A cancer ward in a German hospital has been hit by an outbreak of coronavirus.
Around 20 patients and 20 employees tested positive for Covid-19 at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) last week, the hospital confirmed to CNN on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
Some of those patients are still being cared for at the Hamburg hospital, while others have since been sent home.
All the patients on the oncology ward were tested after the first infection became known, the UKE said.
Infected patients were transferred to specific Covid-19 wards to continue their treatment.
Staff members from a wide range of professions tested positive for the virus and are currently in isolation at home, the hospital statement concluded.
Hamburg is one of Germany’s coronavirus hotspots. A total of 3,869 people in the city have been infected with the virus and 67 have died, according to figures released Wednesday, April 15, 2020, by the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s disease control and prevention agency.