Indonesia says preparing to evacuate citizens from Wuhan as virus spreads

Published January 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Reuters

JAKARTA – Indonesia is preparing to evacuate its citizens from the virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan and will quarantine them for at least 14 days on arrival to avoid contagion, its foreign minister said on Thursday.

Staff members monitor thermal scanners that detect temperatures of passengers who have just landed, at the arrival terminal in Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China January 25, 2020. (REUTERS/Martin Pollard/MANILA BULLETIN)
Staff members monitor thermal scanners that detect temperatures of passengers who have just landed, at the arrival terminal in Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China January 25, 2020. (REUTERS / Martin Pollard / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Retno Marsudi said the government is working with Beijing authorities on the evacuation. He said that there were at least 243 Indonesians in areas declared to be in lockdowns, the majority of whom were in Wuhan.

Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province, has become the epicenter of a virus outbreak which has killed 170 and infected more than 7,700 others.

 
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