Germany: Security reinforced at quarantined tower block in Gottingen

Local authorities in the German town of Gottingen reinforced security measures in a quarantined tower block placed after 120 out of 700 residents tested positive for COVID-19, as seen in footage from Monday. A metal fence was set up around the building located on Groner Landstrasse 9, with police, local law enforcement and private security services deployed around the perimeter. Nearly 300 officers are ensuring the order at the quarantined zone. Residents who wish to leave the condominium must show their identity card and two negative coronavirus test results. A complex inhabitant named Stephan lamented a lack of help from local authorities as well as poor quarantine conditions making residents «desperate», with large families being forced to stay in small-sized apartments and masses of rubbish piling up since the previous week. «I have much higher risk to get infected here now», Stephan said as he headed to the food distribution tent installed inside the area. On Saturday, clashes broke out when residents attempted to leave the quarantined area. At least eight police officers were injured as inhabitants threw bottles, stones, metal and wooden objects, according to city police head Uwe Luhrig.

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