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Germany, Sri Lanka report first cases of coronavirus

While the US advised its citizens to reconsider travelling to China amid coronavirus outbreak, Germany and Sri Lanka reported first cases of the deadly virus 

Germany, Sri Lanka report first cases of coronavirus
Berlin, First Published Jan 28, 2020, 9:12 AM IST
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Berlin: The first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Germany's southern state of Bavaria on Monday, state's health ministry announced, adding that the risk involved in Bavarian population getting infected with the new type of virus is currently low.

The infected person, who hails from Starnberg district, is "clinically in a good condition" and is being monitored in an isolated ward, the ministry said in a statement. 

Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka had confirmed the first case of coronavirus, involving a 43-year-old woman, who hails from the Chinese province of Hubei.

The woman, who hails from the Chinese province of Hubei, had arrived in Sri Lanka as a tourist on January 19, Sudath Samaraweera, the chief epidemiologist with the ministry of health, said. "The first test on the patient was positive for the virus. We have sent a second sample to the Medical Research Institute at Borella for further examination. In the meantime, we will continue to treat her as a patient positive for new coronavirus at the IDH," Samaraweera told the Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka).

The woman was admitted to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Angoda town on January 25 after she developed symptoms of fever.

Meanwhile, the United States on Monday raised its travel advisory for China to Level 3, advising its citizens to "reconsider travel" due to threats from coronavirus outbreak that has claimed the lives of more than 80 people in the Asian country.

"Reconsider travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. Some areas have increased risk," the advisory issued by US State Department read. Last week, the state department had issued a Level 4 advisory for Hubei Province, whose capital is Wuhan, a Chinese city of more than 11 million people where the first case of coronavirus was reported.

Health authorities around the world are taking action to prevent a global pandemic as the virus continues to spread, with cases reported in Australia, France, the United States and several Asian countries besides China.

The virus, which was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has killed more than 80 people in that country alone, while more than a dozen other countries have reported cases so far.

With ANI Inputs 

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