Forty people were infected with the new coronavirus after attending a mass in Frankfurt in early May, in Germany, several media reported on Saturday.
Six of them were admitted to the hospital, according to the DPA news agency, which quotes local health officials. This religious service was allegedly celebrated in a Protestant Baptist church on May 10, a few days after the reopening of places of worship in Germany, reports the local daily.Frankfurter Rundschau“
In the canton of Main-Kinzig-Kreis, on the outskirts of the city, local authorities had already announced Friday the contamination of 16 people who attended “an event in frankfurt” In a context of a sharp slowdown of the epidemic, Germany loosened in early May the social restrictions put in place to contain the disease.
50 people in quarantine
But fears of the second wave remain present in the country, relatively less affected than some of its European neighbors. Earlier today, authorities in the northern state of Lower Saxony announced that seven people had been infected at a restaurant in the town of Leer.
In all, around 50 people were quarantined. The question of the opening of religious services is particularly sensitive, beyond Germany.
In France, a gathering of 2,000 evangelical faithful at the end of February had been responsible for dozens of contaminations all over the country.
In the United States, President Donald Trump on Friday called on the governors of the United States to authorize the opening of places of worship, which he designated as “essentials“At a press conference at the White House.
Germany had 177,850 (+638 in 24 hours) officially declared cases of new coronavirus on Saturday, and 8,216 deaths (+42), according to the Robert Koch Institute, which monitors the epidemiology in the country.