In Berlin, the number of monkeypox cases has more than doubled since Monday, albeit at a low level: 39 infections were registered in Berlin by Thursday, and nine patients were in the hospital.

This was announced by a spokeswoman for the health administration on Twitter. On Monday there were 18 cases.

The first infections in Berlin were confirmed almost two weeks ago.

Nationwide, 57 monkeypox cases from nine federal states – Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony-Anhalt – had been transmitted to the Robert Koch Institute by Thursday.

The monkeypox virus is transmitted through close physical contact and in particular through the mucous membranes, Berlin’s health senator Ulrike Gote (Greens) explained on Tuesday. “The virus doesn’t differentiate according to sexual orientation at all.”

The virus is not comparable to the corona virus, among other things not as contagious. Nevertheless, it is important to take the whole thing seriously and to consult a doctor in the event of symptoms or the first signs. Because of the tracking of infection chains, this also applies to contact persons of infected people.