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. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) confirms this. The man was in Limburg last week and the GGD started an investigation into the people he had contact with,
The man was previously admitted to Erkelenz hospital with his wife with 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.
Nothing is yet known about the identity of the person. It is also unclear whether the patient has traveled to a country where the outbreak has progressed further, such as Italy. The man was taken to Düsseldorf University Hospital in a special ambulance.
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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