January 27, 2020.
JAPAN, the United States and France on Sunday announced plans to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan, the epicentre of a coronavirus outbreak which has killed at least 50 people and affected about 2,000 others so far.
France plans to do this by midweek with the agreement of the Chinese authorities while Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that after his government finishes talks with China, it will bring back all Japanese citizens who wish to return.
Those who cannot be taken out by flight directly from Wuhan and the wider Hubei province may be asked to first travel by road to another city before being flown out. go. It is estimated that there are 430 Japanese in Wuhan.
Under the French plan about a few hundred of its 800 citizens living in the Wuhan area will be flown back. Evacuees will have to spend 14 days in quarantine upon arrival home. So far three Chinese nationals in France have been confirmed as having the coronavirus infection.
The US is organising a flight to extricate diplomats and some citizens from Wuhan.
In an email the State Department said a flight would leave Wuhan on Tuesday and fly to San Francisco. Private citizens are expected to later repay the travel costs.