A hospital in France that decided to retest some old samples from pneumonia patients has found that one patient who was treated in late December had coronavirus.
The discovery means that France had covid-19 cases a full month earlier than previously thought.
France’s first infections were reported on January 24th with two patients in Paris and one in Bordeaux. However, it now seems that there were many earlier cases of the virus in the country.
The patient in question had tested negative for flu when treated for pneumonia in a hospital located in the northern suburbs of Paris.
He had been sick for 15 days and infected his two children, but not his wife.
How he caught the infection is also a mystery as he had not traveled or made any trips. The only contact he had was with his wife.
His wife worked close to a sushi stand and colleagues from China. However, it is not known if any of these colleagues traveled to China at that time.
As for her lack of symptoms, it is thought she was perhaps asymptomatic.
It is now thought that the man was the first person to have the virus in France and could be “patient zero”. However, authorities are rechecking pneumonia samples in other regions to see if they can find similar cases.
Source: The Guardian