The federal state of Bavaria, in southern Germany, is holding municipal elections today despite the coronavirus.
Polling stations opened on time at 8:00 local time (07:00 GMT) and will close their doors at 18:00 (17:00 GMT).
Around ten million people are called to vote in the more than two thousand Bavarian cities in more than four thousand elections, from which almost 40,000 mandates for mayors, councilors and district and county councils will emerge.
Despite the closure of schools and kindergartens as a measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Bavarian Government decided to keep the date of the elections and called on citizens with the right to vote to deposit their ballot.
“Please go to vote despite the current situation. Sinks and soap are available at the polling station. Volunteers have the opportunity to disinfect their hands. Naturally you can bring your own pen. Don’t be afraid, use your right to vote, “the mayor of Munich, Social Democrat Dieter Reiter, appealed today through his Facebook account.
The head of the Bavarian Government, the conservative Markus Söder, had already declared that the elections would be held and assured that the necessary measures had been taken in collaboration with the municipalities and districts and the regional Ministry of the Interior.
He called the population to go to the polls and recalled that anyone who felt insecure could use the vote by mail.
Many of the positions of maximum responsibility will be known, however, after the second round on March 29 in those cases in which the candidates do not add more than 50% of the votes in the first round.
According to data from the Robert Koch Institute of Virology updated yesterday afternoon, the number of cases of contagion with the coronavirus rose to 3,795 in Germany and that of deaths, to eight.
In Bavaria 681 infections and one death from coronavirus have been recorded.