Left Menu
Development News Edition

UPDATE 1-U.S. to evacuate consulate staff, some citizens from Wuhan


UPDATE 1-U.S. to evacuate consulate staff, some citizens from Wuhan
File Photo Image Credit: ANI

The U.S. State Department said on Sunday it will evacuate personnel from its Wuhan consulate to the United States and will offer a limited number of seats to private U.S. citizens on a flight out of the epicentre of China's coronavirus outbreak.

The State Department, in an emailed statement, said some private U.S. citizens will be able to board a "single flight" leaving Wuhan on Jan. 28 bound for San Francisco, requesting those interested to contact the U.S. embassy in Bejing with their personal information. "This capacity is extremely limited and if there is insufficient ability to transport everyone who expresses interest, priority will be given to individuals at greater risk from coronavirus," said the statement.

Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in central China, is in virtual lockdown following a deadly outbreak of a new coronavirus that emerged there at the end of last year. Public transport, including airplanes and trains, have been suspended. Other countries, including France and Australia, have said they are considering options to get their citizens out of Wuhan.

China's foreign ministry said in a statement issued on Saturday it is making arrangements and providing assistance to the U.S. government to facilitate the evacuation.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

Future of Food: Technology fostering the road to global food security

Technological innovation can help address most of the pressing issues facing the world today including food security by enhancing productivity, improving financial services, managing resources, addressing environmental concerns, etc....

Conspiracy theories on COVID 19: Legislators, Scientists, and Journalists all joined the Caravan

Conspiracy theories are not new for virus epidemics. There have been conspiracy theories on HIV-AIDS, Polio Vaccines, Ebola Virus, and several other diseases as well. However, what makes the 2019 Novel Coronavirus different from others is ...

Now it’s a war, Uganda deploys army to combat locust swarms

Its for the first time after 1986, the locust swarms have attacked Uganda twice in a season. With the increasing number of countries of Africa under attack by locust swarms, the problem seems to have taken a regional paradigm. Its very diff...

Top 10 Fake News, Myths and Realities on 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID 19

With nearly 1500 deaths by January 14 and around 65,000 infections in China, the Novel Coronavirus 2019 has become one of the worst health epidemics of the 21st Century. However, 8,573 people have been cured but the rumor mongers are a...

Videos

Latest News

UN reiterates support for 2-state Israel-Palestine solution

United Nations, Feb 25 AP The U.N. Security Council on Monday reiterated its support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This was the first Security Council press statement on the issue since President Donald Trump...

'D.C. Sniper' Malvo can seek parole after change in Virginia law

Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 when he took part in the deadly 2002 D.C. Sniper shooting spree in the Washington area, will get a chance to seek parole in Virginia following a change in state law enacted on Monday, preempting a U.S. Supreme Cou...

UPDATE 2-Cancelled Teck oil sands project underscores global climate-energy policy tension

Teck Resources Ltds surprise decision to cancel a planned C20.6 billion 15.6 billion oil sands mine in northern Alberta, citing uncertainty about Canadas climate policy, underscores a global struggle to balance energy growth with environmen...

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi condemns Delhi violence, says police sided with 'rioters' to pelt stones

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday condemned the violence in the national capital and alleged that Delhi Police sided with rioters to pelt stones. I condemn the violence that broke out in Delhi in ...

Give Feedback