Coronavirus: U.S, Others Evacuate Citizens As Death Toll Rises

Chinese officials confirmed over 6,000 cases of the mysterious illness as foreign governments airlifted their citizens out of Wuhan, the outbreak’s epicenter.

RIGHT NOW, The virus shows signs of spreading overseas, with people who never visited China falling ill in Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam.
A flight carrying 201 Americans who had been evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, landed in Southern California shortly after 8 a.m. on Wednesday. The passengers were expected to remain at March Air Force Base until they had been screened by health authorities.

The flight had stopped in Anchorage for several hours, where the passengers were checked by a team from the Centers for Disease Control.

“The whole plane erupted in cheers when the crew said, ‘Welcome home to the United States,’” said Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer.

The 201 passengers, including diplomats and businesspeople, underwent medical screening at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the local authorities said. The plane was refueled before heading to its final destination, March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, Calif., east of Los Angeles.

Dr. Zink said that all the passengers were screened twice during their Anchorage layover and approved by medical staff members from the Centers for Disease Control before reboarding the plane to Southern California.

At Marsh Air Reserve Base, they will undergo additional health screenings, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services said in a statement.

Passengers would be “temporarily housed for a period of time” after landing, the department said.

“The pre-screening in China and the rescreening here in Anchorage were critical steps for assuring the safety of the passengers onboard the aircraft and for preventing further importation of the novel coronavirus domestically,” Alaska’s governor, Mike Dunleavy, said in a statement.

Other countries that have evacuated or plan to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan include France, South Korea, Japan, Morocco, Germany, Kazakhstan, Britain, Canada, Russia, the Netherlands, Myanmar and Australia.

Question is, What happens to Nigerians living in China? 

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