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Coronavirus: Evacuated Egyptians Land in Al-Alamein Airport from Wuhan

Mon 03 Feb 2020 | 03:12 PM

A special plane, carrying, 301 Egyptian citizens evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the Coronavirus, has shortly arrived at Al-Alamein airport in Marsa Martouh governorate.

The evacuated citizens will remain in quarantine for 14 days, which is the estimated incubation period of the coronavirus.

"If anyone of them suffers from an increase in body temperature, he or she will be transferred to the equipped quarantine hospital immediately," Minister of Health Dr. Hala Zayed said.

The Egyptian government has designated El-Negelah Central Hospital in Marsa Matrouh as a quarantine hospital.

Zayed added that the special jet carrying Egyptians, who requested to return home, included 290 passengers and 11 babies, in addition to a 14-member crew and a special medical team of eight doctors and nurses.

An Airbus A330-200 aircraft took off from Cairo International Airport on Sunday morning bound for Wuhan with a special health ministry medical team on board.

This step comes in the implementation of Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s directives to take all necessary measures to ease the return of Egyptians from Wuhan.

The Ministry of Health, working with other authorities, has been tasked with ensuring all necessary logistical support is provided to those in quarantine.

This will include full medical and other support, routine checks and other actions necessary to accommodate Egyptians returning from Wuhan.

Nader Saad, the cabinet spokesperson, stated that Madbouli thanked the Chinese authorities for their full cooperation and consent over facilitating the return of the Egyptians who want to come back to their homelands from Wuhan.

The spokesman added that the Prime Minister held a meeting with Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health, who confirmed that a fully-equipped quarantine is currently being prepared to accommodate the Egyptian citizens returning from Wuhan.

Wuhan, in China’s Hubei province, has become the epicenter of a virus outbreak which has killed at least 362.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global emergency due to the rapid outbreak of the virus. Many global airlines, including EgyptAir, announced the suspension of all flights to and from China.