Local news translated, Sept. 24

Daily Host Nation Stories September 24, 2020

More than 2000 new corona cases in one day

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin reported the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Germany on Thursday at 278,070 – an increase of 2143 since the previous day. Once again, the number of new corona infections is above the threshold of 2000. 2297 new corona infections were recorded on Saturday, the highest number since April. However, the number of tests had been significantly lower at that time. According to the RKI, the number of convalescents was approximately 246,900. The RKI, which only takes into account the electronically transmitted figures from the federal states and updates its list once a day, registered 9428 deaths, 19 more than the day before. The Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. city of Baltimore reported 279,025 infected and 9423 dead. (Robert Koch Institute, September 24)

Classes from 22 schools quarantined

The number of coronavirus infections in Stuttgart schools has been rapidly rising. On Monday six schools reported infections, by Wednesday evening health authorities had registered 16 more schools where students from one or more classes had to be sent to home to quarantine, including three elementary schools and 13 secondary and vocational schools. So far, that makes a total of 22 schools in the state capital. “In most cases, the infections originate from the students,” reports Sven Matis, the spokesman for the city of Stuttgart, when asked by our newspaper.

“This increase fills us with concern,” says Matis. On Wednesday evening, according to the public health department in Stuttgart, there were 179 new infections within the last seven days, which corresponds to a value of 29.3 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. The early warning level comes into effect if there are more than 35 new infections, which means 215 new infections within the last seven days. On this Wednesday alone, the health authorities registered 21 newly infected persons. This makes it all the more important to be vigilant and careful now, said Matis, “This also applies to leisure activities. It is in our hands that daycare centers, schools, stores, cafés or other meeting places remain open without restrictions. For the children, educators, students and teachers who were in direct and close contact with the infected people in the schools and daycare centers, this means a strict domestic quarantine for 14 days. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, September 24)

Eighty-six people in Böblingen under quarantine

Two people in the city’s government-sponsored accommodations have tested positive for the corona virus. Because these accommodations have collective kitchen and sanitary facilities, the Böblingen health authority has completely quarantined the two housing units, which impacts 86 individuals. The public health department is currently investigating possible further contact persons. The municipal office for social affairs, which is responsible for the operation of the accommodations and housing, as well as the citizens’ and public order office are in close contact with the health department and the district. (BB24 news, September 23)

Berliners threatened with new restrictions

In view of the sharp rise in the number of infections, Berlin’s mayor Michael Müller is holding out the prospect of tightening the corona regulations in the capital. “I assume that we will indeed have to introduce restrictions again,” said the SPD politician on ZDF television. This would probably be necessary above all for celebrations in public places and could be done by means of alcohol bans such as in Munich. It is also possible that the number of participants allowed in public gatherings will need to be reduced again. Especially among very young adults who celebrate outdoors, there is “a much stronger dynamic of infection than at the table in the restaurant.” (Zdf, September 24)

 Corona eruption at BMW plant in Bavaria

Due to a corona outbreak at the BMW plant in Dingolfing, the district of Dingolfing-Landau has exceeded the warning value of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. According to current figures from the Robert Koch Institute, the 7-day incidence is now 58.2. 38 cases have already been confirmed at a logistics service provider located on BMW’s factory premises. After conspicuous cases with increased infections, the district administration office had arranged for a precautionary series test. This was reported by the Bavarian Radio. According to the district administration office, the seven-day incidence is still 44.69, but more and more cases are being added. (Ntv, September 24)

Corona outbreak at meat processor in NRW

At least 26 employees of a medium-sized meat processing company in the Steinfurt district have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the administration. “The extent is not yet known to us–our investigators are working flat out,” said a spokeswoman of the district in response to a German press agency inquiry. She added that it was also important to quickly break chains of infection. The focus of the incident is in Emsdetten, she said. In total, the company employs around 300 people, mainly temporary workers from Eastern Europe. All employees would be tested by Friday. (Ntv, September 24)

Minister Röttgen does not rule out a new lockdown

Norbert Röttgen, the CDU foreign affairs expert and candidate for the party’s chair, does not rule out the possibility that a second lockdown may be necessary due to the increasing number of corona infections in Germany. Röttgen said this in an interview for the popular TV RTL channel’s program ‘Guten Morgen Deutschland.’ “We didn’t do the first lockdown just for the fun of it,” Röttgen said. It was necessary to limit the spread of the virus. To say now that ‘this is no longer an option’ – is not realistic. We can’t rule out anything when it comes to getting this pandemic under control again.” (RTL, September 23)

Non-Corona News

Sexual harassment becoming a frequent problem on trains

Stuttgart – In the early hours of Sunday morning, several police patrols from Stuttgart and Filderstadt responded to an emergency call placed by a young woman. A man had harassed her while riding on the suburban train, then tried to rape her after she got off. The offender is on the run in the Rohr district. Sunday’s case is just another in a growing number of sex-related offenses that have recently taken place on the S-Bahn network in and around Stuttgart. Video surveillance on the S-Bahn and station platforms does not seem to discourage the perpetrators who continue to strike, even though police are able to get a precise picture of the suspects. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, September 24)

Duo beats and robs 55-year-old on public street

Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt – Two previously unknown people attacked a 55-year-old in Bad Cannstatt late Tuesday evening and stole his wallet. The police are looking for witnesses. According to the officers, the victim had got off a public bus at the bus stop Bottroper Straße around 10:40 pm and walked towards a parking lot in Rostocker Straße. There he was suddenly attacked from behind by the muggers, beaten and robbed. They fled in the direction of Dessauer Strasse. The 55-year-old described the suspected perpetrators as about 1.85 meters tall, darkly dressed, among other things with a dark hooded sweatshirt. They also wore a blue mouth-nose mask. The police are asking witnesses to call 0711/8990-5778. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, September 24)