Five cases of patients infected with the coronavirus are now known in Berlin. A fifth case was reported at the Senate press conference at noon, it is a man from Tempelhof-Schöneberg. A fourth case of coronavirus had been identified on Tuesday night.
This patient is in the Vivantes Klinikum Neukölln, as the Neukölln City Councilor Falko Liecke (CDU) said on Wednesday. The man is a doctor who works in the hospital. He comes from Neukölln and has probably not been in a coronavirus crisis area.
The crisis team is currently meeting in the hospital. “We are now looking to scan the area and are looking for contacts,” said the City Councilor. Liecke and district mayor Martin Hikel (SPD) want to inform the district crisis team on Tuesday in order to coordinate the further procedure.
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After the first documented cases of the new coronavirus infection in Berlin, the authorities expect further test results this Tuesday. Around 60 people were identified as contacts of an already infected 22-year-old. Among them are roommates and colleagues of the young man from Berlin-Mitte as well as his parents from North Rhine-Westphalia.
On Monday evening, two further infections were reported in Berlin after the first known case of the 22-year-old. The Senate Department for Health announced on Monday evening that it was a man in Marzahn-Hellersdorf and a woman in Mitte. According to current knowledge, they should not be related to the case of the sick 22-year-old. The young patient continues to be treated in an isolation ward in the Charité Virchow Clinic.
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On Tuesday, the Charité will set up an examination center for tests at the Virchow Clinic location as a special contact point. Charité board member Ulrich Frei explained on Monday that citizens who fear infection with the pathogen can turn there. The Charité also asked on Twitter not to visit the examination center on its own initiative, but to contact the Senate hotline (030/90282828) or the family doctor first.
This is primarily an offer to relieve your own emergency room. The district medical officer in charge, Mitte, Lukas Murajda, said on Monday that it was only a matter of time before further cases were discovered in the city.
Verdi suspends warning strike at Charité
The Verdi union has suspended the planned warning strike at a Charité subsidiary because of the corona virus. On Monday, several hundred Charité Facility Management GmbH (CFM) employees stopped working, but they returned to work with the early shift on Tuesday until further notice, Verdi said.
“We act responsibly and do not want to risk any uncontrollable spread of the virus in the hospital areas,” says Verdi negotiator Marco Pavlik. However, once the situation has been resolved, the union plans to continue its warning strikes.
According to Verdi, around 2500 employees work at the Charité subsidiary CFM. Her duties include services such as waste disposal, transportation and cleaning. At the beginning of February, they had already stressed their demand for fair working conditions and fair wages. (with dpa)