FSM student evacuated from Wuhan, epicenter of the coronavirus

The FSM student was evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus, which now looks like a ‘ghost town’ amid quarantine. (ABC News photo)

Air New Zealand carried out an early morning evacuation flight out of Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak — and successfully landed in Auckland, New Zealand today.

According to ABC Radio Australia, the Air New Zealand plane carried more than 190 passengers from Australia and from Pacific Island Nations such as Samoa, Kiribati and the Federated States of Micronesia. Some of the evacuees are students who are studying in China.

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Following their arrival in Auckland, the passengers on board were quarantined in a New Zealand military facility.

Over the weekend, the FSM government reported they have six citizens studying in China.

Richard Clark, the Special Assistant to the FSM President, confirmed via email that out of the six, three students are studying in Wuhan.

“The FSM has three students who study in Wuhan, though the number of FSM students increased to six when three (two from Beijing, 1 from Anhui) were in Wuhan for their winter break,” Clark said.
Clark added: “One of the six students accepted the offer by New Zealand to leave Wuhan. The FSM National Government deeply appreciates New Zealand’s support and friendship.”

Clark said the remaining five students are still in Wuhan and are confined to the university campus. The students are healthy and safe and in very frequent contact with friends and family.

“The FSM National Government, through its Great Friendship with China, deeply appreciates the Chinese Government’s support. China has consistently demonstrated its friendship to the people and Government of the FSM,” Clark said.