Air Force sends evacuation plane to China

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DThe air force plans to send a plane to China on Friday to fly out Germans from the Chinese province of Hubei, which has been hardest hit by the corona virus. After the approval of the participating states was given, the flight should start from Cologne-Wahn in the morning according to dpa information.

According to information from the F.A.Z. the Germans should arrive at Wuhan airport at 8:00 p.m. local time (1:00 p.m. Central European Time). They are currently on the way there. They had to organize the transportation to the airport themselves. They don’t know when the plane will take off, a student told the newspaper. Before the flight, an examination of the passengers was planned. According to previous estimates, around 90 Germans are affected. Participation in the flight is voluntary.

The Frankfurt Health Office is preparing for more than 100 Germans from the Chinese province of Hubei, which is severely affected by the coronavirus. At Frankfurt Airport, the passengers on the return flight will first be taken to the Medical Assessment Center, as the head of the agency, René Gottschalk, told hr-Info in a post broadcast on Friday morning. This serves to “record possible contact persons”. The passengers are then to be taken to a quarantine station located in Germersheim in southern Palatinate.

Gottschalk wants to introduce the Medical Assessment Center this Friday together with Social Minister Kai Klose (Greens) and the head of the clinic, Michael Sroka Freitag (10.45 a.m.). If one of the passengers shows symptoms of illness, he will be brought to the university clinic in Frankfurt, said Gottschalk. In his opinion, the passengers would have to stay in quarantine for 12 to 13 days, because the maximum incubation period is 14 days – and the time of the flight can already be deducted.

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) said to the magazine “Focus” that until we have clarified whether the returnees were infected with the virus, “we cannot let them go into everyday life”. The quarantine is appropriate to protect these people and their surroundings.

The number of deaths increases

The Federal Foreign Office advises against traveling to China because of the rapid spread of lung disease. Infections and deaths saw the biggest increase in one day until Friday. The number of patients with the novel coronavirus rose to 9692 around 1981, as reported by the Health Commission in Beijing. The death toll rose by 42 to 213. On Thursday evening, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the spread of the virus a “health emergency of international importance”. The 190 member countries will coordinate the crisis measures recommended by the WHO.

Germans should refrain from traveling to China. “If possible, postpone trips to China that are not necessary,” says the Federal Foreign Office’s new travel advice. We explicitly warn against visiting the severely affected Hubei province. The US government called on its citizens even more clearly to stop traveling to China. Americans in China should also consider leaving the country. The American travel advice for China has been raised to the highest of four warning levels: “Do not travel.” Many airlines, including Lufthansa, have already suspended their flights to China. For this reason, Beijing announced a return campaign for fellow countrymen stranded from Wuhan.



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