Thailand to send rescue flight Tuesday morning local time

Thailand’s government will send a chartered airplane to Wuhan on Tuesday to rescue Thai citizens trapped in the city since the start of the coronavirus epidemic, according to multiple government officials.

The chartered Air Asia flight will depart Don Mueang International Airport at 7 am local time and return at 7 pm.

At least 144 Thai citizens have registered for the flight and they will have to pass a medical before they are allowed to return, a Ministry of Public Health official told Thai Enquirer on condition of anonymity.

It is unclear what would happen if they do not pass the health check-up.

Global infections climb

Chinese state media said on Monday that at least 56 people had died and 2,203 more infections had occurred within the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of infections to 16,614 with another 19,544 people being monitored across China.

Outside of Hubei Province, where Wuhan City is located, the hardest-hit regions were Zhejiang and Guangdong.

The disease has also spread to 23 countries around the world resulting in at least 160 confirmed infections. The first fatality outside of China was reported in the Philippines over the weekend.

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