Local news translated – Nov 23, 2020

Daily Host Nation Update November 23, 2020

Number of intensive care patients continues to rise

The number of Covid-19 patients undergoing intensive care treatment in Germany continues to rise steadily. According to the current daily report of the Divi Intensive Care Register, 3,742 infected patients (+33) are currently receiving intensive care treatment, 2,161 of which (+29) are ventilated. Just one week ago, the figure was 3,436 (1,971 ventilated). Around 6,616 intensive care beds are currently still available in German hospitals. (Ntv, November 23)

New Year’s Eve fireworks prohibited

Corona is obviously putting a damper on all those who were looking forward to fireworks on New Year’s Eve. The sale, purchase, and ignition of firecrackers, fireworks, and rockets in certain areas in downtown Stuttgart have been prohibited New Year’s Eve. The reasoning behind the ban is to discourage celebratory groups from forming, to relieve the burden on emergency services such as the police and fire department, and to keep the capacities of the health care system free. On Nov 25th, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Minister Presidents of the German states will discuss further action in the Corona pandemic. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, November 23)

Twenty thousand corona-related criminal proceedings occupy the judiciary

The corona pandemic has caused the public prosecutors’ offices to work considerably harder. Since the beginning of the crisis, prosecutors have reached about 20,000 cases of fraudulent corona emergency aid or other pandemic-related crimes, the Federal Executive Director of the German Association of Judges, Sven Rebehn, told “Die Welt.” In addition to subsidy fraud, the cases include Internet fake stores, counterfeit corona drugs or inferior masks. The processing of the cases is likely to drag on well into next year. (Ntv, November 23)

Non-Corona News

Mental health disorders at the root of some violent attacks

A major police operation in Bad Cannstatt transpired on Saturday evening. The confrontation with an armed perpetrator displaying a severe mental state emergency can often be a matter of life and death. This time the rampage resulted in six people injured. Last year in Böblingen two police officers were attacked and injured with a knife during a confrontation with an individual suffering from a psychotic breakdown. Both incidences involved numerous patrol card, emergency doctors and ambulances, and ended with an arrest and the individual being admitted into a psychiatric hospital. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, November 23)

The Schlossplatz will shine this Christmas season

In 2020, the capital of Baden-Württemberg will receive a magical inner-city Christmas illumination for the third time in a row. As part of the “Glanzlichter Stuttgart” the Schlossplatz and Königstraße will be illuminated from November 25 to January 6. Eight light sculptures, some up to eight meters tall, will illuminate the Schlossplatz every evening. From the main train station to Rotebühlplatz, along the 1.2-kilometer-long Königstrasse, around 110 trees in the shopping street will be covered with thousands of energy-saving LED lamps, which will let them shine in warm white light starting at sunset. Those who like can share their reactions with the hashtag #glanzlichterstuttgart on the social media channels. (BB heute, November 21)

Shopping despite Corona – thousands of visitors come to the Outletcity

The week of shopping discounts, so-called “Black Week,” which has its origins in the USA, will culminate on November 27, the so-called “Black Friday.” For this reason, the city of Metzingen has issued a general decree for the period from November 21 to 30, 2020, which, among other things, provides for an obligation to wear a mouth-and-nose cover at certain times throughout the entire outlet city area. In addition, queues in front of the stores are to be limited to 20 meters. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, November 22)