Germany: 'Too early' for final assessment on coronavirus — health ministry spokesperson

It is too early for the German government to make a final assessment on the coronavirus, said Federal Health Ministry spokesperson Sebastian Gulde in a press conference in Berlin on Monday, saying a combined G7 and European Community approach will be reached to deal with the outbreak. «For a final assessment on the virus, it is just too early to know. We know too little about the virus itself... Еще. Concerning the mortality rate and the propagation rate, we can compare with other viruses, such as SARS, but again it is too early to finish with the evaluation,» said Gulde. «[Health] Minister [Jens] Spahn has already announced yesterday that he will reach a combined approach with the G7 countries and also the European Community. As far as travel restrictions are concerned in relation to containing the virus, this process is now underway and I cannot, unfortunately, disclose the results yet,» he added. After a German military transport carrying German citizens evacuated from Wuhan was denied landing in Moscow for refuelling, Foreign Office spokesperson Christopher Burger said, «We currently have no indications that there was a political motivation for this Russian decision, from our point of view efforts towards being able to carry out successfully the flight stood in the foreground the whole night.» Government spokesperson Steffen Seibert also addressed the issue of the United Kingdom's recent departure from the European Union, saying a close relationship was in the interest of both sides.

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