Local news translated, Sept. 11

Daily Host Nation Stories September 11, 2020

2000 tested before school opens

This week in Stuttgart, 2000 students, teachers, and staff of the Johannes Brenz School as well as the Mörike and Heidehof Grammar Schools were tested for Corona free of charge. The process was quick and efficient. On the school grounds outdoors, students wearing masks, lined up in a queue for a quick swab in the mouth and in both nostrils. The project shows that the willingness to get tested is very high. At the Johannes Brenz School, 90 percent of the students participated in the two-day campaign. Test results are expected on Friday evening. “It gives a safe feeling to start,” said 15-year-old Leo. The test was “okay for the first time,” only “it was unpleasant in the nose.” His classmate Ruben has a similar opinion, he is happy about the certainty. “This definitely makes it easier to start school.” (Stuttgart Nachrichten, September 10)

Virologist campaigns for home testing

Virologist Alexander Kekulé calls on politicians to allow rapid coronavirus tests for home use. Kekulé said in the MDR podcast that he considers a release to be urgently necessary. Furthermore, anyone could in principle do the nasal swab necessary for a rapid test themselves. He sees no reason why only a doctor should do this: “In my opinion, taking a sample in front of a mirror is something that needs to be practiced in pandemic times, just like brushing your teeth in kindergarten. So far, only laboratory tests are permitted in Germany. One reason for this is the Medical Products Distribution Ordinance, which prohibits the distribution of coronavirus tests to non-experts. (MDR, September 10)

Infections rising in countries neighboring Germany

Surrounding Germany, the incidence of infections is increasing. In terms of the number of cases – measured by the seven-day incidence – the Czech Republic and Luxembourg, two of Germany’s neighboring countries, recently exceeded the upper limit for the currently recorded new coronavirus infections. In the Czech Republic, where the capital region of Prague has recently been declared a risk area, the authorities have recorded a total of 56 sars-CoV-2 infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days. In Luxembourg, this figure rose to 55.9 before the weekend. By way of comparison, the seven-day incidence in Germany is currently 11.1. A significantly higher incidence is also evident in Switzerland (29.0), the Netherlands (35.0) and Austria (35.8). (Ntv, September 11)

Fewer infections resulting from travelers

According to the Robert Koch Institute, one in two infected persons registered in this country during August had infected themselves abroad. Now the proportion of people entering the country with the coronavirus is falling again, last week it was only 32 percent of the detected infections.

“Consistent prevention and early detection of cases can greatly reduce transmission and subsequent cases,” writes the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in its current management report. Not least because of the compulsory testing for returnees from corona risk areas, many infections have been detected – and thus presumably prevented the infected persons from spreading the virus further in Germany.

Most of the demonstrably infected persons thus entered Germany from Southeast Europe. The country with the highest numbers is Kosovo. The Robert Koch Institute reports that the majority of infected persons from Kosovo, Turkey and Romania are children, “which points to the possibility of traveling with a family. In contrast, the infected travelers from Croatia and Hungary are mostly younger tourists. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, September 10)

The market for entry-level positions shrinks during the Corona crisis

According to Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek, the situation for entry-level positions, or apprenticeships, has deteriorated as a result of the Corona crisis. “The training market has shrunk. Records show there are eight percent fewer openings, but there are also eight percent fewer applicants,” said the CDU politician in the Bundestag. Even during the crisis, she said. Fewer trainees today means fewer skilled workers tomorrow. The situation in the training market was already problematic before Corona, as the vocational training report approved by the Federal Cabinet in early May shows. Both the supply of apprenticeships and the number of applicants had fallen further in 2019. (Ntv, September 11)

Non-corona news

After fires in camp Moria hundreds are demonstrating in Stuttgart for the acceptance of refugees

Stuttgart- The fires and conditions in the refugee camp Moria look horrifying. At a rally in Stuttgart, several hundred people demand the dissolution of refugee camps and the reception of those in need of help.

On the Schlossplatz several hundred participants followed the call of the demonstration, under the motto “We have room.  Evacuate the camps” against the European refugee policy in general and German positions in particular, which have led to inhumane conditions on Lesbos. At last 13,000 people lived in the camp, which was designed for 2800 refugees. “Now suddenly politicians are profiling themselves as saviors,” says one gentleman. “But previously they looked away”.

Over and over again the speakers also point out that the situation of the fugitives in Moria before the fire was unreasonable. Water supply and hygienic conditions were catastrophic, emphasizes one of the activists. She sharply criticizes the reactions to the first Corona case that occurred–construction of a new fence. “We have room” chants a young woman together with the crowd. “It’s time for politics to stop making excuses,” she says.

Katja Walterscheid from the Just Human association takes the attitude of Mayor Fritz Kuhn to task. To say that one is willing to accept people if the federal government allows it is not enough. “This is disappointing,” she sums up, “How long do we want to wait? After the rally, a demonstration procession spontaneously formed, which set course across the Schlossplatz and past the Kunstgebäude to the state parliament, where the assembly finally peacefully dispersed. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, September 11)