Germany and Japan Begin Evacuations From China Over Coronavirus

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By NTD Newsroom
January 30, 2020COVID-19share

As the Novel Coronavirus continues spreading to new countries, some governments are evacuating their citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus.

German health authorities confirmed Germany’s first case of coronavirus on Monday.

The male patient from the district of Starnberg is clinically in “good condition” and is being monitored while in isolation.

German news magazine Der Spiegel reported that the German government is considering sending military aircraft to Wuhan. The planes will help evacuate about 90 German citizens in the region.

However, the Chinese regime didn’t allow Germany to evacuate their citizens over concerns that the presence of foreign military aircraft would cause panic among people.

Japanese authorities said on Tuesday that a man who had not been to China recently also contracted the virus. The health ministry said the man was a driver for two groups of Wuhan tourists earlier in January. He was hospitalized on Saturday for flu-like symptoms.

Japan’s government sent a chartered flight to Wuhan on Jan. 28 to evacuate its nationals who wished to return home.

”We got a call [from our Chinese counterpart] saying they are prepared to accommodate one charter plane. We also secured transportation [for Japanese people in Wuhan] to the airport. So we will send the first charter plane to Wuhan Airport tonight,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi said.

Since the return of the Japanese evacuees, three have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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