News of positive test on patient hospitalised in France in mid-Dec confirms what many have contended and Italians firmly believe
A French patient who had not recently travelled has been confirmed as hospitalised in December by the coronavirus, after a positive test result. Ammirouche Hammar, from Bobigny just outside Paris, was infected at the latest 22 December last year and had not left France, so must have been infected locally. The virus was first formally recognised in Wuhan in December.
In what the broadcaster described as a ‘bombshell’, Mr Hammar told French TV station BMTV about his ordeal:
23 others tested in December were also shown to be infected.
The news confirms what many have suspected and even contended – that the virus was in Europe as far back as early winter and perhaps earlier. Many Italians believe that ‘paziente X’, the first person to bring the virus to Italy, arrived from the Netherlands rather than from China or elsewhere in Asia. Italians also contend that a rash of cases of strange ‘atypical’ pneumonia in their country as far back as November were caused by the virus, although at that stage of course nobody was testing for it.
In an interesting coincidence, on a German map of coronavirus cases in March, only one area – a rural area on the border with the Netherlands – showed a high (for Germany) incidence of cases in all age groups, while the western half of the country had the most cases:
The BBC has also covered the significance of Mr Hammar’s case.
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