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Forty people who attended a mass in early May in Frankfurt, Germany, were infected with covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
According to local health officials cited by the DPA news agency, six of the infected people were admitted to the hospital.
The religious service where the infection occurred was held in a Protestant Baptist church on May 10, a few days after the reopening of places of worship in Germany, according to the local daily newspaper "Frankfurter Rundschau".
In the canton of Main-Kinzig-Kreis, just outside Frankfurt, local authorities also announced on Friday the contamination of 16 people who participated in an event held in that German city.
Germany eased the social restrictions set in place to contain the disease in early May.
However, fears of a second wave remain in the country, which has been relatively less affected than some of its European neighbors.
This Saturday, Lower Saxony state authorities also announced that seven people had been infected with the new coronavirus in a restaurant in the city of Leer.
Due to the case, about 50 people were quarantined.
The question of the opening of religious services is particularly sensitive, since in addition to Germany, also in France, a meeting of two thousand evangelicals, held in late February, caused dozens of contaminations across the country.
In the United States, President Donald Trump on Friday asked governors to authorize the opening of places of worship, which he designated as "essential", during a press conference at the White House.
Germany records 177850 officially declared cases of new coronavirus infections and 8216 deaths this Saturday, according to the Robert Koch Institute, which monitors the epidemiological situation in the country.