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Doctors at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital of Colmar in eastern France said they've found evidence that the earliest COVID-19 cases in the country can be traced back to November 16, according to a press release from the hospital on Thursday.
On 13 March 2020, an unverified report from the South China Morning Post suggested a case traced back to 17 November 2019 (a 55-year-old from Hubei) may have been the first person infected.
A patient treated in a hospital near Paris on 27 December for suspected pneumonia actually had the coronavirus, his doctor has said.
This means the virus may have arrived in Europe almost a month earlier than previously thought.
Dr Yves Cohen said a swab taken at the time was recently tested, and came back positive for Covid-19.
The patient, who has since recovered, said he had no idea where he caught the virus as he had not travelled abroad.
originally posted by: Thecakeisalie
Italy, France, Australia, UK...
Cette analyse « apporte de nombreux renseignements sur la propagation du coronavirus dans notre région et permet d’évoquer des cas "typiques COVID" dès le 16 novembre 2019 » en Alsace, indique le pôle de santé privé colmarien dans un communiqué publié ce jeudi.
This analysis "provides a lot of information on the spread of the coronavirus in our region and makes it possible to evoke" typical COVID "cases from November 16, 2019" in Alsace, the private health center in Colmar said in a press release published on Thursday.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
a reply to: RadioRobert
I'm soooooo glad we shut everything down. When it turns out that huge swathes of the population have antibodies I'm going to punch a governor or two in the throat.