January 29, 2020 / 1:00 AM / 23 days ago

Australia to help some citizens leave China, quarantine them on Christmas Island

MELBOURNE, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Australia will help some citizens leave Hubei province in China, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, and quarantine them on Christmas Island, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday following a briefing by the Chinese government.

“We have taken a decision this morning to prepare a plan for an operation to provide some assisted departures for isolated and vulnerable Australians in Wuhan and the Hubei province,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

Reporting by Sonali Paul; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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