US News Municipalities: Many people affected do not know the source of the infection

20:30  14 october  2020
20:30  14 october  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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In numerous cases, those affected and health authorities do not know where people were infected with the coronavirus. In North Rhine-Westphalia, 43 percent of the reported new infections are currently not known in which environment this happened, the Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday at the request of the German Press Agency in Düsseldorf. The figures match the experience of the health authorities in Düsseldorf and Cologne.

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According to the nationwide picture of the situation by the health authorities for the period from September 24th to 30th, the following is striking: The proportion of those who return from travel to the newly infected has fallen dramatically in the past few weeks. According to estimates, it is only 7 percent of all traceable cases, said a spokesman for the Düsseldorf Ministry of Health. After the summer vacation in August, the quota was still around 25 percent.

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Around 55 percent of all reported new infections with a known background can be attributed to “private life”, the ministry reported: “35 percent private household, 8 percent external private events (birthday, wedding), 4 percent leisure time (e.g. club) and 7 percent Other."

13 percent of those affected were infected at work, 9 percent at school and 2 percent at daycare. Another 7 percent of the identifiable chains of infection are in the field of medicine / nursing. About 15 percent of all new cases had other causes.

The chains of infection are difficult to understand if the source of 40 percent of those affected is not known, said the head of the Cologne health department, Johannes Nießen, of the dpa. "That is an important sticking point in the whole thing." The Corona warning app is apparently little used. In addition, there is little willingness to provide honest information. “We'll ask about it in more detail, but people aren't always very affectionate. Often only half-truths reach us, or it is completely concealed where one has been. "

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The Aachen city region, which partly borders Belgium and the Netherlands and has 557,000 inhabitants, reported that in an estimated “well below 25 percent” of the cases, it was completely unclear where they were infected. The infections are not due to a few hotspots. Places of infection are for example schools, daycare centers, nursing homes or family celebrations. Commuting across national borders does not make it difficult to track chains of infection, it said on request.

The city of Herne, where the highest seven-day incidence in North Rhine-Westphalia was measured on Wednesday with a value of 95.2, does not assume that there are isolated hotspots as sources of infection. "We observe most of the infections in the family context or occasionally in schools," said a spokeswoman. More than a dozen large cities and districts in North Rhine-Westphalia were considered risk areas on Wednesday because they exceeded the critical value of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days.

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