Dhe Corona situation in the city of Offenbach is relaxing. On Wednesday, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants dropped to 29 within seven days, according to the daily overview of the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs. After a day-long increase, the so-called seven-day incidence was 39 on Tuesday. The threshold above which stricter measures to protect against infection must be initiated is 50. The municipality had already taken countermeasures, for example with a ban on picnicking and barbecuing in parks.
On Wednesday, the Offenbach City Health Office reported four new cases of infection. The city reported that there were two returning travelers and two people who were already in quarantine. 64 people in Offenbach are currently infected with the corona virus, two people are being treated in hospital, and 458 are in quarantine.
“Despite the new cases, the incidence value has decreased again because 15 cases from the previous week are no longer in the seven-day period and are therefore no longer to be taken into account for the calculation,” the city reported. The city of Offenbach gave the seven-day incidence on Wednesday at 31.1. According to a spokeswoman, the deviating numbers result from the different times until when the numbers are included in the statistics.
Offenbach continues to have the highest incidence in Hesse, despite lower numbers. This was followed on Wednesday by the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis with 23 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days and the Odenwaldkreis with 20. Hessen-wide the seven-day incidence was only 7. From Tuesday to Wednesday 55 new confirmed cases were added in Hessen. There were two new deaths during the same period. The total number of demonstrably infected people in the federal state is 12,254, the total number of deaths is 523.
Desire for uniform rules in Frankfurt
From the next week, all state employees can be tested at the Hessian schools. As Education Minister Alexander Lorz (CDU) explained on Wednesday, the offer is aimed specifically at teachers, teaching staff in preparatory work and socio-educational employees without symptoms. Until the autumn holidays, they have the opportunity to take a free test every 14 days outside of their respective lessons. The minister emphasized that there was no obligation to participate.
The Frankfurt health department head Stefan Majer would like uniform corona rules in schools. The fact that the country allows them to decide for themselves in many points how strictly the corona rules are observed is “expressly not correct,” said the Green politician. The many special regulations that each school may make for itself led to confusion and uncertainty.
Majer strongly recommends wearing a mouth-and-nose cover outside the classrooms, on the school playgrounds and on the way to school. He announced that at the beginning of the new school year each student would receive two disposable masks from the city. In addition, according to his words, not only teachers in Frankfurt should be given the opportunity to be regularly tested for the corona virus, but also all city employees at schools and all educators in daycare centers. The city will create opportunities to increase test capacities. It has not yet been determined when this regulation will come into force.
With a view to the football season starting in September, Majer demands uniform test criteria nationwide. These are intended to help the health authorities to decide transparently and quickly whether a game can take place in front of an audience or not. “The criteria in Bavaria must not be different from those in Hesse,” said Majer.