The virus mutation has so far been detected in 20 people at the Humboldt Clinic in Berlin.
The dangerous British coronavirus variant occurred in a Berlin clinic. To prevent the spread, the hospital is no longer accepting patients.
D.he Vivantes Humboldt Clinic in Berlin no longer accepts patients after several infections with the dangerous British coronavirus variant. Routine screenings in the ward for internal medicine and cardiology have shown positive evidence in 20 people so far, as the clinic in the Reinickendorf district confirmed on Saturday.
The virus type B.1.1.7 had so far mainly occurred in Great Britain. According to experts, the variant is more easily transferable and possibly more deadly than the previous one.
In coordination between the clinic, the Reinickendorf Health Department and the Robert Koch Institute, a temporary admission freeze is imposed by order of the Health Department. The measure is intended to contain the spread of the virus variant in Berlin. The measure imposed since midnight applies until further notice. Emergencies are taken to other hospitals.
The hospital staff are under what is known as commuting quarantine: they are only allowed to travel between their home and the clinic.