GIS – 03 February, 2020: Twelve Mauritian nationals (including one infant) have been evacuated, yesterday, from Wuhan following the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus in China. The Mauritians have been taken to a seaside holiday camp at Carry-le-Rouet, near Marseilles, in France, where they will be kept in quarantine for 14 days. Thereafter, arrangements will be made for them to travel to Mauritius. Two of the 14 Mauritian nationals who initially requested evacuation from Wuhan decided to stay back.
The 12 Mauritian nationals were transferred from their respective living quarters by transportation provided by their universities. They were first taken to the French Consulate in Wuhan from where they left in cortège to the airport. They underwent medical check-ups conducted by both Chinese and French medical professionals as well as the required security checks before boarding the aircraft.
The officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade and of the Mauritius Embassies in Beijing and in Paris monitored the whole process and maintained close communication with the Mauritian nationals being evacuated.
The Ministry continues to monitor the situation closely in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and with the Prime Minister’s Office.
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