US has allowed four new flights from coronavirus epicenter wuhan to land country, two aircrafts already arrived. While the passengers of all new flights are subjected to be quarantined for 14 days in four different Military bases.
The center of Disease Control and Prevention said US is accepting four more planes carrying Americans in the process of evacuation from China’s Wuhan, the place where coronavirus has been spreading and caused 24,300 confirmed cases across the world.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier director of the National Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and Rear Admiral Denise Hinton, chief scientist for the Food and Drug Administration spoke in a press briefing to journalist which was held by The center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Passengers coming in new planes will be quarantined at four different US military bases. Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, Travis Air Force Base in California, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego and Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Two out of four new flights from Wuhan have already arrived in US soil on Wednesday morning while two are scheduled for Thursday.
Two State Department chartered evacuation flights arrived Travis with 350 passengers. One aircraft landed Travis to refuel and purposed to station in Miramar Marine Corps Air Base in San Diego County. Passengers from first aircraft will be quarantined for 14 days at the Travis’s base Westwind Inn hotel. The personnel from CDC will oversee those passengers.
These new flights have been allowed after a pause of nearly a week when the first US government backed flight from Wuhan landed at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside California. The passengers of that flight are being quarantined at the base. Dr. Nancy Messonnier said “This could be the beginning of what could be a long response.”
Center for Disease Control and Prevention has started regulating the quarantine process from last week. CDC officials said US Govt. is issuing the Federal quarantine orders for the first time in 50 years.
Dr. Messonnier said last week, “While we recognize this is an unprecedented action, we are facing an unprecedented public health threat.”
Earlier this week 11 infections from coronavirus were confirmed by CDC while WHO reported a surge in coronavirus virus infections with 3,100 new confirmed patients on last day. These numbers are first highest for a single day since the coronavirus outbreak started.