The French authorities said on Monday that they had helped repatriate over 400 people from Wuhan since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. France’s foreign ministry said that a plane carrying 64 French passengers, 135 from other European Union countries, 55 from countries like Brazil, Britain and Rwanda, plus several dozen consular workers, had landed in southern France on Sunday.
A 14-day quarantine is in effect for all French citizens returning from Wuhan, as well as foreigners on French soil, the ministry said.
In Italy, a military plane carrying 56 Italian evacuees from Wuhan landed at a military airport about 20 miles south of Rome on Monday morning.
Those deemed healthy will remain under observation for two weeks, the incubation period of the coronavirus, the Italian authorities said. Passengers with flu symptoms were to be transferred to a hospital in Rome, where the only two positive cases of the virus in Italy have been receiving care. Another three dozen are also being monitored at the hospital, including traveling companions of the Chinese couple who tested positive.
Italy’s health minister, Roberto Speranza, said that his counterparts from the Group of 7 industrialized nations planned to discuss the coronavirus in a call on Monday.
Reporting was contributed by Sui-Lee Wee, Alexandra Stevenson, Austin Ramzy, Steven Lee Myers, Chris Buckley, Raymond Zhong, Carlos Tejada, Cao Li, Gerry Mullany, Amy Qin, Anton Troinanovski, Tess Felder, Jason Gutierrez, Joseph Goldstein, Damien Cave, Hannah Beech, Aurelien Breeden, Elisabetta Povoledo, Stanley Reed, Choe Sang-Hun, Miriam Jordan, Vivian Lin, Thomas Fuller, Richard Fausset and Mariel Padilla. Claire Fu contributed research.