Because of Ramadan? Corona infections are skyrocketing in Vienna, Austria

The Austrian Minister of Health Rudolf Anschober already expressed optimism that no second wave of Corona infections will occur. But while Chancellor Kurz’ federal government is already claiming to be the saviour of the nation, the number of new infections is skyrocketing in Vienna. On Monday, 61 new Corona cases were registered, mainly in Vienna. This is in comparison to the current figure of about 500 people throughout Austria. The absolute majority of the illnesses are located in Vienna. Just last Thursday, around 50,000 people were crowding the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Vienna. It is not yet possible to say how many were infected during the mass gathering.It is still too early for any statistical effect. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) the incubation period is 5-14 days.According to a spokesperson of the medical crisis management team in Vienna, the infections can be traced mainly to family-internal infections. The recent increase in infections could be due to the end of Ramadan. Among Muslims, Eid is one of the most important holidays of the year. It is when families and friends meet after the austerities of the hard time of Ramadan to celebrate for three days and eat hearty food. This year’s Sugar Festival fell on May 24th, two weeks ago.So despite the slightly warmer summer temperatures, the virus has not yet come to a standstill. So the Black Lives Matter demonstrations could still bring bad aftermath. There is growing evidence from Sweden, Great Britain and the USA that dark-skinned people die four times more frequently from the Covid-19 virus than white people. The exact causes of the apparent ethnic differences in mortality have not yet been researched.

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