Local news translated – Oct 5, 2020

USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Seven regions in Germany now exceed upper limit

Currently, seven districts and cities exceed the 50 mark in the seven-day incidence. Among them are four Berlin districts alone – Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Mitte, Neukölln as well as Tempelhof-Schöneberg. Hamm, Remscheid, and Vechta continue to be Corona hotspots as well. If things stay the same, data indicates that six more regions will soon go over the upper limit in the coming days. (Ntv, October 5)

Baden-Württemberg infections continue to rise

The number of proven Coronavirus infections in Baden-Württemberg has increased by 355 since Friday. According to the State health department on Saturday, a total of 50,755 people in the State have now been proven to be infected with the Sars-CoV-2. The number of deaths in connection with the virus is 1,888. Altogether, a number of 44,411 people have recovered, 273 more than the day before. The so-called seven-day R-value is 0.99. According to the State health department, this value indicates how many people an infected person infects on average basis. The seven-day incidence in Baden-Württemberg is 15.6, which indicates how many reported new infections per 100,000 inhabitants  have been in the past seven days. (Stuttgarter Zeitung, October 3)

Three survivors of the corona virus share their stories

In Daniela Müller’s case, the Covid-19 infection took a severe course. After a stay in hospital she wanted to recover at home, but the symptoms remained. She reports in the video that her ability to cope with anything strenuous is still very limited and impacts her daily routine. Each day she experiences severe exhaustion, shortness of breath, and pain.

For Bianca Frinken, her children and her husband were also infected with the coronavirus. Fortunately, the whole family only experienced mild symptoms and recovered without any lingering symptoms. However, Frinken’s sense of smell has never fully returned. To this day, she can hardly smell anything at all.

Vanessa Lubig was infected with the coronavirus at her grandfather’s house. She suffered congestion, headache, and loss of her sense of taste and smell during the peak of her symptoms. However, today she feels fully recovered and has no determinable after-effects of the disease.  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, October 3)

Italy plans to make masks mandatory outdoors nationwide

According to media reports on corona protection, Italy’s government plans to introduce a national requirement to wear masks outdoors as well. The planned tightening of the rules is to be published shortly by the government in Rome. The obligation to wear a mouth and nose protection everywhere and at all times could already apply from Wednesday. Individual areas, most recently the Lazio region, had already issued such precautionary measures. Until now, protective masks have had to be worn nationally mainly in closed rooms such as stores and offices as well as on public transport. (Focus, October 5)

Christmas services look to rekindle the spirit of the season

Local church Christmas preparations are underway for this unprecedented season. The working group is currently discussing “on how people can experience Christmas as a celebration of closeness despite the necessary distance.” One option would be to hold an outdoor service at some local farms, which have stables, sheep and horses. Other pastors want to “revive the good Christmas celebrations in the forest.”  New formats of church services are being considered, as well: Christmas services at lake sites or city parks. Another pastor suggested to celebrate a big ecumenical service on Christmas Eve on the Stuttgart Schlossplatz. It is still open for debate whether this could be realized financially. Another plan is to have the nativity scene displayed in the inner courtyard of the Old Castle. In any case, there will be an organ concert and a picture meditation in the collegiate church every day during the Advent weeks. Intensive preparations are also underway with the Catholic Church. They will offer additional services, and will live-stream special videos via social media. They also support the idea of an Open Air service, as it has the advantage that people be able to sing, which is important for many people, and it could also be linked to old church traditions such as Advent processions. Many Church leaders looks at this year as an opportunity for less hype about markets and festivals and a return to the original meaning of Christmas. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 1)

Non-Corona News

Gun shots fired from a wedding motorcade

According to a police report, gun shots were fired from a car during a wedding procession. The wedding festivities had already attracted negative attention several times due to noise and traffic obstructions. Police stopped the motorcade and conducted a check of each car. A 22-year-old was found in possession of an alarm gun and is now facing charges of violating the gun law. (Stuttgarter Zeitung, October 4)

German Police now authorized to use body cams

After a heated debate with opposition, the State parliament of Baden-Württemberg passed an amendment to police law on Wednesday that in the future, allows police officers to use running shoulder cameras (known as body cams) in certain places, such as residential areas, commercial zones, and entertainment venues such as discotheques.

In the future, officers will also be able to carry out checks on people at mass events and gatherings where there is a particular risk of danger, for example, due to an “exterior danger” or at other large crowds, which could oppose any risk. This could apply at soccer matches, but also at Christmas markets, which are considered “soft” targets for criminals or terrorists. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 1)

Sindelfingen City tours scheduled for October

The Sindelfingen Department of Culture offers two different guided tours during October. Sunday, October 11 at 15:00 “Historical City Tour” The historical center of Sindelfingen with the Romanesque St. Martin’s Church and the canon’s monastery is the focus of this guided tour. People have been living in the area of today’s city of Sindelfingen for thousands of years. It was a long way from the Roman settlement to the modern industrial city. The city was founded in 1263, when the Romanesque St. Martin’s Church was already the center of a canon monastery that was known far beyond the region. Many old traces could be discovered when participating in this city tour. English guided tour on Sunday, October 25 at 3 p.m. “Persecution of witches in Sindelfingen during the 17th century.”

In the 16th and 17th century, the population of Sindelfingen suffered severely from the witch craze that was rampant in Europe. 21 women were burned as witches in the small town between 1563 and 1616. In the town archive there is still a large part of the original protocols, which give information about the local witch trials and individual fates. Guided tours always start at the i-Point, Marktplatz 1, where you buy your tickets for 3 € per person, children can participate free of charge. According to current Corona regulations, up to 20 participants are authorized. These must leave their data at the i-Point for a possible contact chain tracking, which will be stored for 4 weeks. The Office for Culture also offers group tours at any time. Information at the i-Punkt, Marktplatz 1, by telephone on 0 70 31/94-3 25 or by e-mail to i-Punkt@sindelfingen.de.