Around 20 more Germans are expected to return to Germany on Sunday in a special machine from Wuhan, China, which is severely affected by the corona virus. According to the Berlin health senator Dilek Kalayci, they should land on the military part of Berlin-Tegel airport.
"The federal government has decided to allow further returnees from Wuhan to land in Berlin," said Kalayci. According to the Federal Foreign Office, they are "individual persons" who only reported after the return flight last Saturday or who would not have made it to the airport in time. At first, there was no more precise information on the returners on Saturday. Many details of the flight itself were not yet known.
According to the health administration, the German citizens should be received by an official doctor at Tegel Airport. This is to check whether symptoms have appeared to passengers during the flight. They are to be housed in an isolation area in the DRK clinics in the Köpenick district on the south-eastern outskirts of Berlin. All passengers would be tested for the corona virus. A result is expected for Monday noon. According to the current plans, those affected should stay in the hospital for 14 days, be examined and treated if necessary.
Der Spiegel had reported that the Germans might fly with a machine that is supposed to bring back a larger group of British citizens. The British Foreign Office had previously announced that it would fly more Britons and their family members on a weekend weekend charter flight from Wuhan. A spokeswoman confirmed that as many citizens of other European countries as possible should travel with them. The spokeswoman could not say whether and how many Germans will be there.
A week ago, about 100 German citizens and their family members had flown to Frankfurt am Main on a Bundeswehr aircraft. Two of them tested positive for the virus.
Around 35,000 infected people in China
Meanwhile, the number of infections detected in China rises to 34,546 and the death toll to 722. Outside of China, there are over 270 other cases in more than two dozen countries, including 14 in Germany.
In Europe, the number of people infected with five new cases in France rose to at least 37. French Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn said that a child and four adults with British citizenship had tested positive for the virus in France. Twelve cases in Germany can be traced back to a Chinese employee of the Bavarian automotive supplier Webasto. Two returnees who flew out of China were also tested positively. In addition, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) as of Friday evening, there are cases in Italy, Great Britain, Russia, Belgium, Finland, Spain and Sweden.
WHO works with social media against misinformation
According to the WHO, it is also taking action against the spread of false information regarding the new virus. They caused confusion and fear among the population, said WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "We are therefore also fighting the trolls and conspiracy theorists who spread false information and thus undermine the work against the outbreak," said Tedros. One is in contact with numerous social networks. "We asked them to filter out incorrect information and to get correct information from trustworthy sources." The WHO also used Instagram and YouTube to contact influencers and asked to spread factual news about the virus. According to Tedros, the focus is on the Asia-Pacific region.
According to a study by Chinese scientists, the novel virus could also be transmitted via faeces. Some patients in a Wuhan hospital had first experienced diarrhea and nausea before the onset of fever symptoms and breathing difficulties, according to a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association .
The course of the disease began in 10 percent of 138 people with diarrhea and hypnotism, the scientists write. They said that in the early cases of the illnesses that first appeared in Wuhan in December, they focused primarily on respiratory symptoms. Symptoms associated with the digestive tract may have been overlooked.
The Sars virus, which, like the new disease, is triggered by coronaviruses, had spread in part during the epidemic in the early 2000s. David Fisman, an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, warned that fecal infection could pose a new challenge to contain viral disease, especially in hospitals. The main route of transmission of the virus is still a droplet infection from the cough of a sick person.
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