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Germany ‘well-equipped’ to handle China virus, no cases so far



Germany is well-prepared to handle the new coronavirus coming out of China, according to the head of tropical medicine at the Medical Mission Hospital in Wuerzburg.

August Stich told dpa that the hundreds of worried people or perhaps thousands in Germany are mostly travellers returning back home.

“In most cases, the coronavirus can be excluded based on information such as the length of the trip and the disease’s incubation period.

“But the fear is there,’’ Stich, who also serves as chairman of the Medical Mission Institute in the southern German city, noted.

According to the physician, the quick spread of infectious diseases is the price to be paid for modern lifestyles and globalisation.

“The spread of the virus is not really unusual, but has to be handled professionally.

“What we do not need is panic among the population or irrational actions.

“You cannot prepare for everything, but we are pretty well-equipped in Germany,’’ he said.

In Berlin, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said so far, no Germans appear to have been infected with the new lung disease.

The ministry has advised travellers to postpone if possible any trips to the areas affected by the coronavirus.

It belongs to the same family of viruses that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a disease that infected 8,000 people and killed 800 globally in a 2002 to 2003 pandemic that also started in China.

Cases of the disease have been reported in other Asian countries, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Felix Ajide

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