France has confirmed its first 3 cases of Coronavirus, making the first confirmed cases of the deadly virus from China in Europe.
Agnes Buzyn French health minister who made the announcement on Friday, 24th January, first confirmed the cases of two people who travelled to China. The 3 cases, believed to be a family member of one of those already announced was later added to the list.
Buzyn also disclosed that she expects more to emerge within the nation’s borders. She said;
“We have two cases, we will probably have other cases. We see how difficult it is in today’s world to close the frontiers. In reality, it’s not possible”
The Minister said she believes they are the first country in Europe to confirm the virus because of the development of a rapid diagnostic test within France.
Buzyn said; “You have to treat an epidemic as you would fire, that’s to say find the source very quickly.”
The French health Minister also confirmed that the Bordeaux patient is a 48-year-old Frenchman of Chinese origin who passed through Wuhan. His case was confirmed after being taken to the hospital for presenting classic flu-like symptoms.
The Bordeaux patient who alongside patient number 2 who is receiving treatment in Paris, was in contact with about ten people before their cases were clarified. Read Here