1,000 cases fewer than in the previous week. As a result, the 7-day incidence drops to 161 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

However, it is still too early to speak of a trend reversal. In the southwest, the values are still high, with 13 of the counties in the state currently exceeding the 200 mark. Only six counties are currently below the politically relevant value of 100. In the majority of counties in the southwest, therefore, the stricter regulations of the “emergency brake” also take effect. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, May 6)

Moderna’s “booster” dose also works against Corona variants
A booster dose of Moderna’s Corona vaccine works well against coronavirus variants, according to initial data from the U.S. company. The company is currently testing two different so-called booster doses – one with the vaccine already approved in many countries around the world, and the other with a product developed based on the virus variant first identified in South Africa. Both would have resulted in the development of antibodies against this variant and the variant first discovered in Brazil – the newly developed booster variant even more clearly with regard to the South African variant. (Ntv, May 6)

German Association of Cities wants more freedom for those who test negative
In view of the planned freedoms for vaccinated people, the German Association of Cities is also calling for more relaxation for those who have tested negative. Many people have not yet been able to get vaccinated due to the vaccine shortage. “We therefore advocate examining giving back freedoms to a limited extent to people who have tested negative on a daily basis,” the chief executive of the Association of German Cities, Helmut Dedy, told the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe. Society should not be divided into vaccinated and recovered people and everyone else, he added.(Funke Mediengruppe, May 6)

Ministry of Social Affairs promises clarity on openings soon
Stuttgart – The Ministry of Social Affairs wants to provide clarity in time for Whitsun about which areas can open when and under what conditions. Especially the hotel and restaurant industry in a conversation with representatives of all areas affected by closures to receive specific proposals as soon as possible, the department of Social Minister Manne Lucha (Greens) announced in Stuttgart. Pentecost/Whit Sunday is May 23. 

A certain lead time for the preparation of the implementation of the regulations is necessary. Accordingly, the opening strategy should be completed in the course of the coming week. It is planned that urban and rural districts with a stable seven-day incidence (new infections per 100,000 inhabitants) of less than 100 on five consecutive days, will be able to open. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, May 6)

Non-Corona News

Cyclists: First major police control action
Are the front and rear lights working? Are the brakes working? And was attention paid to the right of way and traffic lights? During the first nationwide bicycle action day “Sicher.Mobil.Leben” (Safe.Mobile.Life), the Ludwigsburg police headquarters, with all ten police stations, the traffic police inspection and the prevention department, participated with numerous checks. This was also the case in downtown Sindelfingen and at Calwer Bogen.

The aim of the nationwide campaign is to ensure greater safety and mutual consideration through preventive talks and checks. In Sindelfingen alone, for example, there were 74 accidents involving cyclists last year, 18 of whom suffered serious injuries. “The Calwer Bogen is quite a complicated area. Here, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians come together at several traffic lights at once,” says Chief Inspector Philipp Hauser of the Sindelfingen Police Station.(Bbheute, May 6)

Tricksters with gold ring scam 

Stuttgart-Ost/-Möhringen – In the past few days, tricksters with a gold ring have been increasingly encountered in Möhringen as well as in Stuttgart East. In the process, the unknown person or persons are said to have offered their potential victims a ring with the aim of robbing the passers-by. The police are looking for witnesses.