At least 40 people were infected with coronavirus during a Baptist religious service held in Frankfurt (central Germany), health authorities in the region reported.

Most of the cases are mild and according to the director of the Frankfurt Health Office, René Gottschalke, only one person had to be transferred to a hospital.

The religious service was held on May 10, following the hygiene rules imposed by the authorities, and apparently not only people living in Frankfurt were infected, but also others from the neighboring city of Hanau.

This led to the banning of a Muslim festival in Hanau that was to take place tomorrow in a stadium in the month of Ramadan.

The Baptist community in Frankfurt has suspended all religious events and religious services will only be offered digitally again.

Pastor Wladimir Pritzkau has ensured that all hygiene and disinfection rules have been followed and that parishioners have respected the recommended distance between them of 1.5 meters.

Religious acts are allowed, with restrictions, from May 1 in the region.

The case may raise doubts regarding the relaxation of some measures to combat the coronavirus.

Restaurants and cafes are open in various Länder and nurseries and schools have started to open, albeit always with restrictions.

In Leer (northern Germany), there was a case of several people infected with a restaurant that led to dozens of people having to go into quarantine.

In Germany there have been 180,345 confirmed infections since the start of the pandemic. 159,976 patients have overcome the disease and 8,444 have died, leaving 11,925 active cases.