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The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies the outbreak of the new corona virus as a "health emergency of international importance". That said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva. This is linked to specific recommendations to states in order to limit spread across borders as far as possible. With the explanation, usually more
 released financial and other resources. The WHO Despite the emergency, see "no reason" for travel and trade restrictions with China, the WHO director continued. "The WHO does not recommend any restrictions, but even rejects them."

After a crisis meeting, the WHO pointed out that the number of cases had increased more than tenfold within a week. The number of infections outside of China is still relatively low, said Ghebreyesus. But you don't know what damage the virus would do in a country with a poor health system. The decision was not a "vote of no confidence" against China. The WHO had decided differently last week.

Fifth case in Bavaria

In Bavaria, another patient with the novel coronavirus infected from China. It is an employee of the Webasto company from the district of Starnberg, which also deals with the four cases known to date, as the Bavarian Ministry of Health announced. The fifth patient, now confirmed, is said to live in the Traunstein district.

The Federal Republic is planning a return campaign for German citizens from the particularly badly affected metropolis of Wuhan. The flight was initially scheduled for Saturday. But that wasn't certain on Thursday either. Participation is voluntary. According to previous estimates, around 90 Germans are affected. The returnees should spend 14 days in quarantine at the Germersheim airbase in Rhineland-Palatinate, according to the newspapers of the VRM media house.

Thousands of passengers were stuck on a cruise ship in Italy for hours on Thursday due to a Corona suspicion. A tourist from the Chinese Macao Special Administrative Region had complained of fever and breathing problems on the "Costa Smeralda". She and her husband were isolated and checked for the virus. More than 6,600 people were not allowed to leave the ship in the port in Civitavecchia. The all-clear came only in the evening: The tests on the two people were negative, said the Ministry of Health in Rome. The passengers were allowed to go ashore.

More cases than Sars pandemic

The number of infections with the new corona virus 2019-nCoV
 meanwhile has the worldwide cases of the Sars pandemic before 17
Years exceeded. With 317 new diseases that the authorities of the
severely affected Hubei Province in central China on Thursday
reported, the total number climbed to more than 8,100 worldwide. On
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) were reported in 2002/2003
 the World Health Organization suffered 8,096 people and 774
died. The new virus, which is related to the Sars pathogen,
170 people have died so far.

With the first illness in Tibet are now in all regions and
Provinces of China detected infections. The rise is rapid. In front
only 40 cases had been counted in two weeks. The climax of
Epidemic is expected in a week at the earliest. Except for
People's Republic have more than 100 infections in around 20 countries
Service. So far there have been four confirmed cases in Germany. The
Patients are without symptoms, according to Thursday.

Read an analysis here of why the WHO has now declared an international health emergency.

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