Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the State Department has repatriated over 50,000 citizens from around the globe since January 29 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Since January 29 we have now repatriated over 50,000 United States citizens back to their homes. From more than 90 countries, more than 490 flights back to the United States from all across the world, this world wide scale of our repatriation efforts is without parallel in our lifetime,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo said the State Department is working with “foreign governments, militaries, airport authorities, medical units, transportation companies, hotels, you name it ” to make sure Americans get back to their families.
Pompeo said that there are still US citizens in places across the world, and that the State Department will continue to work on getting people back to the United States until people can travel on their own again.
“We still have several thousand people that we’re working, they identify themselves every day and new people find themselves in difficult place. Look, we’re gonna be done when people can travel on their own again,” Pompeo said. “We are gonna keep it up as long as we have resources to do it and there is a need.”