Coronavirus: 11 more British nationals evacuated from Wuhan set to arrive back in UK

George Martin
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British nationals evacuated from Wuhan in China amid the novel coronavirus outbreak are helped by personnel (high visability jackets) as they disembark a chartered passenger jet at the Royal Air Force station RAF Brize Norton in Carterton, west of London, on January 31, 2020. - A charter plane carrying evacuees from the Chinese city at the centre of the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak arrived at Royal Air Force base Brize Norton in Britain on January 31. The flight touched down shortly after 1:30 pm (1330 GMT), with 83 British citizens and 27 others on board. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
British nationals evacuated from Wuhan arriving back in the UK on Friday. (Getty)

Eleven more British nationals are set to arrive back in Britain on Sunday after being flown out of Wuhan, the city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak.

On Friday, 83 Britons were flown into RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and are currently being quarantined in Birkenhead.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed a second plane carrying a group of UK citizens would arrive on Sunday afternoon via France.

“It’s correct that there is a further French flight that is expected back in Europe today and that will carry some UK nationals,” he told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab during a Policy Exchange event in Westminster, London.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced a second flight would be arriving on Sunday. (PA)

Mr Raab did not confirm the number of people being brought back but the BBC reports that 11 British citizens are on the plane.

According to Mr Raab, they are due to go into quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside, where the 83 British nationals who arrived from Wuhan on Friday are being kept.

Mr Raab said: “They will go to the Arrowe Park facility and all of the protections, the support during the 14-day period will be put in place.


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“So they will be treated very well, and of course the reason we need to do that is on the one hand we want to get the UK nationals that want to leave China out, on the other hand we need to make sure we control and prevent the spread of the coronavirus because of the implications that that would have.”

A spokesman for the Foreign Office (FCO) said: “The Government is in touch with British nationals who remain in Wuhan, and are doing everything we can to bring them home as safely and quickly as possible.”

A University of York student and their relative remain the only two confirmed UK cases with the virus which has killed more than 250 people in China.

From Sunday, advertisements advising people to use tissues when sneezing or coughing and wash their hands regularly will appear in newspapers, on the radio and on social media.

The ads will also target publications and forums known to be read by Chinese nationals in the UK, the Department of Health said.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said UK medics are working “round the clock” to prevent the spread of the illness, but added the general public can do its bit.

He said: “Basic hygiene such as washing our hands regularly and using tissues when we cough and sneeze can play an important role in minimising the spread of viruses like this.”