A flight evacuating New Zealanders, Australians and citizens of smaller Pacific countries who had been evacuated from Wuhan is predicted to arrive in Auckland later on Wednesday, authorities stated.
Governments all over the world have arranged flights to get residents out of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus was first recorded in December. The epidemic has now killed 490 people in China, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.
The Air New Zealand government-chartered flight is expected to reach New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, around 1830 local time.
New Zealand’s overseas ministry stated 193 passengers boarded the aircraft in Wuhan, along with 100 New Zealand residents and permanent residents, 23 Australians, and 70 overseas nationals, principally from the Pacific islands.
Upon arrival, Australian passengers might be transferred to a flight to Australian-run Christmas Island off the northwest coast, where the remainder of its Wuhan evacuees are being kept under watch for 14 days, the maximum incubation interval for the coronavirus.
The remaining evacuees are anticipated to be quarantined for two weeks in an army base in North Auckland, largely in motorhomes.
Although no guests will probably be allowed on-site, friends and family will be able to send the quarantined people items, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health’s director-general Ashley Bloomfield stated.
The New Zealand flight follows a Qantas aircraft carrying 241 Australian evacuees that arrived Christmas Island Tuesday.
Australian PM Scott Morrison stated he has requested for permission for a second removal flight out of Wuhan, which he stated would likely be Canberra’s last.