Citizens from other countries may return from China on Brazil planes

President Bolsonaro said Poland has asked for assistance

Published in 07/02/2020 - 10:57 By Pedro Rafael Vilela - Brasília

The airplanes sent by the Brazilian government to rescue nationals in Wuhan, China, will be allowed to bring citizens from other countries as well, if there are seats available. The announcement was made by President Jair Bolsonaro during his live broadcast Thursday (Feb. 6). A “ride,” Bolsonaro remarked, has been requested by Poland.

“Maybe, if we have just around 40 Brazilians to bring over, since there would be some ten seats left, so I’ve given them permission to invite citizens from other countries. If they’re from South America, they can land here. It seems a request from Poland has just come in, and, obviously, since we’re making a stop in Warsaw, they were kind to us, and there are Polish nationals [in Wuhan]. If they want to come back, they can come and disembark in Warsaw, that’s fine,” the president said.

Two aircraft of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) took of on Wednesday (5) from Brasília headed for Wuhan. They are expected to bring Brazilians and their family members back from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. On their return trip, the planes are to make five connections: Ürümqi (China), Warsaw (Poland), Las Palmas (Spain), and Fortaleza (Brazil), before its final landing at the Anápolis Air Base, Goiás state, in central Brazil.

Only those showing no symptoms of the disease are allowed to get on board the planes in China. A team with military doctors will conduct preliminary tests still in China. The aircraft are expected to arrive in Brazil on Saturday (8). Both the individuals rescued and crew members will be quarantined for 18 days at the base facilities.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Fábio Massalli / Nira Foster

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