“A man in the Starnberg region has been infected with the new coronavirus,” a spokesperson for the ministry said.
It also said the patient was under observation in an isolation ward.
Germany confirms first case of coronavirus
The ministry gave no further details on how did the patient acquire the contagious disease but said he was in a “medically good state.”
“People who have been in contact (with the patient) have been informed in detail about possible symptoms, hygiene measures, and transmission channels,” the health department said.
Germany has advised its citizens to avoid “unnecessary” trips to China as the virus spreads.
The country also considers the possible evacuation of its people from Wuhan City, where the new strain of coronavirus emerged.
France to evacuate citizens from Wuhan
France, the first European country to be affected by coronavirus outbreak, announced on Sunday the repatriation of their nationals from Wuhan City.
“French citizens will be repatriated by airplane to France, with the agreement of Chinese authorities. This will take place midweek,” French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn told reporters.
According to The Strait Times, “France expects to repatriate up to a few hundred of its 800 citizens living in the Wuhan area. Evacuees will have to spend 14 days in quarantine to avoid spreading the virus in France.”
Three Chinese nationals infected with coronavirus were discovered on Friday in France.