The first person in Berlin to be found to be infected with the novel coronavirus was only discovered by accident. The 22-year-old had come to the hospital with atypical symptoms. Only a routine test brings the confirmation.
In connection with the first Corona case in Berlin, around 60 people have been identified with whom the sick 22-year-old had contact. This included the parents from North Rhine-Westphalia, friends, roommates, colleagues as well as employees of the rescue center of the Virchow Clinic, Berlin health senator Dilek Kalayci said. However, the work on this has not yet been completed. The patient is doing well according to the circumstances. The man was treated in an isolation ward in the Charité's Virchow Clinic, said Kalayci. The discovery of the first infected person in the capital happened by chance: The man came to the now closed emergency room with atypical symptoms. But since the Charité Influenza tests with coronavirus tests, the infection was found. "Without this internal regulation, to carry out a parallel test, the patient would probably still be undetected at home," said Charité board member Ulrich Frei. How the man got the Sars-CoV-2 virus is unknown. "There is a quiet trace to North Rhine-Westphalia," said Frei. The man's parents live there and had visited him. The number of corona virus cases confirmed in Germany has recently increased to 150. Most of them were recorded in North Rhine-Westphalia, where there have been a total of 86 laboratory-confirmed infections, said the President of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler. So far, ten federal states and 49 counties have been affected. The infected are between two and 68 years old and the majority are men.