Daily Host Nation Stories September 25, 2020
149 school classes in Baden-Württemberg in quarantine
Barely two weeks after the start of the new school year, 149 school classes in the southwest have been taken out of attendance. At a total of 111 locations, classes are temporarily taught only in distance learning due to coronavirus infection or suspected infection. This was announced by the Ministry of Education in Stuttgart. A total of three schools in Ulm, Friedrichshafen and Schorndorf are completely closed for the time being. (Stern, September 25)
Naples region tightens mouth protection rules
Starting September 24 for at least the next week, people in the Naples area of Italy are now required to were face masks while in public (indoor and out) due to rising corona infection figures. Only with “responsible behavior” and “extreme discipline” could a curfew be avoided, Regional President Vincenzo De Luca warned. The historical center of the Ligurian capital Genoa has been subject to a general mask obligation since Wednesday. Throughout Italy, masks must be worn in all stores and between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. in well-frequented public places. Like its European neighbors, Italy is fighting a second wave of corona. However, the numbers are still significantly lower than what France and Spain are currently experiencing. (Ntv, September 25)
Germany launches online portal for travelers on 15 October
Scheduled for October 15, Germany will introduce a digital registration system for people entering Germany, along with new quarantine rules. For now only those coming from a corona risk area will have to register, says Steve Alter, spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The Federal Ministry worked with the Ministry of Health to develop a new quarantine model, which the states will then be responsible for implementing. Travelers who enters their details on the portal will receive a confirmation which they should present at a checkpoint – for example at the airport by the federal police. At the same time, the data will also be sent to the relevant health authority. (Ntv,September 25)
City of Hamm bans family celebrations
To stem the corona wave in Hamm, the city has banned private celebrations, said Lord Mayor Thomas Hunsteger-Petermann. The trigger for the corona wave there, which currently has almost 200 infected persons, is thought to be a large wedding and associated further celebrations that took place in Hamm and Dortmund at the beginning of September and a week later in Werl. According to a city spokesman, around 2500 people are now in quarantine, and currently 196 in Hamm are infected with the virus. (Ntv, September 25)
Archaeologists find Roman armor in Lower Saxony
Scientists have made a sensational find near Osnabrück. A Roman rail shield has been unearthed on the excavation site of the historical Varus Battle in Kalkriese near Osnabrück. Experts describe the discovery of the ancient armor as extraordinary. “It is so far the oldest and the only preserved armor,” said Salvatore Ortisi of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, the provisional head of the museum’s science department, on Friday.
Although this type of armor was a common part of soldiers’ equipment, there are hardly any finds, explained the managing director of the Museum und Park Kalkriese, Stefan Burmeister. One major reason is because of the type of soil conditions in northern Germany. Few iron object can survive being buried for more than 2000 years.
Together with the armor, a type of shackle, was also found where the prisoner’s hands are fixed in front of the neck. The Roman army carried these devices with them in order to tie up prisoners of war. The find suggests that a surviving Roman legionary was tied up by the victorious Germanic tribes using the Roman symbol of subjugation. (Canstatter Wasen, September 25)
It’s the season for the domestic house spider
Everyone living in Germany at some point has most likely encountered the domestic house spider. This spider, which can have a leg span of up to ten centimeters is seem more frequently in the autumn as it seeks shelter from the sinking temperatures. “The domestic house spider [Tegenaria domestica] likes it damp, therefore one finds it frequently in bathrooms or cellars,” says Roland Mühlethaler, an expert with the nature protection federation Germany (Nabu). They also like to hide under floorboards. In autumn, the males go in search of a female and are therefore more active. For those who find spiders unpleasant, it might be comforting to know that this species rarely bites and if they do, the bite is painless and nonpoisonous. To remove a spider safely, place an open end of a container in front of the spider and use the container lid or something similar to push or corral the spider from behind. Since a spider’s first reflex after being disturbed from the rear is to move forward, usually the spider will advance into the container placed in front of it and once captured can be safely removed. (Canstatter Zeitung, September 25)