In the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, a man has been diagnosed with the corona virus. The man lives in the municipality of Selfkant, just across the border from Sittard. This is confirmed by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) against NU.nl. The man was in Limburg last week and the GGD started an investigation in Limburg into the people with whom he had contact,
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The man was admitted to the hospital in Erkelenz on Monday evening with lung complaints. There the COVID-19 coronavirus was found in the man. It is the first infection in North Rhine-Westphalia, a state with more than 17.5 million inhabitants.
The man was taken in a special ambulance to the university hospital in Düsseldorf where there is a special isolation room. According to the German Ministry of Health, he is in a critical condition. The condition of his wife is stable, it is not clear whether she is also infected.
Nothing is yet known about the identity of the couple. According to the localities, they are in their early 50s and travel a lot for professional reasons. How and where the man became infected could not yet be determined.
Contact investigation in Limburg has started
The GGD van Zuid Limburg has started a contact investigation. This means that they will investigate with whom the man has been in contact in recent weeks. If these contacts get complaints, they will be isolated and tested.
Earlier in the day, a 25-year-old man in the state of Baden-Württemberg also appeared to be infected. He had returned from Milan on 17 February.
COVID-19 virus infections have since been detected in six European countries: Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Croatia, Austria and France. The vast majority of infections were found in northern Italy, around Milan.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) considered the risk of corona virus infection in Europe to be still low to moderate on Tuesday, partly due to the rigorous measures being taken to contain the virus.
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