More Than 40 Diagnosed With COVID-19 After Frankfurt Church Service

Elias Hubbard
May 25, 2020

German authorities are trying to trace everyone who attended a church service in Frankfurt this month after more than 107 people tested positive for the coronavirus.

The surge in cases comes as officials of the Frankfurt church claimed they followed social distancing and other precautionary measures, adding that they had disinfected the entire church building ahead of the service.

Each of Germany's 16 states determines its own lockdown exit plans.

"The affected worshippers were residents of Frankfurt and three districts in the surrounding central state of Hesse".

Those attending services have to be kept 1.5m (5ft) apart, and provided with hand sanitiser.

Evangelical Christian Baptist Church, where the service took place on May 10, didn't violate any of the rules aimed at stopping the spread of the virus, the city's health department told local newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau.

As a result of the new infections, the town has called off a fasting and prayer gathering for more than 1,000 participants from several Muslim institutions in the Rhine-Main region.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has risen to 178,281, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday.

Shops are now reopen, pupils are returning to class and the Bundesliga has become the first major football league in Europe to resume after the pandemic.

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