COVID-19: Spaniards repatriated from China to be discharged, no virus found

COVID-19: Spaniards repatriated from China to be discharged, no virus found

Spanish nationals evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan
In this handout image taken and released by La Moncloa (Spanish Presidency) on Jan 31, 2020 Spanish nationals evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, disembark after landing at the Torrejon-de Ardoz, Spain.

MADRID: All 19 Spanish citizens who were repatriated from China on Jan 31 amid concerns over the coronavirus epidemic will be discharged from hospital on Thursday (Feb 13) after testing negative for the virus, the government said on Wednesday.

They have been under quarantine in a military hospital in Madrid since being evacuated from the epicentre of the virus in the Chinese city of Wuhan on a flight arranged in cooperation with Britain, which brought back 83 of its nationals.

Health authorities have so far confirmed two cases of the virus in Spain - a German citizen in the Canary Islands and a British national on the island of Mallorca.

READ: Spain confirms first case of Wuhan coronavirus

The World Health Organization has warned that the epidemic poses a global threat while the death toll in China rose to more than 1,100 people on Wednesday. 

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Source: Reuters/nr

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