Of those tested yesterday (2nd of March) for the Corona Virus, two cases have been declared positive. Two young men (born in 1983 and 1977 respectively) from the state capital have become infected with the Corona Virus. Their illness is only slight and both have been in voluntary quarantine for several days. The members of their family have not so far become infected.
The younger man, who had celebrated carnival in Heinsberg, has been ill since Ash Wednesday on the 26th February and has stayed at home since then as a precaution. Apart from his partner, who has tested negative for the Corona Virus, there are therefore no other contacts. The older man had been in Lombardy and has had minor symptoms of the illness since the 24th of February. He has been working in his home office since then. Therefore, in this case too, no further contacts have been identified – members of his family have been tested negative.
The information line under the number 0211-8996090, which provides information as to whether a test for the Corona Virus is necessary, has proved to be the right step, since this enabled both cases to be identified immediately. Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel pointed out once more that the hotline is a service offered to the people of Düsseldorf and those who work here. It is not possible to answer enquiries from the whole region and beyond. The number of employees working on the information line was further increased today and ten of them were at their places simultaneously the whole day. Depending on the demand, their number will be increased to thirty. Amongst other activities, an appeal was made to medical students at the university and newly appointed municipal employees to report for duty on the information line, because the need for information will certainly not diminish all that quickly.
Tuesday, 3rd March 2020, 6.59 pm