More than 350 households ordered to quarantine in Berlin district

More than 350 households ordered to quarantine in Berlin district
Several buildings are affected in Berlin's Neukölln district. Photo: DPA
More than 50 people are confirmed to have coronavirus and hundreds have been ordered to quarantine after an outbreak in Berlin.

The outbreak has led to people living in apartment buildings in the Berlin-Neukölln district having to self-isolate. Among those affected belong to a Sinti and Roma housing project in the area.

As of Tuesday June 16th, 57 people were confirmed to have contracted coronavirus. The local health authorities have urged a total of 369 households to quarantine in a bid to control the outbreak.

The affected people live in 13 buildings in seven locations, said Berlin health councillor Falko Liecke.

The district could not say the exact number of people in quarantine. Authorities also announced that 265 tests are still pending and that the results should be available within the next three days.

So far, most people suffering from coronavirus have shown mild symptoms.

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Liecke said the focus was on informing those affected by the outbreak. Social work teams who have been established in the neighbourhood for some time are helping with this task, along with translators when needed.

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District mayor Martin Hike said it was easy for the virus to spread in blocks of flats, especially where there are cramped conditions.

“From the ski clubs, the virus has now arrived at the tenement buildings,” said Hikel, commenting on the fact the virus first spread to Europe through ski resorts.

As The Local has reported, some German health authorities have been sending out quarantine orders to people living in apartments in a bid to control the spread of the virus.

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Earlier in June, hundreds of people had to self-isolate in a Göttingen housing complex after 68 people were confirmed to have coronavirus.

There have also been outbreaks linked to cramp accommodation for workers of meat processing plants, which led to the government calling for an overhaul of housing conditions and the industry.

Localised outbreaks in Germany have also been linked to church services and restaurant visits.

As of Tuesday, there had been around 7,369 recorded Covid-19 infections since the start of the epidemic in Berlin, a city of around 3 million people. There have been more than 200 deaths.

In the whole of Germany, there have been around 188,200 confirmed cases, with an increase of around 270 more compared to the previous day, and more than 8,800 deaths


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