USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs – Local news translated – Oct 8, 2020
Esslingen exceeds critical Corona infection number
ESSLINGEN/STUTTGART/BERLIN – The district of Esslingen was the first region in the Southwest to exceed the limit of 50 new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. This was announced by the health authorities on Wednesday. The value is 52.3, which means that stricter measures are being taken to protect against infection.
In view of the rising number of new cases – 38.4, which is also above the critical first mark of 35 – Stuttgart is also tightening its regulations. From Friday on and for the next two weeks, celebrations in private rooms will only be permitted if fewer than 25 people gather. In public or rented rooms, the limit is 50 participants. Throughout Germany, corona outbreaks were increasingly attributed to celebrations and parties, said the head of the health department, Stefan Ehehalt.
When traveling on vacation within Germany, citizens from places with very high infection rates must be prepared for difficulties. On Wednesday, a majority of the federal states decided that such vacationers may only be accommodated if they have a negative corona test that is no more than 48 hours old. This will apply to travelers from areas with more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 8)
New infections in Germany jump to over 4000
The number of new infections with the coronavirus in Germany has risen sharply to more than 4000 within one day. The health authorities reported 4058 new infections within the previous 24 hours, as the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced early this morning. This is over 1200 more than on Wednesday, when 2828 new infections were reported, a new record since April.
A higher value than the one now reported had last been reached in the first week of April. The rate of positive tests rose sharply to 1.64 percent in the 40th calendar week (September 28 – October 2). In the week before it had been 1.22 and before that 1.16 percent. (Robert Koch Institute, October 8)
Virus spreads especially at events
According to Health Minister Jens Spahn, the coronavirus is spread mainly in closed rooms. Differently than one assumed in March, there are no large transmissions when shopping, in the public local traffic or with the hairdresser. Instead, he said, it was apparent that most infections were found at parties, major events or religious functions – often in closed rooms. In schools and daycare centers, on the other hand, the risk is lower. (Focus, October 8)
Several German States demand corona tests from travelers when staying in hotels
BERLIN: Several German states want to demand negative corona tests of vacationers from inner-German risk areas in the future. According to the report, at least eleven states intend to adhere to the regulation. It was agreed that travelers from so-called corona hotspots within Germany must present a negative corona test not older than 48 hours upon arrival at hotels or other accommodation. Otherwise, a ban on accommodation will take effect. In return for this change, the obligatory two-week quarantine for travelers will be dropped. The regulation therefore only applies to travel for tourist purposes in commercial accommodation establishments. Family visits are expressly excluded, as are commuters. Schleswig-Holstein will implement the changed regulations from Friday on. Bavaria’s Minister-President Markus Söder (CSU) had already announced that his federal state would also be introducing a test obligation for travelers from hotspots. According to this, the ban on accommodation will apply to travelers from areas with more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. This regulation has already been in force in Baden-Württemberg since last July. Söder explained that this means “a de facto obligation to test for holidaymakers coming to Bavaria from risk areas”. After all, anyone who can show a current negative corona test is still allowed to stay in hotels in Bavaria. However, travelers usually have to pay for tests out of their own pockets if they do not have any signs of illness. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 8)
Infectiologist: “This is a serious disease”.
At a joint press conference with Health Minister Jens Spahn and RKI President Lothar Wieler, infectiologist Susanne Herold warns of a “new wave of seriously ill patients” who need intensive medical treatment. The increase in the number of patients being admitted with Covid-19, which we are already observing, is associated with a high degree of organizational effort. Patients with other diseases could then no longer be treated effectively. This should not happen. However, since March, medicine has learned a lot from the treatment of Covid-19. The course of the disease could be better assessed. It is clear that Sars-CoV-2 affects many vessels, not only those of the lungs. Therefore for instance clotting inhibitors are used, Cortison descendants and antiviral medicines such as Remdesivir. Thus progress was obtained, however: This is a heavy illness, said Herold. Many would think that only the old and weak are affected. But the risk of a severe course of the disease increases from the age of 60, even in healthy and athletic people. It could “affect any one of us.” (Ntv, October 8)
Non-Corona related news
Public Transportation (VVS) will increase ticket prices by almost 2.7 percent Despite significantly fewer passengers in buses and trains due to Corona, the price increase is to take effect on April 1, 2021. The state’s offer not to touch the ticket prices and to receive a subsidy for this is off the table. The official decision will not be made in the VVS until December 1. Then it will also be clear what effect the increase will have on the individual ticket types. The reason for it being that the VVS had to expand local transport and completely renew the infrastructure. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 8)
Christmas at Stuttgart’s Marienplatz
S-South – “Fire and Flame,” the name of the alternative Christmas market in the south of Stuttgart, may also take place in the Corona year 2020. This was agreed upon by the district advisory boards in their meeting. From Friday, November 27th, to Sunday, December 13th, Marienplatz will once again have stands with mostly handmade goods and all kinds of food, in addition to an event tent for artists, acrobats and musicians. However, this year the adventurous event will be held in a slimmed-down version: with fewer stands and with a maximum of 500 visitors at a time, as required by the current Corona regulations. A fence around it should keep the crowds in check, explains Hagen Müller, second chairman of the Handels-, Gewerbe- und Dienstleistungsverein (HGDV), the trade, business and service association that organizes the market. (Stuttgarter Zeitung, October 8)
The town of Bernhausen (Filderstadt) will have a late shopping night on Friday, October 9 – shops are open until 11 p.m. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Oct 8)
“Street Food Fiesta” from Oct 16 until Oct 18 at the Böblinger Marktplatz
This year it will cost 2 Euro per adult entrance due to the high additional cost caused by the Corona/Hygiene requirements. Street Food Fiesta in Böblingen, market place
Date: 16 October to 18 October 2020
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. (Böblingen Press Release, Oct 3)