As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Wuhan and wider Hubei province, several countries are taking action to repatriate their citizens in the affected areas.
Countries that have launched evacuations:
- The US: A plane carrying about 240 Americans, including diplomats and their families, has departed Wuhan and is en route to Alaska, where it will refuel before arriving early Wednesday in Ontario, California.
- Japan: 206 Japanese citizens were evacuated from Wuhan and arrived in Tokyo Wednesday morning local time. All those on board have been quarantined, and those with symptoms will be taken to a medical center for treatment. About 450 more Japanese citizens have not yet left Wuhan.
Countries planning for evacuations:
- Australia: Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government would evacuate "all Australians out of the Hubei province ... focusing on the young, especially infants and the elderly." There are more than 600 Australian citizens in the Hubei, according to CNN affiliate Nine News.
- New Zealand: The New Zealand and Australian governments have discussed a “joint ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) assisted departure” of their citizens from Wuhan, though specific evacuation details are still being worked out.
- India: The Indian government has begun the process of "preparing to evacuate" Indian nationals affected by situation in Hubei Province, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
- South Korea: Four charter planes will evacuate South Korean citizens from Wuhan, said a government spokesperson today. Almost 700 South Korean citizens have applied to take the flight out.
- France: A plane will fly French citizens back from Wuhan to France sometime this week, said the French Health Minister on said Sunday. There are around 800 French citizens in Wuhan.
- United Kingdom: The UK is "looking at all the options" to help Britons trapped in Wuhan, said the UK Home Secretary after being asked about the possibility of evacuation flights.