Evacuation of 200 Taiwanese from Wuhan expected Monday night

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Beijing, Feb. 3 (CNA) China has agreed to the evacuation of more than 200 Taiwan businessmen from Wuhan, Hubei Province, the epicenter of the 2019-nCov virus outbreak, with a Chinese charter flight expected to arrive in Taiwan Monday night.

Wuhan Taiwan Businessmen's Association head Hsiao Yung-jui (???) confirmed the arrangement to CNA by phone earlier that day after receiving notification from the local Taiwan Affairs Office.

Taiwanese evacuees can start checking in at Tianhe International Airport from 6 p.m. Monday, Hsiao said.

According to Hsiao, China has agreed to fly Taiwanese nationals back to Taiwan on a charter plane and send vehicles to take them to the airport.

Those who have been diagnosed with infection or are being monitored will not fly back to Taiwan this time around, he said.

Meanwhile, Chuang Jen-hsiang (???), deputy-director of Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control, said the evacuees will receive a physical examination upon their arrival to see if they have any suspicious symptoms.

Those who display symptoms will be immediately sent to hospitals while those showing no symptoms will be isolated for 14 days in single rooms at as yet unspecified venues such as military bases or idle government facilities, to prevent them coming into contact with local residents, he explained.

The death toll from Wuhan coronavirus has increased to 361 in China, exceeding the nation's total fatalities from SARS which broke out in Guangdong Province in 2002.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel