Two doctors from the Austrian hospital test for coronavirus

ZURICH (Reuters) – Two health workers tested positive for coronavirus in the Austrian university hospital Uniklinum in Salzburg, regional authorities said Sunday.

An anesthesiologist who had recently visited the Paznaun valley in Tyrol, where the first cases were reported in Austria and where 245 cases were confirmed starting on Sunday, tested positive after returning and continuing to work for four days.

A spokesman for the Salzburg authorities also reported that a nurse from the hospital’s neo-natal care department, who had had contact with the anesthesiologist, had tested positive for the virus.

100 people have been quarantined, the government said.

The affected hospital areas include neonatal care, facial surgery, anesthesia and ear, nose and throat departments, as well as an air rescue unit and an intensive care unit from a surgery ward.

“This is a serious situation, but experts confirm that the ongoing operation (of the hospital) can currently be continued,” Salzburg deputy governor Christian Stöckl said in a statement.

The Austrian government had previously stated that parents of patients undergoing neonatal care were personally informed, while other precautionary measures had been taken within the hospital.

Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; Editing by Edmund Blair, Kirsten Donovan and Alexander Smith

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