Now German man catches the deadly coronavirus WITHOUT going to China: Europe records its first case of human-to-human transmission as Hong Kong BANS travel to the mainland and Australian celebrity hotel goes into lockdown amid worldwide fears

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
By Paul Martin

The 33-year-old man caught his illness from a colleague who travelled to Germany from Shanghai
She had recently visited her parents in Wuhan, the centre of the outbreak, and fell ill on her flight home
Two other men have been infected despite not travelling to China – one in Japan and one in Vietnam
Hong Kong’s chief, Carrie Lam, today said trains and ferries to the Chinese mainland would be stopped
Hong Kong will also halve the number of flights to China and stop giving visas to visitors from China
In Australia the Peppers Broadbeach hotel on the Gold Coast was visited by hazmat-clad paramedics today
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28 January 2020

A German man infected with the Wuhan coronavirus has become the first person in Europe to catch the virus without even going to China.

The 33-year-old caught the disease in his home country on January 21 from a colleague who was visiting from China and later became ill on her flight home. She was from Shanghai but had recently visited her parents in Wuhan.

Fears of the deadly coronavirus, which has now infected more than 4,500 people, spreading around the world are growing as the German man’s case is one of four – men in Vietnam, Japan and Taiwan have also been infected at home.

Countries around the world are starting to cut ties with China and pull their citizens out of the crisis-hit Hubei region, where the virus emerged in the city of Wuhan.

Hong Kong’s leader today held a press conference during which she wore a face mask and said the city would stop all high-speed trains and ferries to the mainland, halve the number of flights and stop giving visas to visitors from China.

Four cases around the world have confirmed the coronavirus is spreading from person to person outside of China among people who have not visited the country.

A Japanese bus driver in his 60s, working in the city of Nara, was infected after driving for two groups of people visiting from Wuhan, and a Vietnamese man caught the virus from his father who had recently returned from a visit to China.

In Australia, paramedics in hazmat suits were today seen at the luxury Peppers Broadbeach hotel on the Gold Coast and stoked coronavirus fears when they ushered a masked patient into an ambulance.

But China is maintaining a solid front – President Xi Jinping today said the nation would ‘win the battle against the devil virus’ and a Chinese scientist said he thinks the outbreak and the ‘battle of Wuhan’ will peak in 10 days’ time.

Wuhan remains in lockdown and one British man living there said he and his wife and nine-month-old daughter are too afraid to leave their home so are living off leftover food from a New Year dinner.

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