A second person in the Netherlands has been tested positive for the corona virus, reports the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) Friday afternoon. The woman is in home insulation in Diemen.
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The woman was found to be infected on the night of Thursday to Friday. This is apparent from lab research at the AmsterdamUMC.
The patient has no link with the man who was diagnosed with the corona virus on Thursday. She was in the Italian region of Lombardy last week, where several people are infected with the COVID-19 virus. The GGD maps out who the woman has been in contact with.
The first patient was admitted to the Elisabeth-TweeSteden Hospital in Tilburg on Wednesday. Due to a "strong suspicion" of contamination, he was immediately treated in isolation according to the protocol. Thursday evening it turned out that he indeed had the virus. He too had been to Lombardy.
The COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) in short:
- The virus spreads mainly through cough and sneeze drops that hang in the air for a short time. Anyone who shows no symptoms is hardly a risk of infection.
- Someone can infect two or three others on average (less than, for example, measles). However, this figure is falling due to all precautions.
- The vast majority have mild (flu-like) symptoms.
- Almost all deaths concern older or already sick people.
- The first infection was reported in the Netherlands on Thursday 27 February. It was about a man from Loon op Zand. The GGD conducts contact investigations.