MADRID: As the outbreak of the novel coronavirus poses unprecedented health disaster in China, the Spanish authorities said Thursday they would evacuate 21 citizens from Wuhan city, capital of central province of Hubei, aboard a British flight.
Upon their arrival from China, the Spanish citizens would be automatically kept in a 14-day quarantine in a Madrid hospital run by the Ministry of Defense, Minister of Health Salvador Illa told reporters without specifying the date of their arrival.
The minister affirmed that the possible evacuees are generally in good health but the quarantine is just a precaution that was arranged with the Chinese authorities.
Meanwhile, Spanish Minister of Foreign and International Cooperation, Arancha Gonzalez Laya said the 21 Spaniards in Wuhan would be flown home alongside 150 Britons and 20 persons of other nationalities.
A British plane will carry the evacuees to Britain before proceeding to Spain, she wrote on her Twitter account.
The highly communicable coronavirus has killed 170 persons and infected thousands of others in China so far.
Source: Kuwait News Agency