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Some cities in North Rhine-Westphalia are getting closer and closer to the threshold of 35 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in one week. From this number onwards, the affected municipalities must consult the regional health center and the responsible district government about measures.
NAfter the city of Solingen, Mülheim an der Ruhr is another NRW city that has come close to the threshold value of the so-called corona brake. On Wednesday, according to the city, 34.1 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants were registered in seven days – the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) even gave a value of 35.7. Since the beginning of September in North Rhine-Westphalia, if there are more than 35 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the affected municipalities must coordinate specific countermeasures with the State Health Center and the responsible district government within a week.
In Mülheim, however, the routes of infection can be traced exactly, said a city spokesman on Wednesday. The cause is, among other things, a family celebration after which there were more than 40 new infections. “That is why there are no special restrictions.”
Contagions are often related to private celebrations
According to the city, the contagion rate in Solingen rose to 42.9 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. The RKI gave a value of 43.3. “Despite an increased incidence, the assessment of the situation is no different,” said a city spokesman. The infections were related to a private party last week and a seminar group in which several people were infected.
According to the spokesman, the infection rate could fall in the coming days, because then the first positive results of the hotspot fall out of the seven-day statistics. From a value of 50, restrictions would be discussed again, “there is no blueprint in the drawer,” said the spokesman.
The infection rate is also particularly high in Cologne, where, according to the RKI, 27.6 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants were reported within seven days. A city spokeswoman said that the infections are widely spread and cannot be assigned to a “hotspot”. “Where contact restrictions are no longer so strict, there are always longer contact lists.” In the neighboring city of Leverkusen, the new infection rate is similarly high; on Wednesday it was 27.5.