Japanese Evacuees From Wuhan Land In Tokyo

Japanese evacuees from Wuhan land in Tokyo

A number of countries are working to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Here in Tokyo, a government-chartered plane carrying about 200 Japanese nationals has landed at Haneda Airport.

Health ministry officials say passengers are receiving medical exams on board.

Several of them are reportedly exhibiting symptoms. All of the passengers will be sent to medical institutions to undergo tests.

Japanese officials plan to charter additional flights from the virus-hit city. They say about 650 people in Wuhan have indicated they want to return to Japan.

Three more cases were confirmed in Japan on Tuesday, bringing the total to seven. One is a Japanese bus driver in Nara Prefecture who has never been to Wuhan.

Officials in Tokyo are taking special measures to tackle the outbreak. People can now be hospitalized without their consent.

Anyone suspected of carrying the virus at ports of entry will be told to undergo medical tests.

It's the first time such steps have been taken since the MERS outbreak six years ago.