In the state governments of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, there are fears that the number of corona infections will increase due to the relief efforts and emergency accommodation for many people after the flood disaster.
► David Freichel from the Corona communication staff of the State Chancellery in Rhineland-Palatinate on the editorial network Germany: “At the moment, many people are coming together in a confined space to deal with the crisis together. We now have to be careful that dealing with the disaster does not turn into a super-spreader event. ”
The State Ministry of Health is preparing a special vaccination campaign in the disaster areas in consultation with the authorities of the districts affected.
► The NRW Ministry of Health also warns of an increasing risk of infection. “An increased risk of the spread of SARS-CoV-2 could develop primarily through the accommodation of people in emergency shelters,” said the ministry in Düsseldorf, according to RND. The risk can be reduced with tests, masks and ventilation.
“In many cases, medical care structures have already been established in the emergency shelters,” said the ministry. In addition, the authorities were concerned about the collapsed medical infrastructure, for example due to the destruction of general practitioners’ practices.