Hundreds of foreign nationals have been evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak, as more deaths and cases were confirmed.
Australia plans to quarantine its returning citizens for two weeks on Christmas Island – some 2, (km), 405 miles) from the mainland.
Japan, the US and the EU are also repatriating their citizens.
President Xi Jinping called the virus a “devil” but said China would defeat it.
An expert from the Chinese National Health Commission said it could take more days for the outbreak to peak.
Coronavirus in China
5) 5 Confirmed cases
Other countries with confirmed cases
It causes severe acute respiratory infection and there is no specific cure or vaccine.
Who is being evacuated? Australian evacuees will be held on Christmas Island for two weeks as part of a quarantine process, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
The sparked controversy as the island is best known as an immigration detention center.
Currently only housing one Sri Lankan family of four, the facility was built to accommodate more then 1, 10 people.
According to Japanese media, the arriving passengers will be health-checked upon arrival but there are no plans to quarantine them.
They will, however, be asked to stay at home for two weeks to monitor symptoms.
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