Chinese citizens return from abroad

Lanzhou: A chartered plane carrying Chinese citizens from Iran landed in Lanzhou, Gansu province, on Wednesday, and all 146 repatriated passengers were placed under quarantine in the city’s Lanzhou New Area after their temperatures were checked. China Southern Airlines Flight CZ3002 departed from Teheran and landed at Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport at 2:12 pm.
Asked whether China is planning to send more flights to bring citizens back from epidemic-hit countries, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday the ministry is closely following developments overseas and will take necessary measures to help bring Chinese citizens back if the epidemic develops further and poses a serious threat.
Chinese citizens abroad should turn to local governments for help and contact Chinese embassies and consulates in times of emergency, Zhao said at a daily news conference. Global Times newspaper in Beijing quoted a Chinese resident of Teheran as saying Chinese citizens in Iran had to register in advance and pay for the air tickets on the commercial chartered flight to Lanzhou. As the epidemic worsens globally, containing the risk of imported cases has become a major task for China. As of Tuesday, Chinese customs had found 6,728 inbound passengers who showed symptoms of possible novel coronavirus infection, and 75 were later confirmed to be infected, the General Administration of Customs said .
– The Daily Mail-China Daily News exchange item