These are the plans so far by foreign governments to evacuate their citizens from the epicentre of the outbreak
Thousands of foreigners were among millions of people
confined in the central Chinese city of Wuhan when Beijing announced
plans to stem the spread of a SARS-like virus which has now claimed 213
On Friday, China’s National Health Commission said nearly 10,000
people have been infected by the novel coronavirus. Outside mainland
China, Macau and Hong Kong, there have been at least 80 confirmed cases
These are the plans so far by foreign governments to evacuate their citizens from the epicentre of the outbreak:
The foreign ministry said Tuesday it was working on a plan to
transport home all Australian nationals, most of whom it said are dual
Officials added they had received about 400 calls from Australians in China registering for evacuation.
Canberra does not have a consulate in Wuhan but Prime Minister Scott
Morrison said the government is negotiating with Chinese officials over
He said officials were talking to the United States and Britain about
the plans and working with New Zealand on a possible joint evacuation
Authorities in Dhaka will send a special flight of Biman Bangladesh
Airlines, the country’s national carrier, to bring back 361 nationals,
health ministry spokesman Maidul Islam said Friday. Like most countries,
Bangladesh will also quarantine the returnees for 14 days.
The foreign ministry said Wednesday it has now requested permission
to operate two flights to remove nationals from China, and that the
Indian embassy in Beijing was in talks with local authorities.
National carrier Air India will send a Boeing 747 to Wuhan on Friday
to bring back Indian nationals, two aviation industry sources told AFP.
Jakarta said there are more than 230 Indonesians in China — roughly
100 in Wuhan and the rest in Hubei province. The foreign ministry said
Tuesday it has yet to decide on an evacuation plan.
Japan was among the first countries to bring its nationals out of Wuhan.
By Friday, three planeloads had arrived back in Tokyo, a total of more than 550 people.
At least three dozen have been hospitalised.
Most of those who came back are staying in government-appointed hotels, though at least two went home.
They are being asked — but not mandated — to stay in self-quarantine for two weeks.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Wednesday that Kuala
Lumpur was keen to send a plane to Wuhan to evacuate some 78 Malaysians
stranded in the city.
The foreign ministry said Wednesday it would evacuate citizens in
Hubei on a chartered flight, and asked nationals in the area to contact
the Shanghai consulate.
On Tuesday, officials said there were roughly 150 Filipinos in Wuhan and another 150 in other parts of Hubei.
Singapore flew home 92 of its citizens from Wuhan on Thursday, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The Singaporeans flew back on a flight operated by Scoot, Singapore Airline’s budget arm, and landed Thursday morning.
Colombo said Tuesday there were roughly 860 Sri Lankan students in China.
The foreign ministry said it is awaiting a response from the Chinese
authorities to operate a Sri Lankan airlines charter flight to Wuhan to
evacuate some 32 Sri Lankan students and their relatives.