More than 600 Australians left stranded in China after deadly coronavirus outbreak will be evacuated and quarantined on Christmas Island
Australians trapped in China will soon be evacuated following the deadly coronavirus outbreak .
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Wednesday the government is preparing a ‘plan’ to provide some assisted departures for vulnerable Australians stranded in Wuhan.
‘We’re preparing a plan for an operation to provide some assisted departures for isolated and vulnerable Australians in Wuhan and the Hubei province,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘This will be done subject obviously to working closely and with the authority and approval of the Chinese Government … I stress that this will be done on a last in, first out basis.
‘We’re particularly focused on the more vulnerable components of that population. That’s young people, particularly infants.’
The federal government will set up a quarantine centre on Christmas Island to house and treat everyone transported for 14 days under the plan.
Australians have been urged to reconsider any travel to China and not to visit Hubei Province under any circumstances as the country struggles to contain coronavirus.
Government website Smarttraveller updated its travel advice for China early on Wednesday morning.
‘Due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus we now advise you ‘reconsider your need to travel’ to China overall and ‘do not travel’ to Hubei Province,’ the Smarttraveller advice read.