According to this, the average incidence rose to more than 250 in some parts of the city in March 2021, while it remained below 50 in other parts of the city. The figures come from the social welfare authority and the North Statistics Office, which the Hamburg Journal asked about and evaluated. They are based on the officially determined infections and the place of residence of the infected.
Big differences between the districts
Similar differences become clear throughout the course of the pandemic: in some parts of the city – in relation to the respective number of inhabitants – up to six times more inhabitants of the parts of the city were infected than in others.
Numbers are not analyzed further
The reasons for the significant differences are not clear. The Senate had so far only published figures at the district level. NDR 90.3 and the Hamburg Journal had already reported on the differences that were also recognizable there. According to the social services authority, the reasons for this are not known and would not be further analyzed, said a spokesman at the time. So far, the social welfare authority has not commented on any more significant differences between the districts. The numbers in the graph show the total incidence from February 2021 to March 23, 2021.
The differences in socially disadvantaged districts are particularly striking. In many city districts with rather lower purchasing power – in relation to the respective population – twice and three times as many people were infected on average than in better-off districts. Social associations assume that a reason can also be found in the social structure. This has been evident from social monitoring for years. Health and money are therefore connected. Those who have less money are generally sicker and have a significantly lower life expectancy. According to the parity, this social gap now appears to be confirmed in the pandemic.
Poor people less often in the home office
The reasons given by social organizations and the opposition include differences in working and living conditions. People with rather low incomes, for example, work more frequently in production and service occupations and are therefore less likely to work from home. In addition, more people often lived in fewer square meters.
Social association for Corona guides
But a lack of education could also be a reason. The social association Germany and the parliamentary group Die Linke demanded so-called corona guides from the Senate, who go directly into the city districts and educate people. The CDU opposition considers additional free test offers in districts with many infections to be useful.
Parity calls for more clarification
The Paritätische is of the opinion that there may also be some catching up to do when it comes to clarification. Language barriers may be another reason. In addition, it is not enough to simply post regulations on the Internet, you have to approach the people in the neighborhoods directly. That is also the experience in the Poli-Klinik Veddel, the district health center, which is operated by doctors, among others. People are very receptive to information that has been seen on the Corona-Mobil. Addressing them directly is particularly successful.
Veddel: Corona outbreak at school
On the Veddel, in relation to the number of inhabitants, most people became infected during the pandemic. The average weekly incidence was more than 500 in November 2020. This was due, among other things, to a large corona outbreak in the district school with around 100 infected children and teachers. But even in March of this year the average incidence was more than 300. In neighboring Wilhelmsburg it was more than 250. For comparison: In Eimsbüttel and Niendorf, for example, as of March 23, it was below 60 each.
Social authority: Unclear where infected
With a view to the differences in the districts, the social welfare authority had already pointed out that the place of residence of the infected has only limited informative value. It is not clear where those concerned were infected. In addition, outbreaks in residential accommodation such as retirement homes could distort the statistics and thus make the districts less comparable. The opposition, social associations and the doctors of the district health center Veddel do not accept this. The differences are too significant not to investigate further.