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World Coronavirus: arrival in Roissy of the plane repatriating French people from China

13:00  21 february  2020
13:00  21 february  2020 Source:   parismatch.com

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France’s government said Sunday it would begin repatriating French nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan, ground zero of a deadly coronavirus outbreak, by the middle of this week. Tens of millions of people , including thousands of foreigners, have been in virtual lockdown in the Wuhan region since Thursday as Chinese officials try to limit the spread of the disease. Latest figures on Monday showed 81 people have died in China and more than 2,800 have been infected with the disease.

Some Chinese nationals who are studying in the UK have been unable to return from China because of travel restrictions imposed after the coronavirus outbreak. The University of Derby said 15 of its students remained in China . The government has launched a public health campaign urging people to use tissues when they cough or sneeze and to wash their hands regularly. The NHS-branded adverts, aimed at slowing the spread of the new coronavirus , are appearing on social media, radio and in newspapers.

Atterrissage du premier avion de rapatriés français de Wuhan, en Chine, le 31 janvier 2020 à Istres © Pascal GUYOT Landing of the first French returnees plane from Wuhan, China, January 31, 2020 in Istres

The plane chartered because of the new coronavirus for Repatriating 28 Chinese and 36 nationals from other European Union countries from China arrived at Roissy airport, we learned from an airport source on Friday.

The third plane chartered by Paris since the start of the crisis, the plane left Thursday from Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus epidemic. French returnees must be placed in quarantine in a holiday village in Calvados (Normandy) where they must be confined there for 14 days.

Des logements du © LOU BENOIST Accommodation in the "Normandy Garden", on February 20, 2020 in Branville (Calvados), where the French must be confined

The other European passengers must be "taken care of, upon arrival, by the authorities of their country ", according to the Quai d'Orsay.

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A plane repatriating 250 French and European nationals from Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the fast-spreading and deadly coronavirus — landed at a military airbase in Istres, France Sunday afternoon local time. Indonesia is the latest country to announce a temporary suspension of flights to and from China , to go into effect Wednesday, amid a mounting death and infection count from the deadly coronavirus . The southeast Asian country of 264 million will also suspend its policy of issuing visas on arrival to Chinese nationals, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Sunday.

The aircraft, an Airbus A380, had been chartered by Paris with the main objective of transporting medical equipment for the benefit of Chinese medical personnel in the province of Hubei, the most affected by the epidemic, according to a diplomatic source.

But his return flight to France was an opportunity to repatriate around sixty French and European nationals who wanted it, she added.

Two other French repatriation flights had already been organized and a British plane had also evacuated around thirty French people on February 9.

On all of these three flights, more than 300 people have already been repatriated from China to France and placed in quarantine in two places of accommodation in Bouches-du-Rhône.

Most of them have left and the last 35 returnees who arrived on February 9 via London are due to leave on February 23.

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A plane repatriating 250 French and other European nationals from Wuhan has landed at a military airbase in Istres, southern France, BFM TV footage showed. About 65 French nationals will be quarantined either at a holiday resort at Carry-Le-Rouet, in the south of France, or at a The new strain of coronavirus in China may be spreading from person to person via the digestive system, Xinhua news agency reported, citing medical experts. Researchers from the Renminbi Hospital of Wuhan University and the Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Science reported

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Pending the tests of new returnees on Friday, the balance sheet of the epidemic remains unchanged in France: twelve cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in total - four hospitalizations without signs of severity, seven people healed and one death .

In China, the death toll now exceeds 2,100 dead and 74,500 people infected, according to the latest official figures released Thursday.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) praised the "enormous progress" made at the international level to curb the spread.

However, the epidemic rebounded in South Korea on Friday, where 100 new cases of Covid-19 disease were diagnosed, mainly among members of a Christian sect.

Enough to bring the balance sheet to more than 200 infected patients in the country and make it the second world focus of the epidemic outside the liner Diamond Princess in Japan, whose thousands of passengers have been gradually evacuated for several days.

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