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Coronavirus: British Airways suspends flights to China

2020-01-29T07:40:12.073Z

The airline is responding to the spread of the corona virus. An affected German car supplier closes a location, there are also infections in the Middle East.



The British airline British Airways stops booking direct flights from London to the People's Republic. Flights from China to the UK are also being stopped, the company said. Britain has advised against non-urgent trips to China.

After it became known that several employees of the German automotive supplier Webasto in Bavaria were infected with the novel corona virus, the company temporarily closed its location in Stockdorf. In addition, all national and international business trips would be stopped by Sunday.

The company said that the block for business trips to China even lasted for two weeks. On Wednesday, "systematic" tests of contact persons of the employees affected by the virus are to be started by a team of doctors.

It was announced on Tuesday that a total of four Webasto employees were infected with the novel virus from China. According to the Bavarian Ministry of Health, they previously had contact with a colleague from China infected with the virus, who had been on a training course at the Bavarian location on January 21. The Chinese woman said the infection was only diagnosed after she returned to China.

Corona virus has arrived in the Middle East

The United Arab Emirates confirmed the first suspicion on Wednesday, according to the state news agency WAM, citing the Ministry of Health. The person concerned came from the central Chinese metropolis of Wuhan.

A market in Wuhan is considered the starting point of the virus. Most of the infected and dead are in the associated province of Hubei. In addition to China, there are confirmed cases of infections in Asia in Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Nepal, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. So far, France and Germany have been affected in Europe. Australia, Canada and the United States also reported confirmed coronavirus infections.

The number of cases of coronavirus disease in China is now higher than it was in the Sars epidemic. According to new figures from the Chinese government on Wednesday, the number of infected people rose to 5,974 - more than 1,400 confirmed new cases since Tuesday. According to the official balance sheet, 5,327 people were affected by the Sars virus in mainland China in 2002 and 2003.

Virus grown in the laboratory in Australia

Australian scientists have grown the deadly corona virus in the laboratory. This was announced by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infections and Immunity in Melbourne. The virus was taken from an infected patient and successfully bred. An antidote can now be worked on in cooperation with other institutes and the World Health Organization WHO. The head of the virus laboratory spoke of a "significant breakthrough".

Source: zeit

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