State of Hesse names cities for the Tübingen model

Tpracticing is everywhere – or at least almost. A number of Hessian cities would like to emulate the model from the southwest of the republic. Test first, then shop is the motto. At around 1 p.m., Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) and Health Minister Kai Klose (The Greens) will announce their selection. Laubach in Oberhessen has meanwhile already made first experiences with the Tübingen model. The district of Gießen ordered it to the small town without further ado due to an excessive incidence of 800. Dealers and other tradespeople express themselves rather disillusioned, but also have suggestions for improvement.

Thorsten Winter

Business editor and internet coordinator in the Rhein-Main-Zeitung.

By far not as high as in Laubach, but the central Corona value is still too high in Offenbach as well. There it is more than 240 new infections recorded within a week among 100,000 inhabitants. That is why the city has ordered a curfew, as it did during the second wave. The incidence rose again overnight. That is the second highest value in Hessen.

The Robert Koch Institute reports 832 new corona cases recorded overnight for Hesse after 590 a week ago and 359 14 days ago. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the health authorities have reported 216,091 infections with the coronavirus. That corresponds to 3.2 percent of the country’s population. According to the RKI, the incidence for Hesse is 141 after a further increase, as in Hamburg, compared to 135 in the federal government. In other words, the gap has become smaller, as it was sometimes more than ten points on the previous days. Only Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, the front runner, currently have a higher index than Hesse. On the other hand, Thuringia has a very good vaccination rate, unlike Hesse.

Hersfeld-Rotenburg and Offenbach as hotspots

The Hersfeld-Rotenburg district has the relatively highest pollution with a characteristic value of 291. The neighboring Wartburg district in Thuringia comes to 424. Offenbach now has the value 259, while Frankfurt comes to 138. Darmstadt took the 100 mark overnight and is 102. Wiesbaden ranks just one point below the mark from which a region on the RKI’s corona map lights up cherry red. This applies to most of the districts and cities in Hesse, with Hersfeld-Rotenburg and Offenbach appearing dark red.

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