Thursday 09 April 2020

German coronavirus victim was in Limburg, officials trace his movements

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Dutch health officials have started an investigation after a German man from Selfkant, just over the Dutch border at Sittard, was diagnosed with coronavirus.

The man was in Limburg last week and officials now want to trace his movements and find out who came into contact with him.

The public health institute RIVM has not said where the man had been in Limburg but did say all contacts who are traced will be given a check-up. More details of the investigation are due later on Wednesday.

The man, 47, was taken ill with a lung infection and is now seriously ill in an isolation ward at a hospital in Dusseldorf.

According to local German media, he may have picked up the virus via a business colleague who had been in China. The man’s wife is also said to be suffering from coronavirus symptoms.

The RIVM also said that reports on social media that a man from Brabant had tested positive for the disease are false. There have so far been no confirmed cases in the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, 13 Dutch nationals remain in their hotel on the Spanish island of Tenerife where several Italian holidaymakers have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

They have been told to stay in their rooms and will be tested for the virus in the coming days.

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