Musicians want to open up to cultural institutions
Monday, March 29, 4:54 p.m .: More than 20 musicians want to open the Bavarian State Opera and the Philharmonie in Munich with an urgent application. The application was made on Monday at the Bavarian Administrative Court, said a spokeswoman for the initiative “Stand up for art”.
Applicants include the soprano Marlies Petersen, the bass Christof Fischesser and the tenor Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, all three recently heard in the live stream of the newly staged opera “Rosenkavalier” at the State Opera. The artists are directed against the 12th Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance. The blanket ban on concerts and performances stipulated therein as well as the general closings of theaters, operas and concert halls violate, in their opinion, the freedom of art guaranteed in the Basic Law.
Almost two weeks ago the initiative “Stand up for art” had already filed a popular lawsuit. Supporters include the star violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and the baritone Christian Gerhaher. In their view, culture is unfairly disadvantaged compared to retailers or churches. Hairdressers have also been opened. The risk in theaters is minimal, given the good ventilation systems and hygiene concepts.
Allgäu calls for a “model tourism project” to open up with a test concept
Monday, March 29, 3:32 p.m .: Open holiday apartments, accommodation on farms and campsites with an extensive test concept: Allgäu GmbH is demanding this option from the Bavarian state government as part of a “tourism model project”. In addition to model cities based on the Tübingen model, the “small and family-structured tourism” must also be given a chance, wrote the supervisory board boss of Allgäu GmbH, the Ostallgäu district administrator Maria Rita Zinnecker in a letter to Prime Minister Markus Söder (both CSU) on Monday.
The model for the model project should therefore be the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf. The strategy there with more than 23,000 corona tests “worked out in full,” said Zinnecker. All Allgäu district administrators and mayors would support the application for a “model tourism project”.
The model project should therefore take place independently of the incidences in the Allgäu cities and districts. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the values there on Monday were between 123.2 (Lindau district) and 315.9 (Ostallgäu district) new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days.
20 people celebrate marriage proposal at Lake Starnberg
Monday, March 29, 12:35 p.m .: In Corona times, the celebration of a marriage proposal can also result in notifications: 20 people celebrated the proposal at Lake Starnberg and violated the distance rules. The celebrants had gathered on a jetty in the community of Münsing (Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen district) and neither wore masks nor observed the minimum distance, the police said on Monday. A witness had observed the private party on Sunday evening and called the police. The officials reported those present in accordance with the Infection Protection Act. The district office must now decide on the fines.
Herrmann informs about mortality in Bavaria
Monday, March 29, 11:45 a.m .: The corona pandemic has significantly increased the number of deaths in Bavaria at times. While there was no significant increase in deaths in the Free State over the entire first eleven months of 2020, there were blatant rashes in the group of old people and in regional hotspots – at the apex of the corona waves, said Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) on Monday in Fürth, citing a special evaluation by the State Office for Statistics.
For example, in April 2020 – when the first corona wave had struck fully – the death rate across Bavaria was 21 percent above the average for the years 2016 to 2019. In November 2020 – at the beginning of the second Corona wave – the number of deaths was twelve percent, in December 2020 even 35 percent above the average of previous years. The group of over 80-year-olds was particularly hard hit – the value in the high phase of the second wave was almost half the average for previous years. From the age group of the under 60-year-olds, slightly fewer people died last year than the average in previous years.
Epidemiologist expects more severe corona cases among younger people
Monday, March 29th, 8:10 am: The President of the German Society for Epidemiology, Eva Grill, expects more severe disease courses in younger people with growing corona numbers. “The problem is that with a further increase in the number of cases, the proportion of virus variant B.1.1.7 will continue to rise,” said Grill of the German press agency. The mutant, which was first discovered in Great Britain, is said to be both significantly more contagious and dangerous, “as it is associated with more severe disease processes”.
The number of new deaths is falling among the very old, explained the president of the Ulm-based society, who is also a professor of epidemiology at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. “This indicates that it is increasingly possible to protect the particularly vulnerable groups through vaccination.” But even among 60 to 69-year-olds, the risk of death for those infected is still around four percent. This means that a sharply increasing number of cases will also lead to more sick and seriously ill people, according to Grill. “Only then in the younger age groups.”
Incidence value in Bavaria rises to 138.3
Monday, March 29th, 7.56 a.m .: The incidence value in the Free State has risen again. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), this is 138.3 on Monday. On Sunday, the value that indicates how many people per 100,000 population had been infected with the corona virus in the past seven days was 135.8. 69 cities and districts are considered hotspots, one less than on Sunday. The incidence there is higher than 100. The highest values come from the district of Cham (331.3) and the city of Hof (325.2). Even the place with the lowest incidence in Bavaria, the city of Ansbach, has now exceeded the 50 mark again at 50.2. In Munich the value is 97.3.
Söder can imagine more competence at the federal level in the corona fight
Sunday, March 28th, 11:40 p.m .: Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder has campaigned for more competencies in federal hands in the fight against the corona virus. He has always said: “I could have imagined that the federal government would have more powers over the Infection Protection Act, which also forces the states to have clear rules. I am very open to it,” said the CSU boss in the ARD Tagesthemen. Chancellor Angela Merkel also indicated in an interview with Anne Will on Sunday evening that the federal government could take action.
Söder also made his displeasure with the corona policy in other federal states clear on ARD. He criticized the fact that in some federal states many of the measures that have already been decided are not being implemented. Many did not apply the emergency brake that had been decided or would find it difficult to implement. He has “a bad feeling about it”.
Söder appealed to the other countries to introduce a night curfew – especially over the Easter holidays. This is not legally enforceable nationwide, said Söder. But: “If the Chancellor would take the initiative, an initiative at national level to change the law and make clear guidelines, she would have my support.”
Söder rejected a new conference of prime ministers. “There is no point in sitting down and lamenting at a new conference, for example, exchanging ideas and then doing what everyone thinks is right in the end.” If such a conference were to make sense, there had to be “a unified spirit”.
“We now need less of a patchwork quilt than a decisive decision,” said Söder. He was “for consistent and clear measures instead of constant back and forth”.
FDP politicians are calling for an entire region to be vaccinated in a model experiment
Sunday, March 28th, 3:05 p.m .: Several members of the FDP state parliament are calling for a model test in which, regardless of the currently valid priority levels, all those willing to be vaccinated in a region severely affected by Corona are vaccinated. A district or a city in the Corona hotspot Eastern Bavaria is conceivable, suggested Alexander Muthmann, Christoph Skutella and Sebastian Körber in a letter to Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU) on Sunday. The three MPs represent the particularly polluted administrative districts of Lower Bavaria, Upper Palatinate and Upper Franconia in the Bavarian State Parliament. They want to ensure that such a model project is decided at the planned Bavarian corona vaccination summit in the coming week. The vaccination should happen according to your ideas within a period of two weeks. The model experiment could provide information on how the vaccination coverage of the population affects the incidence in the region compared to all other regions in the neighborhood, said the politicians. It can also be used to find out how the infection process develops in kindergartens and schools if schoolchildren have not yet been vaccinated, but all adults in their environment. All parts of Bavaria could then benefit from the practical experience.
After reclassification by the RKI: border controls initially continue
Sunday, March 28th, 11:27 am: The controls at the borders with the Czech Republic and Tyrol continued on Sunday morning despite the changed risk classification by the Robert Koch Institute. There is currently no change to Saturday, said a spokesman for the federal police in the morning. The RKI announced on Friday that, with effect from midnight on Sunday, the Czech Republic and Tyrol would no longer be classified as virus variant areas but only as high incidence or “normal” risk areas. The classification as a virus variant area is the basis of stricter entry regulations.
At the border crossing between Kiefersfelden and Austria, the traffic ran on Sunday morning without major hindrances. No major problems were known from other border crossings either. The responsible Federal Ministry of the Interior recently said: “The decision-making processes for the measures resulting from the changed classification are still ongoing.”
As far as the rules according to the Bavarian Quarantine Ordinance are concerned, which include stricter test, registration and quarantine obligations for virus variant areas, the changed classification at the RKI is only slowly taking effect. Here it is sufficient to have stayed in such an area in the ten days prior to entry. This also applies if it is no longer classified that way.