U.S. to Arrange More Evacuation Flights From Wuhan Next Week

Source: The Straits Times

The U.S. government will lay on extra evacuation flights from Wuhan with capacity for private U.S. citizens on or about February 3, the State Department said in a statement on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Individuals on the flights would be subject to screening, health observations and monitoring requirements. It did not say how many planes it would deploy for how many U.S. citizens.

“The Department of State will be staging additional evacuation flights with capacity for private U.S. citizens on a reimbursable basis,” it said. It invited American citizens with valid passports to email the State Department at a special address, [email protected].

Early Wednesday, a flight left Wuhan with 210 Americans and, after a stopover in Anchorage, it flew to a military base in California, The Wall Street Journal writes.

It was the first foreign evacuation from the locked-down city and is being followed by a number of other foreign governments that are pulling their citizens out. The initial flight was organized primarily to shuttle out American staff from the U.S. consulate in Wuhan, which the government shut down amid the virus outbreak.

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