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A first Russian Defence Ministry’s Il-76 military transport aircraft took off on Tuesday to evacuate Russian citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan due to the coronavirus outbreak.
According to the Defence Ministry, the plane was carrying military doctors, virology specialists and medical supplies to the epicentre of the deadly epidemic.
The outbreak has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Chinese health officials confirmed earlier that the number of fatalities has reached 425, with more than 20,000 infected in China alone. Two people outside mainland China have also died from the coronavirus, one in the Philippines and the another in Hong Kong.
More than 150 cases have been confirmed worldwide across 27 countries, including Germany, France, the UK, Canada and the US.
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