Spaniards evacuated from China’s Wuhan to Spain test negative for deadly coronavirus

THE Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has announced that the tests carried out on the repatriated Spaniards from the Chinese city of Wuhan to Spain have produced a negative result.

Fear had been at an all time high after the group were evacuated from China due to concerns about the spread of the disease, where they were kept in quarantine at the Madrid Gómez Ulla Military Hospital whilst awaiting their test results.

So far in Spain, only one person has been infected with coronavirus, a German tourist who has been hospitalised in La Gomera in the Canary Islands. As per national protocol, a second analysis of their blood was undertaken which confirmed the positive result on Tuesday, February 4, although medical personnel report that the patient is in good health and without a fever.

The remaining group of tourists which are made up of four individuals have remained in isolation as a preventative measure despite testing negative for the disease.

Teresa Cruz, the Minister of Health of the Canary Islands, thanked the local Council for their “adequate” coordination between the Ministry as without it: “it would not have been possible to have contacted the people who were in close contact with the German citizen so quickly.”

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Isha Sesay