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Australian evacuees arrive on remote island

Australian evacuees arrive on remote island”

Australia last Saturday barred non-citizens travelling from mainland China from entering the country for at least two weeks, while Qantas said it would suspend flights to Shanghai and Beijing starting February 9.

"All Australians who were on our flight out of Wuhan have arrived safely", Mr Morrison said in a series of posts on his verified Twitter account, calling the evacuation a "complex and very challenging operation".

They endured about 24 hours in transit, including a stop at Western Australia's RAAF Base Learmonth, near Exmouth, before being taken on smaller aircraft to the island.

Notaras said the evacuees were being kept in discreet clusters of family members, or friendship groups.

Upon arrival, Australian passengers will be transferred to a flight to Australian-run Christmas Island off the northwest coast, where rest of its Wuhan evacuees are being kept under quarantine for 14 days, the maximum incubation period for the virus.

At 6:45am New Zealand Time, an Air NZ flight leaving Wuhan city, carried 190 passengers, that included 98 citizens and permanent residents from New Zealand, 23 Australia, and 69 foreign nationals from the Pacific Island countries including Papua New Guinea.

"We are now working with the Chinese authorities on a possible second assisted departure flight for Australians seeking to leave Wuhan", Mr Morrison added.

The flight, organized by the Government of New Zealand, is scheduled to land in Auckland around 6pm this evening.

A flight carrying evacuees from the epicentre of the deadly China virus outbreak landed in Australia yesterday ahead of a 14-day quarantine at a notorious offshore immigration detention centre.

"It's not prison. There will be security there.but people will be able to send them stuff in".

"All travelers, I'm advised, have been examined, and there are no cases of confirmed coronavirus", Hunt told reporters in Canberra. These include bans on travellers transiting China.



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