April 01, 2020 11:12
Some 530 Koreans are being airlifted out of Italy as the coronavirus epidemic devastated the European country.
As soon as they arrive at Incheon International Airport this afternoon they will be sent to quarantine in a hotel in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province and a government facility in Cheonan.
A government taskforce told reporters Tuesday that Korean expats in Italy will be flown back to Korea on Wednesday and Thursday.
The first flight on Wednesday brings back 313 and the second flight on Thursday the rest.
The number of confirmed infections among people arriving from overseas increased by 42 on Tuesday to 518.
Meanwhile, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 9,887 with 169 linked deaths.
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