The Nepali government is all set to evacuate 180 Nepalis in Hubei Province, the epicenter of coronavirus (named as COVID-19) outbreak, on February 15, 2020.
Nepal Airlines’ wide-body aircraft will leave for Wuhan, China at 2:45 pm on February 15, 2020.
Nine crew members including three pilots and four health workers will be on board the aircraft.
According to the Nepali Embassy in Beijing, the Nepali students at three universities in Wuhan will be brought to the airport via three buses.
The A-330 aircraft will airlift 180 evacuees from Wuhan Airport and is scheduled to land at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal at 2:15 am on February 16, 2020.
The Nepali evacuees from China will undergo health screening at the airport for Covid-19 upon their arrival.
The evacuees with coronavirus symptoms will be sent to Teku-based Shukraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital for treatment. The remaining will be isolated at the training center of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) for 14 days.
The Nepali Government has arranged 199 beds to isolate the evacuees.
Earlier on February 2, 2020, around 180 Nepalis in Hubei Province have submitted applications to the Nepali Embassy in Beijing requesting evacuation from China.
As of today, i.e., February 10, 2020, the coronavirus death toll in China has reached 1,488 with nearly 65,000 confirmed cases.
At least 25 countries have reported coronavirus infection cases. There are 3 death cases and 589 confirmed cases outside of China.
Japan, Hong Kong and Philippines have reported 1 death case each.
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