Local news translated – Oct 15, 2020

USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs – Local news translated – Oct 15, 2020

New infections in Germany higher than ever before

The Robert Koch Institute reported 6,638 new infections in one day on Thursday – the highest number since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, the highest record was 6,294 cases on 28 March. According to the RKI, a further 33 people have died from or with the virus. Germany now records a total of 9,710 deaths related to the virus. (Robert Koch Institute, October 15)

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, 655 infected patients (+53) are currently receiving intensive care treatment, 329 of which (+6) are ventilated. Just one week ago, the figure was 487 (239 ventilated). Around 8,719 intensive care beds are currently still available in German clinics. (Tagesschau, October 15)

Merkel: the country is in “decisive and critical phase”

Chancellor Angela Merkel has emphasized the goal of the federal and state governments is to prevent an uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus in Germany. According to the Chancellor, Germany is already in an exponential phase. After consultations with the Prime Ministers, Merkel emphasized the seriousness of the situation. She said the country is at a crucial point. The question is whether the measures currently in place are sufficient or not. She appealed to the citizens, in this “decisive and critical phase” that everyone participate and follow the rules. (Focus, October 15)

More regions exceeding the upper limit

According to the latest data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) (October 15, 0:00 a.m.), 60 regions in Germany now exceed the upper limit of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. This means an increase of 13 districts and cities compared to the previous day. Only a week ago, eleven regions had exceeded the upper limit. Among the affected regions are seven Berlin districts, with Neukölln showing the highest seven-day incidence of 153.2 confirmed infections per 100,000 inhabitants in Germany. Last night, the capital itself had reported a total seven-day incidence of 76.3. With a value above 40, 34 regions are now close to the critical mark, led by the district of Neuwied in Rhineland-Palatinate with a seven-day incidence of 49.8. 18 other regions with a value above 40 are also close to the critical mark, led by the city of Augsburg with a seven-day incidence of 49.9. (Ntv, October 15)

Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof closes several department stores

Following the successful conclusion of its insolvency proceedings, the German department store group, Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof, is closing a whole series of no longer profitable stores this week. The Kaufhof department store in Hamburg’s Mönckebergstraße has already closed, as has the Kaufhof in Essen. Further stores in Braunschweig, Witten and Fulda, among others, are to follow in the next few days. A company spokesman did not want to disclose exactly how many. Overall, the Group’s restructuring concept envisages the closure of a good 40 of the last 170 or so department stores. However, the closure of the affected stores will not come in one fell swoop – some of them are to remain open for the Christmas business and only close in January.

The department store group had got into massive difficulties during the Corona crisis and filed for bankruptcy. In the course of the insolvency proceedings, it managed to shake off debts amounting to more than two billion euros. For thousands of employees, the reorganization means the loss of their jobs. However, 130 department stores and more than 16,000 jobs will remain. (Canstatter Zeitung, October 15)

Non-Corona News

Woman blackmailed for her stolen cell phone

A 36-year-old man is said to have tried to blackmail a 27 year old woman for her stolen phone. The woman called the police, who finally arrested the man at the Borsigstrasse stop in Feuerbach. However, there is still no trace of the high-quality smartphone. According to the officers, the 27-year-old was on the move in Stuttgart city center on Wednesday evening when she noticed that her smartphone had disappeared around 7:40 p.m. The woman reacted immediately and dialed the number of her cell phone. She was contacted by a man who wanted to return the phone if she paid him 200 euros, otherwise he threatened to destroy the device. She then approached police officers at Rotebühlplatz and explained the situation to them. In a further telephone conversation, the woman and the suspect agreed on a place for handover. Finally, civilian officials provisionally arrested the 36-year-old at the Borsigstrasse stop at around 9:30 p.m. However, he did not have the cell phone in question on him. Investigations into the whereabouts of the cell phone are continuing. (Canstatter Zeitung, October 15)