Mystery of the high number of corona of infected refugees in Ellwangen

The explosive increase of the Corona-infections in a shelter for refugees in Ellwangen the authorities of the puzzles. The number of cases among the inhabitants of the with a curfew occupied the country of initial reception centre (LEA) increased from 7 last Thursday to 251 on Tuesday.

Neither the interior Ministry nor the government Presidium of Stuttgart can explain this phenomenon in the refuge in the ostalb district with a total of more than 560 residents.

The first Infected was identified on Thursday two weeks ago, and have been isolated, said the interior Ministry in Stuttgart. None of the Infected had to be moved in a clinic, such as the district office informed. Also affected are children. According to the ostalbkreis district of Tuesday afternoon, 21 Workers have tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Surprising Development

A spokeswoman for the government Bureau, that the facility operates for the country, called the development surprising. Because it had taken since the beginning of March, all the necessary measures and the residents of the property aware and multilingual information has been supplied. All new arrivals were also tested since the beginning of March, 2020, by default, and after their arrival, housed separately.

Infected, Tested, and contact persons would be housed separately. Unfortunately, it can not be excluded due to the 14-day incubation period, that had infected an initially negative tested Person, and in spite of all precautions, the Virus has worn."

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One of the largest Refugee shelters in the southwest

Ellwangen is after the arrival centre in Heidelberg, the largest refugee accommodation in the South West. In Heidelberg are accommodated according to the interior Ministry of 900 to 1000 people. Place the LEA in Sigma the following rings with 500 people.

A spokesman for the interior Ministry said, the risk of passing on the Virus was higher in areas where many people are cramped together and lived showers and canteens shared. Therefore, the refugees had been moved to the beginning of the crisis strengthened in the connection housing of the counties. Not all of the refugees – in Ellwangen, they come from two dozen countries – were reluctant to accept the curfew, or voluntarily test. According to the district office, there are no protests against the police in a Three-shift operation, secured curfew.

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