Host Nation Update November 30 2021
Continuously decreasing number of free intensive care beds – more than one in five has covid
The proportion of free beds in German intensive care units continues to fall. Currently, 21,880 intensive care beds are occupied across Germany – 233 more than the previous day. 3121 operable intensive care beds are currently still vacant. Their share thus falls from 12.8 to 12.5 percent. Since the previous day, 37 more Covid patients are in an ICU. The total is currently 4636, making Covid patients 21 percent of all ICU patients. 27 more Covid patients also need to be ventilated. Their number rises to 2383. (Stern, November 30)
More than one in five Corona tests positive – rate at 21.18 percent
The number of tests has once again increased significantly in the past week to around 1.838 million PCR tests. At the same time, the positive rate is again higher at 21.18 percent. For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the 20 percent mark has been exceeded. In the previous week, 19.90 percent of all PCR tests performed were positive. The so-called Alm rate is based on data from 179 German laboratories.(Ntv, November 30)
Spahn pleads for nationwide restrictions after state court ruling
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn is pleased with the ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court: “The ruling provides clarity. The federal emergency brake was proportionate because the state had to protect the life and health of its citizens. This should now also provide guidance for the parties that have so far ruled out stricter measures because of legal concerns. The verdict is not a carte blanche for arbitrary encroachments on fundamental rights. Nationwide restrictions on public life must be limited in time, regionally differentiated and geared to the pandemic. That was the case with the emergency brake. It should be so again now. We need decisive state action to break the fourth wave.”(Focus, November 30)
Baden-Württemberg does not decide to tighten regulations for the time being
The government of the state of Baden-Württemberg does not intend to adopt stricter rules in the fight against the Corona pandemic today, Tuesday, as previously announced. “In view of the very short-notice switch between the federal government and the states, we will only subsequently determine the concrete measures for the state,” says a spokeswoman. Minister President Winfried Kretschmann had announced yesterday, Monday, leisure, cultural and sporting events because of the worsening pandemic to ban or at least significantly restrict. This was supposed to be decided by the cabinet on Tuesday. However, the spokeswoman said that the tightening measures would be adhered to. They will presumably be decided by written procedure tomorrow, Wednesday. (Ntv, November 30)
“Vaccine efficiency will drop significantly”
The head of U.S. biotech group Moderna, Stephane Bancel, predicts that existing Corona vaccines will be less effective against the new Omikron virus variant than against earlier variants. He warns in the Financial Times that it would be months before pharmaceutical companies could mass produce new variant-specific vaccines. The high number of Omikron mutations on the spike protein and the rapid spread of the variant in South Africa signal that currently available vaccines will need to be modified next year. (Focus, November 30)
Number of deaths as high as in March – Slight decrease in incidence
The number of new infections hardly increases in a weekly comparison. 45,753 cases are currently reported by the health authorities to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). That is 427 cases more than on Tuesday of the previous week. The number of deaths, on the other hand, is increasing significantly. 388 deceased in connection with the coronavirus on the day there is last at the beginning of March. This brings Germany slowly into the range of about 400 daily deaths predicted by RKI head Lothar Wieler. (Robert Koch Institute, November 30)
Exhibitionist on the road – police seeks witnesses
Stuttgart – An exhibitionist is on the loose in Stuttgart-Sillenbuch and is calling the police to the scene: according to the report, an unknown man exposed himself in front of a 14-year-old child on Monday evening on a footpath connecting Liliencronstraße and Kleinhohenheimer Straße.
The 14-year-old girl was walking along Liliencronstrasse and noticed the man on the footpath shortly before 7pm. Apparently, he had performed sexual acts on himself. The girl then ran home and told her mother, who called the police.
The perpetrator is said to be between 40 and 50 years old and about 1.85 meters tall, as well as having a slightly broader build. In addition, he is said to have been dressed in a dark blue or black winter jacket, dark blue jeans and a dark winter hat. Witnesses are asked to call the police at 0711/8990-5778. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, November 30)
Solar benches in Stuttgart
The solar bank on Epplestraße in Stuttgart-Degerloch is a long way from the values of its counterpart in Feuerbach. So far, comparatively few people want to take advantage of the solar power that it has been producing here since May 2021. On the bench, you can not only charge your own battery, but also your smartphone via USB or induction. The bench also offers Wi-Fi.
The special seating is intended to be a kind of ambassador and illustrate that electricity can be produced sustainably from the sun and then stored and used. The bench is simply anchored to the ground with four screws and can be effortlessly removed when it is no longer desired at that location. Vaihingen also wants a solar bank
In the meantime, they exist in several city districts. In Degerloch, however, the free electricity from renewable energy has hardly been in demand so far. The Stuttgart public utility company has registered just 216 charges in Degerloch. By comparison, the solar bank at the central Wilhelm-Geiger-Platz in Feuerbach, which will be installed in March 2021, has registered 2561 charges so far, says Karoline von Graevenitz, a Stadtwerke spokeswoman. It is the front-runner. Charging processes of five minutes or more are measured. The solar bank at the Garbe in Stuttgart-Plieningen has a frequency almost as good as that of Feuerbach. There have been 2311 charges there so far. However, the bank in front of the city hall has been there for a long time: since July 2020. Karoline von Graevenitz assumes that in normal times, the Garben bank would have seen many more charges. Because of Corona, however, fewer people have passed by there. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, November 30)