Wuhan evacuation flight to land at Travis AFB amid coronavirus outbreak

Henrietta Strickland
February 5, 2020

One of the planes will continue on to Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego after refuelling, the Pentagon said, and was due to arrive at Miramar between 6am and 9am Pacific time, a Marine Corps spokesman said in a statement. They would also be quarantined for 14 days.

The flights comes nearly a week after the first 195 American evacuees from Wuhan also arrived in California.

Almost 200 Americans were evacuated late last month, mostly U.S. diplomats and their families, and they were flown to March Air Force Base east of Los Angeles.

The plane is carrying US citizens that were stranded in Wuhan because of the coronavirus outbreak.

However, Gauden Galea, the World Health Organization representative to China, said "further investigations" were required to "determine the source, modes of transmission, extent of infection and countermeasures implemented".

Besides China, the virus has spread to more than 20 countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, France, Russia, Spain, and India. The passengers will get food, water and medical care, if necessary.

The World Health Organization last month declared the outbreak an worldwide emergency.

Fears the virus could be spread were further stoked by the fact it struck just before China's peak travel season, when hundreds of millions of people are set to travel for Chinese New Year later this month.

Foreign Ministry spokeswomen Hua Chunying told reporters Washington did not extend help to Beijing to battle the deadly virus.

MCAS Miramar officials said a plane from Wuhan, China will arrive on the base Wednesday morning. "All the US has done is to create and spread fear, which is a bad example".

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