The B.1.351 mutant of the coronavirus from South Africa was first detected in Germany, the German press reported Tuesday afternoon. In December, a mutant from Britain was also diagnosed in Germany.
One member of a family returning from South Africa was the first to be diagnosed with the virus, and five others are still being tested, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs said.
The family spent more time in South Africa and returned home on 13 December. Upon their return, they began downloading the mandatory quarantine period and then five days later underwent a coronavirus test that became negative. The following week, some family members developed mild symptoms of coronavirus infection. SARS-CoV-2 virus was detected in six subjects, and one of them also identified a B.1.351 variant of the virus from South Africa.
A mutant of the coronavirus from Great Britain was also first diagnosed in Germany in the province of Baden-Württemberg. The infected woman arrived in Frankfurt by plane from Great Britain on December 20, from where she traveled on with her relatives to Baden-Württemberg. After detecting mild symptoms of coronavirus infection, a test was performed on December 21 to identify variant B.1.1.7 of the virus.
According to German press reports, on Tuesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke at an internal meeting thatThe emergence of new mutants can also lead to an explosive increase in the number of infections. He believed that if the spread of the British mutant could not be stopped, the number of infections could increase tenfold by Easter. The chancellor does not rule out the possibility that the restrictions may be extended until Easter, but the decision depends on the number of people infected, according to reports.
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