French citizens in coronavirus-hit Wuhan ‘to be evacuated by airplane’

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French citizens will be evacuated from the Wuhan area in China that is the centre of a coronavirusoutbreak, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Sunday.


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"French citizens will be repatriated by airplane directly to France, with the agreement of the Chinese authorities. This will take place midweek," Buzyn told reporters.

Several other countries are planning for evacuations from Wuhan, which is under lockdown by the Chinese government in an attempt to halt the spread of the pneumonia-like virus that has killed 56 people and infected nearly 2,000 people.

The U.S. Consulate in Wuhan announced it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight on Tuesday.

French hospitals are treating three confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and more are likely, officials said. The confirmed cases are all Chinese citizens who recently returned from travels there.

French automaker PSA said Saturday it was evacuating its expatriate employees and their families from Wuhan and quarantining them in another city. It did not elaborate.

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