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Evacuation of Germans from Wuhan to begin shortly as UK confirms their first cases of coronavirus

Thailand confirms first case of human-to-human transmission

In Europe, the UK has confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus in two patients from the same family in England, England's chief medical officer said.

"The patients are receiving specialist NHS care, and we are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus,."  "The NHS is extremely well-prepared and used to managing infections and we are already working rapidly to identify any contact the patients had, to prevent further spread,"  Chris Whitty said.

Britain has already evacuated its citizen from the virus ravaged China.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas confirmed to the reporters that a German military plane would be leaving for China shortly to evacuate more than 100 German citizens, none of whom are infected with coronavirus or suspected of having contracted it.

Maas said the plane would arrive in Germany on Saturday and the evacuees would be kept in quarantine for two weeks.

Meanwhile. Thailand has confirmed its first human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus inside the country, a health official said.

The patient is a Thai taxi driver, said Tanarak Pipat, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control.

"The Thai person who got infected does not have the record of travelling to China and it is likely that he was infected from a sick traveler from China," Tanarak said.

Currently, the Death toll in China from the new coronavirus rose to 213 on Friday with at least 9,692 people confirmed to have the infection which has spread from Wuhan's Hubei province to every one of China's 31 provinces.

Authorities confirmed that another 102,000 people were also reportedly under medical observation with possible symptoms of the respiratory ailment.

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