AP source: Jet evacuates Americans from China outbreak zone heading to Anchorage

Pikrepo / CC0 1.0/MGN
By  | 

SANTA ANA, California (AP) - A U.S. State Department official has told The Associated Press that a chartered plane sent to China to pick up Americans in the city of Wuhan has departed and is en route to the U.S.

Wuhan is the epicenter of a new virus that has sickened thousands and killed more than 100.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.

[RELATED: What Alaskans need to know about the novel coronavirus]

The plane left before dawn Wednesday, China time.

Its first stop is Anchorage, where travelers will be re-screened for the virus.

Hospitals are prepared to treat or quarantine people who may be infected.

Then the plane heads to California.

(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)



 
Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus