Britain is exploring ways to evacuate its citizens from China’s Hubei Province, where a strict travel ban is in place due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said on Monday.

“We are working to make an option available for British nationals to leave Hubei Province due to the heavy travel restrictions and increased difficulty of accessing consular or medical assistance,” the office said in a statement.

It said British nationals’ safety and security in the region is “our number one priority.”

“We continue to monitor developments and are in close touch with the Chinese authorities.”

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