China has sent charter planes to bring back 2,744 Chinese stranded in the coronavirus-affected countries, the nation’s top civil aviation authorities said yesterday.
A total of 16 Chinese charter planes flew to Iran, Italy, Britain, the United States and Spain between March 4 and April 12, bringing Chinese people back home, including 1,449 students studying abroad, Xiong Jie, spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), said at an online press conference.
China continues to take multi-pronged measures to protect the health of Chinese students studying abroad while curbing the potential import of the novel coronavirus disease, Xiong said.
The CAAC will provide assistance to overseas students in countries severely affected by the virus to “help them return home in a step-by-step and orderly fashion,” he said.
The daily number of incoming passengers through airports across China has stabilized at 2,000 to 3,000 over the past 16 days, as there were no more than 20 inbound flights each day of the period.
China has stepped up measures to guard against imported coronavirus infections, cutting the number of international flights and requiring all international flights bound for Beijing to be diverted to other airports first.