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250 foreigners flown from Wuhan to France

More than 250 people from 30 countries have arrived in France after being flown out of the Chinese city of Wuhan, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak.

The French plane landed at a military airbase in Istres, southern France.

Out of the 254 evacuees, 124 were returning to their home countries, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said.

64 French nationals will be quarantined either at a holiday resort at Carry-le-Rouet or at the French National Fire Officers' Academy near Aix-en-Provence.

Sixty non-European nationals, from countries including Mexico, Brazil, Rwanda and Georgia, were staying in France for a 14-day quarantine period. Twenty evacuees presented some coronavirus symptoms and stayed at the military airbase for tests.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the plane carried nationals of 30 countries.

The Czech Republic said it had five citizens onboard and that that they would fly on to Brussels to be taken home on a Czech plane.

Sweden said about 10 of its nationals were on the flight and would be taken on to Sweden. Some British nationals were also onboard.

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