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Germany confirms 13th coronavirus case

The wife of a man infected with the coronavirus in Germany has also become sick, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to 13, the health authorities in the southern state of Bavaria said on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor

Eleven of the cases are linked to automotive parts supplier Webasto, which is based in the Starnberg district of the state.

The remaining cases are of two people who were flown out of Wuhan over the weekend.

They are being treated in Frankfurt.

In the latest case, the 38-year-old wife of a Webasto employee, has tested positive. Two of the couple’s children have also caught the virus.

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The virus had not been shown in their third child, an infant, Stefan Paech, the director of the hospitals of the company dealing with the infections, said.

The entire family is in quarantine in the company’s Trostberg hospital.

Paech said it had been assumed from the start that the entire family would contract the virus.

The family remained together as the illness was in general mild in the case of young people, he added.

Under the circumstances, the family was doing well, Paech said.

Webasto has 13,400 employees and 12 sites in China.

Its biggest factory is in Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus first emerged in December.

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Webasto’s Stockdorf location was visited in January by an infected staff member from China who only began experiencing symptoms during her flight back home.


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