Coronavirus cases Germany: The number of patients increases to four
Germany has now confirmed four more coronavirus cases after the outbreak in China, health officials said. They are exclusively employees of a Bavarian company that recently visited a Chinese colleague.
German corona virus cases
The health ministry in southern Bavaria said in an evening statement that it had uncovered three other cases. This happens after a 33-year-old German man announced this earlier in the day.
“These patients are all employees of the company in the Starnberg district where the first person affected worked,” said the Ministry of Health. The ministry added that another 40 auto parts maker employees were in close contact with the first patient. However, they were examined on Wednesday.
All four patients are also in an isolation ward of a Munich hospital. Germany's first confirmed patient, the 33-year-old, fell ill after training. A Chinese guest colleague carried this out on January 21. In contrast to other patients of the virus outbreak in Europe, the man contracted the disease without having been to China himself.
The German case is the first example of a person-to-person transmission outside of Asia. A spokeswoman for the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's center for disease prevention and control, said.
Spread to Europe
Japan has also reported a patient that the authorities tested positive for the coronavirus strain without having traveled to China. Health officials in Vietnam suspect that a man from Wuhan infected his son, who has been living in Ho Chi Minh City for four months. The Chinese, who held the training in Germany, “felt sick on the flight home from January 23,” said Andreas Zapf, head of the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety, at a press conference.
She immediately sought medical help upon her return and was confirmed to have been infected with the virus, which had spread rapidly in the past few weeks after it first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
The woman recently visited her parents in the Wuhan region, Zapf said. Webasto said in a statement that all business trips to and from China had ceased for at least the next two weeks. The virus has so far killed over 100 people and infected more than 4,500 people in China. Coronavirus cases have also been reported in a number of other countries, including the United States, France, Australia and Japan.
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