France ponders repatriating residents from Wuhan amid virus

PARIS — The French authorities was assembly Sunday to resolve whether or not to repatriate some 800 French residents who’re dwelling within the Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan, the epicenter of a lethal virus.

Officers will make “choices on the strategies and the way we’d try this” at gathering later Sunday known as by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, French Well being Minister Agnes Buzyn instructed LCI TV.


It will be becoming a member of different nations planning for evacuations from Wuhan, which is below lockdown by the Chinese language authorities in an try to halt the unfold of the pneumonia-like virus that has killed 56 folks and contaminated almost 2,000 folks.

The U.S. Consulate in Wuhan introduced it can evacuate its personnel and a few non-public residents aboard a constitution flight on Tuesday.

French hospitals are treating three confirmed circumstances of the brand new coronavirus and extra are seemingly, officers stated. The confirmed circumstances are all Chinese language residents who just lately returned from travels there.


French automaker PSA stated Saturday it was evacuating its expatriate workers and their households from Wuhan and quarantining them in one other metropolis. It didn’t elaborate.

French medical groups on Sunday started assembly passengers arriving on flights from China at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and different airports, a brand new effort to catch potential circumstances early on.

France has determined to not take the temperatures of arriving passengers as a result of it “gives a false sense of security,” the well being minister stated. She stated in every of France’s three confirmed circumstances, they arrived and not using a fever.


Buzyn stated there was no purpose for France’s common public to go outdoors with masks.

She additionally stated a call to cancel a Chinese language New 12 months’s fete in Paris, which has a big Chinese language inhabitants, was not based mostly on a medical resolution. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo stated town’s Chinese language residents have been merely not within the temper for a celebration, given the unfold of the virus.

The Chinese language neighborhood in Rome stated there received’t be any public celebrations of the Lunar New 12 months on Feb. 2 both for a similar purpose.


Elaine Ganley, The Related Press