More Than 100 Germans Evacuated From China End Quarantine


BERLIN (AP) – More than 100 Germans evacuated from the city of Wuhan, China, the epicenter of a new virus, finished a 14-day quarantine on Sunday.

These people remained isolated at a military base in the southern city of Germersheim. None of them tested positive for COVID-19 disease, the German news agency dpa reported.

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The viral outbreak that emerged in China in December has infected more than 69,000 people worldwide, killing 1,665 in China and five others elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio announced on Sunday that Italy will send a plane to Japan to bring back 35 Italians aboard the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship where 355 passengers and crew tested positive for the virus.

Twenty-five of those Italians are members of the crew, including the captain. The Italian Ministry of Defense, Foreign Affairs and Health, as well as civil protection officials, are working on logistics. The date of the flight has not yet been announced.

Meanwhile, the British authorities announced on Sunday that more than 3,100 people in the UK have been examined but there have been no new positive results for coronavirus beyond the nine that were already treated and successfully discharged.

European nations have reported 47 cases of the virus in nine countries. France announced on Saturday the first death of a patient in Europe and outside Asia, an 80-year-old Chinese tourist in Paris.

The Chinese authorities have placed some 60 million people under strict quarantine, built emergency hospitals and instituted strict controls throughout the country to combat the spread of the virus.

The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, praised the actions of China and urged other governments to intensify their own efforts against the virus, saying that “it is impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take.”

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Frank Jordans in Berlin and Frances D’Emilio in Rome contributed to this office.

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