Local news translated, Sept. 16

Daily Host Nation Stories September 16, 2020

Principal sends primary school class home

Waiblingen – Just one day after the start of school, an entire class at the Schiller Elementary School in the Waiblingen village of Bittenfeld has been sent home until further notice. The decision affects 20 children and one teacher. One of the student’s family members tested positive for the Coronavirus. The student and other family members have been tested with results expected on Wednesday. The rest of the students from the class will be tested in a second step if necessary. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, September 16)

Baden-Württemberg prepares for second wave of corona

The state government in Baden-Württemberg presented on Tuesday how it intends to deal with the situation if the corona numbers continue to rise and the situation becomes acute again. Minister President Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) continued to call on citizens to act responsibly. “We cannot afford to become careless,” he said. Stricter measures to contain the pandemic will have to be taken if numbers continue to rise. According to the State Ministry, the country is currently in stage 1, a stable phase with moderate infection rates. Stage 3 is reached with an exponential increase in infection and chains of infection that are no longer traceable. (Swp, September 16)

Infection rates rise among the elderly again

For the last few months, it has primarily been younger people becoming infected with the coronavirus. However, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) now reports an increase spreading of COVID-19 among the elderly again. “Since last week there has been a slight increase in the number of cases in the older age groups, and this of course should be monitored closely,” the situation report from Tuesday states. The RKI warns that this development among this most vulnerable to the virus could lead to an increase in hospitalizations and deaths. (Welt, September 16)

Physician is said to have worked despite symptoms

A corona outbreak, in which 275 people are now in quarantine, could have been caused by a doctor who is said to have continued treating patients despite showing symptoms of the disease. It was only after he tested positive did he stop seeing patients. According to the district administration office, five people who came into contact with the doctor also tested positive, they in turn were in contact with another 275 people, who are now quarantined and for the most part have been tested. The results are expected in the course of the week. The people in contact who tested positive include a student from the Schöllnach secondary school. Her classmates and everyone who might have been with her on the bus have also been asked to quarantine. The public prosecutor’s office is investigating whether to press criminal charges against the doctor for negligence. (Welt, September 16)

US Army investigates suspected superspreader

The presumed superspreader of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is now facing further trouble. As the “Bild” newspaper reports, the US Army is now also investigating the young woman who is accused of visiting several pubs in Garmisch, while waiting for the result of a corona test and knowingly having virus symptoms. The superspreader also worked in the US Army hotel “Edelweiss Lodge,” where 25 people were infected with the virus last week. (Ntv, September 16)

Number of passengers only half as much as in the previous year

Stuttgart – Although more people take off at the airports than during spring: German airspace is still unusually empty. Air traffic over Germany recovered only slightly in the summer, as an evaluation by the German Air Traffic Control (DFS) for the news agency AFP showed on Wednesday. According to the report, passenger and cargo flight figures have been consistently a good 50 percent below the previous year since August.

According to the German Air Traffic Control (DFS), 34,200 flights were registered in German airspace in the first week of September. Compared with 72,300 in the same week last year, that’s a drop of around 53 percent. In this past week, things have not looked any better for airlines, airports, and travel companies. Daily flight figures are around 55 percent below last year. The relaxed travel warnings and holiday season did not bring the recovery the industry had longed for. To date this year, DFS has recorded a total of 1.1 million flights over Germany, a figure which is 54 percent below the approximately 2.3 million flights over the same period of time last year. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, September 16)