More possible infections Five new suspected coronavirus cases in Bonn

Bonn · The number of suspected cases of coronavirus in Bonn rises to a total of eleven together with the new reports. Meanwhile, the city is arranging for an inventory of protective clothing and test material.

 The waiting area for corona patients in the Johanniter hospital.

The waiting area for corona patients in the Johanniter hospital.

Foto: Benjamin Westhoff

The city of Bonn reported five new suspected cases of the new corona virus on Tuesday evening. This brings the total number to eleven. For the Clemens August School in Poppelsdorf there are now 220 smears, all negative. "The public health department is in daily contact with the children and employees of OGS who are under domestic quarantine. The situation here is unchanged; nobody is showing symptoms", says Vice City Spokesman Marc Hoffmann.

The situation is different in the case of the company in Endenich with an employee from Cologne, where the corona virus was detected. Of the 17 Bonn contact persons who are in domestic quarantine, five would have disease symptoms. They are well-founded suspected cases. That is why swabs were taken.

The results of the smear tests are still pending for another six well-founded suspicious cases that became known on Monday. Initially, seven cases had been named, but the city corrected this number downwards on Tuesday. According to Hoffmann, the fact that the smears have not been evaluated after one day is due, among other things, to the capacities of the University Hospital in Bonn. "Sometimes it's quicker, sometimes it takes a while."

Currently, all stocks of test material and protective clothing are being checked at the public health department, police, fire brigade, rescue services and the Bonn clinics. No overall picture is yet available, but there are already bottlenecks in the hospitals. However, supplies have already been ordered. Because the coronavirus tests are now being handled more restrictively - as is the case with the contact persons of the positively tested woman from Cologne, who works in an office in Endenich - the health authorities assume that the test material is currently sufficient.

According to its rector Michael Hoch, the University of Bonn has also prepared itself for the spread of the coronavirus in its institutes. "We are already looking into where we might be able to relocate events if certain buildings have to be closed due to the appearance of the virus," the rector told the General-Anzeiger on Tuesday. No events have yet been cancelled by the university.

(Original text: Nicolas Ottersbach and Lisa Inhoffen,Translation: Mareike Graepel)

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