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Controversy over evacuation from Wuhan

Controversy over evacuation from Wuhan 1

Controversy over evacuation from Wuhan

The spread of the new coronavirus (nCoV) in China shows no signs of slowing down, with nearly 10,000 infections and more than 200 deaths.

An ambulance carrying Korean citizens repatriated from Wuhan left Gimpo airport in Seoul on January 31.

However, some questions were raised about the practicality of this move, after it was reported on January 30 that three Japanese citizens tested positive for the corona virus, hours after being repatriated from Wuhan.

The US also repatriated 195 citizens from Wuhan.

Their test samples are sent to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine whether they have the virus or not.

Türkiye also dispatched a military transport plane to bring back 35 Turkish citizens and 10 Azerbaijanis and their families on January 30.

In South Korea, a flight carrying 367 citizens from Wuhan landed at Gimpo International Airport on January 31.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said the government is preparing two planes to go to Hubei to repatriate citizens.

Pakistan said on January 31 that it had no evacuation plans.

Controversy over evacuation from Wuhan

Countries with Wuhan pneumonia patients.

As evacuations continue in the coming days, many people question the risk of contagion on planes if passengers are infected with the virus.

`It’s true that the airlines’ filtering systems have improved a lot. But no matter how good they are, they can’t filter out small things like viruses,` Driskill said.

However, Benjamin Cowling, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, said that some countries decided to evacuate because of `their concern for their citizens`.

Cowling pointed out that people evacuated from Wuhan are closely monitored or quarantined in special facilities.

Currently, most cases outside of China are directly related to Wuhan.

Regarding the severity of the Wuhan pneumonia virus, Cowling said that compared to the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) epidemic in 2003, the death rate is `quite low`.

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