Australia Infected abroad: Aussie in lockdown after drunken Berlin coronavirus party

06:45  17 march  2020
06:45  17 march  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

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Exclusive: An Australian man trapped in Germany with the coronavirus has revealed thirty people were infected and forced into lockdown after they spent a night partying together in Berlin.

Melbourne graphic designer James Valentine, 29, has told Sky News the single party wiped out dozens of his friends who all contracted the virus.

“The way that I was contracted with the virus was that we threw a party here in Berlin, like a team event essentially, and before we knew it the party had ended and the next week on Monday, we had 20 to 30 people call in sick in the first couple of days.

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“There could have been a couple of people who had coronavirus and passed it around at the party we were at.”

Mr Valentine said within hours of waking up after the party he already had a slight cough which had turned into a fever the following day.

He said while the virus was not as bad as the normal flu German authorities told him to go home and “don’t leave the house”.

Mr Valentine described what life was really like in lockdown and criticised the German government for being too slow to close its borders and not providing retesting facilities to clear infected patients who have since recovered.

“Germany should’ve done it weeks ago,” he said.

“I think I will go back and get retested and see what they say because they might have a different solution to the lingering effects.

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“But there is no system in place right now to re-test citizens.”

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