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An airport staff member wearing a protective facemask stands at an information desk at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on February 9, 2020. - The new coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end of last year has killed more than 800 people and spread around the world. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

What are countries doing to evacuate citizens from virus-hit China?

We also list how several countries are aiming to manage the health risk from those returning.
Updated 10 Feb, 2020 01:48pm

A growing number of countries around the world are evacuating or planning to evacuate diplomatic staff and citizens from parts of China hit by the new coronavirus.

Following are some countries’ evacuation plans, and how they aim to manage the health risk from those who are returning.

A security officer suited in protective gear checks passports of passengers boarding a cargo plane, chartered by the US State Department to evacuate Americans and Canadians from China due to the outbreak of novel Coronavirus, at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, China on February 7. — Courtesy of Edward Wang via Reuters
A security officer suited in protective gear checks passports of passengers boarding a cargo plane, chartered by the US State Department to evacuate Americans and Canadians from China due to the outbreak of novel Coronavirus, at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, China on February 7. — Courtesy of Edward Wang via Reuters

Staff from the US embassy assemble before inspecting a cargo plane, chartered by the US State Department to evacuate Americans and Canadians from China due to the outbreak of novel Coronavirus, at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, China on February 7. — Courtesy of Edward Wang via Reuters
Staff from the US embassy assemble before inspecting a cargo plane, chartered by the US State Department to evacuate Americans and Canadians from China due to the outbreak of novel Coronavirus, at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, China on February 7. — Courtesy of Edward Wang via Reuters

A plane of the German Air Force (Bundeswehr) with twenty Germans from the Chinese city of Wuhan, which is particularly affected by the corona virus, lands in Berlin-Tegel on February 9. — AFP
A plane of the German Air Force (Bundeswehr) with twenty Germans from the Chinese city of Wuhan, which is particularly affected by the corona virus, lands in Berlin-Tegel on February 9. — AFP

Two men ready an ambulance outside the Son Espases University Hospital in Palma de Mallorca where a British man has been diagnosed with coronavirus, on February 9. — AFP
Two men ready an ambulance outside the Son Espases University Hospital in Palma de Mallorca where a British man has been diagnosed with coronavirus, on February 9. — AFP

Passengers wearing protective facemasks arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on February 9. — AFP
Passengers wearing protective facemasks arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on February 9. — AFP

Passengers leave the World Dream cruise ship at the Kai Tak cruise terminal in Hong Kong on February 9 where 3,600 people had remained confined aboard for days as authorities conducted health checks due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus in mainland China. — AFP
Passengers leave the World Dream cruise ship at the Kai Tak cruise terminal in Hong Kong on February 9 where 3,600 people had remained confined aboard for days as authorities conducted health checks due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus in mainland China. — AFP


Header photo: An airport staff member wearing a protective facemask stands at an information desk at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on February 9. — AFP