Coronavirus: Evacuated Dane to be quarantined at Aarhus hospital

Coronavirus: Evacuated Dane to be quarantined at Aarhus hospital
The aircraft which transported the Danish nationals after landing at Brussels. Photo: Vincent Bordignon/Ritzau Scanpix
A Danish national who was in quarantine in Belgium after leaving China is to be transported to the University Hospital at Skejby in Aarhus.

The woman, who was hospitalized in Belgium after being evacuated from China, is on her way back to Denmark, media including Politiken report.

Although she is to be quarantined on returning to Denmark, she has been cleared of infection with new coronavirus, the Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) previously confirmed to the newspaper.

Initial plans to admit the woman to Hvidovre Hospital near Copenhagen were changed because she travelled by road rather than air, according to the report.

The health board said there were no preferences from a medical perspective regarding the chosen form of travel.

Bolette Søborg of the Danish Health Authority told Politiken that the woman would be taken “from hospital to hospital” and be “assessed according to coronavirus guidelines”, hence her ongoing isolation after testing negative for the virus.

Aarhus University Hospital is yet to comment on her condition, but health minister Magnus Heunicke has previously said that she has tested negative for coronavirus.

The woman is one of 14 Danish nationals to have been evacuated from Hubei province in China following the outbreak of the virus. She appeared to show symptoms of infection during the repatriation journey and was therefore hospitalized when the flight made its first landing in Belgium. The other passengers continued to Denmark.

She was subsequently confirmed by the Danish Ministry of Health to have tested negative for coronavirus.

But Politiken writes that her ongoing hospitalization is to exclude the possibility that she may have caught the virus from another potentially-infected person during the journey from China to Belgium.

A test result can be negative if a patient is early in the incubation phase. As such, the woman must now be kept in isolation in Aarhus as a precautionary measure, the newspaper writes.

She will therefore likely be re-examined and tested at the Danish hospital.

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