RETURN: China Airlines would dispatch a charter flight to transport 200 Taiwanese in the first stage of evacuation once officials iron out the details, the government said
Date: Feb 03, 2020
By: Lu Yi-hsuan , Lee I-chia and Dennis Xie / Staff reporters, with staff writer
Taiwanese who have been stranded in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a coronavirusoutbreak, would soon be repatriated on a charter flight, the Mainland Affairs Council said yesterday, adding that it is facilitating the arrangement.
More than a dozen countries, including the US, the UK, France, Japan, Australia, India, Indonesia and South Korea, have evacuated or are planning to evacuate their citizens from China.
Taiwan had tried to arrange a charter flight to repatriate Taiwanese who have expressed a desire to return home, but Chinese authorities refused the request until yesterday.
The Taiwanese have been stranded in Wuhan since Jan. 23, when China locked down the city to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection. [FULL STORY]