02/20/2020 - 12:09
A plane with 72 people evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan , epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, including eight Argentines, landed Thursday at Kharkiv airport, the Interior Ministry of Ukraine reported. He did it in the midst of a climate of citizen protests for fear of the spread of the virus.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-700 of the Sky Up company rented by the Ukrainian Government, made landfall in Kharkiv after refueling at the Kiev airport, forced to do so after not being able to land in a first attempt at the intended destination due to the fog. On that scale, the doctors accompanying the evacuees indicated that they were all well and in a position to continue the flight.
According to the Interior Minister, Arsén Ávakov, who visited the Kiev airfield during the refueling of the Boeing, the Chinese authorities authorized the evacuation of 45 Ukrainians and 27 foreigners , including eight of the 14 Argentines who were to be evacuated from China.
The plane with the Ukrainian flag that transported the evacuated passengers from Wuhan. (EFE)
In addition, there are people from Spain, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama, among other countries.
Of those 14 people that the Argentine consulate expected to repatriate, a man, a spouse of an Argentine, knew from the outset that he could not travel because he is a Chinese citizen and quarantine found him on an internal trip through his country and without a passport.
The Argentine consul in Beijing, Juan Ortín, explained that of the remaining thirteen "the Government of Ukraine did not authorize the trip of two Chinese citizens (a woman and a man spouses of two Argentines) and that meant that one of the families decided to stay in Wuhan. "
The arrival of the plane was in the midst of a framework of protests in the country by citizens who fear the spread of the coronavirus. That is why the Ukrainian authorities deployed police and armored tanks.
The route that leads to the small town of Novi Sanjari , where evacuees will be taken to be subjected to a 14-day quarantine in a military hospital, was cut by protesters, which led to clashes with the police.
The bus with some of Wuhan's evacuees, on the way to the hospital where they will be isolated in Ukraine. (EFE)
President Volodimir Zelenski tried to appease fears, ensuring on Facebook that the evacuees were going to be "totally isolated." In addition, he stressed that "attempts to block roads and hospitals, not to allow Ukrainians to return to Ukraine, do not show the positive side" of the character of local citizens.
Ukraine, so far, is free of coronavirus . Given this, the Ministry of Health reported that passengers have already undergone two medical checks and are completely healthy.
"We have done everything possible and even impossible to ensure that the virus does not reach Ukraine," Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenski wrote on his Telegram channel today.
With agency information.