China returnees landed in Frankfurt

A Bundeswehr Airbus brought the returnees from China to Frankfurt

A Bundeswehr aircraft with returnees from a region in China particularly affected by the corona virus has arrived in Frankfurt after a detour. Instead of Moscow, there was a stopover in Helsinki.

The landing of the Bundeswehr aircraft from Wuhan, China, was delayed due to a canceled stopover in Moscow. Instead, the plane was redirected to Helsinki to exchange and refuel the crew, said Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. “We had the overflight permit and the landing permit was also promised. That has now changed.” 

Kramp-Karrenbauer continued: “Whatever the reasons for the official declaration of insufficient capacity at the airport in Moscow, we will certainly discuss it with the Federal Foreign Office next week.” According to information from the “Bild” newspaper, security circles consider the Russian side’s reference to space problems to be advanced. 

Two weeks of quarantine for the passengers

The machine had started from Wuhan in Hubei Province that night. The region is particularly badly affected by the corona virus. According to the authorities, neither sick people nor suspected cases were in the Airbus.

Frankfurt Airport Quarantine Hall for Corona Evacuees (Getty Images / AFP / Y. Schreiber)The quarantine hall for corona evacuees at Frankfurt Airport

After arriving at Frankfurt Airport, the people are to be examined and questioned by doctors. If someone shows symptoms, he will be brought to an isolation ward in the Frankfurt University Clinic. Afterwards, the returnees are to be taken to an air force base in Germersheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, where they must remain in quarantine for two weeks. 

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn warned of scaremongering. “Healthy people are returning to us in Germany,” he said. “I want to ask that we all deal with it with the necessary serenity.” He feels “a lot of uncertainty” in dealing with the dangers of the novel corona virus.

Infected in 25 countries

There are now more than 11,000 infected people in China. 45 more deaths were recently reported, meaning that at least 259 people have died from the lung disease. This results from new figures that the health commission of the province of Hubei in central China presented. Outside the People’s Republic of China, around 150 infections have now been confirmed in around 25 countries. In Germany, where a child was infected for the first time, the number rose to at least seven.

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