Local news translated – Oct 6, 2020

USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs – Local news translated – Oct 6, 2020

Baden-Württemberg moves into the next risk level

In September, the coalition government presented a three-stage alarm system (green, amber, & red) to help curb a second wave of infection and prevent another nationwide lockdown. The risk levels are based on the reproduction number, or R value, which is caluculated over a seven-day period and is a way of rating the disease’s ability to spread. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), that number in Germany is currently 1,08, which is high enough to trigger a rise in the current alarm status. Minister of Social Affairs Manne Lucha announced on Tuesday, Oct 6th, that Stuttgart is now amber. This second of three stages includes, for example, stricter control of measures, appeals to the public, and the needs-based ramp-up of corona ambulances and test sites. (Ntv, October 2020)

Federal government invests in 40,000 computers for telework

During the Corona crisis, the German government purchased more than 40,000 computers so that employees of ministries and subordinate authorities could work from home. This is the result of a response by the Federal Ministry of the Interior to a question by Katharina Willkomm, consumer policy spokeswoman for the FDP parliamentary group in the Bundestag. According to this, exactly 40,728 desktop PCs, laptops and tablets including accessories were purchased between March and September for a total of 93.5 million euros. (Ntv, October 6)

Minister calls for more clarity on travel regulations within Germany

The Federal Minister of Economics, Peter Altmaier, is in favor of greater clarity in the guidelines for travel within Germany. “I believe that there are now so many different regional and country-specific regulations that it is becoming increasingly difficult for individual citizens to decipher them,” the CDU politician told the “Bild” newspaper. “That’s why I would like to see more uniformity in the approach, and that would apply to Berlin-Kreuzberg as well as to Gütersloh or Hamm. Schleswig-Holstein and Rheinland-Pfalz have established entry restrictions with quarantine rules and compulsory tests for travelers from particularly affected areas within Germany. (Handelsblatt, October 6)

Intensive care units in Germany currently 69% occupied

According to calculations by ntv.de, currently around 29,600 people in Germany are infected with Sars-CoV-2. As can be seen from the Intensive Care Register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 447 patients are currently receiving intensive medical care (status: Monday 12.15 pm). This is an increase of 23 persons compared to the previous day. Currently 210 people are being ventilated. The DIVI Intensive Care Register records Covid-19 patients undergoing intensive care treatment and bed capacities in intensive care units of all hospitals in Germany and provides an overview of how many intensive care units are currently available in which hospitals. A total of 30,353 intensive care beds were registered, of which 20,909 (69 percent) are occupied; 9444 beds (31 percent) are currently free. (Ntv, October 6)

Non-Corona News

Stuttgart musicals postponed again

The fans of “Tanz der Vampire” and “Aladdin” will have to be patient as Stage Entertainment announced that it would not open again until next year. Patrons who bought tickets in advance will receive vouchers for a later performance. “We are well prepared to start again as soon as we are able to do so,” explained Uschi Neuss, Managing Director of Stage Entertainment Deutschland. One of the biggest hurdles for the restart of musicals is out of the way. “The artists are allowed to act on stage in the original productions,” said the boss, “only kissing and biting is not allowed for the time being.” Audiences will have to wait until spring to see how “Dance of the Vampires” works without biting. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, October 6)

Apartment burglary in Möhringen

According to officials, burglars entered a second-floor apartment on Salzäckerstraße in Stuttgart-Möhringen last weekend, by climbing onto the balcony and forcibly opening a window. Inside the apartment, the perpetrators stole objects worth more than a thousand euros before finally escaping undetected. The crime took place sometime between Friday, 9 a.m., and Monday, 6:20 p.m., The police are asking witnesses to come forward at 07 11/89 90-57 78. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, October 6)