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S. Koreans to be quarantined at 2 locations after airlift from Wuhan

All News 17:22 January 29, 2020

SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Yonhap) -- Hundreds of South Koreans to be airlifted this week from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus, will be quarantined at two locations in the central part of the country and monitored for two weeks, the health authorities said Wednesday.

South Korea plans to send four chartered flights from Thursday to Friday to bring home its nationals from the virus-stricken city.

The evacuees will be stationed at a training center in Jincheon, 91 kilometers south of Seoul, and another facility in Asan, 100 kilometers southeast of Seoul, for monitoring of any symptoms of the pneumonia-like sickness that has killed 132 people so far in China.

The country has not diagnosed additional cases of the new coronavirus in the country but is monitoring 28 other potential cases amid heightened quarantine rules.

So far, the country has confirmed four cases of the novel virus, with the latest one reported Monday.

The third and fourth patients were asymptomatic, or symptom free, upon arrival here from Wuhan, raising concerns they may have spread it to others unknowingly.

This file photo shows the National Human Resources Development Center in Jincheon, 91 kilometers south of Seoul, which will house some South Koreans to be evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan. (Yonhap)

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