A German military plane is on its way to China to evacuate more than 100 people amid the coronavirus outbreak. DW follows developments as China and the world take steps to curb the spread of the virus.
- A German military plane has left Cologne for the Chinese city of Wuhan on a mission to evacuate more than 100 people, none of whom are infected with the coronavirus.
- The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global emergency
- Germany has five confirmed cases of the virus and advised against nonessential travel to China
French TV station BFM reports that the first plane bringing back French nationals from coronavirus-hit regions of China has landed in France.
The Chinese Embassy in Japan asks Spring Airlines, a carrier based in Shanghai, to bring home Wuhan residents stranded in Japan on chartered flights. The first is scheduled for Saturday, according to the embassy website.
Italian government declares state of emergency to enable faster action on curbing spread of coronavirus.
German military plane leaves Cologne for the Chinese city of Wuhan on a mission to evacuate more than 100 people, including dozens of German citizens.. The evacuees, who will arrive back in Germany on Saturday, will be kept in quarantine at a military site for two weeks, according to German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. He said the plane would also deliver aid to Chinese authorities, including 10,000 protective suits.
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