A new variant of Wuhan pneumonia (novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19) was discovered in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the southern German state of Bavaria (Freistaat Bayern) on the 18th local time and has been sent to the laboratory for analysis.
According to foreign media reports, an outbreak of cluster infection in a hospital in Garmisch-Partenkirchen has infected a total of 73 patients and health care workers, and 35 people have been tested for the variant strain of Wuhan pneumonia, which is not related to the British, South African and Brazilian variants.
The hospital’s deputy director, Clemens Stockklausner, said three copies of the mutant strain had been sent to the national laboratory of the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin for analysis, and said it was unclear whether the mutant strain was more virulent and contagious.
The report pointed out that the Bavarian governor said he called for the extension of the city closure measures throughout Germany until mid-February to prevent the spread of the virus; in addition, the German Ministry of Health also announced that it will strengthen the virus testing and analysis to control the development of the epidemic.
It is reported that the city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, located in the southern German Alps, is a winter skiing mecca, the southernmost point bordering Austria (Republik Österreich), which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1936.
According to real-time data from Johns Hopkins University (USA), the total number of notified cases in Germany is 2,050,129, with 11,484 confirmed cases notified on a single day yesterday and a total of 46,901 deaths, making the epidemic quite serious.