Like the United States, Japan and Morocco, France also announced the repatriation of its nationals living in Wuhan, the epicenter of the Coronavirus epidemic that is raging in China. The first wave of French repatriation from China will take place this Thursday, January 30, 2020.
If Hubei remains largely cut off from the world by drastic traffic restrictions, the contamination rate continues to increase now in the rest of the country. Health officials in central Hubei province, where the new coronavirus epidemic started, said the virus had killed 24 more people.
Almost the whole of Hubei province has been cut off from the world since Thursday by the authorities in the hope of stemming the epidemic. Some 56 million inhabitants are affected.
At the same time, several countries, including the United States, Japan and France, are mobilizing on Tuesday to organize the evacuation of their nationals from Wuhan, the epicenter of an epidemic of viral pneumonia, the toll of which now exceeds 100 deaths in China and which infected more than 4,500 people.
“A first repatriation flight (…) will leave tomorrow (Wednesday) from Paris to return probably Thursday, the 30th, with people who (…) do not show any symptoms,” said Djebbari on CNews, adding that a “second flight, the dates of which are to be determined, will then repatriate persons possibly carrying the virus”.
This French measure comes in a context where the country now has a dozen cases affected by the epidemic.
In Africa, there are currently only two suspected cases: one in Côte d’Ivoire and one in Morocco. But, after required tests, the results are negative. No African country has therefore been infected yet.