Germany quarantines all in 2 high-rise buildings


People queue at a vaccination centre in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany, Saturday, May 15, 2021. Hundreds of people have lined up at an improvised vaccination center near Munich to get one of 1,000 doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine that were on offer. Police said that around 850 people were standing in line at around 10 a.m. — and some of them had arrived as early as 5 a.m. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

BERLIN — Health officials say they have quarantined the residents of two high-rise buildings in the western German town of Velbert after several people tested positive with the coronavirus variant first detected to India.

Officials from the county of Mettmann said “there are currently several infections with the Indian virus variant in Velbert.”

They said several families who were in close touch with each other were affected and that everyone was being tested. Local broadcaster WDR reported about 200 people in the two buildings were affected. They have been quarantined, are getting tested and the Red Cross is providing food and other help.

So far, the COVID-19 variant that was first detected in India has not been found a lot in Germany, but is said to be more contagious than other variants currently more prevalent in Germany.

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