Japan will send a charter plane to Chinese city of Wuhan affected by the deadly coronavirus to evacuate its citizens, local media reported on Tuesday.
The evacuation for Japanese nationals will be carried out on Tuesday night, Japan’s Kyodo News agency reported citing Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.
“The plane will deliver masks and protective suits to Wuhan before carrying back some 200 people to Tokyo on Wednesday morning,” Toshimitsu said.
Flights will follow to retrieve the rest of roughly 650 people who asked to be evacuated, the agency added.
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