Cases have now been confirmed in every Dutch province
Translated by Thomas Ansell
Two women, aged 62 years and 21 years old, are the first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the Province of Groningen, reports the Groninger Internet Courant (GIC). The news was made public by the GGD- the public health agency for the province.
The 21 year old student from the city of Groningen had spent the week from 20 February to 29 February in Northern Italy. They are very unlikely to be a member of the student association Vindicat, as their trip to the region was the week following.
It is unknown how the 62 year old woman in Nieuwe Pekala (Gemeente Pekala) caught the virus. The GGD have not publicised the condition of the woman, or where she is staying. The RIVM and GGD are following their usual protocols: isolation, research into previous contact, and continuing monitoring of contact with the patient.
“It is through these policies that we are tyring to minimise the spread of the sickness throughout Groningen”, said the GGD. Until today, Groningen was the only province in the Netherlands not to have any confirmed infections.
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