Mainz / Andernach / Ludwigshafen (dpa / lrs) – The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Rhineland-Palatinate rose to 22 on Monday. That was three more than the previous day, as the Ministry of Health in Mainz announced. There are three people from a family in the Mayen-Koblenz district. All 22 sufferers showed different symptoms, none of them are currently seriously ill. “The primary goal of the state government is to slow the spread of the corona virus,” said Health Minister Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler (SPD).
In addition to the extensive infection-hygiene measures of the responsible health authorities, prevention is the focus of current efforts. There are numerous uncertainties in the area of events in public spaces.
Because according to the recommendation of Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU), all events in Germany with more than 1000 participants should be canceled. According to the Robert Koch Institute, there is an increased risk of infection at all major events, added Bätzing-Lichtenthäler. “From a health policy perspective, the implementation of large events must be checked in advance and the concrete measures must be carefully considered.” The discretionary decision lies with the organizers in consultation with the local authorities – especially the municipal health authorities. The health authorities of the districts could cancel events with the local police authorities.
“In the convoy of the other federal states, the state government is examining whether regulations that go beyond the current legal basis are required to implement the recommendation to cancel blemishes with more than 1,000 visitors,” said Bätzing-Lichtenthäler.
The increased demand for disinfectants as a result of the corona virus meanwhile led to bottlenecks: Now a kindergarten in Trier is threatened with temporary closure because the necessary disinfectants are out of stock. “If we do not receive any deliveries, our funds will last until Friday,” said Inge Wanken, head of the Mäusenest crèche, on Monday in Trier. After that, she could no longer guarantee the required hygienic standards. “Then we will close on Monday,” said Wanken. Around 30 children aged 0 to 3 years are looked after in the daycare center.
In Mainz, according to a spokeswoman for the city, the responsible administrative staff should consult on Wednesday and then determine details. Whether the Rhineland-Palatinate exhibition planned for the end of March in Mainz will be held or postponed is currently still open, said Sebastian Kreuse, managing director of the organizer RAM Region Exhibition GmbH, on Monday. According to the organizer, the fair is the largest consumer fair in the state.
The city of Ludwigshafen has already taken initial measures and set new guidelines due to the spread of the virus. Accordingly, public events may only take place if the organizer ensures that they are carried out according to the instructions of the Robert Koch Institute. A “pack singing” on Tuesday (March 10th) was therefore canceled, the city said. Tickets would be rebooked for the upcoming event on May 5th.
If this guideline remains, the handball Bundesliga club Eulen Ludwigshafen will have to collect all visitor data at their next home game on March 19, e.g. name, address and telephone number. Various scenarios are currently being planned, said a spokesman for the association. A possible solution could be to offer a downloadable form on the homepage in advance that fans can bring to the sold-out game. All public appointments of the team with fan contact, such as autograph sessions, would be canceled, the club said. Even selfies with fans remain taboo until further notice.
BASF confirmed on Sunday that an employee from Neustadt / Weinstrasse in Ludwigshafen had tested positive for the new corona virus. The company has had a pandemic plan tailored to the company for several years, which includes medical, hygienic and organizational measures, a BASF spokeswoman said on Monday. The aim is to keep the adverse effects on the operational business as little as possible. “Appropriate measures will be implemented step by step.” Following the recommendation of the health department, the positive tested employee remains in quarantine at home.
In Neuwied, the health department wants to decide by mid-week whether the chocolate festival “chocolArt” can take place on March 27 and 28. According to the city, chocolatiers from Italy have also been announced at the event in the pedestrian zone.
Despite confirmed Corona cases in the district, the marathon Deutsche Weinstraße in Bad Dürkheim should start as planned on April 5. A spokesman for the district administration said that the current developments will continue to be awaited. Because of a patient who tested positive for coronavirus, a Grünstadt doctor’s office is closed this week. First, the “Rheinpfalz” had reported. The answering machine in the practice said that the practice had to be disinfected and the practice team had to make compromises.
The district of Mayen-Koblenz has canceled all events at which it acts as an organizer, including the “Ball des Sports” on April 4 in Mülheim-Kärlich and, according to a spokesman, several smaller receptions.
According to the school supervision and the Ministry of Education in Andernach, the Kurfürst-Salentin-Gymnasium, the Bertha-von-Suttner-Gymnasium, the Geschwister-Scholl-Realschule plus and the Realschule plus St. Thomas will remain closed until Thursday. According to the Mayen-Koblenz district, lessons at the Ehrenbreitstein primary school in Koblenz will be canceled by March 20. The Catholic daycare center for play and learning in Ehrenbreitstein will remain closed for the same period.
Also in the district of Mayen-Koblenz, the private business school Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar remains closed for a student because of a coronavirus infection. According to the district, the closure is initially valid until Friday, March 13.
The health office in Wachenheim in the Bad Dürkheim district initially closed the location of the Deidesheim integrated comprehensive school (IGS) and the primary school housed in the same building for a week until March 16. In Wachenheim, the novel corona virus was detected by an IGS teacher.
The Ministry of Education is currently preparing a letter on school trips and student exchanges, a spokesman said on Monday. In individual cases, these have already been canceled.