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DW News 29 Jan 2020

China coronavirus spurs evacuation of foreigners out of Wuhan

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Hundreds of foreign nationals are being evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Japan has begun repatriating its citizens, and the US and South Korea are working to move their citizens out of China. More cases of the virus have been confirmed in China. The death toll has risen to over 130. Australia says its citizens who are being brought home from China will be quarantined offshore on Christmas Island at first. Some airlines, including British Airways, have suspended all flights to and from China. In Germany, three new cases have been reported. Meanwhile, scientists are working feverishly to develop a vaccine.


A U.S. aircraft will bring a few dozen Canadians home from Wuhan as the city remains under quarantine due to the coronavirus outbreak. The U.S. plane is scheduled to take off a few hours after a Canadian-chartered flight brings more than 200 passengers home from China.
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From a wildlife market in China's Wuhan city, where the coronavirus is believed to have emerged, to the city of Qom in Iran.
The disease is sweeping around the globe and health experts are warning we could be on the brink of a pandemic.
More than 80,000 people in over 40 countries have been infected.
The number of new cases inside the country at the centre of the epidemic - China - has been overtaken for the first time by new infections outside.
Now the focus of the outbreak is shifting to Europe in particular, and the Middle East.
In that region, Iran appears to be the centre of the spread of the disease.
Cases in Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon and Oman have been linked to patients who traveled to Iran recently.
So, how do we prepare for a pandemic??

Presenter: Adrian Finighan

Guests
Dr. Patrick Tang, Division Chief of Pathology Sciences at Sidra Medicine.
Dr. Abdhalah Ziraba, Medical Doctor and Research Scientist at African Population and Health Research Center.
Dr. Dominic Wilkinson, Medical Doctor and Director of Medical Ethics at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at University of Oxford.
Richard Fabic is asking for help from the federal government to get his young daughter out of Wuhan, the city at the centre of the new coronavirus outbreak, where she is stranded with her grandparents. 


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