Germany sends China thousands of protective suits ahead of evacuation




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Berlin – A German aeroplane, Friday, bring back German citizens from Hubei.

will also deliver aid for authorities battling contain the coronavirus outbreak in the province, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.

Maas added that the aid include: 10,000 protective suits.

The Luftwaffe aircraft was expected bring more 100 people back Germany, latest by Saturday.

Among the German citizens being repatriated, no one has been confirmed or is suspected to have caught the deadly new strain coronavirus.

Maas said that the repatriated Germans were to spend around weeks in at a site upon their .

The virus has over 200 people in China, where the number confirmed cases infection is approaching 10,000.

Thursday, declared an international health , though there were no fatalities among the 98 cases in 18 countries abroad so far.

Health authorities in Germany’s southern Bavaria confirmed a fifth case the virus in the country Thursday.

Maas said all spaces on the Luftwaffe evacuation flight were occupied and that Germany would be returning only its own nationals.

(dpa/NAN)