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World

REUTERS
January 28, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak: Germany plans to evacuate citizens from Wuhan

World

REUTERS
Tue, Jan 28, 2020
Coronavirus outbreak: Germany plans to evacuate citizens from Wuhan. — Photo   

BERLIN: Amid the increasing cases of coronavirus being  reported, Germany becomes  the latest country to plan on evacuating its citizens form the virus-struck Wuhan region, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Monday.

The epidemic, which originated in Wuhan city, has claimed 81 lives in China so far and has affected more than 2,800 people globally, most of them in China.

Germany will join France, Portugal, Spain, Britain and the United States which have various plans to evacuate staff and citizens.

The publication said Germany and China had been engaged in discussions over whether Berlin could deploy military aircraft to carry out the evacuation, with Beijing wanting civilian aircraft to be used instead.

“The crisis team has decided that the government is in principle ready to evacuate German citizens who are not ill,” a German Foreign Ministry official said. “Operational questions still need to be settled, including with the Chinese side.”

Military sources told Reuters a troop transport plane would be made available if German citizens were flown out.