Plane repatriating 250 Europeans from China's Wuhan lands in France

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  • Sunday, 02 Feb 2020

An Airbus A380-841 of airline Hi Fly, believed to be carrying European citizens flown out from the coronavirus zone in Wuhan, China, arriving at the Istres-Le Tube Air Base near Istres, northwest of Marseille, southern France on Sunday (Feb 2). - AFP

PARIS: A plane repatriating 250 French and European nationals from China's Wuhan, centre of an outbreak of a new coronavirus, landed at a military airbase in Istres, southern France, on Sunday (Feb 2).

Many countries including their neighbours and from South-East Asia are working with China to repatriate citizens from Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province.

About 65 French nationals will be quarantined either at a holiday resort at Carry-Le-Rouet, in the south of France, or at a firefighters' training centre near Aix-en-Provence, Secretary of State for Child Protection Adrien Taquet told reporters.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the French plane was carrying nationals of 30 countries, and that most non-French would travel on to their home countries.

The Czech Republic said it had five citizens on the plane and that they would fly on to Brussels to be taken home on a Czech plane.

Sweden said around 10 of its nationals were on the French plane and would be taken on to Sweden.

British nationals were on the French flight.

Since emerging out of Wuhan late last year, the coronavirus has infected nearly 14,500 people across China and reached 24 countries. More than 300 had died from the disease.

Most of the infections overseas have been in people who had travelled from Wuhan, an industrial hub of 11 million people, or surrounding areas of Hubei province. - Reuters
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