New coronavirus outbreak following baby shower in northeast Germany

A coronavirus outbreak followed a baby shower in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with 35 guests, reported local administrators late Wednesday evening.

New coronavirus outbreak following baby shower in northeast Germany
Archive photo shows children's dishes and cuttlery on display in Nuremburg. Photo: DPA

Of the now twelve positive cases, eleven were reported in the Ludwigslust-Parchim district where the event took place, and one in the northeastern state’s capital of Schwerin. 

According to a report in the local newspaper Schweriner Volkszeitung, the party mostly took place outdoors, but due to stormy weather continued inside of a garage.

Ludwigslust-Parchim's District Administrator Stefan Sternberg (SPD) appealed to local residents to pay attention to the social distancing regulations as well as to wear a face mask. Those who feel ill should not attend festivities, he added. 

“This situation shows us once again that the coronavirus pandemic is not over,” Sternberg announced on the district's homepage. “It is still a serious situation. If we are not careful now, we will have rapidly increasing numbers.”

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Approximately 200 contact people are in quarantine, and further tests are planned for Thursday afternoon.

Among the infected is also an employee of a job center in Hagenow, which has temporarily been closed.

Outbreaks around the country

The outbreak is one of several which has occurred around Germany over the last few days. 

On Monday, 174 harvest workers at a farm in Mamming in Bavaria were confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus. Community members then received free testing for the virus.

Last week, authorities tried to track down contact people following an outbreak at a bar near Berlin's Alexanderplatz.

An outbreak was also reported on Wednesday in the district of Herzogtum Lauenburg in Schleswig-Holstein. A married couple were infected following visit with an acquaintance. Six other cases have been reported so far.

Throughout Germany, there have also been several reported cases originating from returning travellers, the majority of which come from southeastern Europe.

As of Thursday July 30th, Germany reported a total of 208,892 cases since the beginning of the epidemic, 191,287 who have recovered, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. There have been a total 9,137 deaths.

READ ALSO: Which countries are Germany's imported coronavirus cases coming from?

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German Chancellor Scholz tests positive for Covid after Gulf tour

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has tested positive for the coronavirus and is displaying mild symptoms after returning from a tour of the Gulf, his spokesman said Monday.

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The 64-year-old Social Democrat is isolating in his apartment in the chancellery, and will attend meetings online, spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said.

At the weekend, he visited Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar on a hunt for new energy sources after Russia cut gas supplies amid tensions over the Ukraine war.

He signed a deal Sunday for the UAE to supply natural gas and diesel to Germany.

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Meanwhile Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, also of the SPD, announced via Twitter on Monday that she had tested positive for Covid.