Hong Kong will send chartered flights to China to evacuate stranded residents

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This photo taken on March 1, 2020 shows a staff member transferring goods on a cart after all patients were discharged at a makeshift hospital set up in a sports stadium in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. - The number of deaths globally in the new coronavirus outbreak passed 3,000 on March 2, as China reported more 42 deaths. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Hong Kong will send the first two of the four planned chartered flights to China’s Hubei province tomorrow to bring back its residents, the government said in a news release.

Earlier today, the city’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the plan to send four flights to Hubei province to repatriate stranded Hong Kong residents.

She said the flights will evacuate a total of 533 Hong Kong residents.

These include 440 Hong Kong residents currently stranded in Wuhan and 93 in other parts of Hubei province.

The evacuees will be denied boarding if they show symptoms of fever or cough. Those that do not show any symptoms of the novel coronavirus will still be required to stay at quarantine centers for 14 days upon their return to Hong Kong.

Source: cnn.com

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