German health agency raises virus risk level and says it doesn’t yet know what death rate will be

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the national agency for disease control and prevention, has raised the risk of the coronavirus to public health to “high.”

“We notice that even well-established clinics are now having problems,” said RKI president Lothar Wieler Tuesday. “We have to do everything possible to interrupt any possible chain of infection.”

Wieler said he assumed the number of coronavirus cases is “significantly higher” than reported to the institute.

“We don’t yet know what the death rate will be,” he added.

Wieler singled out the community of Heinsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, as being especially affected by the pandemic.

Macao to ban all foreign travelers from entering to stop spread of virus

An official checks the temperature of visitors before they enter a government office in Macao on March 3.
An official checks the temperature of visitors before they enter a government office in Macao on March 3. Credit: Billy H.C. Kwok/Bloomberg/Getty Images

The government of Macao will ban all travelers from overseas countries from entering starting from midnight March 18.

The measure was set out in an Executive Order published Tuesday, according to a government press release.

The measure does not cover Macao residents and non-resident workers, or residents of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Macao currently has 12 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

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