LONDON: A second and final flight repatriating British nationals from China’s Wuhan the epicentre of the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak, landed on Sunday with more than 200 onboard.
The chartered civilian aircraft left the capital of central Hubei province and arrived at the Brize Norton airbase in Oxfordshire, southern England.
Medics and Foreign Office officials were on board to provide support if necessary.
“Our final flight from Wuhan took off at 3:20 am (local time) with over 200 passengers on board, including our staff who have facilitated the flight and medics,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.
“Alongside British nationals, there are other nationalities on board.” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the flight had brought back 105 British nationals and family members, as well as 95 European nationals and family members.
Our flight from Wuhan has landed at RAF Brize Norton. We have brought back 105 British nationals & family members, and 95 European nationals & family members. We also had a team of 13 staff and medics on board who ensured the flight could take off.— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) February 9, 2020
French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said Friday that 38 French citizens were due to be among the European nationals on the flight.
A total of 13 staff and medics were also on board.
Passengers were being taken by coach to a hotel and conference centre in Milton Keynes, northwest of London, where they will be quarantined for 14 days.
Britain has advised all its 30,000 nationals in China to leave.
Some 83 British citizens returned from Wuhan on a UK government-chartered flight to Brize Norton on January 31.
They were then sent into two weeks” isolation at a medical facility in northwest England.