First case of Corona-virus confirmed in Germany | Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Germany confirms a first case of coronavirus infection in Europe. The patient is a man who is hospitalized in Bavaria.

Coronavirus confirmed in Germany.
Coronavirus confirmed in Germany.

Chinese coronavirus outbreakThe first case of infection with the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV has been registered in the German state of Bavaria. It is a man from the Starnberg district who had not travelled to China, reports the regional health ministry.

The patient is isolated under medical control and his condition is "good", details a statement from the health authority. People who have been in contact with the patient have been informed about the possible symptoms, hygiene measures and channels of transmission of the infection.

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On Jan. 27, the World Health Organization (WHO) revised its assessment of the risk of global coronavirus spread from "moderate" to "high".

To date, the dangerous Wuhan strain has already caused 81 deaths and infected 2,835 people in China. In addition to China, coronavirus cases have been reported in Australia, France, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, the US, Vietnam and Cambodia.

The Bavarian hospital where the patient diagnosed with coronavirus was isolated.

Germany has confirmed a first case of coronavirus on its territory, the Bavarian regional health ministry said in a statement late Monday. 

The man from Starnberg, 30 kilometres south of Munich, is "clinically fit" after contracting the virus that infects the respiratory tract and has already caused more than 100 deaths in China.

At a press conference, the authorities confirmed that the infected person did not travel to China, and that his infection was due to a visit from a Chinese colleague who visited his workplace. 

The man participated last Tuesday in a training session at his company - Webasto - in Stockdorf, south of Munich. An employee of a Chinese branch of the company also participated in the training, said Andreas Zapf, head of the Bavaria health and food safety office.

The woman (Chinese colleague), who showed no symptoms, returned home on Thursday, went to the doctor after feeling sick during the flight and tested positive for the new virus. Although she is from Shanghai, the woman's parents, who visited her a few days earlier, are from Wuhan, the area where the infection began.

The authorities have not disclosed the age and nationality of the patient, who is isolated and under observation. With this case confirmed in Germany, four cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Europe; the other three have been in France.

After consulting experts from the Infection Department of the Land Health Office (LGL) and the Robert Koch Institute, the Bavarian health authorities indicated that the risk of coronavirus infection for the rest of the population is low.

"People who have been in contact with the patient have been informed in detail about possible symptoms, hygiene measures and channels of transmission," the statement said.

The German Federal Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, said on Tuesday on Twitter that he was not surprised that the virus had arrived in Germany, and that "the case of Bavaria shows that we are well prepared" to face it.

Japan has also confirmed a new case of coronavirus infection that apparently occurred within the country. The affected person is a bus driver who had transported tourists from the Chinese city of Wuhan.

This Japanese patient and another case confirmed today by a Chinese traveler bring the number of new coronavirus infections recorded so far in Japan to six, a Health Ministry spokesman said at a news conference.