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S. Korea to fly its nationals out of Wuhan this week over coronavirus concerns

/ 05:17 PM January 28, 2020

(Yonhap)

SEOUL — South Korea said Tuesday it will send chartered planes to the central Chinese city of Wuhan this week to bring home its nationals amid concerns about the global spread of a new coronavirus originated in China.

The flights will be operated Thursday and Friday to evacuate hundreds of South Koreans staying in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak of the pneumonia-like illness, according to government officials.

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The plan was unveiled at an emergency ministerial meeting presided over by Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun.

China has suspended all trains, flights and public transportation linked to Wuhan since last week, imposing a lockdown on the city in Hubei province. The virus has killed at least 106 people and infected more than 4,500 in China alone.

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South Korea ratcheted up its infectious disease alert level to the third highest Monday as the country has reported four confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus infection. (Yonhap)

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