German media report Wednesday evening that a further three residents of the German border municipality of Gangelt, which is about ten kilometers away from Sittard, have been tested positive for the corona virus. The virus was previously diagnosed by a couple who live in the village of Langbroich in the municipality of Gangelt.
The corona virus was diagnosed on Tuesday evening with a 47-year-old man. He lives in Langbroich and not in Selfkant as came out earlier. His wife was also diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday. In the Netherlands, as a result of the first infection, a contact investigation was also carried out for a short time, because the 47-year-old man spent a week in Limburg. However, further contact investigation was not necessary because the man was not yet contagious when he was in the Netherlands.
The couple probably celebrated carnival with an apparently infected soldier who is already being treated in a hospital in Koblenz, according to the Aachener Zeitung. Research into the latest contacts of the couple and the soldier has yielded the three new positive tests. This includes an employee of the 47-year-old husband and her husband. Multiple patients show flu symptoms.
Research into those present at the Langbroich-Harzelt carnival gathering
The German team of specialists that deals with the fight against coronavirus within their own national borders wants all persons who were present at the carnival meeting in Langbroich-Harzelt on 15 February to report to the Ministry of Health. Presumably all infected people from the region were present there.
For the time being, the infected have been quarantined at home because treatment in hospitals “is not yet under discussion”. However, it is examined whether local hospitals in Geilenkirchen, Erkelenz and Heinsberg have sufficient capacity to accommodate any treatments. The municipality of Gangelt is located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, just across the border at the Dutch Schinveld,
German Minister of Health foresees epidemic
Germany is on the eve of a coronavirus epidemic, said German Health Minister Jens Spahn earlier Wednesday. According to him, national protocols must be looked at with urgency, so that Germany is prepared for a virus outbreak.
According to Spahn, it is no longer possible to trace who have had contact with corona patients. “It is certain that large groups have been in contact with infected people, while we do not know who exactly they were.”
The German Minister of Health Jens Spahn. (Photo: Reuters)
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 to 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.