The president of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler, currently sees no major health risks in Germany due to the spread of the novel corona virus. "The risk to the German population is very low," said Wieler on ZDF and also assessed the risk of the virus spreading worldwide beyond individual cases as "currently low". This can also be seen in the pure death rate. This is "not very high" compared to the number of infected people.
Wieler also sees Germany as "absolutely well prepared". At airports where the virus could be brought in, the RKI President said that thanks to constant exercises, one is "very well armed". If the virus should be introduced, it is important to recognize this early. In general, there are still many open questions, such as how dangerous the pathogen actually is.
The 2019-nCoV corona virus first appeared in December in a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. There are now infections in France and the USA, in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and also in Australia. Sufferers suffer from cough, fever, difficulty breathing, and even pneumonia.
WHO Director General in Beijing
The virus had spread rapidly in recent days, especially in China. As the authorities announced, the total number of registered cases across the country is now around 2,750; at least 81 patients died as a result of the infection.
The Chinese authorities are trying to stop the spread of the virus by means of drastic travel restrictions, while the World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet spoken of a "health emergency of international scope". The experts from the UN organization refer among other things to the small number of cases abroad. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is currently in Beijing to personally get the latest information on the virus. He will also meet government officials and other experts and advise on crisis management.
In Wuhan, where the outbreak of the corona virus began, employees of Zhongnan University Hospital pose.
Some of the patients who develop the new coronavirus develop pneumonia. If lung failure occurs, the patients in the intensive care unit must be ventilated.
Military doctors in Wuhan are said to help control the outbreak and treat the sick.
Trucks bring building materials for a new hospital to Wuhan. It should be ready for use in just a few days.
A hospital with 1,000 beds is being built in Wuhan especially for coronavirus patients.
Travelers in Beijing are waiting for their train. Millions of Chinese travel across the country for the Chinese New Year. Doctors are afraid that the new coronavirus could spread even further.
In Hong Kong, too, many people are already wearing breathing masks out of concern.
All people entering the Beijing train station are measured for fever.
Many airports stand still because the Chinese government has banned travel in the affected regions.
Busy streets are also empty. China has quarantined 56 million people by closing streets, train stations and airports.
A police officer rejects cars at a roadblock.
In a drugstore, employees wear full-body suits for fear of infection.
Female workers in a factory pack breathing masks. The corona virus is likely to be transmitted via airborne droplets. Breathing masks could help.
A police officer stands in front of the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing. He wears a face mask, which is supposed to protect him from being infected with the new corona virus.
The Chinese government has canceled Chinese New Year celebrations due to the new corona virus. Also in the Temple of the Earth in Beijing.
A man in Beijing wears a mouthguard and hood for fear of being infected.
Shanghai's Disney Resort will also be closed on Chinese New Year to prevent the virus from spreading.
Soldiers from the Chinese People's Army also wear face masks.