The novel coronavirus was confirmed in two new cases by the University Hospital in the south-western German city of Tuebingen on Wednesday, bringing to three the number of cases confirmed in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg over the past two days.
A further two cases were confirmed in the state of North Rhine Westphalia of a man and his wife. The man, reported to be in his 40s and suffering from a pre-existing health problem, is being treated in an intensive care unit in Dusseldorf.
His wife is a teacher. State Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann said the children from the facility had been ordered to stay at home. The couple is believed to have had widespread social contacts over the past two weeks.
The third case in Baden-Wuerttemberg is in a man aged 25 who is thought to have contracted the virus.