SEPANG, Feb 4 (Bernama) — The special flight carrying Malaysian nationals from Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), arrived safely at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) early today.
The AirAsia flight chartered specifically for the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) mission initiated by the Malaysian government landed at 5.57 am.
So far, no details were given on the exact number of Malaysians, as well as their spouses and children, on board the flight which departed from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport.
It was reported that the flight departed from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) for Wuhan at 3.50 pm on Monday with 12 crew and eight HADR mission personnel to bring home 141 individuals, comprising 116 Malaysians and 25 of their non-Malaysian spouses and children.
The aircraft also brought with it 500,000 pairs of rubber gloves as a contribution to the Chinese government in an effort to contain the 2019-nCoV outbreak in the country.
Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was reported as saying that all passengers on board the flight, on arrival in Malaysia, would have to undergo health screening at the Air Disaster Unit (ADU) at the KLIA.
Those detected with the symptoms will immediately be sent to hospital, while others will be taken by bus to a monitoring centre.