Wrzburg has exceeded the nationwide limit of the incidence value of well 50 with a value of 67.25. The city was now taking its first steps.
The seven-day incidence value has risen further in Wrzburg and is now 67.25 according to information from the health department’s action plan. Wrzburg has exceeded the national limit of 50 as one of three cities in Germany besides Memmingen and Rosenheim.
Since the last report from the health department, a further 38 newly infected people had arrived on Thursday, including nine returning travelers. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been a total of 632 cases of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in Wrzburg, and 531 people in the district. 123 people in the city and district are currently suffering from Corona. 59 people have died of Covid-19.
Due to the massive increase in the number of cases, the city of Wrzburg announced measures to combat it on Thursday evening and issued a corresponding general decree, which will come into force on Friday, September 11th. As one of the measures there will be an alcohol ban on the Alte Mainbrcke.
For example, no alcohol may be consumed in the area of the Alte Mainbrcke from Friday to Sunday between 4 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following day. According to the press release, this restriction applies to this and the following weekend. According to the city, signs will be put up for this.
The number of participants is limited
In addition, the general availability also applies to events: For example, private events in closed rooms are only allowed 50 instead of 100 participants. The number of participants will also be reduced for private outdoor events: only 100 people instead of 200 are allowed to come together.
“This also applies to private events in rented clubs and discos, as well as, for example, weddings or family celebrations that take place within catering establishments,” says the city’s announcement. Failure to comply with these restrictions can result in a fee of up to 25,000 euros.
According to information from the health department, “several sources of infection that contribute to exceeding the threshold value are directly related to outbreaks of infection in connection with private events”. According to the city, there is still no need to ban such events, but halving the number of participants is “necessary and appropriate”.
Alcohol consumption on the Alte Mainbrcke on weekends has a high potential for “crowds” and the risk that it will no longer be possible to keep intervals. This is evidenced by controls carried out by both the police and the municipal security service. After even a public campaign failed to bring the desired results, the alcohol ban has now been decided.
The value had risen steadily over the past few days. While it was 42.31 on Tuesday, it had already climbed to 48.46 on Wednesday. The incidence warning value applicable throughout Bavaria is 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, which corresponds to a number of 46 new infections within the last seven days for the city of Wrzburg. For the Wrzburg district, this corresponds to 57 new infections. The nationwide limit for the introduction of targeted measures to contain the virus is 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.
“The current infection situation is mainly due to travelers returning and their contact persons,” said Dagmar Hofmann, press spokeswoman for the Wrzburg district office. The health department is currently also checking the extent to which celebrations that have become known could have spread the virus.
No further measures are currently planned for the schools in the city, says Judith Jrg, mayor and head of the city’s education, school and sports department, when asked by the editorial team: “But that can change every day.” Level 2 has been in effect for schools since Monday. Therefore, students at secondary schools have to wear masks in the classroom, as prescribed for the first two weeks anyway.
From an incidence of 50, the health department can initiate level 3, says Jrg. “We definitely want to avoid that.” Because then the lessons could only take place alternately for half of the class on site. The rest of the children would have to study at home.
“If there are no infected people at a school, then it stays at level 2”, emphasizes Jrg. The health department will decide on a case-by-case basis whether further measures will take place at a school, confirms Dagmar Hofmann, press spokeswoman in the district office. An overarching regulation for all schools is not planned.
Hardly any corona cases at the Wrzburg clinics
So far, the increasing numbers of infections have not made themselves felt at the clinics in the city. This is due to the fact that young people in particular are currently getting sick, says Prof. August Stich, chairman of the Mission Medical Institute and chief physician at the Missio Clinic. However, these usually have no or only weak symptoms. Therefore, there is currently not a single inpatient corona patient in the Missio-Klinik. The University Clinic Wrzburg is currently only treating one patient who is sick with Covid-19, inpatient, press spokeswoman Susanne Just said.