Health authorities are finding the origin of a corona outbreak less and less

Police officers check whether the curfew is observed on the Reeperbahn in Hamburg.
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They are the fire accelerators of the pandemic. But the German health authorities hardly know who is at the beginning of an infection chain. The dark field is getting bigger and bigger.

IIn which areas can everyday life be restricted in order to prevent corona infections? In order to decide that, the political leaders need to know where people get infected with the virus. But the health authorities find it difficult to assign the outbreaks. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) found out the origin of an infection in less than 30 percent of infections, said a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Health. It goes with the fact that the federal states also have little specific information about where people are infected, as a FAZ survey showed.

In Hesse, the outbreak could be identified in 38.8 percent of all currently infected people last week. In Thuringia the value was at least 44.6 percent. In Baden-Württemberg, 43.9 percent of the corona cases could still be assigned in mid-September; In the second week of October, on the other hand, the assignment was only possible in every fifth case in another outbreak in the southwest. In Bavaria, 80 percent of the places of infection were recently unknown, but of the 20 percent found, every second person was infected at home in September and early October. What the countries have in common on average: The already comparatively low rate of outbreaks identified is falling, the infection rate is becoming diffuse – and around half of the infections occur in the private sector, in families or shared apartments.


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