New virus cases in U.K. and Ger­many

Antelope Valley Press - - SECOND FRONT -

LON­DON (AP) — Bri­tain and Ger­many an­nounced more cases of the new virus from China on Thurs­day, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of con­firmed virus cases in Europe to 30.

In Ger­many, all but two cases are re­lated to auto parts sup­plier We­basto, whose head­quar­ters near Mu­nich was vis­ited by a Chi­nese col­league. Ger­many’s 13th con­firmed case of the new coro­n­avirus, an­nounced by Bavaria’s health min­istry, was the wife of an em­ployee pre­vi­ously di­ag­nosed with virus.

Two of their chil­dren are among those in­fected. Nei­ther they nor their mother are show­ing any symp­toms.

Ger­many’s two other cases tested pos­i­tive af­ter ar­riv­ing on an evac­u­a­tion flight from China last week­end.

Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties con­firmed the coun­try’s third case, say­ing the pa­tient did not con­tract the virus in the U.K. They did not elab­o­rate. The two other cases are a Chi­nese stu­dent study­ing at York Univer­sity in Eng­land and a rel­a­tive of that stu­dent.

In Geneva, the head of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion said it is con­ven­ing an in­ter­na­tional re­search con­fer­ence next week to iden­tify promis­ing drug and vac­cine can­di­dates to be fast-tracked for devel­op­ment against the new virus.

At a press con­fer­ence Thurs­day, Te­dros Ad­hanom Ghe­breye­sus said the U.N. health agency will be invit­ing sci­en­tists from around the world, both in per­son and vir­tu­ally, next Tues­day and Wed­nes­day to iden­tify re­search pri­or­i­ties and co­or­di­nate the ef­fort to find ef­fec­tive drugs and vac­cines.

On the travel front, Air France an­nounced it was pro­long­ing by more than a month its sus­pen­sion of flights to main­land China, which won’t now restart be­fore March 16 at the ear­li­est be­cause of the new virus.

The com­pany’s cur­rent sus­pen­sion of all flights to Shang­hai and Beijing was meant to last un­til this Sun­day. Air France and part­ner air­line KLM plan to grad­u­ally re­sume ser­vices to China on March 16, to­gether of­fer­ing one daily flight to both Shang­hai and Beijing, ei­ther on Air France from Paris or on KLM from Am­s­ter­dam.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Dis­in­fec­tion equip­ment is car­ried by a worker Wed­nes­day as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures against the spread­ing of novel coro­n­avirus at Bu­dapest Liszt Ferenc In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary.

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