Turkey to evacuate citizens from China's Wuhan over virus outbreak

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(Getty) A pilot in a protective suit parks a cargo plane at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport on Tuesday. "But I think in one week or about 10 days, it will reach the climax and then there will be no large-scale increases", Zhong said. "We have got the facility ready for them to arrive". Authorities admitted the other three shortly after and they too tested positive. Public safety is the top priority.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne warned Australians should not travel to the epicentre of the outbreak under any circumstances, and said any plans to travel to China should be reconsidered.

The move comes after Britons returning to the United Kingdom expressed fury after being told they must "self-isolate" - while also making their own way home from the airport.

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She told BBC Breakfast that Stansted is a possible destination but that has not been confirmed, and timings had not been been firmed up either.

Speaking to broadcaster NTV, Ambassador Emin Önen said Turkey had made the necessary applications to Chinese officials to evacuate the 32 citizens, adding that none of them had been diagnosed with the virus.

The Bavarian case is the first known example outside of China of the infection spreading between people who are not closely related.

While there are about 1,000 Americans living in Wuhan, priority was given to aMERICAN citizens who are "most at risk for contracting coronavirus" if they stay in the city, the State Department said.

Several worldwide airlines have suspended or reduced flights to China, from British Airways to carriers in South Korea and Indonesia.

Travellers wear masks as they arrivw at the Dubai International Airport after the UAE's Ministry of Health and Community Prevention confirmed the country's first case of coronavirus in Dubai

"We are in touch with all our citizens", Önen said.

"We apologise to customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority".

Epidemiologists are still waiting for more information.

As of late Tuesday, there were almost 6,000 confirmed cases of the virus, with 132 confirmed deaths. A team comprised of 135 medical workers from Qinghai left for Wuhan on Tuesday to aid the novel coronavirus control efforts there.

The CDC regularly updates its map of confirmed coronavirus cases, too, though it shows cases by country rather than by region or city.

Japan and the U.S. evacuated nationals from hard-hit Wuhan city at the centre of the outbreak on Wednesday.

Chinese President Xi Jingping vowed the country will conquer the fight against a "devil" coronavirus outbreak during his meeting Tuesday in Beijing with Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization, according to state-run news outlets.

The Department of Defense said it was ready to "providing housing support to Health and Human Services (HHS) as they work to handle the arrival of almost 200 people, including Department of State employees, dependents evacuated from Wuhan, China".

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