A resident of the municipality of Haarlem was tested positive for the corona virus on Monday. The person contracted the virus when visiting a now confirmed patient in the Netherlands, according to health authorities.

The municipal health service (GGD) in the Kennemerland region keeps an eye on the patient’s family and conducts investigations. This may be the twentieth patient in the Netherlands. On Monday, the number of cases of illness increased from ten to eighteen, RIVM reported, and there was also news that a five-year-old child from Alphen aan den Rijn carries the virus. However, it is not clear whether the child was already one of the eight new patients or whether the nineteenth patient was in the Netherlands. Of three previous patients it is still unclear who or what made them sick. These are people in Tilburg, Coevorden and Rotterdam. Earlier infections were found among residents of Loon op Zand, Amsterdam, Delft, Helmond, Houten, Oss, Dalen and Utrecht.

No reason for panic:

The virus spreads mainly through cough and sneeze drops that hang in the air for a short time. Anyone who shows no symptoms is hardly a risk of infection. Someone can infect two or three others on average. However, this figure is falling due to all precautions. The vast majority have mild (flu-like) symptoms. Almost all deaths concern older people or people with other diseases and a weaker immune system.