German virus patient is case of human-to-human transmission in Germany: authorities

 Japan confirms virus in man who had not been to China 

Japan on Tuesday confirmed coronavirus in man who had not been to China, which may be suggesting human to human transmission in the country.

The man in his sixties from Nara drove two groups of tourists from Wuhan earlier in January and was hospitalized on Saturday with flu-like symptoms, the health ministry says. AFP reports

In Europe, Germany's first confirmed coronavirus patient caught the disease from a Chinese colleague who visited Germany last week, officials said, in the first human-to-human transmission on European soil.

The Chinese employee of car parts supplier Webasto, a woman from Shanghai, "started to feel sick on the flight home on January 23", Andreas Zapf, head of the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety, said at a press conference.

A 33-year-old German, with whom she had attended a meeting in Bavaria, tested positive for the virus on Monday evening.

The company, which has 11 locations in China, including in Wuhan, has banned travel to and from China for the next fortnight.

As the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China rose to 106 and with thousands of confirmed infections, Hong Kong has announced that travel between the mainland and the city is being suspended.

The Chinese government has sealed Wuhan - the city at the centre of the outbreak - and neighbouring cities in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.

The move has effectively confined tens of millions of people in the region, including thousands of foreigners.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said personal travel permits for mainland residents to Hong Kong will be suspended and urged all Hong Kong residents in mainland China to return immediately and self-isolate at home for 14 days.

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