PETALING JAYA: A second repatriation to bring back the remaining Malaysians stranded in Hubei province is expected to be carried out in over a week's time, say sources.
Preparations are underway for the mission to help those stuck in the province's capital city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.
It is estimated that about 100 Malaysian citizens, their spouses and children will take this flight home.
They have been informed to be on standby for their return, scheduled for Feb 24.
Embassy officials could not be reached for comment at press time, but Putrajaya is expected to announce the details soon.
It was reported on Feb 3 that plans were made to evacuate a total of 167 Malaysians and their non-citizen family members from Wuhan.
However, only 133 passengers boarded the special flight that arrived safely in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 4.
They comprised 107 who were stranded in China as well as 12 crewmembers, eight humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) mission personnel and six officers from the Malaysian embassy in Beijing.
Malaysians returning from Wuhan will be quarantined and monitored for 14 days to ensure they are free from the coronavirus.