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Australia plans island quarantine as foreigners leave Wuhan

Written by on January 29, 2020

Hundreds of foreign nationals are being evacuated from Wuhan, the centre of China’s coronavirus outbreak, as more deaths and cases were confirmed.
Australia plans to quarantine its evacuees on Christmas island 2,000km (1,200 miles) from the mainland.
Japan, the US and the EU are also repatriating their citizens.
British Airways has suspended all flights to and from mainland China, as the UK’s Foreign Office warned against “all but essential travel” there.
Several other airlines have taken similar measures, including America’s United, which restricted flights citing a fall in demand.
Chinese President Xi Jinping called the virus a “devil” but said China would defeat it.
An expert from the Chinese National Health Commission (NHC) said it could take 10 more days for the outbreak to peak.
The number of deaths from the virus has risen to 132 in China.
Like the similar Sars and influenza viruses, the new coronavirus is a particular risk for elderly people and those with pre-existing illnesses.
The sharp rise in cases is in part attributed to increased awareness, monitoring and testing in recent days.
The virus is thought to have emerged from illegally traded wildlife at a seafood market in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province.
It causes severe acute respiratory infection and there is no specific cure or vaccine. A number of people, however, have recovered after treatment.


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