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Japan plane evacuating citizens arrives Tokyo from virus-hit Wuhan

Workers in protective gear are seen next to a chartered plane from Wuhan at Tokyo’s Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo January 29, 2020. Mandatory credit Kyodo via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) – A chartered plane carrying 206 Japanese nationals evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of China’s coronavirus outbreak, arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Wednesday, as the death toll from the new strain rose to 132.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday that 650 Japanese citizens were hoping to come home, and the government was making arrangements for additional flights.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stressed that the government will explore all possible measures to bring back all those citizens who want to return to Japan.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Alex Richardson and Tom Hogue

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