The cases came to light through a routine screening, the results of which were released on Jan. 14. From medical circles it was said that there were three Berliners who should not have been away in the past few months. Those affected are therefore in need of care treated in the Clinic for Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Perhaps the three patients were even infected there, even if this, according to experts, has not yet been established.
The Vivantes Group, to which the Humboldt-Klinikum belongs, confirmed the three cases on Wednesday according to the Tagesspiegel report. “Due to the strict hygiene measures and the direct isolation of those affected, the infection process could be controlled,” it said.
Again and again, patients in clinics become infected with germs – although it is also true that in many cases it is not clear whether the sick were infected (shortly) before. On January 8, it became known that a man who had arrived from Great Britain for Christmas was infected with this virus mutation; he had also infected his family – the first cases in Berlin.
Merkel justified the lockdown extension with B117
The variant has led to a massive increase in new infections in Great Britain and Ireland.
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The three samples in which the mutation was discovered had also been examined in the laboratory.
B117 is clearly more contagious
Since the variant B117 was first discovered in England in autumn, preliminary studies have suggested that the mutated virus is significantly more contagious than the previously known Corona variant. However, researchers are still waiting for more data.
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As reported, virologists from Berlin want to determine how common corona mutations are. For this purpose, positive Sars-Cov-2 samples have been tested for traces of the English and South African variants since last week.
The Charité announced at the time that they wanted to “get a continuous overview of the occurrence of mutations”. In the “Labor Berlin” it should be determined how large the proportion of mutations is in new infections in Berlin. In individual, justified suspected cases, old samples are also tested for the mutations.
At the same time, the Institute for Virology at the Charité in Berlin-Mitte works as a so-called consulting laboratory on behalf of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI): the doctors there examine samples for mutations that are sent from smaller clinics in Germany.
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British corona mutation discovered samples Berlin