A warning sign against the coronavirus at Berlin-Tegel airport, January 26, 2020. - ANDREAS GORA / AFP
A first case of contamination by the Chinese coronavirus was confirmed in Germany, in a man in Bavaria (south), announced Monday evening the Bavarian Ministry of Health. "A man in the Starnberg area has been infected with the new coronavirus" and "has been placed under medical supervision and in solitary confinement," a ministry spokesperson said in a statement.
The patient is "medically in good condition," said the spokesman without further details. Relatives have also been informed of the symptoms that may appear in the event of illness, as well as the hygiene precautions to be taken. The viral pneumonia epidemic has already killed 82 people in China and some 2,744 people have been infected in that country, according to the latest official report on Monday.
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The Bavarian Ministry of Health has given no indication of the man or the circumstances in which he may have been infected with the virus. However, a press conference is scheduled for Tuesday morning in Munich.
Germany thus becomes the second country in Europe to be affected by the coronavirus after three cases in France, confirmed on January 24. The three patients, one in Bordeaux (southwest) and two in Paris, had recently traveled to China.
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