In the Czech Republic, three people are infected with the new coronavirus. Two are located in Na Bulovce Hospital in Prague, one in Ústí nad Labem.
A fourth person, a woman, is still undergoing tests.
The Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch (ANO) confirmed this to CT24 in a press briefing.
“We ask everyone to very seriously consider not traveling to those (affected) regions for holiday or ski trips unless necessary, because the danger exists,” Vojtech told a televised news briefing.
All patients are isolated in infectious wards. According to the minister, the course of the disease is not serious.
The first case at hospital Na Bulovce is a Czech man, born in 1952, who stayed at the Italian University in Udine, where he attended a conference.
The second registered case is a woman from the United States of America, born in 1999, studying in Milan.
“She arrived in Prague as a tourist. Later, her condition deteriorated, and she was first examined in Motol. She was treated as potentially infectious, all medical staff had protective equipment, so the risk of infection in the hospital was minimized. Afterward, she was moved from Motol to Na Bulovce Hospital,” added the Minister.
The third one is in Masaryk Hospital in Usti nad Labem, is a Czech man, born in 1976, who was on a ski holiday in Italy in the northern part of Veneto region.
It is not yet clear how many other people that the three came into contact with will be quarantined. None of the patients are reported to be in serious condition.
Vojtěch added that these are individual cases. Thus, the Czech Republic will not take any quarantine measures due to these first three cases.
Česká republika má první tři potvrzené případy nákazy COVID-19 způsobené novým typem koronaviru. Dva pacienti s pozitivními testy jsou v pražské Nemocnici Na Bulovce, třetí je v Ústí nad Labem v tamní Masarykově nemocnici.
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“They do not have fever, and they do not need oxygen therapy. The two patients at Bulovka Hospital showed mild symptoms and airway inflammation,” said Hana Roháčová, Chief Officer for Therapeutic and Preventive Care.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said that the results from a laboratory in Berlin, where the samples were sent for a second test, should be ready no later than Monday.
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