Irish Citizens To Be Evacuated From China

Irish citizens are to be evacuated from Wuhan in China, with the Minister for Foreign Affairs Coveney in talks to secure seats on French planes.

Evacuations from China are ongoing over fears of the spread of the coronavirus.

More than 170 people have died in China as a result of the disease and more than 6,000 people are said to be infects across some 16 countries.

According to reports, Minister Coveney is hoping to secures places on an official French plane that is due to fly to China tomorrow, Friday 24 January. If places are secured, Irish citizens would be flown to France, where they could be quarantined for up to two weeks. However, Mr Coveney stressed that there was "nothing to suggest that any Irish citizens had been infected with the virus".

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