In Brief: No confirmed cases of coronavirus in Berlin, two suspected cases have tested negative

Two suspected cases of coronavirus in Berlin have tested negative, with Germany’s only confirmed cases in Bavaria.

Photo courtesy of CDC/Dr. Fred Murphy

 

 

Germany’s first several cases of coronavirus have been identified in Bayern, but two patients tested for the virus here in Berlin have come up negative.

A woman from Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf was treated for symptoms and tested at Berlin’s Charité hospital.

Berlin Health Senator Dilek Kalayci said that the woman had been in China and that it was a serious, suspected case. Now the Department of Health has confirmed to KCRW Berlin that both of the suspected cases in Berlin have tested negative for the virus.

Germany’s Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn is advising people to stay calm.

Spahn said Germany is well-prepared and is taking the threat from the virus seriously, but he also said there is no cause for unnecessary alarm.

There are new findings on the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Germany. A man in Starnberg, Bavaria who contracted the disease from a Chinese colleague, who is now undergoing treatment in China. Local health authorities say the patient in Bavaria is recovering in a Munich clinic.

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The hostel on the premises of the North Korean embassy in Berlin, Mitte has been ordered to close.

The Berlin Administrative Court rejected a complaint by the operators against its shutdown. EU regulations and U.N. sanctions prohibit leasing agreements with North Korea that could benefit the totalitarian regime.

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There is still no agreement in the dispute over more money for ground staff at Tegel and Schönefeld airports.

According to the Berliner Zeitung, the employers have made an offer, but the workers union Ver.di isn’t satisfied. A spokesperson for the union verified that no workers strikes are planned for either airport during the winter school holidays next week, but more negotiations are set for mid-February. 

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