Berlin (dpa / bb) – A more contagious Corona variant has been proven in at least 20 people there: After the admission freeze at a Berlin clinic, the responsible medical officer justified the step with the increasingly confusing situation. It has become increasingly clear that a few other cases in which the virus variant (B.1.1.7) first described in Great Britain was discovered are related to the hospital outbreak, said Reinickendorf’s medical officer Patrick Larscheid on Monday Radioeins. “It started to fray a bit.”
In addition, there have been very strong indications that what is happening in the Humboldt Clinic may have already spread more widely. It was no longer clear whether it was an outbreak or parallel outbreaks. It quickly became clear to those involved that there was no other chance than stopping admission “if we wanted to save anything at all,” explained Larscheid. Nevertheless, everyone is aware that it is a very painful step. How exactly the virus mutation got into the clinic is still unclear – several hypotheses are being pursued, the medical officer described.
In the course of intensified investigations with regard to the feared spread of Corona variants, also in this country, evidence of B.1.1.7 became known in the Vivantes Clinic in the middle of last week. The number of those affected gradually grew to 20. According to Vivantes, there are 14 patients and 6 employees in an internal medicine and cardiology ward. It is not the first evidence of the variant in Berlin – it is striking, however, that no connections to trips to Great Britain could be reconstructed.
The 1700 employees are under so-called commuting quarantine. You are only allowed to travel between your home and the clinic.
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