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(2nd LD) S. Korea's 2nd chartered plane carrying some 330 citizens arrives in Seoul from virus-hit Wuhan

All News 08:28 February 01, 2020

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SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's second chartered plane carrying some 330 citizens from the coronavirus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan arrived in Seoul on Saturday.

The evacuees are expected to be sent to two facilities in central South Korea, where they will remain in quarantine for at least 14 days.

The first group of evacuees was airlifted from Wuhan on Friday. Among the 368, 18 were sent to hospitals after they showed signs of fever.

All passengers underwent two temperature checks by Chinese authorities and a separate quarantine check by South Korean officials before boarding.

South Korean evacuees from the coronavirus-stricken Chinese city of Wuhan debark a chartered Korean Air plane after arriving at Gimpo International Airport in western Seoul on Jan. 31, 2020. (Yonhap)

South Korea has confirmed 11 cases of the novel coronavirus in the country. Nearly 260 people have died from the virus in China alone, while some 10,000 people have been infected worldwide, according to some estimates.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global emergency. The United States soon raised its travel advisory for China to the highest level, banning all travel to the country.

In Asan and Jincheon, where the evacuees are being quarantined, residents initially expressed anger at the government's decision to use their facilities.

They later relented, with some holding up handwritten banners in support of the evacuees. South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday expressed his gratitude on Twitter.

Common signs of infection include fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the WHO.

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