Host Nation Update November 29 2021
Slight decrease in new infections
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 29,364 new infections. That is 1279 fewer than in the previous week. This is the first week-on-week decrease in quite some time. The RKI also reports that within 24 hours, another 73 people died in connection with the coronavirus. This is again 11 more than the previous week and 30 more than 14 days ago. Meanwhile, the seven-day incidence per 100,000 population continues to rise, exceeding 450 for the first time. Specifically, the figure is 452.4. (Robert Koch Institute, November 29)
Böblingen district: Nightly curfew for non-immunized persons
Böblingen district. The state’s Corona ordinance specifies that more extensive local restrictions, including a curfew for non-immunized persons between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., apply when the seven-day incidence of 500 has been exceeded on two consecutive days. In the district of Böblingen, the value was exceeded on Saturday and Sunday. Accordingly, the determination is issued by the authority, which is publicly announced on the homepage of the district at www.lrabb.de. The measures will apply from Monday, November 29, 2021.
“We are now also a hot spot county,” regrets District Administrator Roland Bernhard. “Stricter rules take effect qua ordinance, but that alone is not enough! I urgently appeal to everyone to voluntarily drastically limit their contacts.” He fears, the district administrator continued, that the infection figures always reach new record levels. “Reducing contacts and vaccination are critical breakwaters,” Bernhard said. “Especially now during the Advent season, it’s hard for us to cut back again. But let’s persevere together and stand up to the virus! Many people are under enormous strain, especially the nursing and medical staff in the clinics, and everyone wants normality back. That is why one central measure must be at the forefront for all of us: We must put our behavior to the test and reduce our contacts! And for those of us who have not yet been vaccinated, I ask that we realize our responsibility to ourselves and to society and decide to get vaccinated. Remember – you are also protecting yourself from a potentially serious course of disease.”(BBheute, November 28)
An average of 600,000 vaccinations per day – 80 percent are booster vaccinations
The German vaccination pace is picking up, over the weekend the numbers did not slump quite as much as they did in October: over the course of yesterday (Sunday), a total of 152,673 vaccination doses were administered nationwide, according to RKI vaccination rate monitoring. Booster vaccinations accounted for 78.1 percent (119,241 doses) of that total.
On a seven-day average, a total of almost 600,000 vaccine doses are now injected daily. Nevertheless, 68.4 percent of the total population is now fully vaccinated. A further 2.8 percent have received at least one vaccination dose. Still completely without vaccination are 28.8 percent of all Germans. (Stern, November 29)
WHO classifies risk from Omikron variant as “very high risk”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the new coronavirus variant Omikron poses a “very high” risk worldwide. The likelihood of further global spread is high, WHO warns in a letter to its 194 member states. Covid 19 case numbers are expected to rise, it said. Serious consequences loom in some areas. Vaccinated individuals are also likely to experience infections and covid-19 disease, “albeit in small and predictable proportions.” WHO called for accelerating the pace of vaccination among high-risk groups and ensuring that containment plans were in place to maintain essential parts of the health system. “Omikron has an unprecedented number of spike mutations, some of which are of concern because of their potential impact on the course of the pandemic,” WHO states. (Ntv, November 29)
Tighter measures will probably be introduced this week
According to the SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach, the traffic light coalition (Ampel-Koalition), wants to tighten the Corona measures in the short term. There will be “still this week” corresponding proposals, announced Lauterbach on the Phoenix television station. In view of high infection figures, Lauterbach believes that the closure of bars, clubs and discotheques is unavoidable. In addition, there will probably be a mandatory mask requirement at schools as well as further restrictions for the unvaccinated. The background to the tightening is also the new Omikron variant of the virus, which Lauterbach says has come “at an inopportune time.” There is nothing worse than getting a more dangerous mutation during a severe wave of infection.(Ntv, November 29)
Up to 8000 Bundeswehr soldiers ready for Corona deployment
According to the Ministry of Defense in Berlin, up to 8000 Bundeswehr soldiers in Germany are now ready for the Corona mission. “The manpower contingent was adjusted due to the dramatic situation development in the last week,” the ministry explained on Twitter. According to the information, 398 soldiers are currently helping in retirement and nursing homes, 707 in hospitals and 2440 in health offices.(Focus, November 29)
The Euro Zone is Better Prepared for a New Corona Wave
The European Central Bank (ECB) believes that the euro zone is currently better prepared for the economic consequences of another Corona wave or a new variant than it was at the beginning of the pandemic. While there are concerns with regard to economic recovery next year, ECB President Christine Lagarde told Italian broadcaster RAI. But the euro zone has learned a lot. Moreover, it knows its enemy and what measures to take. The crisis has shown that the virus can overcome borders. Therefore, there is no protection until everyone has been vaccinated. The new mutant of the coronavirus continues to spread and is also increasingly appearing in Europe.(Ntv, November 29)
Non Corona News
33-year-old catches pickpocket in the act
Stuttgart – Early Sunday morning, a 33-year-old man caught a suspected pickpocket red-handed in a bar in Stuttgart-Mitte. This was reported by the police.
The 33-year-old had been in a bar on Steinstrasse at around 0:30 a.m. when he noticed someone grabbing the back pocket of his pants to steal his wallet.
When the victim then turned around, he had seen a man and asked him to give him back his wallet. The accused then pushed the 33-year-old away from him and tried to hit the victim. A bar employee reportedly came running to the victim’s aid.
According to the report, the men brought the 31-year-old suspect to the exit where he was handed over to the police, who had been called in the meantime. During the search of the suspected pickpocket, the wallet was found, which was returned to the 33-year-old. The 31-year-old was released after completion of the police measures.(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, November 29)
Many children with infectious disease in Stuttgart hospital
Stuttgart – Up to ten infants are admitted daily to Stuttgart Hospital with the rampant RS virus – short for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Currently, 24 children are being treated for RSV at the hospital’s Olgahospital, Germany’s largest children’s hospital, five of whom are in intensive care, a hospital spokesman said. In October, 125 young patients were admitted, and since Nov. 1, the number has risen to 166. The intensive care rate is between eight and ten percent, he said.
Among the group of often unvaccinated infants, infectious diseases have risen massively in recent weeks. According to recent information from the Ministry of Health, these children were more protected in their environment due to the pandemic in the past two years. As a result, they were unable to undergo the normal and important development of their immune defenses. The wave of infections is being driven primarily by RSV, according to doctors.
The RS virus is a respiratory disease that can also severely affect adults. However, it is particularly dangerous for premature babies, infants and young children. These can get extremely severe pneumonia. It is particularly problematic that there are now two cohorts of children who have not yet passed through the infection. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, November 29)
First McDonald’s store opened 50 years ago
Munich – 95 pfennigs (approx.50 cens). That’s how much a hamburger cost back then when the U.S. burger chain McDonald’s opens its first (West) German location in Munich on December 4, 1971. Apart from that, the menu at that time only included cheeseburgers, French fries, Coca-Cola, soda and coffee.
Today, McDonald’s is the world market leader among burger chains, with over 38,000 locations around the globe and 1448 in Germany. And there are plans to add more: “We have a declared growth target for the next few years and are actively looking for new locations,” says a spokesman. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, November 29)
Commemoration in Stuttgart
Stuttgart – On December 1, 1941, a special railroad train leaves Stuttgart’s Nordbahnhof station “on schedule” between 8 and 9 in the morning. The passengers: 1013 Jews, most of them middle-aged. Also in the wagons are the head of the ” Jewish Department” of the Stuttgart Gestapo, Hans Koch, the Gestapo officer Gottfried Mauch, and twelve policemen. The destination of the transport: the Jungfernhof labor camp near Riga in Latvia. It is the first of eleven deportation transports with which Jews from Württemberg and Hohenzollern depart from Stuttgart to their final destination.
On the occasion of the 80th anniversary, historian Martin Ulmer, managing director of the Gäu-Neckar-Alb memorial association, Friedemann Rinke from the House of History Baden-Württemberg, Elke Banabak, managing director of the initiative Lern- und Gedenkort Hotel Silber, and Roland Müller, former head of the Stuttgart city archive, recalled this first transport from Stuttgart during a digital panel discussion on Wednesday evening.
What becomes clear during this particular evening: The systematic deportation from the villages, towns and districts of Württemberg and Hohenzollern was only possible because a whole network of participants from the administration, security authorities and other institutions actively helped. “Without this active involvement of many participants, the shocking events of the Shoah would not have been possible,” emphasizes Martin Ulmer. The historians Ulmer and Rincke impressively trace how this “process based on the division of labor” was organized: “The first step of the deportation to Stuttgart had to be implemented by the mayors and district councils on the instructions of the Gestapo,” Ulmer describes the procedure. Before that, the “Jüdische Mittelstelle für Auswanderung” (Jewish Central Office for Emigration), as part of the Jüdischer Kulturverein Württemberg (Jewish Cultural Association of Württemberg), had to choose for itself who was eligible for the transports.
The Gestapo had disguised the deportation of December 1, 1941 as a “resettlement. Later, this was waived, which is why the deportees were no longer allowed to take any luggage with them. (Canstatter Zeitung, November 29)