France dispatched a plane to China early Thursday to bring back approximately 250 French and European nationals from the epicenter of novel coronavirus.

The plane took off Roissy Airport at 4 a.m. local time (4000GMT).

People will be evacuated from fatal coronavirus-hit China as a precautionary measure against the spreading disease.

On Wednesday, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn announced the fifth case infected with the new virus. She is the daughter of the fourth victim carrying the disease symptoms.

Buzyn said those being retrieved are nationals who do not exhibit symptoms, but they will be kept in isolation for 14

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