eAccording to Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU), around a hundred Germans want to be flown out of the Chinese metropolis Wuhan, which is particularly affected by the new coronavirus. Preparations for this flight are “on the right track,” said Spahn on Wednesday in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin”. Like a German Wuhan resident of the F.A.Z. reported that she had received the information that the Germans should be flown out on Saturday. They have not yet been given precise details. So you still don’t know whether to pick them up or where to go for the return.
Spahn left open how the Germans returning from Wuhan would be dealt with after their arrival in Frankfurt am Main and whether they might be isolated immediately afterwards. “We are in contact with the Hessian authorities there,” said the Federal Minister of Health.
Meanwhile, there was a suspected case on board a Lufthansa aircraft en route from Frankfurt am Main to the Chinese city of Nanjing. After landing on Wednesday morning, one of the passengers was classified as a risk case by the Chinese authorities, as Lufthansa confirmed. The Chinese are said to have coughed and were in Wuhan City two weeks earlier. It was initially unclear whether he was actually infected. The passengers in the three rows in front of and behind the man as well as the crew were then also examined. The crew is now on the way back to Frankfurt.
In spite of the fact that four cases of illness have now also occurred in Germany, Spahn said that he continues to advise “watchful calmness”. The course of the disease in the known German cases is “very mild”, the German authorities are very well prepared. In addition, China acts much more transparently than in the Sars epidemic in 2002 and 2003. Spahn admitted, however, that he would sometimes want China to be even more transparent.
Japan and America have started a return campaign
On Tuesday, several countries started flying out their compatriots from the central Chinese city of Wuhan. A plane with hundreds of Japanese landed at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport on Wednesday. The Tokyo government confirmed reports from the Kyodo news agency that four passengers on board had a cough and fever. It was not clear at first whether they had contracted the corona virus. The woman and three men, all between 30 and 50, came to the hospital in separate ambulances.
The United States also flew more than 200 Wuhan citizens on Wednesday morning. The US State Department organized the flight primarily for employees of the American government in Wuhan, a spokesman for the American embassy in Beijing confirmed. If there was enough space available, other citizens would also be offered places, but which had to be paid for, it had previously been said. All travelers were examined for symptoms before departure at the airport.
How many ended up on board remained open. The flight went to Anchorage, Alaska, to the March Air Reserve Base, Riverside County, California, via the Anchorage, Alaska, the health agency said. The inmates would be medically observed during the flight, examined upon arrival in California and monitored for symptoms afterwards.
More than 6000 infected people worldwide
According to figures from the Chinese authorities on Wednesday, 132 people have now died from the novel corona virus. The group of infected people worldwide increased to more than 6000 people. Wuhan is considered the place where the virus originated. Public transport is currently stopped there. The Chinese authorities are trying to stop the virus from spreading. Symptoms may resemble those of a cold or flu, but the virus can also cause pneumonia.
Takeo Aoyama, an employee of steelmaker Nippon with a branch in Wuhan, told reporters that he was relieved to be able to return to Japan. “We felt more and more uncomfortable while the situation was developing so quickly and we were still in town.” He was wearing a white face mask. Another passenger, Takayuki Kato, reported that their temperature was measured before and after boarding the plane.
Quarantine centers for Australians and New Zealanders
In America, too, hospitals are prepared to treat people or quarantine them. The plane was supposed to head first to Anchorage in Alaska and then to Ontario in California. South Korea, France, Mongolia and other governments also planned evacuations.
Australia and New Zealand wanted to work together and initially move their citizens from Wuhan’s Hubei province to a quarantine center on Christmas Island for 14 days. Asylum seekers and criminals were previously awaiting deportation on the Australian external territory in the Indian Ocean. Both countries also tightened their travel advice. Australia advised against traveling to Hubei, New Zealand against all unnecessary trips to China.