Tokyo delays charter flights to evacuate Japanese from virus-hit Wuhan: report

The operation was to begin early Tuesday

Plans by the Japanese government to evacuate Japanese nationals from the city at the center of the coronavirus outbreak have been delayed.

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The point of contention is reaching an agreement over the use of a local airport, according to the Japanese Times.

Japan plans to send chartered flights to Wuhan to conduct the evacuation.

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The operation was to begin early Tuesday as the number of pneumonia cases caused by the new coronavirus shot up.

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A scheduling conflict involves the U.S. also planning to evacuate U.S. nationals from the Chinese city aboard a chartered flight Tuesday, the sources said.

It is reportedly the first time Japan has evacuated its nationals from a foreign country because of an infectious disease outbreak, according to the Japan Times.

Two or three flights to Wuhan are planned once an agreement is reached.

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As of Friday, there were about 710 Japanese registered in the province, according to the Japanese government.