China’s Health Commission released the latest Covid-19 figures on Saturday: 143 new deaths were reported across the country. According to official information, 1523 victims have now been confirmed on the Chinese mainland.
The number of newly diagnosed diseases also increased there: by 2641 to 66,492 cases. Healthcare workers are also increasingly affected by the coronavirus. According to the authorities, more than 1,700 doctors and nurses have been infected so far, six of them have died.
Outside of mainland China, around 600 diseases have been confirmed in the rest of the world.
China’s Foreign Minister: “Epidemic is largely under control”
China’s capital Beijing tightened measures to fight the spread of the disease on Friday. People returning to Beijing should now be quarantined for 14 days either at home or in special centers, according to an official statement. Legal consequences have been threatened for those who do not comply with the requirements. At first there was no further information about how the insulation should be implemented.
The authorities had previously warned that Covid-19 lung disease could spread further if people returned to work these days after the Chinese New Year holiday, which was prolonged due to the epidemic.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Reuters during a visit to Germany that his country had the coronavirus epidemic under control. The government has taken rigorous and decisive measures. “Through our efforts, the epidemic is largely under control.”
First case in Egypt
Meanwhile, the corona virus has reached the first country in Africa with Egypt. The Egyptian Ministry of Health announced on Friday evening in Cairo that a foreign person was affected. The ministry made no further statements on nationality. It also remained unclear from which country the person had traveled to Egypt. The patient showed no symptoms of illness and was treated in an isolation ward. Tests with his contacts were negative.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), no infection with the pathogen Sars-CoV-2 has been known to date in Africa.
To date, 16 infections have been identified in Germany – 14 patients were treated in Bavaria, two in Frankfurt. After one of the Bavarian patients was discharged on Thursday, the two Frankfurt patients were also able to go home on Friday. “They are symptom-free and demonstrably not contagious,” said a spokesman for the university hospital. There is no danger to them or their surroundings.