As confirmed by the Bavarian Ministry of Health on Friday afternoon, there are now 6 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Bavaria, among them the 1st child to test positive for the virus.
This update comes a few days after the 1st confirmed case of coronavirus on Monday evening, followed by 3 further confirmed cases on Tuesday, all of which are employees of the company Webasto, whose headquarters are in Stockdorf.
The latest confirmed cases are said to be another Webasto employee and his 5 year old child.
The man’s wife and 2 other children (including an infant of 6 months) are currently being tested, and are likely to test positive for the virus as well. As requested by the family, they are all being kept in isolation together at the hospital in Trostberg in Traunstein.
110 others from the company are currently being tested.
How did this Infection Spread?
According to Muenchen.de, the first patient (diagnosed on Monday evening) is a 33 year old man from the Landsberg district, employed by the auto parts supplier Webasto in Starnberg (about 30 km away from Munich).
The man was infected following a professional work meeting with a Chinese colleague from Shanghai who had recently spent time with her parents from the Wuhan area (where coronavirus is said to have originated). She was in Bavaria from January 19 – 23, 2020 as part of a professional work training, and it was only after returning to China on the 23rd that she began to experience coronavirus symptoms. She tested positive for coronavirus shortly after visiting a hospital back in China.
According to DW, after a weekend experiencing bronchitis-like symptoms, the man returned to work on Monday, but went to get tested after Webasto insisted any symptoms be reported to a doctor. He tested positive for coronavirus on Monday evening, followed by three colleagues who tested positive the next day. As of Friday, the total number of confirmed cases is up to 6.
100+ individuals who had close contact with the patients have been notified and are now being examined.
Where to Go for Concerns and Questions
Further information is available on the official website of the LGL, and a phone hotline has also been set up at 09131 / 6808-5101.