A French hospital discovered the case of the Corona virus, dating back to late December 2019, almost a month before the first confirmed case of the virus was announced in France, which means that the virus began spreading to Europe a month before the outbreak.
The French hospital said that it had retested old samples of pneumonia patients and it was found that it had treated a man infected with the new Coronavirus, which caused the Covid-19 epidemic, early December 27, almost a month before the French government confirmed the first cases of the virus on its soil. According to Sky News Arabia.
The head of recovery in the hospitals of “Ibn Sina” and “Jean Verdier” in the northern suburbs of Paris, Dr. Yves Cohen, told the French news channel “BFM” that the scientists re-tested samples of 24 patients treated in December and January who had been diagnosed with influenza.
“Among the twenty-four patients, we had a person whose results were positive for the new corona virus on December 27,” he told the news channel, Sunday.
He explained that samples were collected initially to detect influenza using the “BCR” tests, which is the same genetic examination process that can also be used to detect the presence of the Corona virus, and that each sample was re-tested several times to ensure that there are no errors.
He continued: “It was amazing. He did not understand how he was injured. We collected the puzzle together and did not make any foreign trips. The only contact that was between him and his wife,” adding that the man’s wife works alongside a small sushi restaurant near their colleagues of origin. Chinese.
He stressed that it was not clear whether these colleagues had traveled to China, and that local health authorities should investigate.
“He may be the patient zero, but there may be others in other areas. The tests, especially the negative for pneumonia, must be repeated again. Maybe the virus was circulating at that time,” he concluded.
It is noteworthy that in France more than 25 thousand people died of the virus since March 1, out of about 170 thousand cases as of Tuesday morning, according to the British Guardian newspaper reported.
France confirmed the first three cases of the new Coronavirus on January 24, including two patients in Paris and one in Bordeaux.
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