Local news translated – Oct 7, 2020

USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs – Local news translated – Oct 7, 2020

Stuttgart’s R-value pushes it into Amber

The number of infections in the state capital of Baden-Württemberg has risen continuously recently and now exceeds the critical seven-day value of 35 per 100,000 inhabitants, which is considered critical. The majority of new infections are found among 30 to 50-year-olds, but the proportion of those over 60 is also increasing, according to Sven Matis, spokesman for the city of Stuttgart. The highest number of new infections in Baden-Württemberg is still in the district of Esslingen, where according to the latest figures 45.4 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants were registered within seven days. According to an agreement between the federal and state governments, if there are more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, exit and contact restrictions can be tightened in affected areas. (SWR, October 7)

For example, Mannheim announced on Tuesday that the number of participants for celebrations in private rooms will be reduced to 25 people starting this Friday. For celebrations in public spaces such as restaurants or clubhouses, the city demands a hygiene concept. For the “Jungbusch” nightlife district, the ban on selling alcohol at night on weekends will initially be extended until November 1. The experience with the regulation, which has been in force since September 11, has been good. Noise and aggression have been reduced. People waiting in front of coffeeshops, pubs and restaurants are now obliged to wear masks. (Ntv, October 6)

Patients needing intensive care treatment increasing

In Germany, 449 infected persons receive intensive medical treatment, 219 of whom are ventilated. This is shown in the current management report of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) (as of 6.10.2020, 13.15 hrs). One week ago (29.9.) the value was 352 (195 ventilated), the week before (22.9.) it was 278 (151 ventilated). Around 8900 intensive care beds are still available in German hospitals. (Ntv, October 7)

Compliance checks increasing in public spaces

The security services of Deutsche Bahn and the Federal Police are monitoring compliance with the obligation to wear masks on trains. The first focus is on Northern Germany. In regional and long-distance traffic in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony, the aim today is to check whether all passengers are wearing masks. Anyone who does not do so can be asked to disembark and pay a fine of 50 euros. “The collection of fines for violations of the mask obligation remains the task of the responsible authorities,” emphasizes Deutsche Bahn. On weekends and during the autumn vacations, authorities plans to deploy twice as many security staff on long-distance trains as before. (Ntv, October 7)

Doctors recommend staying home if you have a cold

The chairman of the Bavarian Association of General Practitioners, Dr. Markus Beier, appeals to the population not to go to work with a cold. Beier said in BR: “I cannot recommend working while ill at all. Even if no Covid-19 infections are passed on, the general infection rate is being fueled by it. This is absolutely not necessary.” In case of symptoms such as cough, sore throat and fever, he recommends that you first contact your doctor by phone. “They know you . With them you can also decide on a case-by-case basis, if you just stay at home and isolate yourself or if testing is necessary and useful.” (Tagesschau, October 7)

Non-Corona News

Verdi announces warning strike on Thursday

Verdi has once again called on all employees of Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB) to go on a one-day warning strike. All city railroads – from the U1 to U 34 lines – and all SSB buses will therefore not be running on this day. Night buses, the rack railroad and the SSB cable car will also be at a standstill on October 8. Likewise, the SSB customer centers and the discovery site will remain closed. Commuters can switch to S-Bahn trains, regional trains and occasional bus lines that are operated by private companies and are not affected by the strike call. The lines 53, 54, 58, 60, 64, 66, 73 and 90 are therefore running completely, according to information from SSB. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, October 7)

 September 2020 warmest ever recorded

According to EU research data, last month was the warmest September in the world since temperature records began. In the twelve months up to September, the average temperature was almost 1.3 degrees Celsius higher than in the pre-industrial age, according to the European earth observation program Copernicus on Wednesday. This is just below the 1.5 degrees Celsius Agreement set by the Paris Climate Protection. (Stern, October 7)

Sindelfingen indoor swimming pool reopens Saturday, October 10

The city of Sindelfingen reopens the indoor pool and sauna for up to 130 visitors at a time starting on Saturday, October 10. Swimmers can already use the indoor pools in the cities of Böblingen and Herrenberg. From Monday to Friday, the swimmers can use the lanes in six shifts, each can be used for 2 hours. At the weekend, there is an early bird from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for swimmers. Afterwards, visitors have three hours of swimming time each from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The evening slot is from 5.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets need to be purchased on-line in advance. (Stuttgarter Zeitung, Oct 6)

“Street Food Fiesta” from Oct 16 until Oct 18 at the Böblinger Marktplatz

Street Food Fiesta in Böblingen, market place; Food sale hours: Friday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m./ Saturday 12.- 5 p.m./ Sunday 12. – 6 p.m. Admission: 2 Euro per adult/ children: free.  (Boeblingen Press Release, Oct 3)