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China to fly home nCov-afflicted residents overseas

/ 12:13 PM January 31, 2020

In this Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, passengers wear protective face masks at the departure hall of the high speed train station in Hong Kong. (AP)

BEIJING — China’s foreign ministry said Friday it will send charter flights to bring home residents of virus-afflicted region from overseas.

The one-sentence statement gave few details, but said those from Hubei province and its capital Wuhan would be sent directly back to Wuhan in light of the “practical difficulties” they were encountering.

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The new type of virus originated in Wuhan and has since spread to more than a dozen nations and regions overseas.

Most of the overseas cases were found among people who had traveled from Wuhan, although physicians are concerned about person-to-person transmission affecting people who had not been in the major industrial center of 11 million people in central China.

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In the Philippines, a Chinese tourist from Wuhan is the country’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus infection. The 38-year-old woman arrived in the Philippines on January 21 and traveled to Cebu and Dumaguete City before she was admitted to hospital for testing.

The Chinese patient, who is not showing symptoms of nCov infection, is currently isolated in state-run San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.

China has placed more than 50 million people in the region under virtual quarantine, while foreign countries have cut back severely on travel to the country and isolated those who recently passed through Wuhan.

The virus is believed to have a two-week incubation period, during which those infected can pass on the illness even if they show no symptoms such as fever and cough.

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