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Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia plan coronavirus evacuation

Nations to quarantine citizens for around 14 days after returning home from Wuhan

Passengers wearing masks use their mobile phones at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia on Jan. 27.    © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR/JAKARTA/SYDNEY -- A number of countries are accelerating their efforts to evacuate citizens from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia is holding talks with the Chinese government to evacuate some 78 Malaysians from affected areas in Wuhan. Mahathir said a special aircraft will be prepared to bring Malaysians home in the event the Chinese authorities agree to let them leave Wuhan, which is under lockdown.

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