Snow is located in front of the entrance of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Hospital. A possibly new version of coronavirus has been discovered at Garmisch-Partenkirchen Hospital. The samples are currently being examined at the Charité Hospital in Berlin, the hospital announced on Monday.
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Germany is the latest country to discover a new mutation of coronovirus with a new variant identified among a group of hospitalized patients in Bavaria.
Local news outlets first reported on Monday that an unknown version of the coronavirus was discovered among 35 patients at a hospital in the Bavarian ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southeast Germany.
The virus was found in one in 35 of the 73 infected newborns in the hospital, Bavarian news outlet BR24 reported on Monday. The samples are now being examined at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin. CNBC contacted Germany’s Ministry of Health to confirm the report.
Officials said the variant is different from recently discovered variants in the UK and South Africa.
The hospital’s deputy medical director, Clemens Stockklausner, told a press briefing on Monday that there was no understanding yet of whether the mutation made the virus more transmissible (as with variants discovered in Britain and South Africa Is), or more deadly.
“At the moment we have discovered a small point mutation … and it is not entirely clear whether it will be of clinical relevance,” Stockclowner said. “We’ll have to wait for full sequencing.”
Neither British nor South Africa variants have found more fatalities, although as a result of their ability to spread more easily, they have resulted in more infections, hospitalizations, and sadly more deaths. The UK and Ireland in particular have seen a rapid spread of the mutated virus, leading to increased infections and some patients suffering from influx of patients.
Information about the new version found in Germany came out on the same day that the country’s health minister, Jens Spann, said that the current level of coronavirus sequencing in the country was not sufficient and that laboratories were forced to sequence coronavirus samples to monitor the virus. (And compensation). Mutation.
Some other countries that have discovered coronovirus mutations, including the UK and South Africa, are renowned for large-scale monitoring and genome sequencing of coronovirus samples.
Last week, a physician and German MP with the Green Party, Drs. Janosh Dahmen told CNBC that “to fight the epidemic we need a more accurate crisis mode in Germany, and I’m very concerned that the number (of infections) we can see in the UK and Great Britain in minutes.
Germany’s 16 state premiers are set to hold a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday to discuss whether to tighten or extend lockdown restrictions nationwide On 31 January.
Germany’s infection rate remains a significant concern, with 11,369 daily cases reported on Tuesday by the Robert Koch Institute, the public health agency. This brings the total number of cases to over 2 million. The death toll is 47,622.
Like other European countries, Germany has been concerned to avoid the spread of more infectious strains of the virus found in Britain and South Africa.
Merkel reportedly told lawmakers of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party last week that “if we don’t manage to stop this British virus, we will have 10 times the number of Easter cases … WI German daily newspaper needs tough measures for eight to 10 weeks Bild Reported.
On Monday, Spann insisted that people should not call the Coronavirus mutations found in Britain “English variants”.
“As we did not talk about the ‘Chinese virus’ last year, we should no longer talk about the ‘English version’,” Spann said, Reuters reported.