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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - The authorities also asked citizens to review their travel advisory to China.
The United States on Wednesday airlifted hundreds of their citizens from the city of Wuhan in China's Hubei province that is the epicenter of a deadly coronavirus outbreak.
The epidemic has killed more than 130 people and spread around the world since it first emerged in a live food market in Wuhan in December.
"These travellers will be carefully screened and monitored to protect their health, as well as the health and safety of their fellow Americans," said State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.
"All appropriate steps are being taken to safeguard the health of these returning Americans, as well as the health and safety of their fellow Americans here at home," she added.
The passengers at March air base were medically screened by Chinese government and US State Department officials before boarding the plane in Wuhan, and again during the refueling stop by a team from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC officials said.
The US has so far confirmed five cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus with another 95 under investigation, with officials warning that more cases are likely.
Here's the full statement:
This morning, a flight from Wuhan carrying U.S. government personnel and some private Americans safely landed in California. As we have previously noted, these travelers will be carefully screened and monitored by the health experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health and Human Services (HHS). All appropriate steps are being taken to safeguard the health of these returning Americans, as well as the health and safety of their fellow Americans here at home.
This effort to bring our citizens home was made possible through close collaboration between the Department of State, the CDC, HHS, the Department of Defense, and state and local authorities. We appreciate the PRC government's efforts related to this evacuation.
We remain committed to doing everything we can to protect the health and welfare of U.S. citizens overseas, including those remaining in Wuhan, and are working closely with PRC authorities to offer them all possible assistance. We continue to encourage U.S. citizens to review our China Travel Advisory at Travel.State.gov, and to closely monitor and follow the guidance of local health authorities.
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