The new corona virus has largely paralyzed China. Apple is one of the first companies to admit that its business will be hard hit by Covid-19. The head of an expert commission does not expect the epidemic to stabilize until the end of April.
Beijing (dpa) – The economy is increasingly feeling the effects of the Covid 19 epidemic in China. After the end of the New Year’s holiday, which was prolonged due to the new Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus, production often started slowly.
As a result, Apple will miss the sales forecast for the current quarter, which is only a few weeks old. There are supply bottlenecks for iPhones because production in China is ramping up more slowly than planned, the company said.
China’s radical measures in the fight against lung disease are also causing problems for European companies. The EU Chamber of Commerce in China announced in Beijing on Tuesday that conflicting local rules made it extremely difficult to resume work this week. “The scale of the challenges is huge,” Chamber President Jörg Wuttke told journalists. Supply chains are interrupted, products cannot be shipped: “It is a logistical nightmare.”
As a result, certain spare parts are already lacking on the world market. Because China’s pharmaceutical industry is also badly affected, bottlenecks in antibiotics and other medicines could occur worldwide. The epidemic leaves its mark on the economic expectations of financial experts: surprisingly, these deteriorated significantly, as the indicator of the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) showed.
There is still no end in sight to the crisis: According to an expert in China, the epidemic of the new lung disease may not stabilize until the end of April. “This is a very rough estimate,” said Zhong Nanshan, head of the Chinese government’s expert group. The number of cases recorded in the official statistics was 72,000 on Tuesday, and the number of deaths in mainland China was 1868. However, experts assume that the number of cases is many times higher.
According to an analysis presented by China’s health authority, 2.3 percent of those infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus die in the country. Elderly people and those with serious pre-existing conditions such as cardiovascular diseases or diabetes continue to be affected. For people over 80 years of age, the death rate calculated from the data available to date is just under 15 percent, the authority reported, meaning that an average of 15 out of 100 infected people die in this age group in China. In the group of 10 to 39 year olds, 0.2 percent of those infected, i.e. around 2 out of 1,000 people, die.
In the vast majority of cases – according to the health authority, more than 80 percent – people who have contracted the Covid 19 pathogen show only mild symptoms. Almost 14 percent of those affected develop severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, almost 5 percent of life-threatening effects such as respiratory arrest, septic shock or multi-organ failure.
The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) also spoke on Monday with regard to data analysis from China of over 80 percent mild infection courses. There are also relatively few cases in children, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. But it is still unclear why this is so.
In general, the data from China reflect a trend rather than the actual values - among other things, because the analysis also included cases without confirmation of the infection by a laboratory test. In addition, the number of unreported cases of Covid-19 infected people in the province of Hubei is probably very high, said Clemens Wendtner, chief physician of infectiology and tropical medicine at Munich Clinic Schwabing. “Who still goes to the doctor’s hospital when they are scared, quarantined and can hardly leave the apartment anyway?”
The number of passengers and crew members of the cruise ship “Diamond Princess” in Japan, which tested positive for Sars-CoV-2, rose to 542. A German couple is one of the demonstrably infected, who were all brought to clinics. Initially, a total of ten German citizens were on board. After two weeks of quarantine, the first of the approximately 3,000 people on board the ship in Yokohama were to disembark on Wednesday. The USA had already brought home 328 compatriots on Monday, including at least 14 infected people. These are treated in clinics, all other returnees should remain in quarantine for 14 days.
The first return to Germany was made by the cruise ship “Westerdam” in Cambodia: two Brandenburgers returned home on Tuesday. Both have no symptoms and are in domestic isolation, as the Brandenburg Ministry of Health announced. A 83-year-old “Westerdam” passenger from the USA had been found to have Sars-CoV-2 onward in Malaysia. It was unclear where she got infected. The woman had got on in Hong Kong.
Other of the ship’s 57 German passengers were still waiting in Cambodia for their onward journey. “My biggest concern is how we should ever leave this place if all airlines reject us,” said Alexandra Dorschu (34) from Dorsten in North Rhine-Westphalia, who stayed in a hotel in Phnom Penh.
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