The EU is «currently» and «actively» co-ordinating and accompanying member states' efforts to repatriate EU citizens from China in response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak, according to a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday.
Stella Kyriakides, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety pledged that the EU is «prepared to mitigate the consequences of a larger spread of the virus... Еще in the EU.»
Kyriakides confirmed the diagnoses of eight infections in Europe. She promised they are «under treatment in specialised infectious disease departments in France and Germany.»
She further acknowledged that there are «still significant uncertainties about the source of infection, how virulent and how pathogenic it is. On the science front, you probably know, there is currently no specific treatment, nor vaccine, for this disease.»
European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic, said emergency funding would become available if the crisis «deteriorated.»
Confirmed cases of the coronavirus have increased in Europe, officially overtaking diagnoses of the Sars epidemic that was responsible for the deaths of 770 people. In China alone, 6,000 people have been confirmed as having contracted the respiratory disease, which has already claimed the lives of 132 people.
Germany is the second European country after France to confirm its first case of coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan.