First coronavirus case confirmed in Germany
Published: 12:44 PM, 28 January 2020 Updated: 04:56 PM, 28 January 2020
The first case of the new coronavirus was confirmed in Germany, Health authorities in the country's southern Bavarian region said late Monday.
The man, who has been infected with the new coronavirus, is from Starnberg, 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Munich, and is in a "medically good state," said a spokesman of the ministry.
The ministry gave no further details on how the patient came to be infected but released a statement saying he was under surveillance in an isolation ward and that the risk of infection for the people of Bavaria is currently considered to be "low."
"People who have been in contact (with the patient) have been informed in detail about possible symptoms, hygiene measures and transmission channels," the statement added.
The new virus, which originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and can cause a pneumonia-like acute respiratory infection, has so far killed at least 106 people and infected more than 4,500 others in China, while cases of the illness have also been reported across the globe.
Countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Nepal, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, France and Australia have all confirmed patients who have contracted the disease.