‘The infected are coming!’ Evacuees aboard Wuhan airlift document their return as plane carrying 83 Brits from coronavirus-hit Chinese city arrives at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire after 12-hour flight
A jumbo jet carrying more than 100 passengers to the UK from the crisis-hit Chinese city of Wuhan has landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
Some 83 British citizens trapped in the locked-down city at the centre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak have been flown to the UK to safety.
They were met by a fleet of at least seven hired coaches which will ferry them to Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral, Merseyside, where they will be isolated for two weeks.
The plane departed Wuhan at 9.45am local time today (1.45am UK time) and its passengers have endured a 12-hour flight under supervision of Army medics.
All had to have health checks before being allowed on the plane and will be constantly monitored for the next two weeks.
The UK first declared its first cases of the coronavirus earlier today and the country is now on high alert for more possible infections.
The plane has touched down at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire carrying more than 100 people from the Chinese city of Wuhan
One of the passengers onboard the flight posted on Instagram as the plane was coming into land. They then followed up the post with the caption: ‘The infected are coming’
Police in hazmat suits are pictured on the runway at Brize Norton today
Police and paramedics are on standby near the plane, which will be carrying more than 100 people who could be infected with the coronavirus
After landing, passengers will then be put onto buses which will take them on a three -and-a-half hour drive to accommodation at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral, Merseyside, where they’ll be kept for two weeks.
The group will be housed in a seven-storey NHS staff block with a pool table, TVs and Wi-Fi, including access to outdoor areas.
Anyone with suspicious symptoms will be taken to the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital.
Passengers were asked to sign contracts agreeing to be quarantined as a condition of getting the flight.
They will be allowed to work during the quarantine but cannot see visitors. Food and drink will be ordered in.
Two weeks is the maximum incubation period of the illness – the duration between someone becoming infected and showing symptoms.
The evacuation plane – chartered by Wamos Airline – carrying 83 Brits is pictured as it gets into RAF Brize Norton this afternoon
The plane was Boeing 747-400, which can hold up to 475 passengers. Only 110 evacuees were confirmed to be on the flight from Wuhan