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Germany quarantines residents of 2 high-rise buildings after new variant detected

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Posted at 6:04 AM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 07:06:03-04

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 in 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.