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World new corona infections continue to rise: Dresden risk area

21:10  23 october  2020
21:10  23 october  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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In Saxony, the number of laboratory-confirmed new corona infections has increased significantly. According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, 661 new cases and one further death were registered across Saxony compared to the previous day. This means that the number of people who have tested positive for Corona since the beginning of the pandemic rose to a total of 12,395. 8120 of these people are already considered to have recovered. 272 died of or with the coronavirus. 415 people are currently being treated in the hospitals and 78 patients are in the intensive care units.

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The number of infections rose particularly sharply in Dresden, which has now also been declared a risk area, as well as in the Erzgebirge district. The figures published by the Ministry of Health can partly differ from those of the cities and districts. According to the authorities, this is due to the different reporting times. For example, the Ministry has not yet identified Chemnitz as a risk area, while the city stated at the beginning of the week that it had exceeded 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days.

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According to its own information, Dresden is now also a risk area with an incidence value of 57. The city will therefore issue a general decree on October 27th, which provides for more restrictions. This is to give the citizens a transition period and the opportunity to ask questions, it said. "The speed with which the virus is currently spreading in our city and region makes further restrictions necessary in any case," said Mayor Dirk Hilbert (FDP), explaining the decision.

The requirements include the collection of personal data when attending events and in restaurants, a curfew from 10 p.m., an extension of the mask requirement to include train stations, weekly markets, bus stops and “busy inner-city locations”. A maximum of ten people are allowed for celebrations at home or in rented rooms, and a maximum of 100 for sports and major events. A general decree with stricter corona rules has also been in effect in the Vogtlandkreis since Friday.

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In an initial reception facility in Dresden, which was already under quarantine after the first corona cases, 181 residents and employees were examined with a large-scale series of tests. According to the state directorate, the corona virus was detected in 32 residents and one employee of the security guard. The residents are housed separately in another accommodation. The quarantine for the asylum seekers home is valid until October 30th.

For the Jochhöh nursing home in Freital, the Saxon Switzerland-Ore Mountains district issued a quarantine for more than 30 infected residents on Friday evening. They are only allowed to leave their rooms with express permission. Ten employees were also infected there. In another home, Haus Sonnengarten, 69 residents and 36 employees are infected, according to a district spokesman. In all Freital care facilities, five people have died in connection with the virus this week.

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In addition, stricter rules apply to all citizens in numerous risk areas. In the Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Ore Mountains region, a new decree was issued on Friday evening. After that, bars and restaurants, among other things, have to close by 10 p.m. The sale of alcohol is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in restaurants, retail outlets and petrol stations. This applies from this Saturday with transitional rules for the weekend.

On this Saturday, a new Corona Protection Ordinance will come into force in the Free State, which provides for stricter rules in two stages. The thresholds are 35 and 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. Saxony wants to provide the framework to contain the corona pandemic. Municipalities and districts can, however, tighten the rules.

The Saxon state parliament also reacted to the increasing numbers and introduced a mask requirement from Saturday. According to the information, the decision was made because in Saxony the critical value of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants was exceeded within seven days. "The aim of this order is to combat the spread of the coronavirus and at the same time ensure that Parliament is able to work," said State Parliament President Matthias Rößler.

The mask requirement therefore applies, among other things, to the plenary hall, conference rooms and meeting rooms. The mouth and nose protection can be removed from the seat if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters to other people is maintained.

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